Now Motorola has launched two variants of G4 with slight changes. Of these, at a price of Rs 13,499 moto g4 plus ,review) and the Moto G4 for Rs 12,499. There are few more features available in G4 Plus. And this phone is available in two storage and memory variants, while the Moto G4 is a basic option and is more affordable. today we moto g4 Will know in the review of whether the difference between the price of these two smartphones is really right? And is the Moto G4 a bargain?
look and design
The new Moto G4 has seen many major changes compared to the previous G-series smartphones, but there is a slight difference between the Moto G4 and the G4 Plus. The size, weight and look of both the smartphones are also similar, due to which it becomes difficult to differentiate between them. But the Moto G4 doesn’t have a physical home button to distinguish it from the Moto G4 Plus. Like the Moto G4 Plus, a small microphone is definitely given.
The Moto G4 Plus didn’t feature Motorola’s trademark stereo speaker arrangement due to the fingerprint sensor, but the G4 has Motorola simply designed it into the G4. However, there is a loudspeaker near the top of the phone, which simply means that the phone does not get the great sound as expected.
Everything else in the phone is exactly the same as the G4 Plus. The power and volume buttons are on the right, the micro-USB port at the bottom and the 3.5mm socket at the top. The plastic rear cover is removable but users cannot replace it. The power and volume buttons feel shoddy and shaky and they are also very difficult to operate.
The Moto G4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS LCD screen, similar to the Moto G4 Plus. The screen occupies 71.2 percent of the front of the phone. The screen is very bright, the colors are also great and the phone can be used well even in sunlight. Black level is good for an IPS LCD screen and Gorilla Glass 3 has been given to protect it from any kind of scratches and damages. The screen is quite sharp and has a density of 401 ppi. The screen is good for this price phone.
When you buy the Moto G4, you’ll get a charger with quick-charge technology in the box. The turbo charger that comes with the G4 is 14.4W, not the 25W provided with the G4 Plus. But it is a modular unit with which you will get a USB cable along with the wall charger. Which means you won’t need a separate cable to transfer data with the G4 Plus. Earphones also come with the phone but their quality cannot be said to be very good.
Specifications and software
The Moto G4 has almost the same specifications as the G4 Plus. The big difference between the two phones is the fingerprint sensor and different camera sensors. This phone has Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor and 3000 mAh battery. The phone has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card). Moto G is available in only one storage and RAM variant while G4 Plus also comes in 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant priced at Rs 14,999. If compared to the G4 Plus priced at Rs 13,499, you will get a fingerprint sensor and a slightly better quality camera for less than Rs 1,000.
The Moto G4 offers 4G support on the primary SIM and supports Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n. This Moto phone has USB-OTG and FM radio but NFC connectivity is not provided.
The Moto G4 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with a near-stock user interface that uses Google Now as the default launcher. While many of Motorola’s previous smartphones have had some software pre-installed, the Moto G4 is more close to stock than previous phones. The phone does not have the Gallery app and the user is asked to use Google Photos and also offers to back up the photos with the original resolution for two years without affecting the cloud storage space. Apart from this, functions like SMS, Clock and Calendar also run from Google’s built-in app.
The phone also has the well-known Moto app, which allows you to turn on or stop the flashlight and camera with just a gesture. Apart from this, there is also a Moto Display which adjusts the screen to show you phone notifications in low-power mode.
The camera of the Moto G4 differs from the G4 Plus in two respects. While the G4 Plus sports a 16-megapixel primary camera with laser and phase detection autofocus, the G4 sports a 13-megapixel camera with simple contrast detection autofocus. The phone has a front camera of 5 megapixels. There is a dual-LED flash on the rear. Video recording of 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second in the phone while 540 pixels of video can be recorded at 120 frames per second in slow motion.
The Camera app is the company’s standard Moto camera and is well designed. Flash, self-timer, HDR and camera switching can be easily toggled in the viewfinder. Whereas with other options, you can turn on several shooting modes like Photos, Video, Panorama, Slow-motion video and Professional mode. Swiping from left to right allows you to change the resolution, shutter sound and other settings in the settings menu. This is a good app which is very easy to use.
When it comes to color, the pictures look great. However, the lack of detail is visible, especially on the bright parts of the photos which tend to be oversaturated. On zooming, the lack of detail in the pictures is more visible.
Video is great when shot at 1080 pixels but the video lacks detail in slow-motion. But shooting in slow motion mode in 540 pixels, the video comes out fine. But the pictures are not very good in low light. Overall, the camera on the Moto G4 is decent and you will get much better pictures than the G4 Plus.
The Moto G4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor that was first seen in the HT One A9 (Review). This smartphone is touted to have better mid-range performance and battery life than Qualcomm’s previous processors. However, it is not even close to the powerful Snapdragon 650 processor given in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (Review) which is not only priced less than the Moto G4 but also comes with more RAM and storage.
But apart from that, this mid-range phone is reliable. Sometimes the phone does get a bit hot but overall it works without much trouble. The phone got good benchmarking figures.
The Moto G4’s battery lasted for around 12 hours in our video loop test. The battery of the phone is almost the same as that of the G4 Plus. Even in normal use, once on a full charge, we could run the phone for a full day (even on 4G connectivity). The charger that comes with the phone is not as quick as the Moto G4 Plus but the device does a decent job.
The Moto G4 is a great phone in every way. It has a nice design, looks great and comes with great, up-to-date software. However, it doesn’t have all that it needs to establish itself in the under Rs 15,000 smartphone segment and gives it a tough competition from the Moto G4 Plus itself.
The Moto G4 is Rs 1,000 cheaper than the Moto G4 Plus (Review). We recommend you buy Moto G4 Plus by paying Rs.1,000 more. In this phone you will get fingerprint sensor, better camera and more powerful charger. And if you can spend a little more money, then you can also go for 3 GB / 32 GB storage variants. And if you do not want to increase the budget, then at a lower price xiaomi redmi note 3 ,review) is a much better option.
The only reason to buy the Moto G4 is if you have a tight budget and don’t want to stretch it but stock Android experience is a must. But if that’s not what you need, then we can’t recommend buying the Moto G4.