Lenovo Moto G4 Play Review

Lenovo decided this year that the family Moto G had to have three representatives. After having reviewed then Moto G4 and G4 motorcycle Plus, here comes on the market, even the cheapest version of the family, which is the new G4 motorcycle Play.La motorcycle G4 Pack Play is very sparse. The only accessory is embedded with wire feeder. You will be unable to use lead or separate power supply. The power supply is then a venerable 5V/0.55 in.

Lenovo G4 motorcycle Play is compact and comfortable to hold. Is often 9.9 mm and weighs 137 grams but as a whole is a smartphone that in your Pocket will not at all feel, thanks to its rounded forms that still does not make it not too slippery. Is made of plastic and the removable back cover gives free access to the battery and to spaces for the two SIM.

G4 Play comes with a Snapdragon processor 1.2 GHz quad core processor 410 Adreno 306. This coupled begins to show signs of age but still behaves so egregious as regards the common features. The RAM is 2 GB and 16 GB internal memory and is expandable using amounts to a microSD, without this way never prevent you from using the dual SIM feature. Sufficient connectivity. We have the Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth monoband 4.1, while missing the NFC chip. There is not even the notification led, replaced instead by the motion Display.

Absent the gyroscope and the digital compass, whereas there’s FM radio. The speaker is “shared” with the earbud and performs a mixed success. It’s more than enough on speaker although at full volume tends to croak and vibrate the phone. With media instead behaves discreetly: quality is merely adequate but there is enough volume to watch a video. We then noticed strange behavior of software that sometimes tends to limit the volume, sometimes it doesn’t.

The 8 megapixel main camera quality ƒ/2.2 are more than enough for a smartphone in this category. Images with good light is more than enough, even if the shutter speed and focus is not instantaneous and automatic HDR there seemed too effective. In the evening the shots require a bit of a steady hand but are still usable for social networks, although the images are quite mixed. Video is recorded in Full HD and the front-facing camera is a 5 megapixel camera. The screen is a 5 inch IPS display with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). This is a decent and honest Panel for this type of product, while tilting it slightly to yellow tent and overall it looks slightly washed out. Very good front that guarantees perfect visibility oleophobic treatment in virtually all conditions. Good brightness and its automatic adjustment.

Android on this G4 motorcycle Play is updated to version 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is offered in a pretty much stock, or with Android as Google has conceived. The only changes that are relate to the dual SIM support and the app Motorcycle that integrates inside only two features that probably you might already know: Bike Display to show the arrival of notifications even locked screen (but there are motion activation feature) and how they are used to a hand that goes to zoom out the screen. Unfortunately lacks the gesture to start the camera and torch.

Network Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
Launch Announced 2016, May
Status Available. Released 2016, August
Body Dimensions 144.4 x 72 x 9.9 mm (5.69 x 2.83 x 0.39 in)
Weight 137 g (4.83 oz)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~66.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Platform OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), planned upgrade to v7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 306
Memory Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Internal 8/16 GB, 1/2 GB RAM
Camera Primary 8 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.2
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE
NFC Yes (optional)
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0
Features Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
Battery Removable Li-Po 2800 mAh battery
Misc Colors Black, White

Overall the software is simple being based on a stock version of Android and overall enough fluid to run virtually all common operations. 2800 mAh removable battery ensures your smartphone even till 2 days autonomy when using medium and always a full day with heavy use. Shame about the extremely slow recharging with the supplied power supply unit. Lenovo G4 motorcycle Play is currently marketed in Europe at a price of ePRICE 132€, interesting when you consider the possibilities of this smartphone.

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