Lenovo Moto G4 Plus Review

Moto G4 Plus adds a fingerprint sensor and improved the appreciated Moto G4 camera, it keeps largely intact the experience of use and brings the price up to 299 euro: it is enough to make his way in crowded midrange of ‘current Android market?

Moto Plus G4, like his twin brother almost Moto G4, equips a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, backed by 2GB of RAM octa-core processor and a graphics card Adreno 405. The basic version offers 16 GB of storage, expandable via microSD slot.

The screen is an IPS LCD 5.5-inch diagonal, covered with Gorilla Glass 3 and a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, resulting in a density of about 400 ppi. The rear camera is 16 megapixels, with f / 2.0 aperture, laser autofocus, dual LED flash and video up to 1080p with 30 frames per second; the front one, instead, is from 5 megapixels.

The telephone part offers dual SIM support: Contrary to what is often the case, the second SIM does not occupy the microSD compartment and therefore you can simultaneously use two phone cards and memory expansion. There is support for 4G LTE networks, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and FM radio (absent, however, the NFC).

Compared to Moto G4 base, the Plus version also offers the biometric sensor to unlock the phone using fingerprint. It remains the same is the battery, which, with its 3,000 mAh (with fast charging technology), provides a range able to bring quite quietly until the end of the day.

Moto G4 Plus is made entirely of plastic, but the quality of materials is good and the overall strength is satisfactory. The back cover is completely removable, something increasingly rare in modern smartphones, and provides access to SD and SIM rooms, in addition to the battery (though not removable).

The phone’s profile is very thin (with its 9,8mm thick) and the width of the front panel 5.5 “you certainly feel, but overall this smartphone is quite manageable and enjoyable in use.

Too bad that the balance of the design is in part compromised by the inclusion of the fingerprint sensor. The latter seems to have been added at the last moment: it is in fact quite small and in a rather uncertain position on the bottom of the screen and immediately below the Android system buttons (which sometimes can be pressed accidentally while unlocking or vice versa). In addition, the plastic frame that surrounds it has a rather cheap feeling.

Note also the absence of the notification LED, replaced by the active display capabilities, which light up the screen lightly to show notifications when needed. But the panel is not OLED, so they will not pose a particularly energy-saving.

The software installed on Moto G4 Plus is Android 6.0 Marshmallow in substantially pure version, only a few small and useful customization by the manufacturer, as is traditional for smartphones branded Motorola (now Lenovo) controlled.

The main changes are the addition of gesture as the double rotation for the launch from the locked phone camera, or shaking the torch lighting: everything is controllable via the app Moto. Also quite interesting memory management, allowing you to format a micro SD up to 128GB to integrate completely with 16 GB of storage base: a feature long awaited and finally made available from Android Marshmallow.

As for performance, the Moto G4 Plus is essentially identical to the basic model: the Snapdragon 617 processor is well away from the power of the top of the range, but still managed to ensure smooth and fast performance in most situations. application launch, web browsing, multitasking and even 3D gaming are operations that can be performed with good satisfaction.

Less good screen performance, showing excellent definition and a fairly pleasant color profile, but also suffers some degradation of the image when you move away from the corner an ideal viewing angle with blacks who suddenly become gray and white, which turn towards yellow (nothing serious though). Even the sound expressed by the single speaker, located on top of the device, it sounds fairly light and tends to distort much the highest volumes: in a phone of this size could have been done better.

The camera is definitely a point in favor of the G4 Moto Plus. The sensor is different from that of the Moto basic G4 (16 megapixels compared to 13) and in a qualitative leap forward is quite visible. Images taken in good light conditions are also very detailed and enjoyable from the chromatic point of view, and even with less lighting (indoors, for example) digital noise is well contained.

The application is very simple, but with good functionality and also the AF, as no lightning, is quite reactive. Too bad only that the lens is slightly wide-angle, forcing often take a few steps back to frame the entire scene.

Videos are limited to 30 fps in 1080p format, but they are also discrete, although the lack of optical stabilization is done out with some jerk too. Finally, there is a high frame rate of 120fps mode, but it is limited to 540p format, and is therefore of poor quality.

Moto G4 Plus is an interesting mid-range smartphone, equipped with balanced and interesting features characteristics (such as Motorola’s gesture and the possibility of merging the memory of the SD card with the integrated storage).

The design is simple but robust and pleasant, if it were not for the main addition compared to Moto basic G4: the fingerprint sensor is in fact certainly valuable, but also poorly placed (too close to the Android system buttons) and rather small and inconvenient to use.

The camera is quite good for a device in this range, while the screen shows up to criticism. Overall, the price of 300 euro is not excessive, but not too content: the fact exposed to competition from other devices, perhaps more ambitious, from the same 5X Google Nexus and LG recently granted.

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