Lenovo Moto G4 Review

The Moto G4 is the first smartphone released by Lenovo after the acquisition of Motorola will have been able to keep up the name of this smartphone which in recent years has dominated the low-end market? The Moto G is a now iconic smartphone, which was able to win the low end of the market thanks to optimized ever seen on so cheap products.

Recently Motorola has passed under the control Lenovo: many had turned their noses up at the news, but this Moto G4 does not change in his winning mentality: to offer much higher performance compared to what we would say by reading the data sheet.

However, there are substantial differences, such as size, material and price: in fact, the Moto G4, with Lenovo, officially became a mid-range device. I tried it for several days and in various conditions, and today they are finally ready to bring you my full review.

Unboxing

Always, all the Moto G have never boasted a particularly rich endowment. Lenovo music does not change: in a colored box there, in addition to Moto G4, just a wall charger with integrated microUSB cable.

Not only they lack the earphones, but this is very disappointing charger included (5V-0,55A) compared to Quick Charge possibilities of which this Moto G4 comes.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Moto G4 with Lenovo has changed, this is undeniable. Until recently it was an affordable and compact size, which differed from the fashion of the phablet, but now has adapted to the market.

The Moto G4 is changed it will immediately notice taking it in his hand: the metal frame gives the premium feeling that was missing before, the size increased (153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm and weighs 155 grams) and the cover detachable rear made of polycarbonate has a very unique texture, dense and velvety to the touch, you can like it or not.
I greatly appreciated: I consider it very useful to increase the grip in the hand and easier to hold, touch does not give that feeling of cheap plastic and goes well in terms of design. There’s the “wow” effect but I find a successful solution.

It also remains the Motorola logo, imprinted on the classic dimple rear view of a large number of devices of the winged house probably will become the logo of the line “Moto” Lenovo, almost like a nostalgic link with the past.
Only note: could slip from the large pockets (by type of sweat pants), because the cover does not seem to do the same kind of friction on certain tessuti.

The cover are the slots for the two microSIM (because it is a smartphone dual-SIM) and microSD; a highlight is the presence of a Nanosim microSIM adapter already inserted in a SIM compartment, something definitely appreciated. The battery is not removable or replaceable instead.

DISPLAY

The display is one of the most successful aspects of this Moto Lenovo G4. It is a 5.5-inch IPS panel with Full HD 1920 × 1080 resolution.

The figure is already great for a mid-range device (also comparable to some current top) but the difference is the brightness and visibility under sunlight: it is one of the best IPS panels I have ever tried for readability outdoors and the maximum brightness it is very high, because the sun’s rays are attenuated and therefore the reflexes very limited.

Great contrasts, with a black spot very deep with the classic weak angle of the IPS, while white tends to yellow slightly, but nothing sgradevole.Il automatic sensor then works very well, adapting quickly brightness to a proper level.

Equally good touch, precise and smooth, thanks also oleophobic treatment of the glass Gorilla Glass 3.
Feedback of the dry and precise vibration.

HARDWARE

The hardware has seen a major upgrade since the previous entry level we have moved to an average true range. Moto G4 it mounts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor @ 1.7GHz, Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16 / 32GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD) and a 3000mAh battery. This LTE cat.4 connectivity, FM radio (which also works without inserting headphones) and Bluetooth in its version 4.1. Unfortunately lacks appeal the NFC chip and a notification LED.

The performance is simply excellent: Moto G4 is always smooth and fast, so about a superior hardware than in previous years but most of the same optimization of which Moto G has always enjoyed.
In 95% of the operations is absolutely comparable to a top of the range, it is to surf the Internet or play titles of a certain level: this Moto G4 seems to fear nothing.

But there is something that differentiates it from the top of the range: multitasking and opening of heavy applications show a certain slowness compared to alternative top, with the RAM of “only” 2GB which tends to fill up very easily, but these are isolated cases and absolutely acceptable for a device that, I want to repeat, it is a medium-range (medium-low).

Excellent, full Motorola style, WiFi signals and telephone network, while reviewable GPS, not really fast to snap.
The call quality is excellent, with a very loud thanks to the speaker who is also the speaker system. More definitely succeeded aspect is that of the autonomy: 3000mAh are now a given standard, almost by “enough”, but also in this case the optimization is the true card more.

With a stress use it is made 5 hours of on screen and it always comes to evening, while with a more moderate use it can also cover the first part of the next morning, with about 4 hours of heated screen. The charging speed varies: with Quick Charge charger takes little over an hour to go from 0 to 100, while with the charger included graze 4 hours.

SOFTWARE

The new Lenovo G4 Motorcycle mounts Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow in an almost stock version, as happened to all previous models. The choice is still a winning time, since this results in a simple product experience, fast and no frills. The preinstalled applications are needed, plus a few additions comfortable.

The best feature of Android 6.0, appreciated even more on a device like Moto G4, is the ability to integrate the microSD to main memory: to take advantage of this feature will serve a microSD very fast, like a Class 10 UHS-1 U3, otherwise this option will not even visibile.Tra specific features of the Moto G4 software, Lenovo maintains some of Motorola’s smart applications, such as Moto Moto Display and Action.

Moto Display is an evolution of ambient display, which sees a slight facelift compared to previous generation Motorola offers the possibility, simply lighting up for a few seconds at the reception or when you pick up the device. Partially fulfills the task of a notification LED (absent here) but it replaces the tutto.

Moto Action is instead an app that allows you to associate certain actions with certain movements: for example, the phone will stop ringing when you take out of your pocket , or we can get into silent mode simply by turning it over.

CAMERA AND MULTIMEDIA

Moto G4 with Lenovo makes an important step forward even in the photographic sector: the main camera is a 13 megapixel camera with f / 2.0 aperture, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash, while the front we find a 5 megapixel camera with f / 2.2, face detection and autofocus. Both are devoid of optical stabilization.

The videos arrive at the highest Full HD 1080p resolution at 30fps on both cameras. Lenovo has changed (for the better) the photographic experience, in the past too skinny possibilities and too “simple”: the software now boasts a real camera shutter button, and a very interesting how useful PRO mode, with manual controls for balance white, focus, ISO and shutter speed. Always present the HDR mode can be set also as automatic, but I recommend you use it only when necessary.

Another addition regards the slow-motion mode, which allows you to record video up to 120fps, but forcing us to a lower resolution of only 540p. Moto G4 surprises regarding the photos in conditions of much light: the shots are great, macros nothing short of spectacular. Even the moving shots are very well, due to very fast shutter speeds and making fast and precise focusing. We are at the levels of devices that cost even twice this Motorcycle G4.

At night the quality descends sharply, falling into the average medium-low, with shots and moved with much ado. There are also excellent selfies, excellent day, much less with less light.

Equally satisfactory videos in Full HD, excellent despite the absence of stabilization. The yield is excellent, very well-defined and the colors are very vivid, thanks to HDR mode also present in the videos. Appreciated the focus continues, it does not force you to select each time the focus point.

The single front speaker is positioned in the upper part, just above the display, and it works both as a speaker and as a capsule headset. The volume is very high, but at the highest levels distorts a bit ‘. Lack of bass but the sound output is average for this group.

CONCLUSIONS

Again Moto G. But this time there’s the Lenovo signature on a device that has all it takes to conquer the lower-middle end of the market.

Lenovo Moto G4 is once again the highest expression of a value that Motorola had accustomed in recent years: let’s face it, everyone feared the transfer of ownership from Google to Lenovo, but the truth is that the Chinese house worked in a excellent.

He has made strong choices, how to move the symbol of low-end in a mid-range device; He has brought about changes in materials, hardware and camera, but they are all winning choices.

The only question, as it pertains to subjective preferences, is relative to the size, but I can hardly consider it a step back.

The Moto Lenovo G4 is what you would expect from the latest version of a legendary smartphone, but it is also much more.

Now the Moto G this year costs € 249, as the most powerful model of last year, but it is a much better device: the price is already very affordable price list, not because of the technical details, but for the ‘actual user experience that this smartphone can offer. As soon it will fall, will further increase its convenience.

Good

  • Displays top of the range
  • excellent camera
  • high autonomy
  • absolute optimization
  • Applications “Moto” really smart

Bad

  • A little ‘great for those who were accustomed to previous models
  • Lack NFC and notification LED
  • meager endowment

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