Hardware & Tech Reviews - - by Niall De'Ath

Tech of the Week: Moto G4

Tech of the Week: Moto G4

The Moto G series has always kept the price low, but quality high, and has made itself a comfortable spot on the market due to repeated success with consumers. The latest Moto G4 has been out for just under a month and it has stayed true to the family legacy, and then some.

With a low price of £169, the G4 may seem like it might be missing a few features, but don’t be fooled, this is a very generous offering. It in no way looks like a cheaper phone and is much thinner than 2015’s Moto G, with thankfully reduced bezels to ensure the screen takes up the vast majority of the front panel.

The G4 comes with 2GB RAM, no matter what storage size you go for, and is backed up by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617. This is a very powerful setup for the price, and outpaces its past versions drastically. It all serves in ensuring the painless efficiency of Android 6 Marshmallow; a familiar mobile OS for many. This all culminates in a very reliable phone that won’t struggle with most tasks, including resource draining apps like visually demanding games.

The camera included lacks the advanced features of many top end smartphones, but this is to be expected. What you will get is a very serviceable tool that holds an impressive amount of detail in every frame. The only downside we could see is that close-up shots suffer in terms of detail quality.

You won’t even have to worry too much about battery life, thanks to a fairly beefy 3000mAh battery cell. It won’t last you for weeks, but on a busy day we were often maintaining a 15% average remaining when we called it a night.

The Moto G4 is a premium quality smartphone for a budget price, and is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get the biggest bang for their reduced buck. It surprised us a great deal, and you won’t be disappointing if you decided to throw down the money for this humble little smartphone.


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