Moto G4 Plus Review- Pros and Cons

Moto G is one of the most popular smartphone in India. Moto G4 Plus is the latest iteration of Moto G smartphone. So the expectation from this device is also very high. Let us have a quick look into whether it is a worthy upgrade to its predecessor in this quick Moto G4 Plus review.

Moto G4 Plus Review

Moto G4 Plus comes with noticeable design change. The back is more flatter compared to previous Moto G smartphones. It has plastic back with textured pattern and silver metal frame on the side with round edges. It has slimmer form factor compared to Moto G3. However, the signature curved back is missing in this device. Also water and dust resistant features omitted in the new 4th gen Moto G which is surprising.

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Moto G4 Plus sports 5.5 inch full HD display screen. It offers good sunlight legibility and viewing angles. Only con with the display is it is prone to fingerprint smudges. Though it has Corning Gorilla glass, in my limited time with the device, screen got few minor scratches. Hence it is highly advisable to use screen guard.

Our Moto G4 Plus review unit was powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 SoC, which is an octa-core chip running at 1.5GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone will also be available in 2GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage. The connectivity features includes  4G LTE (Category 4), Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, GLONASS, USB-OTG, and FM radio. There is a finger print scanner as well. The device runs on stock Android Marshmallow out of the box. The performance of Moto G4 plus was good in our review period. The gaming performance too decent. However, we have noticed that with extended gaming, device tends to heat up a bit.

Moto G4 Plus excels in camera segment. It has 16MP primary camera with laser auto focus and PDAF. The camera performance was excellent in outdoor and in low light conditions for the price segment.  There is a 5MP front facing camera as well. The Moto G4 Plus comes with 3000mAh battery with fast charging.

Moto G4 Plus Review Summary:  It is good mid range budget smartphone with decent specification. It offers good camera performance, decent display panel and good performance with stock android.  Main cons of Moto G4 Plus are lack of compass sensor and NFC and heating issues. Overall it is a good phone but not a worthy upgrade over Moto G3.

Moto G4 Plus Review based on advantages and Disadvantages

Moto G4 Plus Pros

  • Good display screen.
  • Decent battery life.
  • Stock Android experience.
  • Improved camera performance.

Cons of Moto G4 Plus

  • No Compass sensor and NFC.
  • Limited functionality of fingerprint scanner: It can be used only for unlocking the device and nothing else.
  • No physical LED notification light.
  • Lacks water and dust resistance which its predecessor had.
  • Display is prone to fingerprint smudges and attracts scratches.

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5 comments… add one
  • Shank Aug 20, 2016, 2:25 am

    Aniruddh can u suggest me a good phone under 20k max 25k with best specs, user experience, brand and after sales service. Currently I am using moto g2 hence habitual with stock Android. Someone suggested me moto g4 plus, Lenovo vibe X3, Samsung A5 or A7 (2016) but I’m confused, if u have anything else other than these please let me know and if any upcoming phone also just let me know.

    • Aniruddh Aug 20, 2016, 6:02 am

      Hi Shank,

      I would suggest you to add additional 2k and go for OnePlus 3. It has most of the requirement you have mentioned.

  • Aniket Narvekar Nov 21, 2016, 6:44 am

    Hello Aniruddh,
    I am planning of buying a new smart phone. I have been using samsung s3 for past 4 years. Basically I was looking for a phone wiithin a range of 15k so moto g4+ had attracted my attention but then I heard about asus zenfone 3(Ze520kl) which comes for around 21k. I am a bit confused between these two phones as asus phone has better specs than the moto but does the 6k difference between them really makes the difference? please suggest.

  • Prakash Dec 14, 2016, 6:51 am

    I bought 6 mths back Moto G4plus. Mobile performance was excellant, but back camera glass got easily scratched. I dont know hw to solve this problem, can u help me out of this problem? I m not getting that camera glassany wr…….

  • Prakash Dec 14, 2016, 6:53 am

    If i take any photo, picture is very worst now, bz of this scratch problem…..

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