mulberry handbag outlet Moto G4 Plus a solid mid
Finding a good mid range smartphone is always a bit of a gamble. You must forego some premium features to get a device that’s reasonably priced but, at the same time, you don’t want to cheap out too much because ideally you still want the phone to do more than just make calls and text. With its G series, Motorola has always done a good job of straddling the line between affordable and functional and the new Moto G4 Plus is no exception.
The Moto G4 Plus is one of three phones in the Lenovo owned company’s fourth generation mid range line (along with the slightly lower specced G4, which isn’t available Canada, and the smaller, more basic Moto G4 Play). The G4 Plus is easy to navigate and features a clean interface.
It lets you quickly unlock the phone via a fingerprint sensor. While this is far from novel, it works a lot better than most of the ones I’ve tried on other phones. Unfortunately, like most other phones, you can still only save five fingerprints not all 10 which can be annoying if you’re trying to pull out your phone to access it quickly with one hand.
The lock screen can be customized to configure by app what notifications appear there.
While it has a plastic back which might make it look a little cheap to some people, the curve of the 153 mm by 76.6 mm by 9.8 mm phone fits snugly in the hand. And its 155 g weight keeps the G4 Plus from feeling like a toy. Besides, you can always buy a fancy case to make it look more impressive.
Running on Marshmallow (Android 6.0.1), the phone uses a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa core processor which isn’t a top of the line CPU but still makes it a responsive device. It offers a 5.5 inch IPS touchscreen with a 1,920×1,080 pixel resolution which is also nothing special, but there’s no issue with the quality of the screen.
Like with previous Motorola phones, you can perform a variety of gestures to quickly perform certain actions, such as shaking it up and down to activate the built in flashlight app and twisting back and forth to activate the camera. While these features are not new, the phone responds quite well.
The G4 Plus has a 16 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front facing one, both of which use a laser autofocus. By pressing anywhere on the screen, the camera will automatically focus to that point on the image. It also includes a slider to let you adjust the brightness. It’s a quick, efficient way to take pictures and, at the same time, gives you slightly more control than the standard autofocus. If you’re a more serious photographer, there’s a professional mode that gives you full control over the focus as well as white balance, shutter speed and speed. And the photos it takes are solid: good colour balance and clean image. The dual tone LED flash allows for decent photography in lower light situations. The phone also shoots 1080p video.
The G4 Plus has 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and can take a microSD of up to 128 GB. It uses a non removable 3,000 mAh battery which promises an all day charge. With the included fast charging cable, you can add an additional six hours of battery life in 15 minutes.
The phone is available for free on a two year plan through Rogers, Koodo, Virgin Mobile and Wind Mobile. To buy the phone outright, Virgin and Sasktel have the best price at $399.99. The Moto G4 Plus is also available through Telus.