Review: Motorola G4 and G4 Plus -- Unlocked
The Moto G4 and G4 Plus are a bit of a curiosity in that I'm having trouble understanding why they exist. These two phones, while "decent" in just about every way, feel like the result of Lenovo going through the motions. It's as if Lenovo woke up one day and, with cold, dead eyes staring off into space, said to itself like a robot, "Time to make the $200 mid-range phone."
The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are the result of that unemotional, business-driven reflex. They are soulless phones that have been stripped of the heart Motorola put into the first three generations of G-branded handsets.
At $200, the G4 falls in step with the company's strategy of offering low-end, mid-market, and high-end phones. The G4 — the mid-market phone in this lineup — works well as a $200 handset and can compete with similar offerings from LG, Samsung, and ZTE. Consumers will certainly find the big screen, excellent battery life, and stock Android UI appealing.
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The $250 G4 Plus makes no sense to me at all. Lenovo clearly used a bargain-bin fingerprint reader, and the denser camera sensor doesn't deliver an appreciable improvement in photo quality to justify the price increase.
Don't buy the G4 Plus; you'd be wasting $50. If you really want a Moto-branded device, with its customizable rear shells, go for the less expensive G4 instead. And please, for Pete's sake, give it some personality via Moto Maker.
Jun 29, 2016
Amazon today announced a new promotion that will allow Amazon Prime subscribers to buy unlocked handsets at reduced prices. The first two phones eligible for the promotion include the Motorola Moto G4 (pictured) and the Blu R1 HD.
Jun 28, 2016
Motorola today said its fourth-generation G series smartphones will go on sale beginning July 12. The G4 will cost $199 and the G4 Plus (pictured) will cost $249.
May 17, 2016
Motorola today announced the fourth-generation Moto G, which is a trio of handsets rather than a single phone. All three devices, which include the Moto G, Moto G Plus, and the Moto G Play, run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and feature slimmer designs than previous generations.
Moto's new g-series phones bring up-to-date features, upgraded specs, and clean Google software to three models ranging from $200 to $300. This year's series moves to a notched-screen design, steps up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, and supports USB-C across the board.
May 12, 2020
Motorola is rolling out a major software update for its new Razr phone. The update brings Android 10, as well as new features for the unique large outer display.
5.5" display 1080 x 1920 pixels
Snapdragon 617 processor 2 GB RAM
3,000 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Headphone Jack (3.5mm), Water-Resistant