Mini review: Our quick verdict on the Moto G4 and G4 Plus

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Mini review: Our quick verdict on the Moto G4 and G4 Plus
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Engadget|@engadget|July 28, 2016 11:30 AM

Since 2013, the Moto G has been our favorite mid-range smartphone -- or favorite budget phone, even, depending on how you define "budget." Now in its fourth generation, the G series has expanded to include three models, two of which we got to take for a spin in a recent review. Indeed, the 5.5-inch G4 and G4 Plus mostly impress, but not every design decision feels like an improvement. Though the phones are more expensive than they used to be, at $200 and $250, respectively, the plastic build feels less durable than we would have otherwise expected.

What's more, the G4 is no longer waterproof, and its camera suffers in low light, to boot. The G4 Plus at least offers a better camera and faster performance, though it too has a chintzy build that doesn't feel likely to stand years of wear and tear. Those complaints aside, the handsets nonetheless deserve their strong scores of 84 and 86 -- and they continue Moto's tradition of holding down the "value smartphone" crown.

Motorola

Motorola Moto G4

84
SCORE
Engadget
84
Critics
10 reviews
79
Users - Not yet scored
N/A
Motorola Moto G4

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Large, vibrant screen
  • Solid performance for the price

Cons

  • Camera suffers severely in low light
  • Plastic build might not be durable
  • Not waterproof like last year
Motorola

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

86
SCORE
Engadget
86
Critics
10 reviews
79
Users - Not yet scored
N/A
Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Large, vibrant screen
  • Great performance
  • Has a much better camera than the Moto G4

Cons

  • Plastic build isn't very durable
  • Fingerprint sensor is in a baffling spot
Mini review: Our quick verdict on the Moto G4 and G4 Plus