Smartphone Review: Moto G Plus 4th Gen

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Motorola came up with the 4th generation of its super hit mid-range phone series in the last week of June 2016, and like all its previous phones Moto G Plus 4th Gen/ Moto G4 Plus offered some great specs for a very affordable cost. Lets have a quick view on its specifications and price.

  • 13.97 centimeters (5.5-inch) full HD display, 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 401 ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 16 MP primary camera with laser focus, PDAF and Professional mode, 5 MP wide angle front camera with display flash
  • Finger print reader for fast unlocking,
  • Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system with Motorola mobile computing system
  • 5 GHz MSM8952 Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 617 octa-core processor with 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable up to 128GB
  • dual micro-SIM dual-standby (4G+3G)
  • 3000 mAh all day battery with TurboPower charging (6 hours of power in 15 min of charging)

I got the 32 GB Black version of Moto G Plus 4th Gen from Amazon for 14,999 INR and after 1 month of use here is what review I have to share about this phone. It is available in 2 color variants Black and White and on the basis of storage space and RAM the phone comes in different versions:

  • 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage for Rs. 14,999
  • 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage for Rs. 13,499

Now, first things first, if anyone is interested in buying the phone, please don’t let the product rating at amazon misguide you. I went through most of the reviews and found one issue in common: HEATING problem! Well, the phone supports Turbo Charge for God’s sake, it’s supposed to get hot people! Duh!

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Let me divide the review into pros and cons.

Pros:
1. Battery life: My phone is using wifi 90% of the times and I’m a big media consumer (YouTube, Music, Movies, etc.), still once fully charged it is good to go for a day with around 15% battery remaining.
2. Camera: Man! The camera on this phone is a beast. Both indoor and outdoor performance are at par with other handsets in the price range and also better than many phones that cost a lot more than it. The front camera is pretty good and supports flash, too. The professional mode is my fav feature, though.
3. Quick charging: It takes roughly around 1 hour 45 minutes for the phone to charge completely. Quick charging is supported till 75% and is very very fast.
4. RAM Management: It is pretty decent and ensures that you don’t face any lag whatsoever.
5. SOUND: I won’t say the speakers are the best that I’ve come across, but considering the price range they are pretty decent and gets the job done.
6. CALL QUALITY: The phone uses the speaker as the earpiece and thereby the call quality is crystal clear on this device. One of the best that I’ve come across till date.
7. Stock Android Experience: The android experience on the device is phenomenal with no bloatware whatsoever. Also, Moto has promised an upgrade to Android N and O for the device. 🙂

Cons:
Disclaimer: It is only if you’re a heavy camera user with each usage session ranging over 20 minutes (continuous use over 20 minutes) that you should worry about the cons written below.
1. The device gets hot if the camera is used over 20 minutes continuously.
2. There have been reports of heating with extended gaming sessions but I didn’t face any such problem and was able to play without any issues for over 30 minutes continuously (Moto rolled out an upgrade that resolved the issue, I guess).

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Final verdict:
If you’re a light user looking for a phone to cater to your needs of high media consumption, awesome quality camera, good battery life and a premium-looking build, go for it blindly. 🙂
Hope this helps, thank you.

PS: As promised it is set to receive the Android N update later this quarter. It’s going to be the first phone in the Moto line up to receive the update.

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