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Motorola Moto E4 Plus Review


Posted: , by Paul K. Paul K.

Categories: Motorola, Android

Interface and functionality

Moto being Moto


UI of the Motorola Moto E4 Plus
The Moto app
The Dolby Atmos sound profiler
If there is one thing Moto's phones are synonymous for, it's having a clean interface. The only non-Google apps you will find out of the box are the Dolby Atmos sound profiler, which you can use to play with your speaker's EQ, and the Moto app, which enables one-handed mode, a terrible blue light filter (Night Mode) that leaves your display looking like a yellow mess, discreet notifications a-la Ambient Display, and fingerprint scanner gestures that replace the on-screen navbar. Whether you like the latter is subjective for sure. We have to say we grew tired of having to swipe left on the fingerprint scanner in order to do a “back”, so we just went back to the good old virtual buttons.

Other than that, the Moto E interface remains largely unscathed — save for a few of the system app icons and the wallpapers, you've got pretty much the same Android UI here as you'd get on a Nexus or Pixel device.

So, how does it run? Well the performance is mostly stable. It's not the fastest to launch or switch apps, and there are definitely stutters and framedrops to be seen when checking out your daily feed of social media posts and emails, especially if you are juggling a Facebook Chat Head or two. But unless you try to play a demanding game or try to apply a 3D filter like a Snapchat Lens on your mug, the device runs... OK. Which brings us to our next point...

Processor and memory

Hey, it's a budget phone — don't push it

It goes without saying that if you are looking to play games like Vainglory or Injustice 2 on your phone, you probably aren't looking for a device in the sub-$200 range. While the Moto E4 Plus does its best to try and run such games, stutters, lags, and terrible framerates will be present and you won't really have the best of times. In fact, even trying to watch a YouTube video on the 720p / 60 FPS setting gave us some frame drops, presumably while the phone was busy caching the clip forward. General smartphone usage and light, simple apps are fine for this guy, but don't go overloading it.

We've got a couple of storage options to pick from — 16 GB and 32 GB. Keep in mind that the phone's software takes up about 7 GB when making your choice. Whichever you go for, you can still expand it via a microSD card of up to 128 GB.

Benchmarks
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Connectivity

Open for everybody

The Moto E4 Plus is currently a freelancer — sold as an unlocked device, attached to no carrier plans or deals. The good news? It supports a wide range of bands and is essentially compatible with all 4 major mobile providers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

The cell modem supports LTE Cat 4, which means up to 18.7 MB down and 6.2 MB upload. The Wi-Fi modem doesn't support the speedy 802.11 ac standard, but has 802.11 a/b/g/n, and “n” should still be fast enough for the needs of this device.

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