Moto G4 Play Review
Calls on the G4 Play sound just fine, and the phone features the same dual-mic arrangement as other G4 models; honestly, something would have to be seriously broken for us to be disappointed here. And it's especially nice to know that the handset's support for all the major US carriers means that we can pick the one whose service is best in our area, without having to sacrifice any options.
Meager power requirements stretch this battery for day-long usage – and then some
When you're buying a budget-priced phone, you expect that you'll have to make some sacrifices, but luckily battery life doesn't tend to be among them. Often as a consequence of the decreased power demands of lower-end components, we see battery life stretching well beyond what even flagships enjoy.
That's very much the case with the Moto G4 Play, getting about ten-and-a-half hours of life from its 2,800mAh battery in our custom endurance test – screen-on the whole time. While that comes up short of the Moto Z Play Droid with its pushing-fourteen-hours battery life, that phone also costs more than twice as much.
Carrying the phone around, day-long battery life quickly became a given, and two solid days of casual usage isn't outside the hardware's reach. Unfortunately, charging speed isn't nearly as impressive as battery life, taking well over four hours to reach full charge. While the phone should support Quick Charge 2.0, a compatible fast charger isn't included with the handset.
The ancient Greeks advised us, “know thyself,” and that's an important aphorism to keep in mind when considering the Moto G4 Play. Yeah, the processor is all kinds of old, the camera is serviceable, at best, and we find neither tons of storage, nor the sort of Moto Maker customizations available for higher-end Motos.
The Moto G4 Play may not be a particularly flashy smartphone, but it's got a nice, clean Android interface, it's capable enough for browsing the web and keeping up on your social media, and it's got some pretty commendable battery life.
There's supposed to be an even more affordable version of the G4 Play available as an Amazon Prime exclusive, adding lockscreen offers and ads. And while that model sold for $100 just a few weeks back, right now it's going for the same price as the standard edition; we've reached out to try and clarify exactly what's going on there, and will update you as we learn more.
If you don't need a lot of phone, or maybe want a backup model in case something happens to your regular daily driver, there's a lot to like in the Moto G4 Play. It's certainly not going to be for everyone, but as far as really budget-priced models go, it's one of the better ones.