Camera

A fuzzy mess


We were optimistic about the Moto E4 Plus' 13 MP camera, but it was quick to let us down. Even in perfect lighting, the snapper produces noisy photos with washed up details. Its dynamic range is pretty bad, too, meaning lit up areas are easy to burn out and shadows often turn into depressing darkness. Its color reproduction is close to reality, but the photos end up looking so dark, dull, and uninspiring that it's hard to capture anything enjoyable.

The phone does have an HDR feature, but using it is tricky. While it does widen the camera's dynamic range to a somewhat acceptable level, it takes so long for the HDR shot to be taken that chances are high you will shake the phone and the resulting photo will have a bit of ghosting in it.



Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 2.7
4.5
804
658
HTC Desire 650 3.3
6.2
367
330
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 1.8
2.6
1118
669
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 1.7
2
775
615

What about the selfie camera? Oh my does it carry over the terrible imaging. Details are fuzzy and getting an accidental shaky shot is super-easy, even in well-lit conditions. The presence of an LED flash next to the front camera implies that it takes good selfies, but in reality it does not.

What about video recording? Mostly a shaky and fuzzy mess that has a terrible time with exposure and looks like it's just out of focus most of the time.

So yeah, the camera is bad. Sure, it can be used for some social media shenanigans, but don't expect quality memorabilia out of it.



Multimedia

It's not all about the large screen

Sure, the Moto E4 Plus has a 5.5-inch display and one would think that's great for watching video. However, its low pixel-per-inch density of 267 leaves a lot to be desired in terms of image sharpness. As previously mentioned, you can't really enjoy a YouTube clip in 60 FPS, as the handset will inevitably start stuttering while loading the rest of the video. So it's not really a video-consumer's device.

The single speaker is nice and loud. The Dolby Atmos app on board will allow you to tweak EQ settings to kind of offset the “tinny speaker” effect that so many smartphones are plagued by. While you won't be able to enjoy your phat beats for sure, you can definitely get an acceptable sound to come out from the Moto E4 Plus — good for your podcasts or entertaining clips.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 0.45
HTC Desire 650 0.22
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 1.015
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 0.58
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 78
HTC Desire 650 69
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 77.6
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 64.9


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9 Comments

1. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

"with a maximum of 680 nits and a minimum 2 nits" then why 395 nits and 6 nits in the list?

2. paul.k

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Looks like we have a polterGates running amuck, changing up numbers at random. Thanks for catching it!

3. shamrock_sean

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I recently purchased one of these in the UK which has 3 gig ram & sadly found it stuttery at times. Could be the processor I think. Also found the signal strength terrible which was a surprise for Motorola. The screen despite what Phone Arena stated is nice and bright,colourful and doesn't look pixelated. I returned the handset cos of poor signal

4. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

Again just 13h SOT with 720p screen and 5000mah battery, when can I see 20hours of SOT

5. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

I wonder ever year they say we have improved by 15-20% faster charging speed look from quick chager 3-4 they are same not much improved , a 4000mah battery should charger from 0-100% in 70 minutes in half and hour 65% and a 4000mah battery phone with 5-5" 1080p super amoled screen should give a battery life of 20hours of phone arena SCreen on time (SOT) and gsmarena battery should be have 3G TT- 30H Web browsing -18H Video playback - 25H There are no improvement from 2 years not even in SD 820,SD821,Sd835,A9,A10 where is battery life high end SOC makers

6. Mr.mobile

Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

And one more thing there are lot of soc but still why would you people won't give us best of 2017 like mi phone only have good soc that's it , example we need Latest soc even far entry level category $100 like SD 430,SD435 Sd 450 Budget catagory far $200-250 SD625,SD626,SD630 Mediatek helio P20,P25 Mid flagship far $300-350- Helio x25 ,x30 ,SD630, Flagship Sd 835 And each every android phone should have this Corning goirla glass Metal unidoy 6000-7000series aluminum Volte Dual sim+Sd card support Front flash Fast charging Super amoled display USB- type c Quick charge 2.0-3.0-4.0 charger in a box Good in earphones Bluetooth 5 Latest android os 7.1.2 with latest security update and even far budget catagory phone of $100 should get uoto 2 years of Android updates in month of NOV

7. euskalzabe

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 02, 2017

For ~$200, seems like the Asus Zenfone 3 Laser is a much better option than this Moto E4 Plus.

8. RAJESHPANCHAL

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 27, 2017

This motorola e4 plus one issue is there ... while mobile ideal or screen off u are not received any call from any operator this is software issue...voltee not working.

9. smithellison

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 02, 2017

Gretel GT6000 Vs Moto E4 Plus From the specs, both phones look similar: quick charger, front fingerprint sensor, 5MP front camera with selfile flash and 2GB RAM. However, the Gretel GT6000 offers up a bigger battery life, dual rear cameras, fashion colors and lower price than Moto E4 plus. From a design perspective, they're both solid, made from a combination of metal and plastic. At last, if you want a dual rear cameras phones with bigger battery smartphone and lower price, the Gretel GT6000 is perfect for you.
Moto E4 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 427, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh

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