Call quality

The sound quality on both ends with the Moto E4 Plus is not one we would call perfect, but one can certainly work with it. It's a bit muffled, sure, but vowels don't get lost and you can understand what your callers are saying. The same can be said for your words on the other side.

Battery life

This thing is its own powerbank

The Moto E4 Plus has a 5,000 mAh battery to keep its lights on for… what seems like forever. The handset survived for more than 13 hours in our battery benchmark test, making it our current 2017 champion, followed closely by the Samsung Galaxy A7. This was reflected in our daily usage as the phone just refused to die. Two-day battery life? That's definitely achievable. Of course, it's worth noting that we used it as what it is — a budget phone that's best suited for barebones smartphone tasks.

Filling up that massive cell will take quite a bit of time as well — using the included charger, we still had to wait for 3 hours for the phone to get juiced from 0% to 100%.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 13h 20 min (Excellent)
HTC Desire 650 5h 40 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 10h 26 min (Excellent)
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 11h 31 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 194
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 106
ZTE Blade V8 Pro 90


It's a tough job to criticize a $180 handset. The Moto E4 Plus' display is certainly not perfect, its camera leaves a lot to be desired, its performance is only good for basic smartphone tasks. But one can justifiably argue that for this price, the Moto E4 does a good job as a basic smartphone.

We'd like to endearingly call the Moto E4 Plus a great low-cost “dadphone”. It's not about running all of those fancy-schmancy apps. It's about being cheap and easy to replace, it's about lasting an eternity on a single charge, and it's about getting your emails and chats on time. And this is where the crux of our criticism lies — unlike us, Motorola does not want the Moto E4 Plus to be perceived as a “dadphone”. On the contrary, with all that colorful marketing, LED flash for the selfie camera, and promises of crisp photos even in low light conditions (while they are fuzzy even in well-lit ones!), the company wants to appeal to youngsters on a tight budget.

Well, sorry kids, but this device isn't for you. In fact, it's not really good for anyone who's looking to run a demanding app on it or to take that stunning sunset selfie. On the other hand, if you are looking for a cheap backup, or need a device that will keep you connected for long, long times on a single charge, no bells and whistles, no song and dance, the Moto E4 Plus is definitely a good option.

What about alternatives? Well, if you don't want to be adventurous and order unknown Chinese-brand phones from questionable online vendors, you should check out the LG K20, Samsung Galaxy J3 or J7, all of which are in the ballpark of the Moto E4 Plus.

Moto E4 Plus review unit kindly provided by our friends at


  • Long battery life
  • Mostly stock Android experience
  • Pleasant design, sturdy build
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint scanner


  • Gets slow at times
  • Poor camera
  • Low display resolution

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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.


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.

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.


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


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


Posts: 130; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

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

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

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: 306; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Looks like we have a polterGates running amuck, changing up numbers at random. Thanks for catching it!
Moto E4 Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 427, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.1 Nougat

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