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Motorola Moto E4 Plus Review

Motorola Moto E4 Plus

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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

Motorola Moto E4 Plus Review

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 Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Motorola Moto E4 Plus 13h 20 min (Excellent)
HTC Desire 650 5h 40 min (Average)
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
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Conclusion


Motorola Moto E4 Plus Review

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 Clove.co.uk



Pros

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

Cons

  • Gets slow at times
  • Poor camera
  • Low display resolution
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display5.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 427, Quad-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
2 GB RAM
Size6.10 x 3.05 x 0.38 inches
(155 x 77.5 x 9.55 mm)
6.38 oz  (181 g)

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