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Motorola Moto E4 Review

Motorola Moto E4
Motorola Moto E4 Review


The Moto E series hit the scene in mid-2014, quick on the heels of the Moto G’s success in the mid-range market. While the G series has offered solid, though intermediate, hardware at less than half the cost of high-end flagships, the E series was priced and configured specifically for entry-level consumers. Delivering a similarly high value proposition in the $100 - $200 price range – even in the days when 2-year contracts were all the rage – MSRP on the E series was kept low, typically hovering around the $100 mark. This year, we see the return of this low-cost performer – now in its 4th generation – dubbed the Moto E4. Selling for $129.99, an unlocked version is available on Motorola’s website. And although the Verizon prepaid variant is inexplicably listed at $199 on their website, it’s been permanently on sale since its launch, priced at an ultra-competitive $69.99. The question is: has the company done enough with the E series to move the brand along while also executing on its own standard of entry-level value?

In the box:

  • Moto E4
  • Wall charger
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Quick-start guide


Polished edges and a textured plastic back help give the E4 a more solid look and feel; the fingerprint scanner adds a touch of technological class

Motorola Moto E4 Review
Motorola Moto E4 Review
Motorola Moto E4 Review
Motorola Moto E4 Review

The Moto E4 won’t be winning any awards for amazing thinness or groundbreaking design curves, but the thicker, still rounded sides give the E4 a solid feel in the hand. The micro-textured plastic back meets the polished plastic edges of the phone snugly to create a tight, cohesive seal. Sure, a fingernail can easily pry between the two – which it’s meant to allow – but there’s very little concern of the back flying off during a bad drop. Below the screen, we find the devices fingerprint sensor – which itself is not a physical button, but rather built into the face of the device – something we’re happy to see in this price range. Aside from adding security, this also serves to promote a more premium fit and finish for the device, raising the bar slightly for entry-level competitors. Above the screen is a 5-megapixel selfie camera, accompanied by a single-LED flash for those who shan’t let low light spoil their selfies. Around back you’ll find Motorola’s familiar camera bump, a modestly raised glass circle encompassing the 8-megapixel lens and single-LED flash. Motorola says the device is “water-repellent” thanks to nanocoating which “creates a water-repellent barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes, or light rain.” While not fully waterproof, some level of resistance is more than you’ll see in most phones from this price range.

Motorola Moto E4
5.69 x 2.83 x 0.37 inches
144.5 x 72 x 9.3 mm
5.29 oz (150 g)

Motorola Moto E4

Motorola Moto E4 Plus
6.1 x 3.05 x 0.38 inches
155 x 77.5 x 9.55 mm
6.38 oz (181 g)

Motorola Moto E4 Plus

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
5.33 x 2.61 x 0.31 inches
135.4 x 66.2 x 7.9 mm
4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

Motorola Moto G5
5.68 x 2.87 x 0.37 inches
144.3 x 73. x 9.5 mm
5.13 oz (146 g)

Motorola Moto G5

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Colors appear vivid, but limited range and low pixel-density can blend details and flatten images

Motorola Moto E4 Review

As can be expected of such a budget-friendly device, the display isn’t breath-taking but certainly gets the job done. For most, the color range and clarity of this 720 x 1280 px screen will be sufficient, as it does reproduce colors well, albeit within a more limited range than a flagship device might have. The narrower color gamut and below average pixel density (294ppi) serve to soften edges and provide less detail overall. On the other hand, brightness is good, and coupled with the vivid color scheme, provides more than enough detail for the average user.

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posted on 04 Jul 2017, 10:37 2

4. Mr.mobile (Posts: 91; Member since: 09 Mar 2017)

Where is full review phonearena no display benchmarks no battery life chart, please post a full review

posted on 04 Jul 2017, 10:44 1

5. Settings (Posts: 2411; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

There are 3 more pages of the review. What are you cackling about?

posted on 04 Jul 2017, 11:06 1

6. itsikkan (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Jun 2017)

Oh boy. I never thought that a crappie phone like that will get a better score than phones like htc u11 or one plus 5. I think maybe the reviewers lost their minds...

posted on 04 Jul 2017, 11:28 2

9. Khyron (Posts: 311; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)

the ironic here is that a $100 does more 3 times more multitasking than the $700 iPhone 7 plus
who care if the iPhone launch 1 second faster games when this $100 device does more task

posted on 04 Jul 2017, 15:36

11. domfonusr (Posts: 640; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

I have a Moto E 2nd gen, and it also has a poor camera, but I really don't care that much, as I have never truly needed a high-end camera for anything (my Nokia E75 took better pictures than my Moto E, but I almost never used the camera, either). I really really REALLY hope this new Moto E4 comes to Cricket, especially if it is cheaper than the unlocked version. I would happily pay the Verizon price of $69.99, but I know that might be a little unrealistic to ask for in this case.

And as for the score, just remember that this is taking into account that it is competing against other hundred-dollar phones in the entry-level. If a Moto E scores the same score as a Samsung flagship, I don't expect the hundred dollar phone to be the equivalent of the flagship phone. They aren't competing with each other at all. People have really gotten lost as to what a multi-tier scoring system is for.

posted on 05 Jul 2017, 05:01

12. sascha76 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jul 2017)

wow as usual this is a joke, just because its cheep doesn't mean its justified the 8.5 better than U11 and Oneaplus 5 that is so frustrating. but it seems like they dont care what people say that.
follow this site which is a shame, this is just no realistic anymore and a total waist of time

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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 427, Quad-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.69 x 2.83 x 0.37 inches
(144.5 x 72 x 9.3 mm)
5.29 oz  (150 g)

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