Motorola Moto E4 Review

Motorola Moto E4

Call Quality

Calls are something that can so easily be overlooked in phones today, but especially in a phone at this price, it had better nail at least this much. Thankfully, it does. Calls are clear as any phone we’ve tested. This is true for both the caller and the receiver, although the speakerphone is quieter than we find useful for most practical applications.

Battery Life

The E4 had no issues lasting through a full day of moderate use, and could feasibly eek out the better part of two with lighter usage. Charging time, on the other hand, requires two hours exactly to bring this 2800 mAh battery from 0 to 100.


At the entry-level price-point, the name of the game is value – possibly more so than any other category. In a mobile landscape where flagships regularly push the $1000 mark, the disparity in price has never been greater. Fortunately, less money doesn’t always have to mean lesser quality.

Priced at $129.99 for an unlocked version, and as low as $69.99 on Verizon, the E4 delivers undeniable bang for your buck. Of course, there are compromises, namely the camera. Inconsistent image quality plagues this sensor which, at its best, produces passable, albeit low-detail shots, and at its worst blurs pictures with noise, tints, and over-exposure. It’s hard to tell what you’ll get until your camera’s on the subject, but all in all, the camera will suffice for most users in this price range. Other than this, we enjoyed using the Moto E4. The implementation of near-stock Android mated with Qualcomm’s savvy internals made for a smooth and reliable user experience. Multi-tasking was easy, powering through the tasks we delegated relatively unfazed, save for some occasional stutters with larger applications. The proverbial ‘icing on the cake’ comes in the form of a highly-competent fingerprint scanner, which only requires a quick tap to do its job.

It seems that Motorola has once again succeeded in building reliability and capability into an offering equipped with the basics of what we expect in smartphones today – doing so in one very budget-friendly package.


  • Very competitive pricing
  • Solid build quality
  • Excellent fingerprint sensor adds value
  • Capable internals handle multi-tasking needs with only occasional hiccups


  • Camera is unpredictable and generally produces noisy images
  • Display lacks detail, sometimes shows a bluish tint
PhoneArena rating:
8.5Very good
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Very good
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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