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Motorola Moto E4 Review

Motorola Moto E4

Call Quality

Motorola Moto E4 Review

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.


Motorola Moto E4 Review

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
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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: 642; 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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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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