Lenovo Moto G4 in-depth review - G for good

I have always wholeheartedly recommended Motorola products, especially the Moto G family. But off-late i have had to explain my choice a lot. Why? Because of the sheer number of manufacturers and phones out there right now. So does the one-time king still live up to its lofty creds?

 Lenovo Moto G4 Review - G for good

Review by Sunetra Chakravati,9/21/2016 9:54:28 AM


out of 10



out of 5

Look and feel


out of 5

Ease of use


out of 5



out of 5

Battery life


Fully customisable form factor | Great screen | good camera


Too big | Not waterproof like previous iteration

- By Sunetra Chakravarti

Lenovo Moto G4 in-depth review: Look & feel

Make no mistakes, this is a large phone. Gone are the days of almost petite Moto G, this one is 5.5-inches diagonally and although it doesn't weigh too much at 155g, probably down to the (primarily) plastic body, it is still a slightly awkward hold.

In good news, the backplate comes off for you to be able to insert the SIM card and the microSD card, but the bad news is that the battery, also accessible this way, is not removable.

Moto maker allows you to try out a range of different looks for the phone so you are not stuck with anything that I don't want on your phone.

Lenovo Moto G4 in-depth review: Display

The display is now Full HD and that’s what you will find on most under-£400 handsets. And for a phone that costs less than £200, the display does the job just right. With good viewing angles onboard, you can tweak the settings in the display menu to personalise the way you see colours and hues on screen.


Lenovo Moto G4 in-depth review: Performance

It is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 on here along with a 2GB RAM and that is absolutely sufficient for day to day activities. The phone didn't struggle while playing games/streaming and there were no stutters either.

The most probable reason for that is the presence of unadulterated Android here which, without heavy skins and frills does the job just fine. I am a great fan of pure Android and think most performance issues arise from fancy overlays that are just not required. And that’s exactly the case here.

Battery-wise you get over a day’s worth and the inclusion of fast charge helps make matters much easier. For every 10 minutes of charging, you get 15 percent worth of battery life and the phone goes from 0-100 in a little over an hour.

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Lenovo Moto G4 in-depth review: Camera

The 13-MP camera is a good point and shoot option and the 5-MP front facing one isn't bad either. Double twist your arm while holding the phone to launch the camera app and auto focus is very fast, making sure you get the best results every time. There is a pro mode on there for fancy instagramming and you also get the option to shoot Full HD videos.

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Should I buy the Lenovo Moto G4?

The G4 is a very well-rounded smartphone. Sensible pricing, pure android, good cameras and no-nonsense build quality coupled with the infinite customisation options make it an almost irresistible budget option, but I would have preferred for it to be slightly smaller, waterproof and with a non-plastic body. But it is great as it is.

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Lenovo Moto G4 specifications

Price £169.99

OS Android™ 6.0.1, Marshmallow

Processor Snapdragon™ 617 octa-core processor with 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU RAM 2GB

Storage 16GB

Dimensions 153 x 76.6 x 7.9-9.8mm

Weight 155g

Display 5.5" 1080p Full HD, 401 ppi

Battery 3,000 mAh

Rear Camera 13 MP, f/2.0 aperture, 4X zoom, Auto HDR, 1080p videos Front camera 5 MP, f/2.2 aperture, Wide-angle lens, display flash

Misc: Ports Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack