Motorola Moto E4 Plus review
With out Motorola Moto E4 Plus review, there really is only one story and that is one of the massive battery held within. You simply will not get a bigger battery for your buck, with a budget pricing of from £159.95 (contract pricing is as yet unconfirmed).
Large display and a solid design
The Moto E4 Plus has a large 5.5” HD (720 x 1280 pixels) display, which gives us 267 pixels per inch. This is okay for a phone in this pricing bracket but it is more pleasing to see a very decent 395 nits of brightness, which will help to make the screen more visible when in the great outdoors.
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Just like most other phones, the front face is covered in 2.5D glass and the curved edges are less abrasive when swiping in or out from the touch screen. The smoothness continues with a smooth metal back, coloured in either Iron Grey or Fine Gold.
The large battery piles on the weight and girth of this Moto phone, stretching them to 198g and with a 9.55mm thickness.
There is however an unexpected benefit here. As the phone is so thick, the camera module is actually indented, so there is less of a risk of scratching the lens when putting the phone down.
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As with almost all other Motorola phones, the Moto E4 Plus is protected on the inside and outside with a water repellent nano coating. This is not designed to allow you to submerge the phone but it will resist splashes and rain showers.
Phone Set Up
The fingerprint reader on the Moto E4 Plus is quick and accurate. Built into the home button, the fingerprint sensor can be used to replace the virtual onscreen navigation bar. This allows you to enjoy more usable screen area with simple gestures, such as swiping to the left to go back.
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When setting up this Motorola phone, you can choose whether or not to use this feature, as some may still prefer to see the virtual buttons on the screen.
For a phone in this pricing bracket, the internal memory is pretty typical at 16GB. You can easily move your content across from an iPhone or smartphone and the memory can be expanded through the microSD card slot, which accepts cards with a value of up to 128GB.
The Moto E4 Plus runs on Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system. This latest edition brings with it a few new features:
- Notifications - You can expand notification windows to see more information and you can respond to emails and messages from within the notification window itself.
- Split screen windows - With this feature you can run two apps side-by-side on the display. This works really well for playing a video while browsing your social feed.
- Google Assistant - The official Google Assistant is at your beck and call and is more proactive and intuitive than ever before.
Motorola has added a few extras and these are namely Night Mode, which reduces eye strain by using warmer colour tones and the Moto app, which enables a one-handed mode.
The Moto E4 Plus has 4G and Wi-Fi internet connectivity and the MediaTek quad-core 1.3GHz processor with 3GB RAM handles internet browsing well.
A two-in-one 84dB speaker produces enough sound for enjoying music, while call quality is ensured through dual Dolby Atmos microphones.
Camera & Video
The Moto E4 Plus camera takes impressive 13MP photos through its 78o lens. Photography is aided by a LED flash and you can play around with burst mode, HDR, panorama and a beautification mode.
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The camera can also record video at 720p quality, which is the same resolution as the display.
5MP selfie camera
The 5MP selfie camera has a 74o lens with the same shooting modes as the main camera. The selfie camera also gets its own LED flash, which is a pretty handy edition.
This is not a misprint, the Moto E4 Plus really does have a 5,000mAh battery. Two days of mixed use is certainly on the cards and it is possible to get up to 510 hours of standby or up to 22 hours of talk time.
With such big reserves, Motorola has included a 10W rapid charger and this gives hours of use from minutes of charge.
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Written by: Michael Brown