Motorola Moto E4 review
Budget friendly, better spec
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The Moto E4 is slightly more expensive at approx £130, but the extra £30 makes quite a difference.
The Moto E4 has a better screen resolution, faster processor, a later version of Android Nougat, better cameras and a bigger battery. It is pretty clear to me, that if you have that extra £30, then spending it on the Moto E4 will be worthwhile investment.
So, let’s get on with our Moto E4 review.
The Moto E4 has a 5” HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display is made from 2.5D curved glass, which gives the edges a smoother finish.
This makes the display a little more finger friendly, when swiping in or out of the screen.
The Moto E4 has a metal design and the colour choices are Fine Gold or Licorice Black. The phone is easy to grip with a 9.3mm thickness and it isn’t too heavy at 150g.
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The best news in the design department isn’t the metal design, it is the extra practicality added by the phone having a water repellent coating. This gives this Moto phone splash and rain resistance, keeping it in good working order, no matter the conditions.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.4GHz processor with 2GB RAM gives a marked improvement over both the Moto E3 and the Moto C, when it comes to speed and reducing lag.
Phone Set Up
Security and transferring data
There will be several versions of the Moto E4 released into different regions. One version will have a fingerprint reader for security and unlocking, but another version will not.
At this point in time we do not know which versions will come to the UK.
We do know that the Moto E4 will have a 16GB internal memory, which can be used for transferring content over from an old smartphone or iPhone.
Android 7.1 Nougat
The Moto E4 runs Android 7.1 Nougat and this refreshed edition of Nougat adds a few extra features. First off, there are App Shortcuts, where a long press on the app creates a pop-up with a choice of launch actions. This could mean that in a messaging app you can jump straight into an existing conversation.
7.1 Nougat will also let you send GIFs directly from the keyboard (in supported apps) and access Google’s new range of emoji. As with all versions of the Android OS, you get Google apps pre-loaded, such as the Chrome web browser, Maps, YouTube and Gmail.
The Moto E4 enhances media with a two-in-one speaker that produces a loudness of 84dB. There is also a dual microphone configuration for improved call quality.
Camera & Video
The Moto E4 has an 8MP camera with autofocus and a 71 degrees lens. Photography is aided by a LED flash, HDR, Panorama, Burst Mode and Beautification Mode.
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You can also shoot video at a quality of 1080p, which is the same resolution as the display, so there is no quality loss during playback.
The 5MP selfie camera has a 74 degrees lens, which is handy for getting more people into the shot at a closer range. Similar to the main camera, photography is aided by a LED flash, Burst Mode, HDR and Beautification Mode.