Motorola Moto G4 Play review
The water repellent Moto phone
Design - Front ported speakers
The Motorola Moto G4 Play is designed to entertain and sound is key, when we consider watching videos, playing games or listening to music. To this end, the Moto G4 Play has front ported loud speaker, as well as 2 microphones. The position of these helps to direct sound towards the user.
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The visual platform is offered through a 5” HD display and this has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which equates to 294 pixels per inch. Game play and multitasking is handled well with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad-core 1.2Ghz processor, with 1GB RAM.
As previously mentioned, the Moto G4 Play has a water repellent nano coating, to protect it against spills, splashes and a little rain. This Motorola phone is available in black or white, weighs 137g and has a thickness of 9.9mm.
Phone Set Up
Getting started - Transferring content
The existing content on a previous smartphone can be transferred onto the Moto G4 Play. There is plenty of internal memory, at 16GB, and a microSD card slot for expanding the memory up to 128GB.
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Content from a PC can be transferred over using the USB cable in the box. Head to the security option in the settings menu to set up a lock screen PIN, password or pattern.
Operating system - Pure Android
Motorola, as it has done on previous phones, offers a pure Android Marshmallow experience. This means that you can start with a clean slate and without lots of bloatware. This also means that the Moto G4 Play has a boost in performance, as it isn’t being slowed down by a bucket load of unneeded apps.
Of course, your choice of apps, games and other content can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Even though the Android experience is pure, you still get Google’s essential apps, such as the Chrome browser and Google Maps.
User interface - The Moto touch
The Moto touch gives you a gesture to shrink the screen size, for easy one-handed navigation of websites and apps. A discreet preview of notifications is offered, without unlocking the phone, and Google Voice Search is on-hand and waiting for your to say ‘OK Google’.
The Moto G4 Play is NFC-enabled for contact-less payments, connecting to NFC-enabled Bluetooth speakers or connecting to other NFC-enabled smartphones. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack for connecting headphones.
Camera & Video
Photography - Always the best shot
The 8MP camera, which has a f/2.2 aperture and larger than normal pixels, always gets the best shot. The camera shoots before and after you touch the screen, recognising issues like blinking eyes and blurred subjects. The Moto G4 Play then assesses the photos for you and recommends the best result.
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Low light photography is taken care of with an LED flash on the main camera and a display flash on the 5MP selfie camera. The main camera has a 4x digital zoom, Auto HDR, Panorama mode and video recording at 30 frames per second, at 1080p HD quality.
Upon purchase, Google is offering two years of free storage at original quality through Google Photos. This means that you can automatically back up your precious photos and Google Photos will organise them and make them search enabled.
Power - All day performance
The 2,800mAh battery is high capacity and should easily give the average user an all-day battery life.
Final thoughts: Our Motorola Moto G4 Play review has showed us that it is quite easy to get an inexpensive Android smartphone, with a well rounded set of features and good performance. It is definitely a phone that will not disappoint those who do not wish to empty the bank account.
Written by: Michael Brown