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Motorola Moto G4 Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 613 reviews of Motorola Moto G4 Play. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and battery. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the sound.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Moto G4 Play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Techradar Great Value 2017

Expert review by: Cameron Faulkner (techradar.com)

Moto G4 Play review

 

Moto's low-end phone raises the budget bar

Android Marshmallow-powered ; Excellent value ; Simple, appealing design

Only supports 2.4GHz band ; No gyroscope ; Doesn't handle multitasking too well

Is a blisteringly fast gaming experience on a 2K resolution screen important to you? If it's not, the Moto G4 Play may very well have everything you're looking for in a phone for next to nothing unlocked.

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Patrick Holland (cnet.co.uk)

Motorola Moto G4 Play review

 

If the Moto G4 didn't exist, the stepped-down (and even cheaper) Motorola Moto G4 Play would be the deal of the century. For just $150 (or $100 for Amazon Prime members who submit to Amazon Prime ads, like this ), £130 and AU$279, you get a budget...

Motorola's Moto G4 Play is the most affordable phone in the G4 line. It's splash-resistant, comes loaded with a near stock version of Android 6.0, has great battery life and can be used on any major carrier in the US.

The G4 Play lags when playing games and taking panoramic photos. The display can be hard to read in direct sunlight and you won't be able to customize the phone using Motorola's Moto Maker website.

If you're on the hunt for an affordable phone with pretty long battery life, the Motorola Moto G4 Play deserves your attention. But the regular Moto G4 gives you even better features for just a little more cash.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

Motorola Moto G4 Play review

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You might be considering the Motorola Moto G4 Play as it's fairly cheap. But is the benefit of its low price matched by fantastic quality, or will it cause you nothing but frustration? Make sure you read our full review of this mobile phone before you...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Matthew Miller (zdnet.com)

Moto G4 Play review: The best $150 you can spend on a modern Android smartphone

 

In compliance with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall , I returned my phone and am waiting for my $930 refund from T-Mobile. After a week with the new Moto G4 Play , I'm really starting to question whether or not I need to pay five times the price of one...

Low price with customization options, even less expensive with Amazon Prime ; Snappy performance with pure Android OS experience ; Solid camera performance ; Removable battery ; MicroSD card storage expansion

No NFC, so no Android Pay support ; Poor speaker quality

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Patrick Holland (cnet.com)

Motorola Moto G4 Play review

 

If the Moto G4 didn't exist, the stepped-down (and even cheaper) Motorola Moto G4 Play would be the deal of the century. For just $150 (or $100 for Amazon Prime members who submit to Amazon Prime ads, like this ), £130 and AU$279, you get a budget...

Motorola's Moto G4 Play is the most affordable phone in the G4 line. It's splash-resistant, comes loaded with a near stock version of Android 6.0, has great battery life and can be used on any major carrier in the US.

The G4 Play lags when playing games and taking panoramic photos. The display can be hard to read in direct sunlight and you won't be able to customize the phone using Motorola's Moto Maker website.

If you're on the hunt for an affordable phone with pretty long battery life, the Motorola Moto G4 Play deserves your attention. But the regular Moto G4 gives you even better features for just a little more cash.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Ajay Kumar (pcmag.com)

Motorola Moto G4 Play

 

The Moto G4 Play is the smallest, least expensive phone in Motorola's unlocked G4 lineup, with decent overall performance and broad carrier compatibility.

Affordable. Compact design. Stock Android UI with no bloatware. Compatible with all major carriers. Excellent call quality. Long battery life.

Dim display. Not great for gaming.

Conclusions Overall, the Motorola Moto G4 Play is basically a more compact, less expensive version of its larger siblings. a wide range of carrier bands, has decent overall performance, and runs a clean build of Android. For $50 more, however, you can...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Julian Chokkattu (digitaltrends.com)

Lenovo Moto G4 Play review

 

Competition in the budget phone space has never been tougher, and the Moto G4 Play falls far short of the mark.

For $180, last year’s Moto G offered an ergonomic design, IPX7 waterproof rating, Moto Maker, and Moto Actions, It didn’t feel like a budget device, bar the occasional performance hiccup. You might have expected the new Moto G4 Play to continue on this...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Burns (slashgear.com)

Moto G4 Play Review : Another Entry-Level Hit

 

The latest in Lenovo's Moto G collection of devices is the "Play" of the G4 (2016) generation. This means the Moto G4 Play is the least of the pack, least impressive and least costly, too. Today we're going to judge whether this device is worth the...

Users looking for an decent device that’s solid, runs well, and has a battery that’ll last all day, this is it. Have a peek at our previous Moto G reviews and consider whether or not it’s worth buying a new Moto G4 Play for $149.99 USD, or if any of...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Patrick Holland (cnet.com.au)

Motorola Moto G4 Play review: Our second-favorite super-budget phone

 

If the Moto G4 didn't exist, the stepped-down (and even cheaper) Motorola Moto G4 Play would be the deal of the century. For just $150 (or $100 for Amazon Prime members who submit to Amazon Prime ads, like this), £130 and AU$279, you get a budget phone...

Motorola's Moto G4 Play is the most affordable phone in the G4 line. It's splash-resistant, comes loaded with a near stock version of Android 6.0, has great battery life and takes good outdoor photos

The G4 Play lags when playing games and taking panoramic photos. The display can be hard to read in direct sunlight and you won't be able to customize the phone using Motorola's Moto Maker website

If you're on the hunt for an affordable phone with pretty long battery life, the Motorola Moto G4 Play deserves your attention. But the regular Moto G4 gives you even better features for just a little more cash.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Jason Bouwmeester (techaeris.com)

Moto G4 Play review: An affordable smartphone with just the essentials

 

The Moto G4 Play is a smartphone with just the essentials at a great price.

Decent build quality, great price. Removable battery, microSD slot. FM radio functionality

Camera could use improvements. Speakers will do in a pinch but you'll definitely want to use headphones. No gyroscope which means no chop to flash or twist to open camera — two useful Moto features

If you’re after a smartphone with just the essentials at a great price, then you'll definitely want to consider the Moto G4 Play from Motorola.

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2800
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Call management

Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Vibrating Alert:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Geotagging:Y
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera aperture number:2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / White
Form factor:Bar

Display

Display diagonal:12.7
Display number of colours:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:294
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N / No
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Messaging

MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y

Multimedia

FM radio:Y

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA / HSPA+, UMTS
4G:Y / Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1 / 4.1 LE
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Performance

Graphics adapter:Adreno 306
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
USB port:Y / Yes

Processor

Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2
Processor Model:410 / MSM 8916

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:6.0.1

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:128 / 256
RAM capacity:2

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.9
Height :144.4
Weight:137
Width:72