Mo­torola G4 (2016)

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As ex­pected, Mo­torola has launched a new Moto G bud­get phone for 2016. Now owned by Len­ovo (pre­vi­ously Google), the smart­phone maker has kept the fa­mil­iar de­sign of its pre­de­ces­sor. It has the same over­all look and feel, but tweak­ing it enough to give it some fresh­ness and in­di­vid­u­al­ity. For ex­am­ple, the dim­pled ‘M’ for Mo­torola has been re­moved from the cam­era sur­round. The build is still plas­tic, but the G4 feels good in the hand.

The good news is that you can cus­tomise the phone via Moto Maker ( Here you can choose dif­fer­ent front and back colours and five ac­cent colours. You’ll also be able se­lect how much stor­age you want and op­tion­ally add an en­grav­ing to the rear cover. The lat­ter is the only cos­metic item, which adds £5 to the price.

While the 2015 Moto G is fully wa­ter­proof, the G4 has been down­graded in this re­spect. Now it’s sim­ply splash proof, so you can’t go dunk­ing it com­pletely in wa­ter. Mo­torola told us that most con­sumers only need pro­tec­tion from splashes, so avoided the ex­tra cost of mak­ing it fully wa­ter­proof.

One of our only com­plaints about the de­sign is that the vol­ume rocker is a lit­tle tricky to use as it sits a lit­tle too flush with the case. We also imagine the groove for the ear­piece above the screen will get clogged with dirt over time.


The G4’s screen has in­creased in size from 5- to 5.5in, which is a rea­son­able amount to add, and the res­o­lu­tion has also gone from 720p to Full HD 1080p.

We re­ally like the display with its nat­u­ral but punchy colour re­pro­duc­tion, de­cent con­trast and ex­cel­lent view­ing an­gles from the IPS panel. You’ll strug­gle to find bet­ter for un­der £200.

There are a few key hard­ware up­grades to ad­dress be­yond the screen. First, the new pro­ces­sor, which is a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 617 chip. It of­fers octa-core CPUs (up to 1.5GHz A53 cores), Cat 7 LTE and Adreno 405 graphics.

Dur­ing test­ing we found per­for­mance to be very good in gen­eral use and the bench­mark re­sults are good, too. As you can see op­po­site, the num­bers in Geek­bench 3, GFXBench and Jet­Stream are healthily up from the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, and keep up with more ex­pen­sive phones such as the new Sam­sung Galaxy A5.

That’s a good start and the Moto G4 now has 16GB of stor­age and 2GB of RAM as stan­dard, which is dou­ble the en­try-level Moto G from last year. A 32GB model is also avail­able for an ex­tra £30.

There are no frills when it comes to con­nec­tiv­ity. There’s still no NFC, which is a shame, but the Moto G4 does have that all-im­por­tant 4G LTE sup­port (still Cat 4). Blue­tooth is now ver­sion 4.1 and a Mi­cro-USB port rather than the newer Type-C.

The G4 has a 3000mAh bat­tery, which is sadly non-re­mov­able, de­spite the rear cover snap­ping off. Mo­torola of­fers 24-hour bat­tery life and ‘Turbo Charg­ing’, which gives you six hours bat­tery life from a short 15-minute charge. In our bench­mark test, the G4 lasted a de­cent nine hours 22 min­utes, with a score of 3750. Time-wise that’s up there with the Sam­sung Galaxy S7.

The screen has in­creased from 5- to 5.5in, which is a rea­son­able amount to add, and the res­o­lu­tion has also gone from 720p to Full HD 1080p

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