Motorola/Lenovo is doing great things of the mobile industry, but it seems they are not doing well at marketing the little guys.
When I first got the Moto G4 Play, I was pumped…it gave me so much for the money. Now I have the Moto E4, which is their new line they brought to the US. This phone offers more than the G4 Play, and does it better with some new features. For starters, let’s take a quick look at the specs.
- 5 inch HD (720p) Display
- SD Card Slot w/adaptive storage
- 5mp/8mp cameras LED front/rear
- Fingerprint reader
- 2800mAh battery
- Moto Gestures
- Front facing speaker
Those are the ones I feel need to be highlighted, but the phone overall has been great. The screen on this phone is well, very good. It’s crystal clear in my usage, and looks good at most angles. When watching videos, it looks really nice. The speaker on the Moto E4 is really loud, and not just because it’s facing you. It is really a good speaker, those that have it can agree more than likely.
The build quality on the Moto E4 is nothing short of Motorola/Lenovo, as we know them today. It’s the same design, but it just works. The phone feels great in the hand, and also looks really sleek compared to other phones in this range. It fits good in any pocket/purse (ladies), and will not take up much room at all. It’s small enough, but also big enough for regular use daily.
The fact that this phone has a fingerprint reader, is something to be excited about. While it’s not the fastest, it’s still there. I don’t need the fastest fingerprint reader, I need one that works. And this is one that does what it’s supposed to do.
The phone has Moto Gestures, and they are very handy. Double clicking the power button will turn on your camera, unlock some other Moto phones that you can just twist your wrist. The screen briefly comes on when you get notifications, and when you pick it up they will show as well. There is no chop for the flashlight feature, but at you still have one. The phone also has an FM Radio, which something most smartphones should have. Why they don’t, I have no clue. Plug in your wired headphones, and BOOM…local radio stations right there on your phone. Nothing else needed.
Cameras on the Moto E4 surprised me, as they are really good for a phone of this price range. Motorola has done well with putting good cameras in most all of their phones, and this one is no exception. It really does have good cameras, (see below).
Battery life on the phone is nothing short of good, taking you though several days on a single charge depending on your usage habits. The phone has a 720p display, and should last you all day. With heavy use, you can grab more than 6 to 7 hours of screen on time with a single charge. Stretch that over 3 to 5 days, and you are looking at about 3 to 4 hours of screen on time. Now that is great battery life considering it only has a 2800mAh battery inside. Also, the battery is removable. So if you have a Moto G4 Play sitting around, you now have a spare battery. They are the same size.
Overall, this phone can easily be used as my daily driver, because I’m doing it right now. It’s a great option for everyone, of all ages I say. Very affordable, and checks almost all the boxes for daily use of a smartphone by today’s standards.
I’ve got my first impressions, and some video on the cameras below. Check them out, and stay tuned for more on the Moto E4 soon.
First impressions and unboxing.
Camera review, front and rear.