Moto G4 Handsets Designed to Entice Buyers With Strong Model Options

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-05-23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Moto G4 Handsets Designed to Entice Buyers With Strong Model Options

    Motorola is hoping to regain some of its former glory with new Moto G4 smartphones. The G4 Plus, in particular, has the right mix of features and pricing to gain notice.
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    A Surprisingly Big HD Display
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    A Surprisingly Big HD Display

    To its credit, Motorola didn't skimp on the size and quality of its Moto G4 Plus display, which is 5.5 inches and features a full-HD resolution. It's also important to note that the screen has Corning's Gorilla Glass to protect it from accidental spills.
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    Motorola's Moto Maker Is Back Again
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    Motorola's Moto Maker Is Back Again

    Motorola just can't quite get itself away from customization. Like the many other devices it sells, the Moto G4 Plus comes with support for Moto Maker, the company's full-service customization tool. So, users can swap colors, materials and much more to effectively create a fully customized version of their smartphone.
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    Motorola Includes Fingerprint Sensor in Affordable Handset
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    Motorola Includes Fingerprint Sensor in Affordable Handset

    Motorola made a smart move by delivering solid security with the G4 Plus. The smartphone comes with a fingerprint sensor that's designed specifically to be used to unlock the handset. In budget-friendly smartphones like this, it's an uncommon feature, so it's nice to see Motorola deliver it in the G4 Plus.
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    Pick Your Storage Option
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    Pick Your Storage Option

    Like most other Android-based smartphones, the G4 Plus comes with ways to expand storage size, even if the initial storage out of the box isn't enough. The smartphone comes in 16GB and 64GB models, but its storage is expandable, thanks to support for a 128GB microSD card. So, the device should be sufficient for most storage needs.
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    Get the TurboPower On
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    Get the TurboPower On

    Motorola's TurboPower technology is back in the G4 Plus. With TurboPower, users can get up to 6 hours of additional battery life after just 15 minutes of charging. In addition, Motorola says that the G4 Plus' 3,000mAh battery can last 24 hours on a single charge before it needs to be plugged in.
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    The Cameras Are Surprisingly High-End
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    The Cameras Are Surprisingly High-End

    Despite plans to sell the G4 Plus at a much lower price than higher-end competitors, Motorola didn't skimp on the device's camera. The rear-facing camera is 16 megapixels and comes with phase detect auto-focus. On the front of the phone, customers will find a wide-angle 5-megapixel lens designed for selfies.
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    This Is a Fully Unlocked Smartphone
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    This Is a Fully Unlocked Smartphone

    To make the G4 Plus appealing to customers all over the world, Motorola's smartphone is unlocked. What that means is the device will run on any carrier at any time in any country. For those who travel or simply want the flexibility of going from one carrier to another, that's a nice feature.
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    There's No Getting Away From Google
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    There's No Getting Away From Google

    Although Google sold the company, Motorola still seems to have an allegiance to its old owner. In addition to running on Google's Android 6.0.1, the G4 Plus comes with free storage via Google Photos. In fact, users can store their photos at full image quality on Google Photos for free for two years before needing to pay for storage.
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    The Power Won't Blow You Away
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    The Power Won't Blow You Away

    While some of its features are high-end, the G4 Plus is severely lacking in the power department. While the device has an octa-core processor, it's the relatively underpowered 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 variety. On the graphics side, it's a similar story, with the smartphone boasting a 550MHz Adreno 405 GPU.
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    It's a Budget-Friendly Smartphone
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    It's a Budget-Friendly Smartphone

    So, what does all of this say about the G4 Plus? It's designed for customers on a budget and those who don't want to spend several hundred dollars just to get a smartphone. In fact, the device is expected to launch for less than $200 (final pricing was not available at the time of this writing). It'll be available sometime in "mid-summer 2016."
 

Motorola on May 17 unveiled a new set of smartphones in its G lineup, including the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus and Moto G4 Play. While they all come with slightly different features, one could argue that the G4 Plus is the best of the bunch. The smartphone has a fingerprint reader and a turbo-charged battery and can work across different carrier network standards. It's also a budget-friendly handset that comes with a nice design. While the G4 Plus is no threat to Apple's iPhone or Samsung's Galaxy S7 handset line, it's the latest effort by the Lenovo-owned mobile device maker to return to its past glory. At one time, after all, Motorola was at the top of the mobile phone game. But after a series of missteps along with troubled acquisitions by Google and Lenovo besides getting left in the dust by the iPhone, Motorola is very much an also ran in the smartphone market these days. Now, Motorola is hoping the G4 Plus will be a smartphone that delivers the proper balance of affordability and power to catch the eyes of smartphone buyers. Check out this slide show to learn more about the G4 Plus.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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