Motorola has long been known for its affordable Smartphones. It continues the tradition by releasing the Motorola Moto E4, a device that not only comes with a reasonable price tag, but also good features. Just because it is cheap doesn’t mean it is bad. If you are looking for a cheap unlocked phone, this can be an option because it can support different carriers. Many people are already familiar with the G Series, this Moto E series can actually keep up. For its price point, the phone does its job well. It is sold for $130. Here is what you will get by spending that amount.
Compared to others in the lineup, this one feels more compact. Aside from being smaller, it is made of plastic instead of aluminum. Well, many phones this cheap don’t feature metal as the primary material, so it is acceptable. At least it already has a built-in fingerprint sensor, which is definitely more substantial. While the accuracy is high, it can misread, too. In terms of speed, it is fast enough to compete with more expensive phones. The build quality is actually good although it doesn’t come with a metal cover. The back cover is removable, so is the battery. Under the hood, there is a MicroSD card slot and a SIM slot. The 3.5mm headphone jack can be found on the top, while the Volume Rocker and volume buttons are located on the right.
The 5-inch LCD looks good with a resolution of 1280×720. The resolution is not the highest, but very reasonable for its price. Also, it is good to conserve the battery since low-resolution means longer battery life. The colors are vivid, and the outdoor visibility is not to be overlooked. The only problem we have is the thick bezels. It could’ve been made more compact, but the bezels kind of ruin it for us. However, if you are into heavier devices that feel comfortable to hold, this is probably for you.
Many features are usually compromised to make a phone budget-friendly. For the Motorola Moto E4, the camera seems to have been the target. It is not bad by any means, but far from stellar. However, when we bring the price into the equation, the phone still delivers. It comes with a 8MP camera. The standard has been higher for newer devices, so it may affect your decision. The captures are pretty good, but make sure there is enough light around. Another existing problem is that the camera is prone to overexposure. It has a hard time to focus on certain objects especially in direct sunlight. The camera fares better in low-light settings. The harshness of the light can be avoided once you bring it indoors. (Huawei P10 Plus review)
The Motorola Moto E4 has a Snapdragon 425 on board and 2GB of RAM. The storage is 16GB, which is more than enough if you use the phone only for saving photos and videos. But if that wasn’t enough, just take advantage of the microSD card support. It is actually expected for an entry-level phone to feature this processor. It is not the speediest, but can meet most of your needs like browsing and listening to music. As long as it doesn’t get overloaded with heavy-graphics games, there shouldn’t be any problem.
Motorola Moto E4 specs:
- 144.5 x 72 x 9.3mm (Size)
- 5-inch LCD @ 1280 x 720 display
- 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
- Snapdragon 425 processor
- 2GB of RAM, 16GB of Storage
- microSD card slot
- 2,800mAh removable battery