Motorola Moto G4 Play Review
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Moto G4 Play

Motorola Moto G4 Play Review

Right up front I am going to say that I think Lenovo offers serious bang for your buck with its current line of Moto smartphones.  Launched earlier this year the Moto G4 Plus is close to a flagship phone with plenty of performance at a budget price. Today it is joined by entry level model the Moto G4 Play.

Moto G4 Play/Plus

Out of the box the Moto G4 Play is typical Motorola…a black slab of Gorilla  Glass 3 wrapped in good quality plastic. The back has a soft touch finish with a good grip and is removable. Underneath is a removable battery and slots for the micro SIM and microSD memory card.

Moto G4 Play

The specs would have been impressive for a flagship phone two years ago but are still pretty impressive when you consider today’s flagship phones are hugely overpowered



Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow



1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core

Adreno 306 GPU





16GB, up to 128GB microSD





5″ HD (1280 x 720), 294 ppi



Water Protection

Water repellent nano-coating


Rear: 8MP, f/2.2

Front: 5MP, f/2.2


WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.1


MicroUSB, 3.5mm headphone


Micro SIM, nano SIM with adaptor

Now to actually using the phone. I have small hands and a 5″ screen is the sweet spot for me and the Moto G4 Play is really comfortable in my hand. The rounded edges and soft touch back provide a secure feeling and the weight is perfect.

Moto G4 Play

The 720p HD screen is bright and sharp but is overwhelmed by bright sunlight. I found performance to be snappy..scrolling is smooth and apps open quickly and moderate multitasking doesn’t seem to slow things down. Videos look good on the screen but the single speaker is just OK.

The front camera is nice and sharp for selfies and video calls under good lighting conditions. The rear facing camera takes good snapshots under good lighting conditions. Colours are natural and the camera handles contrasts between highlights and shadow well. Indoor flash shots look good but no flash low lighting shots tend to be noisy. Most could get away with leaving their point and shoot camera at home.

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Overall the Moto G4 Play is a good performing smartphone for entry level users who are satisfied with a solid phone that meets most needs and provides a pretty good snapshot camera. Carriers are offering it at $0 with a basic 2 year plan suitable for users who only need a limited amount of local calling minutes or minimal data. In some cases it could be a better deal to buy the phone outright starting at $200 and using the carriers’ bring your on phone plan. I am a moderate user and that is the route I would go because this phone meets all my needs and fits nicely in my hand and pocket. More demanding users would be better off with the Moto G4 Plus which is also $0 but with a more expensive 2 year plan.

The Moto G4 Play is available at Bell Mobility, Koodo Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS, Wind Mobile and Virgin Mobile.


Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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