Motorola Moto E4 Review – Best Budget Smartphone

When Motorola Moto E4’s pricing was announced, I wasn’t expecting it to be anything spectacular, but it really surprised me. It comes with the latest version of Android, has a fingerprint scanner, a selfie flash, a removable battery, and so much more. Most of the cheap smartphones have to drop something or another, but E4 delivers on almost every feature. It’s obviously not in the league of top smartphones, but it isn’t so bad either. If you are on a budget and want a more than a decent handset, then there is no better option available in the market right now than Motorola Moto E4.

Design

The design of new Motorola Moto E4 is comparable to the chubby iPhone 7 design. They more or less look the same, only significant difference being the headphone jack which is actually present in Motorola’s latest iteration. The design is top notch and the phone feels quite comfortable in hands. The E4 model is of 5-inch, but if you are looking for a bigger screen, then there is an E4 Plus model as well. The choice is yours to make – if you like your smartphone to fit in the pockets effortlessly and is easy to carry around, then E4 is definitely the better choice. However, for those of you who want a bigger screen can go for E4 Plus.

Performance

Performance is where the low cost actually shows. Despite having Mediatek MT6737 chipset, Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720 GPU, and 2GB of RAM, the phone suffers from slowdowns. In normal circumstances, it works fine, but as soon as you open multiple applications or put a bit too much pressure on the processor, the performance suffers big time and causes phone to slow down. This is a huge drawback in an otherwise really good device. As you may have guessed, it is not suitable for anyone who likes to spend a large chunk of their time on their phone performing multiple tasks. However, those of you who like to spend a little to no time on their phones or only use it for certain tasks, will not suffer from slowdowns.

Camera

Even though the camera is only of 8MP, Motorola Moto E4 still provides some incredibly sharp results. However, there is one minor problem here, which some people may take issue with. As you touch the snap picture button, it takes a couple of seconds for it to complete the process. This means that you will have to stay in the same pose for at least two seconds before you are able to take another picture. People who have been using budget phones won’t find it as big of an issue. However, if you are downgrading, then these two seconds can be pretty annoying. As you know most of smartphones these days allow you to snap as many photos as you want without any kind of delay, so this might come off as an annoyance to some users. Despite this flaw, it’s still a pretty good cam due to its geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, LED flash, panorama, and HDR features.

Secondary camera is of 5MP is really good for selfies. The selfie flash makes it even more fun to use. You won’t have to worry about the night time or the places where the lightning is low as you can get a sharp selfie anywhere you want. Video making is pretty good but it is not of the highest quality. You are only allowed to make videos up to 720p resolution and they are restricted to 30fps. So, in simple terms, it’s not very ideal for people who enjoy making videos.

Software

Motorola Moto E4 comes equipped with Android Nougat 7.0 aka the latest version of Android. This means that all the changes and fixes that have been done up until now are integrated into the device. That’s another thing that’s difficult to find in budget phones. Most of them come with older versions of Android because tech giants don’t like investing in them. They pay most attention to their expensive smartphones, which is understandable but that doesn’t mean that the budget versions should be neglected. It’s good to see Motorola making sure that all of their devices get equal attention. So, as far as software is concerned, you have nothing to worry about as the phone comes integrated with latest Android firmware.

Storage

There is only one version of Moto E4 in the market and it boasts 16GB of internal storage. However, you are not limited to it as you are allowed to use up to 128GB of microSD card. Lack of options is certainly annoying but that’s the way it is with most budget smartphones.

Battery

Motorola Moto E4 comes with 2800 mAh removable battery which lasts you for significantly long time. Even when put under extreme conditions, it was able to last easily for a day. However, as mentioned above, putting it under extreme pressure does cause it to slowdown. A normal usage can help last if for 2 to 3 days with ease. Those of you who don’t like recharging their device every single day would definitely find it to their liking. Moreover, people who don’t really spend a lot of time on their phones, would also be satisfied with the battery’s performance as normal usage doesn’t drain a lot of battery life. This is quite helpful and allows device to last 3 or even more days without much of a hassle.

Verdict

All in all, Motorola Moto E4 is a remarkable budget smartphone. If you have been using budgeted smartphones, then you will not find any problems whatsoever with it. However, if you are downgrading, then there are some problems that might annoy you. The slow camera processing, slowdowns under pressure, and limited internal storage would be major annoyances in particular. The high-end smartphones don’t have any of these problems, so in order to use Moto E4, you will have to adjust a bit. Apart from the mentioned issues however, it delivers on every aspect and is highly recommended for people looking for a budget smartphone.