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Motorola Moto G4 Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 633 reviews of Motorola Moto G4 Play. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and performance. The battery and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some less positive opinions about the sound.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Moto G4 Play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Julian Chokkattu (

Lenovo Moto G4 Play review


Competition in the budget phone space has never been tougher, and the Moto G4 Play falls far short of the mark.

For $180, last year’s Moto G offered an ergonomic design, IPX7 waterproof rating, Moto Maker, and Moto Actions, It didn’t feel like a budget device, bar the occasional performance hiccup. You might have expected the new Moto G4 Play to continue on this...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Patrick Holland (

Motorola Moto G4 Play review


If the Moto G4 didn't exist, the stepped-down (and even cheaper) Motorola Moto G4 Play would be the deal of the century. For just $150 (or $100 for Amazon Prime members who submit to Amazon Prime ads, like this ), £130 and AU$279, you get a budget...

Motorola's Moto G4 Play is the most affordable phone in the G4 line. It's splash-resistant, comes loaded with a near stock version of Android 6.0, has great battery life and can be used on any major carrier in the US.

The G4 Play lags when playing games and taking panoramic photos. The display can be hard to read in direct sunlight and you won't be able to customize the phone using Motorola's Moto Maker website.

If you're on the hunt for an affordable phone with pretty long battery life, the Motorola Moto G4 Play deserves your attention. But the regular Moto G4 gives you even better features for just a little more cash.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Ajay Kumar (

Motorola Moto G4 Play


The Moto G4 Play is the smallest, least expensive phone in Motorola's unlocked G4 lineup, with decent overall performance and broad carrier compatibility.

Affordable. Compact design. Stock Android UI with no bloatware. Compatible with all major carriers. Excellent call quality. Long battery life.

Dim display. Not great for gaming.

Conclusions Overall, the Motorola Moto G4 Play is basically a more compact, less expensive version of its larger siblings. a wide range of carrier bands, has decent overall performance, and runs a clean build of Android. For $50 more, however, you can...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Burns (

Moto G4 Play Review : Another Entry-Level Hit


The latest in Lenovo's Moto G collection of devices is the "Play" of the G4 (2016) generation. This means the Moto G4 Play is the least of the pack, least impressive and least costly, too. Today we're going to judge whether this device is worth the...

Low cost ; Clean Android implementation with very little bloatware ; Decent camera ; Reliable hardware and software ; Removable / replaceable battery

Speaker leaves big gap for dust and junk ; Less water resistant than predecessor (Moto G 2015 is IPX7) ; Low built-in storage*

Users looking for an decent device that’s solid, runs well, and has a battery that’ll last all day, this is it. Have a peek at our previous Moto G reviews and consider whether or not it’s worth buying a new Moto G4 Play for $149.99 USD, or if any of...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (

Moto G4 Play review: An affordable smartphone with just the essentials


The Moto G4 Play is a smartphone with just the essentials at a great price.

Decent build quality, great price. Removable battery, microSD slot. FM radio functionality

Camera could use improvements. Speakers will do in a pinch but you'll definitely want to use headphones. No gyroscope which means no chop to flash or twist to open camera — two useful Moto features

If you’re after a smartphone with just the essentials at a great price, then you'll definitely want to consider the Moto G4 Play from Motorola.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Matthew Miller (

Moto G4 Play review: The best $150 you can spend on a modern Android smartphone


In compliance with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall , I returned my phone and am waiting for my $930 refund from T-Mobile. After a week with the new Moto G4 Play , I'm really starting to question whether or not I need to pay five times the price of one...

Low price with customization options, even less expensive with Amazon Prime ; Snappy performance with pure Android OS experience ; Solid camera performance ; Removable battery ; MicroSD card storage expansion

No NFC, so no Android Pay support ; Poor speaker quality

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Tim Schiesser (techspot)

Motorola Moto G4 Play Review Tim Schiesser


For budget smartphone buyers, the phone series I continually recommend is the Motorola Moto G. Now in its fourth iteration, the Moto G has delivered excellent entry-level value since its inception, despite increasingly stronger competition from Chinese...

Excellent value. Fantastic entry-level camera. Improved battery life. Runs near-stock Android free of unnecessary bloatware. 16 GB of storage is now standard.

Bland plastic design looks and feels cheap. Terrible camera app.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : S21 (

Motorola Moto G4 Play review


Plain in looks and under-powered in features, the Moto G4 Play is one to miss. While it may be water-repellent and have an all-day battery, the processor is slow, there's insufficient RAM to run apps, and the display is lacklustre. Look at Samsung or...

Nov, 2016

Best of Year 2016

Expert review by : Michael Desjardin (

Motorola Moto G4 Play Smartphone Review


It's probably not a good idea to get roped into this phone's games

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Grant Hatchimonji (brighthand)

Motorola Moto G4 Play Review: Cheap and Capable


The Moto G line of smartphones have a well-earned reputation as the best budget smartphones. The cheapest of the new bunch is the $150 Moto G4 Play. Is it any good?

Good battery life ; Extremely affordable ; Streamlined Android experience ; Splash-proof build ; Good battery life ; Extremely affordable ; Streamlined Android experience ; Splash-proof build

Design is otherwise about as boring as it gets ; Weak display ; Camera just OK ; Design is otherwise about as boring as it gets ; Weak display ; Camera just OK

Motorola has budget phones down to a near-science, so we had no doubt that the Moto G4 Play would deliver as a reliable, great bang-for-your-buck device. The Moto G4 Play’s shortcomings are nothing more than what comes with the territory of affordable...

Oct, 2016

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:2800
Battery performance:2800
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Call Management

Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Vibrating alert:Y


Auto focus:Y
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera aperture number:2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability: Yes


Color of product:Black / White
Form Factor:Bar


Display Diagonal:5
Display number of colors:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:294
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes


MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y


FM radio:Y


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA / HSPA+,UMTS
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1 / 4.1 LE
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n


Graphics:Adreno 306
Graphics adapter:Adreno 306
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB
USB port:Y


Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2
Processor model:410 / MSM 8916


Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0.1


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:128 / 256
RAM capacity:2


Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions