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Moto e4

Moto e4 — Great Budget Phone

  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
4.2

Summary

The Moto e4 offers a sharp bright screen, good performance and some cool features for a budget phone.

Moto e4Ever since Lenovo took over Motorola I have been impressed by a steady stream of interesting phones with solid features and low prices. This summer the Moto e4 continues in that tradition. Take a look at these specs. Impressive for a $249 budget phone.

 

Specifications

  • Quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage plus Micro SD up to 128Gb
  • Measuring 144.5 x 72 x 9.3 mm
  • 5-inch 720p display
  • 8MP rear camera (LED flash) / 5MP front camera (LED flash)
  • Water-repellent coating, fingerprint scanner
  • Supports Bluetooth 4.1, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 2800 mAh battery

 

 

The design language is pretty standard Motorola, a slab of glass on the front with average bezels around the 5″ screen, rounded corners and a wraparound plastic removable back. Under the back is the removable 2800 mAH battery, SIM card slot and Micro SD slot. There are the usual rocker audio controls and power button on the left side and a micro USB slot on the bottom. The 3.5mm audio  plug is at the top. The e4 tips the scales at a svelte 150g and is very comfortable in the hand. The 5″ screen size is the sweet spot for my hands.

Moto e4

The screen is a bright 720 x 1280 pixels IPS LCD screen covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with a metal edge. I found the screen 720p screen to be exceptionally sharp with good colours. Videos and pictures look really good but the speaker could use a little more oomph.

 

Now underneath the screen is something you wouldn’t expect to find on a $250 phone, a fingerprint sensor. Not only is it a well performing fingerprint sensor but Motorola’s software turns it into a one button navigation device. As well, there is an advanced nanocoating technology that creates a water-repellent barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes, or light rain.

Moto e4

A Snapdragon 425 processor  running ar 1..6GHz powers the Moto E4. Coupled with 2Gb of RAM and 16Gb of storage it makes for a nicely performing phone. Scrolling is snappy, apps open quickly and run well but if you plan to keep  lot of music or pictures you will an SD card to provide the extra storage. Mototola’s power management is good as I have easily been getting a full day out of the 2800mAh battery.

Moto e4The 8MP f2.2 rear camera does a good job under good lighting conditions but struggles a bit in  low light situations partially due to a lack of image stabilisation.

Shot with Moto e4

Shot with Moto e4

Shot with Moto e4

The 5MP f2.2 front camera takes nice selfies under good lighting conditions and for those low light situations the e4 has a pretty effective flash that could be a little softer.

Shot with Moto e4

Shot with Moto e4

The Motorola Moto e4 is a surprisingly advanced smartphone for the $250 unlocked price that will more than satisfy the average smartphone user. It offers a sharp bright screen, good performance and some cool features. A nice gift for that new grad.

 

The Moto e4 is available from Freedom Mobile in Ontario with several plans  starting today June 22 coming to selected retail outlets across Canada later this summer for $250 unlocked.

 

 

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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