When you think of the first mobile phones on the planet, the name Motorola is one of the first manufacturers that most recall. From their iconic Star-tac to the cutting edge RAZR, Motorola has been leading the way in mobile tech for quite some time. Of course, 10 years ago, Apple released a device that really did change everything, and Motorola has been struggling to hole their own. After a few buyouts and leadership changes, Motorola has emerged from the battle, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Today’s Motorola line up is second to none in value, performance and design. From the Moto Z Force to the Moto G4, there’s a Moto for everyone, and just about every size budget. Since this is a budget phone blog, we know it gets confusing, but remember, we are all about saving you, the consumer, some coin every month, we are going to look at the lower end of the Moto spectrum that is out now and the next generation that is coming to find out what your best value really is.
Starting off the list, there is the Moto G4 Play. Gone are the days of the Moto E and the budget handset, but that’s not a bad thing. The 16GB Moto G4 Play comes in black or white at a low cost of just $149.99. The Moto G4 Play features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB of RAM. The 2800mAh battery keeps the 5” display powered up all day long. The 8 MP rear camera doesn’t struggle to capture those instant memories and the 5 MP front shooter will take some excellent selfies to share with your friends. It’s also worth noting that the rear camera also features full 1080p video recording as well. The Moto G4 Play also houses an internal SD slot for expanding the storage capacity another 128GB with a Micro SD card. Overall, if you are looking for an extreme budget phone that will work on the carrier you want (yes, this means Sprint and Verizon customers are good to go as well!) then you have found it in the Moto G4 Play.
For those needing a bit more punch to their device, meet the Moto G4. The Moto G4 is currently on the moving block since the G5 is on the way. Upgrading almost every aspect of the G4 Play, the Moto G4 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It’s 5.5” display has a crystal clear 401 pixels per inch rating and the 3000 mAh battery will keep the Moto G4 powered up all day long. Of course, if you do hammer it into the ground or forget to charge it, the TurboPower charging system will net you about 6 hours of usage in just 15 minutes. The camera on the Moto G4 steps up to 13 MP and the front camera features the display flash feature, which will use the screen to illuminate those selfies in darker places. Again, just like the Play, the Moto G4 is fully carrier friendly, so it can be used where you want to take it, no matter what. Since the G5 has been announced (more on that in a minute) the original Moto G4 has been marked down to just $179.99.
For those looking for a bit more power, or with a bit more pop, we bid you welcome to the Moto G4 Plus. The G4 and G4 Plus are very similar handsets from the outside, but with the addition of 4GB of RAM and a 64GB storage option, the Plus really sets itself apart from the crowded sub $300 phone market. The 16 MP camera features laser auto-focus, 1080p video shooting with stabilization and just about everything else you can throw into mobile optics at this point in time. The front camera features all the same features as the G4 above, including the display flash. Really what the Moto G4 Plus delivers to users is a better camera and the ability to take your device to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For about $100 more than the G4, it seems like a no brainer to pay the extra to get these features that will do nothing but increase the longevity of your purchase.
Finally, rounding out the Moto G family, we have the all new 2017 Moto G5 Plus. Since this one isn’t available to purchase yet, we were going to skip listing it, but the value of the Moto G5 Plus is pretty amazing. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 from the previous generation has been replaced with the newer 650 processor. The display has been sized down from 5.5” to 5.2”, which increased the PPI to a whopping 424. The new 12 MP camera performs even better in lower light conditions due to the f/1.7 aperture lens and the dual autofocus pixel system. The new camera also shoots 4k video content as well. It also is slated to ship with Android 7.0 on board, which is a generation newer than you can expect to see currently on the G4 designs. Now the story gets very interesting when we get to the rumored pricing for the Moto G5 Plus. It appears that Motorola has no plans to release the standard G5 in the US market. This makes the Plus the base model, which features 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage a complete steal if the rumored pricing of $229.99 are true. For those needing more, the 4GB/64GB model should come in around the $299.99 range. Again, these are not confirmed prices, but needless to say, the Moto G5 Plus looks to be a killer device for the cash.
Taking all of this into account, our money is still with the Moto G4 Plus until the release date and pricing for the G5 Plus is made official. If you don’t need that kind of storage though, the G4 makes a great argument for being the next device you place in your pocket.
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