Moto G4 Plus – Initial Impressions.

After the sad demise of my Moto G2, and inability of my BlackBerry Q5 to keep up to my smartphone needs, I recently upgraded to the new Motorola Moto G Plus (4th Gen)

There are a handful of versions of this particular phone:
1. Moto G (4th Gen) – unavailable at the moment, check the specifications here.

2. Moto G Plus(4th Gen) – available in 2 makes:
16GB ROM + 2GB RAM selling for Rs. 13499/-
32GB ROM + 3GB RAM selling for Rs. 14999/- (The one I have)
the specifications can be checked, here.

I got my device with the worst delivery option.

Similar to its ancestors there is not much to the unboxing experience, There is just the earphones (crappy ones), Turbo Charger and the phone itself.

Having this phone quite a while here are some of the things I (dis)like:

The Pros

1. The Fingerprint sensor
One can store upto 5 fingerprints. The detection is dead accurate, the process is a little bit extensive in nature, since it takes around 8-10 prints of one finger. But it is worth the time and effort.

2. The 1080p display
It’s bright, it’s huge. Though i don’t fancy the size, it’s something one can get used to. I feel that the colours are a bit fake. But then it is an AMOLED display.

3. Camera
The camera on the plus versions get a bump to 16 MP. Now, i’m not a camera guy but i can tell you that the photos do come EXCELLENT.
The Front camera is also quite decent for its range.

4. Battery and TurboCharger
3000 mah may sound too much, but it just takes about an hour to an hour and a half to charge up to 100%. The claims of 6 hours of battery life with 15 minutes of charge is very close to the reality. Motorola does a good job with it’s charger, you can actually tell which side’s up that ends up in the phone.

5. Software and Gestures
Comes with the stock version of the Android 6.0.1 with useful moto tricks. Double-karate chop to torch light, double corkscrew to start camera from which you can also go to the front camera if you do it two more times.
Another thing i’ve noticed is that, you can summon the notification bar and the Back-home-multitask buttons in a full screen applications by using the fingerprint sensor. I find it somewhat useful.

The Cons

Not many, but then there are some.

1. Turbo charging heats the phone up. I’ve experienced it multiple times, there is no going back on this one.

2. With 3000 mah battery you do think that you might suck through the battery for a day or day and a half. You’d be wrong, The phone struggle to make it through the day.

3. The turbocharger again, is a boon, but then, Your powerbanks/car-chargers/datacables/etc need to be upgraded to the TurboCharger compatible accessories.

4. The size, It may be a personal thing, but i’m not really comfortable carrying this 5.5″ monster in my pocket. I’m getting used to the footprint, but carrying around is a bit tricky.

Pro tip: When you boot this device for the first time. DON’T INSERT THE SIM CARD. Because, by default the phone uses the 4G network (not even 3G) to initialise the network. Me being a poor prepaid user, was surprised my 3-digit balance depleted to 0.01.

Please feel free to comment your thoughts questions in the comment section below.

Sahil Satishkumar logging out.

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