Motorola has a reputation for making excellent phones in the lower price brackets, their budget mobiles tend to pick up plenty of awards while proving they can hang in there with more expensive handsets. The latest of Motorola’s budget blockbusters to come to Techscheme is the Moto G4, and we’ve decided to take a look at the mobile to see if it’s the best of the bunch.

On the Outside

One of the more charming aspects of the Moto range of mobiles is their looks. They don’t go for the flash and sparkle of the high-end big boys, instead, they go for simplicity. It’s like those kids you knew in university who manage to look cool without ever trying. The rounded edges and the smooth plastic finish in black or white shouldn’t really feel as good as they do, but they add up to a comforting no-frills feel in the hand.

The display is excellent for a mobile in its price range, with a 5.5-inch screen and a 1920×1280, 401 PPI (pixels per inch) resolution, it comes across as bright and crisp, with excellent blacks and colours. Round the back, there’s a slightly raise housing for the 13MP camera.

Under the Hood

The power behind the Moto G4 is nothing to be sniffed at either, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor that pumps out plenty for your basic needs. It couldn’t handle running 15 internet tabs, streaming video while downloading like a new £500+ mobile might, but at the price you’re paying (sub £150 with Techscheme savings), it’s quite possibly the most powerfully efficient mobile on the market.

There are two versions of the Moto G4 at Techscheme, the black single-SIM version, and a white Dual-SIM, which cost you less than £10 extra. The big boon for this mobile compared to many in its price range is that the latest version of Android – Nougat – is available for it, meaning that you’ll be able to take advantage of all Google’s latest tweaks to the most popular mobile OS (Operating System).

Cameras and Battery

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Lastly, let’s talk about the extra bits. For a start the 13MP camera on the back is excellent, with its auto-focus, 4x zoom and landscape picture quality drawing added praise. It’s a great snapper for what you’re paying, it shoots video in full HD and there aren’t many competitors that come close. The front-facing selfie camera is 5MP and it takes lovely bright pictures of your face.

The battery life on the Moto G4 is good and should get you through a full 24 hours, assuming you’re not streaming video all that time. It’s very rare that you’ll find yourself caught short while out, though, which is always a plus in our book. On top of that, the Moto G4 is capable of fast charging, which means that with an appropriate charger you can get it fully topped up in around an hour.

Model RRP Savings Techscheme Price
Moto G4 £169.00 £20.28 £148.72
Moto G4 Dual-SIM £179.00 £21.48 £157.52

So, is it the best budget mobile then? We’d have to say yes. The Moto G4 easily punches above its weight in terms of its processor, OS compatibility picture quality, and even battery life; while it won’t compete with the big high-end flagship phones, it’s not supposed to. This is a mobile for people who don’t need the bells and whistles and just want a great smartphone, minus the hefty price tag. The G4 is even cheaper at Techscheme, but to take advantage your employer needs to be signed up. Ask them to look at our free, and simple to join benefits scheme today.