The latest addition to our portfolio is Motorola’s Moto G4 PLAY. This new-to-our-line-up phone rounds out the Moto G4 portfolio, giving you three different options to choose from when buying a phone from the Moto G4 line. The G4 portfolio also includes the Moto G4, and its slightly beefier version, the Moto G4 PLUS. All three of these phones are great choices, but you might be wondering – which one should you get? Good news, friend: We’ll walk you through the similarities and differences so you can decide which Moto G4 is right for you.
|Features||Moto G4 PLAY||Moto G4||Moto G4 PLUS|
|Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)||✔||✔||✔|
|Rear Camera: dual-LED flash||✔||✔|
|Camera mode: Panorama||✔||✔||✔|
|Camera mode: Slow motion||✔||✔|
|Camera mode: Professional mode||✔||✔|
|Camera mode: Video||✔||✔||✔|
|Video recordings at 1080p||✔||✔||✔|
Let’s start with a basic introduction of each phone. The Moto G4 PLAY is an awesome budget phone, which can easily handle all your daily essentials, like calling, texting, and snapping photos. It’s available for the excellent price of just $149!
The Moto G4 is the next model in the G4 line.
This is actually the phone I’m currently using, and I love it.
Like the G4 PLAY, the G4 will cover your day-to-day needs but has a better quality camera and an option for more internal memory. The 16GB model is $199, or if you’d like some extra storage, you can get the 32GB model for $229.
The Moto G4 PLUS is the top phone in the G4 line-up. This phone has more RAM, which means it can handle more tasks at once. If you like to multitask, game, or run lots of different apps at once, then the G4 PLUS is the right choice for you! You can buy the Moto G4 PLUS for $299.
All three of the phones come in black or white and have a water-repellent nano-coating. This coating makes the phone resistant to splashes. This does *not* mean they are water resistant however, so you’ll want to avoid getting them wet.
As you might have noticed in the photo above, the Moto G4 PLAY is a bit smaller than the G4 and the G4 PLUS. It has a 5-inch screen, whereas the G4 and the G4 PLUS have 5.5-inch screens.
For some additional perspective, the Moto G4 PLAY is the same size as the Moto G (3rd Gen.) and is a half-inch larger than the 4.5-inch Moto G (1st Gen.). Check out the photo below to see the size differences.
From the photo above, you can also see that the Moto G4 PLUS has a fingerprint sensor on the front that allows you to unlock your phone with just the tap of your finger. The G4 and G4 PLAY, however, do not have this feature.
The Moto G4 line uses micro-USB chargers and all three devices have standard 3.5 mm headphone jacks. A charging cable comes in the box with each of the phones, so no need to worry if your current chargers are getting old!
While the G4 PLAY does not support TurboPower charging, both the G4 and G4 PLUS do support it.
This means they can charge up to 6 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging!
They both have a three thousand milliamp hour battery, which should last you through the day.
The G4 PLAY and G4 both have 2GB of RAM and 16 gigabytes of internal storage. The G4 also has a 32GB internal storage option. 2 gigs of RAM is perfect for the light-to-medium smartphone user. In other words, if you’re interested in a smartphone for just the basic calling, texting, and app usage, you will be well-covered by 2GB of RAM.
The Moto G4 PLUS is rocking 4GB of RAM and has 64GB of internal storage. This phone really packs a punch when it comes to usage, and will be a good choice for you if you like to run multiple apps at once, game, or frequently change tasks. You might also consider this phone if you’re a heavy social media user, as those apps tend to use a decent amount of memory. (On a side note, if you’re looking for some new games to play on your smartphone, check out some of our suggestions here!)
All three of these devices can support up to 128 gigabytes of expandable memory, so you’ll have plenty of storage space for photos and videos. SD cards also make it easy to transfer your files to your computer! Check out this blog for instructions on how to do that. As always, microSD cards are sold separately.
Each phone in the G4 line comes with Android 6.0 – also known as Marshmallow – and like all of the phones available at Republic, they can access fast, nationwide 4G LTE!
All three phones in the G4 portfolio feature both a rear camera and a front camera. The front cameras have identical specs – a 5-megapixel, wide-angle lens. The rear cameras, however, are a little different.
The Moto G4 PLAY has an 8-megapixel rear camera with a single LED flash. Your pictures will be good quality and the phone will fit all your basic photo and video needs, but you might prefer the G4 or G4 PLUS cameras if you are looking for higher quality photos and more photo options. In addition to slightly lower camera specs, the G4 PLAY has limited camera mode options compared to the G4 and G4 PLUS, but it is able to take panoramic shots and record videos. In other words, you will have more control over the quality if your photos with the G4 and G4 PLUS.
The Moto G4 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with a dual-LED flash.
This type of flash helps balance the colors in your photos, giving your sharper and more colorful pictures.
Due to the higher megapixel count, your photos will also be more clear than those taken with a Moto G4 PLAY.
The Moto G4 also has more camera options than the G4 PLAY. Like the PLAY, you can take videos and panorama shots. You can also take slow motion videos and use the professional mode.
Professional mode lets you have a more hands-on camera experience by giving you options to adjust specific camera settings, like the white balance or the ISO.
The Moto G4 PLUS has a 16-megapixel rear camera and, like the G4, a dual-LED flash. Pictures with this phone will be the sharpest of the three phone cameras It also has the same camera mode options as the Moto G4.
All three phones can record 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.
One of the unique features on the Moto G4 PLAY is the removable battery. To remove the battery, you just need to pop off the back shell on the phone. No screwdrivers or pliers required! You can see the difference in the picture below between the removable battery in the G4 PLAY, and the non-removable, built-in battery in the Moto G4 and G4 PLUS.
The bottom line. Which should I choose?
All three of these phones fit very nicely in their respective budget ranges, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them.
The Moto G4 PLAY is going to be a great choice for the budget-conscious, light smartphone user. If you’re looking for a phone that can reliably cover all the smartphone basics, this is the phone for you.
The Moto G4 is a superb choice for the medium smartphone user. It covers all the basics with the bonus of having a nicer camera, larger screen, and more internal storage than the Moto G4 PLAY.
The Moto G4 PLUS is an excellent option for the heavy smartphone user who doesn’t want to break the bank. If camera quality is one of the features you value most, or you’re a heavy app user and multitasker, consider picking up the Moto G4 PLUS.
Thanks for checking out our comparison of the three phones in the Moto G4 line! As always, please drop any questions in the comments section below.