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Credited as being amongst the first mobile handset manufacturers, Motorola has been a strong player in the industry since the inception of mobile phones. Even through the numerous mergers and acquisitions, it has been through; the company managed to keep a stronghold on the market. Consider the recent times – the launch of the G4, as well as the G4 Plus, were quite successful, and in budget markets, users largely appreciated the hardware specs they got with the associated price tag. However, large as these devices were, not everyone needs something packed with power. To appeal to users who don’t mind a 5-inch screen and a decent amount of RAM, Motorola brings to the masses the Moto G4 Play.
There’s not much difference when it comes to the design of the Moto G4 Play and its predecessors – gray and black polycarbonate material with rounded edges for a comfortable grip. The device looks sturdy (although not of premium quality), and features relatively thick bezels on both sides. In short, if you have seen the G4 or the G4 Plus, the G4 Play is just the same, except for its smaller size.
The display features an IPS LCD 5-inch screen, with a maximum resolution of 1280x720 pixels, and a pixel density of ~294ppi. Colour reproduction on the screen is good, and so are the viewing angels, but the display lacks brightness. Hence, reading texts or viewing multimedia in the sunlight could pose some issues.
The Moto G4 Play is available in two variations – one with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory, and the other featuring 2 gigs of RAM and 16GB ROM. However, both allow an extensible memory capacity of 256GB. The hardware consists of Snapdragon 410 chipset, with the quad-core Cortex A53 CPU (clocked at 1.2GHz). The device makes use of an Adreno 306 for its graphical processing unit.
This being said, the G4 Play performed lower than its predecessors when testing for benchmark scores. This is quite obvious too, keeping in mind the limited processing power and chipset used in the G4 and its Plus version. The user interface is light, and the amount of RAM offered easily allows users to switch between multiple applications.
The device runs the latest version of Android (Marshmallow) right outside the box, and does not contain bloatware. In fact, the UI seems to be quite hassle-free, given the fact that it is a stock version of original OS. The Adoptable Storage feature is another significant addition, since it allows the phone to detect the external memory as an internal one.
The camera does a pretty good job, and pictures shot using the rear camera reproduced real life images. Outdoor photography (in sufficient sunlight) made the pictures look crisp, thanks to the 8MP unit which handles auto-exposure quite well. The unit is also capable of shooting full HD videos at 30fps. Adding to it is the 5MP front unit, which also has the same focal length as the main camera (2.2), and video calling is as easy as pressing a button. Images taken using the front camera could be labeled decent too, and Motorola certainly seems to have done a good job in this price range.
Armed with a 2800mAh Li-Po battery unit, the device can make it through a day with moderate use. For users playing games extensively or those who keep connected to the Wi-Fi for long periods, you might have to keep a charger handy. Connectivity options include all the standard Wi-Fi protocols, hotspot and Wi-Fi Direct. The G4 Play also has NFC inbuilt, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 and microUSB 2.0 for connection to PCs and laptops.
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