Motorola continues with its strategy of covering all segments of the market and also keeping them well nourished. That is why the company has left us this year 2017 nine different smartphones belonging to five families of different category.
The Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus arrived in the entry range this year, two terminals that draw chest to compete in a range increasingly saturated with competition. We have shared a few days with the Moto E4 Plus , and now we tell you what our impressions have been with him in our next analysis.
Moto E4 Plus, technical characteristics
|MOTO E4 PLUS, SPECIFICATIONS|
|PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS||155×77.5×9.6 mm, 198 grams|
|RESOLUTION||1,280 x 720 pixels|
Quad-core 1.3 GHz
|GRAPHIC PROCESSOR||Mali T720|
|MEMORY||16/32 GB + microSD up to 128 GB|
|VERSION||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
GPS with support A-GPSBluetooth 4.2
|CAMERAS||Rear: 13 MP with LED flash and aperture f / 2.0
Front: 5 MP with LED flash and aperture f / 2.2
|BATTERY||Li-Ion battery, 5,000 mAh, removable|
Design: continuity bathed in metal
Motorola has in common with Sony the strong commitment to maintain a clearly recognizable design at a glance. A continuity that is repeated in this Moto E4 Plus you look where you look, as well as the characteristic lines of angled edges, we also find the emblems of the brand presiding both the front and the back.
As for the front, its protagonist is a screen embraced by some frames that do not pass anything unnoticed , in addition to a lower and upper edge rather wide in which are located a speaker (top edge) and the fingerprint sensor (bottom edge). These frames leave us a 69.4% frontal occupancy rate , a low percentage in the current market, but we know that (for now) Motorola has not gotten into the war of the frames, even with their flagships.
Despite this continuity, Motorola has replaced the plastic metal in this phone, something unusual and very appreciated in a terminal of less than 200 euros. The only drawback we find in this change of material is that it clearly increases the weight of the phone, something that added to its 5,000 mAh battery, it reaches up to 198 grams. This light weight is something that at least, is countered with its dimensions (155×77.5×9.6mm), that without being too moderate, offer us good sensations in hand.
|MOTOROLA MOTO E4 PLUS||NUBIA N1||ZTE BLADE A2 PLUS||ALLVIEW P9 ENERGY|
|screen||5.5 inches||5.5 inches||5.5 inches||5.5 inches|
|Measurements||155 x 77.5 x 9.6 mm||1150.9 x 75 x 8.9 mm||155 x 76.2 x 9.8 mm||152.3 x 75.3 x 8.2 mm|
|Weight||198 grams||190 grams||189 grams||183 grams|
Also, and despite being a “plus” version, the physical volume and start buttons located on the right side of the terminal are reached without problem and without changing the position of the fingers when holding it with one hand. The same can be said of the fingerprint sensor located on the front, easily accessible by its location and leaving the rear free for the camera, which is perfectly integrated without giving rise to protuberances as in other models of the brand.
On the left side we have nothing, because to introduce both the SIM and the MicroSD card we have to remove the back cover. This, in addition to being a glimpse of the past that Motorola should consider resolving, is uncomfortable and very annoying, since it is practically impossible to do without having to resort to some object as help.
In short, Motorola has wanted to maintain the essence of its lineage but give this range of input a differential touch with a more premium design. The finishes are appreciated, both for the touch and the resistance, although perhaps having adjusted a little more the frames would have favored the compaction and consequently, the grip, but above all, it would be appreciated to facilitate access to the slots of the SIM and the memory card.
Screen: the brightness well, the resolution not so much
The Moto E4 Plus has a 5.5-inch IPS screen with HD resolution(1280×720) and 2.5D glass. This screen is one diagonal higher than the Moto E4 (5 inches) but maintains the same resolution as this one. The consequence of this is a drop of pixels per inch from 294 ppi to 267 ppi between the two, something that is noticeable -never better said- in plain sight.
It is true that using the phone on a daily basis with basic things, a more limited resolution is not a big problem, but the result changes if we give the Moto E4 Plus a very intense multimedia use, since the experience watching videos or playing to powerful games is not as good as it could be with a FullHD.
As for the brightness level of the screen, this is quite high for a mobile of its characteristics, reaching a maximum of 364 nits . In most situations we have had good visibility, although it is true that outdoors, with sunlight at its best, things got a little ugly.
For its part, the automatic adjustment is not the fastest we have seen but, without being immediate, there is a transition too long when we move from inside to outside and therefore, has not left us “pulled” almost at any time.
In general features is a screen that fulfills its function, which is perhaps not ideal to spend the day watching movies or playing very high graphics games, but for a normal user is more than enough. In addition, having a lower resolution favors another of the strengths of this phone that we will see later: autonomy.
Performance: just and necessary
We have verified that the Moto E4 Plus has a premium design that raises it above the average in its range, and it was time to know if this was also true in the area of power. Motorola incorporates in it a MediaTek MT6737 processor along with 3 GB of RAM and 16 ROM and a Mali T720 GPU that handles the graphic part.
When moving through the interface, accessing the main desktops or using basic applications (messaging, telephone, mail) we have found a fluid system, without noticeable lags and without long loading times. However, things changed a lot at the time we were demanding in our tests.
And is that running several applications or some with high demand for resources if the lags appear, the fps downloads in the reproductions and especially the terrible sudden closures. The same happens with the warm-up, which although it is not too annoying with normal use, when we tried to play for a few minutes followed by ‘Asphalt 8: Airborne’, the temperature of the terminal (accentuated by its metallic body) went up so much that it turned out quite uncomfortable to hold it in the hands.
As we can see in the results of the performance tests, the Moto E4 Plus obtains figures similar to terminals with approximate or identical configuration, results that in experiential terms have not given the best of the results with a high level of demand, but that allow solve without problem in day to day.
|MOTO E4 PLUS||WIKO UPULSE||UMIDIGI C NOTE||ZTE BLADE A520|
|PROCESSOR||MediaTek MT6737||MediaTek MT6737||MediaTek MT6737T||MediaTek MT6737|
|RAM||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB|
|GEEKBENCH||555/1565||550 / 1,534||665 / 1,839||517/1442|
We commented in the design section that the Moto E4 Plus has a fingerprint sensor located in the rear frame, just below the screen. The performance of this sensor is very good, fast and especially precise . We emphasize the “precise” because sometimes the sensors with rectangular shape give some war when it comes to recognizing the footprint, but this is not the case of riding the Moto E4 Plus.
Another important fact about the sensor is that it allows us an extra function, and that is that pressing on it with the screen on, it is blocked, so it acts as a “start button” and is quite useful when we have the phone on table.
Autonomy: 5,000 mAh that are noticed
The battery is undoubtedly the highlight in this Moto E4 Plus. We are talking about a battery with a superb amperage: nothing less than 5,000 mAh. During the days that we used it as the main telephone we could verify that with a normal use of the day to day, making calls, using instant messaging and social networks, the phone lasted without recharging up to 48 hours.
When we took the Moto E4 Plus to a higher level of demand for our tests, taking photographs, editing them, playing demanding games and with the screen at maximum brightness, the battery life was reduced, but even with it was able to reach a full day without visiting the outlet.
It is clear that a battery of 5,000 mAh that has to deal with a low-power processor and a screen with HD resolution can get these figures, and that is why the E4 Plus battery also gets in the performance tests figures that place it to the height or above terminals of similar amperage, with a result of 13 hours and 20 minutes with the screen calibrated at 200 nits.
As for the charging process, the E4 Plus is quite slow, and it takes about three hours to get the 5,000 mAh of its battery to be recomposed completely, because in addition to its size, it does not have a fast charging system. Motorola has not yet made the leap to the USB-C in its E range, keeping the microUSB connector in the Moto E4 Plus.
Despite this last point, the phone promised autonomy and has fulfilled, giving us an experience of use that has made us, almost almost, completely forget to feel afraid to run out of battery in a compromised situation.
Android pure but with details
We are used to run into a fairly clean software in all Moto families, and this E4 Plus was not going to be less. In this phone we find Android 7.1.1 as standard (for the moment without anticipation of making the jump to Oreo) and we have an almost immaculate interface, with Google Now sliding to the left and the notification drawer when sliding from bottom to top (there is no icon to throw the drawer).
As for the bloatware, it is quite scarce but not non-existent. There are some personalization elements such as Motorola’s own application. This application allows us to configure gestures as quick functions (to reduce the size of the screen with a touch on it) or configure the way we want to receive notifications.
As we see, Android 7.1.1 comes with this phone almost in its pure state, something that in addition to cheering fans of Android Stock, favors that we can navigate smoothly through the phone interface, where transitions between applications and desktops are executed no lags or freezes.
Cameras that stand out within the range
One of the aspects that most manufacturers are taking care of in all its ranges is the photographic equipment. Therefore, it is not surprising that every time we find better equipped phones in this matter in the entry range, and although the Moto E4 Plus comes with a fairly common configuration, we could not draw conclusions until the results are verified,
On paper, the E4 Plus comes with a main camera of 13 megapixels and aperture 2.0 and a front camera of 5 and 2.2 aperture . But if there is a section in which the results matter more than the figures is this, so let’s see how the cameras of this phone have behaved in the different situations to which we have exposed.
In general we have obtained acceptable results taking into account the specifications of the hardware it assembles. It is a perfect camera if the use that we are going to give is so that the images can be seen on a mobile screen (a use focused on social networks) because when we expand to larger sizes, the pixel is too noticeable . The results in good light are acceptable, although it does not support the backlit scenes too well, where above all it costs the focus.
Good level of saturation in the results and quite vivid colors, although, as we say, the loss of detail is pronounced too soon when zooming or zooming. Indoors the colors no longer vibrate so much and the loss of detail becomes more pronounced. The same happens when the light begins to disappear outside, here the noise appears almost without realizing it, and focusing becomes a real challenge.
The front camera, on the other hand, also gives us quite good results with natural light or very well lit interiors, but the same happens when the light decreases: the noise appears quickly and the quality of the results decreases considerably. However, here we can do two things to compensate: on the one hand, use the front flash enabled for this, that although it clarifies too much and gives a somewhat artificial result, it can save the situation.
On the other hand, we can choose to use the beauty mode that the application of the camera itself includes to alleviate a bad result, but as always, these options taken to the maximum can give us a quite disastrous result, and in the case of the E4 Plus the Beauty mode results taken to their maximum are quite artificial.
And speaking of the application of the camera, here we missed that it was something more complete . And in contrast to how simple it is to use, we do not find additional shooting modes beyond the panoramic or HDR -of course even less a manual mode-, so it remains a rather scarce and somewhat bland application for those who They usually give a lot of play to the camera.
Moto E4 Plus, the opinion of Xataka Móvil
After having spent this time using the Moto E4 Plus we have been able to be aware of their strengths, their weaknesses and also make us a clear idea of what their target audience is. While it is true that we had a more or less approximate idea of what we were going to find, there are things that have surprised us (for good and not so good).
First of all, we must highlight the good work in the design of this terminal, since we are talking about that for less than 200 euros , it offers us an aluminum finish, with a body with good compaction and that if there is something that maybe we do not ends to convince is the lid -no easily- removable from the back.
On the screen we have missed a higher resolution, because although both the color reproduction and the brightness level are quite good, an HD resolution falls short if we are going to give a more focused use to the reproduction of multimedia content, although if we focus the terminal as a tool for day to day with standard use, it solves without any problem.
Regarding the performance, the impressions are similar to those of the screen. The processor MediaTek MT6737 with 3 GB of RAM suffers with demanding tasks , but with a moderate use, the normal in the day to day of an average user, we will not feel that we lack power. On the autonomy we took the Moto E4 Plus to the podium, because we can only say good things here. The terminal surpasses, and leaves us some figures that we are not used to see with up to two days without visiting the outlet with moderate use, and a day and a half with exhaustive use.
Finally, add that the cameras, which started with a configuration on standard paper, have given us quite acceptable results. In short, the Moto E4 Plus is a terminal that stands out within its range in aspects such as the battery and its finishes , and that for those who love the purely “Moto” design, it can be a perfect choice below 200 euros.