Moto G4 Plus – Battery Life
The back of the Moto G4 Plus might be removable, but don’t think you’ll be able to carry around a spare battery. The 3,000mAh cell can’t be switched, but that’s barely an issue, as the Plus will easily make it through it the day with a bit to spare.
It’s the same size of battery as the one in both the HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7, but those phones have more power-hungry screens and processors, so the Moto G4 Plus managed to beat both of them in my tests.
An hour of Netflix streaming eats through 8% of the battery life. In fact, you can watch more than 10 hours non-stop before the battery dies. An hour of Spotify action takes it down by about 3%. It also slurps very little power when you’re gaming, and a 15-minute round of Asphalt only uses around 7% – however, as mentioned, the rear can get a little toasty.
Turbo Charging is supported and Lenovo throws in a compatible charger, so you can go from 0-80% in just under an hour and to full power in about 80 minutes. Fast charging is still a rarity at this price, so it’s nice to see it included here.
Should I buy the Moto G4 Plus?
It might be the priciest Moto G yet, but the G4 Plus still represents exceedingly good value. It’s a reliable phone, one that isn’t flashy or blingy but just does pretty much everything you can throw at it.
It’s better value than the Samsung Galaxy A5, which retails at £299, and in my eyes is on par with the far more expensive Sony Xperia X in just about every area.
Is it much better than the regular Moto G4? Well, if you’re happy to lay down that extra cash, then yes – the camera is more reliable and having a fingerprint scanner is always handy. The fast charger alone costs £30 if you want to buy it separately. You’re getting a fantastic phone either way, but I’d recommend spending the extra if you can, buying the 16GB version and complementing it with a 64GB microSD card to make good use of Android’s Adoptable Storage.
The main question is whether the large size puts you off. The lack of NFC is annoying with Android Pay now widely available, but really there’s little else to moan about at this price.
It’s big, but the Moto G4 Plus is outstanding and adds some high-end flair to a budget champion.
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Score in detail
Battery Life 9
Calls & Sound 9
Screen Quality 9