Moto E4: Full, in-depth review

Motorola E4
  • Motorola E4
  • Motorola E4
  • Motorola E4
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5


  • Snappy processor,
  • Better than expected camera
  • Lightweight form factor


  • Dim screen,
  • Average battery life

Bottom Line

For the $249 price-tag, you get all the features that count, and executed well to boot.

Would you buy this?

Battery Life

The E4 delivers pretty serviceable battery life, but this aspect of the device feels a little cut short by the strengths of its processor. It’ll get you through a 10-12 hour day of mixed use. Unfortunately, like most smartphones, you’ll still be putting it on charge before you go to bed.

This isn’t a huge deal-breaker, given the price. However, it’s still a bit of a shame since the less-intensive processors found in budget phones like the E4 can sometimes give them the potential to last that much longer.

The PCMark Battery Life Test saw it drop to 20% charge in about nine and a half hours.

The Bottom Line

As far as $249 smartphones go, the Moto E4 is hard to beat. Sure, some corners have been undeniably cut. However, where it counts the experience is a whole lot better and smoother than a lot of what else is out there. Additional inclusions like a fingerprint sensor and support for Nougat’s Google Assistant contribute to making the E4 feel a whole lot more expensive than it actually is.

If it supported the MotoMod ecosystem or offered a better camera or IP-rating, it’d be easy to paint the E4 as a major disruption to the status-quo of budget phones. As it stands, it’s not quite that - but it still has everything you’d want (and expect) from a $249 smartphone. The E4 a solid pick for those who want a phone that ticks all the right boxes and doesn't break the bank.

Credit: Motorola

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