Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- Shiny without the usual drawbacks
- Versatile camera
- Lack of MotoMods
- Performance falls short
Though its perfectly servicable for the most part, the Moto X4 is defined more by the things that are absent from its feature-set rather than those that are present.
Without a doubt, the first thing you’re going to see when you see the Moto X4 is its abject shininess. It’s not quite the perfect reflective surface that Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium is. However, that actually works in the favor of the device. As well as being naturally quite eye-catching, we found that - to our surprise - it didn't tarnish as easily as others. However, the curved back did cause the phone to slip and slide away if balanced on anything but a perfectly-flat surface.
Usually phones that leverage this ultra-shiny builds come with the caveat that such lustre cannot last. Out of the box, phones like the Moto X4 are immaculate to behold but with regular use they fast become fingerprint-magnets. The Moto X4 isn't immune to such problems by any stretch. However, it did manage to hold onto that initial spark much better than devices like the HTC U range or Xperia XZ Premium do.
Aside from the above, the X4 really just looks like another Motorola smartphone - minus the MotoMod jack at the back. The fingerprint sensor is located over the home button and all the physical keys that matter have been brushed to the right edge of the device.
Still, even if it's overly conventional and familiar, the feel-factor is nice enough. If there’s any clear weakness in the design here, it’s that the dual-lens camera juts out the back of the X4. Combined with the X4’s natural slipperiness, I found myself constantly worried that the reinforced ring around the X4’s camera would either be damaged or do damage to any other tech it came into contact with.
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