If the Motorola Moto G4 didn’t exist, the stepped-down Motorola Moto G4 Play would be the deal of the century. For just $150 , £130 and AU$279, you get a budget phone that’s surprisingly pleasant to use, for a rock-bottom price.
But there is a Moto G4, and it comes with a larger screen, a better camera and a much faster processor. Best yet, it only costs a little more — $50 or £39 — than the G4 Play . So for my money, I’d invest a little more and get the G4 over the G4 Play.
That said, the G4 Play is actually a great budget find on its own merit. I never encountered a moment where I thought, “I can’t use this.” The G4 Play is the Toyota Corolla of phones; it has that wonderful balance of price and value to do real-world things like text and email, upload photos and snap pictures of cute little Fifi.
The Moto G4 Play is pretty much identical to the Moto G4, just a tad smaller . Despite having a relatively low 1,280×720-pixel resolution for its 5-inch screen, images and websites looked fairly crisp and sharp. But even with adaptive brightness enabled, you might have trouble reading in the noontime sun.