The Good The $ 500 Moto Z4 and $ 349 5G Moto Mod make it the most affordable 5G phone, except last year’s Moto Z3. The battery is absolutely a monster.
The Bad The phone’s screen scanner rarely works on the first try. Moto Mods do not fit seamlessly into the curved edges of the Z4.
The Bottom Line As a budget phone, the Moto Z4 does not beat the similarly priced Pixel 3A XL or OnePlus 6T. So if you are not an early 5G user ($ 349 required) or have already invested in the Motorola Moto Mod ecosystem, skip the Moto Z4.
The Moto Z4 costs $ 500, but its biggest problem is all the other phones you can buy for that price. There are currently four other options that are just as compelling, including the Samsung Galaxy S10E, the Google Pixel 3A XL, the OnePlus 6T and the Moto Z3. Each of these phones offers different value. We compare the following for you: Moto Z4 and Galaxy S10 E, Pixel 3A XL, OnePlus 6T: Phones $ 500.
Don’t get me wrong, Motorola Moto Z4 it’s a decent phone, but it looks like it’s a bit of an identity crisis. As well as being a mid-range phone, it is modular and has a 5G connection to the Verizon network, a feature you would normally see on a high-end phone like the Galaxy S10 5G or LG V50. And, for example, as a pair of zipper pants that turn into shorts are neither the best shorts nor pants, the versatility of the Moto Z4 is also what makes it less attractive.
For starters, its price puts it directly in competition with $ 449 OnePlus 6T and the $ 479 Google Pixel 3A XL The last one has one of the best cameras on any phone to buy. The Moto Z4 can also be turned into a 5G phone through a $ 349 Moto Mod accessory. Does this feature exactly match the $ 1299 Galaxy S10 5G and the LG V50 $ 999. Moto Z4 better than the Pixel 3A XL or Galaxy S10 5G? Unfortunately, no. Even with the 5G Mod, the Moto Z4 is the middle of the road phone, which is nothing but simple.
The point is not that the Moto Z4 is “bad”. Just since the original Moto Z launched in 2016, phones with better cameras and higher-end processors like the Pixel 3A ($ 334 on Amazon) and OnePlus 6T, released and costing almost the same price. The Moto Z4 feels that its goal was to be a cheap way to get people to the 5G network from Verizon seedlings, which is not necessarily a bad thing. But for almost anything else, it’s hard to recommend the Moto Z4 unless you’re carefully investing in the Motorola Moto Mod ecosystem.
Design of Moto Z4 2016 in the world of 2019
Without Moto Mods, the Moto Z4 looks like a sketch artist would draw if you described how the 2016 smartphone looked. It has a glass back with a flat gray finish, a large camera charge and looks quite gentle. The screen is bright with good contrast, although sometimes difficult to see in direct sunlight. Although cast for 2019, there are clear frames with clear and thin layers. But in general, it’s vanilla ice cream in the world of Ben and Jerry.
Mods fit snugly, but do not agree with the sides of the phone. When I have Mod 360 Camera Mods Attached, for example, the edge of Fashion does not perfectly match the curved sides of the phone, and the union does this annoying lip that rubs my arm literally wrong. This noticeable seam between the phone and the mod makes the settings look like Motorola’s. Oh, and by the way, the Moto Z4 has full support for all existing Motorola mods, including rechargeable batteries, speakers, projectors and more.
The Moto Z4 has all the megapixels
The back of the Moto Z4 is getting a few updates over last year’s Moto Z3. It has a 48-megapixel rear camera, one of the highest resolutions you can find on the phone, and follows the trends of other top mid-range phones, including the OnePlus 7 Pro, which has a camera with the same resolution.
In general, photos are valuable for the price, but they won’t make you. Under good lighting, the colors are accurate and bright and the exposure is spotty, especially when using HDR. Even in medium and low light, photos can be used, but they start to suffer from the softness of details such as textures, fabrics and hair.
When things get particularly dark, there is a Night Vision mode that takes eight photos and combines them to reduce image noise and enhance brightness. The night vision made the images brighter, but often over-processed. The photo below shows a strange digital effect of cloud fading from a tree I shot after sunset, and it is surrounded by spotty noise reduction strokes. I have found that Night Vision performs best in medium and low light indoors.
Moto Z4 video is nothing special. It could shoot 4K, but the video looked overpriced and struggled against noise in low light. Selfies are actually good as long as you have a nice amount of light.
The Moto Z4 adds a giant battery and an on-screen fingerprint scanner
Perhaps the most striking feature of the Moto Z4 is the large battery on the inside. In our looped video tests in airplane mode, the battery was 19 hours and 21 minutes long, almost 5 hours longer than last year’s Moto Z3. And in actual use, even if a 360-cell Mod battery is attached, the Moto Z4 has been out for two days in a single charge. Of course, if you want to get even more battery life, for an extra $ 50, you can take the Moto Power Pack mod, which Motorola claims adds 16 more hours of battery life.
A fingerprint sensor is built into the display, similar to the one on Huawei P30 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro . Setting up an optical fingerprint reader was a hassle, but in a few weeks of testing, I found that it only unlocks on the first attempt, say two out of five times, and unlocks on the second attempt almost all the time. This can be a mistake of the user, though I doubt it – I honestly tried to place my finger flat and focused on the reader, not move.
It turns out that the fingerprint reader is pushing away from machine learning, and theoretically, over time, the speed and reliability of unlocking will improve. I will continue to use the Moto Z4 and see if this is the case.
The Moto Z4 lacks wireless charging, but if you already have a Moto Style Shell with wireless charging, this won’t be a problem. It also lacks IP-rated water resistance, though Motorola says the phone’s nanoclay can withstand spills and rain. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom of the phone, which was missing from the previous Moto Z3.
Running Android 9 Pie on Snapdragon 675 Chipset
I like the friendly and easy-to-use Motorola software, especially Moto Actions. These are thoughtful shortcuts that you can selectively turn on, such as One Button Nav (igation) and Flip for DND. Motorola’s close stock on Android is honestly one of the favorite versions of the operating system, and the company promises to upgrade the phone to Android Q. in the future.
The Motorola Moto Z4 looks like the dark and stormy type
The phone has a Snapdragon 675 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Using Moto Z4 quick launches every day is a great way to handle video and some games, like Odyssey Alto Alto. In games like PUBG Mobile, the Moto Z4 has warmed up (like most phones), but for $ 80 you can buy the Moto Gamepad Mod, which makes keeping your phone more comfortable while playing. It also adds joysticks, buttons and a D-pad.
In our performance testing, the Moto Z4 scored lower than last year’s OnePlus 6T (which has a Snapdragon 845 processor) and split the results with the Pixel 3A and 3A XL, even if the Pixel 3A phones have less powerful Snapdragon 670 processors. an indicator than last year’s Moto Z3, which has a Snapdragon 835. Perhaps a fairer comparison is the Moto Z3 Play, which the Moto Z4 easily beat.
Moto Z4 with 5G Moto Mod
Although I haven’t tested the Moto Z4 5G connection with the Moto Mod 5G myself, my colleague Jessica Dolcourt started testing the Moto Z3 with the 5G mod this spring. She describes the experience as “unpleasant at best.”
“5G Moto Mod is thick and heavy,” she wrote. You magnetically add it and transmit to your phone information about the shuttles and data transmission from Mod, which has a Snapdragon 855 processor and an X50 modem, making 5G possible. “
Her biggest problem with tuning the Moto Z3 and 5G mods was the awful battery life. Since the Moto Z4 offers a larger battery, this can be a minor issue when using the 5G Mod.
For more on her thoughts on Motorola and 5G, read her story Motorola’s 5G phone may be the first, but more important, win – the sophisticated Razr.
Moto Z4 against the competition
Moto Z4 vs Galaxy S10E: Moto Z4 and Galaxy S10E these are two very different phones that cost almost the same fate – at least so far. The Galaxy S10E has essentially reduced the Galaxy S10 and includes a Snapdragon 855 processor, one of the best camera and wireless charging systems that can also be used to make accessories such as wireless headphones or smartwatch. At a starting price of $ 750, the Galaxy S10E was an incredible deal, all the more so if you can buy it for $ 520.
Priced at $ 500, the Moto Z4 lacks wireless charging and has a modest processor compared to the Galaxy S10E. On the other hand, the Moto Z4 lasted two hours and 21 minutes longer in our looped video tests in airplane mode, has a larger screen and can be built into a 5G phone with the addition of 5G Moto Mod. The nice and easy to use Motorola software on the Z4 is a delight. Close stock for Android is, honestly, one of my favorite versions of the operating system out there.
Moto Z4 vs Pixel 3A XL: If you’re a camera nerd, the Pixel 3A XL has one of the best cameras on any phone today. In our tests, the Moto Z4’s battery life was over 2 hours longer than that of the Pixel, despite the fact that it had less capacity.
Another thing to keep in mind is software updates. Google promises at least three years of software updates for the Pixel 3A and 3A XL, and as a Google phone, this will be one of the first devices to receive updates as they roll out. Motorola is keen to keep phones up to date, but it doesn’t promise for a long time.
Moto Z4 vs OnePlus 6T: Despite being launched in November 2018, the OnePlus 6T still offers more appeal than the Moto Z4. It has a better design, camera and higher performance. However, in our tests, the Moto Z4 battery lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the OnePlus. However, if you still have $ 50 to spend on your budget, the OnePlus 6T is the way to go.
Moto Z4 vs Moto Z3: Motorola is currently selling the Moto Z4 for $ 500 and the Moto Z3, which has a Snapdragon 835 processor and can use the 5G Moto Mod, for $ 480. behind.
Features of Moto Z4 vs. Google Pixel 3A XL, OnePlus 6T, Moto Z3, Galaxy S10E
|Motorola Moto Z4||Google Pixel 3A XL||OnePlus 6T||Motorola Moto Z3||Samsung Galaxy S10E|
|Display size, resolution||6.4-inch OLED; 2,340 x 1,080 pixels||6.0-inch gOLED; 2,160 x 1,080 pixels||6.41-inch AMOLED; 2,340 x 1,080 pixels||6.0-inch OLED; 2,160 x 1,080 pixels||5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080-pixels|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.2 x 2.95 x 0.3 in||6.3 x 3.0 x 0.3 in||6.20 x 2.94 x 0.32 in||6.16 x 3.01 x 0.27 in||5.6 x 2.8 x 0.27 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||158 x 75 x 7.35 mm||160.1 x 76.1 x 8.2 mm||157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm||156.5 x 76.5 x 6.75 mm||142 x 70 x 7.9 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||5.82 oz; 165g||5.89 oz; 167g||6.5 oz; 185g||5.5 oz; 156g||5.3oz.; 150g|
|Mobile software||Android 9.0||Android 9.0||Android 9 Pie||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 9.0|
|Camera||48-megapixel||12.2-megapixel||16-megapixel standard, 20-megapixel telephoto||12-megapixel, 12-megapixel mono||12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle)|
|Processor||2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675||2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdraon 670||2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Storage||128GB||64GB||128GB, 256GB||64GB||128GB, 256GB|
|RAM||4GB||4GB||6GB, 8GB||4GB||6GB, 8GB|
|Battery||3,700mAh||3,700mAh||3,700 mAh||3,000 mAh||3,100mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||In-display||Back||In-display||On the side||Power button|
|Special features||In-display fingerprint reader, Moto Actions, Moto Mods||AR in Google Maps, Timelapse video shooting||In-display fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM, Dash Charging, notifications toggle||Compatibility for Moto Mods, extra battery pack||Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$499||$479||$549 (8GB RAM/128GB), $599 (8GB RAM/256GB)||$480||$520|
Originally published on July 31st.
Update, July 31 at 5:45 pm: Displays a Moto Z4 pixel density of 403 ppi;Aug. 14: Adds links to other $ 500 phones that you should consider.