Moto G4 Review: Lenovated: Telephony, Loudspeaker, Messaging

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It depends on the region, but the Moto G4 comes in single and dual-SIM versions. We have a single-SIM model for testing.

The dialer should be quite familiar. It's split into three tabs - favorites (with gigantic thumbnails), call log and all contacts. There's no mention of Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) calling, however (even though previous Motos supported it), there's only SIP calling.

Favorite contacts • Call log • All contacts

The Moto G4 has a single speaker, but it's positioned on the front. That's almost as fine as front facing speakers (sans the stereo), right? Well, the speaker is decently strong and got a Good mark. That's still below the Very Good that the 3rd generation Moto G got. While not the loudest, the G4 offers a strong and clean sound for listening to music.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Oppo F1 Plus 66.3 66.2 65.9 Below Average

Meizu m3 note 66.5 64.6 71.7 Average

Moto G4 64.7 70.8 72.8 Good

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 66.5 66.6 75.8 Good

vivo V3Max 74.7 75.8 68.0 Good

Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen 75.7 69.6 75.9 Very Good

Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent

Messaging and text input

The Moto G4 comes with Google Messenger pre-installed (it's the default SMS app) as well as Hangouts. Messenger is a relatively recent app that handles SMS and MMS and it behaves a lot like a modern IM app. You can snap a photo and sdiscontinue it in seconds or sdiscontinue short audio recordings, emojis and so on.

Google Messenger

However, unlike Hangouts it does not support Gmail chat or voice calling, video calling or anything that doesn't fit into MMS. Also, Google now has Allo and Duo for texting/video chats so figuring out which Google app you're supposed to utilize is a puzzle.

Text input, naturally, is handled by the Google keyboard. It's fast, it's accurate, it's reliable and it has plenty of configuration options. You can enable one-handed mode by long-pressing the comma key, adjust the keyboard height, the layout (e.g. you may want QWERTZ), enable additional symbols on long-press and change the theme. Typing, swiping and voice dictation are available.

Google Keyboard • One-handed view • Landscape



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