Sunday 25 August 2019

Adrian Weckler Tech Review: Moto GD Play

Moto GD Play
Moto GD Play

Our technology editor reviews the Moto GD Play.

It’s quite amazing how much of a premium we pay for what some would consider frilly features. Few phones highlight this like Motorola’s new G4 Play.

It has a nice bright 5-inch screen, a simple, easy-to-use design, plenty of power and a fairly good set of cameras (8-megapixel rear main and 5-megapixel selfie-camera).

And it costs about a fifth of what a top Samsung currently sells for.

Its compromises include the lack of a fingerprint reader, 16GB of storage (more expensive phones now come with at least 32GB) and a camera that isn’t really as good as a top iPhone or Samsung (although which is reasonably good in most cases).

However, it takes SD memory cards (which is great if you’re recording video), has NFC and the battery is replaceable — still a feature some people really like that is now gone forever from the flagship phones.

Plus it’s nicest to hold in the hand despite its somewhat plasticky finish. If you’re looking for a really usable smartphone on a budget, this is fantastic.

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