The Moto X4 feels like Motorola’s response to the realization that it didn’t have a unique phone sitting in the gap between the Moto G lineup and Moto Z lineup, even though it already had the stellar Moto Z2 Play right there. The result is a phone that’s basically a Moto G5 Plus with a bit more power, a gimmicky dual-lens camera and a sharper selfie shooter.
The Moto X4 feels like an uninspired follow-up to what had been a great series of high-performance smartphones with prices that challenged the market. It does most things just fine, it’s affordable, and doesn’t feel like a low-end phone. But it also doesn’t feel like a Moto X.
While AED 1,299 does set it at a fairly attractive price point, it’s still within striking distance of the superior Nokia 8 at AED 1,599. Also, for a little more, you can get a Moto Z2 Play at AED 1,550 with a better screen and access to Moto Mods. Motorola’s X phone series lives, but in 2017, it lives in a world where there’s more mid-range competition than ever.
Who's this for?
Someone looking to get a basic smartphone or Project Fi-ready phone without the price tag of a Google phone may be on the market for the Moto X4.
Should I buy it?
The Moto X4 t is a fine phone. For normal use, we really didn’t find it lacking. The bells and whistles that it features didn’t prove to be much more than simple noise though, as the dual-lens camera was underwhelming and 4K video wasn’t worth the storage space.
A Moto G5S Plus would work just about as well for almost everything and cost less. All told, there are similar phones for better prices, and better phones for similar prices, and that leaves the Moto X4 in an unfortunate place where it’s a fine phone with no reason for someone to buy it.