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moto g04 (Review) – A Trusty Sidekick for Everyday Adventures

Need a smartphone that handles your daily digital dance effortlessly and arrives with a modest starting price of ₹6,999*, then the ‘moto g04’ is worth your attention. The g04 sports a generous 6.56-inch display, up to 8GB RAM for seamless multitasking, a 16-MP primary sensor, a UNISOC T606 processor and a 5000mAh battery. On paper, it looks like a perfect budget smartphone, but is it really the one?

Build

Let’s start with the camera module, where Motorola takes a bold, minimalist stance. Eschewing the clutter of unnecessary sensors, the G04 opts for a single main sensor and a flash, cutting through the gimmicks to deliver pure photographic prowess. With a Type-C charging port and a single speaker grille adorning the bottom, the G04 boasts a layout that’s both intuitive and elegant. 

The volume buttons and side-mounted fingerprint sensor of the g04 seamlessly integrate with the power button, ensuring effortless access to every function. And let’s not forget the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack, strategically perched on top. Weighing in at 178.8 grams and fortified with IP52 water-repellent protection, this phone is as tough as it is stylish. And for those prone to butterfingers, a silicone cover awaits, included right in the box for your peace of mind.

Display

The moto g04 sports a generous 6.56-inch HD+ 90Hz LCD screen with a pixel resolution of 1612 × 720, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a pixel density of approximately 269 PPI. The punch-hole screen of the moto g04 houses a 5-megapixel camera, ensuring crisp selfies with every click. And with up to 537 nits of peak brightness, even the sunniest days won’t dull your display. While the G04 may lack HDR support, it compensates with an array of display options.

Performance

 

With the UNISOC T606 chip and 8GB of RAM at its disposal, multitasking becomes a breeze. You can effortlessly juggle multiple apps without skipping a beat. While it may not boast the bells and whistles of pricier models, the Moto G04 handles the essentials with finesse, whether you’re sending texts or indulging in a round of Sudoku. The moto g04 isn’t designed for gaming and movie experience, but it is amplified by the Dolby Atmos-powered single speaker that produces clear and loud sounds. And with the latest Android 14 onboard, the G04 ensures you’re always ahead of the curve, enjoying the latest features and enhancements with each swipe and tap.

Camera

With familiar Motorola simplicity, the camera UI puts creative control at your fingertips, from adjusting aspect ratios to experimenting with Night Vision and Portrait modes. Daylight scenes burst to life with vibrant colours and impressive dynamic range. Yet, this camera isn’t without its limitations. Lacking an ultra-wide lens or depth sensor, it’s not built for capturing landscapes or intricate details. Still, it holds its own in portrait mode, rendering subjects with a pleasing bokeh effect. And while low-light performance may not rival higher-end devices, it captures the essence of the moment with admirable clarity. 

Battery

With a robust 5000mAh capacity, moto g04 is made to keep pace with your every move, whether you’re binge-watching your favourite series or conquering the digital frontier with dual 4G enabled. Even under the relentless onslaught of heavy usage, the G04 stands tall, delivering a full day of uninterrupted power. The moto g04 ships with a 10W charger in the box, and took about 1 hour and 50 minutes to charge the phone from 0 to 100%.

Verdict

If you’re in the market for an entry-level marvel that won’t break the bank, the Moto G04 is the one you should go for. Whether it’s for the kids, the grandparents, or simply as a trusty sidekick for everyday adventures, the G04 delivers on all fronts. It is one of the most budget-friendly phones currently available in the market, but if your heart yearns for a bit more photographic prowess or the promise of future OS upgrades, then consider options like the Realme Narzo N53 and the Poco C55, each offering its own unique blend of features and innovations. With prices hovering around ₹8,000, the choice is yours to make.


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