Lenovo has just released the fourth generation of what is arguably the most popular midrange smartphone in the Android marketplace. Building on the success of the previous versions, Lenovo has tried to give users a little more choice than they have had before when it comes to buying Moto G. This year, with the Moto G4, there are actually 3 different versions of the phone with the plain vanilla Moto G4 as the mid-tier model, a Moto G4 Plus that packs some very nice hardware upgrades into the same body and the slightly low end Moto G4 Play. One reason that owners looking to upgrade from a previous generation Moto G4, may want to go for the new G4 Play is that while the other two models in the fourth generation lineup have increased in size to pack in a larger 5.5 "display, the Play version stays with the same 5 "display that its predecessors have had for the last two generations. What this means is that while the new Moto G4 and G4 Plus are identical on the outside and can share cases, designer cases for the Moto G4 Play cannot be shared with any of its brethren.
The best value for money: Moto G4
For people who do not want the latest and greatest in hardware specs and who are just looking for a very capable midrange device with no major flaws or shortcomings at a great price, the Play is a great value. You can buy the phone and get a couple of designer cases for Moto G4 Play and still save some money over the standard Moto G4 and even more over the Moto G4 Plus. What then, will Play owners be giving up by going with the economy version of the G4? Firstly, the Play has a slower Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the 410 model. It is still quad core though and should have more than enough muscle for everything but the most cutting edge games. The display is still a 720p screen rather than a Full HD 1080p version. This isn't too much of a sacrifice however because at 5 "the screen still works out to a ppi that almost touches 300.
Save on the phone, spend on personalization.
Young consumers who don't need the most high end performance from their phones but who want to customize them to their hearts content would do well to pick up a perfectly capable phone at a great price, such as the G4 Play and then spend the money they saved on accessories like cases and covers for the phone. If the previous generations of the Moto G are anything to go by, the market should soon be flooded with designer cases for the Moto G4 Play as well as its more expensive siblings, the standard G4 and the G4 Plus. While Lenovo plans to offer the Moto Maker customization service for the Moto G4 for the first time in the model's history, whether this option is available with the G4 Play remains to be seen.