Moto E4 vs. Moto G5 Plus – Design and Hardware Comparison

Millennials are a generation that is facing constant criticism from all sides. Recently, a very well-known millionaire whose name we will not mention again because he doesn’t deserve the free publicity accused young people nowadays of being incapable of saving money because they spend it all on avocado toast and coffee. Ok buddy, ok. We see where he’s coming from, but that’s not what millennials want. Honestly, we just want good phones so that we could do everything we need to do in life off of them.

And while avocado is never cheap, and neither is good coffee, good phones certainly are sometimes. If you want to avoid spending over 700 dollars on a premium phone such as an iPhone something or a Samsung Galaxy S-whatnot, why not buy a Motorola smartphone? Today we have two options for you: the 300 dollar Moto G5 Plus, or the even cheaper Moto E4, which will only set you back 130 dollars. But which one to choose? Keep reading, and then decide for yourself.

Operating System

An advantage of both these phones is that they run Android Nougat, the current version of Google’s beloved mobile OS. The Moto G5 Plus, although it’s the more expensive one, ironically runs the base Android 7.0 Nougat version, while the cheaper and older Moto E4 has the update 7.1 variant on it. Both phones also have some Motorola-specific features added to the original Android spec sheet, so that’s even better.


Unfortunately, if you want a phone with a premium looking and feeling outer shell, the expensive alternative is always better. In the case of these two Motos, this also rings true. The Moto G5 Plus is made out of sleek and elegant metal, while the Moto E4 is plastic. It’s not dead, wrapped in plastic either. It’s just plain, old, boring plastic. So if you want the more aesthetically pleasing alternative, the Moto G5 Plus is your best choice. With that being said, the Mot E4 is also a beautiful phone, in spite of the material it’s outer shell is made form.


If you want to talk specs and hardware, then again, you get what you pay for. The Moto G5 Plus has a heftier processor and three RAM variants: 2GB, 3GB and 4GB respectively. But the Moto E4 with is modest processor and only 2GB of RAM still performs quite well. Our team recently tested it by playing super heavy duty games such as Modern Combat 5 on it, and it performed as well as the Moto G5 Plus to be honest. At the end of the day, what makes a good phone isn’t necessarily having a lot of RAM; it’s how well these specs pair together.


How many times can we say “you get what you pay for”? Needless to say, the Moto G5 Plus has a better camera than the Moto E4. So if you simply must have perfect pictures at all times, then the Moto G5 Plus is a safe bet for you, with the condition that you’re willing to spend that extra cash on it. It has a 12MP rear camera and the ability to shoot videos in 4K. But if you’re fine with just 8MP and 1080p video recording, then the Moto E4 will do just as well for you, trust us.


Can you guess what we’re going to say now? That’s right, you will get what you pay for. So if you want a more robust and premium feeling phone, and also if you’ve got a bit more money to spend (maybe buy less avocado toast, heh?), then the Moto G5 Plus is your best choice. But the Moto E4 will always be solid as well.

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