Google’s Android motto for the past year or so has been “Be together. Not the same.” Under Lenovo, Motorola may have lost the memo because there’s not much distinguishing the Moto G4 Play from a Nexus, at least on the software side.

That hardly means we’re complaining about having stock Android on a device that’s not a part of Google’s Nexus lineup. But when comparing the G4 Play to its predecessor, the 2016 variant feels like an afterthought — a step back after what the Moto G 2015 offered for a budget device. Lenovo has removed the features that make Moto phones unique, from the inside out.

The new Moto G4 Play leaves us with a phone that offers no compelling features, just a low price tag. Let’s take a closer look.


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