The Moto Z4 is not a particularly exciting phone. It’s a midrange device with a familiar design, spec list, and feature set. Its main differentiator is Moto Mods, the attachable accessories that can magnetically snap on the back of the phone. But those aren’t really much of a draw anymore. They wore out their welcome a few Moto Z versions ago.
With a price tag of $499 for the unlocked model (or as low as $240 if you’re buying from Verizon and starting a new line of service), you might think the Z4 is one of those midrange budget phones that really could replace something that costs much more. Yet the Z4 has plenty of great competition that feels fresher or more appealing in that price range. In a lineup of 2019 phones, the Z4 wouldn’t get a second look from anyone.