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Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Sony Xperia X: Which is best?

The Moto G4 Plus and OnePlus 3 offer great value at around £200 and £300 respectively, but which is best for you? And how does the OnePlus 3 and Moto G4 Plus compare to the Sony Xperia X and Samsung Galaxy S7, two of the best flagship phones of 2016? Here’s our G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Xperia X vs Galaxy S7 comparison review.

Motorola’s latest and greatest Moto G phone, the Moto G4 Plus, costs just two hundred quid here in the UK but boasts some great features that you’d normally find on full-priced mobiles. Likewise, the OnePlus 3 packs some truly premium specs at just £309, offering great value for money. But can the OnePlus 3 and Moto G4 Plus hold their own against the best Sony and Samsung phones of 2016 – the Xperia X and Galaxy S7 – and which is best for you?

Here’s our full Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Galaxy S7 vs Xperia X comparison review. And if you already own a OnePlus phone, check out our OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus X comparison to see if you should upgrade.

Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Sony Xperia X: At a glance

Phone Moto G4 Plus OnePlus 3 Galaxy S7 Xperia X
Screen size 5.5-inches 5.5-inches 5.1-inches 5-inches
Screen resolution 1920×1080 1920×1080 2560×1440 1920×1080
Water resistant? No No Yes No
Fingerprint sensor? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Processor Snapdragon 617 Snapdragon 820 Exynos/SD 820 Snapdragon 650
Memory 2GB 6GB 4GB 3GB
Storage 16GB 64GB 32/64GB 32/64GB
microSD? Yes No Yes Yes
Cameras 16MP + 5MP 16MP + 8MP 12MP + 5MP 23MP + 13MP
Price From £199 From £309 From £450 From £430

Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Sony Xperia X: Design

The Moto G4 Plus and OnePlus 3 aren’t just the most affordable phones in this comparison review, they’re also the biggest at a whopping 5.5-inches each. However, while the Moto G4 is quite a wide, chunky monkey, which demands two-handed use, the OnePlus 3 enjoys quite a narrow, slender design. And while stretching to the top of the screen is still tricky, it’s much easier to use with one mitt.

By comparison, the Xperia X and Galaxy S7 are a more compact 5 and 5.1-inches respectively and quite easy to clutch and operate one-handed.

The Xperia and Galaxy handsets are gorgeous-looking phones too, from Sony’s shiny metallic frame to the sexy curved glass of the Galaxy S7. We reckon the S7 is the most attractive phone here, although it’s a close call.

We also like the metallic frame of the OnePlus 3, which reminds us of a more slender HTC One M9. That industrial finish won’t suit all tastes, but we like the no-frills shiny surfacing and it’s suitably hardy too.

The Moto G4 Plus is still an attractive phone, even if it’s a more by-the-numbers plastic handset. And the G4 is the only handset here to offer custom design options, via Motorola’s online Moto Maker service. You can pick the colours of your new mobile and even have it engraved with a message of your choosing (and yes, naughty words are accepted).

And if you’re after water resistance, the Galaxy S7 is the only phone in this group that can take a dunking and come up alive. So that’s a nice, easy decision then.

Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Sony Xperia X: Screen and media

The Galaxy S7 boasts the sharpest screen in this round-up, with a mighty Quad HD resolution, while the Super AMOLED panel means your photos and videos are pleasingly vibrant too. It’s an absolutely stunning screen, to be recommended for media lovers.

However, the Xperia X and OnePlus 3 also supply sharp visuals and rich hues, especially if you use Sony’s Vivid mode to boost the colours. And the Moto G4 Plus also impresses with its massive 5.5-inch screen, which may not be as vibrant as the other panels here but still produces crisp, attractive images and makes the most of your high-def movies.

Good news if you would rather carry around your media collection than stream it on the go. The Xperia X, Galaxy S7 and G4 Plus have a built-in microSD memory card slot, so you can quickly and easily expand the on-board storage. Sadly the OnePlus 3 can’t be expanded, so bear that in mind – although the 64GB of storage is at least generous.

Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Sony Xperia X: Features

Good news if you’re security-conscious too, as the G4 Plus, OnePlus 3, Galaxy S7 and Xperia X all boast a responsive and accurate fingerprint sensor. This can be used to quickly and securely unlock your device, while keeping out thieving miscreants. The OnePlus’ scanner in particular is very swift and impressive.

The G4 Plus offers a pleasingly vanilla version of Android Marshmallow, as does the OnePlus 3. No heavy overlays or pointless features that you’ll never use, which means less wasted storage and smoother performance (and hopefully a faster upgrade to Android N later in 2016 too). The OnePlus 3 does offer some neat customisation with its Oxygen OS, however; check out our OnePlus 3 tips and tricks guide for more info on its unique features.

By comparison, the Galaxy S7 and Xperia X offer a total Android redesign. For instance, the Galaxy S7 adds some health features including fitness tracking, which incorporates the S7’s rear-mounted heart rate sensor. There’s also a new Game Launcher feature for gamers, which ensures you aren’t disturbed during a session and gives you game recording tools to capture your mad skills.

The Xperia X will also appeal to gamers with its Remote Play feature, which can be used to stream a PS4 game direct to the phone. And music fans will love how the Xperia X supports Hi-Res tunes and can digitally upscale crappy old tracks.

Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Sony Xperia X: Performance

The OnePlus 3 is surprisingly the best performer in this mobile phone round-up, offering up Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 processor backed by a whopping 6GB of RAM. You’ll be able to run the most demanding apps and play the latest games for the foreseeable future, most likely across the length of a two-year contract.

That Snapdragon 820 chipset is also packed inside the Galaxy S7 (market dependent) and once again you get stunning, swift performance, practically on par with the OnePlus 3.

And while the Moto G4 Plus and Sony Xperia X may use less powerful Snapdragon chipsets (the Snapdragon 617 and 650 respectively), they still offer up a silky-smooth everyday performance. Games once again run with dependable frame rates, although how well the G4 and Xperia X hold up over time is another matter.

Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Sony Xperia X: Battery life

On average, the OnePlus 3 and Sony Xperia X offer a solid 36 hours of life per charge, so will easily keep you going for a frantic, super-long day. By comparison, the Galaxy S7 and Moto G4 Plus can last around a day with slightly more restrained use.

However, the OnePlus 3 also has a killer card up its sleeve. While the Xperia X, S7 and Moto G4 Plus all take about the same amount of time to charge up (roughly an hour and a half), OnePlus has added a new Dash Charge feature to the OnePlus 3’s battery tech to rival Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. In our tests, Dash Charge absolutely killed it – check out our Dash Charge vs Quick Charge test for our full review.

Moto G4 Plus vs OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Sony Xperia X: Cameras

The Galaxy S7 and Xperia X both boast seriously impressive cameras, which capture highly detailed and attractive shots with minimal effort. Check out our full Xperia X camera review and Galaxy S7 camera review for more info on each snapper, as well as our Xperia X vs Galaxy S7 camera comparison to see how they stack up.

We also love the Moto G4 Plus’ solid 16-megapixel snapper with its super-smart autofocus. For the price it’s fantastic, offering super-fast image capture and sharp, eye-catching results. Check out our in-depth Moto G4 Plus camera review, which also compares the G4 Plus to the standard G4 when it comes to everyday shots.

The Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3 can shoot 4K video while the others stick to Full HD footage, but with built-in image stabilisation and fast focus you’ll have no trouble getting smooth, sharp video results on most of these handsets. However the OnePlus’ stabilisation is easily the weakest here, as you’ll see in our OnePlus 3 camera review.

If you’re after the best possible selfie camera, you can’t go wrong with the Xperia X. The 13-megapixel camera is truly magnificent, capturing quite detailed, natural selfies even when the lights go down.