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Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Moto Z4 (2019)
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Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus (2017) vs Moto Z4 (2019)

Analysis:

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus was loved by reviewers at CNET, a highly trusted source that performs reliable in-depth testing. It did great in its "Best phones of 2019: iPhone, Samsung, Pixel, Motorola..." roundup where it was named its "The best iPhone with a home button", which, in itself, makes it a product worth considering.

Moving on to the Moto Z4 (2019): it was unable to reach the very top of any roundups from sources that conduct reliable and unbiased testing. Nonetheless, it still managed to impress reviewers from a number of such sites, like PhoneArena, CNET, Tom's Guide, PCmag, Techradar, and Android Authority, enough for them to include them on those lists.

When we thoroughly analyzed their review scores, we learned that all of the sources that tested both Smartphones, including PhoneArena, Techradar, CNET, and PCmag, preferred the Apple iPhone 8 Plus over the Moto Z4 (2019).

We also took a look at which sources they managed to impress the most. The Apple iPhone 8 Plus was liked best by T3, which gave it a score of 10, while the Moto Z4 (2019) got its highest, 9, score from PhoneArena.

Lastly, we averaged out all of their review ratings and observed that the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, with its 8.4 average, performed considerably better than most Smartphones - the mean score for the product category being 7.5 out of 10 - while the Moto Z4 (2019) managed an average of 7.2.

There's one caveat here - it might not be entirely justifiable to do a direct Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs. Moto Z4 (2019) review average comparison since they aren't priced the same and more expensive products tend to get higher review scores from some sources.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
CNET
ePHOTOzine
PCmag
Tom's Guide
AVForums
bicycling.com
PhoneArena
GadgetMatch
Expert Reviews
slashgear.com
Tech. Specs Comparison
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
$209
Moto Z4 (2019)
Operating System
iOS
Android
Screen size
5.5 (inches)
6.4 (inches)
Has average expert review score
Recommended by trusted experts
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
The best iPhone with a home button
in “Best phones of 2019: iPhone, Samsung, Pixel, Motorola...” 
Last updated: 30 Dec 2019
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.0 out of 10
in “The best small phones: Top picks under 6 inches” 
Last updated: 22 Apr 2020
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.0 out of 10
in “Gear Envy: Inside the Bag of PCMag's Camera Expert” 
Last updated: 22 Jan 2018
GadgetMatch
Trusted Source
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “9 Best Gaming Smartphones (Q2 2018)” 
Last updated: 28 May 2018
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best small smartphone 2022: Buck the phablet trend with these brilliant compact smartphones” 
Last updated: 9 Nov 2021
PhoneArena
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best iPhone Black Friday deals” 
Last updated: 30 Nov 2017
slashgear.com
Trusted Source
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best in iOS
in “7 best premium smartphones of 2017” 
Last updated: 28 Nov 2017
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.0 out of 10
in “Best phone for teens” 
Last updated: 1 Feb 2022
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.0 out of 10
in “Gear Envy: Inside the Bag of PCMag's Camera Expert” 
Last updated: 22 Jan 2018
GadgetMatch
Trusted Source
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Best Overall
in “6 Best Gaming Smartphones (Q1 2018)” 
Last updated: 19 Mar 2018
Expert Reviews
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #3 out of 5
in “Best phone deals UK: Snap up a cheap tariff on top smartphones ahead of Black Friday” 
Last updated: 8 Nov 2019
PCmag
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Rated 8.0 out of 10
in “Gear Envy: Inside the Bag of PCMag's Camera Expert” 
Last updated: 22 Jan 2018
bicycling.com
Highly Trusted Source
-
Depth of
analysis
No
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The Year’s 10 Best Smartphones (So Far)” 
Last updated: 22 Jun 2022
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “The best waterproof phones” 
Last updated: 24 Feb 2020
Recommended by trusted experts
CNET
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “20 best phones that still have a headphone jack” 
Last updated: 9 Aug 2019

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