The Motorola Edge is not the best smartphone in the midrange market by any means. And it most definitely is not the best gaming phone or not one of the best 5G phones either. The midrange Snapdragon 765G chipset inside pretty much invalidates that altogether. But that doesn’t make it a bad phone. Quite the contrary, in fact. With its current market price, it’s a fantastic option for people who are looking for a good midrange mobile phone to daily drive.
Why We Like It – Motorola Edge
When the Motorola Edge was first launched, it was deemed as a decent entry in the midrange market. However, over time, it has dropped more than 200 bucks in price. And now, it sits at a very enticing price point of just $500 and offers a lot for that price.
- 25 MP front camera, rear macro vision
- 4500mAH battery
- 6.7 inches HDR 10 OLED display with 90 Hz refresh rate
- Slightly underpowered for hardcore gaming
This phone performs exactly as you might expect a mid range phone to perform. But the efficiency gains are enormous, something we’ll get into in the battery life section. But just know, compared to something like the Apple iPhone 11 with its Apple A13 Bionic SoC (7 nm+), it’s not going to fare well at all.
Just like the Nubia Red Magic 5G, the Motorola Edge also comes with a 4500 mAH battery inside. But the difference here is that Motorola’s offering is working with a lower 90 Hz refresh rate display panel, and unlike its bigger brother, the Motorola Edge Plus, a low-powered SoC. That’s why you should easily be able to get more than two days out of this thing.
Unlike the Asus ROG Phone 3, the max refresh rate of the Motorola Edge can only go up to 90 Hz. This can be a blessing in disguise as most people won’t really notice the difference between 90 Hz and 144 Hz refresh rate as much. Motorola uses the term “Endless Edge Display” to market the edge to edge AMOLED screen. But it’s nothing fancy, really.
The typical glass sandwich is used here too, and just like most other phones, it holds up very well. The Nano SIM card slot can be a point of failure, but for that to happen, you’d have to apply an unrealistic amount of pressure, which will probably never occur in everyday use. But there are few empty spaces inside the phone to make the stereo speakers sound even better.
The value aspect of the Motorola Edge is something that depends entirely upon you. By spending a few more dollars, you’d be able to get a phone with an SD865, SD865+, or an even better SoC inside. But you won’t get the mostly stock Android experience unless you’re comfortable with flashing and installing custom ROMs. You can check out the Sirin Labs Finney U1 if you are looking for a phone with better security.
Motorola Edge Wrap Up
So, overall, the Motorola Edge is a pretty good smartphone for the money. Midrange chipset aside, pretty much everything else is top-notch.