Motorola Edge review
Quick verdict: Motorola's first 5G-capable handset for Australia aims high with a funky curved design, but its limitations in other areas leave us wanting.
- Curved design is very attractive
- Headphone jack
- Good battery life
- No water resistance
- No wireless charging
- Secondary cameras aren't great
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Motorola has recently started branching out from its budget market position into the premium space with the Motorola RAZR and into the high mid-end with the Motorola Edge.
The primary selling point of the Motorola Edge is that it's a more affordable 5G option with a refined design compared to other Motorola handsets. It's a decent option in terms of processing power, but at its price point, it sits uncomfortably between the true premium flagships and the more affordable mid-range options, many of which outclass it in features like water resistance or wireless charging.
- 6.7-inch display, but only Full HD
- Still has a headphone jack
- In-display fingerprint sensor isn't fast
- No IP-rated water resistance
- Triple lens camera, but not all lenses are equal
- Macro lens struggles to find focus
- Snapdragon 765G delivers solid results
- Edge Touch actions still aren't that useful
- 4500mAh battery lasts well
- Lacks wireless charging
Should you buy the Motorola Edge?
- Buy it if you like Motorola's light Android touch and want 5G.
- Don't buy it if you want better cameras, water resistance or wireless charging.
The Motorola Edge is an interesting phone. It sees Motorola stretching out its capacities to meet a new market position because it's the company's first 5G handset in Australia and a serious shift away from its budget sensibilities where it's played for such a long time.
However, I can't help but feel that too much was sacrificed in the name of that curved display and the inclusion of 5G on this particular handset. The curved display looks enticing in photos, but it's of limited real practical use and sometimes gets in the way of what you want to do. The onboard cameras are only fair at a price range where it's not that hard to get considerably better photo results. There's no proper IP-rated water resistance, and there's no wireless charging.
Any phone is a balancing act of price, performance and features, and it's pretty clear that Motorola kept the best goodies for the Motorola Edge+, a phone that Australians can't actually officially buy Down Under. We're seeing a raft of Snapdragon 765G phones hit the market right now promising 5G for less, and while that's true of the Motorola Edge, it just feels too compromised to feel all that enticing.
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