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The best Motorola phones you can get right now

Motorola has something for every wallet.
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November 23, 2021
Motorola One 5G Ace back of device in hand
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Lenovo-owned Motorola covers all the bases with its smartphone portfolio, giving consumers plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for an expensive or an entry-level device, the company has you covered. We take a look at the best Motorola phones available at different price points, starting at well over a grand and going down to as low as $100.

The pros and cons of Motorola phones

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From the original Motorola Razr to their latest offerings, Motorola has remained an important brand in the cellphone market. Now owned by Lenovo, the company isn’t nearly as important as it once was, but continues to bring some exciting offerings to the industry. That said, going with a Motorola device also tends to have its downsides.

Let’s start with the advantages of going with one of the best Motorola phones. Fans of the vanilla Android experience will be happy with Motorola’s UI. While there are some slight changes and added features, Motorola’s interface tends to stick very close to the stock Android experience. This makes them very simple to use, and the experience is much cleaner.

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Motorola has also long been a pioneer in the budget smartphone market. Their Moto G series was among the first to offer super affordable devices with acceptable performance. This makes Motorola an excellent choice for those on a tighter budget.

You might also enjoy some of Motorola’s neat added tricks. The ability to turn the flashlight on by simply shaking the phone continues to be a great feature popularized by the manufacturer. You can also easily access the camera with a double wrist twist.

All that said, Motorola is also not that great at making proper flagship devices. Their attempts at making a high-end device have mostly gone unnoticed. And the fact that they’re now mostly known for their budget devices affects brand recognition. The most popular “higher-end” device is the Moto Razr series with foldable screens, and even those tend to fall short against the competition.

The best Motorola phones

Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best Motorola phones as new devices launch.


Motorola Razr 5G

Razr 5G

Motorola’s first crack at resurrecting the Razr wasn’t our favorite effort of all time. However, the 5G-ready version released in 2020 managed to right a few wrongs. The form factor is ultimately the same, and you’re looking at a 6.2-inch clamshell folding display with a 2.7-inch secondary display. It also comes in three different colorways if you want to match your Razr to the rest of your tech.

More: Here are the best foldable phones

The new Motorola Razr 5G foldable phone specs are still not quite what you’d find on most flagships. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip inside and 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. There’s also a small 2,800mAh battery, and it ships with Android 10 out of the box, but it can be upgraded to Android 11.

The Motorola Razr started as a Verizon exclusive, but you can now get the 5G version unlocked. It’s the most expensive phone on this list, but it’s also the funnest one. It’s also amazingly pocketable, if you care about that.


Motorola Razr 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch main, 2.7-inch secondary
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Camera: 48MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Motorola Moto G100

Moto G100
Motorola

Motorola is known for its excellent mid-rangers and entry-level smartphones, but that usually means a compromise in certain specs and features, particularly in the performance department. The Motorola Moto G100 is perfect for anyone looking for high-end performance with a mid-range price tag.

The Moto G100 is the first G-series phone to come with a Snapdragon 800 series processor, the 870 to be exact, coupled with 8GB of RAM to ensure smooth performance. It may not be as fast as the Snapdragon 888-toting flagships, but it isn’t nearly as expensive either. Continuing with the impressive features, the Moto G100’s camera setup comes with a 64MP primary shooter, and you also get dual front-facing cameras. A huge 5,000mAh battery keeps everything running. Of course, it wouldn’t be a 2021 release if it didn’t come with 5G support as well.

However, something to remember is that the unlocked version of the Moto G100 is only compatible with GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.


Motorola G100 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 64, 16, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16 and 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Motorola Moto G Stylus and Moto G Stylus 5G

Moto G Stylus 2021 back of phone in hand
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The 2021 version of Motorola’s Moto G Stylus is a great way to try a stylus phone on the cheap. It may not be the most powerful device in the Moto portfolio, but the G Stylus should treat you well for your money.

See also: 10 best stylus apps and S Pen apps for Android

Of course, if you have your eyes set on the Moto G Stylus, it’s probably for the key feature — the stylus. You won’t have to spend nearly as much as Samsung’s Galaxy devices cost, yet you can enjoy many of the same writing and drawing features. Motorola also tapped a quad-camera array to hold down the back of the phone.

Suppose you have some extra cash to spare. In that case, you can also pick up the 5G-version of the Moto G Stylus. Apart from offering superior data speeds, the 5G-capable iteration of the phone comes with a larger battery, more RAM, double the storage, and the latest version of Android onboard. It’s more expensive, but the 5G version of the Moto G Stylus is also the better of the two.


Motorola Moto G Stylus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 678
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 480
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Camera: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Motorola Moto G Power

Moto G Power 2021 back of phone in hand
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The next member of Motorola’s Moto G family is the Power. Although it packs power in the name, that strength comes from the battery department rather than the processing one. A 5,000mAh cell is the star of this show, with some other lightweight internals sprinkled in.

See also: Why is my phone’s battery draining so fast?

For starters, Motorola’s G Power drops the Snapdragon 678 chip for a lighter Snapdragon 662. You can choose between 3GB or 4GB of RAM, but the storage tops out at 64GB. If you need a bit more, the Moto G Power comes with a microSD slot, so you can always add on. The G Power also offers plenty of room for activities on the 6.6-inch Max Vision HD Plus display.

The OEM boasts that you can achieve up to three days of battery life with its large cell, and you can recharge at 15W speeds. Motorola chose a triple camera for the back of the G Power that’s capped off by a 48MP lens. Around the front, you’ll find a basic 8MP option.


Motorola Moto G Power specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 662
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Motorola Moto G Play

Moto G Play 2021 back of phone in hand
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The last member of Motorola’s 2021 Moto G family is the Moto G Play. It’s the most affordable phone in the trio, but it keeps a few of the best specs from its more powerful siblings.

You’ll be well treated in the battery department with a beefy 5,000mAh cell. Motorola once again estimates as much as three days of life out of a single charge. The G Play has a solid 6.5-inch display as well, even if it is only HD Plus. It ships with a Snapdragon 460 chip on board, and you’ll only get 3GB of RAM paired with 32GB of storage.

Motorola’s Moto G Play is light in the camera department, with a 13MP wide lens and a 2MP depth lens. You’ll get a 5MP selfie shooter to wrap things up. On the bright side, the Moto G Play still has a headphone jack.


Motorola Moto G Play specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 460
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage:32GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Moto Edge 20 Pro

Moto Edge 20 Pro back of the phone in hand outdoors
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If you want a proper Motorola high-end device, the Moto Edge 20 Pro is one of your best bets. It’s a well-balanced device with powerful specs, an elegant and well-built design, and a price that undercuts all other flagships.

Of course, there are some sacrifices to be made. The device features a Snapdragon 870 chipset, which is very powerful, but it’s no Snapdragon 888. The battery is also pretty fair at 4,500mAh, but it’s not pushing any boundaries. The camera isn’t going to set benchmarks, but it’s good enough for most casual users.

Other specs include up to 12GB of RAM and as much as 256GB of storage. It has a 6.7-inch 144Hz OLED screen too, which is rather nice.


Motorola Moto Edge 20 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Moto Edge

Motorola Moto Edge cameras
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Motorola’s main Edge device ditches all other monikers, but it doesn’t ditch all of the premium specs. It’s a solid mid-range option, complete with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G chip.

See also: Here are some excellent camera phones you should look at

Outside of that, you’ve got a 6.7-inch wraparound OLED display to work with — the same as you’ll find on the Edge Plus. Where you start to see differences is with the battery capacity, namely the 4,500mAh cell. The Moto Edge also dips down to 4GB or 6GB of RAM along with up to 256GB of storage space.

You’ll get a lighter camera module as well, dropping the 108MP sensor for a 64MP option and keeping the 8MP and 16MP backups. At least the front camera is the same at 25MP, and the Moto Edge is just as 5G-ready as its more powerful sibling.


Motorola Moto Edge specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Motorola One 5G Ace

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The One 5G Ace keeps some good things going regarding display size and battery life, even if it’s not the trump card that Motorola named it for.

Motorola’s positive features start with the large 6.7-inch Full HD Plus display and the hefty 5,000mAh battery. The OEM does seem to have the market cornered when it comes to long-lasting devices. You’ll get your 5G access in the form of a Snapdragon 750G chip, which is on the weaker side as far as next-gen chips are concerned.

Even though the Motorola One 5G Ace launched as one of the first 2021 phones, it still comes with Android 10 out of the box. We’d certainly have liked to see Android 11 right away, but what can you do. You’ll find a triple camera setup on the back, with a 48MP lens flanked by 8MP and 2MP options.


Motorola One 5G Ace specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Moto E

Moto E 2020 hero image
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The least expensive device on our roundup of the best Motorola phones is the Moto E. It won’t blow your socks off, but it makes for a solid bargain buy if you want to do the basics.

Motorola’s entry-level Moto E offers just 2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 632 chipset. It does ship with Android 10 onboard, though the 3,550mAh battery is among the smallest on this list. You can tap into 32GB of storage space and feel free to expand it with the dedicated microSD slot.

Also read: These are the best budget phones available

The Moto E may not be a camera lover’s dream, but it does offer two rear lenses. You have 13MP and 2MP shooters to work with, as well as a 5MP option around on the front.

The only downside is that, while it’s the cheapest phone here, it’s not by much. We would actually recommend that you pay a bit more and get the Moto G Play instead. That said, the Moto E can also often be found at a crazy discount, so it might still be worth considering.


Motorola Moto E specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Cameras: 13 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,550mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Moto G60

Moto G60
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You probably haven’t heard of the G60; its availability is very limited, and it was mostly made for India and Mexico. That said, we thought it was worth considering if you can get a hold of one.

The device is very affordable and comes with some nice specs. But the main reason why we recommend it is its massive 6,000mAh battery. That even beats the Moto G Power. The Moto G60 should last a long time on a single charge!

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Otherwise, specs include a Snapdragon 732G and 6GB of RAM. You also get a pretty nice 6.8-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate (those are rare to find in mid-range phones). The triple camera system is no slouch either.


Motorola Moto G60 specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11