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Motorola Edge+ did not fully entice us

Stylish but with some nitty-gritty issues: Motorola Edge Plus
Stylish but with some nitty-gritty issues: Motorola Edge Plus
Motorola's return into the realm of high-end smartphones is exciting. Almost no bezels around the display, a high-resolution camera, and a large battery. Find out why the smartphone failed to fully entice us in our review.

While the Motorola Edge sits comfortably in its mid-range market position the Edge+ signifies Motorola’s return to the realm of high-end smartphones hitherto occupied by the likes of Samsung, Apple, Huawei, and others. Motorola’s assertive asking price of more than $1,000 has dropped, though, and the device can be had for less than $1,000 already.

In order to successfully establish oneself in the upper class of smartphones one has to offer quite a bit, such as for example a Snapdragon 865, a lot of fast storage, fast LTE, Wi-Fi 6, 5G, and even a 3.5-mm audio jack. However, when using and reviewing the device, it became clear quite quickly that Motorola cut some corners that are very important to many people in this particular price range.

For example, the device is only protected against water spray but cannot be used underwater. The camera is capable of recording 6K video but lacked details and focus. The GPS took very long to obtain location lock, and its 18 W charger may look good on paper but turned out to be somewhat slow considering the Motorola Edge+'s ginormous battery.

Is the Edge+ a total failure? Far from it. Once location lock has been obtained the GPS modem turned out to be very accurate. Once the battery has been fully charged it will last you for a very long time until it needs to be topped up or recharged. And the pure and bloatware-free version of Android is the icing on the cake.

If you’re looking for a high-end smartphone with analog 3.5-mm headphone jack you are going to have a very hard time avoiding the Motorola Edge Plus as alternatives are far and few between. Everybody else should probably wait for the price to drop even further considering that $1,000 will get you better devices from other manufacturers at the time of writing.

Find out more in our extensive Motorola Edge Plus review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2020-09-10 (Update: 2020-09-10)