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Average of 17 scores (from 26 reviews)
Reviews for the Motorola ThinkPhone
Lenovo's reliable ThinkPad notebooks are almost legendary, and the ThinkPhone seeks to profit from this reputation. However, it comes with top technology from last year at the price of a current iPhone. Is it worth it?
Source: The Verge
If you’re considering the ThinkPhone, you’re probably a ThinkPad devotee, a buyer for your company’s IT department, or just a curious Android owner looking for something outside of the Google and Samsung options. I will happily recommend the ThinkPhone to people in those first two categories, but it’s not the best option for just anyone outside of that circle. Motorola and Lenovo know this, too, since it’s not being sold to compete with the mainstream Android flagships. It has a lot of the right ingredients for a competitive high-end phone but not quite everything. The Google Pixel 7 gets you a much better camera system plus an extra year of security updates for an MSRP of $599. The ThinkPhone has a nicer, bigger screen, but personally, I’d take a better camera and keep the extra $100 in my pocket. Instead of an unexpected Samsung killer, I think what we have here is a very good phone for a small niche and an indicator of good things to come if Motorola continues down this path. I hope that’s the plan.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/01/2023
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Mag
Motorola does right by parent company Lenovo's storied Think brand. The Motorola ThinkPhone is an excellent effort that covers lots of bases. It's an incredibly tough device despite its appealingly slim design, with a competitive screen, outstanding amounts of horsepower, battery life to spare, top-notch network connectivity, and all the work tools you need to get the job done day in and out. Perhaps the only real setback is the average camera stack. The phone's $699 is unexpectedly affordable, though it won't be sold by carriers that offer monthly payment plans. With that in mind, we continue to recommend the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to most people for its premium design, outstanding display, S Pen stylus, and class-leading cameras. But for business professionals, the ThinkPhone certainly does give you something to think about.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/26/2023
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Android Police
For $700, you can do a lot worse than the ThinkPhone. It's not perfect by any means, but it gets most of the basics right. Long-lasting battery life paired with excellent performance, a quality OLED panel that looks good indoors and out, and a solid design that feels good in the hand while avoiding some of the most frustrating modern design trends on the market — it feels like a complete package. If Motorola can stick to its word on security updates, this device represents another exciting entry in the budget flagship space. Depending on your priorities, Google and OnePlus might offer better experiences for similar amounts of money. But, with the exception of low-light photography, the ThinkPhone manages to go head to head with its similarly-priced competition, and frankly, that's not something I saw coming. After all, I certainly didn't think that borrowing Lenovo's most popular PC brand would result in one of my favorite Motorola phones in years.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/26/2023
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Android Central
At $699, the ThinkPhone is a phenomenal phone for a phenomenal price, especially considering the price you'll likely get through business channels. This is the best phone Motorola has made even at the unlocked price since the Z series. It checks all the right boxes and not only feels like a good value, and it's generally an excellent phone for the price. Everything from haptics to the IP rating, the processor inside, the tie-ins with Motorola's excellent Ready For software, and that Red Key are all great features that are worth having for any Windows PC user. I've also found that the PWM polling rate of the screen is high enough not to trigger my PWM sensitivity, making this one of the few modern OLED phones that don't hurt my eyes or make me nauseous. You could get a Samsung Galaxy A54 for cheaper and just use the Link to Windows software to achieve most of the same results as this phone but you'll be missing out on the wireless desktop interface of the ThinkPhone or a more expensive Samsung Galaxy S phone. All said and done, I love what Motorola built here and highly recommend it as a great companion to a ThinkPad PC.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/26/2023
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Digital Trends
Let me make this clear: There is nothing wrong with the Motorola ThinkPhone. It’s a perfectly serviceable, durable smartphone with two-day battery life and a nostalgic design nod to a popular laptop line. But that’s all it is. The few cute ThinkPad design elements just aren’t enough to make it desirable to many outside of the die-hard IBM fan base. Everyone else will get far more from the OnePlus 11 or the Galaxy S23, and each will last longer too. Exactly why Motorola has gone back on its original announcement that the ThinkPhone would only be a business phone isn’t known, but the push was a new move for the company, and this sudden switch may mean Motorola’s B2B aspirations are taking a while to take off. This is speculation, but if the ThinkPhone hasn’t excited the business world — where it actually makes good sense with its durable body, long battery life, great call quality, and robust security options — I’m not sure it has what it takes to excite the consumer world either. If you’ve long dreamed of a ThinkPad-inspired smartphone, or want a phone that an informed few will think you’re being forced to use by your company, the ThinkPhone is for you. For everyone else, it’ll be wiser to buy a smartphone designed expressly for you as a consumer, not one made to kick-start a brand’s business aspirations.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/26/2023
Rating: Total score: 60%
ThinkPhone by Motorola is aimed at business people who want to smoothly integrate their work phone and Windows computer workflow, especially if they want to match the look of their Thinkpad laptop. However it’s also worth a look for many other people who want a good Android smartphone that’s tough, has practical features which make digital life easier and doesn’t cost $1500.00 – $2000.00 and up. ThinkPhone is available in Carbon Black at JB Hi-Fi and Lenovo.com.au for $999.00 and I think it’s great value for money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/25/2023
There’s a lot to like about the Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola, just as a handset alone. It has impressive multimedia credentials but, if that’s your primary concern, then you might find better options elsewhere. Yet whether the ThinkPhone is right for you will probably depend on how much value you’d get out of the advanced security and tight Ready For desktop integration. Ready For is great when working with your smartphone and tablet side-by-side, reducing the need to switch your attention between devices. But the practicality of using the mobile desktop is another question. With the increased portability of notebooks, the rise of tablets, the power of the cloud and the vast improvement in the mobile versions of desktop applications, you’d have to decide for yourself how often you’d consider the phone’s Windows-esque mobile desktop as the best tool for the task at hand. Some people will have specific use cases, but for most people, the mobile desktop wouldn’t be useful very often.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/30/2023
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 80% performance: 85% workmanship: 90%
Source: Phone Arena
Objectively, the Motorola ThinkPhone is a stunning device in almost every area. The display is amazing—bright, color-accurate, and super-smooth, thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate. The chipset is very powerful, albeit not the latest one Qualcomm has to offer, and the battery life is very solid. You're getting fast charging (68W) with a charger in the box, a sturdy design (military-grade drop protection without a case!), and some super nice software features. The letdown is the camera system, which displays weird focusing issues and, even if we don't take those into account, is nothing to write home about.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/15/2023
Rating: Total score: 79%
Source: GSM Arena
It is pretty hard to properly describe the ThinkPhone in all of its nuances. One thing is certain, it is not your run-of-the-mill smartphone, but a unique and very particular product, both in its essence and intent. Although you can technically buy one as an end user, the ThinkPhone is, first and foremost, a business-to-business enterprise product. Corporate criteria, requirements, contracts and services work a bit differently than what we are used to on the open market. Hence, judging the actual value of the ThinkPhone and its pricing competitiveness is a tough task. There is definitely a lot to love about the ThinkPhone, starting with its exceptional build, which includes aluminum, aramid fiber and Gorilla Glass Victus. Together earning the phone an IP68 and MIL-STD-810H rating. Though highly subjective, the ThinkPhone looks gorgeous in our book as well. Its overall design is iconic and exudes plenty of high-level corporate charm. The ThinkPhone also offers an excellent all-around display with great performance and dynamic and cohesive high refresh rate handling. Also, great battery life and decently fast charging. However, the real cherry on top of it all has to be the clean Android OS imbued with plenty of additional features like the "ready for" platform, courtesy of Motorola and some advanced security, onboarding and remote management features. The kind of stuff that will make the corporate IT department happy. The ThinkPhone is far from perfect, though. Its camera setup, in particular, left us wanting. Same for the stereo speaker setup. At EUR 1000, we frankly find it hard to justify the ThinkPhone as an end-user purchase on the current open market. It just falls short in a few important areas. That being said, if you end up with one through your work or are looking to purchase a fleet of devices for your business, the ThinkPhone might be a viable option under the right circumstances.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/06/2023
Rating: Total score: 82%
Source: OI Spice Tech News
For now, the Motorola ThinkPhone is not available for normal users, and it’s more likely to stay the same because the smartphone is designed for business. The phone is focused on promoting the Think 2 Think ecosystem so that the employee can stay connected even in a work-from-home condition to provide better responses. Aside from this, the sturdily built quality definitely set the bar high in the first impression. Plus, the performance end can manage the workload precisely. On the other hand, you can purchase this phone if you are looking for a robust phone with better protection from the official website or Amazon. Lastly, if you are looking for an alternative phone on less budget, you can check the ZTE Nubia Red Magic 8 Pro Plus smartphone, which comes with the same chipset performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/12/2023
Source: OI Spice Tech News
Morotola company recently launched its 5G smartphone that’s called Motorola ThinkPhone. This smartphone comes with a price tag of $619 (Rs 49,990 in India) approx. The Motorola ThinkPhone runs on the latest Android 13 operating system with a clean UI. For display specs, you are getting a 6.6 inches P-OLED display panel that comes with 1B colors and a high 144Hz refresh rate with HDR10+ support. The screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection and dust and water resistance. For chipset, you will get a flagship level chipset 4nm Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 that easily goes up to 1×3.19 GHz cloaking speed with Adreno 730 GPU. As for storage options, you can choose between 8GB to 12GB RAM accompanied by 128GB/256GB/512GB internal storage, while the company doesn’t provide any secondary card slot in this device. The device comes with a stereo speaker and NFC support.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/26/2023
Source: Pocket Lint
The Lenovo ThinkPhone by Motorola offers a great range of specs: this isn't just a stock phone for business, there's actually some substance here. From the solid build with impressive protection through to the smart features for seamless working with your laptop, there's plenty to consider. The hardware loadout places this phone as pretty much a flagship device from late 2022, although the camera is likely to be the weakest link when compared to bone fide consumer devices. Still, for many the ThinkPhone will be a novelty, a fun device that captures some of the spirit of the ThinkPad in phone form - and it's unlikely to be something you'll be looking to buy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/17/2023
Source: Hot Hardware
This app syncs your ThinkPhone’s clipboard with your PC’s, enables 1-click hotspot sharing, lets you use the handset as a webcam, and automatically puts the last picture you shot with your phone on your PC’s clipboard. In addition, the ThinkPhone offers enterprise-centric features like a separate Moto KeySafe security chip, and an app called Moto Secure that allows IT departments to remotely manage the ThinkPhone. Neither Lenovo nor Motorola have announced pricing yet, but the ThinkPhone is expected to launch globally (and in the US) “in the next few months”. Overall, this is an interesting device with specs that match or surpass Moto’s best smartphones. I expect it to be popular with IT managers and ThinkPad fans alike. There’s only one thing missing here: a notification LED above the “i” in ThinkPhone. Lenovo, Moto, are you listening?
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/10/2023
Source: Trusted Reviews
Phones designed especially for business use are rarely the most interesting, but there is something charming about the ThinkPhone. It’s a smart move to expand such an iconic brand into the smartphone space, even if the device itself is standard fare.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/05/2023
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 01/05/2023
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/23/2023
Rating: Total score: 98% performance: 98% features: 97% display: 98% mobility: 100%
Source: Computerbild DE→EN
Positive: Bright screen; high performance. Negative: Poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/16/2023
Source: Computerhoy ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/21/2023
Rating: Total score: 89%
Source: Xataka ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/26/2023
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 88% display: 90% mobility: 88% workmanship: 88%
Source: Telepolis PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/18/2023
Rating: Total score: 85%
Source: Android.com.pl PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/01/2023
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: GSM Maniak PL→EN
Positive: Beautiful display; flexible fingerprint sensor; high performance; excellent battery life. Negative: Overheats while using.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/05/2023
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/26/2023
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Komputer for alle DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/20/2023
Rating: Total score: 88%
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/06/2023
Rating: Total score: 78% display: 70%
Source: Computerblog.ro →EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; beautiful OLED display; high autonomy; waterproof IP68. Negative: Average cameras; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/14/2023
Qualcomm Adreno 730: Graphics chip for smartphones and tablets that is integrated within the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. Qualcomm claims that it is 30% faster than the Adreno 660 in the Snapdragon 888 SoC. For Android it should be one of the fastest graphics cards in late 2021.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
SD 8+ Gen 1: High-end SoC for smartphones that was introduced in late 2021 and manufactured in 4 nm at TSMC. Integrates one “Prime Core” based on a ARM Cortex-X2 architecture clocked at up to 3.2 GHz. Three more performance cores are based on the A710 but clock up to 2.5 GHz. Furthermore, four energy saving cores are integrated that are based on the ARM Cortex-A510 architecture and clock at up to 1.8 GHz. In addition to the processor cores, the SoC integrates a WiFi 6e modem, a Hexagon DSP (for AI acceleration) and a Spectra ISP. The integrated memory controller supports fast LPDDR5 memory with up to 3,200 MHz. 5G is now included in the chip with the Snapdragon X65 modem. Compared to the non plus version, the 8+ Gen 1 offers a 200 MHz higher clocked Prime Core and a 10% higher clocked GPU. Furthermore, it is now produced at TSMC and not Samsung.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Only a few smartphones have larger screens.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
Motorola: The original company Motorola Inc was split in 2011. Motorola Mobility got the smartphone range and was taken over by Google in 2012 and by Lenovo in 2014. The Motorola smartphone brand continues for the time being. There are still a lot of reviews on Motorola Mobiles with average ratings.
82.46%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.