Motorola Moto Edge: Modest but Solid
PC Magazine|September 2020
Motorola Moto Edge: Modest but Solid
Motorola has had a busy release schedule in 2020.
STEVEN WINKELMAN

The $699.99 Moto Edge came to market a few months after the $999.99 Moto Edge+ we reviewed in April. While the two phones look and sound alike, a number of differences account for that $300 price difference. Where the Edge+ features a flagship-level camera and processor, the Edge is decidedly more modest. Fortunately, it still delivers pretty solid performance, along with 5G connectivity, for a lower price than most other phones.

DESIGN, DISPLAY, AND DURABILITY

The Moto Edge is a handsome phone. It’s available in Midnight Magenta or Solar Black, both of which have a finish that resembles hand-blown glass. We received the black model, which is actually more of a deep navy.

At 6.36 by 2.80 by 0.37 inches (HWD), the Edge is nearly the same size as the Edge+ and feels good in the hand. And at a well-distributed 6.63 ounces, it’s easy to hold for extended periods of time.

The front of the phone is dominated by the same 6.7inch OLED display with 90-degree curved edges as the Edge+. Resolution comes in at 2,340 by 1,080, for a density of 385 pixels per inch. With an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a 90Hz refresh rate, it’s one of the best displays we’ve seen at this price. It’s smooth, bright, and has a wide color gamut, with excellent color accuracy. The Endless Edge feature on the curves also looks great, though you’ll want to disable it when you’re reading an ebook, since it tends to warp text.

As with the Moto Edge+, the in-display fingerprint sensor on the Edge is solid. We tested it nearly 100 times, but it failed only four times.

The back panel houses four circular camera and flash sensors that sit vertically on the left side of the phone, and a monochromatic Motorola logo is positioned at the top center. Though the plastic panel looks as good as glass, it attracts many more fingerprints and smudges.

Motorola Moto Edge

PROS Solid battery life. Nice display. 3.5mm headphone jack.

CONS Mediocre cameras. No IP rating. Lacks wireless charging.

BOTTOM LINE The $699 Motorola Moto Edge delivers a solid 5G experience for less money than most competing phones right now.

A SIM card slot sits on the top edge, and a headphone jack, a USB-C charging port, and a speaker are all on the bottom. The left side is bare, and the right has a textured power button and a volume rocker. The latter two controls are positioned fairly high, so if you have small hands, you might have a hard time reaching them.

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