Moto Edge, Moto G, Moto E compared: Which is the best Motorola smartphone for you?

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(Pocket-lint) - Motorola presently offers 5 smartphone ranges - Moto Razr, Moto Edge, Moto G, Moto E, Moto Defy - and successful amongst those line-ups are galore handsets, truthful moving out which Moto is right for you is nary casual task.

Luckily, we've done each the hard enactment for you, comparing the halfway handsets successful the Moto E (entry-level), Moto G (mid-level) and Moto Edge (flaghsip) ranges - the Razr is the flip telephone that we won't item here; the Defy is the rugged exemplary - to assistance you enactment retired the differences and which handset volition champion suit you and your budget.

It's worthy noting that owed to determination differences - antithetic handset names, exclusives, and truthful distant - this is simply a database of UK/European handsets. The USA's and China's ranges volition disagree by sanction (and sometimes specification) and aren't included successful this guide.

Moto Edge range

Ignoring the aforementioned Razr, the Edge bid sits astatine the top-end of Motorola's stack, with flagship specifications crossed galore of these handsets' features. The Edge sanction doesn't correspond a curved screen, however, arsenic was primitively believed, arsenic flat-panel handsets besides look successful this line-up.

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Moto Edge 20

Moto Edge 20

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While the archetypal Edge (below) was a existent departure for Motorola, the 2021 exemplary - the Edge 20 series, arsenic there's besides a Lite and a Pro variant - went altogether much simple.

The show is flat, with nary curve to beryllium seen here, but the spec is overmuch higher: a 144Hz super-fast refresh rate, ultra high-resolution 108MP main camera, and typically ample artillery capableness regularisation its selling points.

Which, oddly enough, makes the Edge 20 look an atrocious batch similar the Moto G200 (below). The cardinal quality is thus: the Edge 20 has a zoom cameras, whereas teh G200 does not; the Edge is somewhat little almighty and with lesser artillery capacity, however, but you won't consciousness that successful mundane usage successful our view, making it the preferable of the pair.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.7-inch OLED, 1080 x 2400 resolution, 144Hz refresh, 19.5:9 facet ratio
  • Rear cameras: 108-megapixel rear, 8MP 3x zoom, 16MP ultra-wide
  • Front camera: 32-megapixel main
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778, 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 4000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (33W)
  • Colours: Stellar Blue
  • Fingerprint scanner: Side mounted

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Moto Edge

Moto Edge

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The archetypal Edge, released 2020, was a existent departure for Motorola. Featuring a curved borderline display, it was and is dissimilar thing other Motorola sold - but you'll astir apt conflict to find 1 close now.

There was besides the Edge+ model, which amped up the specs adjacent more, and commanded a precise precocious asking terms upon motorboat - which, ultimately, was its downfall. We've not included that handset specifically wrong this list.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.7-inch OLED, curved edge, 1080 x 2340 resolution, 90Hz refresh, 19.5:9 ratio 
  • Rear cameras: 64-megapixel rear, 8MP 2x zoom, 16MP ultra-wide, ToF
  • Front camera: 25-megapixel main
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, 6GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 4500mAh capacity, USB-C charging (18W)
  • Colours: Solar Black, Midnight Magenta
  • Fingerprint scanner: Side mounted

Moto G range

The Moto G scope is the best-known of Motorola's handsets, having been astir the longest of those compared successful this feature. The Android bid has undergone a assortment of changes implicit the years, though, with 2021 introducing high-end handsets wrong the bid to cater for a wider audience. As a regularisation of thumb it's "higher fig equals higher spec" wrong the range.

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Moto G200

Moto G200

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The replacement for the G100, the 2021 sub-flagship has a batch to offer, including super-fast refresh complaint surface - which is besides an OLED and not arsenic long-and-tall arsenic the G100's panel.

Despite simplifying the cameras arrangement, however, the triple rear is inactive a spot of an oversell - it needs a amended wide-angle and immoderate benignant of zoom enactment truly - but not having a pill-shaped punch-hole successful this ample surface makes it look acold better, we think.

This is intelligibly the king of the G bid line-up. However, the Moto Edge 20 is besides worthy considering, fixed their similarities.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.8-inch OLED, 1080 x 2460 resolution, 144Hz refresh, 20:9 facet ratio
  • Rear cameras: 108-megapixel rear, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 16-megapixel main
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+, 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 5000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (33W)
  • Colours: Stellar Blue
  • Fingerprint scanner: Side mounted

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Moto G100

Moto G100

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This was the archetypal G bid handset to flip things connected its head, arsenic it featured Qualcomm's (then) top-tier processor, the Snapdragon 870, delivering acold much powerfulness than was emblematic of the series. That makes this telephone overmuch much similar a sub-flagship than the lesser handsets successful the range.

However, the pill-shaped punch-hole cameras to the beforehand don't look great, portion the rear camera setup is alternatively oversold. But if these don't fuss you, and you're capable to find 1 connected a budget, it'll service you astir arsenic good the the newer G200, which replaced this handset, unless you're keener to person an OLED show with faster refresh rate.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.7-inch LCD, 1080 x 2520 resolution, 90Hz refresh, 21:9 facet ratio
  • Rear cameras: 64-megapixel rear, 16MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, ToF
  • Front cameras: 16-megapixel main, 8MP ultra-wide
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 5000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (20W)
  • Colours: Iridescent Ocean, Iridescent Sky
  • Fingerprint scanner: Side mounted

Moto G71, G60S, G60

Motorola being arsenic it is, it loves to motorboat tons and tons and tons of handsets. This is wherever things get a small spot complex, however, arsenic not each are disposable successful each regions - you won't find the G71 successful the UK, for example, lone successful immoderate European regions.

However, the wider disposable G60S, is good worthy paying attraction - it's got the bully bits of the G50 (below), but puts successful that all-important higher-resolution and faster-refresh screen, positive overmuch faster charging speeds, to marque for a overmuch much accomplished all-round handset. It does distant with emblematic Qualcomm for MediaTek Helio G95, though, but don't fto that enactment you disconnected - it's plentifulness capable.

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G60S spec summary

  • Display: 6.8-inch OLED, 1080 x 2460 resolution, 120Hz refresh, 20:9 facet ratio
  • Rear cameras: 64-megapixel main, 8MP wide-angle, 5MP macro, 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 16-megapixel
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G95, 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 5000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (50W)
  • Colours: Iced Mint, Ink Blue
  • Fingerprint scanner: On rear

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Moto G50

Moto G50

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Pitched arsenic the mediate champion, if you will, the G50 is each astir 5G connectivity astatine an affordable terms point.

The processor utilized here, contempt being a little fig than you'll find successful the G30 (below), is much almighty and susceptible of 5G connectivity - it's that other velocity that's truly the large merchantability for the G50 implicit the different handsets.

But, for us, we don't spot that arsenic a sole crushed for acquisition and find this a spot of an unusual 1 retired - we'd alternatively person much surface solution instead, which you tin find successful the G60/G60S/G71 models instead.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.5-inch LCD, 720 x 1600 resolution, 90Hz refresh, 20:9 facet ratio
  • Rear cameras: 48-megapixel main, 5MP macro, 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 13-megapixel
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 480, 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 5000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (15W)
  • Colours: Steel Gray, Aqua Green
  • Fingerprint scanner: On rear

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Moto G30

Moto G30

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Despite sitting little than the G50, the G30 - which besides has a G31 variant - has immoderate higher-spec oddities: it offers much solution from its main camera and has faster-charging for the battery, for example.

Still, we'd forego the G50's 5G for this much all-round adept and cheaper handset. It mightiness good beryllium the prime of the budget-to-middle of the G bid battalion for that reason.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.5-inch LCD, 720 x 1600 resolution, 90Hz refresh, 20:9 facet ratio
  • Rear cameras: 64-megapixel main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro
  • Front camera: 13-megapixel
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 5000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (20W)
  • Colours: Phantom Black, Pastel Sky
  • Fingerprint scanner: On rear

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Moto G10

Moto G10

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The G10, which sits beneath the G30/G31, offers a little surface refresh complaint (but the aforesaid resolution), halves the storage, and cuts the fast-charging speed.

The G30 would truthful beryllium retired default go-to, if you don't attraction astir 5G, arsenic the 2 are truthful akin successful terms - but if you tin find an eventual bargain with the G10 past it's a sensible low-spec purchase.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.5-inch LCD, 720 x 1600 resolution, 60Hz refresh, 20:9 facet ratio
  • Rear cameras: 48-megapixel main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro
  • Front camera: 8-megapixel
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 5000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (10W)
  • Colours: Aurora Grey, Iridescent Pearl
  • Fingerprint scanner: On rear

Moto E range

The Moto E scope is the cheapest of Moto's handsets (there utilized to beryllium Moto C, too, but that scope has since been axed), but that's not to accidental it isn't a scope worthy considering. This bid is truly each astir outright purchase, without the request for a contract. So don't expect the pinnacle of show successful immoderate much demanding Android apps, but for telephone calls and connectivity for web browsing and video playback they're conscionable fine.

At this fund extremity of the marketplace we've not specifically reviewed specified handsets, but here's a speedy examination of what's available:

Moto E40

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If you're not looking for an ultra-powerful handset, but inactive privation a large surface and ample capable RAM and retention to support things ticking on nicely, the E40 is simply a good appointed fund handset.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.5-inch LCD, 720 x 1600 resolution
  • Cameras: 48-megapixel rear, 2MP macro, 2MP extent / 8MP selfie camera
  • Processor: Unisoc T700, 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 5000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (10W)
  • Colours: Carbon Grey, Pink Clay
  • Fingerprint scanner: On rear

Moto E30

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Identical to the E40, but with fractional the storage, and antithetic colour finishes.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.5-inch LCD, 720 x 1600 resolution
  • Cameras: 48-megapixel rear, 2MP macro, 2MP extent / 8MP selfie camera
  • Processor: Unisoc T700, 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 5000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (10W)
  • Colours: Mineral Grey, Digital Blue
  • Fingerprint scanner: On rear

Moto E20

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The aforesaid surface size arsenic the E40 and E30, but with a smaller artillery capacity, step-down processor, and a specified 2GB RAM. We can't spot immoderate logical beingness for this phone's beingness erstwhile the E30 costs the aforesaid and the older E7 is cheaper and better.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.5-inch LCD, 720 x 1600 resolution
  • Cameras: 13-megapixel rear, 2MP macro / 5MP selfie camera
  • Processor: Unisoc T606, 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 4000mAh capacity, USB-C charging (10W)
  • Colours: Coastal Blue, Graphite Gray
  • Fingerprint scanner: On rear

Moto E7

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The procreation older instrumentality compared to the E20, it really has the amended camera setup and arguably processor excessively - truthful mightiness beryllium the amended bargain implicit the E20 if you're looking astatine the entry-level end.

Spec summary

  • Display: 6.5-inch LCD, 720 x 1600 resolution
  • Cameras: 48-megapixel rear, 2MP macro / 5MP selfie camera
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G25, 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD paper support
  • Battery: 4000mAh capacity, USB-C charging
  • Colours: Mineral Gray, Aqua Blue, Satin Coral
  • Fingerprint scanner: On rear

Writing by Mike Lowe.

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