Motorola Edge+ One Month Review: A fighting chance

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It’s been a long time since I sat down to write a review about a Motorola device and I’m glad that the Motorola Edge+ is the device I get to change that with. This brand holds an immense heritage. Long before the Apples and Samsungs of the world, Motorola ruled the roost. Even with the advent of Android and iOS, Motorola made some great smartphones.

The Moto Droid was my first smartphone and it was great. A solid smartphone with a great display (for the time), a decent size and pretty much on par with a lot of what the industry has to offer at the time. The Motorola Edge+ 5G does the same. It comes on par with a lot of what smartphones have to offer today, but at Dh3999 I want to know if it has what it takes.

Motorola Edge+

Display and Body

The Motorola Edge+ comes with a 6.7″ FHD+ (2340×1080, 21:9) OLED with a 90Hz refresh-rate and 385ppi pixel density. The ‘Edgeless Display‘ curves almost 90-degrees on the sides and comes with a whole lot of edge-functionality. The display is decent and comes out of the box in ‘saturated’ mode which I instantaneously switched to natural mode. Content viewing in most scenarios is good but sun-light legibility is average at best. The display is HDR10+ certified too which definitely adds to binging video content on the phone.

Moto Edge+ display

The 90Hz refresh rate on the display does help with smooth scrolls during usage but considering this is the year of 120Hz displays on most Android smartphones, it is also a drawback. On the overall, the display is good to look at, easy to consume content on but just doesn’t have that pop its competition (like the Oppo Find X2 Pro or OnePlus 8 Pro) has.

The phone has some heft to it. You notice this as soon as you take the phone out of the box. At just over 200gms, it feels dense while in the hand. The aluminium body has an almost flat top and bottom while the back of body has a huge camera bump, causing one of the worst wobbles I’ve seen in phones on a table top. This can surely be sorted out with the case that comes in the box, but I hate using cases on my phones, so it wasn’t really an option for me.

In your hands though, the phone feels solid. Weight distribution is good and maneuvering the phone with one hand isn’t a problem at all. The left side of the phone is clean with no buttons while the right houses the volume rocker and a ridged power button. The bottom has the type-C charging port and speaker while the top has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Yeah you read that right! Audiophiles rejoice!

Camera

The Motorola Edge+ comes stacked with cameras. It comes with quad-camera setup comprising the a 108MP (f/1.8) wide lens, a 8MP (f/2.4) telephoto lens, a 16MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide lens and a TOF 3D sensor. The front packs a 25MP (f/2.2) snapper.

Motorola Edge+ Camera

To sum up the camera on the Motorola Edge+ I would say that the camera has a lot of potential but needs a lot of software tweaks. Motorola is going to need to shell out updates for the camera and do so fast. For a detailed look at the image quality, check out the images in the gallery below.

The camera setup on the Moto Edge+ definitely has the hardware to be great. Where it loses out is the software. Certain images (like those of the flowers or the scenic ones) have turned out very well. Very accurate colour, good dynamic range and decent edge detection when neeeded. In images with people in it (such as the portrait images from the front and back cameras), the edge detection weakens.

In the images of the boats at the dock, we can see the work of the Night mode on the device. The amount of light in the image definitely improves, colour gets better and detail increases. The image of the Dubai Marina is another example of the camera’s potential to perform at night. Unfortunately night mode selfies on the Edge+ are nothing to write home about.

Something I took time to get used to on the Motorola Edge+ was the menu system on the camera app. While I understand that Motorola didn’t want to do what almost every smartphone company has done (i.e copy the camera UX from Apple), it does take a minute to get used to.

On the overall, the camera on the Motorola Edge+ is good but needs attention from the company on the software front. If you’d like to see the phone’s video capabilities or how the device fares as far as its competition is concerned, check the video below.

Battery and Charging

Now the Edge+ comes with a whopping 5000 mAh battery and thanks to Moto’s clean MY UX, the phone does a great job with lasting right through the day. I averaged about 5-6 hours of screen-on time while reviewing the phone which included chats, emails and social media usage mainly with hints of Call of Duty Mobile.

Even the charging capabilities on the Edge+ are pretty spec’d out. The smartphone comes with 18W fast charging (with a 18W charger in the box), 15W fast wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging. Now while this does give you an ‘overall’ charging package, its not the best (or anywhere near it). Competing phones Android phones provide up to 65W cable charging (which basically charges the whole phone in under an hour). So for someone like me who is invested in wireless charging all over my house, it wasn’t a big deal. But if you’re going to rely on cable charging, the Moto Edge+ does take a while.

Power and Usage

The Motorola Edge+ comes powered with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor, the Adreno 650 GPU, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. All this power running along with Motorola’s MY UX (Android 10) makes for an extremely smooth user experience. Multitasking is smooth and the phone remained cool right through my review experience.

While the Moto MY UX is a clean ‘almost vanilla’ Android OS, it comes with a whole load of gestures from Motorola to enhance usage. First up is Moto Actions. If you’ve used a Motorola smartphone from the recent past you know what we’re talking about. While holding the smartphone, twist your wrist and the camera comes on or do a chopping action and the flashlight comes on. Next up, is the Moto Display. Now this function allows you to tweak the display as well as the immense edges on it. For example, you can customize the edges with lights for various notifications or even activate edge touch which brings up a special menu of apps when you double tap on the side.

Motorola Edge+ Display

Most of these customisations ended up being part of my daily life with the phone which I consider a huge plus. Most phones tend to add a whole load of bloatware-ish features which I usually switch off. The Motorola Edge+ comes with well thought out features which definitely help with daily use of the device.

5G

Last but not least, let’s talk about the feature of the future. The Motorola Edge+ comes 5G capable. Now while you might see a 5G advert all over the UAE, the coverage isn’t wide-spread enough for me to have anything major to say in this review.

That being said, most people buy a device to last them a while and while the 5G feature might not be a priority today, you will be glad to have it in 12-18 months. So it’s definitely a plus that the Motorola Edge+ comes 5G capable.

Is it worth it?

So what have we learnt this far? The Motorola Edge+ is a phone that on paper provides anyone looking for a smartphone with the best of what they need. Huge display, gigantic battery, spec’d out camera and all the power anyone wants.

Motorola Edge+ Camera bump

The Edge+ is a good smartphone on the overall. There’s no denying that. Unfortunately for it, at Dh3999, it falls short of some of its competition. The Motorola Edge+ doesnt have a 120Hz QHD+ display. It’s camera needs software tweaks and it could’ve had faster wired charging. While the entire market slowly moves back to flattened displays (which I personally prefer), it takes curved to a whole new level.

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, the Motorola Edge+ is a good choice. Its few short comings could be fixed with software updates. Unfortunately, while being one of the most expensive choices in the market right now, it faces just too much competition at significantly lower prices.