The best Motorola phones are a key part of the budget smartphone market, alongside Nokia phones and certain LG handsets. If you’re looking for a good quality handset that won’t break the bank, Motorola is the manufacturer to look at.
While its greatest strength may be the budget end of things, Motorola can also do high-end phones too. Both the Motorola Edge and the higher-performance Motorola Edge Plus offer top specs, sharp displays, and 5G connectivity with typical flagship polish which is why they make the list.
However, these are somewhat the exception to the rule with most of the latest Motorola phones in the mid-range to budget tiers and no sign of any follow-up flagships arriving in 2021. The good quality phones available include the Moto G range which demonstrates what an excellent value smartphone should be like (including novel stylus-packing models), the Motorola One series offering good software update regularity and standout camera features, and the aging Moto Z range which offers modular accessories though we haven’t seen another entry in years.
Motorola’s first crack at resurrecting the Razr wasn’t our favorite effort of all time. However, the 5G-ready version released in 2020 managed to right a few wrongs. The form factor is ultimately the same, and you’re looking at a 6.2-inch clamshell folding display with a 2.7-inch secondary display. It also comes in three different colorways if you want to match your Razr to the rest of your tech.
The new Motorola Razr foldable phone specs are still not quite what you’d find on most flagships. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip inside and 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. There’s also a small 2,800mAh battery, and it ships with Android 10 out of the box rather than Android 11.
The Motorola Razr started as a Verizon exclusive, but you can now get yours unlocked. It’s the most expensive phone on this list, but it’s also the most unique one.
Motorola Razr 5G specs:
The 2021 version of Motorola’s Moto G Stylus is one of the OEM’s latest offerings, and it’s a great way to try a stylus phone on the cheap. It may not be the most powerful device in the Moto arsenal, but the G Stylus should treat you well for your money.
You could probably call it an entry-level phone with mid-range goals thanks to the decent Snapdragon 678 chip and large 4,000mAh battery. The Moto G Stylus only packs 4GB of RAM, but it’s nice to see 128GB of storage out of the box. The Moto G Stylus has you covered with a 6.8-inch Full HD+ unit if you want ample screen real estate.
Of course, if you have your eyes set on the Moto G Stylus, it’s probably for the key feature — the stylus. You won’t have to spend nearly as much as Samsung’s Galaxy devices cost, yet you can enjoy many of the same writing and drawing features. Motorola also tapped a quad-camera array to hold down the back of the phone.
Motorola Moto G Stylus specs:
The next member of Motorola’s Moto G family is the Power. Although it packs power in the name, that strength comes from the battery department rather than the processing one. A 5,000mAh cell is the star of this show, with some other lightweight internals sprinkled in.
For starters, Motorola’s G Power drops the Snapdragon 678 chip for a lighter Snapdragon 662. You can choose between 3GB or 4GB of RAM, but the storage tops out at 64GB. If you need a bit more, the Moto G Power comes with a microSD slot, so you can always add on. The G Power also offers plenty of room for activities on the 6.6-inch Max Vision HD Plus display.
The OEM boasts that you can achieve up to three days of battery life with its large cell, and you can recharge at 15W speeds. Motorola chose a triple camera for the back of the G Power that’s capped off by a 48MP lens. Around the front, you’ll find a basic 8MP option.
Motorola Moto G Power specs:
The last member of Motorola’s 2021 Moto G family is the Moto G Play. It’s the most affordable phone in the trio, but it keeps a few of the best specs from its more powerful siblings.
You’ll be well treated in the battery department with a beefy 5,000mAh cell. Motorola once again estimates as much as three days of life out of a single charge. The G Play has a solid 6.5-inch display as well, even if it is only HD Plus. It ships with a Snapdragon 460 chip on board, and you’ll only get 3GB of RAM paired with 32GB of storage.
Motorola’s Moto G Play is light in the camera department as well, with a 13MP wide lens and a 2MP depth lens. You’ll get a 5MP selfie shooter to wrap things up. On the bright side, the Moto G Play still has a headphone jack.
Motorola Moto G Play specs:
If you want a proper Motorola flagship device, the Moto Edge Plus is probably your best bet. Yes, it’s limited to Verizon exclusively, but it comes with all of the specs you could probably ask for.
The Snapdragon 865 chip kicks things off in genuine flagship fashion, and it’s married up with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space. You’re also looking at a 6.7-inch Full HD display with waterfall edges, HDR10+, and a 90Hz refresh rate. The Moto Edge Plus comes 5G ready based on its powerful chip, and the 5,000mAh battery should keep the lights on for a while.
Motorola even packed some power into the camera department as well, led by a 108MP main shooter. There’s also an 8MP telephoto lens and 16MP ultra-wide camera. For selfies, you’ll have a 25MP camera to capture every last detail.
Motorola Moto Edge Plus specs: