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The best Motorola phones for 2021
27th May, 2021 |
If you’re considering buying a new mobile phone in the next 12 months, then you really are spoilt for choice. And if you’re looking for a decent device at a competitive price then take a look at what Motorola has to offer. With it’s excellent range of phones there’s something for all budgets, tastes and needs from this dependable brand.
From the budget Moto G range and feature-packed Motorola One series to the high-end Edge line and the unique Razr flip phone, there’s plenty to keep even the most tech-obsessed busy.
But, with so many phone ranges, choosing the right one for you can be a bewildering prospect. If you’re already confused then read our handy guide to the best Motorola phones for 2021 to help you decide.
Remember, as soon as you’ve made your decision and bagged your purchase, you’ll need to speak to our dedicated team of insurance specialists. They’re sure to find you the very best insurance for mobile phones to protect your marvellous Motorola.
Best for premium specs and great value - Motorola Edge
The Motorola Edge is cheaper than its flagship sibling the Motorola Edge Plus, but still more expensive than many other Motorola models. However, it has a whole lot going for it and does offer great value for money.
It features a 6.7-inch wraparound OLED screen with a 1080 x 2340 resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10 support, and ‘waterfall’ curves. So, the phone has a high-end sleek look and feels great in hand. It also has an impressive 4,500mAh battery that should give plenty of use to even the heaviest of users.
With a solid mid-range Snapdragon 765G chip and 6GB of RAM, performance might not match some of its rivals. But it still gives decent performance and should meet the needs of most mobile gamers.
In terms of cameras, Motorola has done a decent job with a 64MP main sensor paired with a 8MP telephoto, 16MP ultra-wide and 25MP front camera.
Best for photography nuts - Motorola One Zoom
The Motorola One series of phones excel at focusing on one specific feature and doing it really well.
One of the highlights has to be the Motorola One Zoom which focuses on camera capabilities. If you’re looking to flood your social media accounts with beautiful images without breaking the bank then this sturdy phone could be the one for you.
With a whopping four rear cameras, photography buffs are going to have a lot of fun with this affordable handset. They include a 5MP depth sensor for breath-taking portrait images, an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, as well as the 48MP main sensor.
If that isn’t enough then there's a great 4000mAh battery providing plenty of charge, and a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 1080 x 2340 resolution. Serious power users who want to keep snapping pictures for hours will also love the fact that the TurboPower charger will recharge the phone in no time!
However, to offer such capabilities at such a good price Motorola has had to make sacrifices. It’s not the most attractive phone on the market by any stretch and its Snapdragon 675 chip offers only middling processing power.
Best for the power hungry - Moto G9 Power
As the name suggests, this is a no-nonsense power-packed phone indeed. But its strength comes from the battery department rather than its processor. The budget-priced Moto G9 Power packs a truly remarkable 6,000mAh battery, perfect for those who prefer not to recharge often.
Whichever way you look at it, the battery will last and last. But when it does need a recharge, it also supports 20W fast charging so you won't have to wait around for long.
Inevitably at this price level there has to be a compromise elsewhere. The fairly average performance of its Snapdragon 662 chip and 4GB of RAM isn’t going to win any prizes. But it does day-to-day jobs well enough.
It also comes with a large 6.8-inch LCD display so there’s plenty of room to watch your favourite videos. Although with a 720 x 1640 screen resolution you’ll need to temper your expectations somewhat if you’re looking for a high definition experience.
Best for a wide screen cinema experience - Moto G9 Plus
At a whopping 6.8-inches the IPS LCD screen of the Moto G9 Plus is one of the largest on the market. It's also pleasingly bright and sharp with HDR10 support, making web browsing, watching videos and playing games a pleasant experience. While it’s far from a premium quality handset it still feels solid enough and doesn’t look bad. It also comes packed with a 5,000mAh battery providing plenty of juice during marathon film sessions.
Again, Motorola has managed to pack four decent cameras onto its back. It has a 64MP main sensor alongside 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensors. Unfortunately, there’s no telephoto optical zoom but there is 4K video recording at 30fps. While you aren’t going to be taking professional shots, they’re still more than adequate for social media.
Despite those positives, don’t get your hopes up when it comes to lightning-fast performance. The budget Snapdragon 730G chip and 4GB of RAM will perform reasonably well for everyday use. But don’t be surprised if you experience the occasional stutter in app scrolling of slightly longer loading times here and there.
Best for those on a budget - Moto G8
Motorola offers some excellent budget phones and the Moto G8 is certainly one of its best. It’s extremely affordable, and offers some excellent performance for the money.
The Snapdragon 665 chip and 4GB of RAM mean it’s perfectly capable of running most apps. However, if you’ve had a premium phone in the past you might need to temper your expectations – top-end titles like Call of Duty Mobile might not run as smoothly as you’re used to.
Even if you’re using the phone a lot the impressive 4,000mAh battery should last for at least a full day, and maybe more. You won’t be surprised to hear that for this price bracket you won’t get wireless charging.
Compared to other budget phones the triple-lens camera on the back gives satisfactory performance, and you can also record 4K videos. In addition, there’s a 3.5mm headphone port (for those who like legacy technology), and a large 6.4-inch screen (although it’s 720 x 1560 resolution is noticeably lacking).
Best for cutting-edge retro design - Motorola Razr 5G
While many buyers were put off by Motorola’s first attempt in 2019 to resurrect the Razr flip-phone this 5G-ready version might convince you otherwise. Particularly, if you’ve got money to spare and you’re looking for something unique, foldable and super cool.
Priced at over £1,000 the Razr 5G is clearly one of Motorola’s premium products. With its hinged design and flexible 6.2-inch OLED display, the Razr does a great job of harking back to the iconic flip phone days of the late nineties and early noughties.
Inside its solid body, it has the Snapdragon 765G chip and 8GB of RAM for capable everyday performance. We also really like its useful 2.7-inch outer screen that’s perfect for showing notifications, checking the time and snapping a quick selfie. But at 2,800mAh, its battery is probably one of its biggest shortcomings.
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Best for note takers and doodlers - Moto G Stylus
There are plenty of reasons to look longingly at Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphone. But one of our favourites is the use of the optional S Pen to take notes or annotate images and documents. If the idea of a stylus phone interests you then perhaps consider buying the far cheaper Moto G Stylus.
Adding digital signatures, making quick edits, drawing, and writing notes has never been easier than with this sleek offering form Motorola. But it’s not just the stylus that could win you over, it also has a decent Snapdragon 665 chip and 128GB of storage, which can reduce your reliance on the cloud.
As you may have come to expect with Motorola phones by now, the Moto G Stylus has excellent battery life with a large 4,000mAh battery. This keeps the phone powered up throughout the day even with heavy usage. It also has a 6.4-inch LCD screen with a 2300 x 1080 resolution. In terms of cameras, it has a 48-MP main sensor, a 2MP macro lens and a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens (which is an action cam used solely for video). It also has a 16MP front camera.
Best for 5G on the cheap - Moto G 5G Plus
If you’ve been considering a 5G phone then take a look at the Moto G 5G Plus – perhaps the cheapest 5G phone on the market right now. Alongside this capability Motorola has also installed an assortment of decent specs and features.
First up is the solid performance from its Snapdragon 765G chip and up to 6GB of RAM. While it is slower than the Snapdragon 865 chip used in top-of-the-range phones, it’s much faster than a budget phone has any right to be! The entry level model comes with 64GB or storage, but there’s also a 128GB version available.
In terms of battery power, the phone also packs a massive and long-lasting 5,000mAh battery that will give you many hours of web browsing. And if you’re planning on watching videos or playing games long into the night then the Moto G 5G Plus also has a sizable 6.7-inch 1080 x 2520 resolution screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. There are very few phones at this price with screens as large and as smooth as this.
There’s also a quad-lens camera on the rear of the phone. You get a 48MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 5MP macro lens and a 2MP depth-sensing unit. It also has two front-facing cameras (a 16MP snapper and an 8MP wide-angle camera).
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with reliable 5G coverage and you’d like to benefit from these faster speeds, then the Moto G 5G Plus is a top choice at a very affordable price.
Best for those who love the latest thing - Moto G100
If you’re looking for the latest flagship handset then search no longer - the Moto G100 has arrived. This 5G-ready phone is the first Motorola G-series phone to be powered by the super-fast Snapdragon 879 chip alongside 8GB RAM.
It has a 6.7-inch LED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 2520 x 1080 screen resolution , along with a quad-camera set-up on the rear. This includes a 64MP main sensor and the ability to capture 6K UHD video at 30fps. There’s also a new 'Dual Capture' mode that will allow both rear and front cameras to be used at the same time for video.
For power it runs on a 5000mAh battery, providing over 40 hours of battery life. And if that wasn’t enough, the G100 introduces Motorola's 'Ready For' platform. This uses a dock to let you move seamlessly between your phone and any TV or external display.
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