Motorola, the once-heartthrob of the mobile world, has had its fair share of ups and downs. It is no longer a force it once used to be, and that is something we associate with so many of the old day OEMs in the smartphone industry. Not many know that it made the first-ever portable mobile phone, the DynaTAC 8000X, in 1989.
It ruled the market in the later years and it was only in the mid 2000s that it saw a slump. The resurgence of Motorola under Lenovo has been nothing short of impressive. In the last few years, it has launched C, E, G, X, Z and the One series being the latest entrant.
In today’s article, we discuss the best Moto phones in 2020 that money can buy.
Comparison table for specifications
|Comparison of Specifications|
|Name||SoC (System-on-Chip)||Display||Rear Camera||Front Camera||RAM options||Storage options||Battery Size|
|Moto G7 Power||Qualcomm Snapdragon 632||HD+ IPS LCD||12 MP, f/2.0||8 MP, f/2.2||3/4 GB||32/64 GB||5000 mAh|
|Moto G8 Plus||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665||FHD+ LTPS
|48 MP, f/1.7 (wide) + 16 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide) + 5 MP, f/2.2 (depth)||25 MP, f/2.0||4 GB||64 GB||4000 mAh|
|Moto G8 Play||Mediatek Helio P70||HD+ IPS LCD||13 MP, f/2.0 (wide) + 8 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide) + 2 MP, f/2.2 (depth)||8 MP||2 GB||32 GB||4000 mAh|
|Moto E6||Qualcomm Snapdragon 435||HD+ IPS LCD||13 MP, f/2.0||5 MP, f/2.0||2 GB||16 GB||3000 mAh|
|Moto Z4||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675||FHD+ OLED||48 MP, f/1.7 (wide)||25 MP, f/2.0||4 GB||128 GB||3600 mAh|
|Moto One Action||Samsung Exynos 9609||FHD+ LTPS IPS LCD||12 MP, f/1.8 (wide) + 16 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide) + 5 MP, f/2.2 (depth)||12 MP, f/2.0||4 GB||128 GB||3500 mAh|
|Moto One Hyper||Qualcomm Snapdragon 675||FHD+ IPS LCD||64 MP, f/1.9 (wide) + 8 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide)||32 MP Pop-up, f/2.0||4 GB||128 GB||4000 mAh|
|Moto Razr||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710||876 * 2142 Pixels (Foldable pOLED)||16 MP, f/1.7||5 MP, f/2.0||6 GB||128 GB||2510 mAh|
Motorola phone with best battery life – Moto G7 Power
- Humungous battery life
- Decent performer
- Cheap for what it offers
- Bland design
- A big no for gaming
Moto G7 Power is a generic device that doesn’t try to do anything fancy. You get a reliable SD 632, HD display, a humongous 5000 mAh battery, and a camera that works in the daylight. The software is ever-so-Motorola, and you get some nifty features to enhance your day-to-day usage. It is not for everyone, but if battery life is your priority, it is the Moto to own.
Motorola phone with the best value for money – Moto G8 Plus
- Good build
- Action camera is a unique offering
- Average overall camera
- The performance leaves a lot to be desired
Being a lower-midrange product, the Moto G8 Plus is a decent offering. You get good battery life, an okayish SD 665 processor, and bloat-free software experience. There is only one variant available in the market which comes in a 4/64 GB combo, and that can be an issue for many. The camera takes some good photos in daylight and is barely serviceable once the night sets in. Overall, a decent product that doesn’t try to do much different and relies on the basics instead.
Motorola phone that’s feature-rich for less – Moto G8 Play
- The Helio P70 is a beast in itself
- You get a lot of extra features
- Who offers a 2/32 GB option anymore?
- The camera could have been better
The Moto G8 play is again a niche product. You get a powerful Helio P70 on one side and get 2 GB of RAM on the other. Given its price tag, the HD+ display seems to be acceptable. The battery life clocking at 4000 mAh is the saving grace here. Overall, like many other Moto products, it too is trying to get the basics right.
Best cheap Motorola phone– Moto E6
- Very cheap
- The removable battery is a rarity in modern days
- Presence of micro USB is surprising
- Lack of fingerprint sensor
An ultra-cheap phone for the masses. The Moto E6 is reminiscent of the old days; you get a removable battery, a SD435 to power an HD+ screen. Additionally, you get a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. You also get a Micro SD slot with an ability to extend memory up to 256 GB.
Best Motorola phone with mods – Moto Z4
- Terrific battery life
- Presence of headphone jack
- Verizon’s 5G connectivity
- The performance is subpar
- The OLED is not of the best quality
The Moto Z4 looks precisely how its predecessors did, and that’s not a bad thing. For the price you pay, you get an SD 675, an OLED screen, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the ability to attach Moto mods. You also get excellent overall camera performance due to the 48 MP primary sensor being offered, and the rest of the features make it a decent buy.
Best Motorola phone for ‘action’ – Moto One Action
- Good performance
- The action camera is unique
- Android One
- The cinema-wide 21:9 aspect ratio
- The primary camera is passable
- Battery life is underwhelming
The first Motorola after years that tries to stand out from the crowd. We haven’t heard much of the 21:9 aspect ratio other than Sony using it for their smartphones. It is the first time that Motorola has tried it, and it works. The Exynos 9609 is a decent performer, and the action camera is fun to use. There are multiple funky colors for you to choose from, and the overall performance won’t disappoint you.
Best Motorola for selfies – Moto One Hyper
- Full-screen display
- Good battery life
- Decent performer
- Auto-dimming issues
- Ultrawide camera produces average results
A robust offering in multiple departments, the Moto One Hyper offers a 64 MP camera, a pop-up 32 MP camera, and many firsts for the brand. The device is an excellent performer due to the SD 675 at the helm, and the battery life is stunning too. The full-screen display is a welcome addition, with it being LCD the only gripe!
Best Motorola Phone for Innovation – Moto Razr
- The folding screen shows us the possible future of smartphones
- Free screen replacement for a year is a welcome addition
- Reminiscent of the old Razr
- The price is too high for the performance on offer
- Build is sub-par
- The camera is not its strongest suit
It is essential to give credit where it’s due. The Moto Razr 2019 tries to show us the possible future, and we are all open to it. You get a SD710, a clutter-free Android experience, an OLED screen, and a battery that charges fast. It is good to see the company starting to retake risks, and opens up a new possibility for its upcoming phones.
Motorola had an average 2019, and it was surprising to see that it didn’t release any flagship at all. With 2020, we hope to see a change in not only its tactics but its fortunes as well. The rumor mill is already abuzz with news of a flagship Motorola product, which may be known as the Moto Edge.
Alongside, if you want to have a look at the rest of its portfolio, you can choose from the list that suits your budget.