Best mid-range phones in Australia

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4. Motorola Edge

One of Motorola's best smartphones in years


Weight: 188g
Dimensions: 161.6 x 71.1 x 9.3mm
CPU: Snapdragon 765G
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 64MP + 16MP + 8MP + ToF
Front camera: 25MP

Reasons to buy

Excellent battery life
Beautiful 90Hz OLED display
Powerful speaker sound

Reasons to avoid

Plastic rear
Sluggish picture taking
Not waterproof

Following the disappointment of its much-hyped foldable Razr, it's great to see Motorola bounce back with the new Motorola Edge – one of the company's best smartphones in years.

Sporting a sleek design that feels great in the hand, the Motorola Edge could be mistaken for a premium flagship handset upon first sight – a feeling that's only betrayed by the phone's plastic backing.

Its smooth 90Hz OLED display is bright and vibrant, though its edges might be a little too curved for most – you'll find the steepness of the curve actually makes both sides of the screen look dark.

Nevertheless, you'll find the Motorola Edge to be snappy and responsive, with its Snapdragon 765 chipset offering impressive performance from both a gaming and UI navigation standpoint. 

In terms of battery life, the Motorola Edge also excels, with a large 4,500mAh capacity that will last well into the next day of usage. That said, it's a shame the phone does not offer reverse wireless charging functionality like many others in its price range.

Camera-wise, the Motorola Edge offers a good, if unspectacular quad-lens array that's capable of decent photos across the board, particularly from its primary 64MP shooter. 

However, we've found that the Motorola Edge's camera app to be a little sluggish off the mark, sometimes taking half a second to snap a picture after pressing the capture button. This can lead to some missed moments, which is somewhat frustrating.

if you're looking for a smartphone with loud and punchy speakers, the Motorola Edge just might take the crown. Its onboard stereo speakers have been professionally tuned by Waves, the Grammy award-winning audio company responsible for the creation of software-based audio plugins. 

The result is a smartphone that booms like a mini Bluetooth speaker, easily outpacing its smartphone competition when it comes to audio output.

Curiously, the phone does not offer an official IP rating, meaning you should avoid dropping the phone in water at all costs. Despite this, Motorola representatives have assured us that the phone should be relatively safe from splashes or "whoopsie moments".

Although it has a couple of drawbacks, the Motorola Edge does many things right, offering a great looking and feeling handset that performs well and manages to slide under the AU$1,000 price barrier, making it a fantastic upper mid-range option.

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Harry Domanski
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