The best Motorola phones 2024: top Moto smartphones for you

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The Motorola Razr 40 Ultra in Viva Magenta against an abstract cyan background
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Motorola is one of the most iconic phone makers of all time, and it's produced a wealth of fantastic phones over the years. Recently, it's been on something of a streak too, with a run of well-designed, well-specced devices, that have impressed us in reviews. 

The brand also everything from classic candy bar smartphones to clamshells that we think are some of the best foldable phones you can buy. So, whatever handheld you're looking for, you'll likely find one to suit your needs amidst its line-up.

We've extensively tested and reviewed quite a few Motorola handsets by way of a full review. This means we've tested and lived with them for a period of a few weeks in order to bring you as honest and realistic a breakdown of the experience offered up by each phone as possible. And to help you along, we've listed all the best Motorola phones below. They're ranked according to our preference, but don't be afraid to choose one of the lower-ranked options, as they'll still be excellent for some people.

If none on this list catches your eye, don't worry. We're constantly updating this guide and make sure to add any new models that are worthy of a spot on the list (and removing old models which have seen better days). Though, if you've decided that a Motorola phone still isn't for you, you should take a look at our best Android phones or best iPhones guides as well.

The best Motorola phones 2024

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Motorola Edge 40 Pro

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The best Motorola phone you can buy

Specifications

Release date: April 2023
Weight: 199g
Dimensions: 161.2 x 74 x 8.6 mm
OS: Android 13
Screen size: 6.67-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 256GB/512GB
Battery: 4,600mAh/5,000mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 12MP + 50MP
Front camera: 60MP

Reasons to buy

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Slim, light, and comfortable design
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Vibrant, bright screen
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Super-fast charging and long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Android updates not guaranteed
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Underwhelming camera, despite specs
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Annoying bloatware on setup

The Motorola Edge 40 Pro is the absolute best Motorola smartphone released so far. The company manages to keep pace with all the latest specs, including the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, large amounts of RAM and storage, and a super bright screen paired with a high refresh rate.

After reviewing it, we feel it's the closest thing you'll get to a Pixel-like experience without buying one of Google's Pixel handsets. It could even be better when one considers the advantages Qualcomm's chips have over Google's, its incredible stamina, and the very fast charging. Two flaws we can note:

Though the camera isn't the best, it is very good, and the versatility of its sensors plus the ability for raw capture means you can tweak whatever the camera gives out.

The second flaw? Motorola isn't the best at delivering timely Android OS updates as Google. With Google moving away from that model, that may not be the dealbreaker it once was.

Read our in-depth Motorola Edge 40 Pro review

Motorola Razr 40 Ultra review closed handheld angled

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The best Motorola foldable you can buy

Specifications

Release date: June 2023
Weight: 184.5g or 188.5g
Dimensions: 170.8 x 74 x 7 mm (unfolded) 88.4 x 74 x 15.1 mm (folded)
OS: Android 13
Screen size: 6.9-inch / 3.6-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2640 / 1056 x 1056
CPU: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 256GB/512GB
Battery: 3,800mAh
Rear camera: 12MP + 13MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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More stylish than a Galaxy Z Flip 5
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Huge cover display is actually useful
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Cool vegan leather and unique colors

Reasons to avoid

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Last year’s specs
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Not water resistant enough
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Too expensive for what you ge

The Motorola Razr Plus – sold globally as the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra – is the nicest Motorola foldable released so far and one of the best clamshell foldables to come out this year as a whole.

In our review, we described it as a major evolutionary step for smartphones, one that goes beyond what previous ones have offered. With the Galaxy Z Flip 5 out, that's not necessarily so sure anymore, but it matters little. The Razr Plus stands on its own as an excellent phone. When unfolded, it's so thin as to recall the original Razr, while the huge display means your content receives the breathing room it deserves.

When the display is closed, a large square external screen offers access to select apps that still encourage you to get off your phone so as to preserve the concept of these clamshell foldables, while still allowing you access to content.

There are few flaws here, but none that we can't forgive. The older processor? Still serviceable right now. Slower updates? As we noted with the Edge 40 Pro, that's not as important in today's market as it once was. It's a Razr-thin clamshell phone, and that's still awesome.

Read our in-depth Motorola Razr Plus review

The rear of the Eclipse Black Motorola Edge 40.

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The nicest feeling Motorola phone you can buy

Specifications

Release date: May 2023
Weight: 167/171g
Dimensions: 158.4 x 72 x 7.6 mm
OS: Android 13
Screen size: 6.55-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Mediatek Dimensity 8020
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 4,400mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 13MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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Svelte design
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Solid software
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Attractive pricing
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Fast 68W charging

Reasons to avoid

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Historically weak software support
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Curved screen can be a bit annoying
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Unremarkable haptics
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Average camera

The Motorola Edge 40 is the smaller counterpart to the Edge 40 Pro and the nicer-feeling of the duo. It's incredibly thin and light at a time when most phones are moving towards thicker and heavier, and it has excellent battery and charging despite all that. As with all Motorola phones, the software is clean and reminiscent of Google's Pixel phones. The MediaTek Dimensity chip is here to save costs, and it does so rather excellently, preserving power while maximizing performance and efficiency. MediaTek is no longer the black mark it once was.

It has a couple of flaws, most notably the average cameras. That's a Motorola flaw, and one you'd have to deal with if you're going to enjoy this phone. It's also likely to be a victim of Motorola's inconsistent software update policy. That is to say, you'll get updates. When? Well, that's up for debate. Depending on where you are, it may be available far more widely than the Motorola Edge 40 Pro, and at a more attractive price. It is not currently being sold in the US.

In the meantime, you can consider the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion as a similar US alternative. It has a premium design and looks really close to the Edge 40 and was crafted at a time when Motorola started adopting that design language. It's a year old now, but that means you can get it for around $300, should you want it.

Read our in-depth Motorola Edge 40 review

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

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A premium alternative

Specifications

Release date: September 2022
Weight: 198.5g
Dimensions: 161.8 x 73.5 x 8.4 mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.67-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery: 4,610mAh
Rear camera: 200MP + 12MP + 50MP
Front camera: 60MP

Reasons to buy

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Premium design
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Super-fast charging

Reasons to avoid

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200MP is unnecessary
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Zoom camera could zoom further

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is fantastic value for a flagship phone. It has a high-end Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor that's ideal for power-hungry processes as well as gaming. A 144Hz refresh rate on its 6.67-inch FHD+ display looks great for all content from streaming to browsing online. A glass front and back with a metal frame ensures it looks expensive and premium too. Reviewing the Motorola Edge 40 Pro, we felt it was quite reminiscent of the Edge 30 Ultra. Luckily, Motorola and other retailers have kept this phone around somewhat, and you're able o save some money now that it's been about a year. 

A 200MP main camera is potentially overkill for most people but it's a cool-sounding selling point and produces generally bright and colorful images.

The presence of fast-charging with very good battery life will please most users. Rounding things off nicely is near-stock Android 12 (now updated to Android 13), ensuring you get a nice clean, customizable interface. 

Read our in-depth Motorola Edge 30 Ultra review

Motorola Razr 2022 review hero

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5. Motorola Razr 2022

Another foldable to consider

Specifications

Release date: August 2022
Weight: 200g
Dimensions: 167.0 x 79.8 x 7.6 mm (unfolded) 86.5 x 79.8 x 17 mm (folded)
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery: 3,500mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 13MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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Good battery life
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Barely-there display crease

Reasons to avoid

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Performance issues
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Expensive

The Motorola Razr 2022 addresses the issues of its predecessor. It has a 6.7-inch notch-free Full HD+ pOLED panel that looks great with a barely noticeable crease in the display. Ideal for split-screen multitasking and media, the Motorola Razr 2022 exudes style as you use it, thanks to that foldable design.

A 144Hz refresh rate should mean it's ideal for gaming although its Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip is unusually stuttery at times, suggesting poor optimization somewhere along the line. 

Despite that, the Motorola Razr 2022 is still attractive, thanks to its clean interface, decent battery life (for a clamshell foldable), and a surprisingly good camera, in the form of a large 50MP wide sensor with OIS and a 13MP ultra-wide lens. Throw in the in-display 32MP selfie camera and this older RAZR makes for a pleasant dip in the foldable pool.

The Razr has since been superseded by the Razr 2023 (sold as the Razr 40 in some markets). As Motorola sells it at a discount currently, it still deserves a place on our list for the time being.

Read our in-depth Motorola Razr 2022 review

Motorola Moto G53 5G lying on table

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A cheaper Moto option

Specifications

Weight: 183g
Dimensions: 162.7 x 74.7 x 8.2mm
OS: Android 13
Screen size: 6.5-inch
Resolution: 720 x 1600
CPU: Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 128 GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 2MP
Front camera: 8MP

Reasons to buy

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Amazing battery life
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Cheap 5G
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Water repellent design

Reasons to avoid

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Poor camera
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720p display
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Slow charging

The Moto G53 5G is one of those phones you purchase because it is very cheap, offers 5G support, and has a 120Hz display. For anything else, think camera, fast charging, even mobile contactless payments, you'll have to look elsewhere. At £170 in the UK though, it's a compelling buy for people who just want the basics – and online reviews on retailers show buyers raving about the sheer value.

Reviewing the Moto G53 5G, we found that Motorola made careful choices here to hit that low price point. The 120Hz refresh rate helps keep navigation smooth, and the phone felt nice to hold. There's even microSD support, a useful feature that's been losing presence in smartphones as higher base storage and cloud storage options both work to make that unnecessary in higher priced phones.

It is a phone that costs more than a little under £200 though, so you'll have to keep that in mind as you evaluate the camera, the plastic build, and the low-resolution display.

Read our full Motorola Moto G53 5G review here

How to choose the best Motorola phone for you

The first thing you need to ask yourself is "how much am I willing to spend?" If you've got no set budget, and can splash out a bit, the Edge or Razr series are what you'll want to consider. If you don't want to break the bank, though, stick to the G series, or perhaps the company's Neo branded phones for a happy medium.

After that, think about what the key features you need are. Do you need a great camera? A durable device? A high-res screen? A long-lasting battery? Fast charging? Lots of performance power? Most of the G-series phones are decent in all areas, but certain models stand out in certain departments, and we've highlighted these in our rankings.

You should also consider whether you want lots of software updates or if the newest version of Android isn't quite as important - Motorola doesn't always keep its handsets updated for very long, so older phones may already have been discontinued.

Which Motorola phone is the newest?

Despite releasing its phones in quite a sporadic pattern, there is a rhyme and a reason to the naming behind the phones.

The Edge series sees a new number each year – in 2021 it was the Edge 20 series, and 2022 brought the Edge 30, and so on. The 2023 Razr line is a little more convoluted, as they're called the Razr and Razr Plus in the US, while elsewhere go by the Razr 40 and Razr 40 Ultra; either way, these latest foldables are the same pair of devices – all released in 2023.

The G series is a little bit harder, but each new version gets a new suffix number - so if you see the G35 next to the G33, you know which is the newer version. The first number refers to the relative ranking, so the G55 will be as new as the G75, but not as high-end.

How we test Motorola phones

Simple: we put our SIM cards into the phone we're testing, load all our apps and contracts, and simply use the Moto phone as our own for several weeks.

This means we don't just test the performance, battery life and screen brightness in controlled lab settings, but we get a great idea of the everyday handling of each handset.

This also helps us stumble upon the little quirks, both the good and bad ones, that you might not normally find just by looking at a phone: if there are specific software bugs, finicky fingerprint sensors, or if the phone overheats, we'll notice it.

Since we test most of the smartphones released in key regions we report on, testing them in a hands-on way like this also means we can compare key features between phones, which really helps with creating rankings like the one above.