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

(Image credit: Peter Hoffmann)
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

(Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)
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.

(Image credit: Michael Allison / Future)
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

(Image credit: Future)
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