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Best phone in the US 2021: the top 15 smartphones you can buy right now

Motorola One 5G

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15. Moto One 5G

A sleeker big-battery phone for cheap

Release date: October 2020
Weight: 210g
Dimensions: 167.9 x 73.9 x 8.9 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 2520 x 1080
CPU: Snapdragon 765
Storage: 128GB (up to 1TB with card)
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front camera: 16MP
Reasons to buy
+Colossal battery+Triple rear camera+Cheapest 5G phone in the US
Reasons to avoid
-Outshined by other mid-range 5G-Back plastic still feels cheap

The Motorola One 5G is a healthy balance between the best parts of the budget Moto G Power and the Motorola Edge 'affordable' flagship. It's a good mid-range phone, and most importantly, the cheapest 5G handset you can find in the US.

Why it's 15th on our list: The Motorola One 5G is a good mid-range phone, coming in at a bit cheaper than the superior Google Pixel 4a 5G but offering a few advantages of its own. The One 5G packs a Snapdragon 765 chipset and a decent 4GB of RAM, along with 128GB of storage that can be expanded up to a colossal 1TB via microSD. It's great for anyone who wants to get in on 5G at a discount.

Display: The Motorola One 5G has a truly huge 6.7-inch LCD display with a Full HD Plus (1080 x 2520) resolution. It's suitable for binging media, and notably larger than most comparably-priced mid-range phones. It's also got punch-holes holding its selfie shooters, which is a nice modern touch.

Battery: The 5,000mAh battery is a great perk carried over from the Moto G Power, and it's especially helpful when shooting photos, watching media, and running 5G. It should last over a day. 

Cameras: The Motorola One 5G's triple rear camera has good photo variety, with a 16MP main shooter, 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro camera for up-close shots – which has a ring light to illuminate your subjects. Rounding out its cameras are dual front-facing shooters: a16MP main and 8MP ultrawide.  

Read our Moto One 5G review