Motorola, which has long traveled from its own independent American company to Google and then to the wings of the Chinese Lenovo, has not been at the top of the sales charts in recent years.

However, the company’s past is strong. Its Razr phone once sold nonsensically. No wonder, with the clamshell phones making a small new arrival, the phone got a remake.

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However, with the new Edge + phone, Motorola’s current displays aren’t just a reminder of the old and a warm-up. The company's new flagship is a world-class telephone by all criteria.

Long and narrow

Edge + is already a convincing revelation as a design product. As the name implies, its borders turn to the sides. However, unlike its competitors, the screen covers most of the edges of the phone.

The shape of the phone is long-sleeved. The aspect ratio is relatively rare at 21: 9, which is well suited for a specific video use and keeping two applications open at the same time. At the same time, the phone is quite thick (9.6 mm) and heavy (203 g).

The camera hump formed by the three cameras is quite moderate in size.

Applications can be extended to the curved edges of the phone. They can also be used to display notification lights.

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One of the biggest strengths of the phone is its display. It is up to the user how much joy the screen curves to the sides brings joy. However, it is handsome. If you want, you can harness the border to display notifications, for example. The 6.7-inch, 2340 x 1080-pixel display also has an excellent refresh rate - but not the best on the market - at 90 Hz. However, just about anyone should have no knocking on their beak.

The on-screen fingerprint reader also works quickly and flawlessly.

Excellent camera - if zoom is not everything

The final position of a flagship phone is often determined by its camera. Motorola has done a good job here.

Edge + has four cameras whose interplay produces a great impression. The main camera has a 108-megapixel sensor and is complemented by a 16-megapixel widescreen, 8-megapixel zoom camera and depth sensor.

The Edge + has a sturdy camera battery.

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Edge + offers rich and colorful shots on the image side. It gets a special bonus for a separate and well-functioning macro mode that is not available on every phone. For example, the Huawei P40 Pro, equipped with an excellent camera, compresses slightly in ultra-close-ups, as it does not have a separate macro mode.

In the optical zoom, however, the Edge + lags behind its competitors. Its 3x optical zoom is on par with the OnePlus 8 Pro, and it loses out to the top models of both Samsung (10x TSEK) and Huawei (5x). Huawei and Samsung are also ahead in night photography.

Nevertheless, the camera equipment is the best that smartphones have. Not quite the best though.

Stripped Android, but tuned

Delightfully, Motorola’s view of Android 10 has been quite stripped down, meaning unnecessary add-ons are hardly dabbled. Most consider this exclusively a good thing, signed at least.

Instead, Motorola has customized Android with its gesture control. These include turning on the camera by turning the phone in your hand, or lifting the alarm from the table to stop the alarm. Gestures are a nice addition for those they can learn to learn. And there is no harm in using them, even if they are not used. Especially if they are kept off.

Motorola’s Android is moderately customized, but gesture control is welcome.

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The phone is worth mentioning that it feels really fast in use. In addition to the fast Snapdragon 865 processor, this is due to the fact that the user is not burdened with extra animations or other gimmicks. This shows practical taste and good design.

Power, but not water resistance

Adequacy of performance is guaranteed by a rugged 5000 milliamp hour battery. It works easily all day, but fast charging (18 W) is not on the same line as the competitors. So the phone charges slower than some other top models. There is also wireless charging (15 W) and using the phone to charge headphones, for example.

Delightfully, the phone also has a headphone jack, which is a big deal for many. For owners of quality wired handsets, this can be a selection criterion. The plus also comes from the stereo speakers.

Delightfully, the phone has a headphone jack. In-ear headphones are included.

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On the flip side, however, Motorola does not offer the water resistance that most competitors have. There are no double-sims either.

Overall, the Motorola Edge + is an excellent flagship phone. It is difficult to stand out among the top models, and Motorola also suffers to some extent from this. However, it has its pros and cons.

Comes with a transparent silicone plastic shell. Using one with over a ton of phone is a good idea.

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However, its undeniable advantages include a high-quality camera (if the stiff zoom doesn’t matter so much) as well as a well-implemented Android. The exceptional aspect ratio is a matter of taste. Headphone connectivity and lack of water resistance can be a plus or a minus. At 1099 euros, it is quite in line with other top phones, but still loses in price-quality ratio to the OnePlus 8 Pro.

It would be best to skip the device in advance if possible. That's when you feel really good in your hand.