Motorola has made a great comeback in recent years, producing some of the best phones on the market. Its strength is its diversity – you can buy a budget or premium Moto phone, depending on your needs and tastes, and still get a quality and consistent user experience.
Motorola – nowadays owned by Lenovo – focuses on a consistent design ethic, has software close to stock Android and, often, offers incredible value for money. The Moto G series is a consistently-excellent choice for those looking for a genuinely excellent budget phone.
Best Motorola phones 2022
Motorola Edge 20 - Best overall
- Pros: Great display | Respectable battery life | Easy-to-use user experience
- Cons: Inconsistent cameras | Mono speaker | Plastic build
In our review, we dubbed the standard Edge 20, "the Goldilocks of the series", not just because it slots in between the Edge 20 Lite and 20 Pro but it proved to offer the best bang for your buck across the trio.
While all three Edge 20 phones boast a 6.7in OLED display, the Edge 20's (and 20 Pro's) 144Hz panel is a particular joy to use, and while the phone lacks the extra oomph afforded to the beefier Pro model, it still delivers, in terms of mid-range performance, while also serving up a clean, easy-to-use Android experience – as Motorolas are known to do.
So long as you're not a Moto fan after the company's best camera phone right now, the Edge 20 otherwise covers all the important stuff competently.
Read our full Motorola Edge 20 review
Motorola Edge 20 Pro - Best for performance
- Pros: Great display | Respectable battery life | Clean user experience
- Cons: Overpriced | Average cameras | Underwhelming ingress protection
What you might assume is the best of the Edge 20 trio that Motorola introduced alongside one another in mid-2021, we get the Pro model was priced a little too high, considering what other rivals offer and just how much the standard Edge 20 brings to the table.
That said, you can still expect a stunning 6.7in 144Hz OLED display, stereo speakers, great performance from the phone's Snapdragon 870 chipset and a clean user experience.
We just wish it offered more premium features, like wireless charging and ingress protection beyond IP52 (which is what the Pro supports).
Read our full Motorola Edge 20 Pro review
Moto E7i Power - Most affordable
- Pros: Ultra affordable | Good battery life | Nice design
- Cons: No USB-C | Lacklustre camera
Once you recognise just how cheap the Moto E7i Power is, it’s hard not to be impressed by everything you’re getting.
Performance – an area cheap phones so often cut corners on – is surprisingly great, despite what the benchmarks imply. There was no need for Motorola to change what was already great software, while the modern design does a good job of imitating more expensive handsets.
The cameras are a bit hit-and-miss, but if you’re prepared to be patient, it will pleasantly surprise you. There are compromises dotted throughout the Moto E7i Power, but for what you’re paying, these are incredibly easy to forgive.
Read our full Motorola Moto e7i Power review
Motorola Razr 5G - Best foldable
- Pros: Elegant folding design | Improved build quality | Better cover display
- Cons: Slippery and heavy | Middling performance | Price
Obviously, the price alone renders the return of the Razr an aspirational purchase for most, but it's an important handset worth mentioning, nonetheless.
For a phone brand that once rode high and has since settled to serve up solid affordable Android phones instead, the Razr 5G is an impressive statement piece that highlights the company's technical capabilities, as well as reminding us of its pedigree.
There are obvious downsides to getting a foldable flip phone beyond price but this 5G model is more robust and more considered than the 2019 revival, with more power and better cameras to boot.
Read our full Motorola Razr 5G review
Moto G100 - Great for productivity
- Pros: Great performance | Ideal for gaming | Good battery life
- Cons: Middling cameras | Cumbersome
One of the first phones on the market to sport Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 870 chipset (since found in the Edge 20 Pro too), the Moto G100 is a mid-ranger that offers superb performance. It's so capable, in fact, that in our review we dubbed it as something of an "undercover gaming phone."
Its internals are supplemented by a pleasing 90Hz display and superb battery life, thanks in part to the phone's large 5000mAh cell, and while its cameras leave room for improvement, the desktop-like Ready For functionality (made possible by the included dock) turns the G100 into a productivity beast when needed.
Read our full Moto G100 review
Moto G9 Power - Best for battery life
- Pros: Affordable | Big, bright display | Water resistance
- Cons: Plastic build | Lacklustre cameras
The Moto G9 Power offers up superb value for money, with a capacious 6000mAh battery validating the phone's name.
The cell offers up enough juice for multiple days usage at a time and the Power also sports a pleasing display and a water-repellent design.
Its cameras are on the underwhelming side but if they're not your top priority, there's a lot going for the Moto G9 Power.
Read our full Moto G9 Power review
Motorola Defy (2021) - Hardiest design
- Pros: Resilient design | Affordable | Clean Android user experience
- Cons: Lacklustre performance | Low resolution display | Basic cameras
Making a worthwhile rugged phone isn't cheap and yet Motorola's managed to create a solid offering in the revived 2021 Defy.
It struggles to keep step with like-minded rival, the Nokia XR20 – in terms of performance – but we can't knock its hardy design or its sizeable 5000mAh battery; which delivers some exceptional longevity. 20W fast charging isn't the quickest around but we'd rather have it than not.
While the display also misses the mark, with its sub-Full HD resolution, Motorola's clean Android experience does at least ensure the Defy remains nice to use.
Read our full Motorola Defy review
Moto G60s - Good for battery life
- Pros: 120Hz display on a budget | Great longevity | Great fast charging
- Cons: Inconsistent cameras | Underwhelming performance | Average value
Specs like 50W fast charging and a 120Hz display are a relative rarity in the budget phone space but the unassuming Moto G60s actually packs in a number of features that surpass expectations.
Even with that super-smooth refresh rate, the phone's 5000mAh battery also grants it superb battery life that, at a push, will last you up to two days at a time.
The rest of G60s' feature set is a little more pedestrian, with middling performance and inconsistent cameras. The G60s also lacks 5G, although that's not entirely surprising for the price.
Read our full Motorola Moto G60s review
Moto G9 Play - Great value
- Pros: Affordable | Lightweight | Clean Android user experience
- Cons: Plastic build | Lacklustre cameras | Dim display
If you're not hankering after super-fast 5G mobile speeds, the Moto G9 Play is a great affordable option with a big screen and a huge battery.
The display needs work, as does the camera but for the price and paired with Motorola's slick user experience, the G9 Play isn't a bad budget offering by any means.
Read our full Moto G9 Play review
Motorola Edge 20 Lite - Nice design
- Pros: Great display | Solid battery life | Nice user experience
- Cons: Easily outclassed by rivals | Underwhelming performance | Average cameras
While not as competent as its launch siblings – the Edge 20 and 20 Pro – the Lite still offers up perks like a pleasing 6.7in 90Hz OLED display and Motorola's characteristically clean Android user experience.
The competitive price is at odds with the performance the Lite offers, considering how much more rivals around the phone's launch price offer. Unless your budget doesn't stretch and/or you're explicitly in the market for a Motorola, either save up for the standard Edge 20 or look elsewhere.
Read our full Motorola Edge 20 Lite review