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Motorola has been in the cell phone business for decades. The well-known manufacturer entered the smartphone era by making mostly budget-friendly phones that ran on the Android operating system, and they met with varying degrees of success. Now, Motorola is pivoting to making more premium-minded handsets to act as flagship Android phones.

The company’s latest outing, the Motorola Edge Plus, is a more premium smartphone meant to rival iPhones and Samsung Galaxies. So, what are reviewers saying about this not-so-budget-friendly smartphone? Let’s take a look at the Edge Plus to see how it stacks up against the competition.

The Good

There are a lot of great things about the Edge Plus. It’s a surprisingly good-looking phone, sporting an elegant, slim design that hides its power.

The Edge Plus sports a beefy Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor that allows it to crush everything from productivity tasks to video games. The battery is capable of powering that mighty processor for hours, too, making this a real premium smartphone that rivals the iPhone 13 and Google Pixel 6. 

The phone also sports an excellent array of cameras. Reviewers agree that the phone has the best cameras of any Motorola-made phone yet, putting it above other competitors in the Android ecosystem.

It also sports a 144Hz screen that looks gorgeous when displaying movies, videos, and, of course, the pretty pictures you can snap with its top-of-the-line cameras.

The Bad

Reviewers have a few minor quibbles regarding the phone’s design and features. Night Vision mode works poorly, offering little assistance in dark environments. Likewise, the handset has poor waterproofing, with some reviewers noting that its IP 54 rating simply isn’t up to speed with modern flagship phones. If you’re spending $1,000 on a phone, it needs to be able to survive a dip in a pool. 

Speaking of that price tag, that’s the main sticking point for reviewers.

The Price

Here’s the thing: the Motorola Edge Plus costs $1,000. There’s no getting around how absurd this price is for a phone with its performance and specs. That’s the same price as the ridiculously powerful iPhone 13 Pro. The Motorola Edge Plus is a reasonable competitor to the standard iPhone 13, but it pales in comparison to the Pro model. 

Likewise, the device doesn’t hold a candle to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, a bleeding-edge phone packed with the latest features. If Motorola wants this to succeed, it needs to find a way to sell it for $800, not $1,000.

If you can find the Edge Plus on sale, give it a shot. Otherwise, stick to the real deal, like a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone.