Moto Edge+ (2022)
Moto Edge+ (2022)

Moto Edge+ review (2022): two steps forward, one step back

The Moto Edge+ is a decent flagship, but it’s too expensive

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Moto Edge+ (2022) review

Bottom line

The Moto Edge+ (2022) is a well-rounded flagship with great software that’s let down by middling cameras and a high price tag.

Overall
3.6

Pros

  • Gorgeous display
  • Fantastic speakers
  • Top-notch performance
  • Solid battery life
  • Wireless charging
  • Delightful user experience

Cons

  • Too expensive
  • Plastic frame
  • So-so cameras
  • No telephoto

My hopes were high when Motorola returned to the Android flagship space two years ago with the $999 Moto Edge+, an excellent, aluminum and glass smartphone with no-compromise specs. The $699 Moto Edge that launched alongside it was slightly detuned, but was still on brand – featuring the same premium design and OLED display with extreme curved edges. What followed last year was a lot more perplexing.

The $549 ($699 unlocked) Moto Edge (2021) landed with middling specs, an all-plastic build, and a completely flat LCD screen. Without leading-edge features or a curved-edge OLED display, the Moto Edge naming left me confused. And in my review, I found this handset to be underwhelming. Which brings us to today’s Moto Edge+ (2022), a phone with flagship specs, a beautiful glass back, and a flat OLED screen.

It’s now available unlocked for $899, but also on Verizon as the awkwardly named Moto Edge+ 5G UW (with mmWave 5G) for $849 – which is the handset I’m reviewing today. So, is Motorola back on the flagship saddle? Does this smartphone push all the right buttons? What’s still missing? Let’s dive in.

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Hardware and design

At first glance, the 2022 Moto Edge+ has more in common with its lackluster predecessor than the original Moto Edge+, but there’s great news in the details. While the overall design is similar – including a flat display, triple-lens camera pod, plastic frame, and capacitive fingerprint sensor built into the power / lock key – the Moto Edge+ redeems itself with a gorgeous frosted glass back, and minimal bezels around a proper OLED screen.

 

You also get excellent stereo speakers, wireless charging, Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and a 50MP main shooter with OIS. Add a 50MP ultrawide with macro and a 60MP punch-hole selfie camera with 4k video to the specs, and you have my attention. Our Cosmos Blue review unit looks quite striking, but it feels even better in hand. The other colorway is Stardust White, and honestly, it’s just as hot.

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The camera bump is more oval and protrudes less this time around, but it’s still home to the dual-LED flash and third mic. It lacks the multi-layer design of last year’s Moto Edge, but retains the trio of raised lenses (the third shooter in the back is a 2MP depth sensor). A Motorola logo in the back completes the package. In addition, the Moto Edge+ (2022) is water (splash) and dust resistant, thanks to an IP52 rating.

You’ll find the volume rocker and the aforementioned power / lock button (with an embedded capacitive fingerprint scanner) on the right side, but nothing on the left. Both controls are pretty far up the right edge, making them slightly harder to reach one-handed. It’s a minor niggle, but it’s worth mentioning. Finally, there’s a speaker, USB Type-C port, and SIM tray along the bottom, plus a secondary mic on top.

Display

The Moto Edge+ (2022) boasts a perfectly flat 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels, 393ppi) OLED screen with HDR10+ support and an ultra-smooth 144Hz refresh rate. It’s a lovely display, with punchy colors, deep blacks, wide viewing angles, and minimal bezels. You can set the refresh rate to 60Hz, 144Hz, or auto – which dynamically switches between 60, 90, 120, and 144Hz. Plus, it’s bright enough to read in direct sunlight.

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