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

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

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

Software

Moto phones always feature wonderful software, and the 2022 Moto Edge+ is no exception. It runs Motorola’s familiar lightweight skin, now on top of Android 12. This means you get a near-stock Android experience with a few useful customizations thrown in to make life easier – little things like the double chop hand gesture, which turns the flashlight on and off. Read more about these features in my original Moto Edge review.

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Moto’s Ready For is back with the Moto Edge+, and lets you connect your handset to an external screen (using a cable or WiFi), transforming it into a game console, desktop PC, or video chat system – think Samsung DeX, but in Moto land. It even lets you use your phone while casting videos to the external display, or use a computer to remote control your handset (complete with file transfer and copy / paste support).

As for security updates and OS upgrades, Motorola is still promising two years of each. My only gripe is with the ridiculous amount of pre-installed bloatware the 2022 Moto Edge+ 5G UW comes with. This includes a boatload of crappy – and unnecessary – Verizon apps (like Voicemail and Message+), plus Amazon Shopping, which is arguably more useful. And sadly, these apps can only be disabled, not uninstalled.

Is the Moto Edge Plus worth buying?

There’s no doubt the Moto Edge+ (2022) is a well-rounded smartphone. It offers a striking design, a beautiful display, superb audio, top-notch performance, solid battery life, and a delightful user experience. But glossing over the middling cameras, it’s the value proposition that’s a tough sell. Without a metal frame or a telephoto shooter, this handset basically falls into the affordable flagship category – think $599 Google Pixel 6 or OnePlus 9.

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Yet at $899 (and even $849 on Verizon), the Moto Edge+ isn’t affordable. It competes directly with the bonafide flagships like the $899 Google Pixel 6 Pro and $799 Galaxy S22 – both better phones in terms of specs and materials. So, unless you’re a Verizon customer who can get a special discount, it’s hard to recommend the 2022 Moto Edge+. Check out the Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro instead, or wait for the upcoming OnePlus 10 Pro.