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Motorola Edge+ Review: 'Edgetastic'

Jul 09, 2020 15:31 IST

The Motorola Edge+ packs in everything you'd expect from a premium smartphone - a powerful processor, a huge battery, a high refresh rate display and loads of cameras. It's even got headphone jack, a feature that's missing in in nearly every flagship smartphone launched this year. But what really defines this phone is the 6.7-inch OLED screen that bleeds into its edges at an almost 90-degree angle. This is called the Endless Edge display, and it looks fantastic. Of course, Motorola isn't the first company to adopt a curved edge display on a smartphone. Samsung, and OnePlus have already been there and done that, but the curved sides on the Moto Edge+ are extreme, and unlike the competition, they don't just serve as eye candy. Motorola has actually packed in a lot of functionality over here. For starters, you can swipe up or down anywhere on the edges to pull down notifications or switch apps. Also, the display edges light up to show battery charging status, incoming calls, alarms, and notifications. But, perhaps my favourite feature of the edge display is the fact that you get additional shoulder buttons on the top edge of the screen that double up as extra controllers during gameplay. This essentially turns the Moto Edge+ into a fully-fledged gaming smartphone. Now, a common complaint against curved screen phones is that they cause accidental touches, but I hardly faced that problem on the Edge + because Motorola has optimised the software to prevent false readings. Ok, so apart from all the edgy stuff, the display on the Moto Edge+ sports an FHD+ resolution that looks really vibrant and performs even better with a 90hz refresh rate. This means animations and scrolling are silky smooth, and texts look sharper. Honestly, once you've experienced a 90Hz or a 120Hz screen, it's very difficult to enjoy a 60Hz one - it only feels like a downgrade. Furthermore, the display gets HDR10+ support and helps in making the viewing experience all the more immersive. Ok now lets talk about the design. The Moto Edge+ is more than capable of turning some heads. Its tall, thin and offers a secure grip even while using the phone one-handed. There's definitely some heft to it at 203-grams, but I like the extra weight as it makes it feel more sturdy. Moreover, it seems Motorola hates bezels because this phone hardly has any. With a 93% Screen-to-Body ratio, the Edge+ puts other flagship devices to shame that claim to come with a bezel-less design. There's also an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is both fast and reliable. The backside gets a glossy glass finish that comes in two shades: Thunder Grey and Smoky Sangria. We tested out the Thunder Grey version and I really like this colour. It looks more blue than grey to me, and the back sometimes reflects light sources in cool ways. Unfortunately, the camera module is chunky and does protrude quite a bit, so this phone does have great wobbling potential on a flat surface. On top of this, the Edge+ skips out on official IP68 water and dust resistance rating, which is available on other flagship phones. Thankfully, Motorola has provided a water-repellent design over here, so it should be fine against the odd splashes, water spills, and light rain. In the optics department, the Motorola edge+ gives you a versatile triple rear camera system with a crazy-big 108 MP main sensor. It's joined by a 16-megapixel ultrawide angle camera, an 8-megapixel zoom camera, dual OIS, advanced laser autofocus with a time-of-flight sensor. The primary snapper, by default, shoots 27-megapixel photos because the camera merges four pixels into one to absorb more light, ensuring better-low light images. There is an option to snap 108-megapixel photos, but I didn't notice a significant difference when compared to the 27MP resolution images. For the most part, the main camera delivers accurate exposure and excellent detail with low noise. Even indoors, noise is very minimal and the details remain high. The large sensor also does a great job of giving you fantastic depth of field all on its own, so you don't really need to use the portrait mode. However, I felt dynamic range was a bit limited and colours, especially in skies, were somewhat undersaturated. Ultra-wide images from the Edge + were particularly impressive. Not only were they sharp, but there was also hardly any distortion towards the corners of the frame. Moreover, the ultra-wide camera has a cool party trick up its sleeve: it can click macro pictures, which opens up all sort of creative possibilities for a budding photographer. Meanwhile, the 8MP telephoto camera offers up to 3x digital zoom, which is a good option to have, but pictures at this range are mediocre at best. At night, the Moto Edge+ tends to underexpose a bit, though it manages to produce acceptable levels of detail. You can further enhance the quality with the dedicated night mode. The front camera tucked away in the punch hole is a 25MP sensor, and clicked sharp selfies and nice portraits with spot-on colours. In addition to photography, this phone is quite capable when it comes to video too. You can shoot footage at up to 6K resolution, and Motorola has also offered optical stabilisation, which does a great job of smoothening out bumps. Device Performance is also top-notch over here as the Edge+ comes equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage. Thanks to all that extra power, the phone delivers a great gaming experience. Call of Duty Mobile, for instance, can be played on the highest graphics setting, and that too without any lags or dropped frame rates. Moreover, features like Moto Game Time further enhance your gaming experience by blocking interruptions and giving you access to game-enhancing apps and tools. Of course, gaming isn't enjoyable if the audio cant match all that visual goodness, and I'm happy to say the Moto Edge+ delivers on that front as well. This phone packs in super-powerful dual stereo speakers and while there is an option to use the headphone jack, you're not going to need it, because these puppies get really loud. The 256 GB of storage is not expandable, but in my opinion, that's plenty for most people. Additionally, the 12GB of RAM doesn't pause for breath when toggling between apps and with 5G on-board, you’re future-proofed when it comes to high data speeds. There’s also a large 5,000 mAh battery powering the Motorola Edge+ which lasted me 2 days with moderate to heavy usage. I was actually able to game for 5-6 hours straight, with around 80% charge and that too with the display set at 90Hz. However, the bundled 18W power adapter does take its sweet time to charge the phone, so taking it from zero to full is going to take over 2 hours on an average. No way, would I call that fast charging, but at least the advantage of having a mega battery is that you won't need to top up the phone too often. The Edge Plus also supports wireless charging and even reverse wireless charging. So that's two additional flagship features you can now tick off. Now, this impressive performance isn’t worth much if you don't have the right software to pair it with. And as luck would have it, the software experience on the Motorola Edge+ is just amazing. There are no clunky software skins, no duplicate apps, no bloatware, no ads – just near-stock Android 10. The interface feels really smooth and fluid- thanks in part to that 90Hz refresh rate and of course this being a Motorola phone, there's plenty of Moto Actions Gestures to choose from as well. You can turn on the flashlight with a simple chop gesture or launch the camera with the twist of a wrist. There's also the option of taking screenshots by tapping on the screen with three fingers. Moreover, Motorola has committed at least 2 OS upgrades on the edge+, so again, future proof. Now, finally, let's talk about pricing. The Edge+ costs 74,999 Rs, but with cashback offers, the price tag comes down to 67,499 Rs, hence making this phone significantly less expensive than its direct competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which is priced at 98,0000 Rupees. In fact, the Edge+ almost offers everything that the Ultra offers, and even surpasses Samsung’s behemoth in terms of specifications. So, keeping all of that in mind, I think the Motorola Edge+ is a great option for anyone looking to buy a premium device. For me, it strikes a perfect balance between high-end features and performance. But more importantly, the Edge+ is a solid return to flagship phones for Motorola.

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