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The best Motorola phone in 2022

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The best Motorola phones may not be the obvious choice, but they can be much better value than the best iPhones (opens in new tab) or the best Samsung phones (opens in new tab). And some of them are even comparable in terms of features and capabilities.

Yes, Motorola is still best known for its budget camera phones (opens in new tab). But it has some great high-end and mid-range models too, such as the Moto G200, which it released last November, and the Moto G82 5G, which it's rolling out right now.

Below, we'll help you pick the best Motorola phone for your needs. Choosing between them depends on what's most important to you and your budget. For example, do you need a large screen, or will a smaller one do? Is 5G important, or are you happy with 4G? Will you be using your phone for pro photography, or just the odd snap?

Whatever your answers, you should find the right choice for you in our roundup of the best Motorola phones. Read on, as we give you all the facts and figures you need to make your decision.

Best Motorola phones in 2022

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1. Moto G200

The best Motorola phone overall

Specifications

Operating system: Android 11
Screen size: 6.8 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2460
Weight: 202g
Dimensions: 168.1 x 75.5 x 8.9mm
Storage: 128-256GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Cameras: 108MP + 8MP + 2MP (rear); 16MP (front)

Reasons to buy

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Fast processor
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Decent cameras
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Good battery 

Reasons to avoid

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No headphone jack

Released in November 2021, the Moto G200 is the best Motorola phone to date. It's a high-end phone with premium features including a great display, a fast processor and an excellent three-camera setup. 

The main camera, a super-high res 108MP f/1.9 sensor, is accompanied by a 13 MP, f/2.2 ultrawide lens and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor, and you can capture 4K video at 30fps. On the front there's a 16MP f/2.2 camera that supports 1080p video.

Running Android 11, the Snapdragon 888 processor makes it fast and responsive, and a great choice for resource-heavy tasks like gaming or editing photos on the move. Its 6.8-inch LCD screen boasts a 144Hz refresh rate (again great for gaming), HDR10 and a high resolution of 1080 x 2460 pixels. And there's a generous 5,000mAh battery, which promises up to 36 hours on a single charge.

In short, this is a great choice if you're seeking a high-end smartphone at a price to match, particularly if you're looking for a large screen and decent cameras. 

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2. Moto G100

The second best Motorola phone

Specifications

Operating system: Android 11
Screen size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2520
Weight: 207g
Dimensions: 168.4 x 74 x 9.7mm
Storage: 128-256GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Cameras: 64MP + 16MP + 2MP + ToF (rear); 16MP + 8MP (front)

Reasons to buy

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Good cameras
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5,000 mAh battery
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6.7 inch screen

Released in April 2021, the Moto G100 is not quite as well specced as the G200 (above), but is pretty darn close. 

You're still getting a 5,000 mAh battery, along with some impressive specs, including a 6.7-inch screen with a Full HD display and 90Hz refresh rate, a speedy Snapdragon 870 processor, 8GB RAM and support for 5G. 

The main camera is less impressive than on the G200, at "just" 64MP (f/1.9), but you also get a 16MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor and a time-of-light (ToF) sensor. So overall, this is a great value phone, offering a lot of high end specs at a mid-market price.

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3. Moto G82 5G

The best Motorola phone for value (if you can get one)

Specifications

Operating system: Android 12
Screen size: 6.6 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
Weight: 173g
Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.5 x 8 mm
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Cameras: Rear: 50MP (wide), 8MP (ultrawide), 2MP (Macro). Front: 16MP

Reasons to buy

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Low price
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Good cameras
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5,000 mAh battery

Reasons to avoid

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Not available everywhere yet

Launched in June in the UK and Europe, the Moto G82 5G isn't available in all regions yet (it is due to launch in the USA on June 18). But if you can get hold of one, it has a lot to offer for a very reasonable price.

It's not quite as high powered as the first two on our list, but it's significantly cheaper. Highlights include a 6.6-inch FHD+ OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, premium color accuracy (using 100% of the DCI-P3 gamut), support for 5G, and a triple-lens rear camera, with a 50MP main sensor, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP lens. All that in a phone at this price is impressive indeed, and if you're shopping for a budget handset, you could do a lot worse.

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4. Motorola Edge Plus

The best Motorola phone for photography

Specifications

Operating system: Android 10
Screen size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
Weight: 203g
Dimensions: 161.1 x 71.4 x 9.6mm
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Cameras: 108MP + 25MP

Reasons to buy

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High-end specs
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108MP sensor
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5G support

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The Motorola Edge Plus is another premium phone with specs that are up there with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy ranges, including 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and a long-lasting 5,000mAh battery. 

The high-res, curved OLED display has a a 90Hz maximum refresh rate, which makes for sharp and clear images. And it’s a great choice for photography too, with a quad-lens rear camera boasting a 108MP main sensor, an 8MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom, and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor. 

The Motorola Edge Plus also comes with a fingerprint sensor, supports 5G, and has a stylish design that befits its premium price. In short, while this is one of the more expensive models on our list, you’re certainly getting value for money. 

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5. Motorola Defy

The best Motorola phone for ruggedness

Specifications

Operating system: Android 10
Screen size: 6.5 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1600
Weight: 232g
Dimensions: 169.8 x 78.2 x 10.9mm
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Cameras: Rear: 48MP + 2MP + 2MP; Front: 8MP

Reasons to buy

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Drop-proof
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Waterproof
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48MP camera

Reasons to avoid

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Not the fastest

Released in July 2021, the Motorola Defy is designed to be rugged, so it's a great choice for taking on shoots in the great outdoors, as well as for people who are routinely clumsy. It's engineered to withstand the impact of repeated drops on any side or corner, and is drop proof up to 1.8m. It's also fully waterproof up to 1.5m for 35 minutes.

There's a big battery too, to keep you going while you're away from a power socket. And the camera setup, made up of a 48MP main sensor, 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro sensor, is very capable. 

On the negative side it doesn't have the fastest processor, hence the decision to launch with Android 10 rather than 11. But if ruggedness is your main concern, that's probably a compromise you're willing to make.

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Worth considering for budget buyers

Specifications

Operating system: Android 9 Pie
Screen size: 6.4 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
Weight: 190g
Dimensions: 158 x 75 x 8.8 mm
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Cameras: 48MP + 25MP

Reasons to buy

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Reasonable price
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Decent camera  
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Strong battery life

Reasons to avoid

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G100 has better cameras

Despite being released in 2019, the Motorola One Zoom still offers an impressive camera: a quad-core rear lens, featuring a 48MP main sensor; a 16MP ultrawide; an 8MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom, and a 5MP depth sensor. There’s also a very capable 25MP front camera. 

Yes, this is an older model, but if you can find one for a low price, it might well provide everything you need, for much less than the pricier recommendations on our list. For more details, read our full Motorola One Zoom review

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7. Motorola Moto G10

The best cheap Motorola phone

Specifications

Operating system: Android 11
Screen size: 6.5 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1600
Weight: 200g
Dimensions: 165.2 x 75.7 x 9.2mm
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Cameras: 48MP + 8MP

Reasons to buy

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Cheap 
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Stylish looks 
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Runs Android 11

Reasons to avoid

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Not the fastest

Keeping to a strict budget? Then the G10 is the best Motorola phone you can buy today for a rock-bottom price.

For a cheap phone, it sports quite a stylish design. Its 6.5-inch screen is a decent size, and it comes with a quad-lens on the rear (48MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor). Admittedly, the overall image quality isn’t the greatest, especially in poor light, but it’s certainly good enough for quick shots for sharing with friends or on social media.

This phone is not the fastest performer, and on the whole you're getting a lower-powered device than others on this list, with fewer features. But it's still quite an impressive smartphone for such a low, low price.

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8. Motorola One Action

The best Motorola phone for shooting video cheaply

Specifications

Operating system: Android 9 Pie
Screen size: 6.3 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2520
Weight: 176g
Dimensions: 160.1 x 71.2 x 9.2 mm
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3,500mAh
Cameras: 16MP + 12MP

Reasons to buy

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Dedicated video sensor
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Stablisation tech
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Film naturally

Reasons to avoid

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21:9 screen not for everyone

If you’re primarily interested in video capture, and want to keep to a budget, then the Motorola One Action has a lot to offer. 

Specifically, its triple lens camera features a 16MP sensor that’s dedicated to shooting video. Stablisation technology works to smooth out bumps and slips while you’re filming. And, brilliantly, you can film in landscape orientation while holding your phone in portrait; a much more natural way to film. Plus, when it comes to playback, the high-res screen boasts a 21:9 aspect ratio, so you can view your footage in all its widescreen glory.

Video aside, this is a very capable phone too for such an affordable price. Features include a fingerprint sensor, IPX2 water resistance, and 128GB storage, expandable via MicroSD.

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9. Motorola G30

A great value Motorola phone at a low price

Specifications

Operating system: Android 11
Screen size: 6.5 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1600
Weight: 200g
Dimensions: 165.2 x 75.7 x 9.2mm
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Cameras: 48MP + 8MP

Reasons to buy

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Runs Android 11
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Good battery life
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90Hz refresh rate

Reasons to avoid

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Basic features

Want a more powerful phone than the G10, but willing to spend only a little more money? Then the G30 is your best bet. 

Running Android 11, its processing speeds are faster, and the battery life is impressive. The 6.5 inch screen comes with a fairly low resolution of 720 x 1600, but that’s mitigated in part by the 90Hz refresh rate, which makes for smoother scrolling, motion and video. The cameras are decent enough, too, with a rear camera offering four lenses (64MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro and 2MP sensors), along with a 13MP selfie camera on the front.

In short, if you’re looking for a basic phone with long battery life and good on-board storage, this is a great value buy.

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The best foldable Motorola phone

Specifications

Operating system: Android 10, upgradable to Android 11
Screen size: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 876 x 2142
Weight: 192g
Dimensions: 169.2 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm (unfolded), 91.7 x 72.6 x 16 mm (folded)
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 2800mAh
Cameras: 48MP + 20MP

Reasons to buy

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Foldable
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Supports 5G
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Fast performer

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

In case we’ve given the impression Motorola only cares about budget phones, here's a device that’s at the opposite end of the scale. The RAZR 5G will cost you top dollar, and to be honest, you can get better phones from other brands for the same price. However, its foldable nature is a lot of fun. 

You also get a 48MP rear camera, a 20MP selfie camera, and 5G connectivity for your (not inconsiderable amount of) money. It shoots 4K video at 30fps, storage is generous at 256GB, and processing speeds are fast too. To learn more, read our Motorola RAZR 5G review.

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11. Motorola Moto G50 5G

The best cheap Motorola phone with 5G

Specifications

Operating system: Android 11
Screen size: 6.5 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1600
Weight: 200g
Dimensions: 164.9 x 74.9 x 9mm
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Cameras: 48MP + 13MP

Reasons to buy

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Supports 5G 
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Shoot 1080p video 
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Good battery life 

Reasons to avoid

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Generally basic

On a budget, but want to access 5G? Then the Motorola Moto G50 5G lets you do just that, at a surprisingly low cost. 

Beyond that, you get decent enough (if not wow-factor) images from the the rear camera, which features a 48MP main sensor, 5MP macro sensor, and 2MP depth sensor. There’s also a solid 13MP front camera, and you can shoot 1080p video, either at 30fps or 60fps. There’s good battery life from the 5,000mAh battery, too, as well as quick fast 15W charging.

In other ways, this is quite a basic, if solid and dependable, phone. But if you need 5G, then this is the cheapest Motorola phone in town.

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12. Moto G9 Power

The best Motorola phone for battery life

Specifications

Operating system: Android 10
Screen size: 6.8 inches
Resolution: 720 x 1640
Weight: 221g
Dimensions: 172.1 x 76.8 x 9.7 mm
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 6,000mAh
Camera: 64MP + 16MP

Reasons to buy

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2 day battery life
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Fast charging
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Affordable price

Reasons to avoid

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Generally low specs

As the name might suggest, this device offers the best battery life of any Motorola phone on this list, thanks to its high-powered 6,000mAh battery. Depending what you use it for, it should be good for around one to two days’ use. It supports fast 20W charging too. 

Don't get too excited: this is a budget phone (and it looks like one), with very standard specs: 720p screen resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, 4GB RAM. And consequently performance is relatively slow and unexciting compared with a more expensive phone. But if you want to keep costs low, and your main priority is long battery life, that may be a compromise you’re happy to make.

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13. Moto G Stylus 5G / Moto G Pro

The best Motorola phone with a stylus

Specifications

Operating system: Android 10
Screen size: 6.8 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2300
Weight: 217.5g
Dimensions: 169.5 x 77.5 x 9.4 mm
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Cameras: 48MP + 16MP

Reasons to buy

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Nice stylus
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Excellent speakers
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Supports HDR

Reasons to avoid

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Stylus not pressure-sensitive

One good thing about Motorola offering such a wide range of phones is that there’s something for everyone in its line-up. For example, if you like using a stylus with your smartphone, then you’ll be well served by the Moto G Stylus 5G, known as the Moto G Pro outside the USA.

It’s a little pricier than most of the previous budget models on our list. But for the extra cash you get a metal stylus, with a plastic cap, which slots nicely into the phone so you’re less likely to use it. It’s not pressure sensitive, so you wouldn’t want to use it for drawing or sketching, but for quick and easy notetaking it works well.

This phone also boasts excellent speakers, 128GB of internal storage, and support for HDR. Plus the camera comes with a quite capable (if not spectacular) night vision mode. In short, while this is generally a fairly standard budget phone, the extra features do justify the slightly higher price.

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Low-priced Motorola phone with a lot to offer

Specifications

Operating system: Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10
Screen size: 6.3 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2280
Weight: 188g
Dimensions: 158.4 x 75.8 x 9.1 mm
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 4000mAh
Cameras: 48MP + 25MP

Reasons to buy

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Low price
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Decent battery life
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48MP camera

Reasons to avoid

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Poor for low-light shooting

The Motorola Moto G8 Plus is one of the cheapest around, and is another good choice if you’re looking for a budget smartphone. At this price, the battery life is quite impressive, and 64GB of in-built storage is not too shabby either.

The main camera brings a 48MP sensor along with a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 5MP depth sensor, while there’s a 25MP selfie camera on the front. These capture sharp, bright and colourful images by day, although they’re not so capable in low light. 

The main lens can record videos in 4K at 30fps and Full HD at up to 120fps, and you can also shoot horizontal videos while holding the phone vertically, like on the Motorola One Action. For more details, read our Motorola Moto G8 Plus review

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Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq (opens in new tab), and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.