Getting a new Motorola Phone: How to choose the best model in 2020?

Getting a new Motorola Phone: How to choose the best model in 2020?

Motorola phones, along with Nokia are champions of the budget smartphone market.

With the exception of Razr, a throwback to the original’s iconic design with a versatile inner screen that technically makes this a foldable, most of Motorola phones do not compete with the likes of the iPhone 11 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy S10, but they come at an affordable price while still providing their users with an amazing experience.  For example the Moto Generations consist of devices with impressive specs, like the Moto Z phones coming with 5G, while keeping the budget in the limit of a few hundred dollars.

Overall Motorola has a lot of phones and tends to release a bunch of them simultaneously, so it is a touch difficult keeping track of all the products. 

Here is where Techfiddle comes in.

We update this list frequently, as soon as Motorola releases a brand new device or when software updates cause the positions to shift, so keep checking back to see which devices we recommend the most.

Best Motorola Phones 2020

Moto Z4

Motorola played it safe with the Moto Z4. It’s in many ways like its precursor (Moto Z3), with changes mainly in its size and shape, but it does stand out with an expanded 6.4-inch screen, an additional security check – the in-screen fingerprint scanner and a return of the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone is fast enough, though its performance might slow down over the years. The Snapdragon 675 chipset could be the reason for that, but that remains to be seen. Nonetheless it’s definitely a good mid-range option phone.

  • Release date: June 2019
  • Weight: 165g
  • Sizes: 158 x 75 x 7.4 mm
  • OS: Android 9 Pie
  • Screen size: 6.4-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340
  • CPU: Snapdragon 675
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Rear camera: 48MP
  • Front camera: 25MP

Motorola One Macro

The Motorola One Zoom features a whopping four rear cameras, which is a lot especially for photography enthusiasts. The cameras include a depth sensor, a zoom lens,a wide-angle snapper as well as a primary sensor.

Beyond that, it has a decent battery with fast recharge and a good-looking screen. However, we found that there have been some sacrifices made to keep it within the budget phone range, like basic mainstream processing power and a design that still needs a few touches.

Motorola One Macro is a great mid-range champion, that comes with decent specs and a wide set of options and this often means pure Moto class.

  • Release date: Sep 2019
  • Weight: 190g
  • Sizes: 158 x 75 x 8.8 mm
  • OS: Android 9 Pie
  • Screen size: 6.4-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340
  • CPU: Snapdragon 675
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 16MP + 5MP
  • Front camera: 25MP

Moto G8 Plus

Considering how much it is worth, it’s incredible that the G8 Plus has such thin bezels, triple rear cameras, stereo speakers, and a decent battery life. It also comes with an attractively simple version of Android 9 Pie.

Performance wise we found there were occasional stutterings when many applications ran simultaneously.

Motorola also promises two years of security updates and a software update to Android 10 (that could optimize the phone’s performance), making it a great large-screened Moto option.

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB ROM
  • Expandable Upto 512 GB
  • 0 cm (6.3 inches)
  • Full HD+ Display 48MP + 5MP + 16MP
  • 25MP Front Camera
  • 4000 mAh Battery

Motorola One Action

The Motorola One Action has a lot in common with other Motorola One phones, like its chipset and screen quality, but it has one novel feature that creates an exciting prospect for its buyers.

As well as its primary and depth-sensing cameras on the rear of the device, the Motorola One Action has an ‘action cam’ which is meant for creating fascinating videos on the go.

You will be able to record the entire landscape while holding the phone in portrait mode. The camera is simply excellent for learning how to shoot videos. A great investment for people that make a ton of videos.

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB ROM
  • Expandable Upto 512 GB
  • 0 cm (6.3 inches)
  • FHD+ Display
  • 2MP + 5MP + 16MP
  • 12MP Front Camera
  • 3500 mAh Battery
  • Samsung Exynos 9609 Processor

Moto Z3

The Moto Z3 remains a solid pick within the Moto line, with a chipset  comparable to that of Moto Z4.

It still remains the most cost-effective, thanks to its 5G access through the 5G Moto Mod. When this add-on first came out, it made Moto Z3 the number one 5G-supporting phone to hit the worldwide mobile phone market. That is enough for streaming multimedia and even games, which look good on the phone’s 6-inch (2160 x 1080) AMOLED display.

The phone’s glass back and side-mounted fingerprint scanner are similarly middle-luxe, and in general a realistic compromise if you prefer performance at an affordable cost.

  • Released August 2018
  • 150g Weight
  • Size :156.5 x 76.5
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Screen size: 6-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2160
  • CPU: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Rear camera: Dual 12MP
  • 8MP Front camera

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Motorola One Vision

The Motorola One Vision’s 21:9 ratio is questionable to some, so the jury is still out on whether the length of this smartphone is an annoying gimmick.

If you’re on-board with the phone’s unwieldy length and do not mind its weak specs in a specific few areas, the Motorola One Vision sits at a happily great price point and can impress in quite a few significant ways.

  • Release date: May 2019
  • Weight: 180g
  • Dimensions: 160 x 71 x 8 mm
  • OS: Android 9 Pie
  • Screen size: 6.3-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2520
  • CPU: Exynos 9609
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Rear camera: 48MP, 5MP
  • Front camera: 25MP

Moto G7

Moto G7 is less powerful than the G7 Plus, but it is also available in more regions (you would be surprised that not all Motorola phones are present in the US), so we’re covering our viewer base in case you do not want to pay worldwide shipping for a budget phone.

Its Snapdragon 632 chip may be a bit less powerful, and the phone’s frame is plastic rather than aluminum. Still the remainder of its specs is essentially an equivalent to the Plus, which suggests you are getting a Plus at a lower price.

  • Released on March 2019
  • 172g Weight
  • Sizes: 157 x 75.3 x 8 mm
  • Android 9 Pie: OS
  • Screen size: 6.2-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2270
  • CPU: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Rear camera: 12MP, 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP

Moto Z2 Force

If you are looking for the latest word of mouth Moto value, you should check out the older stocks as well. The Moto Z2 Force came to call in mid-2017, but even today it is a relative powerhouse – and you will find it a touch less expensive than the newer Moto Z3.

Years after its release, the Z2 Force still packs a Snapdragon 835 processor just as its successor and has a screen with a high resolution of 2560×1440.

It works well with Moto Mods, that will eventually include the Moto Mod 5G which will surely expand the functionality of Z2 phones at some point down the line when it’s released on April 11th, 2020.

  • Release on July 2017
  • Sizes: 155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm
  • OS: Android 7.11
  • Screen size: 5.5-inch
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2560
  • CPU: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Battery: 2,730mAh
  • Rear camera: 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP

Moto G7 Plus

The Motorola Moto G7 Plus has aged a bit compared to the G8 Plus, but it sits as the top brand in the G7 family which includes four phones.

The G7 Plus is the standout model, though unfortunately Motorola mentioned it may not reach the US region, but maybe subject to change.

We recommend G7 Plus even over other more powerful Moto phones like the Moto Z2 Force. The G7 Plus has additional benefits of being a “fresher” release, like a speedy Fast Charging feature and a better screen-to-body ratio.

  • Release on March 2019
  • Weight: 176g
  • Sizes: 157 x 75.3 x 8.3 mm
  • OS: Android 9 Pie
  • Screen size: 6.2-inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2270
  • CPU: Snapdragon 636
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Rear camera: 16MP + 5MP
  • Front camera: 12MP

Moto G7 Power

Next on our list is the third phone from the Moto G7 line – G7 Power, which does not vary much in quality from the original G7 apart from its larger battery.

On the phone you could make a comparison with, but one that stands at a higher price is the gaming-focused Huawei Mate 20X that comes only with a Boost Power Max P18K. This suggests that the G7 Power is far more affordable and has better battery life than its competitors with similar technical specs.

  • Release on February 2019
  • 193g weight
  • Sizes: 159.4 x 76 x 9.3 mm
  • OS: Android 9
  • Screen size: 6.2-inch
  • Resolution: 720 x 1570
  • CPU: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 3/4 GB
  • Storage: 32/64 GB
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Rear camera: 12MP f/2.0
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.2

FAQ’s

  1. What is the most recent Motorola phone?

A: Motorola’s latest mobile launch is the Moto E6s. The smartphone launched on September 16th, 2019. The phone comes with a 6.10-inch touchscreen display and a resolution of 720×1560 pixels.

  1. What is the best Motorola phone?

A: Here are ten best Motorola phones for 2019

  • Moto G6 – $200
  • Moto G7 Power – $280
  • Moto G7 plus – $320
  • Moto G7 Play – $175
  • Moto G6 Plus – $223
  • Moto X4 – $189
  • Moto E5 – $70
  • Moto E5 Plus – $195
  1. How long is a Motorola phone warranty?

A: According to the Motorola Mobility Global Limited Warranty, customers are guaranteed a phone “free from defects for 12 months from the “date of original purchase”.

  1. Which is best Moto E or G?

A: The new Moto E is a slightly smaller device, with a 4.3-inch 960×540 display when compared to the Moto G’s 4.5-inch one that has a slightly better resolution of 1280×720, but the devil here is not in the details: while the Moto E may be cheaper, overall Moto G provides you with a much smoother experience, not just in terms of visuals.

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