Lenovo-owned Motorola covers all the bases with its smartphone lineup, giving consumers choices at every price point. No matter if you’re looking for a high-end, mid-range, or a budget device, Motorola has you covered. To help you make your choice, here are our picks of the best Motorola phones available.
Which handsets are the best in each category? Let’s find out.
Best high-end smartphone: Moto Z2 Force
When it comes to the best Motorola phones, you can’t find better than the Z2 Force. The Moto Z2 Force is aimed at demanding users. It comes with top-of-the-line specs and a few features that make it stand out from the crowd.
One of them is support for Moto Mods, which gives the smartphone additional features or improves existing ones. There are a few features available, including a projector, a 360-degree camera, and even a case that protects the Z2 Force from bumps and bruises.
The smartphone's display is “guaranteed not to shatter”.
The smartphone is equipped with a ShatterShield display that is “guaranteed not to shatter,” according to Motorola. It also comes with a dual-camera setup on the back, a near stock version of Android, and support for fingerprint gestures.
But the flagship is far from perfect. It has a small battery for its size, at 2,730 mAh. It also doesn’t have a headphone jack and lacks true water resistance — although it is splash proof. The Z2 Force launched back in July and is listed at $720 on Motorola’s website.
- 5.5-inch P-OLED display with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, 534 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
- 4/6 GB of RAM — depending on the region
- 64/128 GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 256 GB
- Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
- Non-removable 2,730 mAh battery
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- 155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm, 143 g
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Best mid-range smartphone: Moto Z2 Play
The Moto Z2 Play might not be at the very top of this best Motorola phones list, but it’s still a great option. Like the Z2 Force, the Moto Z2 Play supports Moto Mods that can be attached to the back of the device via magnets. It also comes with a 5.5-inch display but offers a lower Full HD resolution.
The mid-ranger sports a fingerprint scanner on the front that supports gestures, allowing you to swipe left and right, lock the screen, and more. It packs a 3,000 mAh battery that’s bigger than that of the Z2 Force, but smaller when compared to the original Moto Z Play. According to Motorola, you’ll be able to get up to eight hours of use with just a 15-minute charge.
The smartphone is also splash proof, has a headphone jack on board, and runs a near stock version of Android. Other specs include the Snapdragon 626 chipset, 3 or 4 GB of RAM, and a 12 MP primary camera. The Moto Z2 Play made its debut last June and will set you back $500 unlocked.
- 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 401 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset
- 3/4 GB of RAM
- 32/64 GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 256 GB
- 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
- Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
- Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- 156.2 x 76.2 x 6 mm, 145 g
The Moto G5 is a compact mid-ranger with its 5-inch Full HD display. Although its specs won’t blow your socks off, the device still packs more than enough power under the hood for the average user. It comes with the Snapdragon 430 chipset and 2 or 3 GB of RAM, depending on the region. The device has a metal body, sports a fingerprint scanner up front with support for gestures, and is equipped with a 13 MP primary camera. It features a 2,800 mAh battery and has a water-repellent nano-coating. The Moto G5 was announced at MWC 2017 and is available in a number of markets including Europe and India. It wasn’t released in the US, but you can still get the international version on Amazon.
Moto G5 Plus
This is a bigger and more powerful version of the Moto G5. The device sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display, is powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset, and comes with 2, 3, or 4 GB of RAM. It has a larger 3,000 mAh battery and is equipped with a 12 MP camera. Like its smaller brother, the Moto G5 Plus features a water-repellent nano-coating and a fingerprint scanner that supports gestures. It also has the same metal body that’s easy on the eyes and comes in two colors: fine gold and lunar gray. The international version comes with NFC, while the US variant doesn’t — which means no Google Pay.
Best budget smartphone: Moto E4
The specs of the Moto E4 probably won’t impress you much, but its price might. The handset, which comes with a 5-inch HD display, the Snapdragon 425 or 427 chipset, and 2 GB of RAM, launched with a price tag of $130 in June. But you were able to get it from Verizon for only $70 if you signed up for one of its pre-paid plans.
The Moto E4 has a few features you wouldn’t expect on a phone this affordable: a fingerprint scanner and a water-repellent nano-coating. It’s also easy on the eyes and looks more expensive than it is.
The device is aimed at less demanding users looking to save some cash. It’s still powerful enough for all the usual tasks like browsing the web, watching videos online, and checking social media, but it’s far from the best when it comes to multitasking and gaming.
The Moto E4 is listed at $130 at many retailers, with the Verizon version still going for $70.
- 5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,280 x 720 resolution, 294 ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or 427 chipset
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 128 GB
- 8 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
- Removable 2,800 mAh battery
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- 144.5 x 72 x 9.3 mm, 150 g
Moto E4 Plus
The Moto E4 Plus isn’t a big upgrade over the Moto E4. It comes with a larger 5.5-inch HD display and is powered by the Snapdragon 427 chipset found in one version of its smaller brother. It also has a higher resolution camera at 13 MP and packs a massive 5,000 mAh battery that should last you up to two days on a single charge. The device sports 2 GB of RAM as well as a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, same as the Moto E4. It launched back in June 2017 for $180 but can now be yours for $160.
Moto C Plus
The highlight of the device is its large battery. It has a capacity of 4,000 mAh, which is a lot considering the Moto C Plus comes with a 5-inch HD display. The smartphone is powered by MediaTek’s MT6737 chipset, has 1 or 2 GB of RAM, and an 8 MP primary camera. There’s no fingerprint scanner on board, which might be a deal breaker for some. It’s aimed at consumers looking for a basic device on the cheap that can handle everyday tasks like browsing the web and checking emails. The C Plus wasn’t released in the U.S., but you can still get the international version on Amazon.
The Moto C is cheaper than the Plus model, which means it offers less when it comes to hardware. It has a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 chipset, and comes with 1 GB of RAM. It packs a much smaller 2,350 mAh battery even though it’s roughly the same size as the Moto C Plus. The handset has a plastic body, ships with Android Nougat on board, and features 8 or 16 GB of expandable storage. It also wasn’t released in the U.S. but is still available on Amazon (international version).
There you have it — these are the best Motorola phones you can get your hands on, in our opinion, although there are plenty of other models available to choose from. What do you think of our picks? Let us know in the comments!