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Motorola Moto Edge 20 Pro Review: Very Good at Being Average

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Motorola Moto Edge 20 Pro Review: Very Good at Being Average


Moto Edge 20 Pro on a desk.

Motorola Moto Edge 20 Pro review: A phone that’s very good at being average

MSRP $900.00

“The Motorola Moto Edge 20 Pro doesn’t make the most of its specification so it ends up being distinctly average, and without an eye-catching design, the reliable software and good battery life just aren’t enough to elevate it beyond this point.”

Pros

  • Easy to use, reliable software
  • Good battery life
  • High refresh rate screen
  • Periscope zoom on the camera

Cons

  • No wireless charging
  • Inconsistent camera
  • Mono speaker

I remember reviewing the Moto Edge in mid-2020 and really liking the design and screen, which made me excited to try the new Moto Edge 20 Pro. However, it seems Motorola has decided to move away from almost everything that made the previous model a winner, and head down average street instead. It then put the price up for good measure. It has a lot of work to do to impress, in other words.

Before we go into too much detail it’s worth talking about Motorola’s naming and marketing of the latest Moto Edge series. In the U.S. you can only buy the Moto Edge (2021), which everywhere else seems to be called the Moto Edge 20. The Moto Edge 20 Pro we’re reviewing here is a higher-spec version of that phone, which is currently available in the U.K.

With that cleared up, let’s talk about the Moto Edge 20 Pro.

Design

The Motorola Moto Edge 20 Pro may be the highest specification model in the new Edge range, but don’t think that automatically makes it a jaw-dropper when it comes to design. It shares the same work-a-day, functional but uninspired ethos seen on the company’s affordable phones, with nothing that will make you fall for the phone in any way. I feel nothing for the Moto Edge 20 Pro when I look at it, which to some won’t be an issue, but to others, it will push them into the waiting arms of OnePlus, Realme, or Samsung.

Moto Edge 20 Pro held in hand, seen from the back.
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Its chassis is made from aluminum alloy and Gorilla Glass 5 covers the screen and the rear panel, so it has the right credentials, but the flat screen makes it look old, and the slab sides make it uncomfortable to grip. Worse, they help the Moto Edge 20 Pro pull off an impressive trick of feeling thicker than the 8mm body actually suggests it should be. There is nothing pretty about putting a square camera lens above two circular ones either.

There are a few odd design decisions too. The fast fingerprint sensor is set in the power key rather than under the display, presumably cutting down on overall costs, but it’s placed quite high on the body and may not fall naturally under your thumb if you have small hands. A Google Assistant button is present on the opposite side, but right at the top of the chassis. This means I haven’t pressed it by accident, but as I’ve also never pressed it intentionally either, I question why it’s there at all.

Fingerprint sensor on the Moto Edge 20 Pro.
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On the positive side, the Moto Edge 20 Pro is light at 185 grams, plus there’s a vegan leather model available in addition to the Midnight Blue version seen in our photos, which may give the phone more personality. Otherwise, there’s not much here that inspires me to pick up the Moto Edge 20 Pro, especially when beauties like the OnePlus Nord 2 and Samsung Galaxy A52 5G exist.

Screen and audio

Motorola hasn’t spared anything when it comes to the screen’s specification. It’s a 6.7-inch OLED panel with a 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+ support. The 19.5:9 aspect ratio makes it wider than the 20:9 aspect ratio on the 6.7-inch OnePlus 9 Pro. It spends most of its time at maximum brightness, but I’ve still been able to see it outside on bright days without a problem.

Moto Edge 20 Pro screen.
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Watching video on the phone revealed the tone is dialed down too much for my personal taste. It’s not as vibrant or full of life and color as the OnePlus Nord 2’s screen and watching the overcast and wet weather conditions in Carfection’s Ferrari Roma review emphasizes its slightly dull characteristic. There’s no setting to alter the screen’s performance, aside from…



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