مراجعة Motorola Edge (2022): إليك ما يحصل عليه هذا الهاتف الذي تبلغ تكلفته 500 دولار

Motorola Edge (2022) review: Here’s what this $500 phone gets you

The latest Motorola Edge is a solid budget phone, offering premium features at a lower price. However, while it’s based on the company’s previous Edge, the 2022 version features a surprisingly nice 6.6-inch OLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, as well as a 5,000mAh battery.

Motorola recently announced a price tag of $599.99 for the new Edge, but it will be available at a more reasonable price up to $499.99 for a limited time after its imminent launch. You can get this deal via every carrier and retailer including T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Motorola.

We used the 2022 Motorola Edge for a solid week to see how it compares to other mid-range phones, like Google’s excellent Pixel 6a. Here’s what you need to know before buying one at a lower launch price.

Compared to other mid-range phones, you won’t find a better screen for the price, and the Motorola Edge has excellent battery life to boot. If you’re looking for a premium display with a fast refresh rate for watching video, looking at social media, or checking your photos, Motorola is a solid bet.

Great screen at a lower price

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Given its low price, the 6.6-inch wide screen panel is truly amazing. It offers vivid colors, high Full HD+ resolution and excellent brightness in direct sunlight. And since it’s OLED, you get those grainy black levels, which are more commonly found on flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S22.

What sets it apart from other mid-range phones with OLED panels is the ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate (the Pixel 6a has 60Hz), which also exceeds the 90Hz from previous Motorola Edge and even Edge Plus. This makes everything faster and smoother, from opening apps to scrolling through your email to writing text messages.

While the screen’s fast refresh rate makes it feel more streamlined, it’s the processor that does the heavy lifting. Motorola Edge’s Dimensity 1050 is more than a capable chipset.

You won’t find many MediaTek chips in smartphones sold in the US, but they’re usually just as good (if not better than) Qualcomm’s most popular Snapdragon line. Dimensity 1050 is a mid-range solid state chip that, when paired with 8GB of RAM, delivers superior performance for most of your daily workflow.

As with any mid-range chipset, lighter tasks like flipping through Twitter or Instagram and firing up emails are a breeze. Only when you move to greater efforts, such as advanced image editing in Adobe Lightroom or play more graphics-heavy games like Asphalt 9, may you get slower performance or lower frames.

clean android app

The Motorola Edge comes with Android 12 out of the box (with a promised upgrade to Android 13), and Motorola is printing it out with My UX for some extra features, like gesture controls and the company’s signature Peak Display, which lights up when you reach for your phone. It also comes with Lenovo’s enhanced security features through ThinkShield mobile, a special feature Motorola has with Lenovo as its parent company.

However, even with these Motorola-centric additions, the experience ends up feeling very close to Android. Some prefer it over what companies like Samsung and OnePlus charge, which are heavy skins with a lot of customization. Granted, Edge is no exception to bloatware — we submitted a T-Mobile sample and there’s a ton of purple-tinted apps we won’t bother opening up.

Battery life is great and there is wireless charging

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The Motorola Edge comes with a 5000mAh battery and when paired with the efficiency of the Dimensity 1050 processor and the lightweight software, it is able to last at least a full day on a charge. When we’re in trouble, we can even go out for a full two days before rewiring.

To be clear, our general use wasn’t our primary texting, social media, and web browsing. We tested the performance by playing heavy games, taking a lot of photos and videos, using a 144Hz refresh rate 24/7 and making a lot of phone calls.

When it’s time to back up, Motorola offers a 30W TurboPower fast wired charging, although you’ll have to supply your power unit since there isn’t one in the box. Plus, you even get 15W wireless charging, which is a plus you won’t find on most mid-range phones.

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The 50MP f/1.8 main lens is serviceable in decent lighting, with solid colour, contrast and detail. However, it does not rate well in dark environments and I found the images to look unnatural. If you’re looking for a really great camera at a mid-range price, you’ll be better served with Google’s Pixel 6a, which is just $449.

Meanwhile, the 13MP f/1.5 ultra-wide lens is decent, but it can’t keep up with the main sensor in terms of color balance and detail, especially with macro photos taken with the ultra-wide sensor.

And as we’ve seen with most low-end and mid-range phones, the Edge also comes with a 2-megapixel depth sensor, which manufacturers tend to include to enhance the hardware’s appeal. These types of sensors are designed to capture additional depth information, primarily to aid in portrait mode shots, but are rarely useful. We took some selfies and didn’t find a noticeable difference when this depth sensor was covered or exposed.

Video quality is also poor, with noticeable artifacts around anything thought should be sharpened, such as trees and buildings. This was noticeable when shooting at the highest quality 4K 30fps.

I appreciate video stability, which helps keep videos smooth and stutter-free. However, you can only use it with the phone set to a lower resolution Full HD at 30 frames per second.

We’ve seen smartphones priced around $500 with excellent build quality, but the 2022 Motorola Edge is not one of them.

Although it looks like a typical Android phone, the body is made of plastic and weighs a hair less than 6 ounces. And although I liked the light weight, it felt cheap in my hand. This also seems to go against its high-end, high-end display.

Fingerprint reader and dimmer speakers

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If you are going to include a fingerprint reader in the screen, it is best to read your fingerprints. Like, all the time. So it was frustrating that while setting up the sensor was easy, using the in-display fingerprint reader was nothing short of wonky.

When it worked, the sensor registered our fingerprint with high accuracy and allowed us to quickly access our phone. However, it took a few tries most of the time before the sensor could see my thumb. I found myself cleaning the screen regularly, adjusting my angle and constantly wiping my finger, which is counterproductive for this kind of time-saving feature.

Meanwhile, I found my Dolby Atmos-powered stereo speakers lackluster. I played a few of my favorite songs like “Vinyl Days” Logic and “5 Foot 9” by Tyler Hubbard and were dealt with poor bass and muffled speakers at higher volumes.

Power tip: Use headphones if you are listening for a longer period of time.

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Monitor

6.6 inch, Full HD OLED

6.1 inch, 1080 x 2400 OLED

4.7 inch, 1344 x 750 Retina HD

refresh rate

144 Hz

60 Hz

60 Hz

Healer

MediaTek Dimension 1050

tensor google

Apple A15 Bionic

memory

6 GB / 8 GB

6 GB

4GB

storage

128 GB / 256 GB

128 GB

64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB

cameras

50MP main camera and 13MP ultra-wide (rear); 32 MP (front)

12.2 MP wide camera, 12 MP ultra wide (rear); 8 MP (front)

12 MP wide camera (rear); 7 MP (front)

Battery life (rated)

up to two days

Up to 72 hours (with Ultra Battery Saver)

up to 50 hours

water resistant

IP52

IP67

IP67

the color

metallic gray

Charcoal sage chalk

Red product, starlight, midnight

price

$499

$399

$429

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Compared to other mid-range phones, you won’t find a better screen for the price, and the Motorola Edge has excellent battery life to boot.

While we found the performance and software to be solid, the cheap design doesn’t help Edge stand out from other Android competitors. The similarly priced Pixel 6a offers much better cameras for less.

But if you’re looking for a premium display with a fast refresh rate for watching video, looking at social media, or checking your photos, Motorola is a solid bet. And for under $500 (for a limited time), this might be worth it.

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