On paper, the Motorola Edge Plus has everything it needs to compete with the best phones out there right now. The reality, however, is a little different. Motorola’s first flagship in years offers first-rate performance, clean software (once you get rid of Verizon’s bloatware) and some truly excellent battery life. Unfortunately, the phone’s marquee feature -- its spacious Endless Edge display -- feels like an example of style over substance, and could make the phone difficult for some to use. All told, the Edge Plus gets enough right to make it a competent flagship, but one that won't best its competition.
- Excellent performance
- Two day battery life
- Runs a mostly clean version of Android
- Endless Edge display is polarizing
- It's a Verizon exclusive
- Vaunted speakers fall short
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- 75AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsGizmodo70The Best Battery Life Ever, But Where's the Polish?There’s no way Moto could have predicted covid-19 a year or two ago when it probably started designing this phone. But at the same time, if you’re going to make a lot of noise about getting back in the premium phone game, you have to go hard, and make sure it can hang with the best. And even with a price tag that’s $200 less than its biggest rival, the Edge+ lack of polish makes it hard to get excited about.Wired602-Day Battery (And Some Quirks)I'd like this phone a whole lot more if it didn't have a display that waterfalled over its edges and if it was a couple hundred (or more) bucks cheaper. I much prefer the OnePlus 8 Pro's screen, and the Pixel 4 is still my favorite camera phone if that's your priority. Both of those phones are cheaper and are guaranteed to get at least two years of updates, if not more. That's why they're two of our favorite Android phones.CNET90A worthy Samsung Galaxy S20 alternativeThe phone is absolutely charming -- it takes good photos (just not the best), has a promising long battery life (though final results from testing aren't in yet) and has a striking design. If you're a Verizon customer it's worth considering when it goes on sale in May. If you're not, there are plenty of other options to choose from including a scaled-down version of the phone called the Motorola Edge, which will be sold unlocked starting this summer.PC Mag80Motorola brings global 5G to the tableThe Motorola Moto Edge+ is a sleek flagship with top-notch hardware. If you're looking for a phone with class-leading battery life and global 5G, look no further. If you're looking for a more durable device with better camera quality, you can wait for Verizon's 5G model of the Galaxy S20, due out soon, or spend $200 more on the Galaxy S20+, which also gets you a sharper display.Android Authority70Not perfect, but on parWho is this phone for? It’s for people who want to give Motorola a shot. Maybe you’re tired of Galaxies, Notes, Vs, Gs, and Ps. The Motorola Edge Plus is a new and unique device that fares well. My biggest complaint with the phone is the display, which may be just me. You may not have an issue with the curved light phenomenon. The other major issue is, of course, the Verizon exclusivity. That really hold the phone back.CNN80Motorola's Edge+ stands out with unique design and a headphone jackThe Edge+ is arguably the best device made from Motorola in many years and feels like a 2020 flagship. It easily takes its place among other 2020 devices and offers super long battery life, a unique display, a versatile set of three cameras and a headphone jack. It's still hard to believe we can write that last line in 2020.The Verge80Motorola's Edge Plus is a contender, not a championIn the mid- to low-end market, Motorola was one of the biggest fish in the sea. But now it’s swimming with sharks and needs to make a compelling argument that the Edge Plus can hold its own against juggernauts like Samsung, LG, and Huawei, along with newer companies like OnePlus and Google’s own Pixel lineups that have been steadily gaining traction in the United States.Android Central80Life, and Motorola, finds a wayIf you're not on Verizon but just miss Motorola's unique value proposition, here's what I'll say, because I'm in this boat: how striking do you need your phone to be? Because the Edge+ is stunning to look at and, for the most part, to use. Every time I pick it up, I feel like I'm rekindling a romance -- a troubled one, perhaps, but it's true love nonetheless. It's also fun, and many of the software affordances, from Moto Display to Edge Touch to Gametime, add considerable value to the experience.Android Police70A valiant effort isn't enoughWhile the Edge+ has a striking design that makes a good first impression, the era of curved displays is ending, and this one is curvier than any other. I suspect Motorola was looking for a gimmick to make the Edge+ stand out, but it's not good for usability. I don't want parts of the UI to be on the side of the phone where I can't see them, and the accidental touches are an annoyance that would be solved by a flat panel (or at least one that isn't quite so curved).Digital Trends70Overshadowed by giantsMotorola’s Moto Edge Plus is solid, but it struggles to stand out among a packed field. Apple, Samsung, LG, OnePlus, Oppo, and Huawei offer their own flagships. In most cases, these companies offer several. They all have huge screens and gobs of features. You might decide on the Moto Edge because of its 108MP camera or extreme display, but these features won’t be a must-have for most buyers.