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Motorola Edge (2024) Review: A safe and boring update to Motorola’s mid-range phone Motorola Edge (2024) Intro

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This year Motorola has decided to come out with only one member of its more premium Edge phones, and that is the Motorola Edge (2024). This is unlike last year, when we also got an Edge Plus (2023) that was equipped with higher-tier hardware and had a more flagship price slapped to it.

The Motorola Edge (2024), on the other hand, is a mid-range phone that goes for a price of $549, standing as the direct successor the Motorola Edge from 2023. Sadly, buyers don’t have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to colors and storage, as there is only one variant that comes in Midnight Blue and 256GB of storage.
We will go into more detail later, but the gist of it is that we are looking at a slightly improved design with more durability for the display, a new somewhat more capable chipset, and a big jump in terms of battery life. Camera performance is also pretty good this year, albeit with some expected hiccups.
Motorola Edge (2024)

What we like

Good video stabilization

Gorgeous display

Long battery life and fast charging speeds

What we don’t like

Only 2 years of Android updates

Chipset is rather mediocre

Downgraded unboxing experience
Disclaimer: We use a new review rating system at PhoneArena, which is why the total score of all devices tested under this protocol is lower than you might be used to. We believe it’s a better system, covering a number of categories and providing a holistic view of the device, and we encourage you to look at the scores in context, rather than focusing on the number.

Motorola Edge (2024) Design and Display
Motorola is slowly but surely building a reputation for being one of the more stylish phone manufacturers on the market, spending extra effort to make its phones unique. It does that in several ways, one of which is using different materials for its phone’s back panels. The Edge (2024) is no different, which has a soft vegan leather (silicone) back.
There are a few of main advantages to using silicone instead of glass. For starters, you will have a much tougher time breaking or cracking it, as it is soft and more sturdy than glass. Another benefit is that it does not attract fingerprints so it stays looking clean. Lastly, it is more “grippy,” meaning less likely to slide away from your pocket or hands.

Something else that helps drop the new Motorola Edge (2024) less than other phones are its slim shape and thin edges. In fact, that is one of the reasons Motorola calls this series “Edge” to begin with.

I found the Edge (2024) extremely comfortable to hold—much like Motorola’s other Edge phones—and I felt completely comfortable to handle it without a case.
The buttons of the new Edge (2024) are satisfyingly clicky and easy to reach even when using the phone one-handed. There’s also a customizable button on the top left side of the Edge (2024) that I tended to reach for with the index finger of the same hand I was holding the phone with. It’s not the most convenient placement in the world, but it is workable.
Personally, I set the button to open the camera, as I often find myself needing as quick of an access to it as possible. Thankfully, pressing the button opened the camera even when the phone was locked, but for some other functionalities such as opening a Google search, for example, the phone needed to be unlocked. Just some details to keep in mind.

We were happy to see that Motorola has stuck to the same IP68 dust and water resistance. Just don’t drop it in salty water or any deeper than 5 feet for over 30 minutes as those are the limits of the phone.
We were very unpleasantly surprised to learn that Motorola is not as generous as with the rest of its Edge and even Razr phones this year when it comes to the unboxing experience. There are no charger and case inside the box. Instead, all you get is the phone and a USB-C cable.
The new Edge (2024) comes with the same 6.6-inch display size that the predecessor has, but now it gets slightly brighter, which helps with outdoor visibility. Motorola claims a 1,300 nits of peak brightness, and that is about what we got during our own display tests here at PhoneArena. Unfortunately, still no Dolby Vision support, but at least you have HDR10+.

The overall image looks great with vibrant colors and an FHD+ (2400 x 1080) resolution. The phone can also switch between 60Hz, 120Hz, and a maximum of 144Hz refresh rate, so animations and navigation look super smooth. No complaints from us as far as image quality goes!

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Motorola Edge (2024) Camera
Just like its predecessor, the Motorola Edge (2024) has two cameras at the back. You get a 50MP main camera and a 13MP ultra-wide. If you are looking for a phone with good zooming capabilities this wouldn’t be the one to go for, as it does not feature a telephoto camera.
The main camera scored very well on our PhoneArena Camera Score, which is also visible in the sample photos you will see below. It provides a good amount of detail and pleasing colors. The dynamic range of the main camera is sufficiently wide, which helps show more detail in the shadows and highlights with in scenes with lots of contrast.

Despite the lower resolution of the 13MP ultra-wide camera, it also manages to perform well in our Camera Score, and we were left quite happy with the images that come out of it.

Main Camera
You see vibrant colors of photos captured in good daylight. There is ample amount of detail and HDR performance is good. The camera does tend to lean towards the warmer tones, though, making the photo appear more yellow than it should. This is likely what Motorola intended and more a matter of personal taste.
You also have the option to shoot portraits, which turn out pretty good considering this is a mid-range phone going for around $500. We don’t have any major complaints about the Portrait Mode on the new Edge (2024).

Ultra-wide
The only issue we have with these photos from the ultra-wide camera is that they crush the blacks too much. That means the darker areas with shadows become too dark and therefore lose detail. This makes the image look worse than it should, and Motorola can easily fix that issue with a bit of tweaking on the software side with an update.

Zoom Quality
Given that there is no telephoto camera, it is not surprising to see how bad the Edge (2024) takes images at 5X and 10X magnification. That said, the 2X crop is not too bad, with the text clearly readable. Still, not exactly upload-worthy material, even if you have a more pretty scene then the one in our examples.

Selfies
Selfies with the front camera turn out like the one above, which is a bit soft for our liking. However, if you turn off the “Smart Adjust” mode from the camera app’s settings things get better as far as sharpness goes.

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Video Quality
As for video, the new Edge can shoot up 4K at 30FPS, or 1080P 60FPS. There is also a Slow Motion mode available in which the phone records at 1080P 240/120FPS. There is also support for HDR video, which is not turned on by default.

Much of what makes up the image quality in photos is the same during video recording. What we love is that the stabilization appears to be buttery smooth with no jitter as you move around.

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