Motorola Edge (2022) Review: The Edge of Glory
Battery performance continues to be one of the core strengths of Motorola phones. Despite the slim design, Moto has stuffed here a large 5,000 mAh battery. I get a little nervous when a company offers a big battery into a very thin phone? Probably. But I haven’t noticed any problems yet. Motorola says the phone has a thermal control system to prevent overheating with “a built-in temperature sensor to monitor the temperature at all times.”
The good news is that this battery can last almost two days on a single charge with average usage. On a power outage day and I relied on Edge only, it lasted all day, with over seven hours of screen use and still about 20% left at 2am. It is quite spectacular.
Overall performance is also outstanding. Edge is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1050 chip and I didn’t see any major stutters or lags. Sometimes the camera app can take a few extra seconds to load completely, but games like Apex Legends Mobile ran without a hitch (phone only warmed up a bit after two matches). This chip adds support for 5G under 6 (mmWave too, but this depends on the model and where you buy it), so you don’t get downgraded to slower 4G LTE.
The stereo speakers on this phone aren’t terribly loud, but they sound pretty good. However, if you were hoping for a headphone jack, you’ll be disappointed. You also won’t find a microSD card slot; these are features that have disappeared from flagship phones and now they are also disappearing from mid-range handsets. You’re left with 128 GB of internal storage in the base model, although you can upgrade to 256 GB.
Another incident? The IP52 . rated water resistance. It protects the phone from rain, but not from accidental immersion in water. Both are cheaper Google Pixel 6A and Samsung Galaxy A53 have an IP67 rating, so unfortunately Motorola can’t match them.
The Edge runs Android 12 out of the box and Motorola doesn’t meddle with the operating system much, which is always a good thing. Its “Ready for” platform allows you to wirelessly connect your phone to other displays around you (if they support Miracast) to enable the Android desktop experience, or you can use a cable . I found it useful when I tried it on Motorola Edge+ earlier this year—Special for making video calls on TV while in use phone as webcam. I tested the new Edge with my LG C1 and it had no problems connecting.
So far so good, but all good things must come to an end: Cameras are notoriously a weak link on Motorola phones, and that doesn’t change here. There’s a 50MP main camera and a 13MP ultra-wide lens (with macro mode), not to mention a 32MP selfie camera.
The ledge maybe Take great photos during the day, and with Motorola’s Night Sight mode, you maybe Takes some pretty good low-light shots if you can stay still while pressing the shutter button. However, I have also seen some suspicious photos emerge from the handset.