The 9 Best Motorola Phones to Buy in 2018

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Motorola has a fine history of delivering some of the most paramount moments for mobile phones. The DynaTAC “brick” phone that was popular in the 1980s was considered to be the first commercialized handheld mobile phone. The company would later introduce the MicroTAC in the 1990s — the black mobile flip phone with an extendable antenna, and then the ultra-thin Razr flip phone in the 2000s. Now, Motorola has adjusted to the smartphone market with the same business model that put them on the map in the first place: innovation.

Motorola’s new phone models focus on the consumer concern surrounding smartphones, including affordable prices, fast application and network speeds, as well as battery charging times and life. The modern line up is accommodating to everyone from seniors who want large and clear displays to photographers who want over a 20MP camera or even people who want a fully charged phone in under an hour with 48 hours of battery life (who doesn't?). So below, you’ll find the best Motorola phones on the market to date, and you're sure to find something that works for you.

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Best Overall: Moto G Plus (5th Generation)

The well-rounded Moto G Plus (5th Generation) wins as the best overall Motorola phone due to its affordable price, fast operating speeds, quick battery charging, HD display and other modern expectations, including a fingerprint sensor and major carrier network compatibility.

The Moto G Plus uses fast 4G LTE speeds for quick wireless connections (able to download 5 to 12Mbps) with a CPU system that acts much like a little computer with 2GB of RAM and a 2.0Ghz octa-core processor, so you can run apps smoothly without any slow down. It has a 12MP HD back camera, a 5MP wide-angle front camera and a display that measures 5.2 inches, giving a full 1080p HD picture. The Moto G Plus also has quick battery charging — its TurboPower charger gives it six hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. It comes in lunar gray and fine gold colors, as well as a 32GB storage plus 2GB RAM or 64GB storage plus 4GB RAM models.

Best New Release: Moto G6 (6th Generation)

When it comes to how the Moto G6 stacks up against the rest of the market, this is a solid new release, doing its best to keep up with the other flagship releases while maintaining a much lower price point. The 5.7-inch full HD+ IPS display sits pretty low on the pixel spectrum at 1080 x 2160, but at the dollar amount, it’s more than sufficient for your general browsing and streaming. The housing is glass, with sturdy Gorilla Glass 3 on the front, and the entire casing coated in a water-repellant material. They’ve chosen to keep the 3.5 mm headphone jack, and you charge the phone via the quick-charging USB-C port. There’s a 3,000 mAh battery, which is pretty good considering it only weighs about 167 grams. It runs the latest Android (Oreo), and offers 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in flash storage, and a micro SD card slot that lets you expand that storage up to 128GB. But perhaps what’s best about the Moto G6 is the tried-and-true skin that Moto puts over the Android OS. It runs smoothly and offers some great features, including a rudimentary face unlock, AI to predict the subject of your photos (so the phone can optimize the treatment of said photos), and more. All in all, the G6 is a satisfying release for Moto fans.


Best Budget: Motorola Moto E (2nd generation)

Why spend a fortune for a phone? The Motorola Moto E has everything you need for the basic necessities of a smartphone, plus added features such as water-repellant coating, all-day battery life and durable Gorilla Glass that protects against scratches and scuffs.

The Motorola Moto E features a 4.5-inch HD 540 x 960-pixel display powered by a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with a 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU and 8GB of internal memory (expandable memory up to 32GB using a microSD is possible) and 1GB of RAM. The budget Motorola smartphone includes a 5MP front and rear camera that can take quick capture shots, autofocus, shoot panoramas and has a digital 4x zoom. Battery life will run you a full 24 hours with regular use. It comes with a one-year limited warranty that covers defects.

Best for Seniors: Motorola Nexus 6

Due to its one-year limited warranty, its full compatibility across all major cell phone carriers and large six-inch screen with 1440p HD display, the Motorola Nexus 6 makes the best on the list for seniors. The Nexus 6 is also a durable smartphone, made with a tough aluminum frame body and Gorilla Glass 3 that give it a scratch-resistant display that repels water.

The Nexus 6 is one of Motorola’s bigger screen displaying phones (74.1 percent screen-to-body ration) that provides sharper distinct clarity with over 16 million colors and 1440 x 2560-pixel resolution. The phone comes in both a 32GB and 64GB model, each with a 3220 mAh battery that can last a full 24 hours with active use and 330 hours in standby mode. The phone’s 3GBs of RAM with a quad-core 2.7Ghz processor means it loads promptly and ready at any senior’s command. Colors come in midnight blue and cloud white.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best phones for seniors

Best for Kids: Motorola Moto Z Play

Kids will go crazy for the Motorola Moto Z Play’s sleek style and tech specs that make it feel like its Batman’s phone. With a price that's easy to swallow, a 50-hour battery life, 16MP laser autofocusing back camera and up to 2TB of microSD card memory storage, kids will second guess on getting that new iPhone.

The water repelling nano-coated Motorola Moto Z understands impatience, that’s why in just 15 minutes of charging, its TurboPower feature gives it nine hours of battery life. For concerned parents, the smartphone unlocks with a reliable fingerprint reader to protect against theft, includes A-GPS location services, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, giving it more compatibility with parental controls using the appropriate software. Kids will like to explore and experiment with the Motorola Moto Z’s 16MP rear camera that's capable of shooting 4K resolution. It's all powered by a system that has 3GB RAM and 2.0GHZ octa-core CPU for quick speeds for multiple app usages. ANd you can rest assured if your kid is accident prone since the phone comes with a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display and is water repellant.

Check out our other reviews of the best phones for kids available on the market today.

Best Flip: Motorola Barrage V860

If you’re looking to go old school, the Motorola Barrage V860 is the best flip phone option and also the most affordable. The tough rugged clamshell flip phone isn’t all too outdated — it includes stereo Bluetooth connectivity, GPS navigation, protection against minor elements and even has a removable 1170 mAh battery that gives 6.4 hours of talk time and 534 hours on standby.

The Motorola Barrage V860 features a 2.2-inch 5:4 display with 176 x 220 pixel LCD resolution. It weighs only 4.2 ounces and measures 3.78 x 2.09 x .96 inches, making it one of the most compact and mobile Motorola phones out there. Due to its ruggedized shell, it’s waterproof of up to a meter for 30 seconds, can handle high temperatures and is shock-resistant. The flip phone has a memory storage of 125MB and can hold up to 1000 contacts in its phone directory. It comes with a full 30-day customer satisfaction.

Best for Texting: Moto X Pure Edition

The Moto X Pure Edition makes for the best phone for texting due to its big 5.7-inch display and choice of either a bamboo or soft grip backing. This comfy-for-the-fingers Motorola phone makes sure you can text for a long time with a battery that can get 10 hours of life with 15 minutes of charging. It also gives you 24 hours of power on a full charge with regular use.

The curvature of the Moto X Pure adds for a nice visceral feeling when holding it in your hands for texting. Its 1440p quad HD display makes for a clear and crisp visual that allows characters and words stand out. If you tend to be accident prone and active with your phone, the Moto X Pure has you covered with both the durable Gorilla Glass 3 display that protects against scratches and cracks, as well as the nano-coated water protection (so feel free to text in the rain). The phone comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, with microSD card support of up to 128GB.

Still can't decide on what you want? Our round-up of the best text messaging phones can help you find what you're looking for.

Best Value: Moto E4 (4th Generation)

With its fast 4G LTE capability, 2GB RAM and 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor, the Moto E4 is a great value phone that delivers on both speed and reliability. Its value is not found just with its affordability, but with modern features such as a fingerprint sensor, water-repellent screen and support of up to 128GB of memory via a microSD card.

The Moto E4 is built with a vibrant five-inch HD 720p display with 16GB of internal memory storage, an 8MP rear camera, as well as a 5MP front camera. The phone comes ready out of the box with the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system that includes a split-screen view, plus apps such as Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and even Google Assistant for hands-free voice commands. While some smartphones aren’t compatible with certain carriers, the Moto E4 works with multiple networks such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.

Best Battery Life: Motorola DROID MAXX 2

Motorola answered the many prayers for smartphone users who wanted a phone with extra battery life by introducing their DROID MAXX 2. The powerful smartphone delivers 48 hours of battery life and only takes 15 minutes of charging to provide up to eight hours of energy using the company's patented TurboPower technology.

The Motorola DROID MAXX 2 is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with MicroSD Card support for up to 128GB. It has a 5.5-inch 1080p full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection capable of water-repelling against spills, splashes and light rain. Aside from its long-lasting battery life, the DROID MAXX 2 features a 5MP front camera and powerful 21MP back camera with dual LED flash that can take videos at 1080p HD quality at 30fps. Colors come in black with a deep sea blue back and white with a winter white back.

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