The US market is kind of limited when it comes to choosing Android vendors, but Motorola (now under Lenovo’s wing) is still holding strong. The company has decided to clear out some inventory and slashed the prices of older and not-so-old devices. Here are some of its Black Friday deals.
We’ll start with the Motorola Edge (2021), which we mention quite often as it is a solid, affordable mid-ranger. It offers a 6.8” 144Hz IPS LCD and a fairly capable Snapdragon 778G chipset, plus a 108MP main camera and a 5,000mAh battery (30W fast charging). It’s no flagship killer, but it’s hard to find better specs at $300. Note that this launched with Android 11 and Motorola rarely does more than 2 OS updates.
Motorola Edge (2021)
$300 at Motorola US
The company does have flagships, but something like the Moto Edge+ 5G (2022) can cost you double. Still, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip and a 6.7” 144Hz AMOLED display for $600 sounds pretty good. The phone also packs a 50+50MP rear and 60MP front cameras, plus its 4,800mAh battery charges at 68W over a wire and at 15W wirelessly. This gives it some advantages over the similarly priced OnePlus 10T – that one has the 8+ Gen 1 chip, but costs $50 more for an 8/128GB model. The units Edge+ units on offer have 512GB storage, so keep that in mind as well.
Motorola Edge+ 5G (2022, UW)
$600 at Motorola US
There is also the vanilla Motorola Edge (2022) at $500, but to save that $100 compared to the plus model you lose the flagship chip (it’s powered by a Dimensity 1050) and the ultra wide camera drops to 13MP resolution (the selfie cam is downgraded as well). If you’re considering this one, have another look at the 2021 model. Note that the 2022 version comes with a free 12-month subscription to Google One with 100GB cloud storage, which offsets the cost somewhat (but not much, it’s $20 a year).
Motorola Edge (2022)
$500 at Motorola US
A couple of stylus-packing Motorolas are discounted as well. Looking at the 5G-enabled offerings first, we’d recommend the 2022 model over the 2021 phone. It costs more – $300 vs. $200 – but there are advantages. For starters, you get the more capable Snapdragon 695 (over the SD 480), a 120Hz display (vs. 60Hz), the 50MP camera has OIS and the phone starts one Android version up (12, v13 expected soon). Plus, Motorola will throw in a free 256GB microSD, bringing the total storage to 512GB.
Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2022)
8/256GB + 256GB microSD pre-installed
$300 at Motorola US
Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2021)
$200 at Motorola US
If you want a stylus on the cheap but don’t care about 5G that much, there are the Moto G Stylus from 2021 and 2022. The difference is only $30 this time and we would probably go for the 2022 option. Its Helio G88 isn’t quite as fast as the Snapdragon 678, but it has 6GB of RAM to work with instead of 4GB. There is also the 90Hz refresh rate on the 6.8” display (both FHD+) and a larger 5,000mAh battery (vs. 4,000mAh). Plus, the 2021 phone started with Android 10, so it’s about to become outdated.
Mtorola Moto G Stylus (2022)
$180 at Motorola US
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)
$150 at Motorola US
If you would rather have cheap 5G instead of a capacitive stylus, the Moto G 5G (2022) is available for just $150. Note that this phone spent all its budget on the Dimensity 700 chipset as the rest of the hardware is pretty basic – 6.5” 90Hz HD+ display, 50MP camera (no ultra wide), 5,000mAh battery with 10W charging. There is a surprising amount of storage on this one, however, 256GB (with 6GB of RAM).
Motorola Moto G 5G (2022)
$250 at Motorola US
We would pick the Moto G 5G over the Moto G Power (2021) and not just because it has 5G. The cheapest version of the Power is $110, but that’s only for a 3/32GB configuration, the 4/64GB version costs $130. Seeing how both have low-res screens (HD+) and only one actual camera on the back (500/48MP), we’d rather get the extra storage and faster connectivity. Still, those $40 extra represent an over 30% surcharge, so if $110 is the maximum you’re willing to spend, the G Power isn’t a terrible choice.
Motorola Moto G Power (2021)
$110 at Motorola US
We mentioned that Motorola is trying to clear out inventory and we meant it – there is an original Motorola Razr foldable from 2019. At $1,000 off it may sound like a great deal, but that still means $500 for a three year old Snapdragon 710 phone. Also, this is a Verizon-only handset with no SIM slot.
Motorola Razr (2019)
Verizon only (eSIM)
$500 at Motorola US
The 2020 release (which at least has 5G) is also heavily discounted – at $700 off, it costs $700 (the first two Razrs were quite overpriced). That makes it one of the cheaper foldables, but again it is hard to recommend. A two year old phone with Snapdragon 765 for $700 is a tough sell.
Motorola Razr 5G (2020)
$700 at Motorola US
Unfortunately, the Razr (2022), which actually a good phone, is not part of the discounts. In fact, the latest Moto foldable still isn’t available in the US, so discounts are out of the question.
By the way, Motorola is accepting trade-ins, which can further reduce the prices listed above. Also, you can pay in one lump sum or split it up into monthly payments.