Moto Edge+ Review: We Need to Talk!

Moto Edge+ Review: We Need to Talk!

    tech, geeks, technology, reviewshey what’s up guys mkbhd here and
    motorola is back in the flagship
    smartphone game
    do you realize how long it’s been and to
    be honest i kind of miss these
    you know it wasn’t that long ago that i
    remember the moto x and the droid series
    being super competitive
    and unique and just motorola in general
    bringing a certain spice
    to the high-end flagship game before
    their absence but then they didn’t make
    one for
    a couple years so they did budget phones
    for a while and they dropped a folding
    phone
    but now it’s 20 20 and they’re back with
    a flagship so what do they pack in
    well snapdragon 865 12 gigs of ram
    256 gigs of fast ufs 3.0 storage
    and a 5 000 milliamp hour battery
    there’s a triple camera on the back
    headlined by
    108 megapixel main shooter this thing’s
    got 5g radios
    and it’s capped off with a 6.7 inch
    90 hertz oled display that is massively
    curved around the sides
    hence the name edge plus so there’s a
    lot of good things here
    but it’s far from perfect and there are
    some things that are frustrating that
    sort of feel like
    come from motorola being rusty making
    flagship phones
    and we got to talk about the whole
    curved display thing but first of all i
    mostly
    really like the way this phone is built
    you know it’s metal and glass
    like any other flagship and it has some
    character with the
    curves in the top and bottom rails that
    i like
    and yes you’re not seeing things that is
    a headphone jack
    on a flagship phone in 2020 one of the
    last you’ll find
    speaker at the bottom that’s paired with
    the earpiece at the top to my ear gets
    pretty loud and sounds really good
    but what’s funny is even as thick as
    this phone is
    the camera bump on the back for those
    huge cameras still
    sticks out even more and since it’s off
    to the side
    yes it absolutely still rocks on a table
    classic but the one thing i dislike the
    most
    isn’t the camera bump or the fingerprint
    magnet that is the back of this phone
    but it’s
    because this display this waterfall
    display so dramatically curves over the
    edges
    like the huawei mate 30 pro it pushes
    the buttons on the side of the phone
    back from the center so they’re not in
    the middle anymore they’re like pushed
    back even further from the middle where
    they’d usually be and also i usually
    like when the volume buttons are on the
    opposite side of the phone as the power
    button but they’re all on one side here
    but i guess
    that’s something you can pretty easily
    get used to oh you know what else i
    recently noticed when you shake this
    phone
    aside from turning on the flashlight it
    makes this noise you hear that
    so i thought that noise was coming from
    the buttons like rattling inside the
    phone which is like oh
    that’s not very good quality that’s not
    very good feeling
    but you still get that noise
    when you hold the buttons down turns out
    that noise is coming from the
    giant camera and the optically image
    stabilized sensor
    inside the back of the phone here i
    verified that because
    the same sort of system in the galaxy
    s20 ultra
    also makes this rattling noise so anyway
    it’s not an actual fault of the phone i
    just felt like pointing it out because i
    noticed it
    um these sensors are getting huge also
    don’t shake your phone that much i
    missed
    the motorola flagship software treatment
    like a lot
    there’s not that many like it but it’s
    really nice it’s relatively clean
    android 10 with motorola features added
    that’s always what i loved about those
    previous motorola flagships if you go
    back and watch those old reviews
    this is almost the same thing you have
    the motorola actions the double chop to
    turn on the flashlight the double twist
    to quickly open the camera app
    and all that stuff is still here there’s
    also motorola’s couple widgets including
    this time and weather one on the home
    screen
    with this weirdly low frame rate
    animation
    but it’s still pretty much mostly what i
    would expect but i guess they’ve gotten
    a bit rusty because this verizon
    exclusive phone
    has more bloatware pre-installed than
    i’ve seen on any premium phone in a
    long time i actually didn’t uninstall
    any of them yet so you can see them all
    here but it came with
    all these games two different versions
    of candy crush
    um the verizon cloud app a digital
    secure app
    there’s disney plus and then another
    game and then another game
    sheesh i i didn’t know initially if this
    is a verizon thing or a motorola thing
    probably a verizon thing uh but yeah of
    course you can just go through and
    uninstall them all one by one but it
    just doesn’t
    feel premium when you have to go through
    that also one other little thing that
    doesn’t feel flagship quality on this
    phone is the vibration motor
    something that’s underrated on a lot of
    those really good phones this one
    has one that’s kind of rattly and
    doesn’t feel that great on par with like
    400
    phones i wish it was better but the
    battery is one thing i can’t complain
    about
    though five thousand milliamp hours is
    here it’s a huge sell and that’s a trend
    i’m happy to see continuing in these
    flagships
    and it’s translated well i was getting
    regularly six plus hours of screen on
    time which is awesome
    and it was lasting through the end of
    the day with battery despair which is
    what matters and i guess that makes
    perfect sense for a phone with a 1080p
    display and such a huge battery and
    there’s also wireless charging
    and it comes with a decently fast
    charger in the box the one thing i’d be
    hesitant about
    well not hesitant really just just to
    keep in mind
    is this is a 5g phone that’s one of
    their main focuses of it on verizon
    which cool great um but i’m not in
    a 5g area you might have seen my 5g
    explain video where i was testing
    verizon’s millimeter wave 5g if not
    i’ll leave it below the like button but
    basically i live near new york city
    which is one of those cities that’s
    lighting up with 5g now
    but that millimeter wave does not reach
    here from there
    so i’ve been using this as a 4g phone
    basically since then so that means
    someday in the theoretical future
    they’ll be lighting up 5g around here
    and then this phone will connect to that
    and it’ll start getting
    those better speeds but also that will
    draw
    more battery life you know how much more
    we don’t know but that’s why 5g phones
    have all had
    mostly bigger batteries um but generally
    5000 million powers i’m not complaining
    and then this camera
    108 megapixels now you might be thinking
    wait a second we’ve seen that number
    before
    and you’d be right galaxy s20 ultra me
    note 10
    this is another 108 megapixel main
    camera
    and for the most part it’s pretty
    similar to samsung’s camera matter of
    fact the colors are quite nice
    and the shots are very detailed as you’d
    expect dynamic range is nice with auto
    hdr as well
    and it’s spitting out 27 megapixel
    photos by default
    and basically if you give it a little
    light you get good shots
    but it struggles again i have to mention
    this with the sensor being
    so huge and the super shallow depth of
    field that comes with that especially
    with closer up subjects
    you’ve heard me say this before but you
    know sometimes a shallow depth of field
    looks cool i’ve raved about that in the
    past but to a certain limit
    look at this photo i took of a sign it’s
    crazy it looks normal at first but the
    left side of the sign
    is sharp and in focus but the right side
    is a little out of the plane of focus
    so it’s blurry sheesh now you’ve
    probably heard me talk about this before
    but the real problem here is
    motorola’s viewfinder in their camera
    app
    sharpens the crap out of whatever you’re
    taking a photo of it looks
    it’s like cranked to a hundred like you
    know that lightroom clarity filter
    if you just turn sharpness all the way
    up it looks like an effect so the
    sharpness is
    exaggerated literally to a point where
    you can’t actually tell looking through
    the viewfinder
    if you’re nailing focus or not i took
    shots like this by pointing and shooting
    thinking focus was fine because it was
    sharp in the viewfinder but then when i
    looked at the picture closely
    and i saw what happened i had to take it
    again and this happened multiple times
    here’s a screenshot of the viewfinder of
    what i’m seeing
    and then the photo that i got and again
    when you zoom in a bit you realize
    it’s a bit out of focus and you have to
    actually look at the photo to realize
    and take another picture
    you can legitimately actually miss focus
    if you don’t check
    motorola why are you sharpening the
    viewfinder this much you have a good
    camera
    tone it down relax
    but also i feel like we could use that
    dual aperture feature again anyway
    before i rant about
    this curved screen let’s cool down a bit
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    this video
    all right we gotta talk
    about curved displays so this phone is
    of course leaning into it pretty hard
    there’s some edge display features
    that’ll glow when you get a notification
    um when your alarm clock goes off the
    whole side thing they really love it
    uh they also named the phone the edge
    plus
    but can we stop
    i hope the world can see now what’s
    really going on out here because it’s
    getting ridiculous
    it’s really ridiculous like there was a
    day a few years ago
    where every smartphone display was
    pretty much
    flat but as we start to reach out
    towards those edges and shrink the
    bezels a bit
    samsung tried one of the sides rolling
    over the edge because
    hey there’s samsung and they can try
    stuff tossed a news ticker and some
    stocks over there and some quirky
    features on the side
    and suddenly it was a hit people loved
    it because it looked
    cool and next thing you know their next
    phone has both the sides flowing over
    the edges and we’re loving it and other
    companies are scrambling to figure out
    how can we get our displays to do that
    too meanwhile accidental touches
    start to become a thing but you know
    what it’s early they’ll iron that out
    but that never really fully got ironed
    out now don’t get me wrong it still
    looks super cool that’s the whole point
    it’s this is prime
    form over function but it turns out that
    curve over the edges it doesn’t really
    seem to be worth the extra cost
    and the extra accidental touches we
    still get no matter how much they’ve
    worked on
    this palm rejection software and so now
    if you look back at samsung’s newest
    flagships the galaxy s20
    is one of the first ones going back to
    flatter displays
    turns out it’s okay to roll back on some
    things
    we had capacitive buttons at the bottom
    of phones for a long while
    before we just stopped that completely
    you don’t see it anymore
    we’ve had ring flashes we’ve had branded
    bezels
    we’ve had flaps over ports for better
    water resistance
    but all of those things we slowly
    realized there’s better ways to do that
    or this isn’t the best idea
    and now they’re gone it’s okay to roll
    back on things
    and so this is my formal petition to
    realize
    that these curved over screens at least
    these extreme ones these 90 degree
    waterfall edges
    we can work it back thanks for coming to
    my ted talk
    also not to pile on but this is the
    worst fingerprint reader
    i’ve ever seen under glass ever like i
    really don’t know what happened here
    i’ve tried re-registering my fingerprint
    twice using a different finger but this
    reader gives me the most failed attempts
    and the
    slowest average speed i have ever seen
    in an in-glass fingerprint reader so
    couldn’t leave that out so to sum it all
    up
    i’ve liked using this phone but i didn’t
    love it and when you start to shop
    around and compare it like the oneplus 8
    pro that i just came from
    has a higher resolution a higher refresh
    rate screen
    a better quality screen overall turns
    out about the same quality camera system
    uh much faster charging there’s the same
    specs a better fingerprint reader
    cleaner software no bloatware fast
    software updates
    and less of a curve around the screen so
    you know the smaller battery is maybe
    the only downside but
    what reason is there to buy the moto for
    9.99 i just think it falls in that
    category of
    phones that you’d be okay with using if
    you got it
    but there are other better phones to buy
    out there and i think someone’s got to
    say it
    it’s really just time to be done with
    those curved displays
    and i don’t think motorola is done by
    any means with trying out flagships
    i think they’ll be back at least i hope
    so
    either way that’s been it thanks for
    watching
    catch you guys in the next one peace

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