Motorola has made a great comeback in recent years to produce some of the best phones on the market. Its strength is its diversity – you can buy a £100 or £800 Moto phone depending on your needs and tastes.
The memories of the classic Motorola RAZR are long gone. Moto, now owned by Lenovo, focuses on a consistent design ethic, has software close to stock Android and, often, incredible value for money. The Moto G series is a consistently excellent choice for those looking for a genuinely excellent budget phone.
But Moto also makes the more expensive X and Z line to cater to all tastes. The Z line also brings the unique Moto Mod compatibility that allows you to buy and use magnetic accessories with your phone, from zoom lens camera to loudspeaker to projector.
In order starting with budget, the Moto range goes C, E, G, X, Z, with the Motorola One its own thing and running a slightly different version of Android.
You can still get Moto G5 phones online at good prices, but we've not included them here as we recommend investing in a newer generation.
Here are the best Motorola phones you can buy in 2019.
Best Motorola phones 2019
1. Moto G7
- Reviewed on: 12 July 2019
The Moto G7 is not only the best Moto G phone yet, it's the best mid-range phone you can buy. Sure, you can spend over double its RRP on a OnePlus 6T but unless you desperately need the better processor, screen and cameras then the G7 is more than good enough at £239/$299.
It has Android 9 Pie, a 1080p screen, good battery life and decent performance in a premium feeling handset. This is the best value in the mid-range phone market and you won't be disappointed.
Read our Moto G7 review.
2. Moto G6
- Reviewed on: 12 July 2019
The Moto G6 might not be waterproof, but a water repellent coating is better than nothing and the phone looks better than ever.
For the tidy sum of £219, the G6 is a mid-range (almost budget) bargain with a great screen, dual cameras, decent batter life and a fingerprint scanner.
A combination of 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage won't be enough for everyone so just spend an extra £20 for the better Amazon model.
Read our Moto G6 review.
- Reviewed on: 18 February 2019
With a near-pure Android interface, the G7 Power is a decent alternative to Huawei and Honor's offerings around this price, and its huge battery means a comfortable two-day battery life that can easily be made to stretch to three if needed.
Read our Moto G7 Power review.
4. Moto G7 Plus
- Reviewed on: 5 March 2019
The Moto G7 Plus is a fantastic mid-range phone. You're getting the kind of design, specs and features that you'd expect for a lot more money.
However, we prefer the regular G7 at it's lower price since it still has many of the same features. The G7 Plus doesn't have a larger screen or battery like most plus models. Instead, you're getting more niche things like OIS, faster charging, stereo speakers and Bluetooth 5.0.
Although a faster processor is tempting, phones like the Honor Play blow the G7 Plus out of the water when it comes to performance.
Read our Moto G7 Plus review.
5. Moto G7 Play
- Reviewed on: 12 March 2019
The G7 Play is a solid smartphone that despite not having high-end internals can provide a smooth, lag-free mobile experience – even when playing demanding games like PUBG Mobile, and that’s impressive. The build quality is great despite the use of plastic on the rear, with fine detailing giving the G7 Play a more premium look.
Of course, there have to be concessions made in a sub-£150 smartphone, and in the case of the G7 Play, that’s the cameras. While images are generally well-lit, the lack of a decent autofocus system means that most of your pictures will come out looking a little bit soft.
Still, if you're not a photographer in-the-making, the Moto G7 Play is an impressive bit of kit and you’ll struggle to find something better at this price point.
Read our Moto G7 Play review.
6. Moto Z2 Play
- Reviewed on: 1 August 2017
The Moto Z2 Play is a great mid-range smartphone; it features a gorgeous design, premium build and the Moto Mods support provides extended functionality based on what you require from the smartphone, from extra battery power to an improved speaker and even a built-in projector.
Despite the smaller battery, the Snapdragon 626 processor is incredibly efficient and we comfortably lasted a day on a single charge, and when we did run out it was quick to top up thanks to the included fast charging tech. It holds its own against competitors in our benchmark tests, and real world use is decent.
Read our Moto Z2 Play review.
7. Moto E5
- Reviewed on: 2 August 2018
The Moto E5 is one of the best budget phones around. Of course, you can spend a bit more and get something better but if you're looking for the cheapest phone around that won't make you want to throw it in the bin after a few days then this is it.
We're very impressed by the design and build quality along with a number of features including the screen, camera, fingerprint scanner and battery life.
Just bear in mind that you don't get some of the features available from more expensive alternatives.
Read our Moto E5 review.
8. Moto G6 Plus
- Reviewed on: 15 May 2018
It's not perfect by any means - we noticed occasional sluggish performance in some apps, while the camera was a touch slow in opening and struggled to deal with shake - but there's a huge amount here to like.
The design is smart and lightweight; the screen is big and sharp; battery life is solid and fast charging impressive; you get twin camera lenses and a decent portrait mode, along with a bunch of gimmicky camera modes that are less reliable but lots of fun.
All for this £269! It's a fantastic deal, and a great phone for the money.
Read our Moto G6 Plus review.
9. Moto Z3 Play
- Reviewed on: 5 October 2018
The Moto Z3 Play is a great phone if you don't want the most capable phone in the world but want excellent battery life - and a Mod in the box to make it even better.
It's annoying that there's no headphone jack but the display is great for a mid-range phone and the 18:9 display solves the large bezels of the Z2 series.
There are phones that do the same for less, but the versatility of the Z3 Play is really appealing in a sea of identical black slab phones.
Read our Moto Z3 Play review.
10. Moto E5 Plus
- Reviewed on: 1 October 2018
You should spend a little more on the E5 Plus if you want the larger screen and bigger battery. It easily the best budget phone when it comes to combining size and stamina.
However, we think the cheaper Moto E5 is a better choice for most people with much of the specs the same and the addition of NFC.
The main thing putting us off here is slightly laggy performance and the G6 Play isn't far off in price, so jump to this if you can It also has a better front camera, Turbo Charging and more software features.
Read our Moto E5 Plus review.
11. Motorola One
- Reviewed on: 16 November 2018
On the surface, the Motorola One is a lovely mid-range phone with an attractive price tag and a sleek design that looks a little like an iPhone X.
While there's nothing overtly wrong with the device, there's some seriously tough competition including Motorola's own Moto G6.
Read our Motorola One review.
12. Moto Z2 Force
- Reviewed on: 7 November 2017
As a software experience, the Moto Z2 Force is excellent. But the Moto Mod ecosystem means you’re spending a hell of a lot on accessories that are only useful for the lifetime of the device.
It’s also far too expensive, even before mods. Practically every other smartphone manufacturer sells a flagship device for less, and sometimes considerably less.
If money is no object and you love the idea of mods and like the reassurance of an unbreakable screen, the Z2 Force will be the phone for you. For everyone else, there are cheaper high-end phones out there from Samsung, Google and OnePlus with better battery life and better cameras.
Read our Moto Z2 Force review.