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Samsung Galaxy S20

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Motorola Edge+

The Galaxy S20 is one of the hottest Android flagships you can get right now, and rightfully so. It continues Samsung's legacy of offering a breathtaking display, great cameras, and speedy performance while delivering all of the upgrades you'd expect in 2020. We're especially fond of the 120Hz refresh rate, long battery life, and refreshingly compact size.

$800 at Samsung

Pros

  • Compact size is easy to use in one hand
  • 120Hz AMOLED display is gorgeous
  • Excellent battery life
  • Has expandable storage
  • Works with all U.S. carriers

Cons

  • In-screen fingerprint sensor isn't the best
  • 5G is only sub-6

If you've been waiting and waiting for Motorola to get back in the flagship game, the new Edge+ is for you. There's a lot on offer here, including a 90Hz display with a waterfall design, the latest Qualcomm processor, great cameras, and a huge battery. It's just a shame that it's being sold as an exclusive to Verizon here in the U.S.

$1,000 at Motorola

Pros

  • 90Hz waterfall display
  • Surprisingly easy to use one-handed
  • Huge 5,000 mAh battery
  • Motorola's software is fantastic
  • There's a headphone jack

Cons

  • Exclusive to Verizon in the U.S.
  • No official waterproof rating

If you have $1,000 and want a high-end Android phone, we think you'll be quite happy whether you get the Galaxy S20 or Motorola Edge+. The S20 has a more technically impressive display thanks to the sharper resolution and faster refresh rate, in addition to expandable storage, better cameras, and much wider availability. Comparatively, the Edge+ takes the lead with a bigger battery, a cleaner build of Android 10, and better 5G support. All of that's great, but the phone's exclusivity to Verizon is anything but.

There's not much to dislike about the Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central

Even if you don't keep a close eye on the Android space, you've probably still heard of the Galaxy S20. Samsung does an incredible job of marketing its phones to the public, helping them stand out and get recognition where other companies fail.

Marketing aside, the Galaxy S20 is — hands down — one of the best smartphones available in 2020. There are a few reasons for this, the first of which has to do with its display. The Galaxy S20 comes equipped with a 6.2-inch screen and paired with a narrow 20:9 aspect ratio with minimally-curved edges, it's easy to use in one hand in a way that most flagship phones aren't. You're also treated to a crisp 3200x1440 resolution, a vibrant AMOLED panel, and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. Simply put, this is one of the very best displays you can find on a smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Motorola Edge+
Operating System Android 10
One UI 2.1
Android 10
My UX
Display 6.2-inch
Dynamic AMOLED
3200x1440
20:9 aspect ratio
120Hz refresh rate
6.7-inch
OLED
2340x1080
19.5:9 aspect ratio
90Hz refresh rate
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 8GB 12GB
Storage 128GB
UFS 3.0
256GB
UFS 3.0
Expandable Storage ✔️
Rear Camera 1 12MP primary camera
f/1.8 aperture
108MP primary camera
f/1.8 aperture
Rear Camera 2 64MP telephoto camera
f/2.0 aperture
3x hybrid zoom
8MP telephoto camera
f/2.4 aperture
3x optical zoom
Rear Camera 3 12MP ultra-wide camera
f/2.2 aperture
123-degree FOV
16MP ultra-wide camera
f/2.2 aperture
117-degree FOV
Rear Camera 4 Time-of-flight sensor
Front Camera 10MP
f/2.2 aperture
25MP
f/2.0 aperture
Audio Stereo speakers
USB-C
Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
Security In-screen fingerprint sensor In-screen fingerprint sensor
Battery 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
Charging 25W wired charging
15W wireless charging
9W reverse wireless charging
18W wired charging
15W wireless charging
5W wireless charging
Dimensions 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm 161.07 x 71.38 x 9.6mm
Weight 163g 203g
Color Cosmic Gray
Cloud Blue
Cloud Pink
Smoky Sangria
Thunder Grey
Carrier Compatibility AT&T
Sprint
T-Mobile
Verizon
Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S20Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central

On the back of the S20, you get a trio of cameras — including a 12MP primary camera, 64MP telephoto camera, and 12MP ultra-wide camera. That may not sound very impressive on paper when compared to the 108MP sensor on the Edge+, but in real-world use, the S20 is a joy to shoot with. Pictures are vivid with color, night shots look great, and video recordings look fantastic (you can even shoot in 8K if you want).

Powering the S20 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a large 4,000 mAh battery. This equates to blistering performance and great endurance for a phone with this small of a footprint. Your charging options are great, too, with the S20 offering 25W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.

Tying all of this together are a few smaller features that complete the whole S20 experience. The 128GB of internal storage can be expanded with a microSD card, an IP68 rating keeps the phone protected from dust and water, and the S20 uses NFC and MST technology so you can use Samsung Pay at virtually any store.

The Edge+ is great, but it comes with a huge caveat

Motorola Edge Plus ReviewSource: Daniel Bader / Android Central

The Galaxy S20 is a phenomenal phone, but that doesn't mean the Edge+ is any less of a device. In fact, depending on where your wants/needs lie, it might even be a better purchase.

Looking at Edge+'s display, it's an interesting beast. It has a lower resolution and refresh rate compared to the S20, but it still looks plenty good to our eyes. The big draw, however, is its waterfall design. The edges of the Edge+'s screen seamlessly flow over the sides of the phone, and the end result is quite eye-catching. Motorola's also baked in a few software tweaks to take advantage of those drastic curves, such as adding extra virtual buttons to them when gaming. Palm rejection can be a bit wonky at times, so we're glad that Motorola allows you to disable the edges at any time if you really don't like them.

We're met with a similar situation for the camera department. The Edge+'s cameras aren't quite as good as the S20's, but most folks should still be happy with their performance. Low-light shooting leaves a bit to be desired, but overall, it's a pretty capable setup.

Motorola Edge Plus ReviewSource: Daniel Bader / Android Central

As for the other specs, you're treated to the same Snapdragon 865 processor, more RAM at 12GB, double the internal storage (but it's non-expandable), and a downright massive 5,000 mAh battery. The Edge+ also has a feature you won't find at all on the Galaxy S20 — a 3.5mm headphone jack. In fact, the Edge+ is one of the few flagship phones that still offers it.

Finally, there's something to be said about the Edge+'s software. Both it and the Galaxy S20 ship with Android 10 out of the box, but we prefer how Motorola handles things. The user interface is very clean and reminiscent to what you'd find on a Google Pixel, with Motorola throwing in a few tweaks to make the stock Android experience even better (Moto Actions and Moto Display are two highlights). Motorola's track record for software updates is among the worst out there, but with the company now promising at least two major OS upgrades for the Edge+, we're at least moving in the right direction.

The carrier conundrum

I suppose we should talk about that "huge caveat" for the Motorola Edge+. Where the Galaxy S20 can be used on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, the Edge+ is only compatible with Verizon. That's a deal-breaker for a lot of people and is ultimately the biggest drawback to the Edge+. It offers an excellent user experience, but if you don't use Verizon for your phone service, you're simply out of luck.

That makes the Galaxy S20 the default choice for a lot of you reading this, and even if you do use Verizon, you may still be better off with the S20. It has a more impressive display, better cameras, a legit water-resistance rating, and expandable storage for the same exact price. Then again, if you really value clean software or a headphone jack, the Edge+ could be the better fit.

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Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung's latest flagship doesn't skip a beat

Every year, Samsung's Galaxy S phones are among the best on the market. The Galaxy S20 continues that trend, offering a seriously powerful flagship in a wonderfully compact size. You get a 6.2-inch AMOLED display with a buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate, three top-notch cameras, expandable storage, and more. Unlike the Edge+, you can buy and use the S20 on any carrier you'd like.

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Motorola Edge+

A return to form

It's been a long time since we've seen a proper Motorola flagship, and thankfully, the Edge+ doesn't disappoint. There's a lot to like about the phone, including its waterfall display, excellent performance, clean software, and the presence of a headphone jack. It's definitely worth checking out as an alternative to the S20, but unfortunately, you'll need to be a Verizon customer in order to purchase it.

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