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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize camera quality, the Google Pixel 8 is a better choice as it has higher rated camera performance for both still photos and videos than the Motorola Edge (2021), though both devices have similar capacities for RAW output and HDR video. For battery life, the Motorola Edge (2021) has a slightly longer battery endurance. The Edge also offers a larger screen size, which may be preferable for media consumption, but the Pixel 8 has a higher refresh rate and peak brightness for its display, which can contribute to smoother and more vibrant visual experiences. Both phones have the Android operating system. However, if storage expansion or a 3.5mm headphone jack are important to you, neither phone supports these features. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

8.4
Pixel 8
Edge (2021)
5.2
The Google Pixel 8 has very good overall camera quality, while the Motorola Edge (2021) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

8.5
Pixel 8
Edge (2021)
5.3
The Google Pixel 8 takes very good photos, while the Motorola Edge (2021) takes poor photos.

Video Quality

7.6
Pixel 8
Edge (2021)
4.7
The Google Pixel 8 takes good videos, while the Motorola Edge (2021) takes poor videos.

Battery

7.3 Hours
Pixel 8
Edge (2021)
8.7 Hours
The Google Pixel 8 has 7.3 hours of battery life. The Motorola Edge (2021) has 8.7 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Google Pixel 8 has a screen size of 6.2 inches and the Motorola Edge (2021) is 6.8 inches.
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How the Google Pixel 8 and the Motorola Edge (2021) compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Google Pixel 8Motorola Edge (2021)
Google Pixel 8Motorola Edge (2021)

GENERAL

Price
$549
$550
Brand
GoogleMotorola
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
October 12, 2023September 2, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.2"6.8"
Resolution
2400 x 10802460 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesYes
Pixels Per Inch
428395
Display Type
OLEDLCD

INTERNAL

Processor
TensorG3SD778G
Internal Storage
128 gb128 gb
RAM
8 gb8 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
8.4/105.3/10
Photos Score
8.5/105.4/10
Videos Score
7.7/104.7/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS108 megapixels

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.3 hours8.7 hours
Battery Capacity
4575 mah5000 mah
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
18 w0 w
Reverse wireless charging
Yes (5 watts)No

PHYSICAL

Size
5.93" x 2.79"6.65" x 2.98"
Weight
6.60 oz7.05 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesNo
Bluetooth Version
5.35.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
76e
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 257, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78 (SA/NSA/Sub6)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
Yes (Except Verizon Models)No
Color
Rose, Hazel, ObsidianNebula Blue
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better CameraGoogle Pixel 8
Better BatteryMotorola Edge (2021)

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Google Pixel 8

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The Guardian

Samuel Gibbs | October 2023
"The fit, finish and feel is top notch. The phone is responsive and smooth. The battery life is decent. The main camera is excellent but the lack of an extended optical zoom is slightly disappointing, even if it has been a similar formula for Google for several years. The 6.2in screen moves the Pixel 8 closer to the underserved market of smaller but top-end phones, of which there are only a handful to choose from. Google’s generative AI features are certainly novel, but it is the extended seven-year software support that truly sets it apart."

Motorola Edge (2021)

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Tom's Guide

Philip Michaels | October 2021
"If you've overlooked Motorola's higher-end phones in the past, the Motorola Edge 5G UW does a very good job at trying to regain your attention. Improvements to the main camera impress. I'm also impressed by how quickly the phone recharges. It's the affordability that ultimately wins the day for the Motorola Edge. this phone offers enough premium features to put it at the forefront of midrange options."

About Google

Google can be considered a relatively new player in the smartphone industry, joining as late as 2016 with their phone, the Google Pixel. Since then, the Pixel lineup has undergone many changes, but it has always been characterized by a focus on photography and clean software, by providing a pure Android experience. By virtue of Google being the creator of the Android operating system, Pixels are known for receiving timely software updates and for being supported with updates for a long time. Additionally, over the past few generations of devices, Google started designing their own processors. This allowed for the implementation of unique software features that are not present in any other phone, such as automatic call screening and unique voice transcribing capabilities.

About Motorola

Motorola, a well-known name in the smartphone world, has a long-standing legacy in the industry, with a history dating back to the early days of mobile phones. The brand is mostly known for striking a balance between affordability and functionality, as well as providing a clean and straightforward interface with their software skin on top of Android. While they have traditionally been prominent in the budget and midrange categories, Motorola has also occasionally ventured into the high-end category for smartphones.

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