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Experiment: Will the Motorola Edge 20 Pro replace my notebook for a week?

Motorola equips the new Edge 20 Pro with the desktop mode “Ready for” and decent performance. Powered by the Snapdragon 870 and 12 gigabytes of RAM, it should replace computers and game consoles. I dare to try NextPit and replace my notebook with the Edge 20 Pro for a week. In this article, I would like to know your questions about the Edge 20 Pro and your notebook usage!

My old notebooks have had their day because Motorola now offers the “Ready For” mode! This sentence describes the enthusiasm with which I left Motorola’s event a few days ago. The Edge 20 Pro is rather untypical for Motorola as a really promising Android flagship. There is a Snapdragon 870, which really asserted its performance in the test of the Vivo X60 Pro 5G, and an impressive 12 gigabytes of RAM.

Motorola also includes an adapter with the Edge 20 Pro that brings USB-C to HDMI and at the same time allows a charger to be connected. To give my test report a little pep, I am therefore daring an experiment: Can the Edge 20 Pro replace my notebook and my mobile phone for a week? But I’ll tell you what I do with my notebook – or my notebooks – so!

Motorola Edge 20 vs. Xiaomi, Huawei and Sony

Strictly speaking, I use two notebooks alternately in everyday life! Because for work I use a Huawei MateBook 14 with 8 GB of RAM and an AMD Ryzen 5. The notebook runs with Windows 10, and all the articles you are currently reading from me on NextPit, I have written on this laptop. For private purposes, I occasionally use my ancient Xiaomi MiBook 13 with ElementaryOS, a feather-light Linux distribution. I usually connect an external monitor and a Logitech MX Keys and a Logitech M720 Triathlon to my work notebook. Both the mouse and the keyboard radio via Bluetooth and can therefore also be conveniently used on the Motorola Edge 20.

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The Edge 20 series from Motorola also offers the “Ready For” mode wirelessly. / © Motorola

According to my test report, I still use the Sony Xperia 1 III as a mobile phone. From this, I moved my SIM card to the Edge 20 this morning. And yes, I’m already typing this article on the cell phone that is connected to my screen as a computer. This week I will try to do the best I can with the experiment. But if there is a problem that is holding me back too much, I’ll switch to the MateBook 14. I need a little help from you!

Your questions about smartphones as a PC

After all, the subject of “using a mobile phone as a PC” is nothing really new. With DeX, Samsung has been offering such a feature on its mobile phones for generations. Still, most people hold onto notebooks and PCs – but why? In which applications are you skeptical if you want to use a cell phone as a notebook?

Please write me the use cases with which you suspect problems in the comments. Because even though I work with computers every day, edit pictures, and type short stories, I don’t have all the scenarios on my screen by a long way. So join in and write me your questions and suggestions in the comments!


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