28 Oct 2019
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The Motorola One Macro joins the ranks of its predecessor including Zoom, Vision and Action; all phones aimed at a particular audience. The One Macro seemed to follow the old Motorola Mantra of filling the gap when there’s one and unarguably, today there are very few competitors in the “Macro” market that can compete with the like of macro offered by Motorola.

Design

The Motorola One Macro seems to take depart from its family design. The phone measures 157.6 x 75.41mm, weighing at 186 gm and boasting a maximum thickness of 8.99mm. The company is offering two color options at the moment including Space Blue and Ultra-violet. As per the company, the One Macro comes with an IPX2 rating for water repellency.

From the design perspective, there seems to be little if any that tie the Moto One family. Interestingly, the Moto One Macro seems to resemble Moto G8 Plus more closely as compared to its “One” siblings. The phone comes with gradient color and glossy finish at the back panel, whereas, the cameras are aligned to the top-side of the phone.

One general look over the phone and it appears more closely to resemble Huawei phones. Well, on the plus side, the Motorola has improved a great deal in camera applications and it is admittedly much tidier in One Macro.

On the front side, the phone comes with a minimum-bezel water-drop screen (again the previous Moto Vision and Action both boasts punch-hole screen style opposed to the water-drop style found in One Macro). Let’s just say the variety of screen sizes keeps the audience hooked to the Motorola. On the consistent side though, you will find the headphone socket, which is a big relieve for many who still prefer the wired headset against the weird Bluetooth headphones.

Overall, keeping in view the affordable pricing of the phone, the Motorola One Macro certainly boasts an impressive design and great built quality, something that has become the trademark of Motorola phones over the years. The phone is priced under £200.

Display and Hardware

  • 6.2-inch display
  • 270 PPI and 1520 x 720 pixels
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage (microSD card slot)
  • MediaTek Helio P70 Chipset
  • USB Type C
  • 4000mAh battery
  • No NFC

Keeping in line with the big-screen designs, the Motorola One Macro boasts a large 6.2-inch HD screen. It is interesting to note that the screen is just HD and not FHD+, which is found in the G8Plus. This might be understandable because of the tight budget of the phone, nonetheless, the company does great efforts to maintain brightness and contrast of the screen, which seemed vibrant and lively.

Another punch-hole where the Motorola has tried to save cost is the used of MediaTek Helio P70 processor, against the more popular and powerful Snapdragon chipset. And while Snapdragon remains the preferred choice for most smartphone manufacturers, the MediaTek P70 used in One Macro is comparable to Snapdragon 660 chipset (you get this chip in Moto G8 Plus, which is understandably a bit more expensive than One Macro). Now, while we don’t have the complete review report of how much the performance of the phone (if any) is effected by the use of MediaTek Helio against Snapdragon processor, what we do come up until now is that the performance remains decent. This is partially due to the use of 4GB RAM coupled with 64GB internal storage (expandable to 512GB), which is great for people looking for extra memory to store media.

Another great feature about One Macro is its large 4000mAh battery. The Motorola smartphones are known for their efficient and lasting batteries and the generous 400mAh battery is great to last up to 48 hours on average use (we haven’t checked it up completely).

Camera

  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and laser autofocus
  • 2MP depth-sensing camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 2MP Macro camera with f/2.2 aperture

Well, the Unique Selling Point for Motorola One Macro as can be taken by name is the “Macro” camera setup that enables taking sharp and detailed images of close-ups. The key here is that the Macro camera system used in the phone with automatically set up once the camera system is pointed to a close object and we find Moto One Macro great at taking close-up images.

The camera system enables you to take close-up photos of objects as close as 2cm, which by comparison is great as compared to Macro camera setup found on other phones like Google Pixel 4XL. This is also great when we look at the nominal and competitive pricing of Moto One Macro up against many expensive phones offering the same technology but below par results like OnePlus 7T. The initial assessment that we have been able to perform on the Macro Camera system reveals quite satisfactory results; however, we would like to take the assessment in a bit more detail to see the complete strength and novelty of the system.

First Impression

The Motorola One Macro might seem an odd addition to the “One” Series of the Motorola, however, the company has certainly succeeded in packing formidable features and specs in a tight budget market. The Unique Selling Point of the phone remains an able and efficient Macro Camera system, however, the phone also boasts many more basic features to be able to compete against many competitors in its price segment.

Overall, Moto One Macro offers great value for money and is one heck of a phone to vouch for in the low-end smartphone market.

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