Motorola One Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Motorola One, by Motorola

- Analysis by KJ David


The Motorola One, despite its promising moniker, is not quite the brand's number one 2018 release, being marred by cons like an inauspicious 1520 x 720 HD+ screen resolution and a measly pixel density count of only 287ppi , both of which diminish the appeal of its expansive 5.9-inch 19:9 LTPS-IPS display -- feel free to check out some competing phablets here.

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Underscoring its middle-class array of pros and cons is a middling hardware setup consisting of a 2GHz eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor (Don't forget to check out Phonerated's list of the best eight-core phones), a 650MHz Adreno 506 graphics processor, and 4GB of RAM. It also does not go beyond 64GB of native memory , despite some of its closest rivals coming with 128GB variants, although its support for 256GB microSD cards takes care of that hiccup.

Like several other 2018 Motorola models, the One is infused by a 15W TurboPower charging system, promising to replenish up to 6 hours of battery life after a 20-minute charge , which we consider a much-needed pro, seeing that its 3000mAh battery capacity shies of those of some tantamount mid-rangers, some of which safely pass the 4000mAh mark.

Its biggest selling point, however, comes from the imaging department, in the form of a dual-lens rear camera consisting of a 13-megapixel f/2.0 primary lens and a 2-megapixel secondary lens for depth-of-field analysis . Its dual cam delivers 4K or Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video-recording at 30fps as well as the Google Lens image-searching tool, with a color correlated temperature (CCT) LED flash tagging along.

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As for selfies, while its 8-megapixel front cam resolution is far from impressive, imaging specs like Cinemagraph and a frontal flash make it sound more appealing compared to conventional 8-megapixel shooters around at the time of this technical review. This Motorola model also comes with a P2i splash-resistant coating and Moto Actions (twist for quick capture, etc.), with the Android 8.1 Oreo OS tying its pros and cons together.

In essence, the Motorola One is a viable option for those looking for a dual-cam-equipped, large-screen mid-ranger.

** This phone is also known as: Motorola P30 Play (China)


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