Motorola One Macro (2019) review: A budget phone that holds up to scrutiny
- Android One
- Macro lens
- Battery life
- Triple-lens camera disappointing overall
- Design not as nice as One Vision
The Motorola One Macro is a fast, clean and highly-usable phone with a nifty trademark feature and longer-than-average battery life.
Price$ 299.00 (AUD)
Performance - Specs, Software, Benchmarks and Battery Life
Processor: MediaTek Helio P70
Operating System: Android 9
MicroSD slot: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
Fingerprint sensor: Yes
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, 4G
Rear Camera: 13-megapixel primary lens (f/2.0) + 2-megapixel (f/2.2) macro lens + 2-megapixel depth sensor
Front-Facing Camera: 8-megapixel (f/2.2)
Dimensions: 157.6 x 75.4 x 9 mm
Since it runs on Android One, the software experience attached to the Motorola One Macro is close to pure Android. You don’t get any of the flair or unique features you’d get out of a Pixel 3a but you don’t get any bloatware either - which is always nice.
Given how closely it skews to the core Android experience, there’s not a huge amount to talk about here. The one exception here is Motorola’s unique gesture shortcuts. These all work more or less as they have for the last dozen or so Motorola smartphone devices. They’re nice to have but nothing revolutionary.
As far as battery life goes, the Motorola One Macro did a good job of impressing us. Despite being a pretty cheap $299 smartphone, the Macro managed to eke out about two days of regular usage per charge. That usage contracted significantly if you watched a lot of video content or played a lot of Call of Duty: Mobile but that’s nothing special.
The Motorola One Macro supports 10W wired charging via USB Type-C but does not support Qi wireless charging.
The Bottom Line
For all the compromises that have been on the hardware, the cleaner software might just give the Motorola One Macro the edge over the more expensive Motorola G8 Plus. It’s a fast, clean and highly-usable phone with a nifty trademark feature and longer-than-average battery life.
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