7.2/10
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The Motorola One Macro currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The screen will be the most important consideration for most users. The phone gets by well enough in all other metrics -- at least for the price. However, if you’re looking to play games or watch videos often, you’d be better served with other options.

What's good

  • Exceptional battery life
  • Good everyday performance
  • Solid phone design
  • USB Type-C
  • MicroSD support

What's bad

  • So-so camera
  • Low-resolution screen (720p)
  • Fingerprint magnet

Motorola’s One series combines the brand’s history of affordable yet capable phones with the clean software and rapid updates of Google’s Android One program. The Motorola One Macro comes with a few nifty camera tricks and is the lowest-priced Motorola One phone to date. But is it worth buying?

Design

Looking at the phone, it’s easy to see its budget-friendly roots. The chassis is plastic and reviewers were split on the two-tone rear cover. Some thought the effect was interesting while others felt it made the phone look cheap. 

However, apart from the phone being a fingerprint magnet, reviewers had no complaints about build quality or the way the phone felt in the hand. They also felt the fingerprint sensor on the rear was well-placed and accurate, making the phone easy to unlock when needed.

Display

Around front, the phone follows a similar trend. The 6.2-inch curved IPS display has minimal bezels and plenty of brightness. However, it’s running at 720-by-1520 pixels so it’s not the most detailed screen around. Reviewers frequently mentioned the resolution impacting image quality, and many felt the color was far from accurate.

There is also the camera notch at the top of the display. While it’s a teardrop and takes up less space than older notch designs, many reviewers felt the drop was bigger than required.

Trusted Reviews notes, “It isn’t that the Motorola One Macro’s display is bad. It’s clear and balanced and plenty bright enough ... But hold it next to a similarly proportioned 1080p phone ... and the difference is clear to see.”

Performance

The phone’s 2Ghz octa-core MediaTek Helios P70 processor paired with 4GB of RAM impressed reviewers for the price. However, it will not be a powerhouse processor capable of running the latest games at the highest settings or jumping between multiple apps.

Still, if you’re looking for a phone to cover the everyday tasks or don’t mind dialing back settings in games, reviews indicate it keeps things moving along smoothly enough. Memory will limit your multitasking abilities though. So be prepared to wait for apps to reload often.

Tech.co put the phone through its paces and notes, “... If you keep the workload light, it should be enough to get all your jobs done. If you’re looking for a phone for gaming, however, you should look elsewhere.”

Software

Ships with Android Pie (9.0) with minimal tweaks and two years of guaranteed updates thanks to its Android One status.

Storage

The phone includes 64GB of internal storage. While this isn’t as much as many phones these days, support for microSD cards up to 512GB makes it affordable and easy to expand your storage if needed.

Cameras

The camera setup on the Motorola One Macro is where the phone gets its name. On the rear of the phone, you’ll find a three camera setup including a 12MP lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP macro lens.

When compared to higher priced phones, the cameras cannot keep up. You must be patient when focusing. Lighting will also have a huge impact on getting good shots from the camera. The macro lens received mixed reviews as well. While many found the camera interesting and applauded the detail on objects in focus, many noted substantial noise in macro photo backgrounds.

Low-light performance was also well below average for today’s phones.

The front-facing 8MP lens is good enough for selfies and video chat, but don’t expect amazing results.

All of that said, reviews show the phone stands up well to similarly priced competitors and is capable of decent photos in the right conditions.

Tech.co summarized reviewer thoughts well, saying, “... Considering the One Macro’s low price, the images it gives are pretty good. Photos are colorful and, thanks to the depth sensor, have a good level of contrast. There are occasional instances where photos lack a bit of detail, but for this price, you’ll always have some compromises to deal with.”

Battery Life

Battery life is the starring feature of the phone. Combined with the phone’s modest specs, the 4,000mAh battery lasted many reviewers two days or more on a single charge.

Unfortunately, while the phone supports USB Type-C fast charging the 10W charger included with the phone takes nearly half an hour to boost the charge by 25%. This means you’ll want to leave the phone plugged in overnight just to be safe.

Audio

The phone includes one feature many phones two to three times its price do not -- a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also has stereo speakers which reviews show can crank out respectable volume. However, many reviews also felt the audio was rather flat and dull.

Android Authority found the audio lacking, saying, “Audio output from the Motorola One Macro is a bit of a letdown. Headphone output lacks dynamic range and simply doesn’t sound that great. Even when I plugged in a quality pair of headphones, audio sounded muffled and lacked separation.”

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The Takeaway

A budget phone is always about compromises. The Motorola One Macro cut corners on screen resolution and materials. If you’re a casual phone user, these choices are probably not a big deal. However, if you love to play games or watch videos on your phone, you’ll notice the difference pretty quickly.

Still, for the price, most reviewers considered the phone a good value.

Trusted Reviews notes, “Motorola’s line of One phones offers clean design, elegant software, and competent performance across the board. The Motorola One Macro offers all of these things at the lowest price of them all.”

Good Gear Guide praises the phone, saying, “The Motorola One Macro is a fast, clean and highly-usable phone with a nifty trademark feature and longer-than-average battery life. It’s no flagship but it nails the essentials - which is the most important thing.”

Expert Reviews UK was more critical, declaring, “In some areas, the Moto One Macro really shines, but with every single positive there’s a negative. It feels cheap, the battery takes forever to charge, and the display suffers from wildly inaccurate colours. It’s fun to shoot things up close, and it has a long-lasting battery, but that’s about all there is to it.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileTechTalk

Motorola has pleasantly surprised me with what they have been able to do with a phone for such good value. Whilst it is by no means perfect, I would say this is probably the perfect first smartphone for a child or somebody slightly older as this would introduce them to the world of Android. It is fu...

- Siddu Munjal, MobileTechTalk
Pocket-lint

The Macro should be seen for what it is: a budget handset with a big battery life and fuss-free software. Buy it for the cameras and you'll be disappointed, though, which is somewhat a contradition to the name. Yes, it can do close-up shots, but we'd rather spend a little extra, shelve the macro stu...

- Mike Lowe, Pocket-lint
Good Gear Guide

The Motorola One Macro is a fast, clean and highly-usable phone with a nifty trademark feature and longer-than-average battery life.

- Fergus Halliday, Good Gear Guide
finder.com.au

The Motorola One Macro provides reasonable performance and good battery life, but it is let down by rather cheap construction. Its chief selling point, a separate macro photography lens, gives it some variety, but this too needed tweaking before it was released.

- Alex Kidman, finder.com.au
Tech.Co

The One Macro isn’t a bad phone. In fact, it performed reasonably well across the board in our testing. However, it didn’t really blow us away. Sadly, the screen and processor speed left us feeling fairly underwhelmed. What’s especially disappointing is knowing that Motorola can produce better all-r...

- Tom Fogden, Tech.Co


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Motorola released the One Macro on October 12, 2019.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola One Macro user manual here.


Motorola backs up the One Macro with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your One Macro has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.2"

The Motorola One Macro's screen size is 6.2 inches with 720 x 1520 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6771 Helio P70 (12nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 2363 minutes, 957 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

One Macro Specs

Overview
Release date October 12, 2019
Regions available UK
Networks
LTE:
800/850/900/1700 /1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor MediaTek MT6771 Helio P70 (12nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4
ROM Unknown
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.54 W/kg
Body: 1.33 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1043 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 957 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 2363 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Space Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.76 x 7.54 x 0.9 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 186 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Yes
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP X2
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1520 pixels
Pixel density 270 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Water repellent design, Splash resistant
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support Unknown
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
8xx digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, RAW photo output, Active photos, Spot color, Best shot, Slow motion video, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video, Electronic video stabilization, Youtube Live, Google Lens™ integration, HDR, 2nd camera feature (2MP, f/2.2, dedicated macro camera), 3nd camera feature (2MP, f/2.2, depth sensor)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
F/2.2, Auto HDR, Timer, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot color, Slow motion video, Timelapse
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV Unknown
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer Unknown
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


MobileTechTalk

A must-buy for the aforementioned target market

from MobileTechTalk

Motorola has pleasantly surprised me with what they have been able to do with a phone for such good value. Whilst it is by no means perfect, I would say this is probably the perfect first smartphone for a child or somebody slightly older as this would introduce them to the world of Android. It is...More

Motorola has pleasantly surprised me with what they have been able to do with a phone for such good value. Whilst it is by no means perfect, I would say this is probably the perfect first smartphone for a child or somebody slightly older as this would introduce them to the world of Android. It is future-proofed with USB C, a fingerprint scanner, facial unlocking and also a headphone jack which they would more likely use with the included earphones.

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Pocket-lint

Getting up close and personal

from Pocket-lint

The Macro should be seen for what it is: a budget handset with a big battery life and fuss-free software. Buy it for the cameras and you'll be disappointed, though, which is somewhat a contradition to the name. Yes, it can do close-up shots, but we'd rather spend a little extra, shelve the macro...More

The Macro should be seen for what it is: a budget handset with a big battery life and fuss-free software. Buy it for the cameras and you'll be disappointed, though, which is somewhat a contradition to the name. Yes, it can do close-up shots, but we'd rather spend a little extra, shelve the macro stuff, and buy the better-specified Moto G8 Plus instead.

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Good Gear Guide

A budget phone that holds up to scrutiny

from Good Gear Guide

The Motorola One Macro is a fast, clean and highly-usable phone with a nifty trademark feature and longer-than-average battery life.

Read full review

The Motorola One Macro is a fast, clean and highly-usable phone with a nifty trademark feature and longer-than-average battery life.

Read full review

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finder.com.au

A very focused budget phone

from finder.com.au

The Motorola One Macro provides reasonable performance and good battery life, but it is let down by rather cheap construction. Its chief selling point, a separate macro photography lens, gives it some variety, but this too needed tweaking before it was released.

Read full review

The Motorola One Macro provides reasonable performance and good battery life, but it is let down by rather cheap construction. Its chief selling point, a separate macro photography lens, gives it some variety, but this too needed tweaking before it was released.

Read full review

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Tech.Co

Macro lens doesn't blow us away but battery life does

from Tech.Co

The One Macro isn’t a bad phone. In fact, it performed reasonably well across the board in our testing. However, it didn’t really blow us away. Sadly, the screen and processor speed left us feeling fairly underwhelmed. What’s especially disappointing is knowing that Motorola can produce be...More

The One Macro isn’t a bad phone. In fact, it performed reasonably well across the board in our testing. However, it didn’t really blow us away. Sadly, the screen and processor speed left us feeling fairly underwhelmed. What’s especially disappointing is knowing that Motorola can produce better all-round phones for similar prices. Indeed, with this in mind, we’d recommend you pick either the G7 Plus or G8 Plus to be your next cut-price phone.

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Notebookcheck

The camera as a weak spot

from Notebookcheck

If you're looking for an affordable smartphone with plenty of power and a long battery life, you've got it. The camera isn't quite convincing.

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If you're looking for an affordable smartphone with plenty of power and a long battery life, you've got it. The camera isn't quite convincing.

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TrustedReviews

Offers clean design, elegant software, and competent performance

from TrustedReviews

It’s a solid phone at an appealing price, but unlike its siblings, with the Motorola One Macro you can really see where compromises have been made.

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It’s a solid phone at an appealing price, but unlike its siblings, with the Motorola One Macro you can really see where compromises have been made.

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Gadget Guy

Everything you can expect from a $299 phone

from Gadget Guy

Decent screen, decent but not great camera, long battery life and stock Android. Not to mention good, old fashioned Motorola quality wrapped in a trendy ‘One’ visage. Me – macro is a gimmick you grow very tired of. Give me an ultra-wide lens any day.

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Decent screen, decent but not great camera, long battery life and stock Android. Not to mention good, old fashioned Motorola quality wrapped in a trendy ‘One’ visage. Me – macro is a gimmick you grow very tired of. Give me an ultra-wide lens any day.

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Expert Reviews

Macro photos, small price

from Expert Reviews

In some areas, the Moto One Macro really shines, but with every single positive there’s a negative. It feels cheap, the battery takes forever to charge, and the display suffers from wildly inaccurate colours. It’s fun to shoot things up close, and it has a long-lasting battery, but that’s about all there is to it.

Read full review

In some areas, the Moto One Macro really shines, but with every single positive there’s a negative. It feels cheap, the battery takes forever to charge, and the display suffers from wildly inaccurate colours. It’s fun to shoot things up close, and it has a long-lasting battery, but that’s about all there is to it.

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Digital Camera World

Main camera seems to do a decent job for the price

from Digital Camera World

We really can’t argue with the Motorola One Macro’s value. Costing just £179, it still looks decent, has a big screen, plenty of battery power and no less than three cameras around the back. While that doesn’t equate to three focal lengths, it’s 2cm macro capabilities are whetting our ap...More

We really can’t argue with the Motorola One Macro’s value. Costing just £179, it still looks decent, has a big screen, plenty of battery power and no less than three cameras around the back. While that doesn’t equate to three focal lengths, it’s 2cm macro capabilities are whetting our appetites nicely. The following, however, is still up for debate until we wrap up our full review: how good those cameras are and how powerful that MediaTek processor is. If it can handle the heat and take some decent snaps, then the One Macro looks set to be a brilliant budget smartphone.

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