Recently, Motorola has been launching phones with branding that emphasizes the USP of smartphones. It started with Motorola One Power, followed by One Vision and One Action. The Motorola One Macro is the latest addition to the Motorola One family of smartphones. It features a special macro lens that can zoom up to 5 times closer, as close as 2 cm to the subject compared to a normal lens. While the macro camera is quite impressive, there is much more to discuss. And is it worth the asking price in the end? Let’s find out in the review.
Motorola One Macro is powered by the 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 chipset, paired with Mali-G72 GPU and 4GB DDR4 RAM. The phone comes in a 64 GB model, which can be expanded to a shared 512 GB microSD card slot.
In our benchmark tests, the Motorola One Macro performed quite well. It scored 140662, which is one of the highest we’ve recorded on a budget device. In day-to-day work, the phone’s performance was satisfactory. It didn’t slow down or slow down while multitasking, switching between Chrome tabs and jumping between apps. There were hiccups, but it didn’t necessarily slow the phone down.
Motorola One Macro scored 1,777 in 3DMark’s Sling Shot benchmark test. For reference, the highest we’ve recorded on budget phones so far was on the Redmi 7, which scored 916. However, we have yet to test Redmi 8 and Redmi Note 8.
Additionally, Asphalt 9 ran at a median frame rate of 28 frames per second. During gameplay, the animations were mostly consistent and stuttering. In contrast, PUBG ran at a median frame rate of 26 frames per second. We used Gamebench to capture all gaming stats.
In short, games run fine on the Motorola One Macro. Overall, the performance is satisfactory and there isn’t much to complain about. The call performance on both the earpiece and speaker was also clear.
Although the Motorola One Macro belongs to the Motorola One family, it is not part of the Android One program. Despite this, Motorola has confirmed that it will get Android updates for two years. It runs Android 9 Pie out of the box. One of my favorite parts of this phone is its almost standard Android-esque interface.
It comes with almost no bloatware. The software offers Moto Actions like Flip for DND, Lift to unlock and more. I enabled ‘one button navigation’ to use gestures for navigation. But Motorola’s take on gesture interface is cumbersome. You have to hold the bottom bar and swipe left to go back, which is kinda inconvenient compared to just swiping from both sides on Android 10. You can’t blame Motorola for this though, as I’m on an Android 10 for this. device sat, too, which is exactly how gestures work on Android 9 Pie. I hope Android 10 brings better gesture navigation to the One Macro.
The triple rear camera has a 13 MP main sensor with f/2.0 aperture + a 2 MP dedicated macro camera + a 2 MP depth sensor. The macro sensor is not clubbed with other cameras and has its own ring. The macro camera has its own large ring because 2 cm is the minimum distance from which you can take macro shots. It clicks macro photos at 1:1.2 magnification. For reference, the minimum for anything called “macro” is 1:1 and Motorola One Macro trumps that.
In addition, the smartphone has a laser autofocus module. And it works very well, even in all kinds of lighting conditions. Sometimes the device doesn’t click until focus is set, sometimes it focuses quickly. Daylight details are satisfactory. However, the dynamic range could have been better. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. While there are some nice camera modes like Spot Color, I’d like it more if Motorola updated its processing algorithm.
In terms of low light, the camera does not perform well here. The details are lost and, moreover, there is too much noise in the images. It reminds you with every shot that there is no night mode. The images are below average by 2019 standards.
Coming to the USP of Motorola One Macro, the depth camera, we did a whole lot on how it performed, which you can read here. The Macro Vision camera comes very close to the subject. It works pretty well. It captures satisfying detail in the macro shots. However, the macro camera keeps moving in and out of focus as it searches for the subject itself. But once told what to focus on, it does it quite effectively. What is striking is that macro shots lack sharpness and details in a low-light environment. All in all, macro photography on the Motorola One Macro is impressive.
Furthermore, selfies from the 8MP shooter are fine. While the dynamic range also struggles here, portrait shots look good, but there’s room for improvement. In videos, the dynamic range is even worse than the photos. However, stabilization is good. One can record full HD videos both on the rear and front cameras.
Display and audio
Motorola One Macro has a 6.2-inch Max Vision HD+ display. It has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels. The screen is bright and the viewing angles are good too. There’s also a Night Light setting, which blocks blue light and makes the display warmer. The brightness of the screen can go up to 466 LUX, which is quite good in the price range. However, it is reflective when used in bright sunlight. But it is by no means disappointing. The display is one of the best in the price range.
Coming to the audio, it’s loud. In fact, it is one of the loudest speakers on a mobile phone under Rs 10,000. The clarity is adequate, but the sound is muddled when it comes to hitting frequencies.
All in all, whether playing games or watching movies, the Motorola One Macro is a decent phone for media consumption.
Motorola One Macro has a 4000 mAh battery and the battery life of this phone is excellent. Motorola has done a commendable job here. We played a video on full brightness to see how long it takes the phone to go from 100 to 0, and it took over 12 hours – that’s more than all the sub-Rs 10,000 phones we’ve tested so far .
During the tests, the One Macro went through many sessions of gaming, web browsing, simultaneous app installations and downloads, and online video playback. It performed well during the tests. In addition, leaving the phone unattended also had no significant impact on battery life. It lasted a day and a half with fairly heavy use.
The battery took 2 hours and 10 minutes to fully charge from zero to 100 percent. While it reached 58 percent in less than an hour, the battery took 15 minutes to go from 95 percent to 100 percent.
Build and design
Motorola One Macro has a plastic case that is built quite well. It fits quite well in the hand, the power button is right where it should be. All buttons – power and volume buttons – are located on the right side of the phone. I prefer the volume buttons below the power button, but that’s just a personal choice. However, the buttons are easily accessible, tactile and clickable. On the right side is a dual nano SIM card slot. It can be used to record nano SIM cards or one nano SIM card and one microSD card.
The rear panel has a gradient ‘Space Blue’ finish, which looks attractive. However, when you hold the phone you will notice that the glossy plastic registers smudges and fingerprints. We also noticed that the back panel scratches easily. Therefore, it is recommended to use the clear cover that comes in the box. Furthermore, it is equipped with the triple rear camera setup at the top left. The cameras do not protrude from the back. There’s also ‘motorolaone’ branding on the bottom, which goes unnoticed until you look for it.
The Motorola logo on the back also doubles as a fingerprint sensor. The bottom contains a primary microphone, a USB Type-C charging port and five small round speaker openings for speakers. On the top edge is a microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The phone weighs 186 grams and because of the weight distribution it fits perfectly in the hands. Overall, Motorola One Macro has a premium design for the price. It is simple yet practical and elegant.
Motorola One Macro is a solid device overall. The performance is satisfactory and so is the camera performance. This is the best phone in the range for macro shooting. However, it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to low-light photography. The device comes with almost no bloatware and has promised two years of Android updates. Battery life on the Motorola One Macro is another USP of the phone. It offers good value for its price.