Motorola One Macro – Budget Smartphone with a Macro Camera

11/08/2019     Author: Billy Gray

If you’re in the market for a new budget smartphone, then the Motorola One Macro might just be the one for you. Let’s take a closer look at this budget champion.


When it comes to buying a new smartphone, you don’t always want to have to spend a fortune. If you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank, then the Motorola One Macro is a solid purchase. It won’t break the bank and it has good enough specs to get you through the day without any issues.

The phone isn’t going to turn heads, but then, do you really need a $1,000+ fashion statement in your hand? At the end of the day, the Motorola One Macro is a decent budget phone that will allow you to do everything that you need to get done, and has a little added talent in the camera segment – hence the name of the phone.

In this post, we’ll have a look at the handset, its pros and cons, and whether Motorola was really wise to focus the bulk of their energy on the fact that this device has a macro camera. Ultimately, we’ll give you the lo-down on whether or not you should bother buying this device.

Motorola One Macro design

At first glance, the Motorola One Macro is a pretty average-looking budget device. There isn’t too much that’s different about it to other phones in this segment. It has a 6.2-inch screen with an LCD display that isn’t interrupted by a notch, but rather has the more stylish ‘teardrop’ front facing camera in the top-center of the device.

The casing of the phone is entirely made out of plastic, which is actually pretty rare, even for a budget device these days. There’s usually some aluminum paneling somewhere or another on any phone, but that’s the case with this thing. There is actually method to the madness here: plastic is more durable and conducts heat better, it’s also cheaper to produce and thus to sell. Unfortunately, it does mean that your grubby fingerprints will be all over the back of the phone, pretty much all of the time.

Considering this is a budget smartphone, you shouldn’t really be expecting much more than the basics with regard to design. At the end of the day, the Motorola One Macro is a sturdy phone that doesn’t weight much and isn’t going to shatter if you drop it. This should be enough to please most people in the budget segment.

Moto One Macro camera setup

The camera is essentially the main attraction on the Moto One Macro. The phone has a tri-lens camera setup, which consists of a 13MP main lens, supported by a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro lens. The macro lens can be used to take photos of objects up to distances of just 2cm away, which is useful when shooting food and minute details, although the main issue with this form of shooting is that the phone is generally so close to the object that it casts a shadow over it, meaning that the photos will almost always come out really dark. If you can get around this, then the Motorola One Macro is a great smartphone to play around with in terms of mobile photography.

The 13MP main lens theoretically gives it a tiny edge over the iPhone 11 in terms of photography, although, in reality this isn’t the case because the internal workings of the phone can’t match that of Apple’s.

The camera app itself is easy to navigate, but we have to be honest: the photo quality is pretty worse for wear. In fact, considering what you can get from Xiaomi and Nokia for the same price-point, we’d recommend that you look elsewhere if photography is your main concern. The macro camera simply doesn’t add any real photo-related value to the phone and the quality of photos is just generally pretty rubbish, regardless of the lighting conditions.

Internal specifications

If you were thinking that perhaps the internal workings of the Motorola One Macro are anything to make up for the lack of camera smarts, then you’d be at least partly correct. The phone has a fairly decent 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which should be enough for you, considering that most of your photos and other media can be stored in the cloud.

The phone is also rocking a 4,000mAh battery cell and fast charging, meaning that the chances it’ll run out of juice on you are pretty slim. As you’d expect from a cheap smartphone, the one thing that you can really rely on is the battery to last you all day and night.

The phone is actually pretty speedy as well. You can count on it to get most simple tasks done without any struggle – this is actually a real plus point, especially considering we still have top-end flagships that fall flat on their face when it comes to processing speeds.

What else is there to know?

The Motorola One Macro isn’t a photographer’s best friend, then. But what about everyone else? If you’re an avid gamer, then the phone will suit you well up to a certain point, but it’ll struggle with more high-end games like Fortnite and Modern Warfare Mobile.

If you’re more of a movie buff, then the phone’s stellar battery life and headphone jack will help you out here. Storing movies will be an issue considering the phone only has 64GB of internal storage, but then, we’re assuming you’re going to be using Netflix or some equivalent, not storing. While the phone’s display isn’t groundbreaking, it’s more than enough to get a half-decent viewing experience.

The verdict

Overall, the Motorola One Macro is a solid budget warrior. For anyone looking to spend no more than a couple hundred dollars, this phone will certainly satisfy your needs. If you’re looking for something with a bit more punch in a similar price-point, then we’d recommend that you look into the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7. Enjoy!

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