Motorola One review

GSMArena team, 14 November 2018.

Display

If we have to be realistic here, nobody really expects an amazing display on a budget Motorola phone. The addition of a notch is clearly a new-found look for Moto devices. Not necessarily a bad thing, but when you've gone for such a big one, the benefits are barely there.

Motorola One review

Still, a few extra vertical pixels spill around its sides to show some extra content. Or rather, free up actually usable screen, previously tied-up displaying a status bar most of the time. But, we digress. Your feelings about the notch fall squarely in personal taste territory. The actual qualities of the panel are a lot less subjective.

As far as brightness and contrast go, the Motorola One is not about to win any contests. Still, it holds its own well, especially considering its price tag. We wish there was a max auto mode for some vital temporary boost outdoors, but it's not something we can't live without. On the flip side, the contrast ratio on the Motorola One is surprisingly good.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Motorola Moto G6 Plus (Max Auto) 0.564 776 1376
Nokia 8 0.382 703 1840
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 0.418 610 1459
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) (Max Auto) 0 602
Motorola Moto G6 (Max Auto) 0.583 560 961
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Max Auto) 0.419 554 1321
Motorola Moto G6 Play 0.339 476 1404
Honor Play 0.414 470 1135
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 0.314 461 1468
Huawei Mate 20 Lite 0.313 460 1470
Motorola Moto G6 0.421 459 1090
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 0 455
Motorola One (P30 Play) 0.254 447 1760
Honor 8X 0.346 427 1234
Xiaomi Mi A2 0.277 420 1516
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) 0 402

Sunlight legibility is good, but nothing to phone home about.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone XS
    5.171
  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
    4.965
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • OnePlus 6T
    4.138
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • vivo V11
    4.113
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    4.087
  • Xiaomi Mi 8
    4.086
  • Meizu 15
    4.082
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • vivo NEX S
    4.012
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • LG G7 ThinQ (outdoor)
    3.978
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Oppo Find X
    3.954
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
    3.901
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
    3.865
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Apple iPhone 6
    3.838
  • Microsoft Lumia 950XL
    3.837
  • Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018)
    3.834
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Huawei P20
    3.683
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    3.675
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
    3.58
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • Nokia 7 plus
    3.479
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Motorola Moto G6
    3.448
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    3.419
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
    3.397
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    3.393
  • LG G7 ThinQ
    3.39
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor Play
    3.349
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo F7
    3.333
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    3.24
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Oppo Realme 2 Pro
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Honor 8X
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
    3.087
  • HTC U12+
    3.085
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    3.077
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Oppo F9
    3.069
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 3
    3.061
  • Xiaomi Pocophone F1
    3.059
  • Huawei Mate 20
    3.052
  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite
    3.051
  • Motorola One (P30 Play)
    3.026
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Huawei P Smart
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • Motorola Moto G 4G
    2.546
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • BlackBerry Motion
    2.494
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
    2.424
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Sony Xperia L2
    2.266
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • HTC U11+ (EU)
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    1.563
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1.311
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Nokia X
    1.291
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Color accuracy isn't astounding either, but it is definitely good enough. Out of the box, the Motorola One scores an average deltaE of 5.2 and a maximum of 8.6, as tested against the sRGB color space. This default color profile does exhibit quite a bluish tint, making it rather cold. Luckily, Motorola did include a color temperature setting in the display menu.

Color temperature setting - Motorola One review
Color temperature setting

It might look like a slider, but in reality, you get a total of three states. Setting it to warm fixes the blue tint and understandably provides better color accuracy results: a 3.7 average deltaE and 5.8 max deltaE, to be exact.

Battery life

The Motorola One packs a 3,000mAh non-removable battery pack. That's not an extravagant amount by any stretch of the imagination. Still, its plenty when you consider the proven power-efficient pedigree of the 14nm Snapdragon 625 chipset, combined with the clean Android OS Motorola is pushing.

Motorola One review

In fact, speaking of the choice of chipset, it is pretty easy to poke plenty of holes in Lenovo's decision to go with the older and less powerful Snapdragon 625, instead of something like the Snapdragon 636 for performance's sake.

Of course, there are battery life benefits when working with eight less powerful Cortex-A53 cores (the Snapdragon 625), compared to the combination of Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53 cores in the Snapdragon 636 (technically, Kryo 260 Gold and Silver cores but still derivatives of the original Cortex ones).

Motorola One review

Of course, there is more to a stellar 102 hours battery rating. You need equally efficient software, so as not to waste any unnecessary power. Moto phones hardly have a great track record in this respect as most devices we have tested in recent years have unusually high standby power draw for some reason. We're glad Motorola has found a way to fix that with the Moto One. Screen-on time is also great.

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSer App. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Motorola One (P30 Play) for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

As far topping-up that 3,000 mAh battery goes, we already mentioned that Motorola is bundling a good 15W charger with the Motorola One. Its speeds aren't quite as impressive as the big boys, like VOOC Flash Charge or Quick Charge 4+. Still, it can charge the battery at a decent rate of about 30% in 30 minutes.

Loudspeaker

The Motorola One only has a single bottom-firing speaker at its disposal. Even so, it is a very decent little speaker.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Motorola Moto G6 Play 62.6 68.0 71.0 Average
Motorola Moto G6 Play (Dolby audio) 66.1 70.0 76.2 Good
Honor Play 68.3 73.8 75.8 Good
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) 69.4 70.9 79.9 Very Good
Huawei Mate 20 Lite 67.8 70.0 84.2 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE 70.5 74.1 85.2 Excellent
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 72.8 74.7 86.6 Excellent
Motorola One (P30 Play) 79.2 74.7 85.1 Excellent
Motorola Moto G6 81.1 75.7 83.7 Excellent
Motorola Moto G6 Plus 82.2 76.1 86.8 Excellent
Nokia 8 88.0 77.1 81.4 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi A2 89.5 72.2 89.8 Excellent

Clarity is not perfect but is still above average. It also gets really loud. We have little complaints.

Motorola included a system-wide Dolby Audio equalizer, which works pretty well in its Intelligent automatic mode. Not only does it make a tangible difference to quality but it even boosts the volume a little bit. Meaning, there is no real reason not to keep it on at all times.

Audio quality

The Motorola One impressed us with the accuracy of its audio output. The smartphone did flawlessly when hooked up to an active external amplifier and barely suffered any degradation with headphones too - even the hike in stereo crosstalk was reasonable.

Unfortunately volume levels were a whole different story as the phone was well below average in both testing scenarios. That means the you may not be able to achieve the desired loudness, particularly if you are using high-impedance headphones. If you can live with that, you’ll probably be happy with the One.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Motorola One+0.05, -0.04-89.788.80.00320.016-90.2
Motorola One (headphones)+0.05, -0.04-89.090.30.00240.032-62.6
Honor 8X+0.01, -0.04-92.392.40.00410.0085-80.7
Honor 8X (headphones)+0.45, -0.54-92.292.80.00840.492-51.5
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)+0.02, -0.02-93.192.90.00260.0089-92.5
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) (headphones)+0.25, -0.17-91.491.60.1150.306-55.4
Nokia 7.1+0.02, -0.06-91.088.60.00210.016-94.4
Nokia 7.1 (headphones)+0.05, -0.03-93.889.60.00190.034-54.9

Motorola One frequency response
Motorola One frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Holding the Truth

No, it's full plastic.

  • GNANAVEL

nice model

  • kamrul

Is this Good?