The last Motorola I tested was fairly decent, but had plenty of room for improvement, so upon receiving the One Vision, I have to admit, I went in with low expectations.
The first time I used the One Vision, the thing that stood out most, was the brilliant design. It had a really nice slim body, a curved back – which meant it was comfortable to hold – a taller than most aspect ratio and a strikingly beautiful blue (Sapphire Gradient) colour to the back panel. It’s a colour that gets noticed.
The front of the phone was all display, with minimal bezels showing. And a camera cutout, to the top left of the display.
The front facing camera houses a fantastic 25MP sensor and this alone is capable of capturing some amazing selfies, thanks to the quad-pixel technology – this drastically improves the sensor to capture more detail.
The camera has various photo modes, including; Portrait, Spot Colour, Cinemagraph, Group Selfie and a Live “beauty” Filter.
Video modes, include; Slow Motion, Time Lapse and YouTube live.
You can also turn HDR on & off. As well as “Active Photos”. (Think Live Photo’s from Apple, but the Android equivalent), as well as change from Auto to Manual Mode, so you can manually adjust the ISO, contrast, etc.
The rear camera setup is the big one for me, at 48MP (with Quad-Pixel), the One Vision is capable of capturing some highly detailed and accurate photos. And as a keen (and aspiring) photographer, a decent camera sensor is always top priority for me, especially when changing to a new smartphone.
The rear camera settings are almost identical to the front camera settings, only there’s a couple of extra modes, including; Cutout, Panorama and Night Vision – and I don’t mean the green see-in-the-dark kind.
Night Vision on the Motorola means low light shots, and boy does it work.
In low-light, the camera absorbs all of the surrounding light, and really boosts the photo with a mix of hardware & software magic, to brighten the photo. Showing both accurate colour and detail.
The One Vision has a 6.3” CinemaVision (LTPS IPS LCD) Display and an aspect ratio of 21:9. The display was quite a big shock for me, as not only does it show vivid accurate colour. If you didn’t know it wasn’t OLED, you could be fooled into thinking it was.
The display delivers a really crisp quality and I was very impressed.
PERFORMANCE, UI & OS
The phone comes pre-loaded with Android 9.0 (Pie) and just happens to be part of Android One ecosystem, so expect timely Nexus/Pixel-like updates and an operating system to match.
Motorola have a very clean interface, no bloatware and very minimal apps. Only Google’s offering being pre-installed. And one or two Motorola apps.
You get decent performance straight off the bat, with a 2.2 Ghz Octa-core processor, 4GB ram and 128GB of internal storage. Which happens to be expandable via MicroSD.
All this coupled with a minimalistic UI, means you’ll have no issues with lag when using this phone.
At 3500 mAh, it’s even slightly bigger than the standard S10 and so, has really lasted. I’ve been surprised with how long the battery lasts, giving me a full day and sometimes two days, depending on my usage.
Charging takes place via USB-C and has Motorola’s TurboPower 15W charger included (take note Apple), this translates to 7 hours usage in just 15 minutes of charging.
The Motorola One Vision isn’t a high-end smartphone, especially when compared to the likes of Samsung’s S10 or Apples iPhone Xs.
However, what Motorola have done, is deliver a flagship phone, at a fraction of the price. This phone costs an impressive £270 in the UK and that along with all the features of the phone, give it a very competitive edge.
If I was completely new to smartphones and I had a choice, the Motorola One Vision would appeal big time.
Motorola have created a feature packed phone and I for one, would use it as my daily driver.