Motorola One Action Review

The One Action is a follow-up to the One Vision, only this time it really is all about the action.

Lenovo provided the One Action to take to Berlin, for IFA 2019. So big thank you to them.

DESIGN

The design is very similar to the Vision, sleek, solid and with the addition of the 3rd wide-angle lens.

You’ll get that nice curved edge, which feels comfortable to hold. And a case to get the grip – without the case, it’s very silky smooth and you’ll find, it slides off the arm of a sofa.

The front of the phone was all display, with minimal bezels showing. And a camera cutout, to the top left of the display. 

CAMERA

The front facing camera houses a 12MP sensor, which captures some great selfies thanks to the quad-pixel technology – this drastically improves the sensor to capture more detail. 

The camera has various photo & video modes. 
HDR can be turned on & off. As well as “Active Photos”.

The rear camera setup houses a 16MP 117 degree ultra-wide action cam, a 12MP main sensor and a 5MP depth sensing.

Combine these 3 and you have a smartphone capable of capturing your “go-pro like” moments. All from a smartphone. Something he One Action does really well, is capture landscape video while holding the phone in portrait

This makes it very comfortable to hold for long periods of time. And I found it offers you better stability too.

DISPLAY

The One Action has the same 6.3” CinemaVision (LTPS IPS LCD) Display, as the one vision and an aspect ratio of 21:9. The display shows vivid & accurate colour. And I still believe it looks as good as OLED.

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.

BATTERY

The One Action has a 3500 mAh battery and charges at at 10W with the included USB-C charging cable . The battery lasts a full day very easily.

CONCLUSION

The Motorola One Action is a mid range smartphone, but feels more high-end due to its performance, display and camera capabilities. 

The phone costs an impressive £219 in the UK. Which gives it a very competent edge over the competition.

All photos shown, were taken on the Motorola One Action.

If you’d like to buy the Motorola One Action, you can get it from Lenovo’s website here.

Motorola One Vision Review

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.

DESIGN

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.

CAMERA

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.

DISPLAY

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.

BATTERY

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

Motorola One Vision Unboxing

Check out the Motorola website for more info.