Hands on: Motorola Moto One Macro review

A triple camera smartphone for under £180 - but is it a bargain?

Motorola Moto One Macro review
(Image: © Basil Kronfli/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

We really can’t argue with the Motorola One Macro’s value. Costing just £179, it still looks decent, has a big screen, plenty of battery power and no less than three cameras around the back. While that doesn’t equate to three focal lengths, it’s 2cm macro capabilities are whetting our appetites nicely. The following, however, is still up for debate until we wrap up our full review: how good those cameras are and how powerful that MediaTek processor is. If it can handle the heat and take some decent snaps, then the One Macro looks set to be a brilliant budget smartphone.

Pros

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    Big battery

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    Affordable price

Cons

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    No Full HD display

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    Low-resolution macro camera

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Having just lifted the lid on three new smartphones, the Moto E6 Play, Moto G8 Plus and the Moto One Macro, Motorola has further flooded the market with midrange budget camera phones - but with a dedicated 2cm macro lens, it’s the Moto One Macro that’s piqued our interest the most.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.