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.


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    Big battery

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    Affordable price


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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, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.