However, combining this with a Mali-G72 CPU means the One Macro is able to handle everyday tasks without any issue whatsoever.
Of course, the benchmarks all our phones are tested on provide situations which you might not regularly experience. They aim to test devices to their limits, and the results show how the likes of Xiaomi and Oppo have really pushed the boundaries on what’s capable with regards to processing power.
Mobile gaming was an area where the One Macro fell short a little. Most games were more than playable, but we did encounter some stuttering and lag when playing graphic-intensive title.
This is a minor issue though, and for most people, the One Macro’s general performance will be more than up to scratch.
Software and features
As with all phones in the Motorola One line, the One Macro comes running an almost stock version of Android. In this case it’s Android 9 Pie, although we have no word on whether it will get the upgrade to Android 10.
I’ve been bemoaning the heavy Android skins in recent phone reviews, so this is a welcome change. Motorola endeavours to produce as little bloatware as possible, so there’s no duplicate email clients, calendar apps or utilities. Of course there remains the option to download third-party alternatives via the Google Play Store, the way I’d prefer it to be on all phones.
The only notable addition when compared to Pixel devices is the Moto app, although this feels
genuinely useful. In here you’ll find various shortcuts and gestures, as well more control over the way the display responds to you.
There are also useful software quirks throughout Motorola’s interpretation of Android. One of my favourites is the default clock widget on the home screen, which displays the current weather and date in addition to the time. However, tapping each part of the widget will take you to the relevant app: the time goes to the Clock, date to Google Calendar and weather to the weather app.
What’s more, the circle all this information is housed in acts as a quick overview of your current level of battery. I’m glad that’s here, as the battery percentage in the notification bar is barely legible.
There’s a similar design to the always-on display, although this can’t be customized like on other
phones. As I mentioned earlier, there are two biometric options for unlocking your phone in addition to the regular PIN, password or swipe gesture. The face unlock is fine, if a little slow compared to rivals, so I’d recommend using the fingerprint scanner most of the time. This is fast, secure and reliable, and can also be used as payment authentication. I enrolled the same fingerprint twice for maximum reliability, and never had issues with it not recognizing me.
As the name implies, the Motorola One Macro places an emphasis on close-up photography. In order to achieve this, it has a dedicated 2Mp macro lens in addition to the regular 13Mp camera and 2Mp depth sensor. This means there’s no telephoto or ultra-wide sensors, which greatly reduces the camera’s flexibility.
I’m obliged to talk about the quality of shots in the macro mode here, and I have to say I was very impressed. Few phones I’ve tested have been able to capture this amount of detail at such close proximity. While it can be a bit hit-and-miss, flowers were a particular highlight, with the vibrant colours popping. Being this close to the subject creates a natural bokeh effect in the background, which is pleasing on the eye.
I was also impressed with the software-based portrait mode. The One Macro allows you to customize the amount of background blur in each shot before you take it, although there is no option to adjust this after the shot is taken.
Regular shots also have a good level of detail and balanced colours, though they tend to be lacking in
The home screen’s default clock widget also displays the phone’s battery level