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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

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