Motorola One 5G review: Awkward middle childSeptember 18, 2020
It’s been a running joke for me that almost all of the virtual press briefings I’ve had this year have been hosted by Motorola. It feels like every other week I get an invite to check out a new product the company’s coming out with, and that’s fully evident with just how many phones it’s released so far in 2020. Looking at just the U.S. alone, we’ve had eight new Moto devices unveiled this year.
One of those devices is the Motorola One 5G, which is launching as Motorola’s most affordable 5G handset for North America. At first glance, the phone looks like one of the best values of the year — offering a 90Hz display and the Snapdragon 765 processor for just $445.
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There are certain aspects of the Motorola One 5G that Moto absolutely nailed, but when you factor in its various shortcomings and the fierce competition it’s currently faced with, that initial feeling of an unrivaled value starts to dwindle. It’s not a bad phone by any means, but it also feels unnecessary and a bit confused.
At a glance
Motorola One 5G
Bottom line: The Motorola One 5G is an interesting phone, sitting somewhere in between the Moto G and Motorola Edge lineups. Some of its specs are rather impressive, namely the 90Hz LCD display, massive 5,000 mAh battery, and little goodies like a headphone jack and expandable storage. Those aspects all work really well, but when you start piling on the various downsides — weak cameras, limited availability, and lacking update support — the Motorola One 5G becomes a tricky recommendation at its $445 price tag.
- 90Hz display looks really good
- Reliable fingerprint sensor
- Fast, smooth performance
- Excellent battery life
- Has a 3.5mm headphone jack
- Disappointing cameras
- Mono speaker
- Weak vibration motor
- Only promised one software update
- Exclusive to AT&T and Verizon
Motorola One 5G Design and display
Source: Joe Maring / Android Central
Design-wise, the Motorola One 5G is an interesting mix of good and bad. There are certain things about the phone that I appreciate, but it’s also far from my favorite Moto design we’ve seen this year.
Just like almost every Motorola phone, the Motorola One 5G is made out of plastic. It’s a sturdy construction with no creaking or rattling buttons, and the back has a pattern finish that reflects rainbows depending on how the light hits it. It looks really nice right when you take it out of the box, but at the rate it picks up fingerprints, it ends up looking like a smudged-up mess more than anything else.
|Category||Motorola One 5G|
|Operating System||Android 10|
90Hz refresh rate
21:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765|
Expandable up to 1TB
|Rear Cameras||48MP primary
|Front Cameras||16MP primary