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The Motorola One Macro is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto G7, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Motorola One Macro!

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Motorola Moto G7 Motorola One Macro
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Excellence Score
26.1
27.2
Value for Money Score
73.0
75.6
Price ₹ 8,961 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.2 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2270 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #55 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #41 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 13MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, Gyro-EIS, Auto HDR, Face beauty, Auto smile capture, Cinemagraph, Portrait mode, Group selfie, Spot color 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; Laser AF; PDAF, 2MP: Macro Lens, 2MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mmMedium 8.99 mmMedium
Weight 172 gmMedium 186 gmMedium
Width 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i water-repellent nano coating) Yes, Splash resistant (PX2 coating)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, TurboPower Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W TurboPower Charger Yes, 10W Rapid Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Slick, contemporary, easy-on-the-eyes glass design
  • Great build quality
  • The curved back is less rounded than the G6, which makes it easier to grip
  • The G7's fingerprint sensor has migrated to the back of the phone, nestled in the "Batwing" Motorola dimple - it's pretty well placed
  • There's also fairly fast face unlock
  • Splash resistant body
  • Large, beautiful, 6.2-inch, teardrop notch display - it has nice, vibrant colors and good viewing angles
  • Moto Display (always-on display) is still there, and continues to be one of the defining features of the Moto G series
  • Simple, uncluttered stock Android UI, with some very useful Moto customizations - Moto phones continue to offer one of the best software experiences on Android
  • Decent camera quality for the price bracket
  • The dual rear camera setup does reliably well with outdoor and moderately-lit indoor shots - delivering sharp and detailed photos (although dynamic range is not the best)
  • Decent portrait mode too
  • Decent selfie camera too - you can get some respectable shots especially in well lit scenes
  • Selfie portraits too have good subject separation and convincing out-of-focus area rendition
  • Decent video recording performance too - with support for 4k video recording as well (though it's not the best in terms of quality)
  • You can still do the effortless double-twist-to-open-camera gesture from any app
  • Overall, the cameras are marginally superior to last year's Moto G6 - and in line with other decent camera phones in this price bracket
  • Decently-loud bottom firing speaker
  • Supports fast charging via the USB-C port
  • Glossy gradient back - looks nice, though not quite as eye-popping as the colour options on Redmi smartphones
  • Decent build quality and tactile buttons
  • Good 6.1-inch HD+ display - produces bright and vivid colours, making it great for watching videos on YouTube
  • True to Motorola style, you get clean and simple stock Android (+ a guaranteed update to Android 10) - mind you it's not an Android One series phone though despite the 'One' moniker
  • The minor Motorola additions to stock Android are those that make the user experience even better - there are the Moto navigation gestures as well as the Moto Display, both of which make it easier to live with when compared to any other stock Android phone
  • Very good performance for the price bracket with a solid MediaTek Helio P70 chipset (similar to Snapdragon 660) - both day-to-day use, and gaming is smooth
  • Laser autofocus is super fast
  • One of the key highlights of the One Macro of course is it's unique (for the price range) 2MP macro camera that gives you some very interesting close-up photography options (the macro mode is available for both the still and video mode)
  • It's very impressive in actual performance too, in fact surprisingly so - whether its daylight or under artificial light, the macro camera on the One Macro takes quite detailed photos - the colours are vibrant with good contrast levels and high brightness, and there isn't a lot of post-processing with the colours which means you mostly get what you see - and the lower 2cm focal length means that you can go quite close to your subject to get the photo you wanted
  • The portrait mode uses the 2MP depth camera and it impresses too with good levels of edge detection
  • Decent 8MP front camera
  • While the One Macro only has to make do with a single loudspeaker but with the Dolby Atmos tuning, it is fairly good
  • Very good battery life with a combination of a 4000mAh cell, stock Android, and an HD+ display - you can comfortably stretch this up to 2 days on a single charge, with moderate use
  • Fast charging support (though the included 10W fast charger isn't the most powerful)
  • On the whole, the One Macro looks like an excellent stock Android option in the under 10k price bracket, that will please the Android purists - it's worth buying not just for its unique macro camera, but also as a great all-round budget phone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Software updates from Motorola in recent times have been far less frequent compared to before, so if you are look for both a stock Android phone + more updates in the future, 'Android One' devices would be better options
  • While the Snapdragon 632 will give you perfectly decent day-to-day performance, it is still quite underpowered compared to most of the competition - the GPU especially is relatively weak, so this is not a great phone for games (especially heavy duty ones like PUBG)
  • Low light performance could have been better though
  • Battery life though is pretty average, and there are many better competitors around in this area - with slightly heavier use, you will find the need to charge it by the evening
  • While the Moto G7 is another good "user-experience" phone from Motorola's ranks - thanks to the thoughtful design and software - it will find it tough to compete in the heated mid-range space in India, primarily account of it's relatively weak processor and average battery life - if however, you are a more basic phone user (light phone use, no games), it's a decent option
  • Like other glossy back phones, it will be a tough job to keep the phone clean and free of scratches - you will be better off using the bundled case
  • The resolution could have been better - there are 1080p competitors available
  • The main 13MP rear camera is more average though - in daylight, the photos wear a warmer tone and most of the details are softened - the dynamic range is also average - it's not quite a match to the other top camera phones in this price range
  • As light levels fall, the main camera starts struggling with exposures and sharpness (and there is no 'Night mode')
Expert Reviews
  1. If you want a well-rounded and dependable smartphone, the Motorola Moto G7 delivers
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The best budget phone just got better
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Moto G7 and G7 Power are still the budget phones to beat
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you’re on the lookout for an affordable phone that works well and reliably, you’re sure be a fan of what Motorola’s G series flagship can do
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Moto G7 and Moto G7 Power are still the best affordable Android phones money can buy
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Remains a superb low-cost smartphone... but more competition mean the Moto G7 is no longer the king of budget phones
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. Another well-rounded budget phone from Motorola
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. An impressive phone that shouldn't be this cheap
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. mashable.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. pocketnow.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. Did not give us much to complain about...But Realme 5, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S are very strong competitors
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Laser focused at giving the first time smartphone buyer everything in a relatively premium package...commendable
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Motorola Moto One Macro is a decent option for someone who wants a bloatware-free software experience....But there’s better hardware to be had in the competition
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Solid phone at an appealing price...but has one or two limitations
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An affordable daily driver that gets most things right
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. An impressive phone ...should be in the top of your list while choosing a new phone for yourself under Rs 10,000
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A sensible purchase but Motorola needs to step up its game a bit more to stay relevant
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
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