Our Opinion

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

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Excellence Score
33.5
27.2
Value for Money Score
85.2
75.6
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2019 Oct, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2520 pixels (~ 435 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features Punch Hole Camera 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9609Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #41 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 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 16MP + 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; 26mm Focal Length (Wide); 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 14mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); Dedicated video camera, 5MP: Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, EIS, Portrait lighting, Shot Optimization, Auto smile capture, High-res zoom, Portrait mode, Cinemagraph, Cutout, Spot color, Active photos, Live filter, Slow-motion video, Google Lens integration, Landscape view recording, Slow-motion video (120fps), Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video 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 12MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.25µm Pixel Size, HDR, Portrait lighting, Shot Optimization, Auto smile capture, Group selfie, Portrait mode, Cinemagraph, Live filter, Slow-motion video, Timelapse F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 128 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.2 mmThick 8.99 mmMedium
Weight 176 gmMedium 186 gmMedium
Width 71.2 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (IPX2 Rated) Yes, Splash resistant (PX2 coating)
Battery Capacity 3500 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, 10W Charging Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 10W Rapid Charger Yes, 10W Rapid Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well put-together, handsome and premium looking (plastic) design
  • The narrow ergonomic profile helps as it fits snugly in the palm of one's hands - quite comfortable to use, even single-handed
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back works quickly and reliably
  • Responsive face unlock
  • Good overall display quality with good contrast, and outdoor visibility
  • The 6.3-inch, 21:9 IPS cinematic screen is also pretty good for enjoying 21:9 movie content available on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • Being part of the Android One series you get clean, simple stock Android + platform updates for 2 years
  • Of course there are a few useful Moto customizations like a gesture navigation system, Moto Actions (a karate chop action turns on and off the flashlight while the twist motion launches the camera app and both work even when the screen is off), Peek Display (It'll display notifications and let you interact with them right there on the lockscreen plus it'll wake up when you pick up your phone), and Attentive Display (will keep the screen on as long as you are looking at it)
  • The Exynos 9609 inside (similar to Snapdragon 710) delivers dependable performance across the board (day-to-day apps and games), on par with key rivals
  • Good triple camera setup at the rear - 12MP primary + 5MP depth sensor + 16MP ultra-wide, that's rotated 90 degrees, and can be used to capture ultra-wide landscape videos
  • Daylight photos come out pretty good - detail is good and noise is well controlled - dynamic range is good too
  • Portrait shots come out nice too
  • The front camera takes nice selfies with good detail and spot on skin tones - it features a decent, software based portrait mode too
  • Video recording is of course where the One Action gets its name - it's meant to replace your action cam - the phone's ultra wide angle shooter is mounted at a 90-degree angle so that it captures videos in landscape orientation (which is how video is meant to be recorded) when you're holding the phone in portrait (which is how phones are meant to be held)
  • EIS is available on both cams in 1080p resolution at both 30fps and 60fps (though the 4K footage of the main cam can't be stabilized) - and it works well
  • Overall video quality is good (though not exceptional) from both the main and the ultra-wide camera
  • The front camera does 4K video too, which is pretty neat to find on a phone in the One Action's market segment
  • Overall camera performance is good for the price bracket
  • Decent battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will get the full day with moderate use - there are competitors who are ahead in this area though
  • The One Action is a pretty well priced phone from the Motorola camp, and will get you some good value for money - it's a reasonable alternative to the likes of the Redmi Note 7 Pro (better performance, better camera, better battery, but no Android One advantage), Realme 3 Pro (again, better camera and battery, but no Android One advantage) - it's also especially worth considering, if you’re into producing video content or shooting a lot of action shots
  • 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]
  • The front has a pretty big punch-hole camera - it's hard to miss, and it's also not easy to ignore even after spending some time with the One Action - it's big and it's well inside the display which also forced the software engineers to stretch down the status bar to completely envelop the cutout, actually making it even more visible in a way - it also interferes with content in some apps
  • With the tall dimensions, pocket-ability is not that great, so the phone will tend to protrude out of shallow pockets
  • On the other hand, for videos shot in any other aspect ratio, you'll have to tolerate a huge black bar
  • The ultra-wide camera can unfortunately only be used for video recording, not for clicking pictures
  • Night photography is only ok, and there's no dedicated night mode
  • The included 10W 'fast' charger isn't the fastest - you will get about 30% charge in 30 min, and a full charge in 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 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. Reasonably priced....Don't take this as a straight-up recommendation, but we won't judge you if you get one of these
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. For the price, it definitely brings a lot of bang for one’s buck
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A strong and stylish Android One phone with exemplary poise and performance.... anyone on a budget, and looking to shoot lots of fluid video should take particular note
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Stands out...an interesting and capable choice
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A compelling smartphone, worth considering for its dedicated Action camera
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Motorola's experimental budget phone doesn’t entirely stick the landing, but if you want a cheap handset with smooth performance, clean software, and a quirky, GoPro-like video camera, the Motorola One Action is well worth a look
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Gets a lot of things right....definitely worth at this price point
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A value-for-money smartphone under Rs 15,000...aimed at those looking for a budget phone that takes great videos
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Motorola’s most well-rounded phone yet, possessing all the credentials to go toe-to-toe with smartphones that cost much more
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you’re looking to buy a phone under the Rs 15,000 price bracket that offers a good camera and a clean Android experience then the ‘Action’ is right here
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A well-rounded phone for sensible money
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. You're definitely getting plenty of bang for your buck with the Motorola One Action – as well as a cool video filming trick as well
    newatlas.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The near-perfect stock Android phone under Rs 15,000...possibly the best phone Motorola has launched in a while
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. There's a lot to like about the One Action, with Motorola once again offering a lot of phone for not much money
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  17. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  23. pocket-lint.com 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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