After the great Moto G8 Plus, we tried another terminal on which Motorola aims a lot: One Zoom. In this device the focus of the US company is all about the cameras, well 4, and on a design that stands out. We tested it in everyday use for several days and we can finally give our opinion on this device.
Packaging and Design (↑)
The design of the Motorola One Zoom certainly does not go unnoticed. Not so much the front that is not very distinguishable from any other terminal of the competition, as the back where we find an opaque satin glass where the four cameras stand out and above all the iconic Motorola logo. But this last one has a peculiar feature: it lights up when the screen is turned on and when notifications are present. A perfect mix of design and functionality that highlights the manufacturer's brand in an extremely effective way.
Too bad that the distinctiveness of design stops here. The front, as mentioned, is fairly anonymous and as far as the thickness is concerned we have 8.8 mm, certainly not among the thinnest in the middle-high band. Probably with such an elegant and striking back one would have expected an extra effort on the part of Motorola's designers to make the rest of the device just as impactful.
Overall, however, Motorola One Zoom is an enjoyable and beautifully designed smartphone.
Data sheet (↑)
As for the hardware equipment, you can't really complain about the Motorola One Zoom. We find everything we need and a sizing of resources in line with the competition:
- 6.4-inch OLED OLED screen with 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution and 403 ppi
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
- GPU: Adreno 612
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal memory: 128 GB (expandable with microSD up to 512 GB)
- Rear camera: Main = 48 megapixels, 1.6μm quad pixels, f / 1.7 with OIS optical stabilizer, Wide-angle = 16 megapixels, 117 °
Third sensor = 8 megapixel with OIS stabilizer, 3x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, depth sensor = 5 megapixel
- Front camera: 25 megapixels
- Battery: 4,000 mAh with fast charge
- WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac with dual band support at 2.4 & 5GHz
- Bluetooth 5.0 with LE / EDR / A2DP
To complete this respectable hardware we also find all the sensors we need: accelerometer, magnetometer (compass), gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS, NFC. There are also two features that will make the joy of many, namely the 3.5mm jack and the always useful FM Radio.
Availability and price (↑)
The Motorola One Zoom is already available for purchase at a suggested price of 429 euros although it is possible to find it on different online stores for around 350 euros.
Motorola One Zoom would have, on paper, all the features to be an excellent terminal and with an excellent value for money. However, it does not keep its promises completely. We must confess that we would have expected more especially from the photographic sector. The four cameras available work well but are not surprising. In the shots taken in the light of the sun, excellent results are obtained but in our tests with little light and indoors, the cameras struggle to offer a high quality level. Nothing too negative, but more is expected from a camera phone.
The photographs taken with the telephoto lens in which subjects positioned even at great distances can be framed with a fairly good photographic rendering are rather good. We are not at the top of the range, but the Motorola One Zoom defends itself very well, even considering the price at which it is offered. The macros are also good, with an excellent level of detail and good color rendering.
Among the negative notes of the photographic sector we can include a selfie camera that does not live up to expectations and its 25 MPs and offers self-portraits that have not fully convinced us. But the real "flaw" that we found during our tests is attributable to one shot that is never lightning fast. The focus is very fast, there is nothing to say, but when you shoot we never have a speed equal to the top of the industry and, above all if we use our smartphone for photographs taken with a tip and taken by user "average "We risk not being able to seize the moment.
Nothing to say instead in terms of performance, fluidity and overall usability of this One Zoom that in full tradition Motorola does not disappoint positioning itself as one of the best middle range products on the market. The only flaw detected is the not exceptional battery life, a rather unique fact considering the cut, well 4,000 mAh, and the excellent optimization made on its terminals by Motorola. Despite all this, the One Zoom has a fairly fast discharge and, especially if used intensively, it is likely to arrive at the end of the day with little residual charge.
Altogether this Motorola One Zoom is a good terminal, with a good value for money, a very well balanced hardware configuration and a distinctive design. It did not fully convince us as it did with the Moto G8 Plus but it is certainly a valid product for its market segment.