Motorola One hands-on: a budget iPhone X clone

– Hey, it’s Chaim with The Verge. I’m here at IFA 2018, with
Motorola’s new phones. We have the Motorola One,
and the Motorola One Power. They’re new bezel-less,
mid-range Android phones. They run Android One, and
the big thing is that they have an iPhone 10 style notch display, but, at, like a much lower price point. The Moto One is gonna be
more widely available. It’ll be available in Europe,
Latin America and Asia, starting in October, for 299 euros, which works out to like, $350 U.S., which is really cheap for a
phone where you’re getting this kind of form factor. And, at that price, it’s
honestly pretty great. The two phones are pretty similar. The Motorola One is smaller,
with a 5.9 inch screen, and the design is a bit different. It has Gorilla Glass 2.5 on
both sides of the metal frame. On the other hand, you have
the Motorola One Power, which will, again, only
be available in India. It’s bigger, with a 6.2 inch screen, that’s a bit of a higher resolution, and it swaps out the frame
from the glass on both sides, to metal on the back, and
top, has a headphone jack, which is unfortunately
a little rare to see on phones these days, and
extremely welcome here. The rear cameras on the
Motorola One are dual, 13 megapixel shooters. The front camera is an
eight megapixel selfie cam. The Motorola One Power, for India, bumps those both up a bit. The rear cameras are upgraded
to 16 megapixel lenses, and the front-facing
camera is 12 megapixels. Both phones will be shipped
with Android 8.1 Oreo, running the Android One version, which Google promises
security updates for, for at least three years. Being Motorola phones,
they’re also running pretty close to stock Android, with a couple of
enhancements here and there. But, both phones should
be getting Android 9.0 Pie in the near future, which
should have additional software enhancements especially for those notch bezels on top. In terms of processor, the
Android One has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, while the
One Power has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. Again, these aren’t quite
top of the line processors, but for a mid-range Android
phone, at the price points that these are reaching,
it’s pretty much in line what you expect with
the rest of the market. Storage and memory are also pretty good. Both phones come with
four gigabytes of RAM, 64 gigabytes of storage out of the box, which can be expanded up to 256 gigabytes with Micro SD cards. So, I’m holding the iPhone
10 and the Motorola One, and honestly, I’m really
impressed with the Motorola One. Again, it’s not quite the
same level of fit and polish that you’d expect from the iPhone. The screen isn’t quite as
seamless with the sides, the screen on the iPhone
obviously has much higher pixel density, it’s brighter,
it’s an OLED screen, the colors are a little better, but, for the price that this
costs, which is again, 299 euros, around $350
in America, it’s a really impressive piece of hardware,
for a mid-range Android phone, that has this kind of design and polish, Motorola seems to have
something really impressive on its hands here. And when you add in the fact
that it’s running Android One, which is again, nearly stock
Android, with just a couple of Motorola’s enhancements here and there, it’s really just a great
experience that you don’t usually see from Android
phones at this price range. There’s no extra, you
know, bloatware installed, it’s just Android the way you want it, and right now, just quickly,
it does feel pretty snappy. The Motorola One is set to
come out in Europe, Asia and Latin America, starting
in October for 299 euros. The Motorola One Power will
only be available in India, at a later date, and, honestly, if it came to America,
I’d probably buy one. On the back, you have also
a fingerprint scanner, which is useful. The right side of the
phone, you have your useful volume and power buttons. Bottom is speaker, USB-C
charging, which is great. Right side is where the SIM card slot is, and top is a headphone jack.

100 Replies to “Motorola One hands-on: a budget iPhone X clone

  1. It's not cheap for that form factor. It's cheap because of it. Notched screens seem to be the cheapest available and most budget phones have them.

  2. I loved moto x style
    but since then I never liked any of moto phone design, and now they started copying apple =, pushing me away even more

  3. The reviewer is really numb in the mind to compare it with an iPhone at many points in the video. Being an Android One phone it isn't anywhere near competing with the iPhone. We get that the love of the iPhone is quiet evident but this is the VERGE ffs. I do not expect such amateurish review bechmarking it against the iPhone, from The Verge. We get it, you don't see anything other than the iEverything in USA but The Verge does have a global audience, your Analytics should be able to prove that. Now I'm no fan of either the Moto or the iPhone but keeping things simple and unbiased should be the first job for the reviewer unless like he does, shifts focus from the device he's reviewing and getting distracted. 'HUUUUGE' thumbs down.

  4. Motorola definitely lost their identify, what a shame. It's an iconic American brand and many tech billionaire are Americans. No body want to save it?

  5. Could anyone tell me since when is the huge-iPhone-X-notch-and-still-big-bezels style considered to be a selling point of a phone?

  6. motorola and lenovo are over party.
    350$ for a cellphone comes with 625, its 2018! no one would care lenovo and motorola phone anymore.

  7. why? why would you dare to say it's an iPhone x for 350$. it's NOT. it might be an iPhone X look alike phone.. but an 350$ iPhone X? not true. 0:34 mins.

  8. I don't like the fact that most of the newest phones have thickened lateral bezels, despite having their up and down bezels narrowed

  9. How sad, to see Motorola going down the Notch route..
    Don't these manufacturers get it?
    Almost as sad as them switching the fingerprint sensor to the back! ;O)

  10. I'm proposing to buy an Android One phone to escape all the bloatware Samsung continues to push to my current device. However, as I understand it photos are saved to the Google Cloud which is not something I want because it means I have to go online in order to view them.

    So my question is can this behaviour be avoided by having photos saved to internal storage, or possibly to an SDcard by using a camera app?

  11. The reason I searched this phone is that I wanted to ask why? why the notch yet there's a slight chin. The point is to eliminate the bezels but notch is supposed to house the camera… Motorola, what's on your mind? "lenovo"? srsly tho… take Motorola seriously.

  12. Will this phone work in USA? If I buy this phone in India, will it have good connectivity of internet there for TMobile service?

  13. “Motorola is android the way you want it” i agree! i’ve always been infatuated and it was my favorite android

  14. I'm considering the Motorola One for a 2 week trip to Mexico, and don't really want to travel with my Note9, since it'll cost me a lot more if I break it. Can anyone tell me about their experience with the Moto One?

  15. Motorola One

    GSM Arena: ''Unfortunately, no, it's not glass and has a very distinct plastic feeling to it. Even the accented rims around the camera lenses are plastic – again not the best material for durability. As we already pointed out, it would probably be a good idea to just keep the Motorola One inside a case.''

    A'm really confused!

  16. hey bro. how did you remove google search bar on home screen? i dont have idea how i can remove on my moto one

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