Packaging and accessories
In the purple box we receive, besides the smartphone, a USB cable and a 15-watt USB charger (Turbopower), there is a needle for opening the tray for SIM/microSD cards and a silicone, transparent etui for the phone.
Housing and display
One presents a successful and eye-catching effects of its designers’ work, which is clearly based on Apple’s smartphones. Still I like the combination of a white housing with metal elements (the black version looks less effective) and the looks of the glass, back panel, which draws our attention with a fingerprint scanner with the Motorola logo. Basically the reviewed smartphone is a neat device that lies in hands comfortably. Holding it is made easier due to curved edges and damage protection is offered by Gorilla Glass panels at the front and at the back, and a transparent etui added to the set. Unfortunately, the device is neither dust- nor waterproof, though is uses the P2i technology, which is supposed to protect it from water splashes.
The display takes around 80% of the front panel. If it was not for its resolution I would not have any major concerns towards it. The manufacturer used a 5.9-inch HD+ resolution display, which gives 287 ppi. With such a pixel density we are able, in theory, too see single points. Why did the manufacturer decided to save costs on the most important element, when the rest of the specification (4GB + 64GB, USB-C) looks really positive? If we are not going to draw particular attention to whether we can see pixels or not, the display in Motorola One turns out to be bright enough, with good colours (we can configure them additionally in the menu) and with a proper responsiveness. It is worth adding that the display has curved edges and it dims intensively when we are holding it in a horizontal position and looking through glasses with polarizing filters.
Motorola One has a notch. We all know that this is a controversial element when it comes to the practical and visual aspect, still in some way it looks more like other models from this year thanks to this solution. And it looks even more like iPhone thanks to this. In the One model it is a wide one, which leaves not too many space for icons and notifications. And unfortunately we cannot hide it. In the notch there are sensors, 8-megapixel camera for selfies with a f/2.2 lens, speaker for calls and a LED flash. Unfortunately there is no notifications LED, but Motorola enabled the Moto Display function, which provides information about missed calls and unread messages.
Motorola One looks much better from the back. At least in the white colour version. The glass panel looks elegant (and it makes the device slick), the white colour of the housing looks great with the metal insertions, I really like the divided camera (though it stands above the housing) and the Motorola logo placed on the fingerprint scanner. Though it is a pity that Motorola has dropped its characteristic design and a typical for this manufacturer round camera module – here we receive another device inspired by the iPhone’s design.
Elements are placed ergonomically, especially the scanner, which location is coherent with the natural placement of our index finger when we are holding the device in our hands. This element works fast and accurately, I did not have slightest problems with unlocking the device, I did not have to repeat scans as well. It is worth adding that this is not the only biometrical security – the smartphone supports facial recognition as well – this feature is available through Smart Lock.
Two glass panels are connected by a chrome frame – plastic one, but unless we take the phone to our hands and feel this ourselves, it imitates metal really well. On the lower edge there is the USB-C socket for charging the device and data transfer. It is surrounded by two rows of holes, out of which one hides the external speaker (the one on the right side), and the second one provides symmetry – and hides the microphone. On the opposite edge the manufacturer has placed a minijack socket and a hole of the additional microphone.
On the right edge there are volume control buttons (in the form of a single bar) and the power/lock button. They are placed on an appropriate height, under the thumb, though there is a noticeable difference in their “click”. The volume button is placed slightly higher and has a better “click”, while the lock button seems to be more shallowly placed. On the left side there is the tray for two SIM cards in the nano size and a separate slot for a microSD card.