Motorola One: Pros And Cons

By Dan Anderson ● Updated July 17, 2019

The Motorola One arrived in the US this week as an exclusive for Best Buy at a price of $399. The Motorola One first appeared at the IFA conference in Berlin this past August. What is notable about the Motorola One and the One Power devices is that they look similar to the iPhone X.


Are you considering a Motorola One? Here is a breakdown of some of the Motorola One pros and cons:

The Pros

Motorola One Pro #1: Stock Android Experience

The nice thing about the Motorola One being an Android One phone is that it will have a stock mobile operating system. This means that bloatware is not being added to it.

Plus the Motorola One comes with two years of software updates and three years of security updates. The Motorola One comes with Android 8.0 Oreo and it can be upgraded until Android “Q.”

Motorola One Pro #2: Solid Mid-Range Specifications

The Motorola One is considered a mid-range device. Since it is priced as such, consumers should not expect this device to have the top-of-the-line specifications. But the Motorola One still comes with some fairly decent specifications.

For example, it has a 2 GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, a 5.9-inch 720 x 1520 LCD screen, a 3,000 mAh battery, 4GB RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a fingerprint sensor, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and 64GB of internal storage. To accommodate this larger screen, the Motorola One has a notch at the top of the device, making it look similar to the iPhone X and its successors.

Note: The Motorola does not support wireless charging.

Motorola One Pro #3: Dual SIM Feature

The Motorola One device is the first Motorola phone in the US that has dual SIM capabilities. This means you don’t have to carry around two separate phones for work and personal use. And the Motorola One is able to hold two SIM cards in your phone, each assigned with a different function. Plus when you travel internationally, you do not have to switch SIM cards.

The Cons

Motorola One Con #1: Limited Availability

As mentioned, the Motorola One is exclusive to Best Buy. So it has limited availability.

The Motorola One will be available for purchase through Best Buy’s website on November 9, 2018 (black variant), and then hit retail stores on November 11, 2018 (white variant).

Motorola One Con #2: GSM Unlocked

If you are a Sprint or Verizon customer, then you will not be able to use the Motorola One on your plan. This is because the Motorola One is a GSM unlocked device.

Updated on 11/8/18 with details about the dual SIM feature.

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