Motorola One Action is an intermediate / premium smartphone. It retains the narrower, elongated One Vision 21: 9 screen, but features a new trick that gives it its name "Action": this device brings one more additional camera that has a wider shooting angle. and stabilization, acting as the equivalent of an action cam, such as "GoPros of Life."
Design and Screen
One Action retains much of the structure we saw in One Vision, with the highlight being the 21: 9 aspect ratio, which is much longer and narrower than the 16: 9 or even 18: 9 aspect ratio of most devices on the market. The result is an easy-to-hold device thanks to its smaller horizontal shape but more vertical footprint.
The design is almost identical to that of One Vision, with the highlight being the tall, narrow screen and a hole in the screen for the front camera.
This format has advantages and its problems. The big beneficiaries are apps and situations with timelines, such as social networks or news sites. With more available height, you have more posts visible by screen scrolling, for example. In the videos, however, the situation is reversed. Either you have a lot of wasted screen with black stripes, or zooming in to fill it has the potential to cut off the top of the head of the video player and on top of that makes the hole in the screen evident.
The long screen is good for browsing and social networking, but it's kind of weird for videos.
Speaking of this hole, we are referring to the notch to hold the front camera. As we have the same format here as the Motorola One Vision, this camera gets a lot of attention, something enhanced by the edge around the lens. The result is again a very attention-grabbing black dot that causes the status bar at the top of the interface to be much higher than normal, something that looks pretty bad especially because the small icons are kind of " flying "in this whole space.
Although not waterproof, One Action has splash resistance, something that already helps in an aquatic accident. Too bad they didn't go further in that aspect or in resistance considering the focus on the action camera.
In the rest it is a competent intermediate / high device, with glass finish on the back, metallic edges and a screen with bright colors and good contrasts, despite being IPS LCD. Other noteworthy features include much of the front area used by the display (except the slightly wider edge below and the hole for the front camera) and the slightly protruding camera module at the rear, something already solved by the transparent case included in the case.
Again we have the strategy table used in Motorola One Vision with similar hardware. MotorolaOne Action has a good set of components. The processor is the Exynos 9609, a competent 10 nanometer chip, while we have a total of 4GB of RAM, and the result of this set is a good smartphone for everyday use. You can easily open and switch between multiple applications, and throughout our testing period it showed no sign of slowness.
One Action performs well for the middle segment, and has a lot of internal memory!
Motorola also has not skimped on internal memory, delivering 128GB of storage, which makes iPhones and Google Pixels embarrassed by their much more expensive prices and only 64GB available. This whole space is very welcome, even for those who install a lot of games or make a lot of video on their devices.
Speaking of games, One Action accounts for most current games with good performance. In heavier games, such as PUBG mobile, you may need to run at medium or low quality, but in general it performs well. For those who want maximum graphics and more fluidity, there is no way: just moving to more expensive devices with more powerful hardware, and if the focus is to play, maybe keep an eye on models with higher refresh rate screens, for example. .
Worthy of praise is that Motorola has not been economical on internal memory, and its 128GB teaches even for premium handset, with guys like iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 being "mouquitans" and putting pathetic 64GB. This huge amount present in One Action will hardly leave even those who like to make videos.
The camera is the main differential of One Action, but here we are not talking about a focus on photography, but on video. In addition to the 12MP camera with traditional wide-angle framing, we have an ultra wide, almost 120º aperture 16MP camera that aims to act on videos. Although we have three cameras in the rear, this device does not bring multiple frames. An additional camera searches for depth information to create blur effects, and another is only used in "action" mode when you are shooting.
Speaking of photography, One Action is just OK. It performs well in well-lit scenes, but quickly degrades along with the quality of the ambient lighting. Its results are even below what we saw with One Vision, especially in detail capture as it doesn't have a 48MP sensor in the main camera.
Maybe the big hit is Night Vision, which has been left out here. Without the advanced postprocessing that Motorola has put into Vision, Action suffers a lot from poorly lit scenes, losing color and showing a lot of saturation. Too bad they didn't implement this feature on this device, either.
One Vision night mode misses you, and Action does poorly in dark scenes
In selfie we get regular results, losing quality compared to the main sensor of the rear camera. Poorer scenes end up losing detail and less vivid colors, while photos in more favorable lighting situations do much better, but with all the limitations typical of selfie cameras, such as very limited focus.
In action scenes, which is the great purpose of this phone, the additional sensor and 118 ° ultra-wide-angle lens do well in busy scenes, and the result is not bad even in darker situations. Thanks to the style of this lens, it is already more stable and the result is videos that stay steady even if you move a lot. The camera is positioned to shoot horizontally when you hold the camera vertically, which also helps in the grip.
The action camera performs well with good results even in tough scenes
In these three situations you can see some features of the camera. The first is that the very wide aperture is very interesting for playing with busy scenes, being able to catch much of what happens around you without creating an overly shaky image even if you shake the device too much or hold it carelessly. Another is the quite acceptable result in the darkest scene with the bike at night. Despite clear graininess, the end result is not bad, although digital stabilization failed more, creating a slightly blurred effect at some points in the video.
Video with this additional camera is made in FullHD at up to 60 frames per second, so it's a shame that there is no option in 4K, either at 30fps or 60fps, and it should be getting higher-rate video, which would be quite relevant in action scenes. Only the main camera can deliver (email protected)
With similar hardware, it's no surprise to find that One Action is no less than the performance we saw with One Vision when it comes to battery life. In our tests it holds a full day of use, usually arriving there at the end of the day with some 15% remaining. If you make heavy use of the device, you can run out of power before the end of the day.
One Action secures a full day of use and can be downloaded sooner if you use it heavily.
And our tests the monitoring app estimated that the autonomy is almost 8 hours with the screen always on, a good result for this segment. The fast charger is the same as One Vision, and it had a similar result: it can charge around 20% after 15 minutes on power, showing that a few minutes on power can solve some risk of running out of time ahead of time. Like many devices in this segment, despite the glass back, it does not carry induction charging.
Motorola models have been keen to make minimal interventions in Google's system, keeping it very close to the "pure" system, something that should delight consumers who enjoy the standard Android experience without additional manufacturer apps or interface changes. or features.
The few changes are a welcome feature, especially from the company's longtime consumers. Gesture commands are very agile for functions such as turning on the camera's LED for flashlight (shake), opening the camera (flick of the wrist) or turning the screen down to silence a call. Another very interesting feature is the responsiveness of the device with the Moto Screen feature, which shows information such as time, battery charge and new notifications as soon as the device detects that it has been moved or taken out of pocket, for example, before it is even unlocked.
Using the Android 9.0 system, One Vision is able to use new features such as the Wellness Center, which analyzes device usage and sees commonly used applications and time spent on their mobile phone, and includes the new gesture interaction at the bottom of the screen in place of the traditional fixed interface buttons. For those who do not enjoy the news, no …
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