If we have to be realistic here, nobody really expects an amazing display on a budget Motorola phone. The addition of a notch is clearly a new-found look for Moto devices. Not necessarily a bad thing, but when you've gone for such a big one, the benefits are barely there.
Still, a few extra vertical pixels spill around its sides to show some extra content. Or rather, free up actually usable screen, previously tied-up displaying a status bar most of the time. But, we digress. Your feelings about the notch fall squarely in personal taste territory. The actual qualities of the panel are a lot less subjective.
As far as brightness and contrast go, the Motorola One is not about to win any contests. Still, it holds its own well, especially considering its price tag. We wish there was a max auto mode for some vital temporary boost outdoors, but it's not something we can't live without. On the flip side, the contrast ratio on the Motorola One is surprisingly good.
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Sunlight legibility is good, but nothing to phone home about.
Color accuracy isn't astounding either, but it is definitely good enough. Out of the box, the Motorola One scores an average deltaE of 5.2 and a maximum of 8.6, as tested against the sRGB color space. This default color profile does exhibit quite a bluish tint, making it rather cold. Luckily, Motorola did include a color temperature setting in the display menu.
It might look like a slider, but in reality, you get a total of three states. Setting it to warm fixes the blue tint and understandably provides better color accuracy results: a 3.7 average deltaE and 5.8 max deltaE, to be exact.
The Motorola One packs a 3,000mAh non-removable battery pack. That's not an extravagant amount by any stretch of the imagination. Still, its plenty when you consider the proven power-efficient pedigree of the 14nm Snapdragon 625 chipset, combined with the clean Android OS Motorola is pushing.
In fact, speaking of the choice of chipset, it is pretty easy to poke plenty of holes in Lenovo's decision to go with the older and less powerful Snapdragon 625, instead of something like the Snapdragon 636 for performance's sake.
Of course, there are battery life benefits when working with eight less powerful Cortex-A53 cores (the Snapdragon 625), compared to the combination of Cortex-A73 and Cortex-A53 cores in the Snapdragon 636 (technically, Kryo 260 Gold and Silver cores but still derivatives of the original Cortex ones).
Of course, there is more to a stellar 102 hours battery rating. You need equally efficient software, so as not to waste any unnecessary power. Moto phones hardly have a great track record in this respect as most devices we have tested in recent years have unusually high standby power draw for some reason. We're glad Motorola has found a way to fix that with the Moto One. Screen-on time is also great.
Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSer App. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Motorola One (P30 Play) for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.
As far topping-up that 3,000 mAh battery goes, we already mentioned that Motorola is bundling a good 15W charger with the Motorola One. Its speeds aren't quite as impressive as the big boys, like VOOC Flash Charge or Quick Charge 4+. Still, it can charge the battery at a decent rate of about 30% in 30 minutes.
The Motorola One only has a single bottom-firing speaker at its disposal. Even so, it is a very decent little speaker.
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Clarity is not perfect but is still above average. It also gets really loud. We have little complaints.
Motorola included a system-wide Dolby Audio equalizer, which works pretty well in its Intelligent automatic mode. Not only does it make a tangible difference to quality but it even boosts the volume a little bit. Meaning, there is no real reason not to keep it on at all times.
The Motorola One impressed us with the accuracy of its audio output. The smartphone did flawlessly when hooked up to an active external amplifier and barely suffered any degradation with headphones too - even the hike in stereo crosstalk was reasonable.
Unfortunately volume levels were a whole different story as the phone was well below average in both testing scenarios. That means the you may not be able to achieve the desired loudness, particularly if you are using high-impedance headphones. If you can live with that, you’ll probably be happy with the One.
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You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.