Have you been a fan of good looking smartphones? Well, who does not want his/her phone to look out of the league? If you care about looks, aesthetics, and some ergonomics, the Motorola One Vision is something you should have a peek at before finally putting your money on buying a decent smartphone. With the Motorola One Vision, Moto has gotten into filling the gap for the mid-range smartphone in its line-up and upped its game with some really good looks and design.
Now moving on the actual box, pop it open and you see a beautiful device, a bit taller and less wide than the usual bulky boys, but we’ll get to that later. Additionally, you get some paperwork, a sim ejector pin and the charging brick with a USB-Type C cable. The Motorola One Vision runs android one project which makes it a good choice for people who want a clean Android experience.
Looks and Hardware:
As I have mentioned, this device is a looker, a taller than usual smartphone because of the display. Power up and you can see a nice, bright and crisp display come to life. The 6.3-inch Full HD+ display has a resolution of 2160×1440. Moto calls it ‘CinemaVision’ and the 21:9 aspect ratio is what you need to consume the content on the web without having to sacrifice some of under the brutal crop. Something really appreciated if you are someone who loves to use your phone to consume most of the entertainment. What would catch your eye is a punch-hole through which you can see the front-facing camera. I wouldn’t call it outrightly obtrusive, but it is a bit large from my perspective. Nothing to really bother about though. The bezels are not razor-thin but that’s okay when you are getting that super tall aspect ratio and a neat looking display. The display has rounded corners on the top as well as the chin area is slightly bigger, as it is with most of the mid-rangers. Do not worry as the tall phone is extremely easy to hold in hand as it is actually less wide than most of the smartphones which come with the wider screen aspect ratio.
Let me stop gazing at the front and talk about the physical design. Turn it over and see how beautiful the back is. The ultra-smooth finish on the back on the cool colour which Moto calls the Sapphire Gradient. The back curves towards the front. The front and the back panels are held together by a metal frame which is quite solid and carries the same colour theme as the back. The back panel also has this texture under the smooth finish which can be seen if you watch it very closely. On the top left of the back panel, you can see the dual-camera setup which has a bump! Saying that you have to be a bit concerned when placing the phone on surfaces, especially on its back. Below the camera module is a dual-LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is at the back too and carries the Moto logo which I personally like as it reduces clutter in the back. The downside of having such a smooth finished phone is that it slips, slips even at the slightest gradient and slipped out of the pocket too on several occasions. Sure you can use a case which will solve this issue, but the looks didn’t really convince me to use one.
It’s the usual drill otherwise, the volume rocker and power button on the right and the sim card tray on the left of the device. The top houses the headphone jack (no they have not given up on it) and the secondary microphone while the bottom has the USB Type-C connector, the speaker grille, and the primary microphone. Overall it is a well balanced and good looking package. Under the hood, the Motorola One Vision is powered by a Samsung Exynos 9609 octa-core processor which is clocked at 2.2 GHz. There is 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS storage with an option to extend it via a micro SD card. The phone draws its power from a 3500 mAh battery which also supports 15W TurboPower fast-charge. The box comes with a TurboPower power brick as well. The whole setup is taken care of by Google Android One Software, based Android Pie 9. Be assured of the timely updates to keep the device up to date.
In the camera department, the primary camera is a 48-Megapixel sensor while the second one is a 5-Megapixel depth-sensing camera for portraits. The main camera features Quad Pixel technology which outputs 12 Megapixel images only. The front-facing camera features a 25-Megapixel sensor. While the rear camera gets Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Shot optimization. Additionally, there is a Night Mode for low-light situations and 4K video capture.
It is not how only it looks, but with the looks, it delivers a good performance as well. The 4GB of RAM might feel less in today’s spec sheet race, but with the clean android software, the operability is smooth enough for everyday usage. I tried switching off the animations and the overall experience was quite impressive without lags, hangs and stutters. The physical buttons feel tactile enough, while the fingerprint scanner is quite responsive as well and unlocks the phone in a very short time. Playing games on the Motorola One Vision is not an issue. Games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 ran smoothly without issues. However, you might not want to push the graphics settings to high as that might take a toll on the overall smooth performance otherwise. Media consumption is a treat, thanks to the 21:9 aspect ratio. The battery life isn’t something phenomenal and it was certainly consuming more power. Expect the battery levels to drop swiftly if you are playing games or watching content with the screen brightness set to maximum. What helps is the fast charging capability and the bundled TurboPower 15W charger which quickly charges the device in case you are low on battery.
Talking about camera performance, it is good and not great. Saying that the camera app felt sluggish. If you are someone who appreciated mobile phone photography and want something that is quick and responsive, then you might be a bit disappointed. The focusing is a bit slow point and the camera hunts for focus at times. The night mode could have been better as it takes a while and wants you to be absolutely steady to take an image. However, if you aren’t a shutterbug, all of this is not going to bother you much. The rest of it is done by the software which enhances the overall exposure of the image. Images in the daylight are usual and with the HDR on you get balanced images. One thing which is very impressive is the OIS which actually stabilizes the video giving it a very smooth look. The impressive part is that it can actually shoot 4K videos. Additionally, you can shoot panorama, portrait, time-lapse and slow-motion videos. The camera also has support for Google Lens which is very welcome
The Motorola One Vision is definitely a good looking smartphone and gives very smooth user-experience, thanks to the Android One software experience. With a 3500 mAh battery, you can expect a day of usage without having to reach for the charger, that said, it comes with fast charging. The camera department could have been a lot better. Moto could have helped with 6 GB of RAM and better software for the camera; hoping that they fix it soon with required updates. If you are looking for a no-frills smartphone with good user experience, you would not be disappointed.