What We Like:
- 5G Connectivity, Excellent Performance.
- Highly-detailed Camera Shots.
- Big Battery.
- Generous Internals.
What We Don’t Like:
- Could support a 25W fast charging.
- Build Quality could be more satisfying.
- Display colors could have been more enhanced.
Motorola One 5G Ace, launched in 2021 and priced at around $300 as of 2022, is a successor to Moto One 5G, which was launched back in 2020, and is now available for approx. $445. Both the units are separated by a considerable gap between both the prices and performance.
Motorola One 5G Ace, being one of the most affordable 5G smartphones made by Motorola, sure lacks and, as it is named, aces at some places. But the predecessor, Moto One 5G, on the contrary, takes the lead with a better display and processor.
However, we are not here to review the Motorola One 5G Ace in comparison with its predecessor. We are here to find out if the reviewee still holds the power, performance, and eligibility it takes to cater to your modern needs and technological requirements.
Let us start with a quick and short summary about what Motorola One 5G Ace brings to the table in 2022 before moving on to the complete Motorola one 5G ace review, and should you consider the 5G hoster while you explore the smartphones launched since the time of its release.
When you hear the name, Motorola One 5G Ace, you expect a thinner, premium, and attractive device. But when you look at it, you probably won’t find any of them. Though the processor, resolution, display size, camera quality, and battery life justify the price tag, the build quality, and display colors equal the justification, and result in nothing but against it, only if you value the build and display quality so much.
You can’t opt for the smartphone only because it is equipped with 5G, there’s more to that. However, if you don’t fancy holding a lightweight device, built with metal or glass, having vibrant colors, Motorola One 5G Ace would put an end to your craving.
But if you fantasize quite the opposite, you’d be more likely to waste your money. Because Carrying a flabby body and a lousy touch might tire your hand out of holding the device for a longer period. And all of this device-holding to experience your favorite shows, no matter at what speed, in dull display colors might make you regret your decision of opting for Motorola One 5G Ace.
All in all, Motorola One 5G Ace, if you look from the performance point of view, is a great smartphone capable of providing you with what you expect from it. But when it comes to the build quality, display colors, and OS upgrades (more on them below), you may want to dig a bit deeper for the options, and we are sure you’d find, if not perfect, an excellent $300 device.androidcentral.com
Motorola One 5G Ace Review
The essence of this Motorola One 5G Ace review above might have enlightened you with a rough idea about the kind of device Motorola One 5G Ace is. But then again, it’s the essence, and not the entire review, where you’ll learn about the specifications it features and how those specs affect your daily usage of the smartphone.
Motorola One 5G Ace Build Quality & Weight — 50-50
Regardless of how powerful of a processor or battery life the phone boasts, if it doesn’t have the optimal build quality and weight, it would simply not suffice. That said, the Motorola One 5G Ace weighs around 212 grams, the plastic build quality, considered.
Now if you or your hands are healthy enough to let the smartphone rest on your fingers, the weight wouldn’t say anything to you; instead, you’ll feel a good grip on the phone. However, regardless of if you can hold the phone or not, it all depends on the duration you need to get a hold of it.
If you often binge watch Netflix on your smartphone in hand lying on your couch, you’d soon start feeling the pain in your hand, and would like it very much to switch on to the Laptop or something that stands by itself. But contrarily, if you use the phone to browse through the internet, answering calls, WhatsApp, and messages, you’d find this phone from Motorola a smart choice.
Not to forget your carelessness. Since Motorola One 5G Ace features a plastic body, you might have to be very cautious with the placement of your phone. Because it will require only a push towards the surface, and you’ll see a never-ending crack on its body. It can be on the screen, on the back, on sides, or wherever, but it will be.
The phone is also a bit fat (weighing at 212 g), i.e., if you use it with the cover on, it would become fattier, which you obviously won’t want. And using the phone without the case would cause your fingerprints on it, also to slip out of your hands. Either way, it is a 50-50 situation, depending on what you prefer the most.
Featuring more or less the same specs, Samsung Galaxy M42 5G, and A52 5G, weigh around 190 grams respectively. Opting for them has other benefits too, but the weight is what we are concerned with the most for now. And if you say that the Motorola One 5G Ace has a water-repellent coating, we’d say you are right! It does, but so does the galaxy A52 5G.
And the latter protects even better against the water, provided that it is thinner, more premium-looking than the Motorola One 5G Ace here. Also, it has a Gorilla Glass 5 protection, which itself is known for protecting against many tangible odds.
Motorola One 5G Ace Display — Has room for betterment
The display of Motorola One 5G Ace can be examined from three different angles, i.e., display size, display colors, and resolution. If we talk about the display size, you’d find a 6.7 inches wide screen upfront, which is a great deal for people who like to own bigger smartphones for whatever reasons.
However, display colors are where the two, display resolution and display size, clash. Carrying a 393 PPI, the IPS display produces standard results, not higher, not vibrant, just somewhat okay; in short, it could be better, a lot better. It is because the competitors, Samsung Galaxy A52 5G and Samsung Galaxy M42 5G feature an AMOLED display, the former, with a 120Hz refresh rate.
And surprisingly both of them are priced more or less at the same price tags as Motorola One 5G Ace. Phew! Say we consider 5G phones having the same display as this reviewee here, you could opt for the OnePlus Nord N200 5G, which might not serve you well from the performance side, but its 90Hz display would be enough for you if you are more focused on it.
With that being said, the Motorola One 5G Ace has a kind of normal 60Hz display. If you are okay with experiencing everything on your screen with average colors and a standard refresh rate, you’d do well with this device. But, we’d strongly recommend you not to opt for Moto One 5G Ace, if you are already a user of AMOLED display.
Because the colors in an AMOLED panel are way more vibrant than that of an IPS display. You wouldn’t even stick to this device for a day, and you’d start hurting your eyes or craving for the same color enhancement that you used to witness. Trust us! we have been there, and would truly suggest you against it.
We used to own a Samsung Galaxy J7 Core. Yes! It is outdated, but we used it for its display and robust build quality. However, we then tested out Samsung A21s, which completely ruined our trust in IPS displays. We couldn’t enjoy watching movies, Netflix, or playing games having enhancement capabilities and had to switch to another phone, Redmi Note 10s, in this case.
Note: All phones were used solely for testing purposes.
Moreover, if you are more of an outdoorsy person, give up on the thought of opting for Moto One 5G Ace. It is because its display makes it harder to view what is on screen when brought under the sunlight or daylight, and ultimately use it. But the device would be all set if used under controlled lighting.
Android Version & Internals — Mixed emotions
There is a concept that the better the processor, the more Android upgrades. And that’s right! But not with Motorola One 5G Ace. It starts and finishes with Android 10. There are no further upgrades, there are chances you may receive security patches, but not the actual OS updates.
And that is where we are disappointed the most, you can get along with the display, weight, and build, but you can’t stick to a single Android version all along. Also, because Google keeps embellishing Android versions with futuristic enhancements and additions, you’d be missing out on all of them.
To us, buying a $300 smartphone stuck at Android 10 would be no less than your willingness to own a PS2 when you can buy a PS5. However, if budget is all that matters to you while buying a 5G smartphone, this smartphone, Motorola One 5G Ace would be a better choice when compared to smartphones alike.
As for the internals, Moto One 5G Ace features two different variants, the first, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, the second, 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM. Paired with the Snapdragon 750 5G processor based on 8nm technology, the internals is a powerhouse. You can play, use, and watch anything at lightning speed, and make the most of your time with Motorola’s one of the most affordable 5G smartphones.
If such ROM capacity isn’t enough for you, you can slide in an SD Card that could expand your storage to up to 256GB, anything more than that will require you to buy a new smartphone.
Long story short, only if Motorola could point out the up-gradation of Android versions and update the device with the latest of them, it could overcome all its deficiencies, and make Moto One 5G Ace a better choice.
If not to the latest, i.e., Android 12, Android 11 at least. It is because all of its rivals are at least upgraded to the latter, which might play a pivotal role when deciding the final verdict about whether you should be going for the One 5G Ace or you should not
Motorola One 5G Ace Cameras — They are good!
Moto One 5G Ace has four cameras, out of which, one is a depth sensor. As for the rest of them, one is the main camera, one is ultrawide, and the other is a macro camera. You may or you may not know that the 48 MP or 64 MP cameras don’t own the respective lenses; instead, sensors.
These sensors put pixel binning into action and capture a respective 48 MP or 64 MP binned shot. The same goes for the cameras of 108 or more megapixels cameras. However, since Motorola One 5G Ace comes equipped with a 48 MP main camera, having a 1.7 focal length, you can expect good quality shots, and if you know the drills, even better.
However, there will always be fluctuations in the camera results, as what you are getting in the sun or daylight won’t be the same when you start capturing photos at night. It simply means that you’d be a full-fledged photographer from morning to evening, but from then onwards, you’d struggle with capturing sharp and clear shots. They will be brighter, though.
The ultra-wide-angle camera produces decent shots, reduces noise, and ensures the sharpness is there. It blends all the important image factors in every photo you take, resulting in a well-exposed photo. The night mode works fine, sprinkles brightness, but loses its charm when it struggles with maintaining the vibrancy.
Finally, there is a macro camera that works just fine. If you are really into photography, you might not find it inspiring enough, but if you are a go-to photographer, it will do the necessary for you, which is to capture your subjects in arguably good detail.
Speaking of detail, the primary camera captures a 2160P video shot, which is 4K, and allows you to record even longer videos at the same resolution, but limited to 30 frames per second. However, if you wish to record a video at 60 frames per second, you’d have to switch to 1080P, which is full HD. Going beyond or below that isn’t possible, for the device doesn’t allow 720P or 4K recordings at 60 frames per second.
If you are searching for the front camera, it has a 16 MP camera lens, producing detailed images, and allowing for a full HD (1080P) video recording at 30 frames per second.
Motorola One 5G Ace Battery — It is Big
The battery can make or break a decent smartphone, and it played the former with Motorola One 5G Ace. It made it. Featuring a 5000mAh battery supported by a 15W charging, you could spend 2 or more days with a single charge at swift ease. However, the duration might vary based on your usage.
If you wish to use this device as a gaming smartphone, which by all means you can, you could easily drain the entire battery within a day. Or if you use mobile data the whole day, the battery, if not in a day, in a day and a half would drain out. But exceptions are with watching the downloaded movies. You wouldn’t run out of battery if you are watching a movie with the Wi-Fi on and mobile data turned off.
The charging, since the phone features a 15W fast charging, will take time. The phone could support more. If Motorola wanted, it could offer a 22 or even 25W fast charging, which would have added more balance to the charge-and-use ratio.
But since it has not, there are hacks, you could ensure your phone doesn’t drain below 50%, which would be half the time it takes to recharge the full drained battery, and you’ll have more time to play with your device.
Motorola One 5G Ace is a good 5G phone, which is reasonably priced, and performs to meet the expectations of its buyer. However, considering the build quality, weight, display colors, OS upgrades, and charging support, the phone could have boasted better. Not to forget the looks, they are not as convincing as the looks of the smartphones that are available for the same prices as the Motorola One 5G Ace.
Apart from the places that have room for betterment, Moto One 5G Ace aces in every other round, be it the sensors, headphone jack, sound, and comms. So, yeah, if you could bear with the deficiencies, which would disturb a mobile expert, not a normal user, the Moto One 5G Ace is the best 5G phone for you.
Otherwise, you need to look for its parallels, which are Samsung M42 5G, A52 5G, Mi 10i, OnePlus Nord N10, and many more. That said, it would be wise to say, depending on your preference, and concluded with this Motorola One 5G Ace review, it is the phone that’s only best when you want it to.