Motorola One Zoom review proves Motorola should stick with the One concept
The OneZoom seems to be Motorola’s attempt at reinventing the One series, and while doing so abandons its traditional virtues like low price, Android One, and a 21:9 display. Unfortunately, the One Zoom would have benefitted immensely from these features in order to rise above the ocean of mid-range smartphone competitors.
While the actual benefits of a 21:9 display are highly controversial you have to admit that a narrow and long display results in a narrow design, which in turn would be an enticing feature for many prospective buyers. Unlike Xiaomi’s Mi-UI Android One promises timely security patches and updates for a long time. Unfortunately, the One Zoom fails in this very category right from the start as its security patches were as of July 2019 and thus quite outdated at the time of testing.
And last but not least let’s talk money. One of the One-series main virtues was the overall low price. The One Zoom, on the other hand, raises the bar quite significantly despite featuring the same affordable mid-range hardware. Compared to its similarly priced competitors a Snapdragon 675 paired with 4 GB of RAM seems fairly poor for a 2019 upper mid-range smartphone.