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Motorola One Zoom review proves Motorola should stick with the One concept

Motorola's One Zoom fails to incorporate the traditional One-series virtues
Motorola's One Zoom fails to incorporate the traditional One-series virtues
Motorola's latest One-series smartphone offers an interesting design and decent connectivity. Unfortunately, it lacks a unique feature that would make it even more appealing.
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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One Zoom fails in this very category right from the start as its security patches were as of July 2019 and thus quite outdated at the time of testing.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.

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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 241 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
contact me via: @Marcus_Herbrich
Finn D. Boerne
Translator: Finn D. Boerne - Translator - 419 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2019-10-17 (Update: 2019-10-18)