Motorola One 5G Ace review Specs

Operating SystemAndroid 10
ProcessorQualcomm SM7225 Snapdragon 750G
Dimensions6.54 x 3.00 x 0.39 in
Display Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels
Camera ( Rear, Front)48MP, 8 MP, 2MP; 16 MP
Network ConnectivityGSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
Wireless Fast Charging Yes
Battery Life8 Hours (As Tested)

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We are Motorola One 5G Ace Review is the least expensive 5G smartphone. It’s among the most cost-effective 5G options you’ll find immediately, though several less costly models are going to be available from various manufacturers later in 2021. From solid performance to incredible battery life, the Motorola One 5G Ace does get tons of things right. It’s a phone we would like to have. But is a dated version of Android and lackluster cameras make it difficult to recommend when the Google Pixel 4a 5G costs only $100 more.

Motorola One 5G Ace review: Price and availability

Like its predecessor, the best thing the Motorola One 5G Ace has going for it’s its price a beautiful $399. That’s roughly $50 but what the primary Motorola One 5G cost, and it is a $100 discount off the Pixel 4a 5G. Which for my money is the best budget 5G phone you’ll get.

Inexpensive because the Motorola One 5G Ace could also be, it isn’t the sole 5G device pushing prices lower. The TCL 10 5G UW costs an equivalent and, as a Verizon exclusive reaps the advantages of Red’s super-fast Ultra Wideband towers. The OnePlus Nord N10 5G just arrived in North America and lowered the pricing bar even further, right down to $299. You almost need to feel bad for Motorola which just wants to sell people a less expensive 5G device.

You can buy the phone unlocked from Motorola’s website and Best Buy. Several carriers are set to supply the Motorola One 5G Ace also, though. It doesn’t appear to have received any as of this writing.

Motorola One 5G Ace review: Design

As we mentioned, the Motorola One 5G Ace is stylistically almost like the One 5G that preceded it. But there are enough differences once you take a better look. The Ace drops one camera on the front and one on the rear (replacing it with the flash), moves the fingerprint scanner from the side to the rear, and changes the form ever so slightly.

The phone still features a plastic construction that, although not cheap-feeling within the hand does hint at the budget nature of the phone. The styling on the rear cover creates a neat, metallic rainbow effect that helps structure for the plastic though. And, besides, even flagship smartphones are beginning to address plastic for the rear panels looking at you, Samsung Galaxy S21.

It’s not clear to us what sort of glass is employed on the front of the phone. But with some slight blemishes developing just in our review period, it’s likely not the foremost robust glass.

At 166.1 x 76.1 x 9.9mm and 212 grams, the Motorola One 5G Ace is not any meager phone. It’s not much bigger than. It must be though. Since it’s packing a 6.7-inch display and a large 5,000mAh battery. It does an honest job of staying reasonably trim because of the narrow bezels around the display.

Unfortunately, the additional bezel space at the highest isn’t wanted to include a strong second speaker for stereo audio.

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Motorola is kind enough to stay a couple of long-standing features around. There’s still a fanatical MicroSD card slot on the SIM tray, and there’s still a 3.5mm headphone jack on the rock bottom of the phone. Motorola also continues to supply a little degree of water resistance with an IP52 rating for this phone enough for a sprinkle but not for a dip.

Motorola One 5G Ace review: Display

The Motorola One 5G Ace features a large display lending its prominence. It’s no small phone, and its 6.7-inch display is not any small screen. It’s actually as big and sharp as a Galaxy S21 Plus display, and it can support HDR10 for top dynamic range playback from many streaming apps.

The display has been bright enough to carry up in any setting in our testing. But we haven’t had an opportunity to challenge it with the noon-time sunshine of a cloudless summer day. Which tends to be where the absolute best displays get to point out what sets them apart.

That said, put it next to the Galaxy S20 with both devices at maximum brightness. The Motorola One 5G Ace appeared on par with the Galaxy.

One strange quirk of this display appears on every side of the selfie camera.  The camera is one among the punch-hole variety, and it appears to make something of a penumbra on the display area around the sensor.

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For all its sharpness and brightness, the One 5G Ace’s screen still isn’t the foremost exciting. As it’s a basic IPS LCD panel, it’s not offering infinite contrast ratios which will bring extra impressive visuals. Motorola also didn’t add in any fast refresh rate technology. So it’s not as smooth because of the 90Hz and 120Hz displays seen on other devices, including the cheaper OnePlus Nord N10 5G.

Motorola One 5G Ace review: Camera Performance

Little’s changed with camera optics on the Motorola One 5G Ace though. You will not find the depth sensor that adorned the rear of the first Motorola One. Still left over are a 48MP main camera augmented by an 8MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP macro camera. That’s also a step back from the 5MP macro lens on the primary Motorola One 5G.

These cameras aren’t getting to challenge the best camera phones out there. But they produce some solid shots, and a couple of the photos in my testing get up well to the competition. Unfortunately for Motorola, we’re living in the USA where the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G both offer excellent cameras for $349 and $499, respectively, and so a $399 phone. That takes merely adequate pictures isn’t going to set hearts aflame.

Take this shot of a plate of lasagna. This is just too cool within the Motorola One 5G Ace’s rendition. The wood grain on the table is washed out. The green broccolini is dull, and you would be hard-pressed to guess if. I used to be drinking a glass of merlot or Pennzoil. The hotter colors captured by the OnePlus Nord N10 5G bring away a more appetizing meal and a more attractive image.

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Things got better once I moved outside to require a photograph of a camellia tree in my backyard. The Ace has darkened the white garage wall behind the tree a touch quite the OnePlus did, but otherwise, there’s little separating these two photos. The camellia flowers themselves are bright, pinkish-red, suggesting to me that the Motorola One 5G Ace’s cameras do exactly fine. When has given enough natural light.

Pulling back to check the ultrawide lens. I prefer the composition of the Motorola shot. It seems more focused around the edges. What the OnePlus Nord achieved the flowers thereon bush to the left are less fuzzy within the Motorola photo.

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Zooming in on a private camellia with the macro lens on both phones. I prefer the brighter colors that the Motorola One captured. You’ll argue that the darker cast of the OnePlus Nord photo does a far better job of highlighting the beads of water on the flower’s petals. Which get somewhat lost within the Motorola shot. I used to be aiming for brightness with this shot, and that is what the Motorola One delivered.

Night sight Mode

Testing out the night-sight mode on the Motorola One 5G Ace, we see that darkness isn’t this phone’s friend. The shot is competent enough. You’ll see the stuffed animals, including that pink monstrosity. Which may rather be lost within the shadows without some serious post-processing. But the Motorola One 5G Ace blew out what light there was within the photo, washing out the wall up the background. The Pixel 4a 5G did not have that problem with its Night Sight mode. And also you get a more balanced shot, even without much light to assist out. 

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Portrait shots reveal how a scarcity of depth sensors hurts the Motorola One 5G Ace. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with the photo of my son here. Though the Motorola One washed out her skin and therefore the background blur is not stylized. I also think the OnePlus shot handles my son’s downy gray beret better. But I used to be far more impressed by an identical photo I took when reviewing the Moto G Power (2021), a Motorola phone that does feature a depth sensor in its rear camera array. 

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While the first Motorola One 5G had two selfie cams, this model makes do with one 16MP front camera. It continues the theme of decent-though-not-spectacular shots for the Motorola One 5G Ace by capturing a reasonably well composed though overly smoothed out self-portrait. The OnePlus Nord N10’s shot may be a more accurate representation of my skin tone, though. Only the proper side of the background gets any quite a blur the Motorola round features a consistent background throughout.

Motorola One 5G Ace review: Performance

The Motorola One 5G Ace may be a fighter. Although it’s coming in with a Snapdragon 750G chipset that might appear on paper to place. It is behind devices packing the Snapdragon 765G. Just like the OnePlus Nord or Google Pixel 4a 5G. The One 5G Ace manages to beat both phones in our benchmarks.

It earned a powerful 1,999 multi-core score in Geekbench 5. This sees it only falling behind flagship phones with Snapdragon 855 and better chipsets or iPhones from the iPhone XR on up.

Those benchmarks actually translate into smooth everyday use. We experience minor and infrequent hiccups switching between apps or jumping in and out of full-screen videos, but otherwise, we get a fluid experience.

Scrolling Twitter remains impressively smooth, whilst the occasional video fires up. Even a graphically intensive game like That game company’s Sky runs smoothly on the phone, though it wouldn’t offer the 60fps performance mode in settings.

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Sadly, the phone’s 5G performance is merely nearly as good because of the carriers offering it. The phone supports Sub-6GHz 5G for T-Mobile for now, with the potential planned for AT&T and Verizon. But our testing on the phone hasn’t shown improvements over 4G LTE.

Motorola has the phone running Android 10 out of the box, which may be a bit annoying to ascertain as Android 11 has been out for months now. At the time of testing, the phone is additionally still running on the All Saints’ Day, 2020 security patch with no pending updates.

It has been said, Android 10 still has some life in it and proves excellently serviceable on the phone. It’s readily customizable, and Motorola hasn’t gone out of its thanks to making too many alterations thereto.

Motorola One 5G Ace review: Software

Buy a Motorola phone, and you get a really clean version of Android that appears tons like what you’d get from Google itself. The best thing about Motorola’s My UX interface is that its few additions actually augment the OS rather than distracting from it.

Take Motorola’s gesture controls, which return with the Motorola One 5G Ace. Like other Motorola phones, some gesture-based shortcuts can activate features on the phone like a chopping motion to show on the flashlight or a fast camera watch with a twist of your wrist. The newest addition is Swipe to separate, and everyone you’ve got to try to do is drag a finger back and forth across. The Motorola One 5G Ace’s screen to launch a split-screen view that runs two apps directly.

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You don’t get an excellent deal of software support with the Motorola One 5G Ace. While Motorola’s committing to 2 years of security patches. This Motorola One device is merely on tap for one software update. With the phone shipping with Android 10 installed, meaning you get an update to the already released Android 11, and that is all.

Motorola One 5G Ace review: Verdict

The Motorola One 5G Ace needs quite just a coffee price to separate itself from other 5G phones, especially with the TCL 10 5G UW matching its $399 cost and therefore the latest OnePlus Nord N10 available for even less. The long-lasting battery on Motorola’s phone helps somewhat, but other positives such as a bright screen and powerful macro lens aren’t getting to be the features that make people flock to your phone.

There’s nothing wrong with the Motorola One 5G Ace, though I do wish its camera handled low-light photos with more aplomb. But at a time when more phone makers are putting effort into producing lower-cost 5G devices,  sufficient is only enough to form the grade.