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The Motorola One 5G May Be the Best New Phone for Under $500

Motorola One 5G

The Motorola One 5G Might Be the Best New Phone for Under $500 budget smartphone in 2020. Motorola has been pumping out phones in 2020 including the Moto Razr, two models of the Moto Edge, along with a seemingly endless series of various Moto G phones.  But out of those, the new Motorola One 5G almost certainly packs the best bang for your pocket dollar.

For the One 5G, Motorola’s goal was to deliver on its promise of making a sub-$500 5G phone, also while Moto hasn’t decided on the last price only yet. If the One 5G comes in at the very top of that range, it is going to still be extremely well equipped with high configuration hardware.

Does the One 5G feature a large 6.7-inch complete HD display, however, the display also matches a 90Hz refresh rate, which is a feature that has nearly exclusively been available on premium apparatus up until now.  

Motorola One 5G

The Motorola One 5G also features double selfie cams and four rear cameras, such as a 48-MP principal camera, an 8-MP ultra-wide cam, a 2-MP thickness camera for helping with portrait style effects, plus a macro cam.  

But that’s not all, because built into the macro cam’s housing, Motorola has installed a little ring lighting intended to help give your macro shots nice even lighting. 

This is a fairly smart addition as the large issue with macro cameras on so many different smartphones is that the phone generally blocks your primary light source, which causes the device to cast shadows on your subject when trying to shoot macro pictures, often making the whole addition of some macro lens sense like a gimmick.

So even though I would still prefer a zoom cam rather than a macro cam, it’s wonderful to see Motorola taking the time to make smartphone macros a bit more usable.

The Motorola One 5G also includes a handy side-mounted fingerprint reader, and unlike a few of its less expensive siblings, the One 5G also supports NFC, so it’s possible to use payment services such as Android Pay.

Motorola One 5G Camera

The One 5G even keeps a feature that nowadays is usually only reserved for budget phones: a 3.5mm headphone jack.

And indoors, the One 5G’s specs are solid too, with the phone sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of base storage, microSD card slot, plus a substantial 5,000 mAh battery.

Despite not having an IP evaluation for water-resistance, Moto says that the One 5G does come with a water repellent coating that should assist in preventing damage from things like rain or even accidental spills. 

And like most of recent Motorola phones, the One 5G includes a practically stock build of Android 10, augmented slightly by Moto to support its typical assortment of Moto actions and a few added features like a committed low-light camera manner.

However, as great as the One 5G’s specs and attributes are, it will suffer from a few minor shortcomings.  The first is that while Motorola says it will provide a couple of years of security updates.

Motorola 5G 

The One 5G is only slated to get one big software update to Android 11.  That’s a real bummer because while support for 5G should provide the One 5G some additional future-proofing, such a brief timetable for Android OS upgrades means that its owners may not be as inclined to hang onto it for quite as long.

Another potential problem is the One 5G will not be readily unlocked and instead will only be accessible from AT&T and Verizon, which means T-Mobile customers are kind of out of luck.

Still, even if it barely squeaks in under its $500 limitation, the Motorola One 5G will be a significant bargain, and if Motorola can push down that price closer to $450 or less, it’ll be among the very best value selections available in the industry.                                               

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