Motorola has been bringing the (mid-range) heat pretty much since the word GO in 2019. This year alone Motorola has released the following phones;
- Moto G7
- Moto G7 Plus
- Moto G7 Power
- Moto G7 Play
- Moto Z4
- Moto One Vision
- Moto One Action
- Moto One Zoom
- Moto One Macro
- Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Razer Foldable(fingers crossed!!)
That’s a lot of phones…
Unfortunately, some of the most interesting devices on that list have not made their way to North America in a meaningful way. Slowly and thankfully Motorola has started bringing them into the fold this side of the Atlantic.
The Motorola One Action, which is being pegged as the first smartphone that is akin to having a Go Pro built-in, is now available to purchase in Canada and the US.
What really makes the One Action special is that the action camera, a 16 MP sensor, is turned 90 degrees in an effort to end portrait video for good. When shooting video, the phone is still held in portrait mode. However, your finished product when viewed on the phone or larger screen is in landscape mode, the way video is meant to be shot and viewed. It is a simple change but had a significant impact on the ease of shooting video. It is always easier to hold a phone vertically when using your hand.
Motorola told me “in Canada, the Motorola One Action will be available at Freedom Mobile starting today, and universally unlocked on motorola.ca in the following weeks.” Freedom is offering the One Action for $0.00 on a 24-month tab and lists the MSRP at $499 CAD.
In the US, the Motorola One Action will be available universally unlocked at Best Buy and B&H Photo, as well as on Amazon.com and Motorola.com. MSRP for the One Action in the US is $349.99 USD.
The specs of the phone have me a tad concerned. Running a Samsung Exynos 9609 CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 12:9 display with a resolution of 2520 x 1080. However, if history is any indicator I think it the One Action will perform just fine. I have been using a combo of the G7 and Z4 for a few months now and have not been disappointed.