Motorola Fusion Plus Review

An in-depth review of the Motorola Fusion Plus, an exciting new mobile phone flush with tempting features.

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Tshaka Armstrong
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February 18, 2021
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Initially, the Motorola One Fusion Plus was released overseas, but rumor has it that when Google announced the 4A, Motorola decided to bring it home to the good old US of A.

So, now that it’s an option, should you add it to the list of devices you’re shopping for? Let’s explore what’s on offer, and see if this is the one for you.

Hardware Review

So, let's get the hardware out of the way first.

At the top of the phone, you'll find a sim tray, which includes expandable storage, up to one terabyte, a microphone, and a pop-up camera for those selfies.

Yes, I found the camera to be solid for today's front-facers, though it didn't compensate for blown-out portions of a background, as well as some others, as you can see here.

It's a pretty average front-facing camera. So, you're gonna get wonderful pics in good light, but your mileage may vary in less-than-favorable conditions.

One thing worth noting with this camera is that it takes a couple seconds or so to pop up. That's important to note because, though the camera comes with fall detection (which will retract the camera if it detects that it's fallen out of your hands) the phone could hit the ground before the camera retracts.

Right side of the phone, you'll get a power button, volume rocker, and a dedicated Google Assistant button.

Bottom of the phone, you get your single-mono speaker, USB-C port, another microphone, and that venerable 3.5 millimeter audio jack.

The left side of the phone is bare. On the front of the phone, you're going to get a large, 6.5 inch full HD-plus display with HDR 10.

Despite this being an LCD, the color range is great. As I looked through my list of videos, I watched The Witcher, and the colors popped and were brilliant, even though the blacks were a tad high.

Sound and Battery

The battery life in this phone is outstanding. To say the least, this thing's a beast.

Around the back of the phone, you'll get a massive 5,000 milli-amp hour battery, which will charge up quicker with 15-watt turbocharging, and a 15-watt charger in the box.

With 15-watt charging, you're gonna get that big battery back up to 100% pretty quickly, though with a battery this size, you're still looking at a bit over two hours to get to a full charge from close to dead.

As for sound, with my DB meter, the sound peaked around 78 decibels.

Plus Camera Review

So let’s get into the Motorola Fusion Plus’ camera. On the back of the phone is a quad-camera system.

You're gonna get a 64-megapixel camera which has the ability to open up all the way to f1.8 for low light and close-up shots. You also get an eight-megapixel ultra-wide for panorama shots, five-megapixel macro for tight shots, and a depth sensor to automatically focus on your shots.

There is no optical image stabilization, but you do get electronic image stabilization and night mode to help you in tricky lighting situations.

This camera will take lovely photos in daylight and good conditions, as you can see in these photos here. The wide-angle camera also produces great images in good conditions.

It's in sub-optimal conditions where your mileage will vary. Harsher sunlight, indoors lighting, night mode, don’t always give you the best results. Here's a picture of my dog park in the dark with night mode on, and another with night mode off.The details are soft, but it does a serviceable job overall. And at my metro stop, same thing.The palm fronds lose some sharpness, as do the tree trunks, but the overall picture, again, is serviceable.

Overall the camera on this phone is great in optimal conditions.

User Experience

What makes this phone a solid device, really, is the user experience.

For $400, as we’ve said, you're actually getting a lot out of this phone.

Motorola still has my favorite lock screen, with its peek display. It isn't an always-on display, but it comes to life when you tap-raise to wake or get new notifications.

And then there’s the notifications. You can tap on a notification, and actually see the content right there, and you can open, or dismiss, engage with the notification. Other phones, you're going to go through one more step to see a preview of the notification, but peek display is just so well-executed.

And then there are the few Motorola functional ad-ons, like chopping to turn on the flashlight, a twist of the wrist to access the camera, three-finger screenshot, and some gaming enhancements, functional UI ad-ons, with little or no bloatware.

That said, the phone ships with Android 10, but, unlike previous Motorola One phones, this one has promised only one major OS update, which would be Android 11. Other Motorola One phones were guaranteed up to two major updates. So, be aware.

Wrap Up

In the final analysis, what the Fusion One Plus does is exactly what its name implies.

It takes what Motorola has learned from previous devices and their standout features, and fuses them all into one package, that is a solid all-around performer for a mid-range phone.

This phone is a jack of all trades, and a master of none.

However it is solid, dependable, has the stamina to get you through your day and then some, and at $400, won't leave you with buyer's remorse.

So, while I wouldn't recommend this phone to hardcore gamers, anyone else looking for a mid-range 4G phone may want to add this to their short list of contenders.

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