The Motorola One 5G Ace adds yet another budget 5G phone to the market, and though it doesn’t offer anything too exciting, it has well-rounded features and performance that are easy to get behind.
The Motorola One 5G Ace handles most basic tasks well, but its low-quality cameras and outdated OS mean the Google Pixel 4a 5G is a better value.
I don’t have a problem recommending the Motorola One 5G Ace if — and it’s an important if — a large screen and great battery are priorities for you above all else. But if you think you’ll want a better camera or a nicer screen, it would be best to look elsewhere.
Besides 5G, there's very little that the Ace does better than other phones in the sub-$400 price point. The Google Pixel 4a is still the best option here, with more RAM, twice the storage, faster charging, a better camera, an AMOLED screen, and a lower $350 MSRP. If you want a screen closer in size to the One 5G Ace, the Pixel 4a 5G and Galaxy A71 5G are solid options, though they're a bit more expensive. If you wait for a sale, or you have something to trade in through Samsung.com, you might even be able to get the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition for around the same price as the Ace.
Despite a long battery life, the Motorola One 5G Ace doesn't really stand out, especially with other 5G phones that match or beat its inexpensive price.