The Good The long-lasting Motorola Moto Z Force Droid has a durable display, its modular accessories are useful and easy to mount.
The Bad Force is only available in the US. On Verizon. It feels cumbersome when Moto Mods is on and its fingerprint reader looks confusingly like a home button.
The Bottom Line The Droid Moto Z Force sounds better on paper, but the slimmer and cheaper Moto Z is the one we really want to use.
Editors’ Note: On July 22, 2016, we updated this review with additional battery test results and adjusted it accordingly. However, the overall score of the phone has not changed.
TheMotorola Moto Z Force Droid Edition, with its magneto-replaceable Moto Mod accessories and premium accessories, is a powerful (too-long-name) handset available only to US customers. On Verizon. For $ 720. Ick.
You really want this phone, and in my opinion you will be better off with the standard Moto Z, which is also available in Verizon (like the Moto Z Droid Edition), cheaper at $ 624 and thinner, which makes it generally better to use.
At this point, you are about to say something about a more megapixel Droid Force camera and a longer battery life, or perhaps its mental display. On paper, they consist of a “better” more capable phone. But when testing negatives – a thicker design and a higher price – it outweighs its minimal achievements in real life. Instead, you’re just left with … excessive use of force. (Yes, I went there.)
P.S .: If Verizon is not your carrier, read my full Moto Z review for full rides. You can also read the prices and sales dates for Moto Mod accessories here.
Motorola’s Moto Z and Z Force: Customization done right
Wait for this phone again?
The Moto Z Force is a fully functional phone, but it has these little magnetic burrs on the back that allow you to connect and replace accessories called Moto Mods. In fact, they are really cool, and they either act as a customized back cover, or they can improve the phone by increasing battery life or by downloading music through the speaker. There is even a projector.
They are also incredibly user friendly. With audio speakers, music automatically starts playing when connected, and the projector hardly needs any installation.
What’s the difference between this and Moto Z?
The Moto Z Force has a larger battery – 3500 mAh compared to the 2600 mAh Moto Z, which lasted an impressively longer time: 16 hours 32 minutes for power, and the Moto Z lasted 12 hours 27 minutes. The Moto Z Force also comes with a 30W TurboCharger (the Moto Z comes with a 15W). After 30 minutes, the Moto Z Force had a 68 percent battery, and after about an hour and 10 minutes, it was 100 percent charged.
It’s also thicker and taller if you attach even the thinnest Moto Mod. Moto Z’s slimmer frame doesn’t get so cumbersome.
The Moto Z Force also has an extremely stiff display for protection against rough falls and falls. We first saw ShatterShield in the Droid Turbo 2 and – alert spoiler – it’s really durable. I also noticed that its screen is noticeably brighter and brighter than the Moto Z when viewed side-by-side (though it’s not quite clear why).
Finally, there’s a 21MP Moto Z Force camera compared to the 13MP Moto Z shooter. The extra megapixels get higher resolution photos, and the images on the Moto Z Force are much clearer. Like the Moto Z, however, the demanding white balance can turn objects too yellow or too blue. To find out more about the quality of your photos, check out the images below and click on them to view them in full resolution.
Which one is Moto Z or Z Force?
I prefer the Moto Z to its slimmer profile, which becomes more profitable when you start adding mods to it. The Moto Z also costs about $ 100 cheaper, which makes it easier to swallow. That’s enough to buy either a JBL SoundBoost speaker, or a power adapter, or a few stylish shells to get started.
Morph your Moto phone with Mod accessories
How does it compare to other Android phones?
Both Moto Z and Z Force have performed well against other flagships in the ratings. They won both theSamsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. (You can see the results in the Moto Z review.) The Moto Z Force also came in first with 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited against OnePlus 3, though overall the OnePlus 3 won both phones in all other tests. Then OnePlus 3 will not work on Verizon.
Considering Verizon’s devices, the Z Force is more expensive than the Galaxy S7 (which costs $ 672) and the G5 ($ 624). If you don’t like the modular aspect, the Galaxy S7 would be my choice. He has a great camera, good design and one of the longest battery life – 16 hours.
The G5 is also a great handset and has a removable battery. But, like the Moto Zs, its main draw is its modular capabilities, which make it possible to disable its lower panel for other accessories. In this sense, the Moto Z phones do this much better. There are currently more components to choose from (the G5 now has only two: camera capture and digital-to-audio converter) that are more useful. The accessory replacement process is easier and easier and you don’t have to switch off your phone every time you do with the G5. Yes, the Moto Z Force is more expensive than the G5 (and if that’s a factor for you, choose Moto Z) and its accessories aren’t as portable. But if you want to replace the components, you’ll have a lot more fun with your Moto Z phone.
So if this is not the best, why should I care?
Motorola Moto Z Force Droid Edition does not yet offer the level of customization promised by Google’s Project Ara pre-election (you can disable components such as camera lenses). The mods aren’t very portable, and besides the $ 720 you pay for the phone, things will get even more expensive.
But unlike the LG G5, the Moto Z phones bring us closer to the dream of a phone that we can effortlessly customize with variable parts. The mods that give us extra battery and a louder audio speaker are the features I really want from my phone. The Moto Z may not be the best value of two Moto Z phones, but the concept has at least convinced me that a modular phone can work.
Fixed August 25, 2016. Ara project processor is built into the frame; you will not be able to change it. Learn more about Project Ara .