Moto Z Force Review – A Unique Phone That Performs Well


The Moto Z Force is similar to the Moto Z but the specs are different, the Moto Z is thinner, lighter and more compatible with the Moto Mods those are the advantages that the Moto Z has over the Moto Z force. The Moto Z Force is a good phone that can stand on its own without the use of the Moto Mods.

Moto Z Force Review

Pros Cons
  • ShatterShield display screen
  • Durability
  • Long Lasting Battery
  • Too many preloaded apps
  • The phone becomes a bit heavy when the Moto Mods are attached
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Moto Z Force Design, Hardware & Display:


The dimensions of the Z Force are 155.9 x 75.8 x 6.99 mm and it weighs 163 grams. The Z Force comes with a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot to expand the storage capabilities.


The Z Force is a larger, thicker, heavier phone than the Moto Z, the size of the Moto Z Force makes it a bit more comfortable to hold.


However, when you attach a Moto Mod accessory to the Z Force it becomes quite heavy, I think this is a problem and it will probably deter some people from purchasing the phone.


The Z Force has a USB Type-C port which is located at the bottom of the phone directly below the fingerprint scanner.


The power and volume buttons are located in the typical position on the upper right-hand side of the phone and they make a clicking sound when they’re pressed.


The Z Force possesses a thicker chassis than that of its sibling the Moto Z and it comes with Motorola’s ShaterShield display screen which was implemented to make the phone more durable. The ShatterShield display screen provides a multi-layer protection system.


The top layer is made from a type of hard plastic and there are several layers directly below it.


If the top layer gets scratched it can be easily replaced for a small fee. If you’re running and you accidentally drop the phone on a hard surface the ShatterShield technology will absorb the impact and it will prevent the screen from being broken.


Even though the Z Force is extremely tough and durable it’s not waterproof. I think it would have been better for this phone to be waterproof because this is a feature that people expect in a durable phone.


The Z Force comes equipped with a 5.5-inch QuadHD AMOLED display screen with a pixel density of 535 pixels per inch, the display screen is nice but it’s dimmer than that of the Moto Z.


The dimmer display screen may be a result of the ShatterShield layer being directly on top.


The fingerprint scanner on the Z Force is identical to the scanner on the Moto Z. I dislike the location of the scanner, I would prefer if the scanner was located at the back of the phone instead of the front because the phone could potentially have a bigger display screen if the scanner was not located at the front.


The Z Force does not have a headphone jack so if you would like to use headphones you will need to get a set of Bluetooth headphones. Or you can use the USB Type-C adapter with a set of analog earphones.


Moto Z Force Performance And Battery Life:


The Z Force is fast and it performs well when multitasking, whether it’s surfing the net, watching videos, sending text messages/emails, or playing video games.


The Z Force is an extremely efficient phone due to the Snapdragon 820 processor and the 4GB of RAM. However, if you decide to use the phone while it’s charging it has a tendency to heat up.


The Z Force comes with a 3,500 mAh non-removable battery with TurboPower fast charging technology, the battery lasts for almost 2 days of moderate use.


If you would prefer a longer battery life you can always get the Power Pack Moto Mod which will extend the battery life by roughly 10 hours. This will work great for you if you don’t mind the additional weight.


Moto Z Force Camera:


Moto Z Force Camera - Moto Z Force Review
Moto Z Force Camera – Moto Z Force Review

When it comes to the camera the Z Force has a 5-megapixel selfie camera and a 21-megapixel primary camera which is significantly better than the 13-megapixel camera in the Moto Z.


The Z force has a f/1.8 aperture with 1.12um pixel, laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, and phase detection autofocus which will help you to keep the subject in focus when taking pictures.


The camera takes great photos with rich, vibrant colors, however, when taking pictures in a darker setting sometimes the camera has a bit of difficulty when trying to focus on the subject.


The camera on the Z Force is great but I prefer the camera on the Galaxy S7 Edge because it takes better pictures in a darker setting.


The camera app on the Z force has been modified, it’s a bit more simple and user-friendly from that of its predecessor. And there’s a new feature which gives you the option to choose your camera mode, this menu is located to the right of the shutter button.


Moto Z Force Software:


The app drawer, quick controls, and settings on the Z force are all stock Android. The Z Force comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system along with the May 2016 Android security patch.


Motorola released a statement saying that they will issue an update soon after the release of the Z Force, however, they will not commit to monthly updates.


The software runs smoothly with no hiccups and the Z Force has retained some of the nice enhancements and gestures from its predecessor.


To view and modify the default settings for these enhancements you must launch the Moto app.


After you have launched the Moto app you will notice the enhancements which include chop motion to turn on the flashlight, twist to launch the camera, reach to trigger Moto Display, pick up to stop ringing, flip to enable do not disturb and more.


Verizon has a history of putting lots of bloatware on their phones and unfortunately, they have continued this trend with the Z force.


Even though the phone runs efficiently if it didn’t have all this bloatware it would perform even better and it would have more internal storage. Hopefully, Verizon listens to the general public and decreases the amount of bloatware on their future devices.


My Final Thought:


Motorola launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Force at the same time, I’m not sure why this was done.


If you would like to use the Moto Mods the Moto Z will work better for you because it’s a thinner, lighter phone.


Both phones are fast and efficient, however, the Moto Z Force has a better camera and a longer battery life, the Moto Z Force is US $720.00 and it’s available at Verizon.



  1. Hi there, thanks for the review of the Moto Z which is very thorough and detailed. I really do like the motorola phones and feel that have a unique style that is currently missing from a lot of phones. I am disappointed that the battery life is not that good so would be interested in purchasing the extra battery. Is it is easy to find and what is the price of it?

    • Hi Manny, the Battery Mod can also be purchased at Verizon where the phone is sold the prices vary from $60 – $80 and the battery comes in four different designs.

  2. Hi,
    Nice review on Moto Z Force. There are lots of high-tech features in it. Finger print scanner certainly adds hight security for the users. Does it have eye scanner also?
    The design and display looks simply superb. How do you find its price comparing to the Big2 of smart phones which is iphone and samsung. If you could add a comparison of technical features between Moto Z Force, iphone and Samsung, it would be useful information to the users.

    • Thanks for the feedback artware, the Moto Z Force does not have an eye scanner, the Moto Z Force is a good phone but if I had to choose between the Moto Z Force, Samsung and iPhone, I would choose Samsung. I will consider doing a comparison of technical features.

  3. I liked your review on the Moto z force and saw you covered all the key points I like to know. Other than the weight as you mentioned, I would prefer the Moto Z force over the lighter Moto z for the longer battery life and the better camera features.

    I find as technology keeps improving with computers the cell phones these days make the perfect mini computers for what they are getting capable of doing.

    Soon the only camera I’ll need for taking excellent pictures will be just my cell phone.

    • I agree with you Travis, some phones already have excellent cameras that take great pictures, so there’s no need to get an additional camera for taking pictures.

  4. Great post. I have been searching for a new phone for a while now. My iPhone is acting up. I have a very bad history with iPhones. So I decided to switch back over. The only thing making me hesitant about buying this. Is when you state in the cons area. That it gets a bit heavier when the mods are added. I mean it may not be as bad as I’m thinking it is. But it has to be noticeable enough for you to note it as a con.

    Thank you I will let you know how it works for me though. I’m going to the store today to check it out in person.

  5. Great review on the Moto Z Force. You touched on all the points I am interested in before deciding to purchase a smartphone. I do have a couple of questions for clarification. You mentioned that the phone becomes heavy when you attach a Moto mod accessory, can you explain the types of mods that are available? Which ones would be recommended or those to stay away from? When purchased through Verizon they put on lots of bloatware. Can that bloatware be removed? Do you know if it is easy to have that bloatware removed? Great post, it opens up my options to consider this phone to be my next purchase.

    • Thanks Paul, I spoke more about the MotoMods in my review of the Moto Z you can read that here, there are three MotoMods and they all work fine but I think they are more compatible with the Moto Z because it’s a thinner, lighter phone and it’s not as heavy when you add the MotoMods. Bloatware can be removed but it requires some work and you will have to root your phone before doing so.


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