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The Moto Z (Moto Z Droid Edition) has finally arrived, this is a new Android smartphone with an innovative modular capability. The Moto Z is the world’s thinnest phone at 5.19mm that’s a bit thinner than the average smartphone.
We all witnessed the advent of modular capabilities being implemented into a smartphone with the release of the LG G5 earlier this year.
The Moto Z has three MotoMods (Modular Components) which are attached to the back of the phone and they are secured with magnets. The Moto Z “build out your smartphone” is a great new concept that other smartphone manufacturers may adopt in the near future.
This feature gives the user more control because the MotoMods are interchangeable and the features and functionalities vary from one ModMod to the other.
With the use of the Pico Projector MotoMod you will be able to transform the Moto Z into a projector. This will allow you to project whatever you have on the screen of your phone onto a wall or any other object that you desire.
Motorola has pushed the envelope with the implementation of this MotoMod and I believe this will be a great selling point for the Moto Z. All of the MotoMods that were made for the Moto Z are also compatible with the Moto Z Force.
Event hough the Moto Z may be a thinner phone than that of its competitors it possesses quite a few of the same traits that we see in a some of the best premium smartphones that are currently on the market today. The Specs of the Moto Z are very similar to the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and the HTC 10.
Moto Z Design:
The Moto Z is a thin phone which has an attractive stainless steel chassis that measures 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.19mm and weighs 139g.
The Moto Z is an innovative phone which has a unique look and feel to it. The back panel of the Moto Z isn’t curved like that of its predecessors, it’s flat.
Motorola may have opted for a flat back panel because this makes the phone more compatible with the MotoMods.
The Moto Z is so thin that it does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is a small fingerprint scanner located at the front of the phone at the bottom directly below the logo.
The phone comes with a 3.5mm jack to USB-C cable which will allow you to use your existing headphones if you choose to, and there’s also an option for using Bluetooth. There are Pogo pins located at the back of the Moto Z these pins allow the Moto Z to effectively communicate with the MotoMods.
The metallic back panel of the phone is completely magnetized this allows the MotoMods to be securely attached to the back panel, and everything manages to stay in place when moving or shaking the phone. This is a great state of the art technology implementation which will only get better with time.
Moto Z’s MotoMods:
The MotoMods are a new commodity which will attract many smartphone enthusiast to this phone. Many people will probably compare the Moto Z’s MotoMods to the LG G5 and its modules. The LG G5 modules are okay, however, the MotoMods are much more innovative. The Moto Z Pico Projector is my favorite MotoMod.
This is a pico projector which will project whatever you have on your screen onto a wall or anything else that you would like to for up to 70 inches while maintaining its structural integrity.
This MotoMod will come in great for showing videos or photos on the phone to a group of people without having to pass the phone around. The pico projector comes with its own kickstand and it works best in a dark setting, it costs $229 US dollars.
Motorola has teamed up with JBL to create the SoundBoost MotoMod, this MotoMod is a speaker Module which produces a powerful stereo sound, it’s like haveing a little boombox attached to the back of the phone.
This MotoMod also comes with a kickstand which will allow the phone to stand in an upright position while the music is being played. The SoundBoost has a built-in 1,000mAh battery which is supposed to last for 10hours.
This MotoMod will extend the battery life of the phone, there are a few different MotoMod packs which have 2,200mAH of additional battery life. However, these MotoMods will increase the thickness of the phone. The battery MotoMods cost $60 – $80 US dollars and the battery comes in four different designs.
Moto Z Camera:
The primary camera of the Moto Z is a 13MP camera with a 1.12um pixels, and a af/1.8 aperture which has a laser autofocus and an optical image stabilization. The selfie camera is a 5MP camera with a f/2.2 aperture and 1.4um big pixels which works great in low-light settings, there is also a LED flash located at the front of the phone.
The Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) paired with the zero shutter lag features makes a great camera which performs as well as the cameras in some of the best premium smartphones that are currently on the market.
The camera has a few different modes such as Video and Slow Motion, Professional mode, and basic modes of Panorama. When it comes to shooting video, the video can be shot at 4K UHD at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps or 30fps. On the primary camera, slow motion records at 120fps and the resolution comes down to 720p.
Moto Z Display:
The Moto Z comes with an excellent Quad HD display screen that’s second to none. The display screen provides a wide array of rich and vibrant colors.
The Moto Active Display has two IR sensors and one transmitter. These sensors will light up a portion of the display screen whenever something passes by, and they will detect your presence when reaching for the phone before you actually touch it.
Moto Z Hardware:
The Moto Z comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU. The connectivity options of the this phone are NFC and USB Type-C port, these connectivity options make the phone compatible with Android Pay.
When it comes to internal storage you have two options, there’s the 32GB and the 64GB. If you’re not content with 64GB you can always get a microSD card because the phone has a microSD card slot which is expandable up to 256GB.
Moto Z Battery:
The battery lasts for roughly one work day with moderate use, and the phone comes with a 15W TurboCharger. With this charging technology in a little over an hour, the phone is fully charged.
Moto Z Performance:
The Moto Z is a fast phone which manages to maintain its speed regardless of what you are doing. There isn’t any noticeable lag when booting apps this is due to the fact that there isn’t very much bloatware on the phone, and the version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system is almost a stock version. Hence the reason for a fast phone that performs well.
The Moto Z does not have a multi-tasking feature like Samsung, however, the soon to be released Android 7.0 Nougat should be able to support that.
The Moto Z barely missed the Android 7.0 Nougat, however, Motorola has a reputation of updating their phones relatively quickly after a new update is released.
My Final Thought:
My experience with the Moto Z thus far has been a good one, this device is fast and efficient. I really like the implementation of the MotoMods, I think Motorola did a great job with that. I like the way it transforms the phone into something different depending on which MotoMod you use. The Moto Z is available at Verizon for $624.00 US dollars.