Review: Motorola Z Droid, Z Force Droid for Verizon Wireless
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force are a compelling achievement from Motorola that represent years' worth of development and effort. I think they pay off. Motorola created its most advanced and sophisticated phones to date in the new Moto Z series and Moto Mods accessories.
By themselves, the metal-and-glass designs of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are slim, attractive, and well-made. Each offers a good screen, quick wireless speeds, and excellent battery life. I wish call quality were better, but I've heard worse. It's a marvel to see a near-stock version of Android on a Verizon handset; I appreciate that. The camera app is good enough, and both phones take average photos for this (high) class of device. I think the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 are better, but the Droids are still solid.
The Moto Mods ecosystem is off to a strong start with the battery packs, speakers, projectors, and spare back plates. Motorola is already offering twice as many useful modules as the LG G5. Still, Motorola needs to convince more companies to hop aboard to expand the ecosystem as quickly as possible. It would be easy to understand if some accessory makers take a wait-and-see approach, but Motorola promises the Moto Mods template is future-proof.
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As with all nice things, the new Droids don't come cheap. The Moto Z Droid Edition is $625 and the Moto Z Force Droid Edition is $720. The latter definitely provides a bump in battery life and photo quality, but comes at the expense of thickness, weight, and $100.
For Verizon-bound Android lovers who want an alternate to Galaxy handsets, the Motorola Droids are an excellent option. (Not on Verizon? Motorola says unlocked variants will become available in September or October.)
Jun 9, 2016
Motorola today announced two new smartphones, the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, both of which adopt a modular design that allows users to enhance them with attachable accessories. The phones are spiritual successors to last year's Turbo 2 and Maxx 2 handsets, but take on new design language in addition to support for the Moto Mods modules.
Motorola's new Droids take a modular approach that, at first glance, is compelling. Motorola hopes people will buy into the idea of enhancing their Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Droid Force with hot-swappable modules that add speakers, power, and more to the phones.
Jun 9, 2016
Lenovo's Moto unit said the Moto Mods, which attach to the new Z Droid and Z Droid Force smartphones, will be forward compatible with future devices. Lenovo said it has settled on a basic design size and shape for its smartphones that it will carry forward so forthcoming handsets will be able to use the existing set of Moto Mods.
Jan 26, 2017
Verizon Wireless has begun distributing a minor system update to the Motorola Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid. According to the change log, the update applies the most recent security patch (Jan.
Dec 8, 2016
Google has added a variety of new Daydream virtual reality applications and games to the Google Play Store. People who own the Pixel, Pixel XL, Moto Z, and Moto Z Force can access and download the new content directly from their phone.
5.5" display 1440 x 2560 pixels
Snapdragon 820 processor 4 GB RAM
2,600 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, NFC, Fingerprint Reader, Water-Resistant, VR-ready