Motorola’s modular phones were launched last July putting Motorola back into the public eye. This premium Moto Z phones offer coherence, ease of use, and top of the line customizability. The Z phones offer unlimited possibilities with the different mods that can turn your phone into a projector, a boom box, and a lot more. These phones are Motorola’s flagship phones where customizations are not about changing your themes and wallpaper, but changing what your phone does entirely.
The mods snap into place by magnets and will turn your phone into whatever gadget you need. The Moto Z family is a set of powerful phones that outshine the clunky LG G5 through its magnetic modular technology.
Moto Z phones are a big jump in ambition for Motorola. The company was once the largest cellphone manufacturer in the United States. During the 1990’s US carriers used CDMA technology, while the rest of the world used GSM. When carriers started rolling out GSM, more people started using it. This signified the decline of the company.
The Z phones are based on a modular design which gives it reach when it comes to expandability. It means that if you want to add functionality, or if you want a better camera for your phone, you can slap one onto the Moto Z. This adds bulk to the thin cellphones. However, the advantage can be substantial. The mods are not necessarily from Motorola alone. Third-party manufacturers are also developing mods, as well as apps for the mods.
One of the mods is a camera attachment from Hasselblad. Hasselblad is best known for producing medium-format cameras. It still creates medium format cameras as well as accessories that extend the capabilities of these large and expensive cameras.
There are no assurance that the mods would be an improvement. However, considering how thin the Moto Z cellphones are, the mods might be a good selling point as well. What is impressive about the Moto Z line of cameras is that the mods are compatible with the whole line. These mods attach themselves to the camera with the use of magnets. It is interesting to note that the magnets are strong enough to hold the mods which are almost as heavy as the camera itself. It is also fascinating to see that the screen is not affected by the mods.
Even without the modular attachments, the phones can stand alone and are still pretty reliable. Here are their specifications:
- Moto Z
This is Motorola’s first stab at the snap on accessories and modular technology. It comes with a quad-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with integrated Adreno 530 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. It is expected to support up to 2TB of expanded memory, and its Dual SIM card slot is designed for space saving.
The 5.5-inch display has a resolution of 1440 by 2560 where you get better density and makes every image look sharper. Its power is from a 2600 mAh battery that can last 7 hours on a 15-minute charge. The processor is powerful enough to prevent lag even if there are multiple large apps running in the background. The 13-megapixel primary camera produces high-quality photos that are impressively vivid.
- Moto Z Play
This was released last September, and it was a little light on the hardware, but heavy on power and battery life. The Moto Z Play is an excellent mid-range phone that is modular, affordable, and resilient. This mid-range phone joins the Moto Z and Moto Z force in the forefront with its combination of decent performance, great build, excellent battery life, and modular capabilities.
This latest edition looks like the Moto Z Force’s almost identical twin. This phone launched in August comes with a 5.50-inch display with 1080 by 1920 resolution, powered by a 2 GHz Qualcomm Octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, accompanied by 3GB of RAM.
- Moto Z Force
This lightweight device is not weighed down by unnecessary features or any third-party firmware. This model prides itself on its ability to withstand impact with its shatterproof display, longer battery life, in a slightly thicker chassis.
This competent stand-alone phone has been improved to be the slimmest and more efficient phone of 2016. The tag price on this device is roughly around $700 which is a small price to pay for security and peace of mind for this shatterproof phone. It is the steroid-jacked version of the Moto Z. This amazing phone is one of the few that has a proximity sensor where you can be given a glimpse of your messages with just a wave of a hand.
Beautiful as it may seem, there is some getting used to due to the loss of the audio jack. Moto was the first in this endeavor although many thought it was Apple. All is not lost; it is equipped with a USB-C which can be converted to accommodate your audio jack. Unfortunately, unless you use a Bluetooth device, you won’t be able to listen and charge at the same time.
In a nutshell, these phones are the best thin well-built phones available in the market, but there is some cutting edge technology that had to be done to put them at the front of the pack. They might require some getting used to but, they are worth the adjustment.