Moto Mods or LG Friends: which modular concept you dig more?

Moto Mods or LG Friends: which modular concept you dig more?
Moto isn't the first with a modular phone concept this year, as LG did beat it to the punch with its own "companion accessories" called Friends that accompanied the G5 announcement.

The LG Friends family so far consists of an LG CAM Plus camera module that adds on/off, zoom, shutter, and record keys, as well as the Hi-Fi Plus hi-res audio DAC that is still not available in all markets. While we still don't know the prices for the so-called Moto Mods that will come with the Moto Z and Z Force, the ones for the LG Friends companions so far have been as follows: $69 for the Cam Plus grip, and £149 for the Hi-Fi Plus in the UK, where it is available.

The bottom part of the LG G5 can get removed for either replacing the battery, or attaching a member of the Friends, which makes the phone's build somewhat flimsier than the Moto solution, where strong magnets keep the JBL SoundBoost speaker, the Insta-Share Projector and the extended battery Mods flush with the back to the phones, only tacking some substantial thickness to the Moto Z or Z Force when snapped into place.

We asked you last week which modular concept do you prefer so far, the LG Friends set, or the Moto Mods crowd, based on variety and design of the attachment methods (not on price, of course, as we still don't know how much will Moto be charging for its gears). Take your pick in the poll below, and give us some argumentation in the comments.

Moto Mods or LG Friends: which modular concept you dig more?

LG Friends
10.22%
Moto Mods
77.96%
Neither
11.83%

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15 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

LG Friends for me

2. macawmatt

Posts: 136; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Which one doesn't require the phone to be turned off to swap out? And comes with more options from launch? And, though they didn't say how many generations, did state specifically that the current Mods will be compatible with future phones? Probably still not buying either.

3. RocKO03

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

Definitely MotoMods comes with more options at launch. Motomods attachment dosen't require a phone to restart, it recognize it when you attach any Motomods. Current Motomods is compatible with future phones they said in an announcement

14. Loveneesh

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

MotoMods is only evolved lenovo vibe x2 layer modular solution. You can check it on net.

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Moto mods are definitely better, but I'm really afraid the OEMs will start to skimp on their phones to sell you their mods. Want to improve the mediocre camera? Buy our $70 mod! Wanna a battery life that'll last all day? Buy our $100 mod!

15. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

And it is not just a price problem, you may not find a phone with all specs you are expecting . When you are listening to music ,put that modular but if you want to take a picture then change your modular ...etc

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Moto Mods are way more practical and beneficial in every way. Speakers, A friggin LED Projector, battery pack, what else can you ask for?

6. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Moto Mods>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LG Friends

7. Bankz

Posts: 2545; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

MotoMods basically schools LG G5 here.. This is probably game over for LG. Have you seeing the hasselblad cameras in the works? It'll blow your minds.. CameraMod ProjectorMod PowerMod WirelesschargingMod JBL speakerMod StyleMods.. More incoming by september launch But LG only has a battery grip with camera controls and a useless DAC. Loooooool

8. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Moto Mods by a mile. Great implementation by Motorola.

9. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I feel that the LG G5 is going to become irrevelent very fast. It was a bad thought out deisgn and choice of materials. I used it and its pure plasitc feeling, despite the metal claim. The mods on Moto make way more sense.

12. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

LG still has a second take this year though. Moto, not so much, adding on the wrongly timed launches every year.

10. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Moto Mods is a far better idea, as the phone is not taken apart. But what if I want a great camera and my battery is dying. I can't add both. And would I be bothered to carry a rucksack full of these add-ons on the off chance that I might wish to use one of them?

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Moto Mods are more appealing, but I'd still pick the LG G5 over the Moto Z, anytime, 'cause the Moto Z stupidly ditches the headphone jack just for the sake of ditching it.

13. bobby2803

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

What happened with pc is now happening with mobile, oems are doing a better job with same software. Apple has to innovate , else same as pc it will go from main player to secondary player.

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