Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid review: 10 key takeaways

With the Moto Z Droid and the Moto Z Force Droid, Lenovo clearly showed that it's more than willing to innovate and throw nifty ideas to the smartphone market. Modularity is not a new concept, but Lenovo's take on the trendy technology philosophy is arguably one of the better concepts we've seen so far - the friendly software and the magnetic hardware are most certainly going to help Lenovo best LG.

Apart from the cool Moto Mods, both the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are two excellent devices that we really liked. And we think that you might like them either, provided that you decide to give them a spin.

We reviewed the two simultaneously a couple of days ago, but we felt it well be quite rad to showcase some of the more important bits and present you with several takeaways that you need to take home. Check them out in the gallery we've set up right below.



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7225; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You put an bad spin on the missing 3.5mm jack. However it has the latest USB-C connector. Which is a big plus in my books. Not to mention the fast charging that comes with these phones. I hope someone will confirm that it is either USB 3.0 or 3.1 speed. Also there was no mention of the IP68 waterproofing.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7225; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I should have said water resistant nano coating instead.

3. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

They did, personally I'm happy that the DAC is high quality and pushes a good amount of voltage through the adapter. A weak 3.5mm isn't what I'd want nor prefer instead of this. However anybody looks at it, the Z and the Z Force are great smartphones and are actually Jack of all Trades atm.

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

As someone who has been using Bluetooth earbuds for over a year now, I see nothing wrong with this. Sound quality is just as good, battery life is a non-issue (3+ days of moderate music listening on my LG HBS 750s, charged fully in 90 minutes), and being free of tangled wires is so convenient. I will definitely be picking up the Moto Z Force during the holidays.

5. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

@ Peter K. and @PA, It's been reported in Android Police that UI Skin in Moto Z isn't the one used on Moto G3 Turbo/Moto G4 Duo and isn't as fast as that in the above mentioned devices. Is it true?

7. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I got the opportunity to use use though it was a dummy unit. And they were probably the fastest phones I've ever held. Although daily usage is a different ball game entirely and that I can't tell. Meanwhile other sites are saying that the phone is blazing fast and are basically on par with the nexus phones.. Soyn I'd suggest that you go and check them out for yourself and have a first hand experience or read/watch about 5 reviews from 5 reputable sites and make your own assessment. Including phone arena. If you choose to go check them out yourself, at any local store near you, booooy, will they seriously take your breath away

10. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

What Verizon has done is making Launcher3 as the default home instead of Google Now Launcher (which other Moto devices have as default). You can easily download Google Now form Playstore. There is no skin on any Moto phones. Motoblur ended as soon as the first Moto X was announced.

13. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Nice then! Waiting for Moto Z play though!, to gift it to my Mom. The build quality with the metal body is the main thing that I am looking for! Hope it will be the same, modules is not a Strict requirement.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

When I had a chance to see the Moto Z live 2 days ago.. My God, the Z phone is simply breathtaking, the Z smokes freaking ass. The 2 sales guys basically came to me so excited and started explaining all about the phone to me, like I didn't already know, lol (didn't look like a busy day though). Verizon must be hyping be hyping the hell out of the phone too lol. In the looks department, no phone will beat it imo anyway, maybe aside the galaxy s7 edge (maybe). Total beasts. The best smartphone(s) out right now imo. Never seeing a smart phone company (aside the original iphone) put out such compelling, innovative and breathtaking product before now. I've already ordered the Moto Z anyway. But my are those phone fingerprint magnets.. Lol The only thing I noticed is that you kind of get the sense that lenovo put in more effort on the Z than the Z force.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7225; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Moto Z's come with one free Moto mod back panel. So finger prints should not be that much of an issue, unless you use it naked. Btw are you planning on getting any Moto mods?

11. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Hi sgodsell! First of all, I'd be getting the standard Moto Z. Also, I'd definitely be getting the JBL speaker, the battery Mod and the hasselblad camera Mod but I know devs will come out with a higher capacity battery mod and other fancy Mods pretty soon. Otherwise I'd buy the JBL, battery and any other fancy/useful Mods that will be released as I heard that the dev kits have already been released to the public (rumor though) as against august. Ideally I already love the projector Mod tbh, its just that for that price I'd get about 3 other useful Mods that I'll be released later this year, (so the projector one is depending). Moreso, I have a gut feeling that the price of the projector Mod will be reduced before the christmas season. So back to your question, I'd get the JBL speaker Mod, wireless Battery Mod, Hasselblad Camera Mod then maybe 2 fancy Mods down the line. Everything would cost about 1,200 dollars cause I intend to use this phone for bout 2 years whilst enjoying a crazy/unique smartphone experience and even if I decide to buy the next Z phone, I'd still have the mods to myself, which is a win win. Guess I got bored in the sea of samey smartphones over the years. How bout You?

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7225; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't know if it's coming to Canada. I would love to get it. I hope they release these two Moto Z models and their respective mods as well. I would love to see some kind of Moto mod that is geared towards IoT or some kind of SBC(s). Like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, CHIP, BeagleBones, or many others. That would be totally cool in my books.

14. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Nice to see all this praise!, which I know must be worth it. I thought of importing it to my place as my maternal aunt is coming back from there, with the $200 discount and the JBL speaker mod, it felt really really tempting, but I didnt want the Verizon branding over it. I might get an off contract version though.

9. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

They haven't advertised many backplate mods, but I am hoping for one that allows for wireless charging. That's the one feature I love about my Turbo.

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