Moto Z2 Force Edition is up on the torture table and that shatter-proof display sure scratches easily

This year, Moto made things simpler with its flagships — instead of launching heirs to both the elegant Moto Z and the durable Moto Z Force, it just went with a Moto Z2 Force Edition, which takes cues from both worlds. It's slim and lacks a headphone jack, yet sports the shatter-proof display.

YouTuber JerryRigEverything is well-known for running a pre-planner, elaborate torture test on every hot device that comes out and, sure enough, the Moto Z2 Force Edition was destined for his chopping block. It got tested for scratch durability, bend durability, and resistance to flame (the last one is not really a practical test, just a curious one).

You will notice that the screen scratches really, really easy — it's much software than other phones out there. The reason is that the ShatterShield display needs to be made out of plastic to ensure the “no shattering” part. So, sure, if you drop your phone, its screen won't break, but rest assured that it will be scratched by pretty much anything in your pocket.

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Moto Z2 Force Edition
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2730 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie



12. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

My nail actually can scratch it.

11. strikerchooooo unregistered

Another dumb phone from moto this time. Android, no replaceable battery and so huge. Next, pls.

9. Gandalfdenvite

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 15, 2016

Gorilla glass for scratch protection, and a simple cheap TPU case for drop protection making the screen practically "shatter proof" is a far better solution than having an external screen protector that frequently needs to be replaced because they always break and scratch easily even if they protect the actual screen!

8. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

So you put a tempered glass screen protector on for a few bucks, now it's scratch and shatter resistant. People put cases on their phones all of the time, I'm not sure what the issue is. Even the host states that and doesn't see it as a big deal because it isn't

7. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

I used to work for Moto during Turbo 2/Z force 1 launch and the one thing I was afraid people would ask/mention about shatter shield and never did was this "It still scratches so I need a screen protector. But if I'm buying a tempered glass screen protector to protect from scratches won't that already protect other phones from 97% of breakage/cracks from drops?" Lowering the actual usefulness of ShatterShield to 3%-ish or less of actual useful scenarios. Considering they've neutered so many other features on the Z2 and are coming late to the gane with the 835 ShatterShield really was/is the biggest selling feature. But a feature that is now even less competitive with Gorilla Glass 5

5. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I love the review but love the DT comment even more.

2. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

The point is that you can replace the plastic screen protector if it scratches.

3. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I might be wrong, but don't you need to take it to Motorola to get it replaced?

6. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1127; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

You are correct, because it's not just a screen protector, it's the phones actual screen that is made of Plastic.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

That's why the owner of this phone should use tampered glass screen protector.. Screen protector is cheap and much resistant to scratches than this plastic display, and if you crack that screen protector, it's easy to replace it

1. maherk

Posts: 7084; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I would take a phone with GG over this. What's the point of getting a phone with a screen that won't break, but would be full of scuffs and scratches within days of regular usage.

4. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Easy solution to your issue would be $20-$40 for a quality tempered glass screen protector

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