Motorola disses Apple and other phone makers in new Moto Mod ads

Motorola today released two new video ads that featureApple's iPhone 8 Plus, alongside the Moto Z2 smartphone and some Moto Mods. In these ads -embedded below - Motorola touts the superiority of its Z2, as "yourphone" (including the iPhone 8) can't "get loud" and can't turninto a projector. Of course, the Moto Z2 can't do that by itself, either, as itdoes it with the help of Moto Mods - including the recently released Moto ModSpeaker with Amazon Alexa, and the Moto Insta-share Projector.  


Furthermore, Motorola doesn't appear to be impressed withiPhone 8 Plus' Portrait Mode, as long as the handset can't "go beyond andtransform into a real 360 camera." The Moto Z2 can do that transformationthanks to a 360 Camera Mod. Then again, the Moto Z2 doesn't feature a portraitmode (and 360-degree images aren't exactly the same thing), so we don't quitesee the point Motorola is trying to make here.


Unless promotions and deals are involved, Motorola's MotoMods aren't free. Normally, the Alexa Mod costs $149, while the Insta-share Projectorand the 360 Camera Mod are priced at $299 each. Thus, a Moto smartphone canindeed offer extra functionality, but, usually, this comes at a price that some customers may not be willing to pay. On theplus side, Moto Mods are compatible with all Moto Z phones, including the Z2Force, and the more affordable Z2 Play.


source: Motorola US (YouTube) 

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Moto Z2 Play
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h 3G talk time)
Moto Z2 Force Edition
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2730 mAh



1. toukale

Posts: 668; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Moto who? Never heard of them... lol, I kid...I kid.

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yes. Everyone likes to diss Apple only to get some media That's the losers strategy.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why is it 2 die hard Apple fanboys posting at the beginning of this article? Look Motorola gained 91% sales jump in the US for Q3 2017, while Apple lost market share in the US for a total of 30% iPhone sales. On the other hand Android had 70% for Q3 2017 in the US. Also globally Apple's iPhones sold 46.7 million for Q3 2017, while all the Android OEMs combined sold 326.4 million globally for Q3 2017 for a new record. Apple's market share globally was 12.5% vs Androids market share was over 87%. No diss, just 100% facts.

2. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

From a former diehard Motorola user, Moto has no room to talk. Not only are great rebuttals made in this article, but personally going from Motorola's lackluster devices to better ones & seeing that even with design they're still not showing innovation proves that Motorola is just reaching for relevancy.

3. Mjf1285

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 15, 2016

I'm not gonna lie... those mods are nice and all. something that most smartphones cannot do... but lets be realistic... i'm sure a lot of people don't want their phones to be extra bulky... i mean... think about it... they are already big phones... why add to it? Motorola, you really cannot try to diss iPhone or any other smartphones out there just because you have all these mods. i have a smart TV that i can display my pics/videos to, i have Bluetooth speakers that i can use if i want to blast my music... etc... plus in all honesty... your phones are ugly and gotten worse... and one of main fails... is the fact that your phones aren't symmetrical from top to bottom. so much phone bezel at the bottom of phone makes it uncomfortable to use the phone. if you look at all smartphones now a days... you may learn something... especially from apple... :) IMO

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1363; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Hate to say it but the last good Moto phone I used was the Atrix it was the first to have a dual core SoC by Nvidia if you recall ( that when they shock QC and unveiled the first dual core SoC and the battle between Nvidia and QC started) since then moto has gotten IMO worst and worst and have not had a hit since their OG droid and its lest then stellar many sub droid devices that Verizon kept pushing before it landed the iPhone on its network. Though I dare say that Moto had a very good phone recently that was able to survive falls from great height that was an interesting device.

5. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 170; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

OG Droid X was the awesome, still have it. After that was the OG Moto X.

11. PhoneGuy80

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2017

You do realize this device is also shatterproof right? Same tech. However the first z force phone had way better battery life.

6. Zoenphlux

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

I know this phone is more of a niche thing, but I got two from Tmobile with the BOGO(selling one of them) and I think the phone is fantastic. It's extremely smooth. My wife has shot some amazing photos with it, including black and white. And yes, the mods are not as seamless as you would like, but the JBL speaker sounds amazing and my wife uses it all the time instead of the $200 Bluetooth speaker. It's a lot more portable. The projector is a lot better than expected, and a great freebee (I got two sinec I bought two phones). She loves the Tumi battery with wireless charging built in. Yes, it is a little thicker and heavier, but my wife loves having nearly two full days of battery with heavy use including a lot of screen time and games. She came from a Nexus 6P, and couldn't be happier. My only complaint is the lack of ability to protect it. You can't really put a case on it if you want to use the attachments. I got the Verizon bumper for it, but it isn't that good. It has two paint chips on the corners already due to drops. I have 4 kids, so it happens.

8. sunnyfpy

Posts: 293; Member since: May 12, 2013

Failed design anyway

9. MobileNico

Posts: 96; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

I have this phone. It's not my main, because the camera (which does have a portrait-esque "depth enabled" mode , btw) is just awful. They really don't have a leg to stand on going up against the iPhone, especially not regarding camera. The durability is amazing though, and the mods are pretty cool, especially the projector. It's a great phone, but overpriced.

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

All these mods are merely OTG accessories restricted to 1 OEM. If they could be made into a form that uses the USB C or MicroUSB port on any smartphone, then and only then would they worth purchasing IMO.

12. Chuck007

Posts: 1415; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

lol... nice try Motovo!

13. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I am using moto g5 plus and it is working nice n good so far.But,now a days motorola is very late to give updates.I think moto forgots its main stregth-frequent and timely updates.

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