New Moto Mods video shows you how fast you can add accessories to your Moto Z handset

Motorola and Lenovo earn some extra brownie points this year for doing modular better than LG. Motorola took the worst part of the LG G5's modular system, applying the accessory, and made it a snap thanks to the use of magnets. Faster than you can say Moto Mods, you can have your Motorola Moto Z  Droid, Motorola Moto Z Force Droid or Motorola Moto Z Play Droid taking spectacular photos with the Hasselblad True Zoom accessory. This Moto Mod includes a Xenon flash, support for RAW images and more.

The JBL SoundBoost lets music and other audio sound amazing on your phone, and the Moto Insta-Share Projector allows you to show an audience that hilarious video you found by projecting it on a wall for all to see. Need to add more battery life? You can do that too by simply attaching the TUMI Power Pack.

Motorola has produced a new video that shows you how easily you can attach any of the Moto Mods to your Moto Z phone. Moto Mods just might be the innovation of the year in the smartphone industry. It really is something big when you can add new features to your phone in a split second, with a satisfying magnetic click.

Speaking of clicks, you can check out the video by clicking on the top of this story. The video shows how

source: Moto



1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Most innovative phone of 2016!

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The most "innovative" Phone...? Nah... They just want you to pay EXTRA for more features... Business, eh? And speaking if 'innovation', My ancient Sony Ericsson T230 (May his... His... Err... "Software" (As opposed to soul) rest in peace) has that 'innovation' back in early-mid 2000s... The company sold a VGA camera as an accessory that "clicks" at the bottom of the Phone! Innovation, Ha! More like old ideas on steroids... G'Day!

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Thanks for the history lesson, learned even more reasons not to buy into this proprietary garbage; it's all been doable with standard connections from the ancient times. G'Night!

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's a great and very innovative product. The Moto Z and Z force are expensive. But the Z play is not, yet it can use the same Moto mods. Sure they can be expensive as well. However you only have to buy one 10x optical zoom camera mod, and it will work with all of this year's Moto Z's and next year's as well. You want a really loud smartphone, then buy the JBL Moto mod. It will also extend your battery life as well. You want a projector on your phone then you can buy that as well. You want to add a Raspberry Pi, or anything else to your Moto Mod, then you can do that as well with Motorola's mdk. You want to add a second screen on the back, then you can do that and more. For the first time users can easily add or remove functionality to a smartphone, just by putting them on and pulling them off. Only held on by magnets means there is nothing faster or sleeker than this. This is real innovation.

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's all presuming you want to remain locked to one OEM next year, and as I've stated below, it's all merely propriety versions of what's doable via OTG. "For the first time users can easily add or remove functionality to a smartphone, just by putting them on and pulling them off" Sure, if you so want to turn a blind eye to what OTG has been offering. How hard has it been for you to connect/disconnect OTG accessories? I don't know about you, but I easily add/remove MicroSD, Endoscope, and IR blaster functionality to/fron my OnePlus One via OTG. OTG does it all, no need for any proprietary garbage connector locking me to one OEM. If I wanted proprietary garbage, I'd be using an iDevice.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice idea, poorly executed. First off, they're all merely proprietary versions of what's available via OTG, a big no no from me. Second off, pointlessly ditches the headphone jack, another big no no from me. Finally, mods are hefty priced (some more expensive than standalone options), similar in size to stand-alone options (eg, pocket projectors, portable speakers, point and shoot cameras, etc.), and not significantly better than those standalone options, some not even better than the built-in components they "upgrade"/"transform"/"modulate" ( ). In the end, kudos to Lenovo for being innovative, but like the Motorola Astrix, it wouldn't be having significant impact on the Android platform if proprietary and sold-separately. Especially at hefty prices that rival standalone standard alternatives.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

NOT an innovation... Why? Read my comment above... It's more like a "strategy", a business strategy to boom accessories sales...! Some Smartphones notably Xiaomi mostly come with a MEGA battery... But why give consumers a big battery for free when you can CHARGE them extra for a bigger one...? Go figure... And while you're at it... G'Day!

7. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I like how it's implemented and find that the battery mod and speaker mod are what I use the most without fumbling with extra cables or setting bluetooth. The bulk is better than a standalone battery case and easier to carry than a separate speaker (that I use for various reasons).

8. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Ya, on the go users will find a powerbank with a cable difficult to carry around, when say, you need to walk around navigating using the phone.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

True, the battery addon is more convenient than fiddling with wires. If you need that convenience, every flagship Smartphone has a proprietary one made them. Speakers, not sure how that's more convenient than a speaker hanging off my belt and instantly connected when powered on with the push of a button, minimizing weight in my hands and thus fatigue, but to each their own...

10. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I would argue that the speaker mod is definitely a great accessory for those who like loud music on the go. Motomods remove inconvenience, simple as that. No matter how you look at it, Motorola has made modularity a thing of the present instead of the future.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They eliminate certain inconveniences but still keep around the inconvenience of bulky device in your hand (fatiguing your hands faster) and bring their unique inconvenience of not being able to connect to other people's devices and have them share their content too, or you want to tell me your friends never have anything to share? They have their ups and downs, nothing special compared to what's on the market, all comes down to personal preference. I personally find the speakers more of an inconvenience compared to standard options available on the market.

16. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It sits my phone upright on the desk though there are some instances I share tunes or videos in a gathering and my speaker is in my side pockets.

6. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

With smart-ass consumers like you, Moto is likely dying real soon.

12. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

The issue for me is that because I switch phones so much I don't want to invest in the mods. And with Lenovo there is no telling what their going to do year after the year. If I seen this commercial 2 years ago I would have dropped dead from the excitement. Today it looks like a good commercial.

13. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Unfortunately the phone itself doesn't live up to the price with the batteries and cameras. Otherwise, MotoMods can totally be optional.

14. Even4steven

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

The best and most usable phone I ever had, hands down. The mods are part of the phone, and allow me to go all day without charging, and listen to my music in a more enjoyable way. This was not a money grab as some suggest, but a bold new direction aimed at customer enjoyment. Never ceases to amaze my how people love to criticize a phone they have never used

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6878; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It's a neat concept, but this will cater mainly to a niche market. If you have to carry one or all of these accessories around with you, they may as well be just standalone devices that connect wirelessly to your phone...or straight to your Google account...or both. The idea of phone accessories should be appealing to more than just Moto Mod phone owners, and if you break your Moto Mod phone the accessories become useless.

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