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Moto Z Review

Best modular smartphone till date.

 

How does it feel out of the box?

Out of the Box, Moto Z is just 5.19mm thick without the snap-off or any mods. The Moto Z has taken a title of the world’s thinnest smartphone. The razor thin 5.19mm frame is made up of a mixture of aluminium and stainless steel. Moto has made it possible to snap Moto Mods to the back of the device without making it bulky. On the back, you will find a series of electrical contacts and magnets for attaching mods. Total 16 gold-plated connectors are available for feeding data back and forth between the handset and its Moto mods. There are various Moto Mods available for purchase separately including Insta-Share projector, Hasselblad True Zoom Camera and JBL SoundBoost speaker. All these can be easily snapped behind the Moto Z to start using it, just like plug-&-play. Similar to Apple new iPhone 7, Moto Z comes without the headphone jack. You need to rely on USB type-C port for all audio outputs. On the front, Moto Z has a beautiful 5.5-inch AMOLED QHD(2560×1440 pixels) display, that has extremely bright colors, crisp text and dark blacks. Rest includes dedicated front flash, front-facing speaker and a fingerprint scanner.

How does it perform?

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which is one of the fastest processors available in the market easily handle multiple apps running in the background, we found no glitches, all thanks to the fastest processor paired with 4GB RAM. The fingerprint sensor is fast and easy to setup. It nearly runs stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS. This means quicker software updates, less bloatware and smooth experience.

Now, coming to the bad part, is the battery life. In an effort to make this phone extremely thin, and flat for the mods, battery life suffers a lot. Thankfully it supports Qualcomm Quick Charging, the device charge rapidly.

How Does is Camera?

Moto Z has a 13 Megapixel camera with an f/1.8 aperture lens. It features 4k recording, HDR mode, image stabilization, laser focus and everything you’d expect from a high-end device. The camera app is fairly simple to use and it didn’t get too much in the way of the user unless you get into the Professional Mode. When using HDR mode, a very small delay can be found, but overall the camera app is snappy and responsive.

For selfie fans, the Moto Z offers a 5 MP front-facing camera. A selfie-flash illuminates the scene in dim surroundings.

Moto Z mods

Mod-It-Up!

The main USP of the Moto Z are the plug-&-play Moto Mods. InstaShare projector lets your project the screen on any surface and it is hands down impressive. The JBL Sound Boost mod can be plugged in for a more base-y experience and would save you from carrying an external Bluetooth speaker with you. Hasselblad camera lens mod gives you the option of 10X zoom, though the image quality is quite similar to the normal camera lens.

Rating: 80/100
Price: ₹ 39,999/-

SPECS

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • Memory: 32/64GB ROM & 4GB RAM
  • Camera: 13MP rear camera 5MP front camera
  • Display: 5.5-inch AMOLED QHD(2560×1440 pixels)
  • Battery: 2600 mAh with Quick charge support

Verdict

The Moto Z gets really interesting especially when Moto Mods are supported out of the box. Although it’s not a truly modular smartphone, the expansion interface is well developed for new future interesting mods.

 

 

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