5 Reasons the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are Worth Buying

If you happened to read our reviews for these devices, which can be found here (Moto Z) and here (Moto Z Force), you will know that if it was our choice, we would likely opt for another device over either of these two. They just don’t quite mesh well with our lifestyles. However, if you are on the fence about these phones, possibly looking for a few specific reasons as to why they are worth your money, we can help you with that. You see, just because they aren’t for us, doesn’t mean you wouldn’t enjoy them.

Both of the DROID editions for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are now available exclusively at Verizon. For pricing, the Moto Z full retail is listed at $624, while the Moto Z Force is priced at $720. These are not inexpensive devices.

With that being said, we can think of a few good reasons why someone might want to rock the Moto Z or Moto Z Force. Allow us to enlighten you.

Here are 5 reasons the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are worth buying.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID Now Available From Verizon

The Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID are now available in-store from Verizon and can also be purchased directly from Motorola or at a substantial discount through Best Buy. In other words, today is Moto Z launch day.

At Verizon, the Moto Z starts at $26 per month with a device payment plan or $624 at full retail for the 32GB model. The Moto Z Force is slightly more expensive at $30 per month with a device payment plan or $720 at full retail for the 32GB model. Verizon is selling both phones in two colors, one that is mostly all black with some metallic shine, or the other which has a white front and all-gold back.  (more…)

Moto Z Won’t Get Monthly Security Updates and You Never Should Have Expected Them

Last week, shortly after embargoes lifted on Moto Z and Moto Z Force reviews, there was some confusion over whether or not these devices would see the monthly security updates that Google releases. We never expected them to arrive monthly, because Motorola has never pushed monthly security updates to any of their phones, but they sent out a somewhat vague statement to press suggesting that they will in fact release security updates, only without mention of when.

ArsTechnica reported in their review that Motorola told them a flat out “no” when probed over monthly updates. Then after the confusing statement made the rounds, they went back for more (we did as well, we just didn’t hear back) and heard back today with some clarification. According Motorola, they will not be issuing monthly updates and will instead bundle them into scheduled maintenance releases and OS upgrades, like they have always done.  (more…)

Moto Z and Moto Z Force: First 10 Things You Should Do

With Moto Z reviews out of the way and the July 28 release day quickly approaching, our focus on both the Z and Z Force will now turn to helping you get the most out of each, assuming you plan to buy one or the other. To kick off the next series of posts, we wanted to start off with something we’ve been doing for all flagships recently, and that’s by offering up the first 10 things you should do upon receiving the Moto Z DROID or Moto Z Force DROID.

In this clip, we’ll walk you through using the fingerprint reader, Moto’s app suite (Display, Voice, and Actions), choosing a new launcher, disabling bloatware, firing up WiFi Calling, and even helping you pick a Moto Mod or two.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID Review

In 2016, if you aren’t Apple or Samsung and you make smartphones for a living, you need to find new ways to stand out or you may not be around for long. This industry is tougher than ever and has become increasingly difficult for anyone to sell enough phones to remain (or become) profitable. For Motorola, they think that could all change through modularity and the idea that a smartphone can be improved depending on the situation, thanks to swappable hardware.

With the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, Motorola has introduced phones that are not only high-end devices with top-tier specs, they are also compatible with Moto Mods, a line of modules that attach to the backs of each via pins and magnets that could help improve an audio experience, battery life, etc. Motorola may not be the first to usher in the era of modules (that would be LG), but they more than likely are the first to at least get it close to right.

Over the past week, we’ve spent time with both the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID, the Verizon versions of Motorola’s new phones, to see if 1) they are any good at being high-end phones, and 2) if this Moto Mods deal is worth your attention and investment. I took on the Moto Z, which you’ll find out all about below, while Tim has the Moto Z Force. You can read his review right here.

This is our Moto Z DROID review.  (more…)

Moto Z Force DROID Review

Introduced as the Moto Z Force DROID Edition, now launched sans Edition, the Moto Z Force DROID could be described as a follow-up to last year’s DROID Turbo 2, but it’s much more than that. On paper, the Moto Z Force DROID attempts to bring the best of specs and modular functionality into a single device, offering a big battery and stellar camera to get people excited for this year’s lineup of DROID phones. Combine all this tech nifty-ness into an incredibly thin body and you would think Moto and Lenovo are positioned to have themselves one very popular device.

The Moto Z (DROID) and Moto Z Force (DROID) were announced on June 9, meaning we have had quite a long time to get unexcited about these devices, but putting the delayed launch aside, let’s find out how they fare after a week in our pockets.

Here’s our Moto Z Force DROID review.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID Camera Samples

Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID reviews will be a long shortly, as you probably guessed, but in the mean time, we’re still doing what we can to share all that these two phones have to offer. That means running through unboxing videos, doing software tours, and showing you how the Moto Mods system works. It also means taking a look at camera capabilities, which we are about to do here.

While we aren’t ready to give final scores to each phone’s camera, we did want to at least share a bunch of initial shots taken with each to show you what to expect when these phones are available for purchase. Our review units, as far as we know, are running software that you will see should you buy either and so these images do give a good representation of each phone’s camera.

UPDATE: Final reviews are out, which means final thoughts. Read the Moto Z review here. Read the Moto Z Force review here.

Let’s take a look.  (more…)