Moto Z and Moto Z Force: What do You Want to Know?

As you know from our two most recent videos, we have the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID in hand in preparation for our reviews. It’ll be a bit before we get those reviews all put together, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sit here and answer some questions you may have.

Are you wondering about the missing headphone jack? Curious if the chin is as big as it looks on video? Is the regular Moto Z too thin or pretty great in hand? Are the Moto Mods actually cool and worth their previously reported high price tags? Is the camera any good on either phone? I may have some answers to stuff like that.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID Software Tour!

With the unboxing now out of the way (watch it here), we can start getting into the important stuff – whether or not the Moto Z DROID (and Moto Z Force DROID) are worth considering as your next phone. One place we love to look to see if a phone is any good, especially with Motorola phones, is in the software. As you all know, Motorola has stuck with a “pure” Android experience for years that has a suite of Moto features added to improve the experience without getting in the way.

With the Moto Z DROID, that’s again the situation. Motorola has given each phone Android 6.0.1 with behind-the-scenes Moto Mod magic, the Moto suite (actions, voice, and display), and a couple of Verizon apps and widgets. Overall, it’s very much what we have come to expect from a Moto phone.

In the short video below, you’ll see a tour of the experience, along with a couple of the new Moto options. Enjoy!  (more…)

Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID Unboxing!

You may have heard, but there was indeed a media gathering in New York today, hosted by Motorola and Verizon, that allowed the press to get a second look at the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID (those are the official names now, by the way). Maybe even more importantly, it was a chance for us to all get review units as we approach launch day. And get review units did we ever.

We have them both – in hand! So, we unboxed! Of course we did.

I know that you have all watched Tim’s initial hands-on videos from the Lenovo Tech World unveiling, but this is a chance to see final units, in boxes, and to see what comes in those boxes.

We’ll have a lot more over the next few days, so stick with us!

UPDATE: Software tour now posted as well(more…)

Jim Wicks is the Latest Exec to Leave Motorola

That guy, right there, is Jim Wicks. You may not know him by name, but you certainly will know him by his work. This was the man at Motorola responsible for leading the company’s design, which means the RAZR and Moto 360 were all created under his watch (Ooh, pun!). He also led the charge through a number of DROID devices and more than likely, the Moto X line. Jim Wicks was a big deal at Motorola and in the consumer electronics industry.

I say “was” because he’s out at Motorola. Wicks was one of the last remaining big names at Moto(rola) since the company was sold by Google to Lenovo. In fact, I don’t know who is left any longer. Ashton Kutcher, I guess? Either way, losing Wicks, like Rich Osterloh who went back to Google to head up a new hardware team, is a tough one for Moto.  (more…)

Tale of Two Launches: OnePlus 3 the Good, Moto Z the Terrible

Last Thursday, I started a 6-day vacation to Victoria, BC that was booked months in advance, partly because the trip involved being on hand to cheer on a family member during her Iron Man, but also because no one launches phones in June and it was thought to be a safe bet to be away. Silly Kellen. Moto(rola) and Lenovo announced the Moto Z and Moto Z Force on Thursday, while OnePlus took some time yesterday to unwrap the OnePlus 3. Yes, my trip managed to not only overlap two major phone announcements, but WWDC was packed in there too, for good measure.

Since I was away for most of the fun and Tim took on all tasks, I was able to watch from a distance and form some opinions on how these two phone launches went. I’ll just say this – there are two blueprints here for launching a phone and only one of them is even close to being right, while the other is about as bad as it gets.  (more…)

Video: Hands-on and Overview of Moto Mods

Announced alongside the new smartphones from Moto and Lenovo, the Moto Mods are an attempt to bring modularity to the forefront of consumer smartphones. Featuring everything from a projector module, to Style Shells and JBL external speakers, Moto showcased an impressive number of Moto Mods that customers will be able to purchase with their Moto Z and Moto Z Force devices.  (more…)

Video: Moto Z Force DROID Edition Hands-On

For those more interested in the DROID series of phones, don’t fret, Moto and Verizon did not forget about you. This morning, two new DROIDs were announced, the Moto Z DROID Edition and the Moto Z Force DROID Edition. Is this one of the more confusing naming strategies ever? Yes, it most certainly is.

We took the Moto Z Force DROID Edition for a spin in the hands-on video below, since there is technically not much difference between the Moto Z and Moto Z Force versus their DROID counterparts. To clarify this situation for anyone curious, the Force DROID Edition features the same 21MP rear-facing camera, larger 3,500mAh battery, and ShatterShield display technology as the standard Moto Z Force. The only real difference is the DROID branding and CDMA radios. (more…)

Video: Moto Z First Look and Hands-on

During Lenovo Tech World, we were able to go hands-on with all of the new products announced this morning. First, let’s go over the Moto Z, which is the standard flagship of the new lineup from Moto and Lenovo. You should already know the complete list of specs, but if you don’t, here’s a recap. The Moto Z features a 5.5″ QHD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, USB Type-C fingerprint reader, and Android 6.0.1.

You will immediately notice that the phone is extremely thin. Measuring in at just 5.2mm, it’s one of the slimmest phones I have ever held in my hands. While it did make holding the device rather odd, I will say that the thinness was extremely attractive. While a bit bigger of a battery probably would have served users a bit better, there’s no denying that this is an intriguing smartphone.  (more…)