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…)

DEAL: Ad-Free Moto G4 is Just $150 at Amazon ($50 Off)

The Moto G4, Motorola’s recently introduced budget-friendly phone that still packs a punch, is currently available at Amazon on a special deal for just $149.99 with 16GB of storage and $179.99 with 32GB of storage. Those both weigh in at $50 discounts.

Keep in mind that this is not the Amazon-sponsored one that shows ads on your lock screen. This is the clean, ad-free version that you would buy if you picked one up directly from Motorola. In other words, this is the one you actually want that doesn’t include Amazon ads and apps throughout.  (more…)

DEAL: Best Buy Offering Moto Z DROID for $1, JBL Speaker Tossed in for Free

The Moto Z and Moto Z Force may be up for pre-order today at Verizon and Motorola, but Best Buy appears to have the best deal on the way. Once Best Buy opens up their own pre-orders, they will sell you a Moto Z DROID (review) for just $1 on a 2-year contract extension ($200 off) and toss in the JBL SoundBoost speaker for free ($80 value). According to their promo listing, they will alternately shave $200 off a device payment plan too.

That brings the price to either $1 on a 2-year contract or $17.67 per month with a payment plan. That’s actually a pretty good deal, especially with the free JBL Moto Mod tossed in. As you know from our reviews, the JBL SoundBoost speaker is the one Moto Mod we’d actually recommend.  (more…)

Moto Z and Moto Z Force DROID Now Up for Pre-Order, Available July 28

I think I have seen a number of you refer to the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID as “vaporware,” but I promise they are real and coming very soon. In fact, as of right now, we can share with you that they are up for pre-order today (July 21) and will be available in stores next week on July 28.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to read both our Moto Z DROID review and Moto Z Force DROID review, because we have plenty to share on these two phones, from their designs to their Mods.  (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 X Pure Edition Gets Surprise Update, Now Up to May’s Security Patch…in July…Still Not 6.0.1

The Moto X Pure Edition, a phone sold unlocked in 2015 as a single flagship with universal carrier support that should be able to receive the timeliest of updates because there is no interference between its maker and users, is receiving its first update in months. It’s tough to be precise on this, as there have been notices of updates here or there that our in-house units never saw, but it may be the first real update since February or March(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…)