After a series of early glimpses of what the device has in store, here’s a full review of what moto z2 force stands for and the pros and cons of purchasing this modular smartphone. Let’s find out how geared up moto is to compete with brands such as OnePlus and Honor, who have created ripples with their flagships in the similar budget segment.
Design and Build Quality – Moto Z2 Force Review
In terms of build, the device exhibits finesse. Carved out of series 7000 aluminum, the Z2 Force comes with a unibody metal design. The phone is quite sleek, measuring just 6.1mm thick and weighs only 143 grams.
The phone did not come across as slippery despite the metal build. The dual camera module on the rear side appears as a smiley bump, but it does not bother much. At the bottom you’ll spot a panel where you can attach the TurboMod, that acts as a portable power bank and is included in the package.
The same panel can be used for attaching any of the other Moto mods. As promised by Moto, all 3 generations of Mods are functional with this device.
The bottom of the device has just one port, a Type C charging port. moto z2 force comes sans the much loved headphone jack.
Display – Moto Z2 Force Review
For display, you have a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a QHD resolution with 2560 x 1440 pixels which gives it a pixel density of 535 PPI, which means you get to experience richness and depth in colours on screen, excellent blacks, and brilliant overall contrast ratio.
The shatterproof screen asserts that the sleek device is not devoid of strength. The five-layer design ensures that the phone can take a pounding and come out without any damage. Motorola is confident enough in ShatterShield that it offers a four-year warranty against breakage.
The only drawback is that the external film is highly prone to scratches, but that does not create much hassle, as one could always slap on a screen guard.
Battery – Moto Z2 Force Review
The battery life is quite impressive, and the survival bandwidth is prolonged by TurboMod, which comes free of cost in the package.
If fully charged, the 2,730 mAh battery lasts almost a day without breaking a sweat and you always have TurboMod with the capacity of 3,490 mAh in case your device undergoes rigorous usage and needs extra juice to sustain.
Software & Hardware – Moto Z2 Force Review
moto Z2 Force comes with android 8.0 Oreo out of the case, and hardly with any bloatware. The only addition is Moto experience, but it is a resourceful option that adds to the user experience nonetheless.
The Z2 Force houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which has 8x Kryo 280 processors with one quad-core cluster clocked at 2.35 GHz and the other quad-core cluster clocked at 1.9 GHz.
This is paired with Adreno 540 GPU. The device accommodates 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage which is expandable to up to 2 TB (I wonder if anyone exploits this much space in a smartphone!)
In terms of performance, Snapdragon 835 and 6 GB RAM make quite a robust pair that makes the user experience smooth and steady. There were no screen glitches or freezes noticed during the animation.
Camera – Moto Z2 Force Review
A dual camera module in the moto Z2 force looks good considering the fact that it protrudes from the body and makes the phone unstable when kept camera down. The dual camera module, a 12 MP f/2.0 aperture in the back and 5MP camera at the front with f/2.2 aperture make the phone’s camera specifications look good if not the best.
The cameras in the rear are RGB and monochrome which provide a good result in terms of pictures and color depth. This helps the phone click pictures with good depth and makes them a lot more sharper and gives them some splendid contrast.
The pictures clicked at Pro Mode produce noteworthy results when combined with the brilliance of the display. The camera is eligible to shoot upto 4K video at 30 fps.
The simplicity of the camera interface all is what makes it so good. A dedicated HDR, flash and timer switch on the top make switching these settings seem like a breeze. The professional mode is an added boon for this device as it gives the users complete control over the settings and usually give a better image than the HDR mode (if you know your settings). The camera also houses a panorama mode and black and white mode (thanks to the monochrome camera). A slow-mo movie mode is also present in the camera. The camera performance in daytime was quite excellent as we got some amazing pictures with sharp contrast and beautifully balanced colours. However, the low-light usage of the camera was not up to the mark as the image quality had a lot of noise.
Final Verdict – Moto Z2 Force Review
Overall, looking at the phone and the price that it comes at the phone is a good buy especially since it comes bundled with a moto mod and gives you a complete day usage in terms of battery. The UI performance is quite good and the pure android experience is something that every android lover would want to experience. The camera however is the point where we feel moto should have gone one step ahead but still the experience is not a bad one at all. moto puts its best foot forward to compete with brands like OnePlus, who have developed a dedicated brand following, in the given price segment and tries to appease its audience with moto Z2 Force that appears as a lumpsum package- a combination of excellent and up-to-date technology with aspects like camera quality a bit compromised.