Moto Z (and Z Force): Comprehensive First Impressions

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Homer Simpson could do the perfect ad for the Moto Z: Mmmmmmmoto Zzzzzzzzz. Yes, the Moto Z — and it’s slightly thicker and much sturdier big brother, the Moto Z Force — certainly seem drool-worthy. If you’re interested in looking into the Moto Z this article is going to save you A LOT of time. Several first impressions of the Moto Z have already hit the internet and I’ve thoroughly pored over the ones that matter to spotting trends and connecting the dots. You’re now reading the result of my research: a mega first impression article that compresses everything top reviewers with early access to the device as observed so far (you’re welcome).

Just in case you don’t already know, the Moto Z and the slightly thicker and sturdier Z Force are Motorola’s newest flagship smartphones. The big deal with these phones is that they’re modular: you can snap on an extra battery pack, speaker, styled shell or even a mini-projector! Since the (reputable) in-depth Moto Z reviews won’t be out for a while, we’ll have to make due with first impressions — but there’s plenty to glean about Motorola’s best new phones already as you’re about to see.

Let’s start with the Moto Z’s modularity. The sources I combed through seemed to feel that this was the best modular smartphone implementation we’re likely to see until Google’s Project Ara finally hits the market. Why? Unmatched customization potential (the keyword there is potential; it remains to be seen what mods developers and partners will make for the Moto Z and how cool and/or useful they are).

One thing I can tell you right off the bat is that every reviewer I’ve seen so far unequivocally agrees that the modularity of the Moto Z is better than that of the LG G5 (it’s closest rival, perhaps — I’ll talk more about that below). The main reason seems to be simplicity; early reviewers felt that it was far easier to use modules with the Moto Z vs the LG G5. You don’t have to restart the phone, for instance, and you also don’t have to take the phone partially apart.

You might be wondering whether or not the mods that snap onto the back of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force will come loose or whether there’s any possibility that they might fall off. Well the answer seems to ...

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