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Free storage with Google Photos

Your Moto Z comes with up to two years of free storage at original quality in Google Photos, the smarter way to store photos and videos. They’re automatically backed up, organized, and searchable, so you can find and share photos faster than ever.

A password as unique as you

Forget about typing your passcode. Simply touch the fingerprint reader and it instantly wakes up and unlocks your phone. Unlike some phones, the reader recognizes your unique fingerprint no matter which way you hold it.


Transforms with Moto Mods. Turn your phone into a movie projector, stereo speaker, battery powerhouse, and more in a snap.Thin premium smartphone. Make a statement with an ultra-thin, all-metal 5.5″ Quad HD smartphone.All day battery plus blazing fast charging. Go all day with a 2600mAh battery.

It’s the world’s thinnest phone at 5.19mm in so-called thickness.

Moto Z modules

MotoMods are “world thinnest’ title-destroying accessories, which sounds bad for the form slim factor, but this actually have us excited the about the Moto Z. They’re more creative and plentiful than what we’ve found using the LG G5.

The projector mod shines brightly in dark rooms

This projector fits in a pocket (though barely, at size close to 70mm) and has an embedded kickstand for tilting and an automatic keytone adjustment. The projection focus can be adjusted manually via a side dial.

The new Moto Z Hasselblad True Zoom mod proves that this phone is capable of capturing, and not just projecting. It launched later with the Moto Z Play in September, and gives you amazing 10x zoom capabilities.

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The Good The Motorola Moto Z is thin, fast and (literally) snappy. Those magnetic Mods accessories are practical and easy to use.

The Bad The phone looks naked without the Mods, and its fingerprint reader can be easily mistaken for a home button.

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The Moto Z was previously a Verizon exclusive in the United States so users who bided their time in the hopes of a GSM-unlocked variant can now purchase the device. Android Nougat 7.0 is also headed for the Moto Z soon, alongside a number of Motorola smartphones, so users who worry that the phone might not get Android 7.0 support can dump that qualm away.

The Moto Z has a 5.5-inch quad HD display with a 1,440 x 2,560 resolution at 53ppi. Underneath its metal frame and body, there’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and an Adreno 530 GPU with GB of RAM and 6GB of internal storgae. There’s a microSD slot for up to 25GB of expandable storage. The Moto Z is powered by a 2,600 mAh non-removable battery. In the camera department, it has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with support for 4K video recording at 30 fps.

But beyond the impressive specifications, the added value of the Moto Z family are Moto Mods. For the uninitiated, Moto Mods are a series of peripherals that users can attach to the Moto Z, adding extra functionality such as an extra battery pack, beefed up stereo speakers or a short-throw projection module. These are essentially Motorola’s somewhat similar answer to the modular phone concept, where smartphone components can be added, built on, swapped out or modified depending on the user’s preferences and needs.

While the Moto Z itself doesn’t have removable components that will categorize it as a fully modular phone, Moto Mods is a welcome attempt to try and ease the concept of modularity into the fold. Only a few Moto Mods are available thus far, but Motorola has also released a development kit for those who want to build their custom Mods.

Motorola cites Moto Mods as the reason why the Moto Z is a step-up compared with the iPhone 7, in a campaign named “Skip the Sevens,” referring to the naming scheme of latest-gen handsets. The past week hasn’t been smooth-sailing for Motorola, though, suffering a massive layoff recently. Hopefully with the ingenious marketing campaign, they can convince users to consider purchasing any phone from the Moto Z family to try out Moto Mods.

Regardless of where you buy your new phone, the good news is that all carriers and retailers are offering a free Moto Insta-Share Projector Mod with your ZForce purchase. The mod will be mailed out four to six weeks after purchase. The offer expires as early as September and as late as October on select carriers.

Moto Z2 Play

The original Z Play was a little bit of a heavyweight thanks to the massive 3500mAh battery inside and also its glass backing. The Moto ZPlay, by contrast, is nearly 20 grams lighter with a lighter plastic back and, combined with a millimeter slimmer body, feels a lot nimbler than its predecessor.

The ergonomics are also vastly improved. Last year, we did not mourn the camera bump because the Z Play needed a style plate or mod in place to feel comfortable in the hand as the corners were rather sharp. The Moto ZPlay, however, has slightly more rounded edges making a style plate no longer ergonomically necessary. It is still wise to use one though, to level off the camera bump and protect the rear contacts.

Modular build

Speaking of which, the Moto Z takes a unique and simple approach to modularity, with built-in magnets that snap various attachments into place on the back of the phone.

Our favorite mod was the simplest: a battery. But there are also options for a camera with optical zoom, a JBL speaker, a projector and a car-mount dock. There are also functionless mods that add a different material or color to the phone.


The Moto GPlus has a 15-percent bigger (higher-capacity) battery, which, when combined with its lower-resolution screen, could bode well for battery life.

Remember, though, that the Moto Z gives you the option of snapping on a battery mod for a big boost (at cost).

Moto Z Play

The Moto Z and Moto Z Play have fantastic cameras. They use dual-pixel technology for high-quality photos. http://pertling.com/best-moto-z-unlockedThis means that your phone takes two photos at once (one in black and white, and one in color) and then combines the two images so that the color contrast really pops.

Moto Insta-Share Projector so you can easily project your photos and videos on any flat surface! It comes with a kickstand (so you can project at any angle) and an integrated battery.


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