Moto Z2 Force Unbreakable Screen Doesn’t Hide Other Flaws

If you’re a phone nerd like I am, then chances are that you scour the net and learn everything possible about what’s coming out – or even rumored to be in the works. Motorola has always held a special place in my heart since the Razr was one of the first phones that I had. I rocked the pink one around everywhere, custom ringtones were just amazing after years of digital beep-type songs. So when Motorola pulled out its new Moto Z2 Force, I had to check it out even though I’ve firmly moved into the Samsung lovers fan club.

Unbreakable Screen

The Moto Z2 Force has one thing that I absolutely love and wish every phone out there had: an unbreakable screen. Man. Consider the possibilities for those of us who have seen a few busted screens in our time from just a small inch drop – or from that ‘oh my god, my phone fell out of my pocket on the concrete!’ moments. Just that one aspect could change the way that cell phone users view their phones, build on phones that are meant for hard working conditions or for use outdoors. One phone that comes to mind was the Galaxy S6 active that had a crazy rugged design and insane glass strength, meant for use outdoors and in hard conditions. Merge those two designs and bam. Super phone.

In fact, Motorola is so confident in the unbreakable screen that they guarantee it for four years. Their ShatterShield display is guaranteed not to crack or they will replace it for free. I’ve seen a few review videos of people just slamming the phone around, throwing it like a baseball and so on – not a single crack. That’s pretty damn impressive. However, I also have seen some reviewers say that the screen does scratch like crazy, which, of course, isn’t covered under the warranty. So, I guess if you keep a good screen protector on it, that should help.

Moto Mods

Aside from the screen, it also has the Moto Mods add-on capabilities that have made so many Motorola users super fans. These include the gamepad mod that allows you to use the phone like a game controller, the True Zoon camera mod to give you amazing photos, and so on. The problem that I have found with these mods is that they are pretty expensive, especially for camera mods, which range over \$200 bucks each. However, these mods fit right onto the phone itself, like a case, and work flawlessly with your phone. Personally, I count these Moto Mods in both the perk and flaw categories for the phone.

Design

Of course, these two aspects of the Moto Z2 Force has more flaws than perks in my opinion. Let me take you through some of the other changes that the company has made in its new flagship device. We’ll start with the design of the phone itself. Instead of creating something unique or different, Motorola built this new phone with almost the same specifications as the Moto Z Force from last year. That phone was too similar to the Moto X before it. When other companies are making crazy unique changes to their flagship phones, it is a bit of a letdown when Motorola doesn’t capitalize on a few design changes.

Now, that doesn’t mean the Moto Z2 is exactly the same size. It is obviously bigger than its predecessors, meaning more screen for you (which is something I love). The phone is also way thinner than the Moto Z. Just seeing that they trimmed it down .04 inches doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you hold the two phones next to each other, it is a huge difference.

The problem with the new thin Moto Z2 is that it leaves less room for a battery. According to a Yahoo Tech review of the phone, the smaller battery only lasted the reviewer most of the day. Other phones with larger batteries last well beyond a day. Motorola cut the battery from 3,500 mAh down to only 2,730 mAh. To me, I’d rather have a little thicker phone with more battery time than a slimmer, sleek phone. I understand why Motorola did it, and the phone is beautiful, but when compared to knowing that your phone may not last the day without a charge, isn’t something I dig.

Camera

When it comes to the camera on the new Moto Z2, it seems that this is another area where Motorola could have gone a bit further. There is a dual-lens camera on the phone, but one is for color photos where the other is for black and white. So, you’re still basically getting just one lens. Unless you do a ton of black and white shots and hate doing the edit to make color into black and white, then you may not care too much about that second lens.

Innards

Now when it comes to the innards of the phone, you’re really getting nothing less than the best. (And I’m not being sarcastic here.) The Moto Z2 sports the 8-core Snapdragon 835 processor. The Galaxy S8s sport the Octa-core 835 Snapdragon as well. The Z2 also has 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, which rivals other new phones out there, such as the S8s. However, depending on where you get the phone, you’re going to get stuck with a ton of apps that you probably won’t use at all. For example, if you get the phone through Verizon, you’re going to get Verizon’s Cloud, Message+ and Navigator stuck in the phone – which are just duplicates of apps that you’ve already got. So, keep that in mind as you’re looking at the memory. (Note, yes, I know that every carrier does this and has their own apps. However, some take up way more room on the phone than others and cannot be deleted or disabled.)

Overall

While the processor is excellent and the screen is really a big selling point, there are just more flaws with the phone than I personally am comfortable with. Due to the price of the Moto Mods and the price of the phone, \$720 bucks, it can make the phone one that most people might steer clear of. However, I highly recommend that you check out the phone for yourself in person at a store before you decide if it is the phone for you or not.

Trying not to melt away in the heat of Oklahoma, MD Weems has been a writer and artist for over 20 years. Her written works over all types of gaming have been used in college level game design textbooks as well as in US Patents over virtual character design. She has worked with gaming companies all over the world and is even cool enough to have her own Korean cartoon character.
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