Motorola Moto Z2 Force
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/2.2 aperture, 85° wide angle lens, automatic night mode, image enhancement software
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Motorola Moto Z2 Force
Bulletproof? The Motorola Moto Z2 Force high-end smartphone is the latest member of the Moto Z family and is, as expected, compatible with Moto Mods upgrades. In addition, it is equipped with ShatterShield: a display technology that is supposed to make the display completely shatter-proof.
Source: BGR Archive.org version
Overall, it seems like Motorola might have actually pulled off a good modular phone — something that’s been tried and failed before. The keys here are simple: it’s a fantastic phone to use without investing in any of the mods, so it’s not a niche phone for a very particular kind of person; it’s launching on all the major carriers, instead of being an exclusive; and the variety of mods available means that it might be more than a novelty.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/03/2018
Source: Hardware Zone Archive.org version
The Motorola Moto Z2 Force is awkwardly positioned - be it if this was 2017 or even now. Motorola has spared no efforts on their ShatterShield to protect the Z2 Force against screen cracks, but the phone isn't officially waterproof rated - a feature that other flagship phones have been incorporating since 2017. If the overall intention is toughness and durability, they should have made the Z2 Force MIL-STD-810G compliant. Either go tough all the way, or go home.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 65% performance: 70% workmanship: 70%
Source: Tom's Guide Archive.org version
The Z2 Force is part of a family of phones that work with Moto Mods — accessories such as a camera, speakers, a projector and a battery — that magnetically attach to the back of the phone. It also has a 5.5-inch OLED display, dual 12-megapixel cameras and more than 10 hours of battery life. But, to us, those aren't the most important features.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/21/2018
Source: Android Smartphone - 6/18
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 11/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 96% display: 98% mobility: 57% workmanship: 100%
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
The Moto Z2 Force is a viable alternative to the OnePlus 5T. One of its highlighted features was the proprietary “Shatter shield” technology used on the display, which the company claims is guaranteed not to crack or shatter for four years. Given that its display is nearly impossible to break, this may be a better buy at that price. The technology hasn't changed much from the original X Force. The screen has five layers, with lenses for the top two layers. It's designed to not shatter, but can still be dented if put under too much stress. Motorola recommends screen protectors and cases to avoid cosmetic damage, but this is probably the only phone user can be used without those add-ons. The Moto Z2 Force easily fits the "mid-range flagship" moniker. It's a flagship-class device, at least as far as performance is concerned. There's gobs of RAM inside and 64 GB of storage, that's enough for almost everyone. Motorola's phones are fast, there's little doubt about that. And the Moto Z2 Force is the fastest among them. The second headline feature of the Z2 Force is its dual-lens camera. Both rear cameras are 12-megapixels; one shoots color, and the other shoots monochrome black and white. Together with the flash, they look like a smiling robot face.
But overall, Motorola still isn’t making much progress on the important part: capturing better quality images. The camera is strong in good lighting and puts out nice detail, though it can struggle with saturated reds. But in darker conditions, these photos can’t shake that “taken with a smartphone” look; they’re often muddy and over processed. Where Motorola has taken the most criticism with the Z2 Force, is its downsized battery, which has a capacity of just 2,730 mAh. That’s a big drop from the 3,500 mAh battery of last year. But thanks to the efficient Snapdragon 835 processor, the change doesn’t completely tank the phone’s endurance. It’ll still get through a day of typical use, even when using Moto Mods. Rounding out the hardware, there’s no wireless charging on the Z2 Force; a user will have to add a Moto Mod for that. And the included wall charger isn’t as powerful as the one that came with 2016’s Z Force. The battery difference probably makes that negligible, but a faster charge is always appreciated. As it stands, the Z2 Force support Motorola’s Turbo Charge, which still manages to top off the battery in good time, which is around an hour and a half. Motorola’s signature improvements to stock Android are all present, too. Moto Display gives a helpful view of notifications that are coming in without fully waking the phone, and the user can reply to some messages right from the lock screen. Moto Voice now has its own “Show Me” command for opening apps or showing calendar or the weather.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
The Motorola Moto Z2 Force is back with its guaranteed shatter-resistant glass screen and even more MotoMods, including a 360-degree camera. It is a combination of last year's ultra-thin Moto Z and the shatter-resistant Moto Z Force with fresh specs. The result is a thin and light phone, but one that retains that hard-to-break screen. The Moto Z2 Force stands out in the world of status-quo Android phones of 2017. It successfully taps into the exciting world of MotoMod accessories that can instantly upgrade the phone, and marks the return of Motorola’s shatterproof screen in a refined form factor. At just 6.1mm, the Moto Z2 Force counts as an ultra-thin smartphone, even if the Moto Z2 Play with a larger battery is actually a hair thinner at 6mm. It feels extremely lightweight at just 145g. The Moto Z2 Force’s screen is superb for three reasons. Firstly, its 5.5-inch OLED display looks sharp and saturated with a Quad-HD resolution that is fit for Google Daydream VR duty. It is comparable to Samsung’s best-in-class AMOLED displays, minus the curves. Better yet, its Moto ShatterShield could prevent a cracked phone thanks to five-layer protection. Motorola guarantees it will not crack for up to four years; however, it is not scratch-proof, which is a key concern due to the plastic top layer. It is also not shock-proof.
The Moto Z2 Force can be just as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, which is the chipset of most new Android flagship phones. It is coupled with an Adreno 540 graphics chip, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Users can at least remedy the storage shortfall thanks to a microSD card slot. The Moto Z2 Force has a new dual-lens camera on the back that takes excellent photos. It pairs two 12MP cameras, both with an f/2.0 aperture and larger 1.25-micron pixels, and uses laser and phase-detection autofocus to capture photos faster, though the focus is not always accurate. One camera is dedicated to monochrome photos, following the Huawei P10 concept of capturing true black-and-white photos without the need for a filter. What is unmissable is the depth-of-field capability of the Moto Z2 Force’s camera. Depth photos can apply bokeh (blurring) to the background. Motorola goes one step further and allows the use of selective black-and-white for a really unique effect. And here is where the Moto Z2 Force’s ultra-slim form factor really represents a disadvantage: It has a 2,730mAh battery that gives it nearly all-day battery life, but is nowhere near last year’s Z Force. For users who use Google Maps or the Hotspot feature in a city, the battery will drain before the day is through. Heavy phone users will want to buy a MotoMod battery pack right away.
Qualcomm Adreno 540: Integrated graphics card in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Slighly optimized architecture compared to the Adreno 530 but with higher clock speed due to the new 10 nm process. In the beginning of 2017 one of the fastest graphics cards for Android based smartphones.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
SD 835: High-End SoC for smartphones that was introduced in early 2017 and manufactured in 10 nm LPE FinFET at Samsung. Integrates 4x Kryo 280 at 2.45 GHz (max) for performance and 4x Kryo 280 at 1.9 GHz (max) for efficiency. Furthermore offers an X16 LTE modem, ac-WiFi and a dual-channel 32-Bit 1866 MHz LPDDR4x memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Motorola: Founded in 1928, the US-based company mainly focuses on communication technology such as smartphones. The original company Motorola Inc was split up in 2011. Motorola Mobility got the smartphone division and was taken over by Google in 2012 and Lenovo in 2014.
The company is known for its cell phones and other electronic devices such as smartwatches, tablets and accessories. Motorola was one of the first companies to produce cell phones, and in recent years has also innovated in the areas of 5G technology and modular smartphones (Moto Mods). Motorola is also active in public safety and professional communications, providing solutions for government agencies, businesses and other organizations. The company has operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America and employs more than 10,000 people worldwide.
80.93%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.
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