Moto Z Droid Review, Lenovotorola!

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The new Moto Z Droid is part of the new line of smartphones built by Motorola after its acquisition by the Chinese tech giant Lenovo. Now, regardless of what you want to call it, Lenovotorola, Motonovo, Hello Moto or simply Moto, the Moto Z Droid is the latest member of the refreshed and revamped (old) Moto X lineup, a proud successor and part of a new generation which has many promises to keep.

 

Unlike the old X series, the Z doesn’t feature the Moto Maker feature anymore. With the Moto Maker, you had the capability of customizing in terms of aesthetics your Moto smartphone to suit your personal taste. That’s been phased out unfortunately, as the new Chinese leadership doesn’t want the trouble anymore. Or at least that’s my opinion, the reason may be purely commercial.

So, as I already told you, the Moto Z Droid represents the birth of a new successor, part of the Z line up which consists from the regular Z, depicted here, and the Z Force. These 2 devices are almost identical and speaking of Verizon models, both come with the same XT1650 moniker/model number, the only thing differentiating them being -01 and -02.

Thing is, the Z Force has a bigger battery, a 3500 mAh power plant and a shatter proof screen, along with a 21 MP main camera. The rest of the deal is the same, give or take.

Now, the Moto Z Droid is a flagship droid, running on a state of the art Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, just like the Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTC 10, the Xperia X Performance or the LG G5, being available as we speak on Verizon for $625 or on a monthly plan ($26 per month for a 2 year contract). But let’s take a closer look at the tech specs, shall we?

In terms of design, the Moto Z Droid is very sleek and sexy, being also incredibly thin, that’s the first thing that will get your attention. As far as built quality goes, there are no concerns in this department, except for the fact that you’ll have to put this baby inside a protective case, as it will make it way more comfortable in daily use (the wooden shell looks and feels awesome) and it will also protect the device from accidents.

The display is 5.5” wide, a beautiful AMOLED variety with quad HD resolution which offers an immersive experience and it’s flagship grade, being a really nice thing to look at from any angle. In the connectivity department, the Moto Z Droid offers a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB Type C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A GPS, Wi Fi Direct, NFC, and obviously the Moto Mod dock connector which will allow you to enhance your baby with various gadgets.

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The battery is the Achile’s heel, having a capacity of only 2600 mAh which is rather pathetic for a flagship as it comes with an endurance rating of just 53 hours. In real life, if you’re a power-use, you should consider yourself lucky to get it through the day on a single charge. However, Moto comes with a Turbo charger in its retail box, which can resurrect a dead battery to 52% in just half an hour.

There are Moto Enhancements and Moto Mods available for the Moto Z Droid , including a high quality JBL speaker, an expandable battery pack and even display mirroring via the Insta Share projector.

Now, as we’re talking about a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 architecture under the hood, the Moto Z Droid performs top notch when it comes to synthetic benchmarks. Needless to say, IRL performance is stellar, as the Moto Z Droid also comes with Motorola’s Mobile Computing System and an Adreno 520 GPU, together with a healthy 4 GB of RAM. Everything runs buttery smooth and the Z is a clear upgrade when compared to the previous generation.

The main camera has a resolution of 13 MP and it offers great sharpness and great color reproduction, but truth be told, there’s room for improvement in terms of performance (focus speed and stuff like that). There’s also a 5 MP unit for selfies and video calls, while the video capabilities are there: 4k@30 FPS, 1080p@60 FPS.

Bottom line, the Moto Z Droid is a true flagship, with a thin and minimalist design, a good camera (though not the best out there), sub-par battery life, a beautiful AMOLED screen, being a firm flagship choice if you’re ready to search the internet for a good deal (currently Best Buy has it at $200 off, which is as hot as it gets).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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