The Moto Z Force Droid is Motorola’s latest flagship smartphone, being designed, developed and built entirely under Lenovo’s ownership. In case you did not know it, Motorola sold its mobile phones division to the Chinese tech giant a few months ago.
The Moto Z Force Droid is the sequel (bigger, better, faster, more) of last years’ Droid Turbo 2, which was a Verizon exclusive in the United States and sold to the rest of the plebes under the Moto X Force moniker.
In terms of design, the main difference between the Moto Z Force Droid and the regular Moto Z is in thickness, the rest is relatively identical, being pretty hard to tell them apart from a distance.
The Force particle stands for sheer hardware power, as the Moto Z Force Droid comes with a beefier battery, significantly larger not just a marketing gimmick, a better camera (as in a higher res) and a tougher chassis featuring a shatter proof display, which can withstand drops from up to five feet on a hard surface.
Overall, the Moto Z Force Droid is a great deal if you can afford the price, compared to the regular Z, if you can live with its fatness.
Truth be told, the Moto Z Force Droid competes head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, as they’re both water resistant/shock proof. The Moto Z Force Droid is only splash resistant actually, but I’ve seen videos with the S7 Active drowning when immersed in water, so I’d take that IP 68 Certification with a big grain of Himalayan salt, i.e. I wouldn’t try it on my own S7 Active, if you know what I mean.
Moving along with the review, the Moto Z Force Droid comes with a mega-cool 30 watt Turbo Charger and it’s compatible with Moto Mods (Check out my previous article about Mods).
In terms of design, as I already told you, this baby is quasi-identical to the Z except for its 25 percent extra thickness which makes it 16 percent heavier, due to the beefy 3500 mAh power plant.
The smartphone comes with a style-shell inside the retail box which mimics wood and looks pretty weird in this writer’s opinion. Unless you’re from Alabama, the Charcoal Ash Style Shell will make you scratch your head, or at least that was my first reaction.
The display is a 5.5 inches wide and truly beautiful AMOLED variety, with QHD resolution and excellent quality, being one of the best I’ve ever seen. In terms of connectivity, everything’s on the menu, ranging from Bluetooth latest gen, LTE latest gen, NFC, GPS, Glonass, Wi-Fi Direct and, last but not least, the Moto Dock connector.
The 3500 mAh battery is also outstanding in regard to autonomy, as it confers this droid an impressive 88 hours endurance rating, which is quite a lot in our day and age, i.e. more than 3 days for a flagship smartphone it’s amazing.
But, to get all these goodies, you’ll have to pay the price for the premium, which is 100 bucks vs the regular Z, so keep that in mind folks.
Given the Moto Dock, you’ll be able to enhance your Droid experience via Moto Mods, which include cool stuff like the Mod Insta Share projector, which transforms your smartphone into a video-projector (duh!), a high end JBL made loudspeaker for listening your favorite tracks and various expandable battery packs.
Performance wise,this baby is flabbergasting to say the least, as it features Motorola’s Mobile Computing System that works alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system on chip, which is paired with an Adreno 530 GPU together with a plentiful 4 gigabytes of RAM for offering an out-of-this-world Android experience, regardless what task you’ll be throwing at it. Long story short, the Force is strong in the Moto Z Force Droid, as it also runs strong in the family, if you catch my drift.
The camera is a little bit on the slow side, meaning that it takes a while until it focuses and what not, but the pictures are great, with lots of resolved detail, due to its 21 megapixels sensor, phase detection auto-focus and all the bells and whistles imaginable. Also, the Moto Z Force Droid is capable of taking cool 4K videos, so you’re covered on all fronts.
Bottom line, if you want a Lenovo Made Moto flagship, sturdy and reliable, offering quite a punch in terms of processing power, an amazing display, great battery life and Moto Mods, i.e. modular accessories together with a top-notch Android experience, the Moto Z Force Droid is a match made in heaven for you.