Motorola Moto Z2 Force

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Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Motorola Moto Z2 Force's screen is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.35 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2730mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2730 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 16.7 days standby time, 1440 minutes (2G), 904 minutes (3G).



The best of Motorola just isn't good enough for the rest of us.

- Daniel Bader , Android Central 

The Moto Z2 Force combines a shatterproof screen with an innovative collection of Moto Mods, but its dual cameras aren’t stellar.

- Mark Spoonauer , Tom's Guide 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 24 reviews

What's good

  • Plenty of storage space
  • microSD support
  • MotoMods add flexibility
  • Blazing performance
  • TurboCharge support

What's bad

  • Price
  • MotoMods add further to price
  • Poor low-light camera performance
  • ShatterShield display prone to scratches
  • No headphone jack

Moto’s Z-series continues to redefine mobile phones with their modular add-ons and exclusive features. Their latest release is more refinement than revolutionary. So after a few generations on the market, is the Moto Z2 Force showing Moto hitting their stride?

Reviewers have had a few weeks with their phones. Let’s see what they think!

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Due to supporting previous MotoMods, the design of the Moto Z2 Force is similar to its predecessors. However, reviewers were quick to point out how thin the phone is and how comfortable the rounded edges rests in the hand.

With an aluminum chassis, the phone is also light and appears sturdy.

Some reviewers felt this lightness was more problem than benefit. Chipchick said, “… without a Mod on the back, the exposed back feels cheap, and the phone feels so thin and light that sometimes it felt like a strong gust of wind would rip it out of my grasp.”

As with previous designs, you’ll also find the MotoMod connector at the bottom of the phone’s backplate.

Heading around front, you’re greeted by a 5.5-inch 1440p OLED display. The screen received ample praise with Android Police describing as, “beautiful to look at with accurate colors, [with] better viewing angles than last year's Force, and enough brightness to be visible outdoors.”

It also features Moto’s ShatterShield technology. This plastic coating makes the phone resistant to cracking due to falls or drops.

Yet, reviewers found that the coating also made the phone prone to scratching. Business Insider noted, “You do not want to put this phone in the same pocket as your keys. Again, in trying to solve one problem (in this case, breakable glass), Motorola has created an even bigger one.”

Reviews take an upswing again for performance. With a 2.35Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor and 4 to 6GB of RAM (depending on your region), the phone goes toe to toe with 2017’s biggest releases.

Android Authority described performance as, “fluid and responsive with fast app load times, smooth scrolling, and a seamless multitasking experience.”

The phone ships with Android 7.1 Nougat. With 64 to 128GB of internal storage (again, depending on your region), there’s plenty of room to keep your favorite apps and media on-hand.

However, some reviewers noted an abundance of bloatware. Many review models included as much as 17GB of software pre-installed out of the box.

If you need to expand your storage, support for microSD cards up to 2TB makes it cheap and easy.

If you’re looking to take pictures with your phone, reviews are mixed. The 12MP dual-lens rear camera takes good shots in well-lit situations, but has issues as lighting drops. Android Authority attributes this to a lack of optical image stabilization. Some reviews also had issues with slow shutter speeds occasionally.

While the 5MP front-facing lens received high marks, the beautification mode was hit or miss for many reviewers.

On paper, the Moto Z2 Force appears to take a significant hit in battery life compared to its predecessors. Fortunately, reviewers found that even with a smaller 2,730mAh battery, the phone lasted a full day for most. However, many were quick to recommend a spare charger for heavy phone users.

If you should find yourself low on power, the included TurboCharge adapter saw full recharges in around an hour with a substantial top-off available in as little as 20 minutes.

Despite these points, reviewers had trouble recommending the phone. Most of their concern related to price. While adding MotoMods allows the phone to compete with other flagships on camera, battery life and other aspects, they add to the cost. When the phone is already priced similar to top tier offerings before accessories, the value is questionable.

ChipChick summed up opinions well, saying, “It’d be wrong to say the Moto Z2 Force is a bad phone — it’s an exceptional performer, the camera is at least satisfactory, and the lightweight UI is pleasant to use. But, [at its price], it’s just not good enough to compete with every other Android phone at that price.”


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


Tech Advisor

Too expensive, even before mods

from Tech Advisor

As a software experience, the Moto Z2 Force is excellent. But the Moto Mod ecosystem means you’re spending a hell of a lot on accessories that are only useful for the lifetime of the device.

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As a software experience, the Moto Z2 Force is excellent. But the Moto Mod ecosystem means you’re spending a hell of a lot on accessories that are only useful for the lifetime of the device.

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Absolute Geeks

If it isn’t broken, innovate and improve anyway

from Absolute Geeks

The Moto Z2 Force finally proves that modular smartphones aren’t the stuff of science fiction anymore. What began as sort of a gimmick last year, has now evolved into a truly excellent added functionality to what is already an excellent phone.

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The Moto Z2 Force finally proves that modular smartphones aren’t the stuff of science fiction anymore. What began as sort of a gimmick last year, has now evolved into a truly excellent added functionality to what is already an excellent phone.

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TechRadar

Expanding the MotoMods universe

from TechRadar

The Moto Z2 Force 2 is here with its guaranteed shatter-resistant glass screen and even more MotoMods, including a 360-degree camera and a Game Pad. You're going to pay a price for the mods, but it's the only modular handset doing it mostly right.

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The Moto Z2 Force 2 is here with its guaranteed shatter-resistant glass screen and even more MotoMods, including a 360-degree camera and a Game Pad. You're going to pay a price for the mods, but it's the only modular handset doing it mostly right.

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Alphr

Returns with a slimmer design and a performance boost

from Alphr

Motorola’s latest is a very tempting alternative to the usual crowd of fragile devices we see in shops, but at £735, this indestructible phone is no longer a force to be reckoned with.

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Motorola’s latest is a very tempting alternative to the usual crowd of fragile devices we see in shops, but at £735, this indestructible phone is no longer a force to be reckoned with.

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Gadget Review

A durable and cleverly designed top-end smartphone

from Gadget Review

The Moto Z2 Force is best thought of polished Moto Z. Many of the same qualities are carried over, such as the super thin profile, clean software, magnetic pin system for modular add-ons, and unfortunately those substantial front bezels. Motorola is essentially betting that improved internals, a secondary camera sensor, and wider variety of Moto Mods is what it takes to succeed.

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The Moto Z2 Force is best thought of polished Moto Z. Many of the same qualities are carried over, such as the super thin profile, clean software, magnetic pin system for modular add-ons, and unfortunately those substantial front bezels. Motorola is essentially betting that improved internals, a secondary camera sensor, and wider variety of Moto Mods is what it takes to succeed.

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Talk Android

Sleek and powerful, but the battery’s not great

from Talk Android

The Moto Z2 Force is a really, really good phone. It’s just not a great phone anymore. The competition has gotten even more fierce, battery life has taken a dip, and lots of design decisions feel like they’re trying to coerce you into buying Moto Mods to correct what Lenovo should have done better.

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The Moto Z2 Force is a really, really good phone. It’s just not a great phone anymore. The competition has gotten even more fierce, battery life has taken a dip, and lots of design decisions feel like they’re trying to coerce you into buying Moto Mods to correct what Lenovo should have done better.

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Chip Chick

A fine improvement, albeit a pricey one

from Chip Chick

It’d be wrong to say the Moto Z2 Force is a bad phone — it’s an exceptional performer, the camera is at least satisfactory, and the lightweight UI is pleasant to use. But, with a price tag hovering around $700 or $800, it’s just not good enough to compete with every other Android phone at that price. Battery life and camera quality are all behind, and while they can both be improved with Moto Mods, you can see how the cost of owning a competitive Moto Z2 Force can skyrocket above $1,000 very quickly.

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It’d be wrong to say the Moto Z2 Force is a bad phone — it’s an exceptional performer, the camera is at least satisfactory, and the lightweight UI is pleasant to use. But, with a price tag hovering around $700 or $800, it’s just not good enough to compete with every other Android phone at that price. Battery life and camera quality are all behind, and while they can both be improved with Moto Mods, you can see how the cost of owning a competitive Moto Z2 Force can skyrocket above $1,000 very quickly.

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Business Insider

Strong and shatterproof — and really annoying

from Business Insider

I give Lenovo and Motorola credit for at least trying something different. But modular accessory systems remain a bad idea, and the Z2 Force's shatterproof display is marred by its extreme susceptibility to scratching. Everything the Z2 Force does well can be found on other phones with better cameras, smarter designs, and/or longer battery life. Go with Samsung's Galaxy S8 or LG's G6 instead.

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I give Lenovo and Motorola credit for at least trying something different. But modular accessory systems remain a bad idea, and the Z2 Force's shatterproof display is marred by its extreme susceptibility to scratching. Everything the Z2 Force does well can be found on other phones with better cameras, smarter designs, and/or longer battery life. Go with Samsung's Galaxy S8 or LG's G6 instead.

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GSMArena

Nothing less, nothing more

The Moto Z2 Force is one of the more compelling devices of 2017. But we can't help but think it should have been priced more competitively. After all, the phone doesn't come with any earbuds but a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter is tossed in. Additionally, if you're looking at getting Moto Mods, the price will quickly rack up with every one you add to the mix. If you can get in on one of the ongoing carrier deals for the Moto Z2 Force, it'd be a much easier pill to swallow.

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The Moto Z2 Force is one of the more compelling devices of 2017. But we can't help but think it should have been priced more competitively. After all, the phone doesn't come with any earbuds but a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter is tossed in. Additionally, if you're looking at getting Moto Mods, the price will quickly rack up with every one you add to the mix. If you can get in on one of the ongoing carrier deals for the Moto Z2 Force, it'd be a much easier pill to swallow.

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Android Authority

No doubt a good phone

from Android Authority

The Moto Z2 Force brings dual cameras, more Moto Mods, a shatterproof screen and availability on all U.S. carriers, but the phone's shortcomings and compromised battery leads to a phone that isn't as compelling as it could have been.

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The Moto Z2 Force brings dual cameras, more Moto Mods, a shatterproof screen and availability on all U.S. carriers, but the phone's shortcomings and compromised battery leads to a phone that isn't as compelling as it could have been.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date August 10, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.35 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.87 W/kg
Body: 1.1 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2730 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 1101 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 592 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time 623 minutes
Talk Time 1440 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 904 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Super Black, Fine Gold, Lunar Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.6 x 7.6 x 0.6 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.2 in)
Weight 143 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 534 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera), Zero shutter lag, Phase detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Night mode, Wide-Angle 85° lens
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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