Moto X Force review
The first smartphone with a shatterproof display
The Motorola Moto X Force is the world’s first smartphone to have a shatterproof display and this is combined with a great all-round spec.
The Moto ShatterShield display is covered with a 4 year warranty against cracks and is made up from 5 layers. These include layers designed to protect the display from dents and abrasion. 2 layers of touch sensors have been integrated as a back-up and the whole display is fixed onto rigid aluminium to ensure structural integrity.
The front of the Moro X Force is almost all screen and the 5.4” display has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The front-ported speaker sits below the screen and there are a total of 5 microphones working with active noise cancellation.
A water repellent nano-coating protects against moderate levels of water, such as spills and light rain, and this smartphone weighs 169g. The curved back is pleasing in the hand and this gives dimensions of 7.6mm at the edges and 9.2mm in the centre.
The octa-core 2GHz processor with 3GB RAM is one of the fastest around and is perfect for multitasking or playing graphic intensive games. The 32GB internal memory can be expanded upon with microSD cards with a value of up to 2TB, although it should be noted that only 200GB microSD cards are made at this time.
Phone Set Up
The set up of the Moto X Force is simplified by Motorola choosing to give a pure Android experience. This basically means that there is no annoying bloatware, where many apps do the same thing.
Android’s Lollipop OS provides nearly all of the Google services you may want, such as Maps and Gmail and with access to Google Play, more apps can be downloaded as desired.
One feature that Motorola did decide to offer on top of the Android OS is Motorola Assist. This feature is aware of what the user is doing and can be set to automatically reply to incoming messages when the user is driving or only let priority calls through during meetings or when the user is asleep.
Life is also made easier with the option to use your voice to get directions or search for information.
Camera & Video
The main camera on the Moto X Force has an amazing 21MP resolution and with a colour balancing dual-LED flash, even photographs taken under low light are exposed with natural looking colours. A rapid focus with zero shutter lag helps further and with such a high resolution camera, almost no loss of detail is noticeable when using the 4x digital zoom.
Further popular camera features include Burst mode, Panorama, 4K video recording and Slow Motion playback. The secondary selfie camera has a 5MP resolution and the wide angle lens aids group shots. The large 1.4um pixel size on the camera sensor captures more light and this ensures that great low light selfies can be taken.
The high-capacity 3,760mAh battery is real plus for the Moto X Force and this gives 48 hours of use under typical mixed usage scenarios. The Moto X Force is also compatible with wireless chargers and the TurboPower Charger, which in 15 minutes can give up to 13 hours of use.
Moto X Force verdict: It should be stated that although the phone has a shatterproof display the phone itself isn’t shatterproof. This said, the Moto X Force is an excellent phone with its best points being the screen resolution, camera resolution and high capacity battery. If you are in the market for a premium smartphone then the Moto X Force won’t disappoint.
Written by: Michael Brown