Motorola Moto Z review
The world’s thinnest premium smartphone
The Motorola Moto Z was released in the US last year but it has only just made its way to the UK. Even though there has been a delay, this Motorola phone is highly desirable and will introduce the UK to Moto Mods, but more on that later.
If you are looking for the world’s thinnest premium smartphone, then don’t hesitate in reading our Motorola Moto Z review.
Design and durability
Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, have created the world’s thinnest premium smartphone and its ultra-thin body measures only 5.19mm thick. The Moto Z is made from military aircraft grade aluminium and stainless steel, with the use of these materials keeping the weight light at 136 grams.
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Protruding from the back is a highly stylised camera module. Beneath this is the Motorola logo and a series of dotted electronic connectors that marry up those on Moto Mods.
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The back face has a dual textured finish and a water repellent coating protects the Moto Z from the inside out. For sound and call quality, there is a front ported speaker and four microphones.
The 5.5” Quad HD display has 77 percent more pixels than a 1080p display. This resolution equates to 2560 x 1440 pixels at a ratio of 535 pixels per inch. The practicality of the water repellent coating and robustness of the metal body, is continued with Corning Gorilla Glass protecting the front from scratches and knocks.
Phone Set Up
The Moto Z does away with passwords and PINs in favour of biometric security. The fingerprint scanner is integrated into the square-shaped home key and allows the owner to wake up and unlock the phone in one move.
Unlike some fingerprint readers, the one used on the Moto Z will recognise a fingerprint through a full 360 degrees.
The Motorola Moto Z has a 32GB internal memory. A microSD card slot allows owners to connect a memory card with a value of up to 2TB. This Motorola phone has a USB Type-C port for connecting headphones, a data cable or charger.
This means that there is no 3.5mm audio jack but Motorola has put a 3.5mm to UCB-C headphone adapter in the box.
The Moto Z has the ability to pair up with Moto Mods. These snap onto the back of the phone magnetically and connect to the phone using the dotted electronic connectors that we mentioned earlier.
Moto Mods can be purchased to boost the performance of the phone or add new functionality. Mods includes a JBL boombox, a movie projector and a battery power pack.
Moto Actions are motions and gestures that can be used to quickly perform tasks. You can wave over the phone to see what is new with a discrete preview of notifications and updates or play and pause music without unlocking the phone.
Further actions includes twisting the wrist to open the camera, making two downward chops to turn on the flashlight and placing the Moto Z face down to activate do not disturb mode.
Processor & OS
The Moto Z has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 1.8GHz processor with 4GB RAM. This huge amount of RAM makes easy work of multitasking, streaming and game play.
The Moto Z is powered by Google’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. Many features can be controlled by using your voice, such as asking for directions, getting answers to questions or searching for information.
Camera & Video
The advanced low light 13MP camera uses laser auto focus, optical image stabilisation and zero shutter lag to capture great results. For low light, the Colour Correlated Temperature flash with dual LEDs helps the camera capture natural looking results.
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Shooting modes includes Professional mode, Best Shot, Burst mode, Night mode and Panorama. Auto HDR kicks in when there are dark and light elements in the shot and you can get up close to the action with the 8x digital zoom.
The main camera can be used to record video and you can capture and play back 4K video on the same screen. 4K video is captured at a rate of 30 frames per second, while 1080p video is captured at 60 frames per second.
Video modes includes Slow Motion video and Video HDR.
The 5MP selfie camera has a wide angle lens for capturing more friends when taking group selfies. The selfie camera has its own flash and bigger pixels for better results in low light.
All of your photos can be backed up, organised and made searchable through the pre-loaded Google Photos app. Google offers free storage for 2 years, at original quality.