Motorola Moto Z2 Force review
Flagship durability and performance
The Moto Z2 Force has a 5.5” shatterproof Super AMOLED display, protected under warranty. The display has Quad HD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels), so every tiny detail is shown, be that through browsing the web or streaming movies.
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Although the phone is not shockproof or resistant to all damage from drops, it does have an extremely strong 7000 series aluminium unibody. This is coloured in either Super Black or Fine Gold.
The unibody is just 6.1mm thick, although there is a camera bump protruding out from this on the back. The Moto Z2 Force is very light at 143g and has a water repellent nano-coating, for protecting it against the elements.
The Moto Z2 Force is blazing fast with a 2.35GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM. This really does mean that there is no noticeable lag when opening apps or performing tasks.
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Following the latest trend, this Motorola phone has a USB Type-C port for connecting headphones, although there is a 3.5mm port adapter supplied in the box. For enjoying media out loud, there is a front ported loud speaker, that avoids sound-muffling issues experienced on some phones that have the speaker on the back.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint security secures the Moto Z2 Force but if you prefer you can set up more traditional security, such as a PIN, password or pattern unlock code.
There is plenty of room for transferring content over from an old smartphone or iPhone. The internal 64GB memory can also be boosted by inserting a microSD card with a value of up to 2TB.
The Motorola Moto Z2 Force has the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system pre-loaded. Motorola has confirmed that the phone will get an Android O update, which will also update the Bluetooth from version 4.2 to 5.0.
Bluetooth 5.0 is more of a ‘big deal’ than you might think. It quadruples the range, increases data broadcasting capacity by 800% and doubles speed.
The Moto touch
The Moto touch lets you set up quick gestures to get to the features you use the most fast. You can also read notifications without unlocking the phone and buy Moto Mods to add a stereo speaker, a projector, 100% more battery life or a 360 degrees camera.
Camera & Video
12MP dual camera
The 12MP dual camera adds new tricks to Motorola’s photography offering:
- Selective Focus - Add a blur effect to background or foreground objects in the image
- Selective Black + White - Keep main subjects in full colour while the foreground or background images are made black & white
There is a great deal of tech at work to help you get great photographic results. In Pro mode you can adjust the shutter speed, white balance, exposure, focal length and ISO.
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Motorola has also added Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL), Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), Laser Auto Focus and a Colour Correlated Temperature dual LED flash. You can also shoot video at 4K quality.
5MP selfie camera
The 5MP wide angle selfie camera captures an 85 degrees field of view. It is aided by a LED flash and Auto Night Mode. Motorola has also added Beautification software.
All day battery
The 2,730mAh battery is far from the highest capacity that we have seen in a smartphone. It does however last all day under typical usage patterns, keeps the phone slim and can be bolstered by buying a Moto Mod, if so desired.
The really good news here is that a 15W TurboPower charger is supplied and this can give hours of use in a matter of minutes.
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Written by: Michael Brown