The brand new Moto Z and Moto Z Play have been making headlines as they’re customizable modular phones and really good in terms of performance, battery life and more. This is one reason why we recommend it, especially to those who like flaunting something new and unique. If you’re not a big Apple or Samsung fan, you might just like this one. Read on to find out why it’s a good idea to own the all-new Lenovo Moto Z…
1. The Moto Mods
The mods are one of the coolest things about the Moto Z series. They’re added accessories that stay attached to the back of the phone with the help of strong built in magnets. When a Moto mod is docked, a vibration confirms that the module was recognized and paired with the system. With the mods, you can transform the phone into a projector or add an external battery using its unique modular approach. In fact, Motorola plans to introduce enough mods in the market in the near future.
The mods work with both the models: Moto Z and Moto Z Play. A plus point here is the variety of mods available including: Incipio Power Pack (a battery enhancer with 2,220 mAh), a Hasselblad True Zoom camera (camera module), JBL SoundBoost (loudspeaker) and the Moto Insta-Share projector (projector) but yes, a major drawback is their price. The HasselBlad Mod and the projector are priced at Rs 19,999 each, and the JBL Mod and the battery enhancer at Rs 6,999 and Rs 5,999. The phone also has a Style Mod, which is a pretty bulky back cover for the phone. Over all, we’d say Moto Z, running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is a good package and frankly the one feature that actually justifies its price point (Rs 39,999 for 64GB). The Mods are no doubt an advantage but if you plan to buy the phone just for the mods, you could instead go for the cheaper version, Z Play which is also equipped with them and costs Rs 24,999 (32GB).
2. Moto Z is Water-Resistant and Shatterproof
The Moto Z is one of the slimmest phones available in the market currently at a mere 5.2 mm (0.2 inch) and comes with a shatterproof display, while the Moto Z Play is slightly thicker and comes packed with a 3,510 mAh battery. They’re both water resistant but not waterproof, so there are chances of an accidental damage like liquid spills on the display. This is somewhat common when it comes to smartphones and can leave the phone damaged. There are higher chances of this if you plan to buy the Moto Z Play but with the Moto Z, you need not worry as it’s capable of handling typical accidental drops.
3. Great camera
With a 13MP rear camera sporting an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation, Moto Z offers a great shooting experience. With 13MP, you can imagine the picture clarity and sharpness. Also, Motorola has replaced the default camera app, and the one on the Z gets a professional mode, where you can adjust exposure, shutter speed, white balance, etc. The front camera at 5MP with flash is equally good even under low light, ensuring clear video calls.
4. Good Battery Life
The Moto Z comes with a 2,600mAH battery, you may think this is a bit of a letdown considering its specifications but it wins for its long lasting battery life and that too in just a single charge. The turbo charger ensures that your phone charges pretty quick, with just over 15 minutes of charging almost shooting the battery up by 50%. The Moto Z Play, on the other hand has a high-capacity, 3,510 mAh battery which can last impressively longer, for at least over 15 hours.
5. No Headphone Jack
Neither of the Moto Z phones come with the 3.5mm headphone jack, though they come with a USB-C adapter in the box. One of the reasons for this is because the phone is super slim. But that does not mean you can’t use headphones with it, just that you can’t plug in a pair the regular way.
Our final verdict for the Moto Z is – yes you’d like to own one – IF you like the idea of a customizable modular phone and are willing to spend heavily on the mods. The Moto mods are really interesting at first glance, and we look forward to more. But remember, if you’re spending on the mods, you’ll only need to buy the Lenovo mod-ready phone in the future so that you can continue to use the mods. Over all, it’s a pretty good smartphone and one that definitely deserves to last for the longest time. So we recommend buying it with an extended warranty. Not sure which extended warranty plan to go for?
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Value For Money: 7/10
Amazon: Moto Z: Rs. 39,999 (64GB), Moto Z Play: Rs 24, 999 (32GB)
Flipkart: Moto Z: Rs. 39,999 (64GB), Moto Z Play: Rs 24, 999 (32GB)
(Prices are subject to change)