Moto Z Droid review

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Introduction

Lenovotorola. Motonovo. Motorola. We should stop dwelling on what to call them as it really doesn’t matter now. Since Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola has been completed, Lenovo has developed a successor to the Moto X lineup which had a great three-generation run.

Sure, other aspects of Motorola’s Moto X have been phased away, namely, Moto Maker. It allowed consumers to customize (aesthetically) their Moto X exactly how they wanted, but we haven’t heard it mentioned for the Moto Z. It seems that Lenovo doesn’t think Moto Maker is worth the trouble, anymore. Well, at least for now. Maybe the company will bring it back or launch it later closer to the holiday season.

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he Moto Z is one of two devices part of the Moto Z lineup. The Moto Z Force is near-identical to the Moto Z, in fact, both Verizon models share the same XT1650 model number with a “-01” or “-02” to differentiate the two. The Z Force has a larger 3,500mAh battery, shatter proof display, and higher-resolution 21MP rear facing camera.

Sidenote: This review is based on the Moto Z Droid, which is the US version of the internationally available Moto Z. The phone is available exclusively on Verizon’s network in the US. The carrier has successfully held onto its exclusive ‘Droid’ branding for about 7 years now which kicked off with the Motorola Droid, then the Droid RAZRs, and more recently the Droid Turbo 2, all of which were Verizon exclusives in the US. This is also the first time a “Droid” device shares the “Moto” branding as well. It looks like Verizon’s terms with the Droid branding have changed seeing as there is no sign of “Verizon” branding on this phone.

Key features

  • 5.5″ AMOLED screen, QHD (1440×2560 / 535 ppi), Gorilla Glass,
  • Water-resistant nano-coating (splash-proof but not submersible)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 – dual-core 2.15 GHz Kyro & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kyro w/ Adreno 530, 4GB of RAM
  • 32 or 64GB of internal storage, microSD expandable up to 2TB
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Moto Enhancements (Moto Voice, Moto Display, and Moto Actions)
  • 13MP camera, f/1.8 aperture, 1.12-µm pixels, OIS, laser autofocus, dual-tone LED flash. 1080p video @ 30 or 60fps, 4K @ 30fps.
  • 8MP front-facing camera with wide angle, front-facing LED flash
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • U.S. Version – CDMA: 850, 1900MHz, GSM/GRPS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz), UTMS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100MHz), LTE Bands: 2, 3, 5, 7, 13
  • 2,600 mAh battery, Moto 15W Turbo Charger USB