Motorola Moto Z review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Motorola wants you to make your own phone with the modular Moto Z, but it has a way to go to prove the platform is worth the investment.

5.5 inches

Display size

1440 x 2560px

64GB

Internal storage

13 MP

Rear camera

2,600 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 535
Rear camera megapixels 13MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 155.3mm x 75.3mm x 5.2mm
Weight 136g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 820
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 6
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 2,600mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$999
Launch date2016-09
Motorola Moto Z

The good

  • Thin design
  • Lots of flexibility with moto mods
  • Good performance for a phone of its era

The bad

  • Adding moto mods can quickly get expensive
  • Ordinary battery life
  • Weird button placement

Motorola's original moto mod compatible handset introduced modular accessories to the world – a premium approach that the company has stuck with for its premium phones.

Go back a little over 10 years and you’ll remember that Motorola (alongside Nokia) ruled the mobile world. The RAZR was an icon of personal communication, with its thin design and robust flip build quality, years before Steve Jobs announced the iPhone.

The company has been bought and sold by Google since those days and is now owned by Lenovo. Motorola pinned its hopes to the modular ecosystem for hardware that was built into the Moto Z and Moto Z Play as well as newer handsets like the Moto Z2 Play and Moto Z3 Play.

Launching alongside some pretty impressive first- and third-party modular attachments, the Moto Z was designed to try and accommodate a simple, intuitive modular ecosystem. For the most part it succeeds, with an intelligent system that comes with impressive mod attachments, though the cumulative costs can be prohibitive.

Design

  • Thin design
  • It's all about the mods
  • Weird button placement
Moto Z review with hasselblad

Camera

  • Standard camera is ordinary
  • Hasselblad mod is much better, but it's a pricey mod.

Performance

  • Snapdragon 820 gives it enough power
  • Moto actions are practical and fun

Battery life

  • 2600 mAh battery

Verdict

  • A pioneer in modular phones, but one that is definitely showing its age.

Pricing and availability

Motorola Moto Z

Motorola's stylish Moto Z

The Motorola Moto Z combines distinct style with camera power to make an exceptional smartphone.

Promoted

  • The Motorola Moto Z originally sold in Australia for $699 outright.

Motorola Moto Z specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1440 x 2560
Pixels per inch (PPI) 535
Rear camera megapixels 13MP
Rear camera aperture size f/1.8
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 155.3mm x 75.3mm x 5.2mm
Weight 136g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed N/A
Processor Snapdragon 820
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 6
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 2TB
Battery capacity 2,600mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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