Motorola Moto Z review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Motorola Moto Z
Motorola Moto Z
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Quick Verdict

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.

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 Moto Z at a glance
When does the Moto Z come out? Available from October 2016
What’s new about the Moto Z? moto mod compatibility, Snapdragon 820 processor
How much does the Moto Z cost? Originally $999 outright

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

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.

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  • The Motorola Moto Z originally sold in Australia for $699 outright.
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OS Android 6
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 2560 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 535
Processor Snapdragon 820
Height (mm) 155.3
Width (mm) 75.3
Depth (mm) 5.2
Weight (g) 136
Battery size (mAh) 2,600
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 13
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed N/A
NFC support Yes
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Updated February 21st, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6
2160 x 1080
64GB
3,000
5.7
1440 x 720
32GB
4,000
Motorola Moto E5
Motorola Moto E5
5.7
1440 x 720
16GB
4,000
5.7
2160 x 1080
32GB
3,000
5.9
2180 x 1080
64GB
3,200
5.2
1920 x 1080
64GB
3,000
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
3,000
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
3,000
5.5
1920 × 1080
64GB
3,000
5
1280 × 720
16GB
2,800
5
854 × 480
16GB
2,350
5.5
1920 x 1080
16GB
3,000
5
1920 x 1080
16GB
2,800
5.2
1920 x 1080
16GB
32GB
3,000
5.5
1920 x 1080
32GB
3,510
5.5
2560 x 1440
64GB
2,600
5
1280 × 720
16GB
2,800
5.4
2560 x 1440
32GB
3,760

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Nick Broughall

Nick is an award-winning journalist with 15 years experience writing about the latest technology. He has edited the Australian versions of some of the country’s leading technology publications, including Gizmodo, TechRadar and T3 magazine, as well as contributing to sites like the Sydney Morning Herald, Cnet, Lifehacker and news.com.au. In 2016 he was awarded the Best Reviewer title at the 14th Annual IT Journalism Awards and has been a finalist for the best reviewer, best consumer technology journalist and best news journalist on multiple occasions over the years. Currently, Nick is the Group Publisher for the Technology and Telco categories at finder and enjoys finding ways to communicate how technology helps to make life better.

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