Moto Z review

Moto Z review

 

The Motorola Moto Z comes to the UK and brings with it a premium spec and a more practical modular design, than that seen on the LG G5. The Moto Z is compatible with Moto Mods and these magnetically connect to the phone. There are a number of these Mods available already, such as a projector, boombox or battery powerhouse.

 

Here we take a look at the Moto Z design, features and camera:

 

Moto Z Design

 

Motorola tells us that the Moto Z is the world’s thinnest (5.19mm) premium smartphone and so far we have to concede, after being unable to find a phone that is thinner. This Motorola phone is made from aircraft-grade aluminium and stainless steel and weighs in at only 136 grams.

 

Moto Z ultra thin design

 

The design integrates a 5.5” Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) display and this has 77% more pixels than a Full HD display. Let’s just say that it is pretty well defined. For durability, the display is protected behind toughened Corning Gorilla Glass and the phone’s components are further protected by a water repellent nano-coating.

 

The hardware that powers the experience includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 1.8GHz processor with 4GB RAM. This is paired up with a 32GB internal memory and 2TB microSD card slot.

 

Consumers will be pleased to find that the Moto Z has a front ported loud speaker and a 2,600mAh battery, that should give the typical user around 30 hours of use.

 

On the bottom we find a USB Type-C port for TurboPower charging the phone. TurboPower charging will give you 7 hours of use from just 15 minutes of charge. Noticeably, there is no 3.5mm audio port for connecting headphones but thankfully, Motorola has put an adapter in the box.

 

TurboPower charging

 

Moto Z Features

 

Moto Actions is the feature that stands out most on the Moto Z. Moto Actions are gestures and motions that make common tasks easier to complete. You can for example,wave across the Moto Display to see a preview of notifications and updates or play and pause music without unlocking the phone.
With Moto Actions you can also make a double chop forwards to turn on the flashlight. A twist of the wrist opens the camera, while placing the phone face down puts the phone into do not disturb mode, for notifications and calls.

 

The fingerprint reader can be used to wake and unlock the phone and unlike some of the early fingerprint scanners, the one used on the Moto Z will recognise a fingerprint applied in any orientation.

 

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The Moto Z runs on Google’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system and you can do lots of useful tasks with natural voice commands, such as getting directions, asking questions or searching for information.

 

Moto Z Camera

 

The 13MP low-light camera gets good results through its use of the fast laser auto focus, zero shutter lag, 8x digital zoom and colour correlated temperature flash with dual LEDs. There are numerous shooting modes, including Professional, Best Shot, Night Mode, 4K video recording, and Slow Motion Video.

 

The 5MP front (selfie) camera has a wide angle lens and its own flash. You can shoot in Auto Night Mode and make use of the camera’s beautification software. The Google Photos app is also installed and this lets you back up and save photos in the Cloud.

 

Next review: Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 review

 

Written by: Michael Brown

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