Moto Z Droid Review: Birth Of A New Successor: Multimedia, Audio Quality, And Loudspeaker

By 08:09 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


The Moto Z relies on stock Google apps for viewing photos, video playback, and the music player. The Gallery in question is part of Google's Photos service. If you are familiar with Google Photos, then you'll be quite familiar with the interface.

Camera roll views can be changed with pinch-to-zoom

The stock offering also offers many basic editing features to assist you crop, rotate, and adjust basic levels. There's also an "auto enhance" feature which automatically adjusts the photo the way Google's software thinks it should look.

Various photo editing tools

Video playback is just as simple as the photo viewer. There is also an "edit" button but it only allows you to crop the video's length. Unfortunately, the stock video player doesn't come close to 3rd party video players that you can find on the Play Store with features like additional format and subtitle support.

Video playback: tools • options • editor

Google Play Music

The Moto Z uses Google Play music as the stock music player which offers a free music streaming service (think YouTube, but for music and ad-supported). These days, it's more common to either subscribe to a music service or stream music from a free service. The days of loading 20GB of music to a microSD card are slowly being left behind in the past.

Album art: Now Playing • notification • lockscreen

Google Music: home • settings • equalizer

When using Google Music, you'll be shown a YouTube icon which will hold you to that song's music video on YouTube (if it has one). Besides the "Now Playing" screen, album art can be seen in the notification shade (along with music controls) and the lock classy screen also features the album art in a full-classy screen version.

Audio is loud and clear

The Motorola Moto Z Droid delivered excellently clean output when used with an active external amplifier, getting top marks across the board. Its volume was nicely high too so a remarkable start for a phone with no headphone jack.

Degradation caused by headphones is about a very contained hike in stereo crosstalk. Output remains very clear and pretty loud so top marks for the Moto Z here.

And now here go the results so you can do your comparison.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Motorola Moto Z Droid

+0.02, -0.05-93.693.60.0046


Motorola Moto Z Droid (headphones)

+0.03, -0.04-93.793.60.018


Huawei P9 Plus

+0.04, -0.01-97.498.90.0040


Huawei P9 Plus (headphones)

+0.03, -0.38-95.895.90.0055


Sony Xperia X Performance

+0.01, -0.04-


Sony Xperia X Performance (headphones)

+0.23, -0.17-



+0.01, -0.04-92.692.60.0051


LG G5 (headphones)

+0.05, -0.01-


Xiaomi Mi 5

+0.01, -0.03-95.395.10.0034


Xiaomi Mi 5 (headphones)+0.01, -0.03-


Samsung Galaxy S7

+0.01, -0.04-92.592.60.0027


Samsung Galaxy S7 (headphones)+0.05, -0.05-91.992.10.0044


Apple iPhone 6s+0.03, -0.04-93.593.50.00160.0075-73.2

Apple iPhone 6s (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.06-93.893.90.00300.101-68.2

Motorola Moto Z Droid frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Loudspeaker test

The Moto Z is not too different from previous Moto X models. The Moto X Style features dual, front-facing, stereo speakers. The only incompatibility with the Moto Z is there is only one speaker, and it's also the earpiece for making calls.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

HTC 10 (Theater mode) 61.9 66.0 62.1 Below Average

Apple iPhone 6s Plus 65.8 65.1 64.6 Below Average

HTC 10 (Music mode) 63.1 66.7 74.3 Average

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 70.0 69.1 71.8 Good

OnePlus 3 62.4 71.0 77.8 Good

Lenovo Moto Z Droid 64.5 66.2 81.8 Good

Huawei P9 72.1 66.6 75.6 Good

Huawei Nexus 6P 74.7 77.8 72.1 Very Good

While the loudspeaker isn't too loud with spoken word or video clips, Motorola made sure that it was loud enough for ringtones. The speaker in the Moto Z tends not to have such a strong low or mid-range, but the mid-to-high range for treble sounds is much louder and clearer (which is what a ringtone typically makes). The speaker makes just the correct amount of compromise, while still making sure you don't miss any calls.



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