Moto Z Force Droid Review: Toughened Up: Moto Mods

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Moto Mods

The Moto Z Force launches alongside a recent line of expandable accessories which offer a recent type of expandability to the Moto Z lineup. These examples include things like expandable battery packs, a loud speaker for music, and even display mirroring (cue the Moto Mod Insta-Share projector).

Various locations where Moto Mod battery life is shown

When Moto Mods are "docked", the phone vibrates and makes a sound to confirm a successful coupling. If you are using the Moto Mod for the first time, you'll be greeted with the corresponding welcome screens.

The docking is quite straightforward as the Moto Mod is attached via quite strong magnets to the phone so placing it incorrect is out of the question.

Swiping down to the quick toggles is also a remarkable way to check the battery status of your Moto Mod. All the Moto Mods we tested had their own built-in batteries. The JBL SoundBoost Speaker and Moto Insta-Share Projector both have their own integrated batteries.

The Moto widacquire in the home classy screen will also display your Moto Mod's battery status. One more thing, if you have a Moto Mod docked on the Moto Z Force and you plug the phone to charge, the Moto Mod itself will not be charged until your phone's integrated battery reaches 75%.

Moto Mods

Conveniently, both the JBL speaker and Insta-Share Projector have their own USB-C connector ports so you can charge them independently from the phone.

The Tumi battery pack, strangely, does not have its own USB-C slot. So the only way to charge it is by docking it to the phone before putting your Moto Z Force to charge at night.

All the Moto Mods about to be mentioned have their own battery indicators. A button on the flat-side of the Mod can be pressed to show an Light Emitting Diode (LED) which will represent an estimated reading of the power remaining.

Tumi - 2200mAh battery Moto Mod

Tumi battery Moto Mod

One Moto Mod that will likely be popular among Moto Z Force owners is a battery pack that you can (quite, literally) piggy-back onto your phone and transfer juice to your smartphone when it is running low. The one we got to play with is a Tumi battery add-on which contains a 2,200mAh battery. This add-on will revive the Moto Z Force up to 60% from 0%.

Intro classy screen for Power Pack • Power Pack options • Efficiency mode explained

There is also a Kate Spade branded battery pack which brings wireless charging connectivity to the Moto Z Force's charging routine. The Tumi battery pack is also available in a wireless-enabled version. Perhaps the battery pack itself can be charged independently without relying on the phone's dock to start charging.

The non-wireless charging version of either battery shells will set you back $60 while the wireless-enabled versions will burn a $90 hole in your wallet. You'll likely find deals for the Moto Z Force which might toss in a free Moto Mod like a battery pack or JBL speaker.

JBL SoundBoost Speaker

JBL Speaker Moto Mod

JBL has developed a speaker for utilize with the Moto Z Force's Moto Mod dock. There is no setup or pairing required. All you need to do is slap the speaker onto the back of the Moto Z Force and start playing your music or video clip. There is also a kickstand if you don't wish to put your phone face-down on a flat surface (as this commonly causes small bits of dirt to scratch the glass).

JBL SoundBoost Speaker when docked

The speaker Mod contains its own battery which JBL says will last for up to 10 hours of music playback before the Moto Z Force's battery kicks in.

Unlike the battery pack mentioned above, the SoundBoost speaker has its own USB-C port for easy charging.

Moto Insta-Share Projector

The Moto Insta-Share Projector is one of the best Moto Mods available. It's a mini Projector that can be viewed up to 70-inches (diagonally). This Moto Mod mirrors whatever can be viewed on the phone's display and anything goes - from a photo album to a YouTube video.

Insta-Share Projector welcome screens

Rather than huddle around the phone's screen, you can utilize this projector to throw your phone's display onto a wall. We ran the projector for several YouTube videos and only found the phone to become moderately warm thanks to that fan that gives the projector ample air flow to prevent overheating.

Insta-Share options

This projector will set you back $300. Pretty steep for an accessory which only works with the Moto Z Force and that outputs a 480p (854 x 480px to be exact) resolution image. It's also worth mentioning the battery found in the projector is 1,100mAh and will run for 1 hour before depleting the phone's battery, but you can plug the projector to power independently from the Moto Z Force.

Moto Insta-Share Projector

As for audio with the projector, you're pretty much limited to three options: USB-C out (via the 3.5mm adapter), internal speaker, or an external Bluetooth speaker. Unfortunately, it's not possible to simultaneously utilize both the JBL SoundBoost speaker and the Insta-Share Projector.



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