Moto Z Force Droid Review: Toughened Up: Multimedia, Audio Quality, And Loudspeaker

By 08:57 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


Gallery

The Moto Z Force 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 Force 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.

Great audio output

Unsurprisingly, the Motorola Moto Z Force Droid matched the audio output of the regular Moto Z almost perfectly. That’s fine news too, since it means that the flagship delivers perfectly accurate audio with an active external amplifier and matches them with nicely high volume.

Headphones don’t cautilize much damage either - nothing besides a well contained hike in stereo crosstalk. Another remarkable performance by the Moto family.

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

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Motorola Moto Z Force Droid

+0.06, -0.02-94.094.00.0032

0.0076-94.9

Motorola Moto Z Force Droid (headphones)

+0.05, -0.02-94.094.00.025

0.024-76.2

Motorola Moto Z Droid

+0.02, -0.05-93.693.60.0046

0.0097-93.9

Motorola Moto Z Droid (headphones)

+0.03, -0.04-93.793.60.018

0.019-75.4

Huawei P9 Plus

+0.04, -0.01-97.498.90.0040

0.010-96.9

Huawei P9 Plus (headphones)

+0.03, -0.38-95.895.90.0055

0.190-63.7

Sony Xperia X Performance

+0.01, -0.04-95.290.00.0038

0.011-95.1

Sony Xperia X Performance (headphones)

+0.23, -0.17-93.289.30.0078

0.174-64.9

LG G5

+0.01, -0.04-92.692.60.0051

0.0096-93.3

LG G5 (headphones)

+0.05, -0.01-92.292.30.0029

0.037-50.7

Xiaomi Mi 5

+0.01, -0.03-95.395.10.0034

0.0065-95.1

Xiaomi Mi 5 (headphones)+0.01, -0.03-95.295.10.0027

0.013-71.5

Samsung Galaxy S7

+0.01, -0.04-92.592.60.0027

0.0078-92.7

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

0.063-73.4

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 Force Droid frequency response

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

Loudspeaker test

The Droid Turbo 2 (Moto X Force) featured a similar loudspeaker setup as the Moto Z Force does now. There is a single loudspeaker on the front of the phone which also doubles as the earpiece during phone calls. The speaker on the Moto Z Force Droid turned out louder.

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

HTC 10 (Theater mode) 61.9 66.0 62.1 Below Average

Sony Xperia X Performance 62.2 62.0 66.7 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

Motorola Moto X Force 66.3 66.7 71.7 Average

LG G5 68.7 66.2 73.2 Good

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

Lenovo Moto Z Force Droid 69.5 68.0 77.6 Good

Samsung Galaxy S7 active 72.1 66.3 78.5 Good

The loudspeaker is strong enough to casually watch a video or listen to music. But could potentially struggle to be heard in a crowded restaurant. Although, Motorola made sure the speaker was loud and clear enough for sounds with more upper-mids and treble sounds (which are qualities that most ringtones have). The speaker makes just the correct amount of compromise while still making sure that you won't miss any vital calls.

While the Moto Z scored just a few dB higher in the ringtone test, the incompatibility between the two loudspeakers is negligible.


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