Moto Z2 Force Review: Nothing Less, Nothing More: Conclusion

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Final Words

Motorola is offering the Moto Z2 Force at the same price that the Moto Z Force launched with last year: $720 dollars in the US. What's more is the carrier-branded versions are priced even higher. They start at $750 with T-Mobile, and even break $800 with AT&T. If taxes are high enough, you can expect to pay over $900 in some cases.

The Moto Z2 Force is one of the more compelling devices of 2017. But we can't assist but think it should have been priced more competitively. After all, the phone doesn't come with any earbuds, but a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter is tossed in. Additionally, if you're looking at getting Moto Mods, the price will quickly rack up with every one you add to the mix. If you can acquire in on one of the ongoing carrier deals for the Moto Z2 Force, it will be a much easier pill to swallow.


We do give credit where it's deserved, and the capturing camera experience on the Moto Z2 Force is quite compelling. It is vastly improved since the Moto Z with its recent dual-camera system, though still leaves room for improvement in a few aspects.

We love the software experience on the Moto Z2 Force. It's like buying a piece of furniture from IKEA except nothing is missing, and there are no duplicate parts. Moto Enhancements are far from gimmicky and offer practical functionality without being intrusive.

Lenovo Moto Z2 Force key test findings

  • The Moto Z2 Force haged the same design as its predecessor except for a couple of aesthetic differences. ShatterShield won't leave you with a cracked display. Beveled edge around the rear of the phone noticeably improves ergonomics.
  • Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display is slightly brighter, but color calibration needs work and there is no way to manually adjust colors.
  • Moto Enhancements add value to the software experience. They are not gimmicky and practical without being intrusive (i.e. battery life is not noticeably affected).
  • Battery score was surprising considering the battery size. This barely makes up for Moto putting a 2,730 mAh battery in a flagship device. An overall score of 69h is very decent. You might be able to acquire away with not charging overnight and making it through another half day... Maybe.
  • The elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is a solid chipset offering remarkable power efficiency and excellent graphic performance. 4GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) is plenty, but other markets will acquire 6GB, which should be the standard by the time 2018 rolls around.
  • Moto Mods offer expandable functionality without the need to pair any devices. They only work with the Moto Zs and some Mods are pricey.
  • Loudspeaker is quite loud and offers remarkable dynamic range when listening to music. Does not distort any range of sounds. Ringtones can be loud enough to call "piercing".
  • 12MP dual-camera setup is much improved in many aspects. Low light performance is good, but we wish the manual mode allowed for longer shutter exposures. Reds tdiscontinue to throw off the scene's color balance. Auto-focus is sometimes hit or miss. Camera leaves room for improvement, but Moto has come a long way.
  • Front facing 5MP capturing camera works well, but could utilize a resolution bump. Dual-LED flash on the front works well and we wish more phone makers included one.
  • Video quality is excellent, though you should manually choose a focal point. 60fps @ 1080p sacrificed image quality as is usually the case. Video stabilization worked best on 1080p @ 30fps video. 4K stabilization is barely noticeable.

The Moto Z2 Force has some very fierce competitors this year. Let's jump correct in.

The HTC U11 is the first Android phone that comes to mind to compete for your attention. It has the same hardware specs, a better-looking display, full water resistance, and an A+ capturing camera experience. There's no dual camera, but the best smartphones cameras earned their spots with a single sensor. If you're still not convinced, the HTC U11 is a more physically attractive smartphone with a much lower asking price of $650 that checks those few boxes that Moto missed.



HTC U11

The Moto Z2 Force's price point is meant to directly compete against the biggest competition: the iPhone 7 Plus. Moto is putting everything on the table by enticing buyers to create a change with their upgrade. Even if you were considering the iPhone 7, we'd just disclose you to wait until September's iPhone announcement.



Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Even almost all the way through its life cycle, the Google Pixel XL is still a remarkable phone despite last year's CPU. If you want the best and purest Android Experience with a crown-worthy camera, this is the phone that you need to get. They hrecent value pretty well but you may be able to grab one as they discount before the Pixel XL 2 is announced. If your budacquire is more flexible, we'd recommdiscontinue you wait until then, if you're set on a pure Android UX.



Google Pixel XL

If you're after a more affordable package with the most value for your dollar, you might want to see at the following two competitors.

The Nubia Z17 is ZTE's latest premium device with a Snapdragon 835 Central Processing Units (CPU) and 8GB of RAM. It's certainly a unique-looking design, which ZTE is pretty fine at establishing like the Axon 7. The only issue is you'll probably have distress sourcing it, as it's not available in many markets.



ZTE nubia Z17

Otherwise, see no further than the OnePlus 5. You'll acquire a comparable capturing camera experience (both are dual capturing camera [though this is the telephoto kind]), more RAM, and a better-looking display, but you don't acquire expandable storage. Otherwise, you won't acquire the same experience that Moto Enhancements offer, but you'll be saving a fraction of the cost for a device with a future-proof 8GB of RAM.



OnePlus 5

The Galaxy S8 has all the bells and whistles you could ever want with a top-tier camera, Infinity Display, and beautifully crafted hardware. The Galaxy S8 has frequently been offered in promotions and trade-in offers, so you'll definitely be able to find a deal for it.



Samsung Galaxy S8

For those currently using a Moto Z Force, we wouldn't recommdiscontinue upgrading given that you'll be downgrading in battery life. If you don't care about battery life and you are also a collector of Moto Mods, the Moto Z2 Force can set you up for another year. If you are using the Moto Z and really like Moto Mods and you'd like to better compliment them, the Moto Z2 Force is a remarkable way to do that.

The Moto Z2 Force is Motorola's top-tier offering - which represents the best that Motorola has to offer. With full US carrier support, this is a device that we might actually be seeing in folks hands while out and about - as long as Motorola has a marketing campaign to compete with the likes of the Apple and Samsung giants.

If you're recent to the Moto Z family and are looking for a remarkable software experience with excellent performance, there are definitely cheaper smartphones that acquire you more bang for your buck with a just as compelling, if not better, capturing camera experience. The Moto Z2 Force does check the correct boxes, but between the easily scratchable, average-looking display, well-improved camera, and pricey Moto Mods, the Moto Z2 Force might be a hard sell at its current price point.


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