Motorola Moto Z

Motorola is always innovating technology with their mobile phones. In fact, they were the first ones to create a budget-friendly phone that does not cut too much on the features.

They outdid themselves again and they’ve made what is arguably the world’s first modular mobile phone to date.

The Motorola Moto Z is a modular mobile phone in the sense that there are a few attachments you can put on the phone. But, we will discuss that later in the article.

I want to talk about the design first. The Moto Z is the world’s thinnest mobile phone that only has a thickness of 5.19mm. Not only that but the mobile phone also only weighs 139 grams, which is pretty light and can be handled with only one hand.

Motorola also shifted to a more durable approach with the Moto Z having an all metal construction as opposed to using plastic materials.

This provides not only a more durable look but it also feels durable as well. Plus, the aluminum casing just looks absolutely fantastic.

If there is one quirk I want to say about the Moto Z, it would be that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack. This is a cause for concern for people who use their mobile phones to watch movies or play some music.

The good thing is that it supports Bluetooth headsets, so that can now be utilized with the Moto Z. A lot of people are already using Bluetooth headsets and I think the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack will not be a big problem in the near future.

The Moto Z also uses a USB Type-C connector which provides faster data transfers and the way you insert it can be interchangeable; gone are the days where you need to insert a specific side of the cable.

This mobile phone also comes with a fingerprint scanner and no; it’s not located at the back where the company usually puts it. Instead, it is now located just below the “moto” icon at the bottom of the phone.

Now, what makes the Moto Z interesting is its modular design. For those of you who do not know, a modular thing can have some attachments and some of them can be removed as well.

There are four modular attachments for the Moto Z and there will be more in the near future. One attachment I really like is the “Insta-Share Projector”. This attachment will turn the Moto Z into a mini projector.

If you watch videos, for example, the projector can show what is currently playing on the phone just like a normal projector would. Although the feature is nice, the resolution of the projector is not that good. Still, the idea of this attachment is great and I hope to see a much-improved addon in the future.

As for the display of the phone, the Moto Z comes with an AMOLED display with a quad-HD resolution. The images are crisp and it is always a thing to behold when using AMOLED displays, especially one with a 1440p resolution.

Performance-wise, the Moto Z competes with other flagship mobile phones on the market. It’s got a Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and the Adreno 530 GPU. Every benchmark tests indicate that this mobile phone is a serious contender.

Lastly, the camera of the Moto Z is also quite good. It comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera.

This phone also comes with optical image stabilization and a laser autofocus (say goodbye to blurry images).

Probably the only quirk I have with the camera is the noticeable bulge at the back. It may not be a problem for some, but most people will find it unappealing. Still, the cameras of this phone are really good.

The Moto Z is a promising phone and it is the first of its kind. With more modular attachments in the near future, expect the Moto Z to be one of the best mobile phones in 2016.