We have to hand it to Motorola when it comes to designing smartphones. Ever since its resurgence, the American brand has been making some handsome-looking phones and the Moto X Force is no different. The phone cuts a classy figure with its rounded edges and ballistic nylon back. Furthermore, it has a water repellent coating which ensures that in case you drop some water on the phone it won’t damage the internal components. But, this doesn’t mean that you should dump it in water entirely.
The ballistic nylon material on the rear has a textured pattern, which aids in gripping the phone. Additionally, the rear curves gently inward and meets the metal railing running along the edges of the phone. This curvature adds to the stable grip. Now, all these design elements are vital to the Moto X Force because it is a very wide phone at 78mm. At its thickest point, the Moto X Force measures 9.2mm and it weighs 162g. After using it for a substantial period, we noticed that the phone feels ergonomically well-balanced.
The rear of the phone has a vertical strip of metal that includes the rear camera and flash, and the traditional Motorola dimple with its logo. We felt that the dimple was not as recessed as we would have ideally liked it to be. The right edge of the phone includes the volume rocker and the power button. The tactile feedback of these hardware components left us wanting for more actually; they sit almost flush with the edge. The SIM card/microSD card tray, and the 3.5mm audio port sit on the top edge, whereas the Micro-USB port is placed at the bottom. There are two plastic antenna lines on each edge. The left edge has been left bare.
The front of the display is mostly dominated by the fairly large 5.4-inch display. There are thick bezels around this display. Two tiny slits for the speakers sit at the bottom of the screen. Above the display, you can find the earpiece, front camera flanking it to the right, and a flash module on its left.
The Moto X Force inspires confidence with its ballistic nylon and metal construction. But do note that the phone is susceptible to damage, especially around the metal edges. Our review unit came with a ton of ungainly dents and scratches because some over enthusiastic reviewer decided to drop it a little more than a few times to test the sturdiness of the shatterproof display.