Motorola hasn’t been very successful with its high-end smartphones in India. The main reason why people didn’t prefer buying the high-end Motorola devices is that the devices always had a couple of serious issues, either with hardware or with the pricing. For example, the Moto Z had a very small battery, the predecessor to the Moto Z came with Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is known for overheating, and the newer Moto Z Play and the Z2 Play are overly priced. However, the newest flagship smartphone from Motorola, the Z2 Force seems to have everything sorted, from pricing to features. Motorola has a provided us with the device, and we’ve been using it since then. So, how does it performs and is it worth buying the Moto Z2 Force? Let us find out.
Moto Z2 Force: Display
The Motorola Moto Z2 Force has a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, which also happens to be shatterproof. After testing the device, and taking product shots, we decided to test the shatterproof display, and boy, it actually is shatterproof. We dropped the device several times from about five feet height, right on to its face, and the display refused to break. We were doubtful if the device will have internal damage, but even after dropping it several times, it worked flawlessly.
Though the display refuses to break, it scratches easily. To test the scratch-resistance, we kept the Moto Z2 Force and Smartron t.phone side by side and scratched the displays of both the smartphones. The display of the Smartron t.phone had a very insignificant scratch mark, whereas the scratch on the Moto Z2 Force was much deeper and visible. Nonetheless, one can use a screen protector for that. As for the display quality, the display has high brightness, punchy colours and great viewing angles. However, the bezel-less design is sorely missed.
Moto Z2 Force: Camera
The Motorola Moto Z2 Force has a dual-camera setup on the back. Both the cameras on the rear have a 12-megapixel resolution, and they come equipped with dual-pixel autofocus, and dual-tone dual-LED flash. On paper, the camera of the Moto Z2 Force is more advanced than that of the OnePlus 5T, as the OnePlus 5T misses out on dual-pixel autofocus that the Z2 Force has. So, with the dual-pixel autofocus, the Z2 Force should focus better than the OnePlus 5T, right? Unfortunately, the camera of the Z2 Force struggles to focus sometimes. For now, we think it is a software issue, and we hope Motorola will fix it soon.
Apart from the focusing issue, the primary camera of the Z2 Force performs well; the images have a decent amount of details, and the colour reproduction is on the on the puncher side. Moving on the front-facing camera, the Moto Z2 Force has a 5MP secondary camera, which is a shame for a smartphone of this price. Not only the resolution is low, but the image quality is disappointing too. The OnePlus 5T, which costs similar to the Moto Z2 Force has much better image quality from the front-facing camera. It is also worth noting that Motorola hasn’t changed the front-facing camera resolution of its flagship smartphones from last three generations.
Moto Z2 Force: Performance
The Motorola Moto Z2 Force comes with one of the fastest SoCs in the market; the Snapdragon 835, paired with 6GB of RAM. On the software side, it comes pre-loaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with stock UI. The combination of the fast processor and a well-optimised OS has given the device a blazing-fast performance. The device didn’t lag during UI navigation, and the gaming is ultra-smooth. However, we wish Motorola had packed the OS with more features likes ones in smartphones from Samsung and Xiaomi.
Moto Z2 Force: Battery
The Motorola Moto Z2 Force packs a 2730mAh battery, and honestly, we were disappointed when we first came to knew the battery capacity. However, once we started using the device, we were quite impressed with it. The Moto Z2 Force usually lasts 24-30 hours with around five hours of screen-on time on a single charge. In comparison, the OnePlus 5T with its relatively large 3300mAh battery lasts 24-30 hours with around six hours of screen-on time.
The story doesn’t end there, the device comes bundled with a 3500mAh battery mod, and when you attach the battery pack to the device, it performs wonders. The Moto Z2 Force lasted two full days with around ten hours of screen-on time on a single charge with the battery mod. The Moto Z2 Force with the battery mod provided the longest battery backup we’ve tested so far.
Moto Z2 Force: Verdict
The Motorola Moto Z2 Force has a shatterproof display, which we loved. Although the display quality isn’t quite as good as that of the OnePlus 5T. The device has a good camera performance, but then again OnePlus 5T performs slightly better. The device has a smooth and speedy performance, one of the fastest in an Android smartphone. Lastly, the Z2 Force with the battery mod has one of the best battery back-ups we’ve ever tested.
So, the device has its downsides like the camera and the display, but if you are looking for a tough device that can provide fast performance and long battery backup, then you should prefer the Moto Z2 Force over the OnePlus 5T.
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