The new Moto smartphones have not hit stores yet, but they are causing a wave of excitement and controversy – the excitement of the new design and the discussion of the new modular design. Techies may say that the LG G5 was the first smartphone to use modules, but Moto takes it to a different design level by using modules that attach to the back of the device. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force DROID Edition offer almost identical specs, and buyers are wondering which one is the better device to purchase.
Keeping in mind that the Moto Z Force DROID Edition is exclusive to the Verizon network, it looks like to ‘sweeten the pot’ you will get FREE storage on Google Photos for two years. This is not the watered down version, but the “original quality” storage – meaning there will be no compression of photos or videos – which is especially sweet if you do 4K videos. This promo is a limited time offer and is redeemable until March 31, 2017, with the two years starting when you backup your first photo. There is no word whether this offer will be available on other unlocked Moto Z's or in other countries.
One of the main differences between the Moto Z and Moto Z Force DROID is the camera size. The Moto Z features a 13MP camera that lacks some of the Moto Z Force’s 21MP camera, such as Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.12um pixel with Deep Trench Isolation (DTI), and Auto Night Mode. The front-facing camera is 5MP with a wide-angle lens and an extra flash to give you great group selfies even in low light. With the excellent cameras on the new Moto Z Force, adding the free Google Photo storage is a great accompaniment to the device. With Google Photos, you can concentrate on taking shots knowing that your photos are automatically backup, organized, and searchable. Google Photos makes searching for photos a breeze so you can share them with others.
Just to throw in a few other differences between the Moto Z and the Z Force DROID, size and battery. The Moto Z packs a smaller 2600mAh battery, giving it a slim build of 5.2mm, while the Moto Z Force packs a hefty 3500mAh battery that ups the thickness to 7mm – it also bumps the weight from 136 grams to 163 grams. The Moto Z Force also has the scratch and crack-resistant ShatterShield screen.