Are you buying the Moto Z2 Force? [Poll of the Week]

Ken Copeland
July 26, 2017

There will also be a $299 360 Camera Mod available.

Coming to camera, it has a dual 12 MP camera in such a way so that the mod can be stabilized easily. We're yet to see it in action, but expect it to take much improved portrait photos. This is because it's partly made of plastic. This also has a replaceable exterior "lens" because while it shouldn't ever shatter, it can get scratched up so this can be replaced if yours ever gets roughed up during a drop or even during regular use.

The Moto Z2 Force is probably the thinnest flagship of 2017 with a thickness of 6mm. It also doesn't feature water-resistance, something most high-end phones offer. The Z2 Force features a water-protective coating but doesn't offer full IP67 or IP68 ingress protection.

Andy Rubin helpfully pointed that out when he debuted the Essential phone in late May, along with its own $199 360-degree camera. The big upgrade is with its camera.

It has a 12 megapixel dual-camera setup, one monochrome and the other in colour to capture more detail in pictures. It has a little trouble locking down the correct exposure sometimes, though - we'll have to see how it handles brighter conditions. Then, those dual cameras allow for neat depth-of-field effects like blurring the background of subjects. There's no headphone jack, however, aping the position of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. All older accessories will work on the Z2 Force, as all new ones will work on Z phones from the past.

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Now for the bad news, this phone is pretty expensive.

I haven't loaded up our usual slew of benchmark tests and games, but the Z2 Force felt incredibly snappy as I zipped through running apps and long web pages. And perhaps best of all, there's no awkward transferring of photos to the phone using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi; the camera is connected using the pins on the Moto Z series rear ports, so files are stored on the phone (or a microSD card) for immediate editing or sharing. Like its predecessors, the new Mod snaps on magnetically to the back of the handset, but with this one, a two-sided, circular camera juts out the top, like a small periscope. They're also throwing in the free projector, for anyone who buys the phone by September 30 or before Verizon runs out.

The Moto Z 2 Force Edition will take full advantage of the most advanced 4G LTE technology later this year when Verizon launches its Gigabit Class LTE service, giving you access to peak speeds far exceeding most phones in the market today **.

When it comes to media chops, the Moto Z2 Force is again the better handset.

About T-Mobile US, Inc. The phone will run on the latest Android Nougat 7.1.1, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

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