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magic score57.587.6
PriceRs. 37,000 onwardsRs. 39,999 onwards
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Launch Date (India)Jun, 2016Oct, 2016
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0, Upgradeable to 7.0Android 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0
Screen Size5.3 inches5.5 inches
Screen Resolution1440x2560 pixels (~ 554 pixels per inch)1440x2560 pixels (~ 534 pixels per inch)
Display FeaturesIPS, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4), Always-on displayAMOLED, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)
Processor2.1 GHz1.8 GHz
Camera16.0 MP13.0 MP
Secondary Camera8.0 MP5.0 MP
Internal Memory32 GB64 GB
Thickness7.3 mm5.19 mm
Weight159 gm136 gm
Battery Capacity2800 mAh2600 mAh
Other Battery ParametersN/AMixed usage up to 24 hrs
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Very good build and handling
  • Unique modular design, with a "magic slot" which lets you plug a handful of external add-ons: such as a semi-pro camera grip with shutter buttons and a bigger battery, or an external sound amplifier by B&O (there will be more 3rd party add-ons available in future)
  • Excellent display with excellent contrast and sunlight legibility
  • Android UI with Optimus UX is a powerful combo, and LG has done well to keep the bloatware in check, but left enough in terms of customization options and proprietary services to enhance your Android experience
  • The Snapdragon 820 chipset offers stellar, top-of-the-line performance, and runs cool
  • Good audio quality
  • Excellent call quality via earpiece and speaker
  • Fantastic set of rear and front cameras
  • The photos from the rear (primary) camera have plenty of resolved detail, high dynamic range, excellent colors and contrast
  • The wide-angle camera allows instant panoramic shots and opens up the door for some nice creative usage
  • The 4K videos are great with plenty of detail
  • The OIS, and the digital stabilization, are good too
  • Battery life is decent (lasts a day) and the option to always have a spare ready to take over, from the magic slot, is most welcome
  • Fast charging support via USB-C
  • Fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate
  • Sturdy, and well built
  • Premium all-metal design with aircraft-grade aluminum frame
  • World's thinnest phone at 5.19mm!
  • Cutting-edge, ambitious, but very well implemented modular/make-your-own-phone design is the defining factor here
  • The magnetic "mods" are practical and easy to use
  • Customization here isn't about what your phone looks like, it's about what it does!
  • Snap-on "Moto Mods" give your phone a meatier battery, turn it into a boombox for your weekend cookout or transform it into a video projector for an impromptu movie night! (The ecosystem of accessories is already good, and the company is lining up more partners)
  • Motorola's whole magnetic take on the modular ecosystem is simpler and more approachable than Google's intricate (and still developing) Project Ara, as well as easier to use than LG's G5
  • You can change Mods in seconds and won't have to power off the phone to do so
  • Slimmer "Style Shells" are also available, to stylize the phone
  • Excellent AMOLED display - deep blacks, vibrant colors, excellent viewing angles, and excellent sunlight legibility
  • Simple, stock Android interface with some of Motorola's signature gesture features that add plenty of value
  • Smooth, effortless speed/performance
  • Camera is pretty good overall, though not mind-blowing
  • Good battery life - lasts the day with moderate use
  • Turbocharging support - takes only about 1 hour 10 minutes for a full recharge
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Although the 'mods' are the primary draw for the phone, but even without considering the mods, the Moto Z is, on the whole, a powerful, stylish phone with a lot to offer
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • The design lacks originality or character, which is a bit of a downer, given that this is a flagship phone
  • No water proofing
  • No wireless charging support
  • The missing standard (3.5mm) headphone jack on the phone means that you won't be able to easily use your regular earphones with the phone (though compatible earphones come included in the box, as well as a USBC-3.5mm adapter)
  • The mods need to, of course, be purchased separately
  • Tends to get a little hot when dealing with heavy apps/games
  • Buy the Moto Z and a mod or two if you want to be part of the future today, but if you are looking for a more "standard" handset, the OnePlus 3 (better value) or Samsung Galaxy S7 (better camera) may be better choices
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