Motorola offers up shatterproof screen, plus serious fun with Moto Mods

The Moto Z Force boasts a shatterproof screen, while the Moto Z is lighter and super-thin at just 5.2 mm thick—plus, speaker and projector Moto Mods expand the capabilities.

Moto Z smartphone The Moto Z is just 5.2 mm thick. Photo: Motorola

You’re in a haze of parental exhaustion when you drop your smartphone and—smash—the screen is a spider-web of fissures that’s kinda, sorta possible-ish to see through if you squint just right. Wouldn’t it be great if that never happened again? The Moto Z Force promises to make that dream come true with its shatterproof screen.

In addition to that kid- and tired-mama-proof screen, the Moto Z Force (an Android device) has a 21-megapixel camera and up to 40 hours of battery life per charge, plus you can get another 15 hours of charge if you plug it in for just 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the Moto Z Force will only be available in the US, but the Moto Z, a thinner, lighter (136 grams versus 163 grams) version of the Force, will be available in Canada in the fall.

At just 5.2 mm thick, the Moto Z has the same 5.5-inch display and durable body as the Force, made from military aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, but it doesn't have the shatterproof screen. The Moto Z comes with 32GB internal storage, plus you can add more with a microSD card. The battery life is impressive, with up to 24 hours of usage per charge, and if you do run out of juice but don’t have time to fully charge it, you can plug the phone in for 15 minutes to get up to eight more hours of life. The Moto Z also has a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus, and the front-facing 5-megapixel camera has its own flash and a wide-angle lens that’ll make it easier to fit everyone in those family selfies.

But what sets the Moto Z apart are Moto Mods, accessories that attach to the back of the phone and stay put with high-powered magnets. The Power Pack can give you up to 22 more hours of life when your battery runs out (definitely helpful when you're running kids to activities, on a playdate or out running errands), while Style Shells let you change up the look of your phone. But the really interesting mods can turn your phone into an entertainment source the whole family can enjoy. JBL SoundBoost is a powerful little speaker that would be great for backyard barbeques or those times you want some tunes when the family's at the beach or park. Or you could set up a viewing spot anywhere to watch movies, sports or YouTube videos with the Moto Insta-Share Projector. Even if the phone is propped at a weird angle, Motorola says the 70-inch movie projector will adjust for optimal viewing. These extras do add weight and bulk to the phone, sure, but the seamless integration and the extension of the smartphone’s capabilities are pretty cool.

This article was originally published on Jun 09, 2016

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