It’d be wrong to say the Moto Z2 Force is a bad phone — it’s an exceptional performer, the camera is at least satisfactory, and the lightweight UI is pleasant to use. But, with a price tag hovering around $700 or $800, it’s just not good enough to compete with every other Android phone at that price. Battery life and camera quality are all behind, and while they can both be improved with Moto Mods, you can see how the cost of owning a competitive Moto Z2 Force can skyrocket above $1,000 very quickly.
We love the concept of the Moto Mods, and we do think it’s awesome that Motorola is trying something new. They work well, too! They’re very easy to put on and take off, and they all connect and work immediately with no setup required. The cost of the Mods is the Jenga block that topples the tower — unless you’ve got money to burn and love the prospect of playing with a bunch of new toys (I’m in the second camp, at least!), it’s not a practical ecosystem when you could get the kind of across-the-board premium performance you want from another smartphone for less money.
The Moto Z2 Force is available online or in stores from all major carriers. Generally the up-front price will be between $700 or $800, with monthly installment deals varying from carrier to carrier.
The Good: Fantastic performance, great camera quality in well-lit settings, Moto Mods are fun and easy to use, very few additions to stock Android, shatter-proof screen is as advertised, 1440p display is bright and vibrant
The Bad: Short battery life, camera struggles in low light, depth-of-field effects look artificial, no water resistance, no 3.5 mm headphone port, some Moto Mods are too expensive