12 Reasons Why the Moto Z Force Droid Smartphone is My New Favorite Gadget

The Front Back and Cover for the Moto Z Force Droid Smartphone

Moto Z Force Droid Smartphone ReviewOne moment, I paid a visit to Verizon thinking I was going to upgrade to my brother’s old Samsung Galaxy, and instead, I walked out with a brand new Moto Z Force Droid (4G LTE 32GB Android phone). Unknown to us, Verizon was running a Buy 1, Get 1 Free promotion that we found out only after he started the paperwork on his new phone.

This is my first smartphone…I know, I know…it was a long time coming…so after the shock of discarding the familiarity of an uncomplicated dumbphone wore off – I really dived in to explore all of the phone’s features.

For starters, the phone comes in two colors: Black/Lunar Grey (the one my brother got) or White/Fine Gold (the one I got).

Below are the top reasons why I recommend the Moto Z Force Droid:

1) Excellent Picture-Taking Quality and Options

The Moto Z Force Droid is equipped with a 21MP camera. The picture quality is incredibly impressive, and almost immediately, I was giving last rites to my formally trusty Kodak SureShot digital camera. I can take quality photos in rooms with low light.

There are options for you:

  • to take photos
  • record videos
  • manage panoramic shots
  • shoot slow motion video (very cool)
  • select a professional picture-taking mode

Two camera features that really stood out to me are:

*Best shot feature

Let’s say you take a photo, but the subject moved to the side or broke their smile…the Moto Z Force camera actually captures a ‘best shot’ and saves it for you. For example, I took a shot of Rosey our Chihuahua mix while she tore apart a squirrel toy. The initial photo came out blurry because she was moving, but the phone’s camera zeroed in on a better shot and saved it for me.

Moto Force Z Droid Best Shot Camera Feature

*Turn your wrist sideways twice to activate the camera

Even in locked mode, when you want to take a quick photo – quickly turn or shake the phone sideways. The first time around, you’re using the rear-facing camera. Do it again to take a selfie. When activating the phone in this manner, everything else remains protected. You need to enter a code or press the fingerprint sensor to fully unlock it.

2) The Moto Z Force Droid Charges Really Fast

The Moto Z Force comes with a ‘turbo charger,’ and the device charges exceptionally fast, in my opinion. It took my phone about an hour to go from 3% to 100% battery power, but the charge is much faster when you have more juice in the battery, like charging from 30% and up.

Send a Text Without Touching Your Moto Z Force Droid Smartphone

3) Command Your Phone without Touching It

You can bring your phone out of sleep mode, and bypass codes and locks with a phrase of your choosing, which connects you to Google and then allows you to command certain features on your phone. For the most part, I ask what the temperature will be like in Syracuse, NY today…and amuse myself by inquiring ‘how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood‘ because Google’s response makes me laugh every time.

I also love the fact that I can:

  • Do my hair in the bathroom and send a text without ever touching the phone.
  • Set my alarm for a specific time or ‘in one hour’ (without pressing a thing) which really comes in handy when you just need a 15-minute or so nap.

Fingerprint Security Reader for Moto Z Force Droid Smartphone

4) Fingerprint Reader Security

Since my nephew cracked the code to my Kindle Fire (and he is a magnet to electronic devices), I am ecstatic that the Moto Z Force has an easy-to-set-up fingerprint security feature. This way, I know that I’m not only protected from my nephew tinkering with my phone, but if it should fall into the wrong hands, I know that my personal information is protected as well. No more imputing a code every time I want to get into my phone, I can unlock and lock it with my thumb, index finger, and middle finger on both hands. I will say that it took a bit of time to get it out of my head that the fingerprint reader isn’t a ‘home’ button.

Moto Z Force Droid Smartphone Screen Wakes Up with a Wave of Your Hand

5) See Notifications with a Wave of a Hand

The Moto Z Force’s 5.5-inch screen senses movement (with the wave of a hand or hovering over it), and will come out of sleep mode to reveal the time, date, battery percentage, and notification icons. You still have to unlock the phone to see additional information, but it’s convenient to see the time and other details quickly. The screen immediately fades to black when you move your hand away.

6) HD Quality Sound

I don’t know if this works exclusively Droid to Droid (but only when I speak to my brother on the phone), do I benefit from astonishingly clear, HD quality sound that has a podcast-radio show effect.

7) Two-Way Video Phone Calls

So far, the only person I can have a two-way video phone call with is my Moto Z Force Droid-having brother. You can make these phone calls when choosing your contact. If a video camera icon is shown by a contact’s name, then you can place a two-way video phone call with them.

8) Chop Twice for Flashlight

Chop the Moto Z Force Droid twice downward, and you’ll have access to a very bright light that really comes in handy when I’m walking the dog in the dark…and have to pick up poop.

Moto Z Force Droid Flashlight

9) An Easy ‘Do Not Disturb’ Mode

You might be in a meeting, deep in conversation, or incredibly busy…and don’t want to be bothered by constant notifications, texts and phone calls. You don’t have to turn off your ringer. Simply turn over your phone, and it goes into a ‘do not disturb’ mode.

10) Shatter-Proof & Crack-Proof Screen

The Moto Z Force Droid comes with a ‘ShatterShield,’ which is good for me…because I am a phone dropper. Made with military aircraft-grade aluminum and steel, the Z Force also features an advanced water-repellent coating (that is not waterproof, so you can’t go swimming with it), and the screen is guaranteed not to shatter or crack.

11) It’s Fast

Whether you are navigating the Internet, opening attachments, or switching from app to app, the Moto Z Force Droid is fast…in some cases, faster than my laptop. And…I just downloaded an update that allows me to have a split-screen between two apps, which makes it even faster to switch from one app to another.

Moto Z Force Droid Smartphone - Moto Mod Attachment Point

Kate Spade Power Pack for Moto Z Force Droid12) Moto Mods

The Moto Z Force Droid is equipped with a magnetic back, which allows you to easily attach covers and…Moto Mods…which expand the capabilities of your phone. So far, you can purchase the following:

  • JBL SoundBoost: For music lovers, this attachment provides high-quality JBL audio…like a boom box.
  • Moto Insta-share Projector: I saw this one in action at the Verizon store. This mod turns your phone into a projector. Entertain the kids with a movie…or use it for business…like projecting a Power Point presentation onto a wall.
  • Moto Mod Power Packs: Hard to believe that this attachment is lightweight, but when used, you can increase your battery life up to 22 hours with on-the-go charging. This is the only Moto Mod that has actually caught my eye, and they have some in fashionable Kate Spade designs (my favorite one shown here). There are also two different types of power packs: wireless charging and a regular power pack.

A few additional observations that I noticed about the Moto Z Force Droid that you might want to know before you buy one…1) it does feel a bit weighty, 2) there isn’t a dedicated earphone jack. The phone comes with an attachment that plugs into the USB connector that allows you to plug in, and 3) there’s a cool feature that you can turn on where the phone knows when you are driving, and will read texts and announce calls for you. Since I’m not a driver, this feature drives me crazy, and I have turned it off.

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54 thoughts on “12 Reasons Why the Moto Z Force Droid Smartphone is My New Favorite Gadget”

  1. I love the command your phone without touching it feature as i’m pretty lazy especially to type lol. So this would be perfect, the other features sound great too.

  2. Silvia says:

    What a cool phone! I’ve heard such great things about this phone!

  3. omg i really really need a new phone and bad. thanks for the share totally inspiring me to go get one asap.

  4. Kiwi says:

    I keep seeing the Moto trying to make a come back! Cool that is interesting I am loving the Kate Spade backing!
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  5. Amanda Love says:

    It’s a great phone that’s hard to resist! I love that you can change the back covers according to what you need. It would be a nice gift to my teenage son!

  6. Eloise says:

    looks like a good cell, it seems ro have it all! Bet it’ll make many people happy to play around on : )
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  7. Amanda says:

    I’m so loyal to my iPhone but wow, does this phone sound great!! So many amazing features!! And I love that Kate Spade power pack design!
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  8. CourtneyLynne says:

    Oooooo this phone sounds pretty awesome. I’m a team iPhone girl, but hubby is all about the androids so he would love this!!!

  9. TColeman says:

    This phone sounds absolutely amazing. I definitely need to try this one out and see how I like it.

  10. This phone seems super cool! I probably will never walk away from Apple but I can appreciate these other great phones.

  11. Angela Harris says:

    This is actually a really great looking phone. I just love the gold back plate and the size of it.

  12. Lisa Rios says:

    My husband uses a Motorola phone and I am sure this is such a great brand that you can rely on for some great products. Moto Z has been making news lately for its great features and the Moto Mods is a great advantage that anyone would fall in love with it right away!

  13. Mercedes says:

    This looks really cool, and the voice command in a nice feature.
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  14. This phone looks awesome. I take a lot of pictures and the feature of moving your wrist sounds cool.

  15. Teresa says:

    I so need a new phone right now and I used to work for Motorola, for ten years, before I decided to leave the work force and be a full time mom. I have never owned any other cell phone besides a Motorola either!!

  16. Breyona Sharpnack says:

    I had the Note 7 and had to return it due to the recalls. This is a nice looking phone. The last moto I had was the razor! I loved that phone!

  17. I was a late convert to the smartphone world, but once I made the switch I wondered how I survived so long with my “dumbphone”. With kids who almost always refuse to stay still long enough for a photo, I love that the camera on this phone capture a best shot! This feature would be amazing for holiday photos where someone is always moving!

  18. uprunforlife says:

    This looks like a cool gadget. I am not due for a new phone yet. I will be eligible at the end of July. Hopefully, they will have some cool gadgets when I am ready to upgrade again.
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  19. That seems like a very good buy!!! Loved the best photo feature, I’m sure that comes in handy many times!! Have a nice weekend 🙂

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  20. Weird but for me one of the most important features is the camera. And to think, it is a phone. Gotta love that. Sounds like a great phone.

  21. Echo says:

    I saw this phone and fell in love with all of the options! All of the attachments are so amazing!
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  22. haven’t heard of this one and it looks flawless, thanks for the great review!

  23. This new phone sounds like it has so many great features! Will definitely have to consider this when it’s time to get a new phone!
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  24. Dogvills says:

    I love all the features that come with this phone. My husband needs a new phone. I will check this out.

  25. Myteenguide says:

    Wish I will receive this new high tech smartphone this coming Christmas.I love the features.

  26. Angela Key Milnes says:

    Looks like a great phone! I love the before and after shots and the quality is so good.

  27. Lesley Carter says:

    I love the best shot feature. This would save me tons of time, especially with a little monkey, also known as my daughter, who is constantly moving in shots.

  28. Wendy Polisi says:

    This new smartphone is very high tech. I like the features of it. Motorola is one of the durable gadget.

  29. Looks like a nice phone. I cannot wait to upgrade mine~

  30. Looks like a great smart phone. WE are an apple family so we just upgraded to the Iphone 7s and LOVE IT> the camera is amazing. Thanks for the specs on this smart phone.
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  31. Carol Bryant says:

    I have an iphone but this is the first I have heard of this. I love the features you showed us and the photo taking is amazing. That is very important to me.

  32. Rosey says:

    The video phone call feature is a good one. That’d be perfect for getting to talk to my granddaughter.

  33. I do like all the reasons you’ve mentioned. I’m a self-proclaimed iPhone addict, and I don’t think I can go back to Droid at this point. I was so hesitant to go to iPhone in the first place, but then I got converted real quick! xx Adaleta Avdic
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  34. Debra says:

    That best shot feature sounds totally amazing, I would love to see that in action.

  35. When it comes to smartphones, it’s all about the camera picture taking quality. The selfies have to be on point. ^yolonda

  36. Kathy says:

    I would love to have a phone like this. I already want to get a new one. I’m sure my husband would get this phone because he loves the Droid phones.

  37. I’m an Apple user; everything I own is Apple: iPad, iMac, Apple TV and iPhone, but…. I’ve been noticing other phones and I’m liking some of those features. I especially like the Best Shot feature that’s a great feature to have when you have kids and a dog who want sit still. 🙂

  38. Chloe says:

    I’m actually on the market for a new phone! This one sounds really good. I might have to check it out as I’m not usually a fan of any apple products

  39. Emily says:

    With me being a Mom my biggest priority with any phone is the camera. We have a big DSLR camera but to snap those quick moments with kids my phone is so much more convenient. This phone has some great camera features!

  40. karlyn cruz says:

    Amazing phone. Motorola is one of the best brand because of the high quality. I would love to have this phone.

  41. My friend would LOVE that Kate Spade case. I noticed this phone when I was at Verizon a few weeks ago to trade-in my phone, but I didn’t get a chance to look at it closely!
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  42. The power pack is what’s selling me on this phone. I am NOTORIOUS for letting my phone die. I really should stop abusing it…
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  43. That sounds like a great phone. I love the way they perfectly married ease of use with power. I’ll have to give the Z Force a look.

  44. Elizabeth O. says:

    I’ve been hearing so much about this phone! I love that you can customize the covers and I don’t just mean the cases. You can have a speaker as a cover and more! I like that best shot feature as well.

  45. Shirley says:

    I love reading a good review and Motorola was indeed one of the best smart phone. Though i love my iphone a lot. Enjoy this review.

  46. Dana Vento says:

    So wonderful phone! These is great but i have a great phone too! But these one is really great too! But these one is better than my phone lol!

  47. Jeanette says:

    It looks like there is a lot of great features on this phone. I know my husband is looking for a new one I’m not sure if he checked into this one yet. I will definitely telling him about it. I love that the pictures are less blurry on this camera.

  48. Jared Burkholder says:

    I have been hesitant to try a new phone (I have gotten comfortable with iPhone). I think it’s learning a new operating system. But you may have just convinced me to make the switch. Thanks for the informative and entertaining read.

  49. Nice!! I love reading a good review and you nailed it. I am perfectly happy with myiPhone but your review has me thinking… Good job! 🙂
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  50. Ilka says:

    Thanks for the detailed info of these new gadgets! The camera sounds AMAZING!

  51. Wait what? 21 mp camera oh my god that is amazing I have got to have it, I would like a better phone camera!
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  52. Christina Aliperti says:

    I have been hearing some great things about this phone. It definitely has me interested in checking it out for myself.

  53. What a phone! Motorola was indeed one of the best smart phone we had, and it’s latest edition was amazing especially the FINGERPRINT READER SECURITY. I don’t have to do the codes to enter my phone and I think I better had one for security purpose too. Thanks for this.

  54. Holly says:

    These features sound great. I won’t be leaving my iPhone anytime soon though.

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