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Moto Z Droid Smartphone: Yay or Nay?

Today at STYLEanthropy, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Moto Z Droid, exclusively on Verizon. After using this Motorola smartphone that Verizon sent me for over a month, I can share with you my experience to help you decide whether to get it or not. Read my Moto Z Droid Smartphone review below.


Moto Z Droid Smartphone

First thing’s first, let me share with you the features of this Motorola smartphone from the brand and Verizon, then I’ll leave any comments about those features along the way.


The Moto Z Droid is the world’s thinnest premium smartphone

(Premium tier specifications include Quad HD display, over 3 GB memory, over 16 GB storage, and Qualcomm 800 series processor or equivalent)

It’s made from military aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, and features a super-slim design. Yes, it’s amazingly thin and ultra-light, and I love those about this phone. Compared to my iPhone 6s, it’s way lighter. It makes squeezing it into tiny bags easy.

Moto Mod™

The Moto Z Droid feature that I’m probably most impressed with is the Moto Mod™. The “mod” – modification – is an extra accessory that you can attach to the back of the phone to add more features to the phone. Mods are sold separately. You can turn your phone into a movie projector, a stereo speaker, battery powerhouse, and more. Since the phone is slim and lightweight, adding a mod won’t be too bulky or heavy.


Over a Full day of Battery plus TurboPower™

Motorola claims the Moto Z Droid can go more than a full day without charging. They say with the 2600 mAh battery, you can watch movies, download apps, browse the web, plus still have the power to do more. Of course battery life claims are approximate and will depend on use.

However, that’s not what I experienced. Every morning when I wake up, I noticed the battery of the Droid Z would already be at 70% or less, sometimes even below 40%. It’s always at 100% before I go to sleep because I keep it charged in the afternoon/night. And just before we head to bed, the hubby removes it from the charger to use the charger for his phone. What could be draining the battery while I sleep? The only thing I can think of would be email, Facebook and Instagram notifications. Those were the only notifications I had turned on in the phone. But I mean, really? Those 3 apps can drain the battery overnight?

As for day use, the battery, in my opinion and experience, still drains pretty quickly. But I think it has something to do with the censors (bottom front) that wake your phone when your hand or fingers come close to it. That wake up feature is great. But when your phone is on a small desk with other things you constantly reach for like notepads, organizer, pens, etc. the phone tends to wake up every time, turning the display on and off throughout the day.

On the other hand, the TurboCharger™ feature comes in handy for quickly recharging the phone.

13 MP Camera

The advanced 13 MP camera features optical image stabilization and laser autofocus to capture true-to-life photos in low light. And the front-facing 5 MP wide-angle lens camera, with extra front flash, provides near-perfect selfies. Camera is pretty decent. Below you’ll see examples of photos taken from the Moto Z Droid. These are unedited photos:


Night shot


With indoor lighting

Pretty good, right?



Performance-wise, I love the Moto Z Droid. You can play games, stream video, and multitask at the speed of life with the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor. BUT, one thing that bugged me is that I constantly had to reboot the phone because the 4G LTE signal goes on and off – a lot. I know it’s not the network but the phone itself. It seemed to happen after I connect to a WiFi signal.


Gold Back

The Moto Z Droid comes in 32GB. Available in Black/Lunar Grey or White/Fine Gold. Can you see the golden back of the phone? Sure, it’s nice and I really like it. But see the discoloration of some sort happening there? It’s a little distracting, but thank goodness for smartphone cases. Love the Kate Spade polka dot one that Verizon sent with this phone.


Overall Thoughts: Yay or Nay?

I’ve got mixed emotions on this one. I loved the powerful performance, great display/screen, pretty decent camera, and the mods that can turn your phone into a projector or speaker among other things. But if you are coming from an iPhone like me, it’s hard to make that switch. However, if you are already an Android user and are looking for one of the better premium smartphones, this is a great option. I’ve read other rave reviews on this phone. It’s just that the battery (in my experience) wasn’t that great. It keeps losing the network signal which meant I had to reboot the phone regularly too. And finally, the censor, while a great concept, just makes the battery drain even more quickly.


Do you have this phone? Let me know what you think. On the other hand, if you’re looking at getting the Moto Z Droid phone, I hope my experience helps you out in your decision. Until next.

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