Use Moto Mods to turn your phone into a movie projector, boom box, battery powerhouse, and more (Mods purchased separately).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 1.8 GHz Quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 GPU. 64GB of storage and micro SD card support
Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow.Will receive an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat, and then it’s ready for Daydream by Google virtual reality experiences
Up to 30 hours (2600 mAh) of battery life with TurboPower for up to 8 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging
|Package Dimensions||7.7 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches|
|Item Weight||12 ounces|
|Shipping Weight||12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Item model number||XT1650|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required.|
229 customer reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars
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December 6, 2016
First the design; whenever I first see a new Moto phone, I think, âMy God thats ugly! Why would they change what works?â But then I actually start using the phone and that opinion changes. The Moto Z is (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful smartphones ever made, right up there with the iPhone 4 and HTC One M7. The glass and aluminum feels just as good as the Galaxy S6 and the style shells you can get for it provide that customization Motorola is famous for. However, I must admit, I hate the way the front of the phone looks. The giant fingerprint sensor combined with huge top and bottom bezels with NO stereo speakers is a step back from something they’ve been doing since 2014. I really wish the fingerprint scanner could have been placed on the back or made smaller, anything.
As for the rest of the hardware, there is unfortunately no headphone jack. I personally don’t mind this since I use bluetooth, but its disappointing that its gone. The phone is crazy thin and that makes it feel unique without feeling fragile. (look up bend tests to see what I mean). The camera hump is huge and annoying, but putting a style shell fixes that. The screen is one of the best I’ve ever seen, only surpassed by the S7. I wish wireless charging came standard without Moto mods, but thats probably not a big deal for most people.
The software is simply put, the best Android has ever been. (I haven’t used the Pixel so I can’t comment on that). As many others have said, âThis phone does Android better than Googleâ and they’re right. Features like Moto Display and Moto Voice have become things I’ve really got used to over the years, and the gestures like the quick camera launch should be on every phone. Itâs also super slick and responsive, as stock Android usually is, and its nice to already have Nougat.
The camera is great by Motorola standards, good by all else. It takes a while to focus and tends to overexpose in certain scenes, and low light is just not on par with the iPhone 7 or S7. In well lit areas, it performs well, with my only issues being a little bit of over sharpening on edges and some digital noise. The camera software on the other hand is far better than previous Moto phones. There are more controls available with a manual mode included. 4K video is included, but I don’t have a 4K screen so I just stick to 1080p, which can be shot either at 30FPS HDR or 60FPS regular. Slo-mo is included with 720P at 120FPS, which kinda sucks. The iPhone 7 can shoot at 240FPS and has time-lapse modes as well. I’m sure these can be added with updates, but there’s no guarantee of that.
The Moto Mods are a great idea, but a little expensive. I love the idea of being able to add functionality to the phone âin a snapâ, but they really do require an investment. I bought a battery and the camera mods shortly after the phone, and they do come in handy. (I have full reviews of both products on my profile) Using the mods is dead simple. You snap them on the back and they instantly connect and react, it just works. Some fun ideas for Moto mods might be something that can dock your phone so you could use it like a computer, a game controller, or how about a solar charger on the back?
Battery life is OK. If you aren’t using it too heavily, you’ll end the day with 10-15%. You won’t get two days out of it, at least without Mods.
Overall, Iâm happy with this phone. I wish it had a better camera and battery along with some design changes, but I canât deny how well it does other things. The mods perfectly integrated into the main experience and the software is quick and responsive with some fun features. Great job Moto.
April 17, 2017
July 28, 2017
[Screen]: The screen on this phone is definitely one of the highlights of the phone. Its a nice size (5.5″) and has good viewing angles. Its a 1440p AMOLED screen and looks fantastic on the vibrant setting. Colors pop and text is very sharp. It does get pretty bright, but could still stand to be brighter as it is hard to see in direct sunlight. It also doesn’t get very dim, so using it at night can be blinding.
[Build and Design]: This is a well build phone, most Moto phones are. Although this is the thinnest smartphone ever, it feels rock solid. Probably the best built phone I’ve owned beside my old HTC One m7. The design, however, is where things fall short. Its a fine looking phone, but has some problems. First, the big one, no headphone jack. This is a trend that needs to stop. The headphone jack is not some old, out of date port. Its a headphone jack. No point removing it at all, not a single reason. Although having 2.5d glass looks and feels nice, it does expose more of the glass to damage when dropped. It also means that tempered glass screen protectors will have to be smaller than the screen. Although I love having a super thin phone, I don’t think it is worth it which I’ll explain later. Another problem is the screen to body ratio is not very good, this phone has huge chins. There’s also a MOTO logo right on the front of the phone, which looks pretty tacky. The back metal is a pretty big fingerprint magnet.
[Camera]: Its OK. Motorola is not known for not having great cameras, and this continues the trend. Pictures look good when in good lighting and after a bit of tweaking, but in any other light its pretty below average. It uses a pretty old sensor, the Sony IMX214, which was actually used in the Nexus 6 and OnePlus One. Video quality is pretty good though, especially the 4k HDR recording. Overall its enough to point and shoot type stuff, but if you really like using your phone for taking pictures, you’d be much better off with something else.
[Connectivity]: I’m using this on AT&T and have also used it abroad too. Abroad it worked great, I was able to easily connect and switch networks and maintained LTE coverage the whole time. Back in the US, however, its a different story. Up until June everything worked fine. Since then, things have been different. Now, it is very rare that I will connect to LTE. Instead, it seems to default to H. Switching APNs, changing preferred network type, factory resetting, and updating the phone have not fixed this issue. Now I’m stuck on H.
[Sound]: I love having a speaker on the front of the phone. Not as nice as having dual front speakers, but better than bottom speakers. The sound quality from the speaker is pretty good, but it doesn’t get that loud. As for headphone output, its good and bad. It is nice and loud, which is nice as I’ve used some devices that are very quiet. The sound quality, unfortunately, isn’t the best, probably because of not having a headphone jack. Audio through the USB C port is scaled down to 16bit quality instead of the standard 24bit audio. Audio is still pretty clear, but bass is lacking, even with EQ. About that EQ, the EQ is very limited. Its just a measly 5 band equalizer that you cant even customize, there’s just a few presets you can choose. Once again, overall its just alright.
[UI and Software]: The UI is fantastic. Moto has the best skin out there. Its pretty much stock android with a few great tweaks like moto approach, gestures, and customizing your OK Google phrase to anything you want. Because of all this this phone flies through the UI. Software updates is yet another blemish on this phone. They are very few and far between, with the model, the US unlocked variant, being to last to receive all updates for the most part. Moto has said that they will not be committing to the security updates, and that is one promise they have kept. I have only gotten 2 updates since I’ve had the phone, one for 7.0 and one for a security update. And, seeing how moto has treated some of their other phones, I wouldn’t expect too many more updates for this phone.
[Performance]: This is a very good performing phone. I believe it is the fastest SD820 phone there is. However, ever since the nougat update, I get a lot of stuttering sometimes and a few app frees and crashes, mainly settings and camera. Overall though, its still a great performing phone. It does get very hot. Even with light use (I don’t really do any heavy use since I don’t play games on my phone), it tends to warm up a lot, sometimes enough to even be uncomfortable to hold.
[Battery]: Finally, we arrive at the battery. When I bought this phone, I didn’t expect it have the best battery. I mean, it has a 2600mah battery. That’s pretty laughable for any size phone nowadays. This is the thinnest smartphone ever made, so there has to be some tradeoff. Well, when I got the phone, I was actually amazed. I was easily making it through the whole day without needing to charge and was consistently getting over 6 hours of screen on time(SOT). This was way better than any phone I’d had before. I had a battery mod, but rarely needed to use it, mainly put it on when I was traveling or when I knew I would be away from a charger for longer than a day or so. This continued for a few months. Those were some good months. Then, I received the update to Android Nougat. From there, I immediately noticed a drop in battery (and yes, I did a clean install). I went from averaging 6+ hours SOT to about 5 hours SOT. Standby drain also increased. Not a huge decrease, but was still disappointing. Over the next few months, it has only gotten worse. Now, I average about 3 hours SOT and have a standby drain of almost 4% per hour. The phone also gets hot more often and according to AccuBattery, I only have 81% of my original 2600mah battery left, making it effectively a 2000mah battery, smaller than my HTC One m7 I had years ago. I haven’t made it through the day without needing to charge in weeks. Its extremely frustrating and disappointing. The battery mod is required now, and I don’t like that. The battery mod should be something that you use when you need to extra juice, not to make your phone usable . Just based on this alone, I would stay away from this phone.
[Moto Mods]: Moto mods are a really cool idea, and definitely the best implementation of modular smartphone technology. The execution is not quite as great. There isn’t anything wrong with the mods really, except for the camera which actually has a worse sensor than the built in camera, its more the price. The style shells are priced fine, they’re pretty cheap. The speaker mods are a bit expensive and a standalone Bluetooth speaker will definitely sound better but they are very convenient. The battery mods also shine with their convenience and ease of use compared to a standalone backup battery, but you do lose out on charge speed and capacity( you can get a 30000+mah backup battery for the price as the battery mod, which is 2220mah). I do think it is a good buy though if you can get one on sale or from ebay. Like I said above, the camera mod is way too expensive and worse than the stock camera except for the zoom. The projector is also really nice, but yet again you trade quality for convenience, soft of. I don’t mean the build quality is bad, but for the same price you can get a much much better projector that works with all your devices instead of just your phone. I also say you get more convenience because while it is more convenient as its attaches to your phone and just shows what’s on the screen, you cant project a movie or anything and use your phone for something else. Overall, if the mods were all cheaper they’d be a great buy, and they still are, but you have to be really committed to the Moto ecosystem to justify the price of some of them.
If you are looking for a Z series phone, this probably isn’t for you. Go with the z play or the z2 play, they are just better phones.