Over the summer Motorola and its parent company Lenovo announced the new Moto Z and shatterproof Moto Z Force, followed by the Moto Z Play. One of the most exciting aspects of the release is Moto Mods, magnetically attachable modules that transform these phones into a TV projector, speakers, a powerful camera, extends battery life and more. It’s the best implementation of a modular phone yet.
Now that all three phones are have been available for some time, owners are likely interested in mods. Unlike LG who only has one or two add-ons, Motorola actually has over a dozen different accessories for the Moto Z lineup. And now months later they’re adding more, with two more Mods available in December.
Just like the phone it replaced, the Moto X, these phones are extremely customizable. With different colors, wood backs, leather, nylon and much more. Add a metal design, fingerprint scanner, improved camera and all day battery life to that, and the Moto Z is pretty impressive. Here’s everything you need to know about MotoMods, and which Mods are worth buying.
The Moto Z and Moto Z Force both have a beautiful aircraft-grade aluminum design with a big 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display, a powerful quad-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage, micro-SD slots to expand storage, customization, better cameras than last year, longer battery life and a fingerprint scanner. Then the Z Play has the same overall design and specs, but with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 8-core Qualcomm processor, and a huge 3,510 mAh battery. Only it retails for around $400.
This is a huge upgrade compared to the Moto X Pure Edition from 2015. The Mods make these phones better, more capable, photography companions and other things.
The JBL Soundboost speaker Mod is $79.99, which is fairly reasonable given it extends battery life and adds tons of sound, along with a kickstand. The projector is more expensive at $299. Then, the power packs to extend battery life range from $59, to $79 with wireless charging. Which is about average when compared to battery cases like Mophie or Incipio for the iPhone 6s. Here are the best mods available, and our slideshow below has additional options and more details for buyers.
Best Moto Mods
- Instashare Projector – $299
- JBL SoundBoost Speaker – $79
- Hasselblad True Zoom Camera Mod – $299
- Incipio OffGRID Power Shell – $59
- Kate Spade & TUMI Power Pack Mods – $59-79
- Incipio Vehicle Dock Mod – $64
- Mophie Juice Pack -$79
Moto Mods attach to the back of the Moto Z thanks to “really strong magnets” and communicate via 16 metal pogo pins on the back bottom of the device. The connection is very tight and secure, and we had no issues while reviewing the phones and modular system. It’s mods done right. This small inclusion makes these phones very versatile.
With that in mind, here are 17 unique Moto Mod accessories and modules for the Moto Z family. After releasing multiple excellent mods earlier this year, more are now available. From a stunning camera experience, car mounts, battery packs and more. Check them all out below.
The first and most exciting Moto Mod for the Moto Z, for me, is the Instashare pico projector. This little modular simply snaps on to the back in seconds, and instantly transforms the smartphone into a powerful projector capable of streaming a 70-inch HDTV on the wall or ceiling.
Users can project the phone display and popular apps like Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, and likely games and other things as well. The Instashare projector has a built-in kickstand to allow for virtually any angle of viewing.
It has an included 1,100 mAh battery so owners can project video for an hour without using the phone battery, but sadly it appears to only be 480p resolution.
More details can be found here.