This summer Motorola and its new parent company announced the new Moto Z and shatterproof Moto Z Force, followed by the Moto Z Play. One of the most exciting aspects of the announcement was Moto Mods, magnetically attachable modules that transform these phones into a TV projector, speakers, 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 16 different official accessories for the Moto Z lineup.
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 new Moto Z is worth checking out. Here’s everything you need to know about MotoMods, and what’s available right now.
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, and the Mods will make these phones better, more capable, photography companions and more.
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.
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.
With that in mind, here are the 16 unique Moto Mod accessories and modules for the Moto Z. They have all been available since the end of July when the first two phones were released. Then the company unveiled a camera mod and additional battery choices.
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.