There’s almost nothing in technology more thrilling than getting a new smartphone. After days of research and looking up reviews, you’re able to turn the device over in your hand. You’re able to play with its software and make it your own. There’s very little in technology that feels worse than having that new device ruined by something that you could have prevented, like a direct encounter with your keys while in your pocket or a mild drop that ruins its pristine metal edge. Moto Z and Moto Z Droid users should run out to purchase a bumper or screen protector as soon as they pick up their new device.
The Moto Z and Moto Z Droid aren’t just the thinnest high-end smartphones available. Both phones have claimed the Thinnest Smartphones Ever title. Depending on your tastes, they’d even qualify for other superlatives, like Best Looking Smartphones Ever. They’re a sight to behold.
Trouble is, the longer you keep them unprotected, the more likely it is that you’ll ruin their perfect glass faces and smart-looking edges. Sharp objects in a pocket could mar your Moto Z and Moto Z Droid’s smooth front and back faces. A finger slip-up could leave your device’s edges rough and uncomfortable.
Here’s 7 of the best Moto Z and Moto Z Droid bumpers and screen protectors readily available. Each will help you keep your stunning device in pristine condition.
Spigen Glasr Screen Protector $24.99
Spigen, one of the premiere names in cases and screen protectors for Apple’s iPhone, also sells the Spigen Glasr Screen Protector for $24.99. Made from real glass, this screen protector will stop anything your pocket from ruining the Moto Z and Moto Z Droid’s smooth finish. It’s rated at 9H, meaning it should hold up to any close encounter.
All of the company’s screen protectors come with a risk-free lifetime replacement warranty. If the protector should ever fail, Spigen will send you another at no charge.
Verizon Two-Tone Bumper $14.99
Verizon is the exclusive home of the Moto Z Droid, which means it offers its own line-up of accessories, and all of them are reasonably priced. The Verizon Two-Tone Bumper fits both the Moto Z and Moto Z Droid. The $14.99 accessory hugs the sides of the device. Its ribbed edges keep fingers from slipping. A clear portion of the case helps visually identify the power and volume buttons at a glance.
More important than all of that, you can still use Moto Mods with the Verizon Two-Tone Bumper. That means no having to pull the bumper off to make use of what’s arguably your phone’s defining feature. Verizon will discount this bumper by half when shoppers purchase it with a new phone.
Incipio Octane Co-Molded $29.99
Available through Amazon, the Incipio Octane Co-Molded Bumper for the Moto Z and Moto Z Droid costs $29.99. Besides keeping compatibility with Moto Mods, this bumper is notable for another reason. It comes in two colors. There’s a grey and white combo and plain black to choose from when placing your order. Incipio also sells black plates that work with the Octane Co-Molded Bumper.
IQ Shield Tempered Glass $8.95
Made of ballistic glass, the IQ Shield Tempered Glass screen protector can take a beating. The company says that when applied, the screen protector is 99 percent transparent, meaning it won’t ruin the quality visuals from the 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display in the Moto Z and Moto Z Droid. It also has a 9H hardness rating.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid Bumper and Case $13.99
The Spigen Ultra Hybrid Bumper Case and shell is clear so that you can still see your device in all its glory, even if it is wrapped up for its own protection. Cutouts around the edges of the case allow you to turn the device on and change volume.
One thing the device doesn’t do is let you attach Moto Mods without taking it off. Instead, the thick plastic shell ensures the glass on the rear of your Moto Z won’t take a direct hit during a drop. It’s available from Amazon for $13.99.
IQ Shield Liquid Shield $7.85
Before there were glass screen protectors, there were screen protectors made of thin sheets of film like the IQ Shield Liquid Shield. Liquid Shield for Moto Z and Moto Z Droid weighs less than a Tempered Glass Shield would. Also, its presence is imperceptible to the human eye, per IQ Shield, the company that makes it. The extras that you’ll need to install the Liquid Shield, like a squeegee, cloth and solution, are included with its bargain basement $7.85 price tag.
Good luck keeping your Moto Z and Moto Z Droid safe from scratches and dings.