Five Things to Know About the Incredibly Weird Moto Z Droid

Image: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo
Image: Alex Cranz/Gizmodo

We finally got our hands on Motorola’s Moto Z Droid, the company’s take on the modular smartphone. Compared to most phones, this guy is weird—for several reasons. So let’s walk through them one by one.


1. No headphone jack

Because this phone is so thin, Motorola had to do away with the headphone jack and instead includes a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack converter in the box. Bust out those Bluetooth headphones!


2. Totally modular

The phone has modular superpowers with “MotoMods,” which snap onto the back of the device. Attachments include a powerful speaker from JBL and a Moto-designed projector as well as extra battery packs and uniquely designed shells. They all connect to the Z through magnets. Motorola has also announced a MotoMod developer program, so likely more modules will be added through the Z’s lifetime.

3. Thin as hell

I mean super thin. At 5.2mm, it’s one of the thinnest phones ever made (without the modules, of course).


4. There’s an unbreakable version

Motorola is also selling a variant called the Moto Z Force Droid. It’s the successor to last year’s Droid Turbo 2 and Moto X Force, the one where you can drop the phone from ridiculous heights (over and over) and it won’t break or shatter. This will give you an idea about what we’re talking about here:

5. Verizon only—for now

Motorola announced that it will be launching an unlocked version in September for GSM networks. That means it won’t work on Sprint or Verizon.


We’ll have more thoughts on the Moto Z Droid throughout the week, so stay tuned.

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Having switched over entirely to Bluetooth headphones last year, I have to say that the biggest inconvenience of Bluetooth has nothing to do with the Bluetooth itself or even with being wireless, but with how compact the headphones are. It’s just so damn easy to lose or misplace these things. With nothing to tangle or snag, I will completely forget that I placed my Jaybird X2s in my pants pocket, or in my a side compartment of my bag, etc., because I don’t worry about untangling it later.

In short:
Switch over. It’s worth the change.