Review: MOTO X FORCE

Have you ever pulled out your phone from your pocket, dropped it face down and BAMM! Shattered screen? Are you one of those people with butter fingers who drops your phone often? Well, rejoice. The saviour is here and it’s called the MOTO X FORCE aka Droid Turbo 2.

The Moto X Force comes with a Shatter-Proof display, so durable, that Motorola claims you won’t be able to shatter it up to 4 years. I don’ think I can emphasise the point further – I dropped it from ear-level many times, dropped it face down on pavements and also stepped on the screen. It simply doesn’t shatter. But the Shatterproof display isn’t just a gimmick – the Force is a great phone through and through.

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Spec-wise, the Force ticks all the right boxes – a QHD P-OLED 5.4-inch screen, the Qualcomm top-dog Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM, a 21MP rear shooter, expandable storage, wireless charging, fast charging, is water-repellant and a huge 3,760mAh battery. This impressive list will definitely satisfy most geeks who are all about specs.

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Other than the display being shatterproof, its colours are punchy and have deep blacks thanks to the OLED panel. With a pixel density of 540ppi, the display is crisp and vibrant. The viewing angle and outdoor visibility is pretty decent too. The front of the phone also boasts a single spilt speaker setup that is loud and clear.

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On the Software front, the Force boots 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and they have the Marshmallow update rolling out already. Motorola has always given users the stock vanilla Android experience, and the Force follows the same trend with the handy Moto features on top. They include – Moto Display, Connect and Moto Voice.

Moto display pulses notifications when they arrive and with 4 sensors on top of the phone, whenever you pick your phone you can see what notifications you have coming in. With Moto Voice you can assign a custom phrase to launch the personal assistant and it can do tasks like take notes, send messages or take a selfie. The overall UI of the phone is smooth with no lags noticed.

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The Force comes with a 21MP Sony camera, which is decent. In good light conditions the shots taken are vivid and have good detail to them. Lower the lighting and the camera struggles. It takes a few seconds to focus, especially in low light. If a great camera is what you’re after, the Force won’t give you that.

It also comes with a huge battery which Motorola claims can last up to 48 hours. While I tried my level best to get to that mark, it’s just not possible. Being a medium to heavy user (regularly texting, emailing, WhatsApp together with an hour of gaming), got me around 5 hours of screen-on time which is great. The phone will easily last a full day with some juice left in the tank.

The Force is surely unique with its shatter-proof display and for people who are a bit careless with their phones. Add to that the top-of-the-line specs and fluid Android experience, the Force is a great buy. However, a few flaws like an average camera and a not-so-pretty design might keep the general masses away, especially with a similar price tag of a Note 5.

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