October 17, 2018

Review: Moto Z3 on Verizon

The Verizon Moto Z3 is a great demonstration of how a smartphone can have endless possibilities. The reason for endless possibilities is because of Moto Mods. In short, if there is a Moto Mod, you can attach it to your phone, giving it a new capability. Right off the bat, this is specifically what makes this phone special. But is it still worth your hard-earned money?

Hardware:

Processor: The Moto Z3 is fueled by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processor with a 2.35GHz octa-core CPU/850 MHz Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. This processor isn’t the fastest one on the market, but it’s plenty fast enough for what most people will throw at it.

Display: a Full HD+ resolution, 2160 x 1080p. It’s an OLED display and looks fantastic.

Rear Camera: 12 MP, f2.0, 1.25um + 12 MP monochrome, Laser Autofocus (pDAF), Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash, Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL). Here are a few random shots I snapped with it:

The rear camera has some great software baked in that can accomplish things like Cinemagraphs, cutout mode, true black and white, face filters, panorama, manual mode, YouTube Live mode, text / landmark / object recognition (powered by Google Lens),††text scanner,†††† active photos, barcode & QR code scanner, and even a business card reader. (Source)

Front Camera: It’s 8 MP, f2.0, 1.12um, wide-angle lens, and uses the screen for its flash. The front camera can shoot at 1080p.

Software

Moto Z3

Ever since I’ve first owned a Motorola Android Smartphone (the original Moto X), I’ve fallen in love with their treatment of Android. Rather than bloat the smartphone with software, games, ads to the point of explosion, Motorola tends to offer a lighter experience, yet retaining some useful software, as well as adding some actually-useful features.

I just love the icons that Motorola puts on the Moto Display, showing you some important notifications. It’s clean, easy-to-read, and doesn’t make me feel like I’m about to have a panic attack from a cluttered mess that other manufacturers add to their experience.

Check out Motorola’s page that breaks down the Moto Apps very nicely.

The Moto Z3 even has a little bonus customization ability that I took advantage of: Getting rid of the navigation bar and converting it into a “Pill” (see image below). In short, the pill allows you to replace the navigation bar with a Pill in the center of the screen, so you can navigate with one hand. Swiping left on the pill acts as the “back” button, swiping right on the pill acts as the “task switching” button.

Conclusions

I love this phone. It’s not an absolute 100%, but I feel it’s still slightly better than it’s predecessor, the Moto Z2/Force.

I recommend checking out Verizon’s Z3 page to see what kind of deal they may be offering. Currently, you can finance the phone through Verizon for $20 a month. Thank you for checking out my review!