Years ago Orson Welles remarked that someday a camera would be as small as a lens. It’s no secret that technology has made huge strides in miniaturisation. What is exceptional about the Moto Mods is that the engineering has made it possible to transform your cell phone into other devices or add features easily.
Moto considers the Moto Z2 Force Edition most advanced smartphone ever. It certainly feels fast, light and very sleek.
During the talk we got to see movies and files made using the 360 camera Moto Mod.
After, we got to play around with various mods. I played with the 360 mod. It comes with a silicone cap to put over both cameras to protect the lenses. You just place the Mod on the back of the phone. It “snaps” into place almost by itself:
the phone knows immediately when any Mod is in place. A tutorial begins:
This what you see and you can choose various modes, fix where the cameras are focused and so on:
Here’s the various modes – Slow Motion, True Black and White and video:
And you can switch from the regular camera to the 360 camera very conveniently:
You have access to “Professional” camera features:
And you can view both cameras at the same time:
Ultra Wide Angle:
This incredibly thin Mod is for wireless charging. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
It’s amazing how slim these wireless charging Mods are…..
This is the JBL SoundBoost 2 Mod – basically a pair of speakers you snap onto your phone.
They cleverly added a kickstand so the user can position their phone as they wish:
Here;s the Moto GamePad which comes with a batter for extended gameplay:
This is the TurboPower battery. You can plug this Mod in so it’s batter is full, then, when your phone needs some juice just snap this Mod and it will power your phone VERY fast. Next to my thumb is a button which turns on the lights – they show how full the battery is:
As soon as you snap it in you get the tutorial and explanation of how to use the Mod:
This impressive Mod is the Hasselblad Camera. There’s a button at the top for those who want the feel of a camera for taking photos. There’s also a Zoom tab around that button so you can control the zoom. I tried it and while it takes a bit of practise, it’s fun to use and feels right.
Here’s my attempt at using the Zoom. I was aiming at the ceiling because that was the farthest thing in that room. This is just the sort of thing to use during a baseball game. RIght?
Here’s the details about the moto z2 force edition
operating system AndroidTM 7.1.1 Nougat system architecture/processor Motorola Mobile Computing System, including
Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 835 processor – 2.35 GHz Octa-Core CPU and Adreno
Natural Language Processor
Contextual Computing Processor memory (RAM) 4GB (US) 6GB (ROW) LPDDR4 storage 64GB(US/ROW) 128GB (China) with microSD Card support (up to 2 TB) dimensions 76 x 155.8 x 6.1 mm weight 143g display 5.5” Quad HD 1440p (1440 x 2560) Super AMOLED
ShatterShield battery 2730 mAh, all day battery charging 15W TurboPower for hours of power in minutes water protection Water repellent nano-coating rear camera Dual 12MP IMX 386 sensors – 1 Bayer, 1 Clear
Depth detection and depth effects
Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL)
Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
Laser Auto Focus
Closed loop actuator
Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash
Professional mode video capture 480p (30fps) 720p (120fps) 1080p (30fps), 4K (30fps) front camera 5 MP
Wide-Angle 85° lens
Auto Night mode
Professional mode SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual-SIM available in certain countries connectivity Moto ModsTM connector
USB-C port for headphones, charging and data transfer
3.5mm to USB-C headphone port adapter included bluetooth®technology Current: 4.2
After Android O update: 5.0 wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO speakers/microphones Front-ported loud speaker
3 Mics video playback 480p (30fps) 720p (120fps) 1080p (60fps), 4K (30fps)