Motorola has a fairly simple product philosophy, by keeping it simple but adding features that people care about. The company latest device - the Moto X Force, touted as super-tough phone, comes with Shatterproof display, which claimed to have a screen that will not break, no matter how many times you drop it.
There are two factors that make the Moto X Force stand out from the crowd. First, as mentioned above, its the display, which makes it as the world's first smartphone with a shatterproof display. The display has been equipped with 5-layers of a coating to ensure against accidental falls.
Secondly, it's the price, the Moto X Force has a starting price Rs. 49,999, which makes it the most expensive Moto handset currently available in the India. The handset is available in two different storage variant 32GB and 64GB and are priced at Rs. 49,999 and Rs. 53,999 respectively.
At such aggressive price point, this smartphone is competing the key flagship smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z5 and much more. However, We have been using the device for a quite some time and here is the review of Moto X Force.
Look and feel
In terms of design, the Moto X Force may look more or less like its other Moto siblings. The curved design and a ballistic nylon finish with the finely woven pattern at the back make it easy to grip. The woven pattern on the back also protects the phone from scratches, dents and fingerprint marks.
The killing feature of the Moto X Force is its Shattershield technology display. There is a 5.4-inch display, featuring a five layers of glass construction making it unbreakable. The phone has the earpiece speaker in the front at the top and dual speaker grills at the bottom.
On the right-hand side, you can see the power button and volume rockers. The microUSB port for charging and data transfer is located on the base and at the top, you will see 3.5mm audio jack and SIM card tray.
Our review unit has the back cover made of ballistic nylon finish with the finely woven pattern. The nylon material is silky soft to touch and yet tough to survive scratches. On the back you will also see a bump containing the camera unit, flash and the Moto logo.
With no loose parts, the overall build quality if the handset very impression. There is a slightly raised frame, which is to protect the glass in case if you keep your device screen-down. However, with a large display, this handset appears to be bulky, but it doesn't feel heavy in the hand. The phone measures 9.2mm thick and weigh 169 grams. The device feels good and comfortable in hands and the curves on both sides makes even more comfortable.
The Moto X Force is the first smartphone to feature a shatterproof display. It uses five whole layers of the display stacks to make it shatterproof at accidental drops. The Moto X Force sports a 5.4-inch QuadHD Super AMOLED display with an impressive pixel density of 540ppi and has a resolution of 1440x2560 pixels.
Well, looking at the specs above, it can be said that the Moto X Force's display has two aspects. One, the display toughness and another its quality. The 5.4-inch display with an impressive resolution at 540ppi pixel density makes text and images look extremely crisp on this phone.
The display is protection with Shattershield technology, we dropped the phone multiple times from multiple times on the floor, on the wooden table as well as on the uneven concrete floor. The display did not show any signs of scratches or shattered. However, the metal frame surrounding the Moto X Force did get few scratches.
The display produced vibrant colors and the text appeared sharp. We found the display extremely pleasant to use in good light and during day. While, testing the brightness of the display is excellent. Due to the multiple layers, the display is very reflective and viewing angles are not sharp in good light when compared to other flagship devices such as Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6s.
Interesting, Motorola is offering a 4-year warranty on the display of Moto X Force and also claims that this handset can tackle the toughest conditions without breaking apart.
Under-the-hood, the Moto X Force houses a Qualcomm MSM8894 Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is clocked at octa-core 2GHz speed combining quad-core 1.5 Cortex-A53 and quad-core 2GHz Cortex-A57.
The processor is paired with Adreno 430GPU and 3GB RAM. The high-end configuration ensures the device run smooth. While using the device for about 20 minutes, we found there was no delay in opening apps as well as no switching between apps.
On the storage front, the device is available in two storage variant: 32GB and 64GB internal storage and also comes with a microSD card support to expand storage up to 200GB. The micrSD card slot is shared with SIM 2 slot, which means you can use either two SIM cards or a SIM and a microSD card.
The combination of good hardware and clean software makes the Moto X Force fast and smooth phone. While using, I have not found any perceptible lags on the handset. All animations, switching between apps are smooth.
I have spent some time with Moto X Force playing graphic games such as the Asphalt 8. The Moto X Force's powerful processor handles the gaming in a ease. But, just like other phones with the same hardware - Snapdragon 810, the X Force too gets hot on the back.
Software and interface
The Moto X Force runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system, out of the box. Just like other Moto device, the X Force also comes with an almost stock version of Android along with some proprietary Moto features like Moto Assist, Moto Voice and more.
The Moto X Force also has gesture-based features similar to its predecessors and also a feature called Attentive Display, that ensures the display doesn't go to sleep as long as you are looking at it. We upgraded the Moto X Force to the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. The experience with the latest Android was smooth.
The Moto X Force uses the same camera hardware that has seen in the Moto X Style and Moto X Play. It comes with a 21-megapixel primary camera with dual LED flash, which as per the company is the best on a Moto phone till date. There also is a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter which also comes with an LED flash.
The rear camera comes with f/2.0 aperture and supports phase detect autofocus. It is capable of shooting 4K video recording as well as all motion videos. The camera app is similar to its predecessors and does not have any pro modes. In the brief moments we had with the phone, we found the camera good.
We have done an complete review on Moto X Force Camera. As usual, Motorola's camera interface is smooth and simple-to-use app. On the screen you will just see two buttons; one to shoot video and another to swap between the front and rear camera. With just a single tap on the display, the Moto X Force takes a shot almost immediately.
Drag from the left edge of the screen to pull out the settings menu, which allows you to toggle the flash, HDR mode, Panorama mode, Low Light mode, Timer and Geo-tagging. There is also a manual focus wheel, which can be dragged around the screen to override the autofocus.
For the most part, the autofocus works well. However, it struggled to focus on the subject, actually, it happened when you get up close and try to shoot a complex macro photo. In such cases, you can flip on the manual focus wheel and drag it to a precise area to keep it sharp.
Motorola has once again proved with Moto X Force that its mettle when shooting everyday photos and videos. Images are crisp and are packed with more details while only the occasional exposure and focus stumble detracts.
Moto X Force is packed with a 3760mAh battery, which is the largest battery capacity among the Moto X lineup. The smartphone supports wireless charging as well as turbo charging. The company claims that the battery can juice up the device for two days.
However, in a regular usage: when the handset is connected to several email, social media accounts and being used by background apps over 3G network, the battery last around 10 to 13 hours. Which is very good, by providing a battery life for a whole-day.
The Moto X Force has been priced at Rs 49,999 for 32GB variant and Rs 53,999 for the 64GB variant. The price is certainly on the higher end; it is almost Rs. 10,000 more than the Google Nexus 6P. Well, speaking about the performance, the Moto X Force did well in our review test.
Well, there are two factors, the handset is pricey and it worth it. Another factor is its unbreakable, if you are often forced to give your smartphone to a kid, and you fear that the phone will not return in one piece, then get the Moto X Force. Your kids can slam it on the floor, bite it, dip in the bath tub or throw it out of the balcony - the phone will most likely to survive.
The Moto X Force is not a phone to buy just for looks, its all about unbreakable screen and durability. Well, the sibling of this handset - the Moto X Style comes with slightly slower processor more or less similar features but comes in almost Rs. 20,000. However, there are smartphone like Samsung Galaxy S6, Google Nexus and the HTC A9, which look stylish and have better camera and performance.