The MOTO is back!

So a little backstory. Remember how all those pink Motorazr’s were all the rage? Yeah, I never had one of those so of course, I was never party of the cool kids. BUT fast forward a few years (ok, 10 years) and I finally got a Motorola phone. I was in the US, about to travel on a month long trip across two countries and I was in desperate need of a phone that worked. I was done with Xperia Sola. It’s battery was dead, the Android OS was outdated, none of my apps worked without crashing the phone, it was over. I also needed an unlocked phone on the cheap because I didnt have $700 to spend on a Samsung or iPhone. In came in my angel of a friend who told me to get the MotoG on a Cyber Monday deal for $180. I LOVED that phone. It fit my needs: basic Smartphone, good camera, good internal memory. And it had a nice screen, I am not that nitpicky when it comes to phones as you can probably tell.

I had a good relationship with that phone. Its charger was crap afterwards but hey, you can’t have it all. The phone was cruelly snatched from me after I got mugged last July but  would have totally held onto the phone till it’s last breath (or till I could afford another one hehe).

So when we were approached to make noise about the new MotoZ launch in Pakistan, I was all in. I like Moto phones and this one promised to be a knockout.

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The launch was at Darbar C, Movenpick and there was a cool demo booth to check the phone out. We made a video to show the phone’s features.

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We match the decor very nicely.

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While all this is good and dandy, it is what they did to market the phone that really caught my attention.

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Hira Tareen, Ameen J and Mehreen Jabbar (!!!!!) travelled across Pakistan and used the revolutionary Moto mods to film what makes this country unique. I am really glad the campaign is rooted in local culture and not some Euro centric models pasted on a billboard to sell a phone. It makes the whole thing seem home grown and relatable. Check it out here:

About the phone:

The Moto Mods Family includes the JBL SoundBoost speakers so users can take the party with them, the Insta-Share Projector so they can share content as and when they want, power packs from Incipio so consumers are never out of battery, and the Hasselblad True Zoom, that will enable aspiring photographers to capture precious moments on the go.

Translation: These are basically fancy extensions that link magnetically to the back of your phone. There is a power bank. speaker, projector and camera extensions that gives your phone super powers. Think of it like the extra lives you get when playing a video game.

What we think: These are super cool if you want your phone to have extra turbo power. But other than the power bank, the rest seem like pricey add ons that you would probably want if you like heavy-duty music, photography and movies.

Specifications:

Material: Military aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel

Width: 5.2mm

Display: 5.5” Quad HD AMOLED display.

Processor: Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 820 processor,

Memory: 4GB of RAM and 32 GB or 64 GB of storage inside. MicroSD slot for extended memory.

Camera: 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus;  Front-facing: 5MP camera includes a wide-angle lens

Battery: 30 hours, plus the TurboPower™ Mod provides up to 8 hours of power

Price: 

Moto Z (comes with Moto Style Shell) PKP 74,999
Moto Z Play (comes Moto Style Shell) PKP 49,999
Moto Insta-Share Projector Mod PKP 39,500
Incipio offGRID Power Pack Mod PKP 8,650
JBL SoundBoost Mod PKP 12,500
Hasselblad True Zoom Mod PKP 29,500

Summary: The MotoZ is an attractive device and as a previous Moto user I am eager for this launch. However, at this price point, there has to be some serious soul searching on how badly I want it. The Moto Mods, however, I can live without.

Disclaimer: We are being compensated for this review. However, all opinions are our own because we like it that way.

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