Moto Z Play & Moto Mods review

In the past five years, I’ve owned or tested three iPhones, two Samsung smartphones, and the budget-minded Idol3. Quite a variety. And yet none hold up to the versatility I’ve found in the Moto Z Play and its complementary Moto Mods.

I’m so grateful to Motorola for letting me play with not only the best smartphone I’ve used to date, but all of the ultra-fun mods and its Moto360 smartwatch, too. So bear with me as I take you through it all.

Thanks also to TELUS for the always-reliable service when I’m testing new smartphones. Love you guys.

Moto Z Play

THE GOOD

Hot damn, I love this phone. About two weeks into my review period, I messaged my pal at Motorola* to tell her I could easily give up my iPhone for the Moto Z Play.

When she asked why, at the top of my list was battery life. Even without the Power Pack (which I’ll get to later), the Moto Z Play has a longer-lasting battery than even the Samsung Galaxy series — which, before now, reigned supreme in my experience. With very heavy use, from 6 a.m. NON-STOP until midnight, it’ll last. And I’m talking conference-or-event heavy use where there are photos, videos, emails, tweets and such happening without so much as a snack break. At the end, you’ll still be able to call a taxi.

However, if you’re more of an average user who has the phone on standby and maybe sees a couple hours of heavy use a day, you won’t need to recharge your Moto Z Play for two days. Maybe three if you’re an ultra-light user. I once got 48 hours out of a single charge with moderate use. Like my friend Tamara from Globe Guide, who also recently switched to the Moto Z Play, I’ve stopped carting around my external batteries, because I just don’t need them anymore.

Charging the battery is fast, too. While the Moto Z Play doesn’t come with a charging cord you can plug into a USB port, it does come with a hardwired cord for any electrical outlet that allows the phone to “Turbo Charge.” In a hurry? No bigs. The Turbo Charge will get you nine hours of power in 15 minutes. Yeah. I’ve tried it (multiple times), and it’s not just a marketing claim.

But what ties for first place in my long list of favourites has got to be the camera. And a camera is huge for me because I’m constantly snapping what I hope will be my next greatest Instagram pic. Like this one:

And it’s not just about the photo quality but also about the level of control I have as I’m taking the photo. (Remember, too, that I haven’t even gotten into the camera Mod, which gives you even more photographic options.) Being able to manage the exposure composition right on my smartphone screen means I can instantly adjust to nearly any lighting conditions in an instant. This is something that’s much harder to do — even on an iPhone, where you can touch a darker area to lighten it overall as you’re composing your pic.

I love being able to get closeup details -- using only the Moto

I love being able to get closeup details — using only the Moto Z Play’s built-in camera.

The Moto Z Play has a dial that comes up on the screen that allows you to adjust lighting with a shocking amount of precision considering it’s a phone. So that means if you’re taking a pic into the sun, subjects don’t necessarily have to appear as silhouettes — unless you want them to. Similarly, as lighting conditions worsen, you can dial up the amount of light your camera will let in so it doesn’t affect your shot. Even white-on-white pics in a snowy environment end up with good contrast:

I like the size of the Moto Z Play. The screen is big enough to watch Netflix, but the frame is thin and light enough to hold onto really comfortably — even for my kids.

Speaking of the screen, picture quality is amazing. Crisp, clear and fast — so there are never any weird pixelated lags during gaming or other quick-motion scenes.

The entire system is intuitive. Everything is simply where it should be. Whether you need to switch in and out of airplane mode, adjust settings or find a new app, it’s easy. There are shortcuts that make sense, too.

Have you tried the fingerprint sensor on an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy? The former is reasonably good and the latter is annoying at best. But the Moto Z Play is a game-changer in fingerprint security. It works with utter consistency and zero effort. Sometimes, when I move my thumb over the sensor, it’s so lightning fast, I get all Jack Bower working in the belly of CTU.

This same sensor also puts the phone to sleep instantly. I’m telling you, this little guy is magic. 

Plus, while your phone’s resting, you can wave your hand a few inches above it to get a quick read on the time. It’s the little things…

Another bonus over the newest iPhone 7 lineup is that there’s a headphone jack. I can’t even imagine a smartphone without one, even with all of the Bluetooth technology available. The Moto Z Play still has one. Phew.

Since it’s been kinda cold outside, and I’ve been spending an excessive amount of time outdoors skiing (at Holiday Valley, Panorama, in Coldwater and Park City, to name a few), I can tell you with confidence that the Moto Z Play stands up to winter. While my iPhone would shrivel up and die if I put it in my ski jacket, my Moto never fails me.

Space-wise, I don’t know how I ever dealt with less than 32 megs of memory. Now, I can save hundreds of pics and queue up several hours’ worth of TV shows and videos to watch in transit before I need to delete anything. Of course, because I’m connected to this wonderful Android device using my Google credentials, all my photos are also uploaded to the Google cloud. Extra peace of mind is always a good thing.

I know this is a teensy-weensy thing, but the fact that the Moto Z Play came with a branded pin that I could use to open the SIM card/SD port.

It’s hard to talk price because there are so many different mobile service providers who offer deals all the time depending on your situation. I’ve even seen some retailers offer the phone with a free mod for signing up on a specified contract. Through TELUS, as one example, it’s $0 right now on a two-year term. Certainly worth checking out if you need a new phone. But an unlocked, no-plan Moto Z Play rings in at around $650.

One of the biggest advantages to the Moto Z Play, of course, is in its customization thanks to the Moto Mods. These are the kind of innovative tech that we’ve come to expect from Apple, and they’re what now sets Motorola apart from every other smartphone brand, in my opinion. Because there’s just nothing else like it on the market. I’ll get into all of the Mods (and tech wearables) themselves below, but I’ll note here that the magnets are very strong and the integration seamless.

Although I’ve dropped my Moto Z Play a number of times — including onto stone-cold school parking lot pavement — and it has only a few nicks around the frame to show for it, you need to be careful. Because…

THE GAFFE

The screen isn’t shatterproof, nor does it have a Moto case that wraps around the edge of the screen to protect it. Same goes while all of the Mods are in use. So — seriously — be careful.

If you get the fabric Moto Style Shell, you might find it slippery. I thought it was harder to keep a good grip while typing with the fabric versus the wood-style shells. But even they could be grippier.

My word, the keypad drives me mental with its latest update. I know Motorola uses Google keypads but feel strongly they need to help correct the annoying tendency to now go into Emoji Land while you’re simply trying to use the spacebar.

The only real complaint I have about the Mods (and I’ve expressed this to my Moto friend numerous times) is that there’s no master case available for all of them. Some don’t even come with a case of their own, which is just kind of strange. But a sleek accordion-style case into which I can slide every Mod would be very welcome indeed.

Once the Mods are attached, you can absolutely still use the Moto Z Play as a smartphone, but it’s cumbersome and heavier in the hand. So although you can multitask until the proverbial cows come home, you’ll feel it in your finger joints and wrists if it goes on too long.

THE GEARS

4.5/5

Moto360 smartwatch

Moto 360 smartwatch.

The many faces of Moto360. Using the Moto Connect app, Android Wear is easily personalizable. (Can you guess which one I use?)

What’s it do?

Like any smartwatch or Android Wear, the Moto360 (2nd generation) will alert you when you have an incoming text or an upcoming appointment in your calendar. Those are the basics you’d expect. What you might not expect is that it works not only with any of Motorola’s phones, but also with an iPhone. And while you won’t get the same number of bells and whistles when connected to iPhone, it still works incredibly well (I know because I tried).

Wireless charging and great style are two of the fine hallmarks of the Moto360, and I liked being able to customize the watch-face, dim it with one hand and get both heart-rate monitoring and pedometer readings at the flick of a finger.

One word of warning: heavy users may find that the battery life won’t last from morning until the wee hours. Turn off non-essential notifications to help preserve battery life.

This watch makes me happy.

How much is it?

$379 (though some models can currently be found on sale).

Who’d use it most?

Those who don’t want a bulky smartwatch. I’ve had smartwatches in the past that were huge, heavy and masculine. The styles from Motorola are way more design-savvy, too. Some are unisex, but the rose-gold watch with blush band (the one I have) is ultra-feminine, light on the wrist and goes with everything in my closet. I haven’t even seen an Apple Watch yet that could that.

The Moto360 is also perfect for those spend a lot of time at events or meetings where it’s uncouth to keep your phone in-hand but also need to monitor what’s coming through.

JBL SoundBoost speaker mod

Speaker for Moto Z Play.

Photo courtesy of Motorola Canada.

What’s it do?

Snap this little speaker onto your Moto Z Play and listen as the sound goes from zero to 10 in an instant. Although it doesn’t pack as much punch as, say, a Bose sound dock, for its size and price, it’s frickin’ impressive. Take it to the beach, cottage or chalet for true portability that will amp up your environment with great-quality sound.

It’s also got a built-in kickstand to keep it upright and let the music flow. Oh, and it adds 10 hours of extra battery life when fully charged, too.

How much is it?

$99 (a steal!).

Who’d use it most?

People who tend to have impromptu social gatherings, après-ski parties or live in a smaller space where a full-blown speaker system just isn’t necessary. We’ve taken this little guy all the way to Tremblant, and we’ve used it successfully during smaller house parties. Taking it outside for a pool party if you have a large backyard might start to get dicey as the sound might not carry far enough, but it’s perfect for even the biggest condo balcony.

Moto Insta-Share projector mod

Moto-Insta-Share-projector

Photo courtesy of Motorola Canada.

What’s it do?

Boy, this thing is cool. It projects whatever’s on your phone up to 70 inches. Yes — bigger than my large-screen TV. And as long as you’re in a dark room, and projecting onto a light, flat surface, the image is shockingly clear. My kids have even watched two-hour movies thanks to the Moto projector mod.

Just be aware that unless you have access to a pretty dark space, the picture will suffer. But set up in a basement or a bedroom with doors closed and curtains drawn? Wow. It’s one of those you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it kind of things.

How much is it?

$399.

Who’d use it most?

Those who refuse to spend two grand on a TV. Parents whose kids want to watch YouTube in a bigger way while staying in hotel rooms. Cottagers who are sick of the tube TV that came with their cabin.

Incipio offGRID Power Pack mod

Battery pack for Moto Z Play.

Photo courtesy of Motorola Canada.

What’s it do?

This battery pack adds a whopping 22 hours of battery life to your already battery-awesome Moto Z Play. I’m not kidding when I tell you that you can get three days of moderate phone use out of a single charge when this Mod is connected. It does make the phone thicker and heavier, but the backing is nice and grippy and it’s still not so big that it won’t fit into a clutch at night.

Seriously — this one’s a must.

How much is it?

$89.

Who’d use it most?

Anyone who finds they need to carry around external batteries to get through the day. Say “sayonara” to those puppies!

Hasselblad True Zoom mod

Photo courtesy of Motorola Canada.

Photo courtesy of Motorola Canada.

What’s it do?

I get a little giddy showing this off to people. The camera mod takes your Moto Z Play, which — as I mentioned earlier — is already a strong contender when it comes to photography, and gives it more manual control and a killer zoom.

So you know when you try to zoom in on a subject or scene with your smartphone and it starts to get all grainy? The Hasselblad zoom lens attachment gives you the power to zoom in and capture all of the beautiful detail you know is there…if you can just get close enough. With this, you can.

Moto Z Play with Hasselblad camera mod.

Taken at the Royalton Cancun from at least 100 feet away from the action. With fiery fast-action. In the dark. No flash.

The Xenon flash and Hasselblad lens will have you shooting like a pro with the press of a button. I just can’t get enough of this Mod.

Capture modes include regular photo, panorama pics, videos, professional night landscape, night portraits, sports, day landscape and backlight portrait options. You know — just a few.

Like a good DSLR, you can even shoot in RAW format. Try doing that on your iPhone! (Just keep in mind that you may have to add memory/storage by using the built-in SD card slot that allows up to 2TB more space.) And, of course, you can share all those stunning shots immediately — via text, email or social media. Because, after all, this is still your smartphone.

How much is it?

$349.

Who’d use it most?

Budding photographers and Instagrammer wannabes need this mod, as does anyone who wants a 10x optical (4x digital) zoom lens that works for both photo and video, and then gives you the convenience of smartphone features.

THE WINNING IS GOOD

I am so, so thrilled to be able to offer one very fortunate winner the entire lineup featured in this post. Yep — you could win a Moto Z Plus with a Style Shell**, four (4) Moto Mods and a Moto360 watch** of your very own! Total prize value is nearly $2,000 (!!!). Enter below or on my contest page.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* DISCLAIMER: I have a pal at Motorola because she used to work where I work, which is a PR agency. We are still the agency of record for Motorola. I do not, however, work on the business or have anything to do with the team or programming. No one asked me to review this phone or the Mods. I asked, because I thought it looked really cool. Obviously, all opinions are my own.

** Style Shell and Moto360 watch styles subject to availability. Winner will not have the opportunity to choose.

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Comments

  1. Lorraine Wiebe says

    The power pack because I dont have time many times to charge the battery great power pack in this one

  2. Karla R. says

    I am excited about the JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod. I like that it is portable and we can take it anywhere!

    • Marylena Howard says

      Power pack? Quick changing? What is this magic you speak of? And why is this the first I’ve heard?

  3. brandon forsyth says

    I want to try the moto insta-share projector mod as I would love to watch movies while still in bed

  4. Amanda Fontaine says

    I am most excited for the HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD. Being a Mom of three, i am aallllways taking pictures with my phone and this would be awesome to have.

  5. says

    They are all great, but I am most excited about the JBL Soundboost Speaker. I love it when I can listen louder to my favourite music! Thanks for the absolutely awesome review and giveaway! Your posts are always so informative and really assist in buying products.

  6. Soozle (Suzanne K) says

    Id love to try the INCIPIO OFFGRID POWER PACK MOD as I am always on the go and need that extra power!

  7. Dianne G. says

    I like the Hasselblad zoom lens because it would really help to take clear photos. No more grainy and blurry pics. I also like the Incipio Offgrid Power Pack Mod because I am notorious for forgetting to charge my phone and losing power. With an extra 22 hours this offers that would not be a problem.

  8. Vince Lam says

    I am most excited about the Hasselblad True Zoom so I can take better photos of my beautiful daughter.

  9. Kristy R says

    I’m most excited about the HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD. I rarely bring an actual camera with me anymore. The fire picture is unbelievable! Love it. My DIsney on Ice pics would have looked so much better with this mod!

  10. TinaChase says

    The Moto Mod I am most excited about is the Hasselblad True Zoom mod. The photo quality you posted looks fantastic!

  11. Jay M says

    I dig them all, so if I had to choose, I’d pick the projector. We sometimes lug around laptops to have things to watch when travelling, and I swear it gets bulkier and heavier as I get older!

  12. Nidhi Chauhan says

    I love to own Hasselblad True Zoom so that I can take distance pictures best quality. I really need help in taking high quality pics.

  13. Eva Mitton-Urban says

    Moto Z would be my choice. Laser focus clearer pictures – Captured moments happen in the thrill of a second – jiggly and blurred pictures just don’t cut it.

  14. Rebby says

    I’m super excited to try the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD so that I can show everyone the awesome Youtube videos I’m watching!

  15. SweetPanda says

    I love the Moto Insta-Share projector because it will be great when we goes to grandparents or cottage, we can use this to play kids movie. It will make it very special for kids

  16. Colleen Crawley says

    I like the idea of the insta share projector because I make a lot of videos on my phone and this would be a great way to share them with family and friends.

  17. Susan V Stirling says

    Wow .. I am going to Europe next month and truthfully, have never returned with pics worth a look Would so love to have HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD to help me out!! Would share around the world!

  18. Amy Stackhouse says

    The HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD is the one I’d use most! As an amateur photographer who loves taking photos of travel, kids, animals and nature I know I would use this a lot!

  19. Tracey says

    I am most excited for the Incipio offGRID Power Pack Mod. I am on the go a lot and always seem to need more battery life.

  20. Geraldine Durant says

    I am most excited about the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD. It would be perfect for family get togethers where we all share movies of kids/travel/adventures/life.

  21. says

    Sure would like to snag this amazing sounding Moto Z
    Advanced, low light camera
    Capture clearer pics with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization.
    Because of the camera’s feature of stabilization, as i tend to shake the
    camera and thus resulting in out of focus pic. With this bonus my pics.
    will be so much better.

  22. says

    I’m most excited about the Moto Insta-Share projector mod because I watch a lot of movies on my phone & this would be awesome to use when I’m travelling & in a dark hotel room!

  23. sarah alexis says

    Most excited about the JBL SOUNDBOOST SPEAKER MOD – seriously, who doesn’t appreciate a good sound system??????

  24. Shelley Hickey says

    I am very excited about the INCIPIO OFFGRID POWER PACK MOD as I hate when the battery isn’t good enough to last the day!

  25. misselles80 says

    The Moto Insta-Share projector sounds really amazing. Could I use it to share photos and videos on the wall? Sign me up!

  26. Deborah P. says

    I am most excited about the camera aspect and its in a very manageable size. I am usually old school about them but they can be awkward and I am constantly worried about loosing it. And its always when you are without it a photo moment happens.

  27. Monique L.S. says

    I am excited for the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD because it would be awesome to project big onto the wall.

  28. my villa says

    the Hasselblad True Zoom would be perfect for me. I love taking pictures and I often get frustrated that I don’t have my other camera with me since it has a great zoom

  29. Wanda Bee says

    I am most excited about the JBL SOUNDBOOST SPEAKER MOD because I will be able to listen to my audiobooks with better sound!

  30. Hope Ryckman says

    what a wonderful prize pack..all so useful to use for our family..thanks for the giveaway..u rock! ;))

    • Hope Ryckman says

      PS…forgot to mention though i would love all features on these very cool techy toys…to answer your question…this feature would be my fave to have for those close ups! HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD.

  31. Maryanne says

    The smart watch looks amazing. I would love to be able to just check my watch and have my phone in my bag.

  32. says

    I’m totally most excited about the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD! It would be so great for showing videos at my parents house, or for a fun movie night while camping!

  33. says

    The projector as it would be great during the summer at the camp for outdoor movie nights under the stars. Considering I am a tech nut, all mods are pretty exciting though and I’m surprised this device isn’t talked about more. I am a die-hard iPhone user and this is the only android device that has peaked my interest at all.

  34. Doris Calvert says

    `m excited about the HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD-because I love to take close ups of flowers and pets and wildlife and at times they are far away doing funny things or the wildlife like bears you van’t get vcose too!

  35. says

    I like how easy it is to use the Moto Insta-Share projector.it is so pefectly ingenious and makes the phone so cool to have!The Hasselblad True Zoom looks so amazing too! :)

  36. stephanie w says

    I am most excited about the Hasselblad true zoom. it wouldn’t take up too much space so carrying it around wouldn’t be too much of a hassle and it would be great to take better pictures

  37. Jon Gilbert says

    The HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD looks great. I love taking pictures and love getting new gear that enhances my picture taking.

  38. aly3360 says

    I’m most excited for the INCIPIO OFFGRID POWER PACK MOD. My phone battery never lasts quite long enough so this is an exciting mod for me.

    – Amber Y

  39. Debbie W says

    I am very excited about the ease of use of the Moto Insta-Share projector! My life would be easier.

  40. Caryn Coates says

    I am most excited to try the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD because it would definitely help keep the kids occupied when being on the go. This is awesome!!

  41. Elizabeth B says

    I love the HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM Mod because it will give me the chance to get really good photos with just my phone!

  42. lncleslie says

    I have never owned a new phone or one the has all the bells & whistles
    This sounds incredible & all the MODS are awesome especially the Moto Insta-Share Projector!

  43. says

    I am most excited about the Hasselblad True Zoom. I love photography so this is right up my alley for taking photos upclose without having to worry about blur or graininess.

  44. Jon T says

    I’m most excited by the Incipio Offgrid power pack mod – I am often in areas with low/no signal, and run out of power easily.

  45. says

    JBL Soundboost Speaker Mod..as i travel and like to do my yoga from om line and sometimes the sound is not load and i need to hear it so this would be awesome for it..

  46. Sandra S says

    I’m most excited about the Hasselblad True Zoom mod, because I like to take pictures but don’t feel like carrying an extra camera around and this sounds like it would take great photos

  47. Sarah Murphy says

    I love the Moto Insta-Share projector mod the best would keep my kids entertained no matter where we are !!!!! <3

  48. Jenna McDonald says

    MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD!!!! I would love to win this for my two small sons birthday party! Perfect for movies at night outside! Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway!

  49. nicolthepickle- Nicole Graham says

    The Insta Share projector mod. How cool is that! I love the idea perfect for keeping my kids occupied.

  50. Gillian Morgan says

    I would be most excited to try the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD because it would make it easy to watch videos with others when Im out and on the go.

  51. bettyanne says

    Would love to replace my 5+ year old phone, & haven’t taken the time to keep up with the times. Great review. Thanks.

  52. AndreaK says

    I’d love to try out the HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD! I’m a long time iPhone user and casual instagrammer, but your review totally makes me want to jump ship and try out this cool package.

  53. Sarah Jackson says

    most excited about the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD! I would love to be able to share vids or watch movies with my daughter like this ! its just neat !

  54. Julie bolduc says

    I’m most excited about the smartwatch, life is hectic at times and I don’t always have time digging for my phone in my purse this would be perfect right at my finger tips

  55. ALICIA D MILLETTE says

    MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD is what I am most looking forward too. we spend alot of time camping and I think the kids will really appreciate this

  56. Mike Gismondi says

    I’m most excited about the smartwatch because then I can get messages on my wrist without digging out my phone.

  57. Sandy Couzens says

    I would be most excited for the smart watch and to finally have my own. I have to share a cell with my husband so this would be fantastic. Thank you for this Amazing Giveaway !!!

  58. Nicole guay says

    I’m most excited for the MOTO360 Smartwatch, I used to have the old Moto razor phone but really hadn’t seen anything from this brand until now. It looks fantastic. I love al the features.

  59. Nicole Jubleew says

    I love the sound of the Moto Insta-Share projector mod. It would be perfect for watching a tv episode in bed!

  60. Violet Smith says

    I love the battery life and the fact that you can turbo charge it with a wall socket. Will definitely look into this phone

  61. Christina Ferguson says

    I am torn between the Hasselblad True Zoom and the JBL Soundboost Speaker as my favorite Mod.

  62. Kim K says

    I would love to try the HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD because I tend to take all of my pics with my smartphone and sometimes you need close ups! Thanks for the great info and giveaway!

  63. janicour says

    I would like to try the Hasselbland zoom mod because I always use my phone for my camera, especially when travelling. So easy to take .

  64. Elizabeth F says

    I love the idea of having a 10x optical (4x digital) zoom lens on my phone as I love taking high quality pictures and video.

  65. Robin Reid says

    I love the many aspects it can do as a camera…it would be fun to experiment with them all….all the while working at improving my picture taking because I have a camera with me at all times that has potential…

  66. Katie Coupland says

    Hasselblad True Zoom is my favorite MOD, I can only imagine the beautiful pictures that I will capture!!

  67. Elizabeth G says

    I’m such a sucker for a great camera mod, so I’d go for HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD in order to get the best pictures I can!

  68. Anu Chopra says

    HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD because gives it more manual control and a killer zoom therefore giving me better photos!

  69. Diane G says

    I am most excited about the Insta-Share projector mod because it can turn any dark room into a theater.

  70. says

    I’d like to try the Hasselbland zoom mod because I always use my phone for my camera (mom life right) and this looks like it would help take amazing pictures.

  71. Gordon Kaardal says

    Wow that phone sounds awesome, and I would love it, it sure beats my 8 yr old flip phone….yup flip phone.

  72. stacey dempsey says

    I am most excited about the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR. That would be so much fun, I have been looking at projectors for years but haven’t got one yet. This would be really handy and simple to use .

  73. Tammi L. says

    I’m most excited about the True Zoom. I love taking pictures so this would be amazing… and my teen daughter takes so many pictures of everything – including all the selfies, lol, so a great camera is really important!

  74. says

    Honestly I am most excited by the Incipio offGRID Power Pack mod. I have a portable charger but it – like many others – uses a USB port/cable which can get disconnected/annoying. Having a power pack on the phone would be a nice upgrade since you wouldn’t have to deal with a charger dangling from your phone, especially when you need to make a phone call while it’s charging!

  75. Gord says

    I like the JBL SoundBoost speaker mod the most. The smartphones I have had so far have really terrible speaker(s)! Having the ability to attach an external speaker with extra battery life is why I like this mod the most.

  76. Miguel Serrano says

    It looks like a lot of fun to have and for me with fat fingers, it would be nice to just hit one letter at a time.

  77. Sande says

    HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM is my very favorite item in the lineup. I’m fond of taking really good photos and who wouldn’t want anything Hasselblad.

  78. says

    The mod I am most excited about is the True Zoom. I love taking photos so having a phone that can easily transform into a camera with an amazing zoom would be a dream.

  79. michelle matta says

    the true zoom turns me right on because i am trying to learn photography techniques.. minor ones so far.. so an improved phone camera is right around my skill level right now and its gorgeous how it LOOKS like a camera face

  80. Jasen H says

    I’m most excited about the Moto Insta-Share projector mod seems like a convenient way to share videos with friends or watch a quick netflix show when a bigger screen isn’t readily available.

  81. nicole a says

    I’m most excited for the MOTO360 Smartwatch, I had a matching smartwatch with my old phone and got pretty addicted to that feature!

    • Toby says

      I tried deleting this as it’s the mod you’re to comment about, which I did in a different comment, please disregard this :)

  82. Erinn Lishman says

    I am most excited to try the Moto360 Smartwatch! I love that I can change the face, so it can go with absolutely anything I wear and can change it based on my mood, but I am also pretty desperate for a pedometer as I think it would encourage me to walk more.

  83. Judy Williams says

    HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM would be my favourite – the picture samplers you showed are amazing. Would play with that in my garden with my grand kids all summer!

  84. Debbie White Beattie says

    The things I’m most excited about is the camera with its zoom and lighting abilities plus the battery lasts longer. So I guess the question should be, what don’t I like about this phone and my answer; There’s nothing I don’t like about it

  85. Daniela Plume says

    I love all the mods but perhaps I love the jbl speaker mod the most because I love great music quality and this promises to deliver.

  86. says

    My favorite mod would definitely be the JBL SOUNDBOOST SPEAKER MOD . I have having to stick my phone in a metal bowl or glass cup just to try to get a louder sound you actually enjoy some music on my phone .
    Thanks for the opportunity! Good luck everyone!

  87. josephine evans says

    LOVE the Moto Insta-Share projector mod. I think this is a great feature that I would use often.

  88. Tricia Cooper says

    The Moto Mod I am most excited about is the Hasselblad True Zoom mod because I love to take pictures and this would take them to the next level!

  89. says

    Wow! What a prize pack . . . incredible looking technology!! My kids constantly squabble over who gets to hold mommy’s phone while they’re watching youtube videos in my bed. The projector would be a weekend morning game-changer around here.

  90. Krista Embertson says

    The Hasselblad True Zoom sounds amazing. Cause I don’t have 15,000.00 for an actual Hasselblad but this would be a fabulous choice for True zoom

  91. Patricia Fretz says

    The Hasselblad True Zoom is the mod I would love the most, but they all sound great. I would love to see what it could do for my photos.

  92. Rachel says

    True Zoom or the Offgrid Power Pack. When I work out of the office it is for many hours at a time (often without an opportunity to stop and charge it) this would be amazing….

  93. Debbie Bashford says

    The HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM is the one I would be playing with all the time, I love to get up close photos and to be able to do it on a phone would be awesome!!

  94. Andrea W says

    I’m most excited for the MOTO360 Smartwatch! That’d be handy in meetings (so I’m not checking the time) and they look great too!

  95. Eliz says

    The True Zoom mod looks amazing! I used to always use my DSLR but the smartphone became too handy…although the pics would never compare but now with a zoom mod?!!!! Oh my goodness!

  96. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    The Hasselblad True Zoom mod is what has caught my fancy, the main reason being that my present phone has a horrible camera that never seems to want to zoom in at all, so this would be perfect for me, thanks for the chance :-)

  97. MARGARET TRAMBLE says

    I would love to win that phone. I must be the only one on the planet who doesn’t own some kind of smart phone.

  98. Shelley N says

    I am most excited about the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD since it would be really great for travelling and I would love to see the images projected

  99. doreen lamoureux says

    I don’t have a cell phone yet and just joined instagram so really need a phone. lol I love that the phone has 10x optical (4x digital) zoom lens

  100. Janet M says

    The Hasselblad True Zoom mod looks so amazing. It appears to be easy to use with wonderful clarity.

  101. Betty S says

    I think the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR MOD would be great We often show pictures off my camera to Grandparents and to be able to project on the wall for better viewing would be awesome

  102. Heather A says

    I’m most excited about the camera. So great to be able to take quality pictures with just your phone and these pictures look awesome.

  103. says

    The Insta share projector is VERY COOL!! The next thing I love is the The Moto Z Play has a dial that comes up on the screen that allows you to adjust lighting .. I ALWAYS struggle to find good lighting to capture the perfect pic with my phone and this excites me!! Wonderful amazing prize!!

  104. Jay Nelson says

    At first I was going to reply saying: The camera. But I really thought about your remarks on the utility of the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR and can think of many great family uses for it – and how portable. It would be great for long family visits, sick bed-ridden children, a second TV etc. A very unique product.

  105. Ryan B says

    The HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD is the one I want most. As I use my Cell as my primary shooter and a better Zoom would be greatly appreciated.

  106. Bernice says

    i like the insta share projector , that seems like it would be fun to use , my kids would love that feature

  107. Kay L Abbott says

    the Hasselblad zoom lens so I can get great pitcures of my grandchildren without them possing-more natural pitcures

  108. Darlene Demell says

    I like the Hasselblad True Zoom mod. I am always trying to get better pictures and this will zoom in really great.

  109. edmontonjb says

    I’m excited about the INCIPIO OFFGRID POWER PACK MOD because I always forget to charge my phone

    ~Jonnie

  110. says

    I grew up in a house where awesome sound was everything! That’s why I love the JBL Soundboost Speaker mod, it would give those bass notes & deep sound that phones just don’t have. I want to feel like I’m listening to a stereo!

  111. says

    I am most excited about the Hasselblad True Zoom lens and the reason is I like to shoot birds and it would be great if I could zoom in as I can only get so close without scaring them.

  112. Lisa bolduc says

    Hmm. I would think I would like to try ry the Hasselblad zoom lens mod so I can take lots of pics of my kids

  113. Amie says

    I am most excited to try the camera ! I love taking pictures , it makes me happy and it would be amazing to have a good one with me !

  114. says

    The Hasselblad True Zoom is the one I covet most. I managed to find a place to live with an amazing view and every pic I have taken with my crappy phone has been a big disappointment. All of the Mods are appealing. I really enjoyed this review – you made me want this phone a LOT! Well done. :)

  115. says

    I love everything about this! That said, the battery life is amazing. I love that I could actually get through a day of taking pics and not having to stop to charge which is a major pain as it slows up my progress for completing blog posts.

  116. Wendy hutton says

    HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD as I always try taking a good picture but my camera is older and this looks like its easy to use and does an amazing job

  117. Lee-Ann says

    Because I am so behind in phone tech – all the bells and whistles look good to me! I like long batter life, and the camera looks fabulous! I think if I had to pick the one I am most excited about – it would be the projector capability – that’s cool!

  118. says

    I also commented on the linked post review page from Rafel. Form… that I like the charging system and we all appreciate extended battery life! Thanks for an informative review.

  119. Catherine Robichaud says

    Wow what a phone. I’m most excited about the Moto Insta-share Projector Mod because I think it’s cool to be able to project a video or even pictures on the wall for everyone to see.

  120. Patrick McKeown says

    Wow! having a phone that adapts to your needs no matter what they are. That’s pretty damn impressive! I think for me, having that camera mod is definitely the killer device.

  121. Treen Goodwin says

    The HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD , sounds amazing , i love to takes pics of my Grand babies and dogs :)

  122. Kristy says

    I’m excited about the HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD- I use my phone the most for pictures, and this seems like a great addition to get even better photos!

  123. Marlene Unruh says

    They all sound great, but the JBL Soundboost Speaker Mod would be awesome. I’d love to use it on the patio or in the garden while working.

  124. Brenda Lacourciere says

    Moto Insta-Share projector mod would be my first pick. My grandkids would absolutely love to try some large screen apps. How amazing.

  125. Maritess says

    I love listening to music and would be excited to try out the JBL SOUNDBOOST SPEAKER MOD. JBL is a brand that really makes good speakers, too.

  126. Angela Mitchell says

    I’m most excited about the HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD. I’ve been getting into photography lately but I still don’t have a decent camera. I love how I could use my phone to take amazing photos and not have to carry both a camera and phone around with me. I think this would amazing for vacations!

  127. naiddia p says

    I really love the MOTO INSTA-SHARE PROJECTOR mod. It would be perfect for the kids when we travel to the cottage or hotel.

  128. katharine warren says

    My husband has been on the constant hunt for a good smartphone. This one sounds like it ticks all the boxes, except for the dropping aspect. If they have a good OtterBox quality case he would be set. Also he has been eyeing that Motorola smartwatch, he has the pebble right now but it’s end of life.

  129. ginette4 says

    for me it’s the HASSELBLAD TRUE ZOOM MOD..I’m looking for a great camera and this one sounds like the perfect fit

  130. ailisebyrne says

    The projector would be AMAZING for my classroom!!! I use my phone all the time to keep my students engaged!!

  131. Elizabeth Vlug says

    Most excited about the MOTO Z PLAY. Why? The battery life alone sold me. Seriously, I don’t know how many times I have been stranded with a dead battery and it frustrates the ying-yang out of me. lol.

  132. Clair Palmer says

    The camera, oh my goodness the pictures are so beautiful hard to believe thats from a phone, I’d be very excited to use that

  133. ERIN MCSWEENEY says

    I’m most excited for the MOTO360 SMARTWATCH, i’ve been wanting one for a while and I love everything that Moto is offering

  134. Debbie S. says

    I am most excited about the MOTO Z PLAY. I am always looking for a plug in to charge my phone and would really love to be able to take incredible quality pics from my phone.

  135. Christy Eldred says

    All such great options! Right now I would say MOTO Z PLAY. My phone is on the way out so I am on the lookout for a replacement and this def seems like a great option!

  136. says

    That projector mod is the reason the Motorola will likely be my next phone. I see the kids or I using it to trace big art projects onto the wall. I bet you could paint an amazing mural using it.

  137. mapleleafmommy says

    I’m like, meh, meh, that’s nice, but I’m good… then I saw the photo quality. The fact you can fiddle with the exposure? And that True Zoom Mod? Dang, I NEED this.

  138. Marlene J says

    Loving the motor smartwatch , I’ve seen them advertisted & they are so cool to me.This watch is so my personality.

  139. Lisa Rumolo says

    I love the smart watch. Great for checking messages at work where I’m not allowed to carry a phone.

  140. Kathryn says

    Thanks for this review! I’m sick and tired of Apple running my life… might be time to try something new!

  141. Israel Y says

    My favourite is the JBL SOUNDBOOST SPEAKER MOD. It looks awesome & love that it has 10 hours of battery life!

  142. says

    I’m most excited about the Insta Share Projector! I have a friend that has one and on a recent flight that didn’t have seat back TVs, she projected it onto the table tray (when it was in an upright, locked position 😉 ). She LOVES this phone too and I want one!!’

  143. Lia Christensen says

    This phone excites me!!! My current phone is about to enter smartphone heaven and after reading your review this is a serious contender despite my deep love for the iPhone. This Mom of 5 is a serious memory catcher and that camera mod literally has me drooling! Fingers crossed lady luck is on my side!

  144. Julia S. says

    The Hasselblad True Zoom looks so amazing! Would love that for our upcoming trip to Iceland to capture the Northern Lights!!

  145. Andie Anderson says

    I love the jbl speaker mod! Our whole family loves music so this is a fantastic add on. I enjoyed reading your review!

  146. Jenny says

    Omg. I need this in my life. The speaker….perfect for the cottage and all our beach days. The projector….perfect for nights around the fire !!! This baby looks like it has it all!!!. Thanks for sharing your review.

  147. Michele says

    As soon as you mentioned using the projector in a hotel room or the cottage, you had my interest peaked! Not to mention, the camera looks unreal!

  148. Erica Seaman says

    The moto-360 looks like a mighty fine piece of technology- can’t wait to get my hands on one of these!!

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