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Well in case of the Moto Z2 Force it is not really a button but instead, it is a nifty little trackpad that makes it easy with a swipe or two to perform some convenient functions. This pad is at the bottom of the device and also serves as the fingerprint sensor.

 

Having a home button on devices is rather controversial among users with passionate people in both camps. I have to admit that I am among the button crowd preferring the tactile experience to find “home” easily and have been disappointed as the trend has moved to all virtual functions.

 

Motorola has with the Z2 Force and other devices decided to expand the functionality to evolve beyond a button and instead have a mini trackpad experience. The device does not default to having this function out of the box so you do have to enable it. If not, you will be frustrated as I was swiping away with no response thinking the pad does not work.

 

How is pad enabled?

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The one button navigation is enabled through a menu that can be found by accessing the Moto app. This app is preloaded and can be found on the home screen of the device. After accessing the app just go to Moto Actions and then tap on the first option on the list for one button nav. This function comes with a very handy tutorial that will walk you through how to use it. Forget a function? Just return to the tutorial at any time for a nice reminder.

 

What does it do?

 

The pad increases your overall screen space since you will not need to use the virtual functions located there. Instead, use the trackpad to swipe left to go back, swipe right for recently used apps. Tap the pad for a short time to lock the screen or tap longer for the launch assistant.

 

The trackpad as a fingerprint sensor is a fantastic way to quickly unlock the device. The Moto Z2 Force is the first device I have used that I think makes the sensor so easy to access that using it improves the overall experience.

 

Thank you, Motorola for not giving up on the home button and instead taking it to a whole new level with your awesome trackpad.

 

Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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How good is this screen?  Do you need a high resolution screen?  Maybe this isn't for you, but if you need a small, durable phone that does an EXCELLENT job for a reasonable cost, check out the write up on screen performance...

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Does the Blackberry Keyboard live up to its predecessors?

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If you are looking at getting the KEYone as a device, most likely it is for the keyboard experience. In a world of swiping and swishing it is the Blackberry KEYone that stands out in the crowd thanks to the throwback experience of the keys. Thankfully that is the main comeback with this device as everything else is all Andriod thus opening up the full world of apps and tools that are to be expected. It has also already been announced that it will get the next iteration of Android OS to “Oreo” so fear not that updates are on the way.

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So after years of no keyboard how has been the experience for me? Being of a certain generation as I am, I have clear memories of pecking away using keys. I also remember what a challenge it was to move to full touch with the final death nail being to loss of the home button with the Galaxy S8.

Oh, how I longed for the tactile days of old and now I have them. The keyboard experience has been all that I expected so far. It took a few days but after orienting myself to the various letter locations and functions I was soon once again working my thumbs with great efficiency. To say I am now typing faster than with my previous touch screen would not exactly be true. I can say that I am more accurate and there is just something wonderful about buttons after doing without for so long.

 

The keyboard is designed with the classic Blackberry feel with each row separated by a classy looking metal strip. In low light and in the dark, each letter lights up making it a snap to navigate.

 

Now, this is not just a keyboard as there are several features to make it even more useful. The keys are customizable enable a long press shortcuts to pull up an app or take you to a designated area faster. Rather than flipping through the screen, just long press “I” and Instagram pops up.

 

Another nice feature is the three-word suggestions provided across the bottom of the touchscreen as part of the next word prediction engine. The keyboard is sensitive to touch so all it takes is a simple swipe of the keys under the word and it is will move right up to your text.

 

This works due to the entire keyboard functioning like a trackpad. Rather than swiping the screen to scroll through documents or menus, just lightly move over the keys. This is especially nice given the small size of the screen. Plus of course, there is the tactile satisfaction of the key feel.

The space bar does double duty as the fingerprint sensor and I have found it to be quite responsive to unlock the device. My only wish here is that once open it would serve as a home key. I more often than not have found myself pressing here for home rather than the virtual home button that is above the keyboard.

 

Overall my thumb muscle memory has returned and I am loving the keyboard. Long live the keyboard!

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Since the unboxing, I have been using the Moto Z2 Force Edition as my primary phone and I am quite impressed! So here are my first impressions:

 

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 This device is THIN! I mean really THIN! Compared to any other device I have ever owned or used, this is by far the thinnest AND strongest smartphone. But this does not come without its issues of course. This guy quietly sneaks out of my pocket and slides into the middle of the car seat and the arm rest!

 

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The screen is shatterproof! I have tested it (by accident) and there are not even any scratches on the body AND the screen. It took a decent 5 ft drop. Please don't try this at home!

 

Dual camera is quite functional and the software for it allows some creative editing - more on that later.

 

The OS is stock Android for the most part. So however you feel about it, its going to stay that way - this phone will not change your opinion on that. I personally like it.

 

Finally this phone is built for mods. There are several and I will go over these in a later blog. However they are pricey and I think cost prohibitive for the most part. But hey, Moto is giving the projector for free so why not!

 

More to come. Stay tuned

- Your Product Ambassador Team

 

 

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I was lucky enough to be able to get tickets to my favorite NFL team the Miami Dolphins.  I sat all week trying to decide it I wanted to switch pones to a better camera since I hadn't had much experience with the Moto Z2 force camera.  Ultimately I decided to go with the Z2 and show off what it could do.  Boy, do I tell you I was not disappointed.  I took several pictures both in natural likes and under the stadium lights.  I was completely ecstatic with my results.

 

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For those important times in life when you want to make sure you capture them you will not be disappointed with the camera.

 

“Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.”

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As I've been using the Blackberry KEYone I've begun to use some cool and easy to use features I thought would be worth sharing. 

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I am now a little more than a week into my BlackBerry experience and here are my top best impressions on the device so far.

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The Keyboard

Of course, you can’t talk about this device without discussing the keyboard experience. Thought keyboards were dead? The KEYone is proving there is a market for the tactile experience of using a device based keyboard. I was a little apprehensive about what the transition would be like and admit that is is taking me a little time to get used to the physical keys over virtual. Really the change is more similar to any keyboard change as I am working to learn the various steps for things like capitalization, finding symbols, and word suggestions.

 

My favorite aspects of the keyboard experience so far have been the feel of the keys, the ease of the spacebar as a fingerprint sensor, and the really cool function of the keyboard for swiping to move screens. I plan to wait at least a couple of weeks before a real review of my keyboard experience so come back for that.

 

The device build

Make no mistake about it, the KEYone is a stand out device. It feels very solid in the hand with a weight that is just right. After the all glass feel of the Galaxy S8, it is nice to have a device with a back that has some texture to it. The faux leather is classy looking and more importantly provides some protection from accidental slippage from the hand. I do still recommend a case for best protection and have purchased one that is clear so I can keep that classy back in full view.

 

It is a minor thing but I am working to get used to the power button being on the left side of the device. My tendency to use press the convenience key on the right side just out of old habits.

 

The battery

The 3,505 mAH battery combined with the mid-level 625 octa-core chip is working just as I had hoped to get me completely through the day with juice to spare. As a power user, this is important to me. Sure, I own a small fleet of external batteries but who wants the hassle of having to plug in mid-day or right as you transition to evening life for a boost.  I am always on and expect my device to match my ambitions.

 

The screen

Let’s face it, there is no getting around that gain the keyboard there is something that has to go. That something for this device is screen real estate with basically a 4th of the phone lost. A small screen without a doubt is a let down if moving from anything larger and if wanting to dive into a multimedia experience. The KEYone makes no pretense to be a gamer or a Netflix bingers go to. If that is your deal, there is nothing to see for you and move along.

 

The KEYone is built for business and for getting things done. I feel more productive already.




Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee

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Specs for the Motorola Z2 Force can be found here

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At first feel, the KEYone gives you the impression that it is well crafted and durable; with no gaps or uneven paneling, and a solid weight the phone seems to have great build quality.  The brushed aluminum trim gives the phone a stylish and sleek look which helps improve upon the user’s impression of durability. The KEYone’s most obvious and unique feature, at least by modern smart phones standards, is its physical keyboard; Blackberry may have made the keys a little too small and a little too close together for some users, but gave me a nostalgic feeling which was welcomed, even at the cost of a little screen size.

The Keyone’s OS runs smooth and feels quick in its response to user input. The physical keyboard has a few features that jump out at the user as welcomed and well thought out improvements on what I previously thought was an outdated technology; The flick typing feature paired with a very accurate predictive text make typing on the keyboard less involved and in some cases faster than swipe keyboards. The most notable feature related to the phone's camera is the front facing flash allowing you to take selfies in any light. Paring all of this tech into a phone with an impressive battery life ensures the user a great experience.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

"Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee."

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Android Influence are blogs written by Product Ambassadors who are Sprint employees and Device Champions who are customer device experts, both volunteer to test and blog about Sprint Android devices. Information and opinions posted here do not necessarily reflect or represent that of Sprint itself.