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I am going to have to admit that I have a special place in my heart for the Motorola brand. I can still recall back in the day when Motorola completely dominated the cell phone market with the famous “brick” phone and later the world’s most innovative and popular flip phones. Back in my sales days must have programmed hundreds if not more than a thousand Motorola phones. Twenty-five plus years later I can still recall the programming instructions.

 

Those days are long gone and Motorola is more a brand than a company now they are fully owned and operated by Lenovo. That does not mean however the days of innovation are gone.

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The Moto Z2 Force is a flagship level device for the company with some high-end specs and the price level to match. What makes it different from the crowd is the shatter proof display and the range of attachable accessories known as moto mods. More on all of this later after we get a listing of the device specs and my out of the box impressions out of the way.

 

Here are the specs and some key features:

  • Android 7.1.1  
  • 5.5 inch Shatterproof Quad HD 1440p POLED display
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processor – 2.35 GHz Octa-Core CPU and Adreno 540 GPU
  • 12 MP dual rear cameras. One color and one B&W
  • 5 MP Front facing camera with dual LED flash and wide angle
  • Video up to 4K 30 FPS
  • Battery 2730 mAh 
  • “TurboPower” charging that adds 8 hours of power in 15 minutes
  • 64GB of memory with 4GB of RAM
  • Memory expandable with mico SD card up to 2TB
  • Water repellent nano-coating (think splash but not dunk proof) 
  • Capable of 1 Giga-bit speeds on the Sprint network 
  • Moto Mods--Speaker, projector batteries and more that attach magnetically to device
  • Moto Actions--Use gestures to launch camera and other functions
  • Bluetooth 4.2 (will upgrade to 5.0 with next Android OS)
  • Fingerprint scanner

 

What stands out

Of all the specs and features, the two things that stand out for the Moto Z2 force is the shatterproof screen and the Moto Mods attachments. I will go into more detail in a future post about these after more time to try the device out. The screen is a big deal as I am quite prone to drop and break devices.

The dual camera and effects that will allow when taking pictures is another feature that I am excited to try.

 

Being able to blur a background with other effects it not unusual. What is especially interesting here is that the second camera is monochrome which is going to allow for some very interesting shooting options.

 

The Android purest will love this device as the 7.1.1 OS on the device is very close to stock. This will keep the phone running smoothly for weeks and months to come.   

 

There is an exciting promotion for this Z2 Force at launch with the Moto Mod projector included at no cost from Motorola. This is an outstanding offer since this Mod has a retail cost of $299. When you consider this it makes the flagship price of the Z2 seem more of a deal.

 

Of course for something like this supplies will be limited and the promotion could end at any time. See Sprint.com for current pricing and promotions.  

 

A couple of watch-outs

The shatterproof design is a due to the screen being made of plastic rather than glass like most other devices. The is a lot of feedback that the plastic scratches easily and as a result, many are recommending a screen shield to be placed on the device right away.

 

The Z2 gave up having a headphone jack to help the phone be even smaller. That is not a big deal to me as I gave up wires for headsets a long time ago. If a concern for you there is an adaptor included that will allow a headphone through the USB-C jack.

 

Overall the build quality and feel of this device is worthy of the Motorola heritage and of being the flagship at this time for the brand.

 

Stay tuned for future posts

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I am preparing to run the San Fransico Half Marathon on July 23rd, 2017 and the Samsung S8 has been my training partner along the way. Join me in supporting the Sprint #1millionproject. You can donate here https://www.crowdrise.com/team-sprint-1mp/fundraiser/davidcopeland4

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Do you find it a hassle to be always pulling your phone in to charge at your desk? Do you often think it would far more convenient to just set the phone down at have to charge on the spot? If you can answer yes to any of these questions then a wireless charger the Galaxy S8 is for you.

 

Samsung has been an innovation leader when it comes to wireless charging capability introducing this feature more than two years ago with the S6. Since that time, the options for charging have evolved with several choices and most importantly faster charging times. It is easy as a Samsung customer to take innovations for granted. Ask your friends with other devices if they can fast charge their phone wirelessly. You might be surprised at how many will answer the question with a “What? You can do that?”

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There are currently two styles of charging pads available through Samsung and since I am cheap I went with the lowest priced option Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand at $59.99. As a stand, this design is much better than my previous slow charging flat pad since it keeps the device in an upright position which keeps notifications visible at a glance while on my desk. This has turned my S8 into a handy clock and notification screen just a glance away.

 

If you are into flexibility and would like the option of both the upright as well as the flat position there is a classy looking Charging Convertible that works as either a pad or a stand. This is the newest charger and was released at the time of the GS8. The only drawback is a higher price at $89.99.

Sure it just takes second to plug a phone into a charger and thanks to the new USB-C port there is no wrong way to plug in. Nonetheless, I have found it to be super convenient to set the device on the stand anytime I am at my desk then grab and go when the time comes to roll to my next adventure.

 

The GS8 and the stand use Qi (pronounced “Chee”) standards for power transfer. Qi is a Chinese word for “natural energy” and is an open standard. This means the GS8 can charge through most any Qi compatible charging device which opens options for many different chargers that can found starting as low as $12 from the usual tech shopping sites. Key when choosing an option is to make sure it a fast charger as you will be far happier with the quicker time. With a Samsung accessories, you can also charge confidently knowing it has been tested to be compatible.

 

Want to learn more about some other Qi chargers for your GS8? The good folks over at Android Central have a nice review of several different options that I found informative.

Wireless charging with the Galaxy S8 and Samsung accessories is just one more reason buying into a single ecosystem has advantages for both the manufacturer and the consumer.

 

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Okay, I admit it. I am a bit of a curmudgeon at times when it comes to change. That is especially true when tha20170526_105544.jpgt change impacts my wallet due to having to spend money as a result of said change. That is why I was a little twisted at first when I learned the Samsung Galaxy S8 was to have a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. After years of owning Android devices, my supply of microUSB cables is vast.

 

My supply of USB-C cables consists of 1 and that is only thanks to what was supplied in the box. Change is hard and at times requires some spending to stay up on the latest technology. If not willing to make the move I would still be rocking a VHS VCR at home.

 

So what exactly is USB-C and why is it worth the upgrade?

 

Basically, USB-C is the new standard for charging devices and for transferring data. The standard is not new having been around since 2014. The move of Samsung to this standard demonstrates it is here to stay and can be expected on all future devices.

 

New Shape

Okay, the moment I realized the connector is no longer has an up or down I was totally sold. It was without a doubt a hassle to fumble with cords trying to plug things in just right in the past. This is no longer an issue as the single reversible shape fits easily up or down.

 

More power/Faster Data = More devices

USB-C is not just for phones. Thanks to being capable of supporting up to 100 watts of power and thanks to the high data transfer rate, the USB-C port is now prevalent in laptops as well as other devices from HP, Dell, Microsoft, Intel and yes even Apple.

 

Basically, if you want to go small with your next laptop or tablet you most likely are going to find it powered by USB-C.

 

Some good news?

Samsung was very kind to have in the box a really handy converter so that any microUSB cable can be used for the Galaxy S8. That has worked out great for me as I now am on the ready if in a car or somewhere else without my new cable. Basically, all my old collection of cables still work but I, of course, have to remember I might encounter some slower charge times.

 

Even better, the conversion to new cables is really not expensive thanks to this starting as low as $6 to $10.

 

I am now a willful convert to the new standard.

 

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One of the most competitive areas for a quality device is the camera and this is an area where Samsung has always excelled.

 

The specs for the camera are as impressive as you would expect from a flagship level device. The rear camera is 12MP Dual Pixel and the front camera is 8MP with Samsung's first autofocus feature for even better selfies. The rear camera is also capable of 4K video at an impressive 30fps. 

 

That expandable memory with a micro SD card up to 256 GB is going to be a key win for someone that is really into taking a lot of high-quality video and pictures. If a card is installed your pictures and video will by default save there leaving room on your device to load up with apps.

 

As far as camera settings and features, the device provides just enough customizing without making things too complicated. There are animated filters for some wacky shots and beauty to improve skin tone, correct shape and even slim the face.

 

Moving between the various modes and filters is quite easy. With the camera active just swipe right to change the shooting mode and swipe left apply one of the many simple filters available. The swiping right shooting modes available include Auto, Pro, Panorama, Selective focus, slow motion, Hyperlapse, Food and Virtual shot.

 

I know that most people do not use these extra features with the average person concerned only with point and shoot selfies and pictures. My suggestion is that you take some time to really explore these various options. You might just find a feature that you had no idea you could just not live without.

So now that we know about the specs and the options of the camera we have the real question. Does it take good pictures?

 

I have never been disappointed with a Samsung device camera and the Galaxy S8 again only confirms with me what I have known for many years. There is nothing but joy to be found under many different conditions with this phone and thanks to the SD card you can snap away with no worries of crowding out other important storage.

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Ah yes!

 

The sweet feel of a new phone in hand. With our never ending addiction to all things tech, there are few times more exciting than those first few moments with a new device. My relationship with Samsung goes back many years and it is amazing to have seen the evolution of devices from simple flip phones to the wonder machines that have become the norm.

 

Lately, it has been difficult to find a wow factor in devices since there is little room left for innovation. The expectation to deliver a winner with the GS8 could not be higher given the PR disaster of the Note battery the looming launch of the 10-year anniversary device of the I-Phone. I am moving from the GS6 and have high expectations.

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Does the GS8 meet the hype?

 

Let’s go over some key specs first:

 

  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Display: 5.8-inch “infinity” screen with 1440 x 2960 resolution and a whopping 84.26% screen-to-body ratio.
  • Camera: 8 MP front facing with 12MP back-facing (new wide angle included) Camcorder capable of 4k video at 30 fps. Front facing camera is first Galaxy device with smart autofocus
  • Hardware: Octa-Core 2350 MHz (think super-fast) Graphics Adreno 540 (think super sharp); industry’s first 10nm chip for speed and efficiency.
  • Storage: 64GB internal and expandable with micro SD up to 256 GB. If you are a 4K video lover you are going to want to expand the Ol’ memory.
  • Battery: 3000 mAh with Qi fast charging capability. I have a Qi charging and highly recommend one.
  • Bluetooth: First device with Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type C
  • IP68 Water and Dust Resistant
  • Also included in the box is a pair of premium headphones

 

Some impressive numbers indeed and true step up from my current GS6 Edge. I am especially excited about the infinity screen, water resistance, and the expanded internal memory.

 

After just a couple of weeks of use, I can honestly say the phone is completely meeting my expectations and more. The phone feels great in hand and has got to be the best performing device from a processor perspective that I have ever experienced. The GS8 is built for speed.

 

Samsung knows they have some brand building to do after the battery issues of the Note last year and consumers are the winners with thanks to very aggressive offers for device upgrades and for new customers. These offers change frequently so check out sprint.com for the latest super deal.

 

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