While the Moto Z3 is still a selection for the budget-conscious on its own, it now, the only 5G phone in the US. Not alone, of course: you need the 5G Moto Mod, which clips to the cellphone’s back (firmly, thanks to a powerful magnets) and must stay set up to connect with Verizon’s just-launched 5G network.
It is not as straightforward as falling into a Verizon store and walking out with all the mod, as we discovered. Among our very initial reactions, starting from the day the telecom switched on its 5G system, was surprise: Verizon requires you to show proof of possession of a Moto Z3 when choosing up a 5G Moto Mod, or even to purchase a phone immediately. You will need to be subscribed to one of the telecom’s Limitless programs, and then pay a $10 monthly fee over that. (You do get 3 months of free 5G data, though.)
The 5G Moto Mod is pricey, retailing for $350, although Verizon is selling them in-store for $200 at the present time. Couple that with the $350 pricetag for your Moto Z3 and the whole setup is solidly in the mid century expense grade, although that’s far less costly than the Galaxy S10 5G and LG V50 ThinQ 5G are expected to price (at or over the $1,000 threshold that their non-5G versions are priced at).
In terms of the coverage, well. . .Verizon did trigger its 5G network in early April a week earlier than anticipated, true. But it just went live in areas of 2 US cities. Minneapolis’ 5G reporting regions have been in Downtown West, Downtown East, Elliot Park, as well as the Mall of America’s Verizon Store.
Verizon is relying upon millimeter wave technology that requires line-of-site using all the 5G-broadcasting signal tower, which don’t cover nearly as large of area as those broadcasting 4G LTE. As such, we now found it hard to pick up 5G in the system’s first couple of days, and Verizon wasn’t providing coverage maps.
When you step away from the 5G policy zones (or when your phone can not join ), the 5G mod-packing telephone must switch automatically to 4G, which we’ve found. When we’ve found 5G signal, we’ve seen speeds around 448Mbps, which will be about where Verizon put its tamped-down anticipated rates until it improves its own network. Compare it to this 45-60Mbps we watched on the 4G aspect of matters.
One last quick note: that the 5G Moto Mod clips to the rear of your own Moto Z3 (which is compatible with other Moto phones later on), but don’t be worried about passing up a battery pack: The 5G mod includes a 2,000mAh battery expansion, too. Worry instead at the girth of the mod, which almost doubles the depth of this Moto Z3.
The Moto Z3’s launched in August 2018 in a 480 (about #370, AU$650) baseline price, though that is dipped down to $349 on Motorola’s official store. That is under the lower-specced Moto Z3 Perform ‘s $399 price, although the latter is generally bundled with a 2,200mAh battery pack Moto Mod, which normally sells for $50.
We’ll enter the Mods lineup later, but suffice to say they’re an essential element at the Moto Z3’s worth — so if you are just looking for a simple version with Mod availability, you might be fulfilled by the Z3 Play.
However, the Moto Z3 is only carried by and accessible through Verizon. That’s certainly different from previous versions like the Moto Z2 and Moto Z3 Perform you could buy unlocked or via various carriers, but you will need to undergo Verizon should you desire the Moto Z3.
Picture that the Moto Z3 Play. Got it? Great — that’s the look of this full-fledged Moto Z3. But that is not always a bad thing, as the telephone is a sleek, slim smartphone with appealing glass front-and-rear which will readily fit in your pocket.
Well, so long as the camera bulge doesn’t get in the way: that the signature photo-blister yields, and while it isn’t cumbersome, it is not tiny. But as it’s a key element to Moto’s Mod platform (every add-in fits snugly round the bulge ), it’s a particular choice you will learn how to live with if you elect for Motorola’s Z-line mobiles.
The phone weighs 156g, that is on the lighter side in comparison to flagships such as the iPhone XS (171 g) and also Samsung Note 9 (201g). This is offset by the Mods, which is hefty: the fundamental 2,200mAh power package, definitely the most useful Mod of this bunch, weighs about 70 gram. In 5mm thick, it still covers the camera bump and then a few, almost doubling the thickness of the 6.8millimeter phone.
Otherwise, the Moto Z3 looks textbook Motorola, using thin bezels across the sides, a chin thick enough to stay a company logo, along with a thin top free of notch. In a distance, you’d be hard-pressed to let this apart from a number of the less expensive G-series phones. The huge difference is the glass back (some G-phones have glassbut others have aluminum or plastic), the large camera bulge, along with the strip onto the back full of touch pins for the Mods to attach.
Motorola kept the side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s conveniently positioned right where your thumb rests, thus we never had a problem logging in. In actuality, it’s almost too handy: when grabbing the telephone, we accidentally pressed it unlocked the phone when we all wanted was to inspect the lock screen alarms. It’s an odd annoyance, to be sure.