Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force were announced yesterday to a lot of skeptical criticism from fans of the old Motorola brand. Personally, I think they look nice and I like the Mod approach as opposed to LG's, but only time will tell whether they end up being a disappointment or not. For now, all we have to go on is David's quick hands-on and his impressions were mitigated.
If you're interested in the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, there might be some good news to sway your decision even more in favor of the phone. The Droid Edition, which will be exclusive to Verizon whenever it launches this summer, will come with 2 years of "original quality" storage on Google Photos for free. This is the full size backup option that doesn't compress photos or videos at all. It normally eats away at your Google Drive storage when you turn it on (the "high quality" option is the one that's free for all) and it can do so pretty fast if you back up a lot of 4K videos.
Although you may not notice the quality difference between high and original quality with photos, as we tested in our full review of the Photos service, videos will probably provide the most benefit when they're backed up at full resolution. So it's a good thing to have the option at least to back up everything for free.
This is a promotional offer though, so you'll need to redeem it by March 31, 2017, and the two years start when you back up the first photo/video in the original quality resolution. As for whether this will apply to the other unlocked Moto Zs and Moto Z Forces or different countries and so on, we don't know. Cody recently discovered strings in Google Photos that point to free unlimited original quality backup for Nexus devices, so we might be seeing this offer more and more from different manufacturers... or not.
- +Valery Babanin