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Moto Z2 Force review: Focusing on the wrong things

Motorola kicked off the era of Moto Mods last year with the Moto Z and Z Force. The latter was only available on Verizon in the US, but this year the Z2 Force is coming to all US carriers. It's also the only flagship phone the company is releasing this summer—there's no regular Z phone at all. That makes the Z2 Force a critical phone for Motorola as it seeks to convince consumers and mobile carriers that Mods are a good idea.

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[Deal Alert] Moto G5 Plus on sale for $199.99 (32GB) and $249.99 (64GB) at B&H [Update]

There are plenty of budget phones out there, and most of them aren't bad. However, the Moto G5 Plus is the most not bad I've seen. It usually starts at a very reasonable $230, but today B&H is selling the 32GB device for just $199.99 and the 64GB for $249.99.

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Motorola has quietly dropped the Moto Z2 Force price from $800 to $720 [Update]

Motorola announced the Moto Z2 Force recently with a price of $800, a full $80 more than the first generation device. That seemed especially bold when Motorola is still pushing Mods that can cost as much as $300. Now, the company appears to have dropped the price without so much as a word. The phone is currently listed on the Motorola website at $720, the same as last year's phone.

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Motorola announces G5S and G5S Plus in Europe with unibody aluminum design, improved cameras, and more

Motorola used to have a very simple product lineup, but this is no longer the case. In fact, the G-series is becoming downright convoluted with all the slight variations. The G5S Plus popped up on the US Motorola site earlier today, and now the G5S Plus and G5S are official in Europe. They'll both come to the US later this year, but in slightly different forms.

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The Moto G5S Plus is official in the US: Dual rear cameras, metal unibody, 5.5" 1080p display

Moto is still on a mission to confuse everyone with a multitude of devices that differ ever so slightly in specs and nomenclature. The latest is the Moto G5S Plus, a bigger version of the current Moto G5 Plus, which is a bigger version of the regular G5. See? Simple. We first heard about the G5S Plus last month when specs of the device leaked, but now it's official.

The G5S Plus keeps the metal body of the current G5 lineup, but it improves it thanks to a unibody anodized aluminum design. It also has the same water repellent nano-coating, the same Snapdragon 625 processor and Adreno 506 GPU under the hood, MicroUSB charging and 3.5mm headphone port, and the same battery capacity at 3000mAh.

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The Moto Z2 Force's 'unbreakable' screen may be a deal breaker

Motorola is set to launch the Moto Z2 Force in a few weeks on all major US carriers. Those carriers are doing their part to make the launch a success with various promos, but you ought to look upon these deals with skepticism. Our full Moto Z2 Force review will be ready in a few days, but I thought it would be prudent to expand on something I touched on in the hands-on: the ShatterShield display. I'm afraid this screen will be a deal breaker for many people. While it doesn't crack, there are plenty of other issues with it.

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[Deal Alert] T-Mobile is offering 'buy one, get one' deals on the Galaxy S8 and the Moto Z2 Force

T-Mobile fired up a buy one, get one (BOGO) deal on the Galaxy S8 shortly after it launched. While there were caveats, it was a good value. Now, that deal is back, and the upcoming Moto Z2 Force getting the same BOGO offer. You probably want the GS8, though.

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Opinion: Motorola's Z phones are quickly becoming little more than Mod money grabs

Motorola announced the Z2 Force at an event in New York City yesterday, ostensibly the 2017 flagship for the struggling smartphone brand, following up the Z and Z Force of 2016. The Z series is notable both for marking a major transition in Moto's flagship strategy, but also for the Moto Mods that underpinned the alleged reasoning behind that shift.

Motorola loves to toss out figures about the adoption rate for Moto Mods, but it hasn't issued any really solid ones in regard to which Mods people are using or how often they're using them. The reality is that this is probably because the battery Mod - the most painfully, glaringly, obvious use case for Mods - makes up the great bulk of that uptake.

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Hands-on: Moto Z2 Force and 360 Camera Moto Mod

Motorola is now into its second generation of Mod-enabled phones with the release of the Moto Z2 Play a few weeks ago and now the Moto Z2 Force. As far as we know, there won't be a regular Z2 variant this year, so Moto seems to have split the difference between the last-gen Z and Z Force. The Z2 Force is a bit slimmer than its predecessor with a smaller battery, but it still has the shatter-proof POLED display.

We'll have a full review later, but let's see if this phone makes a good first impression. There's also that new 360 Camera Mod launching on the same day.

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Motorola publishes Moto Photo Editor app on the Play Store for new phones with dual cameras

Nearly every OEM these days uploads its stock apps onto the Play Store for more seamless updates, but it was Motorola that really started this trend. It makes life easier for the manufacturer and the consumer alike. Moto's latest addition to the Play Store is its Moto Photo Editor, a photo editor specifically for pictures shot by Motorola dual camera-equipped phones.

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