It is also, currently, the sole 5G phone in the US, while the Moto Z3 is a option for the budget-conscious on its own. Not alone, of course: you will need the 5G Moto Mod, which clips to the phone’s back (securely, thanks to a powerful magnets) and has to stay in place to connect with Verizon’s just-launched 5G network.
It is not quite as straightforward as dropping to a Verizon store and walking out with all the mod, as we all discovered. Among our first reactions, starting from the day that the telecom switched on its 5G network, was surprise: Verizon requires you to show proof of possession of a Moto Z3 when picking up a 5G Moto Mod, or to purchase a telephone on the spot. You will need to be subscribed to one of those telecom’s Limitless plans, and then pay a $10 monthly fee above that. (You can get 3 months of free 5G information, though.)
The 5G Moto Mod is pricey, retailing for $350, although Verizon is promoting them in-store for $200 in the present time. Couple that with the $350 pricetag for the Moto Z3 and the whole setup is solidly in the mid century expense grade, though that is far less costly than the Galaxy S10 5G and also LG V50 ThinQ 5G are predicted to price (at or above the $1,000 threshold their non-5G versions are priced at).
As for the policy, well. . .Verizon did trigger its 5G system in early April a week sooner than anticipated, true. But it just went live in portions of 2 US cities. Minneapolis’ 5G reporting areas have been in Downtown West, Downtown East, Elliot Park, and the Mall of America’s Verizon Store.
Verizon is relying upon millimeter wave technology which needs line-of-site using all the 5G-broadcasting signal tower, which don’t cover quite as big of area as those broadcasting 4G LTE. Therefore, we found it hard to pick up 5G in the community’s first couple of days, and Verizon was not supplying coverage maps.
When you step outside the 5G coverage zones (or when your phone can’t link ), the 5G mod-packing phone should switch automatically to 4G, which we have found. As soon as we’ve found 5G sign, we have seen speeds up to 448Mbps, which can be all about where Verizon put its tamped-down expected rates until it enhances its own network. Compare that to the 45-60Mbps we watched about the 4G aspect of matters.
One last quick note: the 5G Moto Mod clips into the rear of your Moto Z3 (which is harmonious with other Moto phones later on), but do not be concerned about passing up a battery package: The 5G mod includes a 2,000mAh battery expansion, also. Worry instead at the girth of this mod, which almost doubles the thickness of this Moto Z3.
Moto Z3 cost and launch date
The Moto Z3’s started 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 below the lower-specced Moto Z3 Perform ‘s $399 price, although the latter is usually bundled with a 2,200mAh battery package Moto Mod, which usually sells for $50.
We are going to enter the Mods lineup later, but suffice to say they are an important factor at the Moto Z3’s value — so if you’re just looking for a simple model with Mod accessibility, you may be satisfied with the Z3 Play.
Alas, the Moto Z3 is only carried by and accessible through Verizon. That is certainly different from prior versions such as the Moto Z2 and Moto Z3 Perform that you could purchase unlocked or via different carriers, but you’ll need to go through Verizon if you desire the Moto Z3.
Picture that the Moto Z3 Play. Got it? Great — that’s the look of the full size Moto Z3. But that’s not always a bad thing, even since the phone is a sleek, thin smartphone with beautiful glass front-and-rear which will easily fit in your pocket.
Well, as long as the cam bulge doesn’t get in the way: that the signature photo-blister yields, and while it isn’t cumbersome, it’s not tiny. But because it is a key element to Moto’s Mod platform (every add-in fits snugly around the bulge ), it is a specific choice you will learn how to live with should you go for Motorola’s Z-line mobiles.
The phone weighs only 156g, which is on the lighter side in comparison to flagships like the iPhone XS (171 g) and also Samsung Notice 9 (201g). This is offset from the Mods, which is hefty: the basic 2,200mAh power package, by far the most useful Mod of the bunch, weighs about 70 g. In 5mm thick, it insures the camera bulge and then some, almost doubling the depth of the 6.8millimeter phone.
Otherwise, the Moto Z3 appears staged Motorola, with thin bezels around the sides, a chin thick enough to adhere a company logo, and a thin shirt free of notch. In a distance, you’d be hard-pressed to tell this apart from some of those less expensive G-series mobiles. The large difference is the glass back (some G-phones have glassbut others have plastic or aluminum ), the large camera bulge, along with the strip onto the back filled with contact hooks to the Mods to attach.
Motorola retained the side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s conveniently positioned right where your head rests, so we never had a problem logging into. In actuality, it’s almost too convenient: when catching the telephone, we inadvertently pressed it and unlocked the phone when all we wanted was to confirm the lock display notifications. It is an odd aggravation, to be sure.