1. markabele's Avatar
    Are they on life support? Need to get a new phone soon and am wondering if I need to jump ship to a non Moto Z line of phones.
    03-14-2018 08:49 PM
  2. Scott337's Avatar
    There have been a few new rumors, and the new Moto Health Mod ( or whatever it's named) has made the news recently. There hasn't been as many new Mods as some folks hoped for, but I don't think the project is dead. I bet when the Z3 line is announced later this year we see some more new Mods.
    Issemann and kmf1 like this.
    03-14-2018 08:51 PM
  3. kmf1's Avatar
    I'm hoping that there's life. I'd like a Z Force 3, which hasn't been announced yet. Time will tell I guess.
    03-14-2018 09:25 PM
  4. Ry's Avatar
    Probably not dead but won't be as extreme. I expect more battery mods now.
    03-14-2018 09:26 PM
  5. cjreyes666's Avatar
    03-14-2018 11:13 PM
  6. krisguy's Avatar
    I'm kinda interested in the Moto Mod dev kit from Moto and Element 14. I'm a Arduino and RasPi tikerer, so this might have some fun possibilities, especially with NFC and GPS access.
    03-31-2018 10:59 PM
  7. Ry's Avatar
    I'm kinda interested in the Moto Mod dev kit from Moto and Element 14. I'm a Arduino and RasPi tikerer, so this might have some fun possibilities, especially with NFC and GPS access.
    After year 3, I don't know if this goes anywhere.
    04-01-2018 05:37 PM
  8. kingstu's Avatar
    I think the future of mods from Motorola's standpoint will feature more personalizing your phone and less on radical uses for your phone. I think the Gorilla Glass style shells are just the beginning. I got the Expressive Curves one when it was first released and it was the first to go out of stock and it hasn't been back in stock since then. Perhaps they will produce more of them or they could just have produce a different style and people will jump on that. They use the Vibrant Gorilla Glass and could in the future be customized to where you could upload a photo and have it printed on your style shell similar to how DYIThinker does. They could probably do the same thing with the Wireless Charging Shell and start selling Gorilla Glass versions of those or even include one in the box for the Z3 series.

    I would love to see a gimbal for the Z series. It could use the magnetic mount to hold the phone in place instead of the generic cradle. It could use a direct connection to the phone instead of Bluetooth for the buttons. It could make use of the design decision where the Moto Z2 series doesn't have OIS, which is a plus when using a gimbal.

    If the Keyboard Mod is successful hopefully future 3rd parties will learn from their example and be able to create more niche products with a targeted audience. In any case, I think they will keep the mods and perhaps make them less backward compatible by allowing new functionality only on new phones and perhaps added wireless KISS connectivity in the future.
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    05-01-2018 01:39 PM
  9. Scott337's Avatar
    I think the future of mods from Motorola's standpoint will feature more personalizing your phone and less on radical uses for your phone. I think the Gorilla Glass style shells are just the beginning. I got the Expressive Curves one when it was first released and it was the first to go out of stock and it hasn't been back in stock since then. Perhaps they will produce more of them or they could just have produce a different style and people will jump on that. They use the Vibrant Gorilla Glass and could in the future be customized to where you could upload a photo and have it printed on your style shell similar to how DYIThinker does. They could probably do the same thing with the Wireless Charging Shell and start selling Gorilla Glass versions of those or even include one in the box for the Z3 series.

    I would love to see a gimbal for the Z series. It could use the magnetic mount to hold the phone in place instead of the generic cradle. It could use a direct connection to the phone instead of Bluetooth for the buttons. It could make use of the design decision where the Moto Z2 series doesn't have OIS, which is a plus when using a gimbal.

    If the Keyboard Mod is successful hopefully future 3rd parties will learn from their example and be able to create more niche products with a targeted audience. In any case, I think they will keep the mods and perhaps make them less backward compatible by allowing new functionality only on new phones and perhaps added wireless KISS connectivity in the future.
    What do you think about the Glass Style Shell? Like it? That's the one I wanted and it's always out of stock. I have all 3 "wood" Style Shells and rotae through them every few weeks, and the nylon gray wireless Style Shell for when I need it. I have been debating on whether or not to buy a glass Style Shell so I have it when I buy a Z3 Force later this year. How is the in-hand feel?
    05-01-2018 07:48 PM
  10. kingstu's Avatar
    What do you think about the Glass Style Shell? Like it? ... How is the in-hand feel?
    The Glass Style Shell feels very tough and almost like a rigid plastic. It looks that good also, not like I would imagine glass would look like. It feels slick but not slippery. It seems like it would last a lot longer than the wooden shells and I hope they have more of them to offer and will offer a wireless charging shell with the same material.

    I really hope they can do some licensing with the style shells so people can get more meaningful choices and more reasons to keep with the Z series of phones. Most manufacturers change the dimensions of their phones so you have to buy a new set of covers when you upgrade but the Z series lets you keep the covers (and mods) as you upgrade.
    05-04-2018 11:05 AM
  11. Scott337's Avatar
    The Glass Style Shell feels very tough and almost like a rigid plastic. It looks that good also, not like I would imagine glass would look like. It feels slick but not slippery. It seems like it would last a lot longer than the wooden shells and I hope they have more of them to offer and will offer a wireless charging shell with the same material.

    I really hope they can do some licensing with the style shells so people can get more meaningful choices and more reasons to keep with the Z series of phones. Most manufacturers change the dimensions of their phones so you have to buy a new set of covers when you upgrade but the Z series lets you keep the covers (and mods) as you upgrade.
    Thanks for the feedback. I think I'm going to go with my plan of ordering one of the Glass Shells when the Z3 Force is released, and I buy a Z3 Force. New phone & new Style Shell all at the same time.
    05-04-2018 11:10 AM
  12. recDNA's Avatar
    Does the big moto mod camera take better pics than Pixel 2xl ?
    05-04-2018 11:10 AM
  13. cjreyes666's Avatar
    Does the big moto mod camera take better pics than Pixel 2xl ?
    Not really, it helps when you are zooming in.
    Scott337 and benjamminh like this.
    05-04-2018 04:39 PM
  14. recDNA's Avatar
    Not really, it helps when you are zooming in.
    So better zoomed in at a distance.. less pixelation?
    05-04-2018 04:50 PM
  15. cjreyes666's Avatar
    So better zoomed in at a distance.. less pixelation?
    Here are some samples, can't recall how much I zoomed in. Future of Moto Mods?-img_20180304_143511917.jpgFuture of Moto Mods?-img_20180304_145544501.jpg
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    05-04-2018 04:56 PM
  16. recDNA's Avatar
    Thanks. We'd really need you to immediately take the same shot at the same mag to compare them. Also not full res here.
    05-04-2018 04:58 PM
  17. Ry's Avatar
    Does the big moto mod camera take better pics than Pixel 2xl ?
    For zoomed shots....

    Maybe?
    05-05-2018 12:41 AM
  18. benjamminh's Avatar
    For regular shots the camera mod doesn't even take as good a picture as the 2016 Z Force. But zooming is significantly better fwiw.
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    05-05-2018 09:50 PM
  19. Ry's Avatar
    For regular shots the camera mod doesn't even take as good a picture as the 2016 Z Force. But zooming is significantly better fwiw.
    It's pretty well established that the Hassellblad Zoom camera is only good for zoomed shots. Not sure at this point someone would ask if it took better photos that any phone. lol.
    05-07-2018 03:14 PM
  20. Ry's Avatar
    So better zoomed in at a distance.. less pixelation?
    At this point, you're talking digital zoom (which is a crop) vs. optical zoom.
    benjamminh likes this.
    05-07-2018 03:15 PM
  21. cjreyes666's Avatar
    First set with the phone's cameraFuture of Moto Mods?-img_20180511_172047876_hdr.jpgFuture of Moto Mods?-img_20180511_172014160_hdr.jpg
    05-14-2018 02:19 PM
  22. cjreyes666's Avatar
    Second set with the Hasselblad ModFuture of Moto Mods?-img_20180511_171943411.jpgFuture of Moto Mods?-img_20180511_171927417.jpg
    05-14-2018 02:20 PM
  23. Andrew Bonner's Avatar
    Does the big moto mod camera take better pics than Pixel 2xl ?
    Here's one I took at a basketball game. I was 18 rows up in the upper deck, and it was decently dark.

    I'd say if you know you're going to need zoom past 1.5x-2x that this camera is the better result, because it's optical zoom so there's no loss in resolution. I took it to Chicago and used it all day and took some great pictures with it.

    The OIS helps take clearer pictures than the phone's stock camera too.

    Future of Moto Mods?-img_20180131_204210181.jpg
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    06-05-2018 03:14 PM

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