Lenovo has finally taken the wraps off the highly-anticipated Moto Z2 Force, a flagship device aimed squarely at those who want a powerful, stylish, and long-lasting phone. Of course, it’s not the only phone option around, and while most have probably decided whether they’re Android or iOS fans at this point, some might be ready for a change or still on the fence.
The iPhone isn’t just well-designed — it’s also one of the most powerful phones out there in terms of raw performance. It was, however, released more than six months ago. That said, does Lenovo’s forthcoming flagship outpace the latest iPhone in terms of power and performance? Or does the iPhone 7 Plus stand the test of time? Below, we pit Lenovo Moto Z2 Force vs.
Specs and performance
Lenovo Moto Z2 Force
|Size||155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm (6.13 x 2.99 x 0.24 inches)||158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches)|
|Weight||5.04 ounces (143 grams)||6.63 ounces (188 grams)|
|Screen||5.5-inch AMOLED||5.5-inch LED|
|Resolution||2,560 x 1,440 pixels (534ppi)||1,080 x 1,920 pixels (401ppi)|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||iOS 10|
|SD Card Slot||Yes, up to 256GB||No|
|Yes||Yes (For Apple Pay only)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Apple A10 Fusion|
|Connectivity||GSM / HSPA / LTE||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|Camera||Rear dual 12MP, front 5MP||Rear dual 12MP, front 7MP|
|Bluetooth||Yes, version 4.2||Yes, version 4.2|
|Other sensors||Accelerometer, proximity||Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Water Resistant||No||Yes, IP67|
|Marketplace||Google Play Store||App Store|
|Colors||Black, gold, grey||Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Red|
|Availability||Unlocked, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon|
|DT Review||Hands-on||4 out of 5 stars|
Still, specs are something to consider. The Lenovo Moto Z2 Force comes with Qualcomm’s chip, the Snapdragon 835. That processor is coupled with 4GB of
So, which is better? Well, it’s complicated. Some benchmark tests award the title to the A10 Fusion chip, while in others, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is the winner.
There’s another thing to consider, and that’s storage. The
This one is too close to call. The two phones will be similar in terms of performance, and while there are more storage options on the
Design, display, durability
The iPhone has long been one of the better-designed phones out there, and the
The Lenovo Moto Z2 Force looks good, but it doesn’t push many boundaries. On the front, you’ll also find a fingerprint sensor underneath the display, along with a dual-camera sensor on the back. The phone is clearly designed for use with Moto Mods such as the company’s forthcoming 360-degree camera and the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod, highlighted by the pins on the bottom of the back of the phone.
Perhaps more important than the design is the display, given it’s what you’ll be looking at when you use your phone. While the iPhone has traditionally offered a top-tier display, in recent years, it has started to lag behind. The Lenovo Moto Z2 Force offers an AMOLED display with 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution, while the iPhone sticks with LCD technology and 1,080 x 1,920-pixel resolution. There’s no getting around it for Apple — the Lenovo Moto Z2 Force offers a better display.
When it comes to durability, things are a little different. Apple has recently made a serious effort to make the iPhone more durable, and the result is a phone that is more than capable of withstanding a few drops and bumps — even if you drop it in water. That’s thanks to its IP67 waterproofing, which basically means the phone can withstand around a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. You won’t want to take this phone swimming, but if you accidentally drop it in the bath, it should be OK. There’s no such waterproofing on the Lenovo Moto Z2 Force, so we’re giving the durability award to the latest iPhone.
While the iPhone is more durable, the Moto Z2 Force offers a better display. This section is a tie.
Battery life and charging
The battery life on these two phones is actually pretty similar. While the Lenovo Moto Z2 Force offers a battery capacity of 2,730mAh, the
Both phones offer some kind of quick charging, so based on the slightly larger battery, we’re giving this one to the iPhone.
The iPhone has offered an excellent camera for quite some time, and the camera on the
The iPhone isn’t the only device with a dual-sensor camera. Lenovo has opted for one in the Moto Z2 Force, though, we don’t know how it will perform yet. The specs on the phone’s camera sit in at 12MP, with an f/2.0 aperture and both phase and laser detection autofocus. The front-facing camera, however, is 5MP, which is slightly lower than the iPhone’s front-facing camera.
We don’t know exactly how the Lenovo Moto Z2 Force will perform when it comes to the camera yet, so this one is a tie for now.
Software is one of the biggest points of difference when it comes to these two phones. While the Lenovo Moto Z2 Force comes outfitted with the latest version of
So what’s the difference between the two? Put simply, iOS is generally a little easier to use, while
There are a few other things to consider, too, like the digital assistant on each phone. The
Speaking of updates, there’s an advantage to buying a phone made by the company that also makes the software. Whenever there’s an update available for iOS, you’ll get it almost immediately if you have the
Price and availability
The Lenovo Moto Z2 Force will be just as available as the
In comparison to the iPhone, you’ll be able to get the Lenovo Moto Z2 Force for a little cheaper — if you go through the right channels,. This one is a tie.
This one is extremely close. In fact, the phones tie in every single category except for one — battery life and charging, which makes the
Either of these two phones is a solid choice, but if you’re on the fence trying to decide between the two, the
Now, cast your vote
We’ve outlined why we think the
Update: Added availability info for the Moto Z2 Force
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