Lenovo which owns Motorola has introduced the much talked about Moto Z, the latest flagship smartphone model in the Motorola line surpassing the Moto X. The new flagship Moto Z is definitely a distinct line of its own and seems to be a brilliant new premium smartphone. The Moto Z boasts of beautiful design, brilliant specs, and very practical and easy modular ecosystem to add the convenience of exciting accessory modules.
However, no matter how distinct the Moto Z appears, the flagship LG G5 first introduced the modular phone concept in the market earlier this year, and it has great capabilities as well.
So, which modular premium smartphone actually takes the cake with its great overall capabilities and practicality? Let’s find out:
The Moto Z and the LG G5 are both top-notch flagship models of 2016, so they are both braced with latest and similar specifications. Thus, both the premium smartphones come powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, supported with 4 GB of RAM. So, both should be great at multi-tasking and handling heavy apps offering an overall smooth and lag free smartphone experience.
The Moto Z is offered in two storage versions – 32 GB or 64 GB, while the LG G5 comes with only 32 GB of internal storage. Both the devices offer the convenience of a MicroSD card slots for storage expansion.
Both Moto Z and LG G5 run on the latest Android Marshmallow OS. Nevertheless, there’s a subtle difference in the software experience among the two.
Motorola, with Google’s directions have been using near stock Android Operating System, which is being continued even when the company has been taken over by Lenovo. This close to stock Android experience is really desirable and the Moto Z is a great one to offer that.
LG takes a different route altogether. The G5 gets the Optimus UX UI that is a highly customized version of the Marshmallow OS and alters almost all visual aspects of the original Android. There are a lot of added applications and services that some may love while others might find cluttered. The LG UI however adds a very colorful dimension to Android, while LG is also pushing a lot of its own services to make more money while keeping the users engaged.
So, you make like the Moto Z’s near stock software or the LG G5’s colourful UI, based on your personal preference.
Both the modular rivals are stunning looking premium devices. They are both sleek, sophisticated and neat looking with premium built quality. However, the Moto Z really make things more interesting. It is thinnest phone in the world with just 5.2 mm thickness and this makes it really sleek and futuristic looking. The Moto Z is not only about being ultra-slim, but it has a brilliant metal unibody design which looks super gorgeous despite its angular and flat styling. The design is simply highly alluring, but there are downsides too. It is a big fingerprint magnet, while its super slim body means that there is a big camera bump. But these issues can be solved by adding Moto modes at its back, which also taking the slimmest factor out of the quotient.
On the other hand, the LG G5 is 7.7 mm thick. It has a neat all metal body but look less gorgeous than the Moto Z. It also has a camera bump but a very subtle one. The G5 is not flashy but has an elegant and sophisticated design that is soothing and tasteful.
However, the biggest difference among the LG G5 and the Moto Z lies in how they are designed to attach the accessory modules. While you will look into it later, the Moto Z clearly wins in this section.
Winner: Moto Z
The Moto Z has a slightly larger 5.5 inch AMOLED display, while the LG G5 gets a 5.3-inch LCD screen. Both the smartphones have same high resolution display – 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, and thus both are equally brilliant, but the G5’s display looks a bit sharper. However, Moto Z’s AMOLED display will offer brighter colors and deeper blacks, making it more visually appealing.
Winner: Moto Z
The Moto Z comes with a 13 MP primary camera at the back that protrudes quite a bit. This snapper comes with optical image stabilization as well as laser autofocus. The primary camera has an aperture of f/1.8 which means larger pixels that capture more light and offer clearer and brighter images and better low light picture quality. The Moto Z also offers a 5 MP front facing secondary camera for selfies. Both the cameras are very capable and offer great shots.
The LG G5, on the other hand, features 16 MP primary camera at its rear with f/2.0 aperture with wide angle lens that is perfect for capturing any shots. The device also comes with an 8 MP wide angle front facing selfie camera.
While the Moto Z does offer better low light picture quality, the G5 offers overall better, sharper and detailed images from both its primary and secondary cameras that the ones on the Moto Z.
Winner: LG G5
As we are considering two great modular phones here, we have to talk about the modules of these rival models. As mentioned above, the Moto Z is far better and practically designed to attach any “Moto Mods” or modules than the LG G5.
While you have to take out the bottom part of the G5 to attach any accessory modules, in case of the Moto Z, you simply snap on the desired module onto its back with a magnetic function. This makes the Moto Z’s modular design more practical, sturdier and easy to handle.
Moreover, LG G5 doesn’t really offer many modules and offers only a camera module, while a speaker module is still exclusive for the European markets. On the other hand, the Moto Z, offers speaker module, a battery module and a projector module. There is also very attractive designer ‘Shells’ or back covers available that will help cover the camera bump, save it from fingerprints and offer a very interesting look.
Winner: Moto Z
Conclusion – And the winner is….
The winner is of course, the new Motorola Moto Z. While both the LG G5 and the Moto Z are very capable, the Moto Z has taken things to the next level and surpassed the world’s first modular phone – the LG G5 in terms of technology, usability and convenience of the accessory modules.