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Motorola Moto Mods: Should You Buy or Not?

Debashis Sarkar | @SarkDeb

Updated: October 4, 2016, 7:47 PM IST
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Motorola Moto Mods: Should You Buy or Not?
Users can attach Moto Mods (or take them off) seamlessly without having to power off/on the devices. (Image: Debashis Sarkar/

Motorola today launched its Moto Z and Moto Z Play in India at a price of Rs 39,999 and Rs 24,999 respectively. For these prices, the specifications of both the smartphones will impress buyers. However, the main highlight of the new Moto Z smartphones is modularity.

In both the new smartphones, users can attach Moto Mods (or take them off) seamlessly without having to power off/on the devices.

However, the convenience comes at a price. Before you buy, read further to know more more about them.

What are Moto Mods?

Moto Mods are hot-swappable attach and play accessories. Motorola has added a 16-pin (23 carat gold plated) Moto Mod connector. The separate Moto Mods come with magnets and gets attached at the back of the Moto Z or Moto Z Play.
There are four Moto Mods available with both the Moto Z and Moto Z Play - Insta-Share Projector, JBL SoundBoost, Incipio OffGrid PowerPack and Hasselblad True Zoom Mod. Motorola is also offering a couple of back covers aka Style Shells.

What are the prices?

Moto Mods Price

The Catch?

For starters, users will have to buy them separately. Only one Mod is supported at a time. Note that these Mods work with Moto Z and Moto Z Play smartphones only and Motorola will continue to support future Moto Z phones as well. There is no Bluetooth support or cable connection to make Moto Mods work with other brand smartphones.

As far as portability is concerned, all the mods are extremely light and easy to carry around. However, note that using the phone with these Mods is difficult as the device becomes bulky. Now the real question is—if you have to carry an accessory separately, you might as well buy a separate one that’s universal.

The JBL SoundBoost Mod costs Rs 6,999 and for the same price or even less, you can buy a JBL Flip or Charge speaker that will work with every smartphone.

The Incipio OffGrid PowerPack for Rs 5,999 is basically a 2,200 mAh powerbank that looks like a back cover. It does add to the weight and bulk of the smartphone making it difficult for regular usage. If you want bulk just get the massive power brick of 20000 mAh from Xiaomi for under Rs 2,000.

The Hasselblad True Zoom and Insta-Share Projector Mods are unique. The best part is that users are not required to download additional apps to make them work. Both the hardware seamlessly integrates with stock Android Marshmallow and works smoothly, totally justifying the prices. But practically it’s almost as expensive as a mid-range smartphone.

So, is the Moto Mod really a revolutionary concept in a price-conscious Indian market? It is too early to predict the future of modular phones. But the prices of modules definitely have a crucial part to play.

First Published: October 4, 2016, 7:46 PM IST
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