Lenovo launched the indestructible Moto Z2 Force in India months after its global launch. The phone that was labeled as overpriced at $720 (approx Rs 46,000) in the US, is now being considered as a good option, as it retails at Rs 34,999 in India.
At this price point it competes with the likes of Xioami Mi Mix 2, OnePlus 5T, Nokia 8 and Samsung Galaxy A8+. Upon looking for options in its category, we found the OnePlus 5T to be the best phone to have right now. Since Moto Z2 Force is a phone that is one of its kind, it looked like a solid competitor to the OnePlus 5T. Both the phones boast of similar hardware and are priced closely to each other, so we decided to test them out.
Here’s our comparison of the new Moto Z2 Force with the segment king OnePlus 5T.
Design and build
Usually, there’s not a lot to say when it comes to design and build, but it’s a totally different case. Both the phones carry a distinct design, but both of them are sleek and look premium. The Z2 Force carries the same Z series design with a flat back, thin form factor and a circular camera bump. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5T has that iPhonesque design with a curved back that allows it to sit firmly in hand.
Both the phones feel good in hand but the Z2 Force is considerably thinner (by 1.2mm) and lighter (by 19 grams) than the OnePlus 5T which makes it a better phone to use with one hand. Also a smaller 5.5-inch display on the Z2 Force makes it easy to reach every corner of the screen.
The major difference is in the build quality, where the Moto Z2 Force leads by a huge margin because of its immortal series 7000 construction and shatterproof display glass. Another factor to consider is the smudgy back on the Z2 Force, which makes it look crummy and it’s hard to clean. As the circular camera lens and the area around the pins gathers dust around it.
From the front, if it matters to you, the OnePlus 5T definitely looks better because of its nearly bezel-free design. But it also makes it more delicate and prone to cracking when dropped on hard surface.
Overall, the Moto Z2 Force looks like the winner if you need an everlasting yet sleek looking phone that’s easy to operate.
Performance and software
The internals of both the phones are alike. Both have a Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU and a 6GB RAM (since we are comparing the sub 35K variant). There is zero to little difference in performance as both can handle intensive tasks quite effortlessly. We couldn’t make out the difference in speed while using both side by side, but the OnePlus 5T, for some reason felt a little smoother. It could be the software optimisation or the animations inside the UI, but the difference isn’t huge. Also, the fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 5T was snappier when compared to the Z2 Force.
The Moto Z2 Force, like all Moto phones, runs on a near stock Android 8.0 Oreo, and the OnePlus 5T runs company’s custom Oxygen OS based on the same version of Android. The Oxygen OS, unlike most other custom UIs, is a no-nonsense ROM. It is fluid and consolidated, much like a stock Android UI. Both the phones have their own software additions on top, which do come in handy and doesn’t feel futile.
We like Moto’s additions like chop-chop, twist to open camera, Moto display and Moto Voice over what OxygenOS has to offer. They are more handy and you end up depending on them once you get used to them. Surprisingly, all of them worked really well for us. If we compare it with OnePlus, it’s just the alert slider and face unlock that seem like a really nifty additions to have.
Now comes a point where the two phones are poles apart. While the OnePlus 5T has a 6.01-inch FHD AMOLED panel with 18:9 aspect ratio, the Z2 Force comes with a smaller 5.5-inch OLED display which is also shatterproof.
It all boils down to a matter of preference. The OnePlus offers a bigger and brighter display, whereas the Moto Z2 Force packs 50% more pixels at a higher density. Both the displays are OLED, which provide deeper blacks and well defined colours.
We would recommend the OnePlus’ display, as we comparatively better for multimedia consumption and it’s more 2018 than a 16:9 display. But if you are clumsy, just ignore what we just said and go for the Moto Z2 Force.
The battery capacity on the Moto Z2 Force and the the OnePlus 5T is 2730mAh and 3300mAh respectively. In PC Mark’s battery test, the OnePlus scored 8 hours and 27 minutes, while the Moto Z2 Force scored 7 hours and 41 minutes. We experienced similar results results in our day to day usage as well. The difference wasn’t huge but the OnePlus definitely has a better battery life.
Motorola is being generous to bundle a Moto TurboPowerPack Mod, that doubles the battery life on Moto Z2 Force as soon as you slap it on on the back. Not to forget that it’ll also eliminate the ‘sleek’ factor, but we loved it as we rarely required to charge the Z2 Force.
Dual camera setup is standard on both the phones, where the OnePlus 5T has a 20MP+16MP sensors and the Moto Z2 Force has a dual 12MP camera on the back.
In every condition, the OnePlus 5T excels by a huge margin. The only area where the Moto Z2 Force aces is the shutter speed. The OnePlus 5T captures better details and colours with a better dynamic range in well-lit conditions.
In low-light, both the phones are away from producing flagship quality images but the OnePlus still does a better job at keeping pictures sharp and eliminating noise.
Which one to buy?
The OnePlus 5T seems like a more complete phone that may not last as long as the Moto Z2 Force, but it performs better, has a better looking display and reliable camera. The TurboPower Mod and the rigidity of the Moto Z2 Force is surely a luxury to have, but it's not something that can buy over aforementioned factors.
Of course, if an indestructible phone is what you want, then the Moto Z2 Force is the phone you should choose, even over the iPhone X.