The Moto Z: A game changer with new modular design and NO headphone jack


Motorola is the latest smartphone manufacturer to launch its flagship device for 2016 but they appear to have forgotten something – the 3.5mm port for the headphones.

It has however got a USB-C port which leaves users in a quandary – they can buy a compatible pair of headphones, use an adaptor or try using Bluetooth.

Thankfully this is not such a tricky scenario as Motorola include an adaptor when you purchase the Moto Z.

The Moto Z is regarded as a “modular” smartphone. This means that other components can be swapped in and out such as a mini-projector or even a new battery.

Of course Motorola isn’t the first manufacturer to try making their devices modular, LG did it with G5 and “friends” that clip on to the bottom of the device and therefore add extra features.

Motorola is however using the collection of accessories as a major selling point.

These accessories attach to the back of the phone either to improve the appearance and ergonomics or to add more functions.

The accessories or “Mods” as Motorola call them, attach themselves to the back of the device using strong magnets. The advantage of this is that there no clips or hinges that are either fiddly or easily broken.

If you are only interested in the appearance of the phone then Motorola offer a selection of backplates including wood, leather and plastic.

Moto Z

If you are someone more interested in features, the Moto Z has 16 golden contact points on the rear.

This effectively means that these points connect Mods with the phone and can therefore transmit data as well as power between the Mod and the phone, meaning that the USB C port remains free.

Motorola says that all Mods can be quickly installed with just a couple of taps although in reality you may have to read the manual the first time that you do this as it is maybe not quite as simple as it appears.

Motorola is yet to announce the full selection of Mods that will be available for the Moto Z but it seems apparent that the shells will be the first of the Mods on the market.

For those of you who have had your interest aroused by the Moto Z here are some of the specs.

The device is the “world’s thinnest premium phone” with dimensions of 153.3mm x 75.3mm x 5.19mm although we are assuming that this has carefully chosen to ignore the camera hump.

The device also has a 5.2 inch screen, a 2600mAh battery, the USB Type-C and of course no headphone jack.


1 Comment

  1. This protruding camera is really ugly. What’s the point of making an extra-thin smartphone if that’s for this horrible thing?
    Call me old-fashioned but I’m not ready to dump my headphones with 3.5mm jacks, neither am I willing to have an ugly adapter dangling off the phone.
    I’ll keep my Alcatel One Touch Idol 3, thanks.