The other day at an event in Ghana, Motorola Mobility LLC unveiled 6 new Moto Mods.
For those of you who don’t remember, Moto Mods are like little cases that add extra functionality to the Moto Z family of phones. They attach to the back of your phone by utilising 16 magnets on the Mod and the phone.
First up is a ROKR Speaker mod. It’s sort of like what would happen if you took a speaker from a concert hall sound system, shrunk it down to fit on a phone, and then put it on a phone. Very overdone, in my opinion.
Next was a Studio Mod. It has a better Mic on the top, and… Marshal branding on the rear. It’s not much, but it’s presumably for vloggers and YouTubers who want to film themselves with a phone instead of buying a DSLR and external mic.
On the subject of not wanting to buy a DSLR, Moto released a DSLR Mod as well, so you don’t have to spend $5000 on a new one. The lense is enormous, and you will almost certainly want a octopus smartphone tripod like this one on Amazon (this is not affiliate marketing). If you don’t, you will probably be weighed down. The lense only supports 10x optical zoom, so while Motorola are clearly trying to catch up to the (fictional) xkcd Phone 5, they haven’t quite done it yet. They also released an Action Moto Mod, but didn’t say much about it except that it had a rotating camera.
The last Mod Moto released in the event was a 360-degree camera Mod, as shown in the thumbnail, and everybody got an early peek when @evleeks tweeted the photo a few days before the event. There has been a trend in 360-degree cameras lately, and Motorola have decided to get in on the game. However I wouldn’t buy it, because you can get actual 360-degree cameras for less than the standard $299.99 asking price, (eg, the 360Fly)! And if all you want to do is upload the occasional pic to Facebook, just use an app like Google Street View (Android, iOS)
It should be noted that these Mods are all in the concept stage, but are expected to be released with the upcoming Moto Z2. If you can’t wait, or if none of these are up your street, Motorola have loads of Mods on their website, from a gaming pad (a bit like the Nintendo Switch) to a portable projector. If you have a Moto Z, go check it out!
What are your favourite Moto Mods? Do you plan to buy a Moto Z2? Please Let me know in the comments!