Design & Hardware

Thanks to a rubberized back the Moto X Force lies comfortably and securely in the hand when used as a camera.

From a design point of view the Motorola Moto X Force does not stand out much from the crowd but the almost logo-less black front looks nice and clean and the characteristic dimple on the back clearly identifies it as a Motorola device. And if you are more focused on practicality than flashy looks, the Moto X Force might be just what you have been looking for.

The 5.4" QHD AMOLED display comes with Motorola's new ShatterShield protection and claims to be completely shatterproof. I have - unwillingly - tested this feature several times while using the Force and can vouch for its efficiency. The device's rubberized back plate is comfortable to hold and much less prone to scratching than the metal or glass backs of other high-end phones. The device is also water-resistant, with internal components featuring a water-repellent nano-coating.

The Quad-HD display is very sharp and covered with shatterproof glass. The camera module is located at center top, above the characteristic Moto dimple. 

Underneath the rugged shell Qualcomm's top-end chipset Snapdragon 810 and 3GB RAM power the Android mobile OS. The large 3760 mAh battery supports quick as well as wireless charging and easily takes you through a day of heavy use. 

The components used in the camera module are very similar to those on the Moto X Style. A Sony 1/2.4-inch 21MP IMX230 sensor offers on-sensor phase detection autofocus and is combined with a F2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash. There is no optical image stabilization but in video mode the Force is capable of recording clips in 4K resolution. At the front you'll find a 5MP wide-angle camera for selfies and video chats and the 32 or 64GB of internal memory are expandable via microSD-slot. 

The combined SIM/microSD slot can be found at the top edge of the device. Volume rockers and power button are located in the conventional position on the right edge.