I have been a dedicated Apple user for years. But recently Verizon asked me to try out an Android phone and I agreed because I was curious. They sent me a Motorola Moto Z Force Droid smartphone and Moto Mod Hasselblad True Zoom Camera to try out. I rarely share tech product reviews here on Little Family Adventure. But when a product actually makes me want to ditch my iPhone, it’s worthy of a mention.
Why would I give up my iPhone?
Years ago I switched from Android to iPhone because the camera improvements made the iPhone a better choice. But I have been hearing others talk about how great the nearer androids are. So for 3 months, I used and traveled with this Moto Z with the Hasselblad True Zoom Camera attachment/mod.
I’m not going to go over all the tech specs in this article because you can get them on the Verizon website. The things I care about is how a product works compared to what I already have and if it can make things easier for me at home or out and about. For see androids and iPhone have similar capabilities on different platforms. So the only specs I’m interested in concern the camera.
The Moto Z has a 21MP camera and 5MP selfie camera. My current smartphone is an iPhone 7 Plus with 12MP dual cameras. The new iPhone X has made improvements to the camera but remains to have the same megapixels on their camera.
But those are just numbers. Let me just show you the difference. Moto Z photos will be on the left and iPhone photos on the right. All these photos are unedited, but the file size has been reduced for faster loading.
These are beach photos from Gulf Shores, Alabama.
These are forest photos from Chickasaw National Recreation Area on our recent trip to south central Oklahoma.
I wanted to try the Moto Z because they have optional Moto mods that transfer the function of the smart phone. I opted to try the Hasselblad True Zoom camera mod.
This mod allows you to use your smartphone more as a traditional camera. The mod provides 10 times optical zoom, Xenon flash (like the one on my DSLR), and the ability to shot in RAW format.
I really liked using the camera mod because it provided a clear zoom lenses. You can see the difference in image quality between these two pictures with the deer. It’s the same deer walking along the edge of a wooded areas. I had to zoom in with both cameras. The iPhone photo is so pixelated but the Moto Z photo is clear.
I love using the Foodie app on either iPhone or Android. The photography app applied filers to provide automatic lighting adjustments before I take a picture. With the Hasselblad True Zoom Camera mod, it doesn’t work. The app uses the smartphones installed camera and won’t recognize the zoom lens. Thus it would mean a little more post editing for food photos in low restaurant light.
Overall the Moto Z works great as a smartphone and the camera provides a great camera. It surpassed my iPhone 7 Plus in action images without the need for apps or special adjustments. That alone made me reconsider switching to iPhone.
Now I should saw that this is not a paid review. Verizon sest me both pieces to try out. I’ve since sent them back. I really liked them, so much that I added them to my Tech Gift Guide this year. All opinions are my own. If I wasn’t so attached to my Apple products, I would seriously consider switching back to Android.
What kind of smartphone do you use to take pictures?