Home / Opinions / Can the shatterproof Moto X Force withstand 50 drops and hits?

Can the shatterproof Moto X Force withstand 50 drops and hits?



Just how shatterproof is the Moto X Force?

Sitting alongside the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto G, the Moto X Force might seem like your run of the mill flagship. It's got a speedy Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB RAM and a 21MP camera on the back. But, the killer feature here is the display.

Not because of the its quad-HD resolution, that's fairly standard these days, but because of the tech used. Instead of a glass display, Motorola is using something it calls a ShatterShield panel. This is made up of an integrated system of five layers that will absorb shock and impact when you drop the phone on the pavement.

We put the Moto X Force through it paces, can it withstand the drop test? Check out the video below and see

Layer 1, for instance, is a hardened topper that guards against 'dents and abrasions' while a 'dual-touch layer' takes over if some damage does happen to the main touchscreen.

Related: Everything you need to know about the Moto Z

The results

Watched the video? Good. As you can probably tell, Motorola isn't exaggerating with its claims about the Moto X Force.

As hard we tried, we couldn't smash the display. After dropping it onto concrete, throwing it down stairs, knocking it off tables and even hitting it with an, almost, real life lightsaber that screen refused to shatter. We did manage to ding the sides, but nothing to wreck that screen.

Stay tuned for the full Moto X Force review

Would you buy a smartphone because the screen won't shatter? Let us know in the comments section below


October 29, 2015, 4:14 pm

Fit it with a fingerprint scanner and stock Android and I'll buy one.

Dean Waller

October 30, 2015, 7:24 am

Really? It gives you pretty much every top end spec under the sun...plus a phone that never needs a case and virtually stock android.....and you're calling them out on a fingerprint scanner?
I'm sure as hell picking this up....screw the fingerprint scanner.

Hamish Campbell

October 30, 2015, 11:38 am

I would usually want to pay less for a phone, but if I factor in replacing the glass a couple of times then it starts looking pretty good!

Sebastien Cosnefroy

October 30, 2015, 1:13 pm

That's a better proposition than the galaxy S6, it seems Motorolla listens to what people wants and picks up samsung's old fans. Since the S6 Active is nowhere to be seen in the uk/europe, I think I'll get that as my MTB/cycling companion. non removable battery is not so much a problem when it is big.

Someone Someoneson

October 30, 2015, 2:52 pm

What's the matter with you all finger-print-maniacs?! I am happy it does NOT have it. I do not need every app to scan my fingerpints. This is the BEST phone and I will buy it as soon as it goes out on the market.


October 30, 2015, 4:38 pm

:-( brought style last month... and now they do this... (style is great but this........ well done moto) but its a bit concerning .. i wouldnt be suprised if they release another one next year (Jan/Feb) with a Fingerprint scanner.. MOTO X Secure

:-( now i want the x force ....


October 30, 2015, 4:51 pm

Maniac is a little strong I think.
The fingerprint scanner will be necessary to make payment via your mobile quicker. That's the main reason I see them being useful.


October 31, 2015, 5:10 pm

Ain't that just the trouble buying phones? If you lust after the latest phone then a later-still model is always waiting to spoil your day.

My answer has always been to buy a phone once its successor is well on the way. So I bought my original Note in the build up to the Note 2 launch. Kept that until I fell for the Note 4, bought in full view of the Note 5. This way I get my phones well below launch price and I have already rationalised away any impending new features. The pain is less!


October 31, 2015, 5:12 pm

I like your thinking ;-)


November 1, 2015, 10:20 am

How about optical image stabilisation - does the camera have that?

Steve Shaydy

November 2, 2015, 2:56 am

a famous line by lupe fiasco describes this situation perfectly, it goes: "Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust

You get it then they move it so you never keeping up enough"

Steve Shaydy

November 2, 2015, 2:59 am

motorola's roms are basically stock android. they have a moto assist app and a moto data transfer app... thats it. nothing more, nothing less - in fact theres less bloatware on the lolipop roms because motorola is pushing for even more minimalistic moto apps packages. they used to have 3-4 apps on kitkat that were pre installed, now theres only about 2


November 2, 2015, 9:05 am

Actually I did not know that. Unless I overlooked it I don't recall seeing that mentioned in any of the Moto phone reviews I've read recently.
Thanks :)


November 2, 2015, 3:31 pm

Man, I wish I had this, instead of my garbage S6. But no mention if this thing is waterproof?


November 2, 2015, 5:07 pm

no it isn't waterproof. Just water repellent.


November 2, 2015, 5:10 pm

I don't care how many apps they preinstall, so long as they are not burnt into ROM and can be deleted like any normal app. I'd sooner have 10 of those than 2 that I can't flush.


November 4, 2015, 9:16 am

I see on their website they do have an IP rating, which is more than can be said for my Sh#t6....


November 4, 2015, 6:19 pm

Which website is that? The UK website has full specification, but has no IP rating.

Guy L

November 7, 2015, 9:01 pm

Just ordered one from UK (747€). Crossing my fingers to get it a.s.a.p.

Guy L

November 8, 2015, 2:01 am

Yes, according to http://www.digitaltrends.com/ it does.


November 10, 2015, 10:32 am

All it says on the UK site is "Water repellent nano-coating2"
Could have sworn I saw something about 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. Seems they coat the interior electronics, rather than making a watertight case?


November 10, 2015, 10:43 am

Agreed. I'm hoping this comes to Malaysia, as there's no S6 Active here either (but the salesman did a great job of letting me think I was buying one!)

Samsung have absolutely lost me as a customer due to the S6. I hate mine with a passion. The only thing I like is the camera, and even that keeps taking shots out of focus!

Steve Shaydy

November 24, 2015, 11:46 pm

i did have those apps on kitkat on the original moto and some of them (moto assist and i think almost all but 1) were removed once they carried out the update to lollipop. however i prefer the kitkat rom for both the 2013 and 2014 moto g because they are faster more responsive and offer better ui and gaming performance. in lollipop, they focused more on battery life and thats why the moto g under performs all over the place. See if you can flash the kitkat stock rom for a while and try out the moto assist app. it talks to you when you get a call or a text and asks you to tell it hat to do when your in a certain mode (for example driving mode or home).


December 11, 2015, 5:42 pm

" Li-Ion 3760 mAh battery"

That should last a while! Up to 2 days according to Motorola.

Prem Desai

December 11, 2015, 7:49 pm

Finally - a useful feature added to a mobile device.

Instead of the silly "let's shave a mm off here and add some pointless pixels to the screen here" that other manufacturers are pursuing, , Motorola has delivered a genuinely feature. Nice.

comments powered by Disqus