Moto X Force - Software, Performance and Battery

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Moto X Force – Software and Performance

Just like every other Motorola device released in 2015, the Moto X Force runs a pretty-much stock build of Android – just the way Google intended.

The release of the Force seems to have come just a bit too soon for Marshmallow, though. It comes with Lollipop 5.1.1, but considering Motorola has said M is coming, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long.

Motorola has made a few nice improvements to the software, although it is possible to use the Moto X Force as a stock Android device if that’s what you prefer. Moto Display pulses the screen when you receive a notification, while Moto Assist silences any noises when it knows you’re in a meeting.

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Having a clean build of Android also helps the Moto X Force to feel speedy. Internally, it has the most impressive spec-sheet of any Motorola device this year. There’s a Snapdragon 810 processor handling the majority of the grunt, paired with 3GB of RAM.

Lag is almost non-existent. Apps open up as soon as you tap the icon, and even intensive games such as Hitman Sniper run smoothly without a dropped frame.

The phone comes with 32GB of internal storage as standard – there’s a 64GB option available too – along with a microSD card slot for upping this further.

While the Moto X Style has some of the best speakers in the game, the Moto X Force is lacking here. They’re still front-facing, but they lack volume, are on the tinny side and overall are just disappointing. Call quality is pretty much on a par with other Moto handsets, so there won’t be any complaints from people at the other end of the line who can’t hear your dulcet tones.

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In my standard suite of benchmark tests, the Moto X Force matched up with similarly powered devices. On AnTuTu 6 it picks up a score of 78,342, while on Geekbench the multi-core score of 4,089 puts it above the HTC One M9, but below the 4,245 achieved with the Nexus 6P.

Moto X Force – Battery

Although 2015 hasn’t been the best year for phone batteries, the Moto X Force does a really good job of trying to change that. I can safely say that from all the devices I’ve reviewed in the past six months, this one goes for the longest.

Considering there’s a 3,760mAh cell inside, this longevity shouldn’t come as a surprise. During my testing, the Moto X Force consistently lasted two full days of heavy use. Streaming a 50-minute episode of Jessica Jones on Netflix consumed 7% – that’s seriously good – and an hour playing Monument Valley took the battery from 70% to 63%.

If battery is of the utmost importance to you, it’s definitely worth checking out the Moto X Force.

When you do hit the red, there’s TurboCharging on board to power you back up in about 90 minutes. There’s wireless charging too, a rarity for Motorola. However, due to the size of the battery wireless charging is still a bit slow – it will take a good few hours to juice the phone up without wires. Still, it’s nice to see the capability included.