As the name suggests, the Motorola Moto Z Force was primarily designed with durability in mind, while the standard Z makes no shatterproof display promises and caters to fashionistas thanks to a ridiculously slim 5.2mm profile.
But there’s a certain build quality you probably expect from a $600+ phone, regardless of its branding or measurements, and although we’ve rigorously inspected both the Moto Z and Z Force of late, we couldn’t find it in our hearts to perform drop or torture tests.
That’s where YouTuber JerryRigEverything comes in, as always, taking the non-Force 5.5-incher for a potentially destructive quick spin. Only the world’s thinnest (premium) smartphone is nowhere near as fragile as it looks, flexing like a gold-plated banana, then springing back to its upright position when pushed to bend.
Of course, any product has a breaking point, so if you apply enough pressure, the Moto Z will eventually snap like chocolate. The good news is you’ll probably not damage it beyond the point of no repair if you accidentally sit on it a few times. Nor are you going to cause major devastation by trying to literally set the display on fire.
On the not so bright side, certain parts of the metallic chassis seem more prone to scratches than others, though the Gorilla Glass 4-protected AMOLED panel is as sturdy as you imagine.