The Moto Z has finally been revealed to all, along with its MotoMod brethren. Lenovo’s take on modularity is different from LG, and the differences extend beyond the scope of just modules.
With the LG G5, LG made a phone first and then implemented the modularity around it. A lot of the aspects of the G-series that consumers preferred were retained (or atleast, attempted to be), while the “modules” extended the scope of an otherwise flagship device. On the other hand, Lenovo centered the smartphone around the “modules”, making the module a much more integral part of the smartphone. Without the modules, the smartphone itself bears a lot of compromises to the point that you would need a module accessory to be able to use the smartphone to its full smart potential.
On the other hand, Lenovo’s modularity has its own benefits and consumer appeal. The ability to hot swap what are essentially accessories to your main device adds on to the use cases of your device in various scenarios. With the LG G5, you do need to power down the phone and then undertake the module swap, which is something that a lot of end-users would find tedious to undertake on a regular basis. So we ask you:
Whose take on modularity do you prefer? LG, or Lenovo/Motorola? Would you prefer your flagship smartphone to be smart first and then have extensions, or would you like a half-smartphone which then needs modules to be competitive as a flagship?