The Moto Z2 Force's dialer is simple and clean. There are only three tabs: favorites, call history, and contacts. The dial pad is accessed by the blue button at the bottom. From here, you can use alpha-numeric input of the dialer to search for a name.
The dialer has an integrated call blocker, which can be found in the dialer's Settings. Our AT&T review unit also featured video calling, though it can only be used to call other AT&T subscribers.
Do Not Disturb mode settings can be found under "Sound" in the Settings app. Here, you can fine tune which calls or notification have priority. You can also set rules for when the phone should automatically go into Do Not Disturb mode.
The Moto Z2 Force's loudspeaker output has improved over the Moto Z's. Despite there only being one speaker on the Z2 Force, it's amply loud enough for everything. The loudspeaker also doubles as the in-call receiver, so it's a front-facer - great for watching videos.
The speaker opening on the Z2 Force is physically smaller than the last iteration. Moto however has worked on improving the speaker volume and quality, and it shows. Loudspeaker tests show an improvement of about 4 or 5 decibels across the board.
Motorola has been making radio equipment for decades, so if anyone knows how make a speaker ring piercingly loud, it's Motorola.
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Dynamic range has also improved on the Z2 Force. We were able to hear a fairly wide range of bass tones and treble instruments. There was no sign of distortion even at maximum volume. There's a lot of depth in the sound, but it still feels on the tinny side, which is normal for any smartphone's loudspeaker, particularly with the side of the opening. The sound is quite good considering the side of the port.
The Z2 Force got a "Very Good" score in our loudness test. There are definitely louder smartphones, but you'll surely be satisfied with the volume and depth of sound at this price point. Oh yeah, and the front-facing speaker is an added bonus.
The Moto Z2 Force performed as expected in the first part of our audio test. The smartphone had perfectly clear output with an active external amplifier and above average loudness as befits a flagship.
When headphones come into play the volume drops to just above average, but quality degradation is very limited. The extra stereo crosstalk is barely notable, and a tiny bit of intermodulation distortion creeps in, but that was undetectable outside the lab. A nice showing overall.
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You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.