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Motorola’s X Force awakens a seemingly ‘shatterproof’ future

The glass is strong in this one

It take a pretty good photo

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A crop from the photo above (click for original)

The Force feels hefty (with an assuring metal frame) but not uncomfortable, at 169g, thanks to the familiar sculpted Moto design.

The Android included is 5.1.1, with 6.0 Marshmallow promised soon. There are no surprises, it's as close to stock as you'll get, with the all-seeing Eye of Sauron (the Google search bar) that can't be removed from the Moto launcher.

On the plus side, the only piece of bundled craft is a very useful one: Motorola's Assist, which sets triggers events according to location, network, or time of day. Assist can now detect when you're driving and offer to read out incoming texts.

Motorola guarantees display damage for four years, but only the top two layers. Quite how you'd damage the bottom three without first damaging the top two is a puzzle, though. Perhaps by taking a bullet? Overall, Moto deserves a huge amount of credit for addressing one of the banes of owning cutting edge technology, its fragility. ®

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