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What you don't know about Moto Mods

A peek at some of the testing that goes into the magnetic phone add-ons.

Jessica Dolcourt
Jessica Dolcourt is a passionate content strategist and veteran leader of CNET coverage. As Senior Director of Commerce & Content Operations, she leads a number of teams, including Commerce, How-To and Performance Optimization. Her CNET career began in 2006, testing desktop and mobile software for Download.com and CNET, including the first iPhone and Android apps and operating systems. She continued to review, report on and write a wide range of commentary and analysis on all things phones, with an emphasis on iPhone and Samsung. Jessica was one of the first people in the world to test, review and report on foldable phones and 5G wireless speeds. Jessica began leading CNET's How-To section for tips and FAQs in 2019, guiding coverage of topics ranging from personal finance to phones and home. She holds an MA with Distinction from the University of Warwick (UK).
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Welcome to Moto's headquarters in Chicago, where magnetic Moto Mods are dreamed up and tested.

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You may recall the JBL Moto Mod that annexes the phone's main speaker and turns the volume up (it also adds a kickstand). This isn't what the finished product looks like, but...

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...we see the rig used to help test the Mod's audio quality.

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Behind every Moto Mod is the MDK, or Mods developer kit. Parts like this mechanical interface let developers solder on parts to work on completely new accessories.

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The Moto Mods team creates prototypes of their own, like this one, with a second touch screen that you can use as a selfie mirror to take photos from the rear camera (rather than from the front-facing camera). Squint and you can see me.

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Mophie and Incipio recently announced two more Mods for Moto Z phones.

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Incipio's car dock snaps on magnetically. What you clip it into is your car vent.

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See those wings on the side? Unclasp those to help detach the Mod from its magnetic anchors.

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You can orient it vertically or horizontally. It'll trigger Android's auto mode.

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The Mophie Juice Box for the Moto Z family of phones doesn't look like much.

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But it snaps on to provide up to 60 percent more power from its 3,000mAh battery.

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Sure, it does make the phone bulkier than some Mods, but you won't have to worry about running out of power.

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Heat management is a huge deal with any phone, but especially important when you're asking the handset to automagically connect to, and pass functionality back and forth from, a Mod.

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See that metal swoosh? That pipe helps keep internal temperatures in check. Read more about Moto Mods here.

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