Moto Z Play Review

Review Score

7.5 Total Score
Verdict

The Moto Z Play is meant to play, made clear with its headphone jack and long-lasting battery. And everyone seems to be invited thanks to its cheaper price. Simply don't expect stellar performance from the chipset or camera on this thicker Moto Z variant.

Design
9.5
Display
8.5
Battery
8.5
Perfomance
9
camera
8
Software
8.5
PROS
  • Cheapest Moto Z phone
  • Works with all MotoMods
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
CONS
  • Not a good performer
  • Thicker, even without accessories
  • Camera won't affect you
User Rating: 3.73 (2 votes)

Overview

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Moto Z Play is the slightly thicker, long-lasting and more inexpensive smartphone with productive modular accessories, and proof that Motorola is performed to the concept of a customizable phone.

Timed with the Moto Z Play launch is a new mod: the Hasselblad True Zoom camera. It gives your Android phone appear and feels similar a real camera comes with 10x zoom and physical controls.

All of these MotoMods, old and new, work across the three modular Motorola phones, together with the shatter-resistant Moto Z Force and ultra-thin Moto Z.

What it does have is a larger battery, lower price, and a headphone jack. You’ll be able to charge via USB-Type C and play music over the normal 3.5mm jack right here, unlike on the Z-Force and Z.

Moto Z Play, therefore, fixes a few of the gripes with the Moto Z and opens modular smartphone accessories to an entirely new audience looking for a cheaper phone. Let’s see if it fits your wants.

Price and launch date

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  • Launched on 8 September in the US
  • $408 or $17 a month over 24 from Verizon
  • $449 or £369 opened without carrier restrictions

Design

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  • Flat glass back with an aluminum body at 7mm thick
  • Fingerprint sensor smartly locks and unlocks the screen
  • Contains a headphone jack absent from the Z and Z Force

The Moto Z Play takes some cues from the flat design of its Moto Z counterparts; only it’s noticeably thicker in hand. It includes 165g and 156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm.

Even with the same 5.5-inch screen size and non-curved back, it feels bigger in one hand. It’s still palpable on its own until you magnetically connect accessories. Then it can become a real monster. The other big news is that the Z Play becomes just about every other design point we liked about the first Moto Z line, together with the small however incredibly convenient front fingerprint sensor.

As it currently reaches, there’s only a single storage option for the Moto Z Play – 32GB of internal capacity. That should suffice for most users, however for those that require more, there’s a microSD slot that’s prepared to offer enough expansion. The fingerprint sensor below the display, very similar to the ones found on the Moto Z Force and Moto Z, is square shaped and has a slightly increased outline. Opening the phone is a breeze thanks to its responsiveness if the phone is in its locked position, however when it’s pressed whereas it’s on, it acts to turn off the phone. So yeah, it doubles as extra power button of sorts when you happen to feel lazy pushing the actual power key on its side.

Display

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Due to how it adopts the same design language we’re familiar with, whereas also accommodating those Moto Mods, it should be no shock that the Moto Z Play has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display. However, the resolution of the board drops down to 1080p, which after all places it fairly in that mid-range class. It’s an awaited outcome for a phone of its caliber. However, it’s still more than accurate for the eye to see – and for others, they’d be hard pushed to realize it’s lower in resolution from a regular viewing distance.

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Specs and performance

Moto Z Play Moto Z Play                                  The Moto Z Play also comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor instead of the Snapdragon 820 chip nearly every major Android uses in 2016.

It’s still enough with a 2GHz octa-core CPU, an Adreno 506 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. However, it’s not as fast or as future-proofed as the Moto Z or Moto Z Force.

Working Geekbench 4.0 benchmarking software, we discovered that the Moto Z Play perform a multi-score of 2,600. That’s rather low in comparison with Moto Z at 5,167 scores. After all, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge beats them all thanks to a 6,500 multi-score.

In actual life testing, we experienced slowdown when doing several things at once: receiving a backlog of notifications, downloading apps and attempting to navigate the menus.You will also be okay with the 32GB of internal storage, even if phones just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and ZTE Axon 7 have launched with 64GB inside. Moto Z Play contains a microSD card slot inside its nano-SIM tray for expandable storage, just in case.

You will also be okay with the 32GB of internal storage, even if phones just like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and ZTE Axon 7 have launched with 64GB inside. Moto Z Play contains a microSD card slot inside its nano-SIM tray for expandable storage, just in case.

Battery

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Justifying the should be thinner and lighter is a prospect we all appreciate with smartphones, however in the example of the Moto Z Play, it’s thicker than its two siblings. That’s not a bad thing per se because it has a larger 3510mAh battery cell. And if you have a 1080p screen rather of one with Quad HD resolution, the phone has the method for some serious battery life.

Camera

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Stumped is one way of describing our response to realizing what camera has been fashioned into the Moto Z Play Droid. Regarding megapixel count, it’s in between the 21MP and 13MP cameras of the Moto Z Force and Moto Z respectively – so it’s a 16MP in the Moto Z Play Droid. The 5MP front-facing camera does properly with selfies, by producing a nice level of sharpness to accompany its solid details capture.

MotoMods

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The Moto Z Play takes benefit of all current MotoMods, and they seamlessly snap on the back of the phone using magnets. The only factor that can be cumbersome is it’s suddenly thicker size.

Including the Power Pack battery accessory, for example, the phone quickly feels almost three times bigger than if you began out. You may not want the battery pack holds the Moto Z Play’s heftier battery size, thankfully.

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Verdict

The Moto Z Play is a relatively inexpensive Android phone that balances price and performance provides you entrance to the Verizon cellular network, and can be improved using Motorola’s modular Moto Mods, At $408. In case you’re looking for an even more inexpensive option, the unlocked Moto G4 will get you a similar experience however with slightly less performance and without the Moto Mods. In case you’re ready to spend $400 and can live without the Moto Mods, the ZTE Axon 7 is our Editors’ Option.

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