Motorola Moto X Play Review

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The Motorola Moto X has been Motorola’s flagship smartphone for fairly a few years, and now the handset has been given a really high-end makeover within the type of the Motorola Moto X Play. The Motorola Moto X Play provides a completely customizable look and seriously high-end specs to boot. The Motorola Moto X Play is very large, brash and bold, sporting a 5.5-inch QHD display and Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 processor.

Motorola Moto X Play: Design

Motorola Moto X Play Design

As with earlier generations of Moto X, the Motorola Moto X Style can be purchased instantly from Motorola’s Moto Maker web store, permitting you to customize the handset and personalize it to your individual tastes. Motorola has expanded the range of options to include 3 metallic frame finishes  and 7 accent colors. On top of this you’ve the various and varied options for the rear panel.

The power button and Volume rocker on the right side. There is SIM card slot and 3.5mm audio jack on the top. The bottom has microUSB 2.0 port. The 5.5-inch display dominates the front. The top has space for sensors, ear speaker, and the 5.0 MP front camera and another speaker is present below the screen. The back side has 21.0 MP rear shooter and flash.

The Motorola Moto X Play appears to have all of the things that a modern smartphone requires and none of the superfluous extras.

Motorola Moto X Play: Hardware

Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play Hardware

The Motorola Moto X Play is an Android smartphone with a 5.5-inch with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution Screen and ~403 ppi pixel density. It’s powered by Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 (Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) and Adreno 405 GPU with 2 GB RAM. The built-in storage is 16/32 GB and expandable up to 128 GB. The back is home to a 21.0 MP rear-facing camera. A secondary camera with 5.0 MP sensor is out there in front. The Motorola Moto X Play has a Non-removable 3630 mAh battery. It is additionally provided with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0.

Motorola Moto X Play: Display

Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play Display

The display is a superb 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display screen. The pixel density of 403ppi cannot quite beat the higher 520ppi of the Motorola Moto X Style 5.7-inch display, but it is nice quality nonetheless and you will using it to watch video and play games. The Motorola Moto X Play screen is excellent. Colors are vivid, and it is also really bright at 678cd/m2, which means it is easier to see what you are photographing when outside within the sun. Adaptive brightness is off by default so you will probably wish to make that your first change in Settings. You may also change from the default ‘Vivid’ to ‘Sensible’ color – this appears to be an possibility added to attraction to those that want the extra vibrant hues of AMOLED shows. Whether or not you are in or out, playing games, watching videos or simply sending an e-mail, the display screen is a pleasure to use. It does not offer the ability saving features of AMOLED when you are utilizing the Moto Display.

Motorola Moto X Play: Camera

Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola has included a 21.0 MP camera on the Motorola Moto X Play and for a mid-range smartphone it’s excellent. The level of detail captured is great while the low light performance was higher. The only area where it fell down slightly was capturing motion, producing blurry images lots of the time.

While the camera here won’t stand up to comparison with the like of those on the Apple iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6, but most individuals will find it greater than sufficient. The camera can be launched whereas the screen is locked with a fast double snap of your wrist, which works well, and the camera app is nicely designed, providing easy access to focus control and manual expose, night mode for better low light capture, and HDR mode.

Motorola Moto X Play: Connectivity

Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity the Motorola Moto X Style has all your usually anticipated high-end options with 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, microUSB GPS and NFC. There are 16/32 GB storage flavours with microSD support for cards as much as 128GB.

Motorola Moto X Play: Battery

Motorola Moto X Play Battery

Motorola Moto X Play Battery

Battery life is among the best features of the Motorola Moto X Play. The fact Motorola has a Non-removable 3630 mAh battery into the phone is clearly one of many reasons battery life is so good, plus Motorola’s Turbo Charge technology is one other boon, with a 15 minute charge providing you with up to 8 hours use.

Motorola Moto X Play: Software

Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play Software

The Motorola Moto X Play runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and Motorola has added a few tweaks comparable to Moto which, unlike most of the custom apps found on phones from HTC or Samsung, for example, provides features to the Motorola Moto X Play that makes it really feel smarter than the average Android smartphone.

Motorola’s notification icons, for example, mean you’ll be able to glance at your smartphone to see whether you’ve any emails or missed calls, while the hands-free voice control means you may bark at your Motorola Moto X Play to read you a text message, and it’ll do just that.

There’s additionally Motorola’s custom gestures onboard which means you may twist your wrist to fire up the handset’s camera, although the karate chop to switch on the torch, a feature found on the Moto G, is disappointingly absent.

Past that, you would not find a lot else on the Motorola Moto X Play past the usual selection of pre-loaded Google apps. Which means the handset runs more easily than most and will be in line for an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow ahead of many of its high-end rivals.

Motorola Moto X Play: Performance

Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play Performance

As with previous Motorola devices, the Motorola Moto X Play has a particular coprocessor for processing natural language and contextual awareness. The GPU contained within the Snapdragon chip is the Adreno 405, which is a mid-range graphics processor. The Motorola Moto X Play additionally has 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB storage choices and a microSD card slot for memory expansion up to an additional 128 GB.

From streaming HD video to playing games and multi-tasking, the Motorola Moto X Play never slowed down significantly or overheated. Thanks to a combination of the display screen resolution not being 2K as some smartphones are these days and the fact the Motorola Moto X Play is running a pure version of Android which runs very smoothly.

Motorola Moto X Play: Specification

  • OS: Android 5.1
  • Body: 148 x 75 x 10.9 mm
  • Weight: 169 g
  • Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 16/32 GB internal, 128 GB expandable, 2 GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
  • CPU: Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • GPU: Adreno 405
  • Camera: 21.0 MP, 5.0 MP secondary
  • Battery: 3630 mAh

Motorola Moto X Play: Verdict

Motorola Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play Verdict

Motorola Moto X Play has some shortcomings but is nice value for money. The camera particularly is a stark improvement from earlier Motorola handsets.

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