Motorola Moto Z2 Play review
Thinner, lighter and better all round
Our Motorola Moto Z2 Play review finds a better all round 2nd Gen smartphone and in particular a faster focusing camera and more screen space, but more on that later.
Motorola is beginning a global roll out with Brazil already having the phone on sale. The global roll out will continue this summer and when it makes its way to the UK it will go on sale at around £390.
If you like mobile phone reviews or have the original Moto Z Play, then this is one that will be of interest to you.
Thin, light and durable
The Moto Z2 Play is remarkably slim at 5.99mm and this thinness has been achieved by embracing the protruding camera module, as apposed to trying to eliminate it. I rather like the look and this is because the bit that protrudes includes the lens, flash and sensors.
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The phone is light too at 145g and is durable with Corning Gorilla Glass, an aluminium body and a water repellent nano-coating, that resists moderate water splashes and rain. Two colours will be released and these are Fine Gold and Lunar Grey.
Display and processor
The 5.5” Full HD Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which equates to 401 pixels per inch. The Super AMOLED element is a great inclusion and this reflects about one fifth of the light compared to the original AMOLED displays.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 2.2GHz octa-core processor is very fast and gives a great experience, as does the loud speaker, which is front-ported to improve your media enjoyment.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint security and navigation
The Moto Z2 Play brings a neat little trick by offering the user a way to get rid of the menu buttons for enjoying more screen space. It does this by giving the fingerprint reader the functionality of these buttons.
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So, aside from fingerprint security, you can swipe left to go back, tap to go home, swipe right to access apps and long press to lock the phone. If preferred, you can still have the virtual menu buttons displayed but it is kind of nice to not see them.
You will undoubtedly have content on an old smartphone or iPhone that you want to transfer over to your new phone. The Moto Z2 Play comes in two versions where internal memory is directly linked to performance (more RAM).
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The options are 32GB of internal memory with 3GB RAM or 64GB of internal memory with 4GB RAM. In both cases there is a microSD card slot that supports memory cards with a value of up to 2TB.
Moto software and Mods
Motorola has gone all out in adding Moto software that compliments the apps that come as part of the Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS:
- Moto Display - This lets you check and respond to notifications without unlocking the phone and you need only tap the display to do this
- Moto Voice - A personal assistant that works even when the phone is locked
- Moto Actions - Launch features with gestures
- Night Display - Switches to warmer colour tones for less eye strain and sleep disturbance
The Moto Z2 Play works with Moto Mods, including any that you may already have if you are a Moto Z Play owner.
These magnetically connect onto the back of the phone with Mod availability including a stereo speaker, power bank, 10x optical camera zoom and a projector.
Camera & Video
The Moto Z2 Play has a 12MP camera with fast focus given through the laser autofocus and dual autofocus pixels. The camera now captures 25% more light, through the larger f/1.7 aperture.
You can balance the amount of memory that your recorded videos will take by adjusting the resolution up to 4K quality.
The 5MP wide angle selfie camera has a dual CCT (Colour Correlated Temperature) flash, Auto Night Mode and Beautification Mode.
Updating to the Moto Z2 Play from the Moto Z Play is a double edged sword with the extra thinness and reduced weight, coming at the cost of battery capacity. The 3,000mAh battery will be an upgrade for almost anyone else with an approximate 30 hour of mixed use (down from 50 hours on the original).
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Still, TurboPower charging is included once again and this gives 8 hours of battery life in 15 minutes or a 50% charge in 30 minutes. This is a blessing to have if you forget to charge your phone before you go to bed.
The TurboPower charger is included in some markets, so watch out here for a confirmation on whether it is to be included in the UK.
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Written by: Michael Brown