Motorola Moto Z3 Play review
Motorola Moto Z3 Play review
This Motorola Moto Z3 Play review uncovers a dual depth sensing camera that is optimised to the best effect. There are tons of photography and videography tools and features and we will take a look at these, later on in our review.
Max Vision display
The Motorola Moto Z3 Play has an almost borderless 6.01” Max Vision display. This has a few characteristics that distinguish it:
- 18:9 screen aspect ratio - The screen is long but thin, making the phone easy to hold
- FHD+ resolution (2160 x 1080) - There are extra rows of pixels giving you a more expansive view, without scrolling
- Super AMOLED display technology - Enjoy more vivid colours and deeper blacks
Aluminium design & loads of RAM
The Motorola Moto Z3 Play has a 6,000 Series polished aluminium frame. To this, two pieces of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 are applied, to form the front and back faces. This Motorola mobile phone is really thin at 6.75mm and is pretty light at 156g.
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The Deep Indigo colour scheme looks almost black and the protruding camera lens on the back, looks very cool. Inside and out, the phone has a water repellent coating, effectively making the phone splash resistant.
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A Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM powers the experience. This is a really good amount of RAM and as such, game performance is top notch and apps open quickly.
Phone Set Up
The Moto Z3 Play has Face Unlock facial recognition. There is however, a fingerprint sensor located on the side of the phone, for those who prefer to secure their phone in this way.
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High internal memory
You will most likely want to move your photos, videos or other content over, from your old smartphone. Motorola has been very generous in giving you 64GB of memory. This should be plenty enough but there is also an up to 2TB microSD memory card slot.
Google Assistant vs Moto Voice
The Motorola Moto Z3 Play runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. This includes the Google Assistant, as well as Moto Voice (beta). You can use both or one of these, although Motorola has tailored its voice assistant to this particular phone. This allows you to control apps, control the phone and get answers to complex questions.
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Gesture commands can be used instead of the Android virtual buttons. You get a simple white bar at the bottom of the screen and you can swipe this to the right to access recent apps, swipe left to go back or tap to go home. This little design tweak de-clutters the screen very nicely indeed.
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The Moto Z3 Play is compatible with Moto Mods and these ‘sold separately’ bolt-on accessories include a stereo speaker and a 70” projector.
Camera & Video
Dual depth sensing camera
The dual camera comprises of a 12MP low light sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. This lets you do very cool things such as adjusting the colour in individual layers and shooting bokeh portraits with blurred backgrounds.
Further camera features that make use of the dual camera system include:
- Cutout Mode - Replace the background of portraits with anything you have saved in your Google Photos gallery
- Spot Colour Mode - Keep one colour and turn the rest to black and white
- Video freeze - Shoot video and freeze one part of the scene while letting the rest of the image remain animated
Google Lens object recognition is built in and this can use the information in your viewfinder in several ways. You make calls to a telephone number written on a poster, add events to your calendar, copy and paste text, find items you see for online shopping and translate text, such as that on a foreign menu.
The 8MP selfie camera shouldn’t be forgotten. This has a Portrait Mode, Wide-angle Group Selfie Mode, face filters and a YouTube Live Mode for broadcasting.