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Moto Z2 Play Review

Last year, Lenovo went the innovative route with the first mainstream modular device by launching the Moto Z. That device came in two incarnations namely the Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play. What was special about these devices was that they introduced Moto Mods, special add on specifically for the Z line up. Today we take a look at the updated Z2 Play of the Moto Z line up


Announce: 10th July 2017
Screen: 5.5” Amoled (1920×1080)
Camera: 12 MP Rear Camera with Dual tone flash, 5 MP Selfie
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
Variants: 32GB with 3GB RAM, 64 GB with 4GB RAM
OS: Android Nougat (7.1.1) Nearly stock
Memory Card Slot: Yes up to 256 GB
Battery: 3000 mAh
Colors: Lunar Grey, Nimbus Blue, Fine Gold

Special Feature: Moto Mod


At first glance, the Z2 Play and the Z Play look almost identical, however a closer inspection will reveal that the Z2 actually has more curves and the fingerprint scanner at the front is now oval as opposed to the square ones on the Z Play. Interesting enough, the Lenovo has decided to introduce the headphone jacks on the Z lineup (Since the original didn’t have a headphone jack). The reason why the Z2 retains its predecessor’s design is so that last year’s Moto Mods are compatible with this phone.


The camera on this phone is pretty underwhelming to say the least. While it remains a good camera in a lighted environment, in low light it loses a lot of details. True the MP from the Z Play has been reduced but that still shouldn’t make the camera quality drop as much as it did. That is not to say this is a lightweight of course, In lighted environment, this phone takes out some stunning pictures, though still not up to par with modern flagships. It produces pictures that are acceptable to be shared on social media or just for the average consumer however if you are looking for a phone with a great camera, skip this device.

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The Moto Z2 Play runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1 with no visual overlays. Essentially, it runs pure Android but with some helpful mods like chop to use flashlight or twist to activate camera. If a user happens to purchase one that is from Verizon however, there will be a ton of useless bloatware such as NFL and Verizon Voicemail among others. Overall, it is a very clean OS and should feel very much like a Pixel device.


Given that the size of the battery was reduced compared to last year’s model, the Z2 Play won’t last 2 days like its predecessor. However that is not to say that it is a slouch, because this phone can give of at least 6-7 hours of screen on time. Of course the actual time may vary from user to user due to usage but with moderate use expect those times mentioned. This phone also has a battery expansion Moto Mod so as to get more life out of your device when on the go, but you will have to buy this separately.  As with nearly all top tier device, this phone also has Quick Charge and can allegedly get 50% of battery from 30 minutes of charging.


While the original Z Play was a great device, the Z2 Play feels as though it is a cheap knockoff compared to it. Sure it still is a great device as a whole but compared to its predecessor, it’s not worth upgrading to this phone. With reduced battery and camera performance it would be better to just wait for the Moto X series if you are a Motorola fan. If you are not, there are many great devices that you can get that are selling a lot cheaper than this such as the OnePlus 5 which sells at $480 USD (64GB) and $539 USD (128GB) as opposed to the $500 USD price tag for this phone with is retailed for $500 USD for the unlocked version.


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