Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review

Motorola Moto Z2 Play has finally been released and it’s an incredible new addition to the market. It comes with some remarkable features, but there are a few shortcomings that hold it back from greatness. Battery life is the highlight of this device as it can easily last you for a day. Furthermore, it comes equipped with one of the best displays to date. It provides a sharp look for every icon, video, and picture that you see on it. Moto Z2 Play’s camera and design are among the shortcoming as they don’t live up the standards of the modern day market. However, despite these flaws, Z2 is a force to be reckoned with and is a great device. Further details regarding Motorola’s latest iteration have been discussed below.

Design

The overall design of Z2 is great – its 5.5-inch wide angled display really complements it. However, there is just one problem, if you put on a cover on it, it doesn’t feel that good in hand. The original metal back is great to hold and makes you feel like you’re holding a top-tier device, but as soon as you put on a phone cover, it becomes uncomfortable and ugly. That’s largely due to the angled body that Motorola went for as it makes things difficult for the cover. If you are planning on using Z2 without the cover, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with the design. However, you and I both know that the cover is essential if you’re looking to keep it safe from all kinds of scratches. So, before investing in Z2, do keep in mind that its appeal won’t be as same once you put a cover around it.

Performance

Motorola Moto Z2 Play comes equipped with Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626 chipset, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. These specs are supported by Adreno 506 GPU and 3GB of RAM. To no one’s surprise, these specs help Z2 to function without any kind of problem. I didn’t experience any slowdowns or bugs even when the device was put in extreme conditions. That just goes to show the power of good processor. If you are one of those users who like to perform all of your tasks on your device, then you will certainly find Z2 to your liking.

Camera

Moto Z2 Play boasts 12MP camera, which is supported by phase detection and laser autofocus features. That’s not all though as the camera also offers dual LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Auto-HDR, and panorama. That’s pretty much what you get from the main camera. The camera is great, there is no questioning that, but it isn’t as color-rich as it should’ve been. In daylight and in well-lit rooms, the photos are amazing. However, during nighttime and in the rooms with bad lighting, it is a real pain to get a sharp picture. The standards for cameras have been set pretty high by Motorola’s competitors and if it wants to stay in the market, it has to deliver on this feature as well. As far as secondary camera is concerned, it is of 5MP and is pretty good for selfies. However, just like the back camera, it suffers from the lighting issues as well. The images look pixilated around the corners, which just isn’t acceptable these days. Z2 is supposed to be competing with top tier brands but with camera like this, they can’t even come close.

Software

Most of the Android based smartphones were coming out with older firmware versions, and I expected Motorola to follow suit. Fortunately, they didn’t go down that route and have included the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat version in their smartphone. This means that all the latest fixes and additions are present in the phone and your experience will be a whole lot smoother. This is definitely a plus point for Motorola because most of the top tier companies aren’t paying heed to the new update despite the features and fixes it comes with. Thankfully, Motorola didn’t do the same and integrated the latest software so that users can have an easier, smoother experience.

Storage

Just like most smartphones these days, Moto Z2 Play comes with two different versions. One of them boasts 32GB of storage space, which is accompanied by 3GB of RAM. The second version comes with 64GB of internal storage and boasts 4GB of RAM. Now, it is up to you to decide. If you find 32GB storage to be too low or have a lot files on your smartphone, then 64GB is the safest option. However, if you don’t like saving a lot of data on your device, then 32GB storage will do just fine.

Battery

Moto Z2 Play comes with 3000 mAh non-removable battery and this quite frankly is the best feature available in the phone. I started up a lot of processes including streaming and games, but the phone was able to last for a day without much of a hassle. In extreme conditions, the limit is 15-17 hours, so you can well imagine how much benefit a regular user would get from it. You can keep using it without worrying about the battery for 2-3 days and that’s more than what you can ask for in the modern day smartphones. Almost all of them have a hard time lasting a day even without any serious pressure. So, those of you who have to rely heavily on their smartphones should give Z2 a shot. You will certainly find it to your liking.

Verdict

Motorola Moto Z2 Play is an amazing phone, but it just doesn’t fit in the top tier list. I think the creators knew this as well, which is why they decided to price it a bit lower than your average top tier smartphones. With its metal body, sharp display, amazing battery, remarkable processor, latest Android, and decent enough storage space, it’s pretty easy to recommend Z2 to everyone. However, only thing lacking here is a special camera. It is good, make no mistake about it. However, people have certain expectations from cameras these days and they want creators to surpass those. Unfortunately, the lack of colors in night images, really damage those expectations. If you are not too bothered with the nighttime photos however, then Z2 Play is too good to miss out on.

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