Moto Z2 Play
- Mods work with minimal fuss and can be useful
- Plenty of expandable storage
- Beautiful HD display
- Solid metal body protects against slips and drops
- Long lasting battery life
- Phone feels too wide to hold comfortably
- Subpar camera
- Verizon version comes preloaded with bloatware
The Moto Z2 Play is a solid mid range offering from Motorola that follows in the footsteps of its predecessor quite, with some major improvements-but also a few questionable decisions.
It might not be the smartphone to take down Apple, Samsung, or Google, but Motorola consistently pumps out value handsets that twist traditional cell phone conventions. Moto Mods and key function improvements make this handset a compelling purchase.
Let's dive into what you'll find when you unbox the Moto Z2 Play.
As a successor to the older Z Play, this model makes a few noticeable changes and subtle improvements on the design front. This time around, the Z2 Play is thinner, lighter, and slightly taller, with a pleasing metal back plate that eliminates the fingerprint magnet glass back of the older model.
You'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C connector (a rarity on mid range phones like these), and the 12 MP rear camera. Unfortunately, the Z2 Play isn't waterproof and doesn't support wireless charging.
One of the best parts of the Moto Z2 Play is its magnificent display. Clocking in at 5.5", the AMOLED display boasts a vivid 1920x1080 resolution. Games, pictures, and videos come in bright and detailed, and the wide screen supports more viewing angles. On the topic of entertainment, 3GB of RAM and a generous amount of internal storage lets you hold onto more of your favorite stuff and switch between activities easily. With a long battery life, you know you can keep doing what you love even longer.
Another interesting facet of the Z2 Play is its voice command feature. It's not Siri or Google Assistant, but it covers similar territory-and shows a lot of promise. Simply say "show me," and you can open apps quickly.
The Moto Z2 Play is all about simplicity and making it easier for you to use your phone to enhance your life. Moto Mods make an effort answer that challenge. A growing ecosystem of attachable add-ons like speed chargers, cameras, and speakers, they're great for transforming your phone into a variety of different roles. The only downside is that they're expensive.
In my opinion, the Moto Mods don't offer enough extra functionality to warrant being at the center of this phone's design choices. They're nice 'modules', but in most cases there's a better option available that doesn't tie you to a single phone. When you think about it for a moment, a lot of the mods can be replaced with accessories that, sometimes, cheaper.
The Moto Z2 Play offers a great value for its low asking price. It expertly balances the traditional features you've come to expect with the versatility Moto Mods try to offer. With a solid battery life, improved RAM and storage, and a better display, enjoying content has never been easier. It's far from perfect though.
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