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Motorola Moto Z Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 145 reviews of Motorola Moto Z Play. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and camera. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably.

battery, performance, usability, camera, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Moto Z Play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Matt Swider (techradar.com)

Moto Z Play review

 

The longer-lasting modular phone with a headphone jack

Cheapest Moto Z phone yet ; Works with all MotoMods ; Includes a 3.5mm headphone jack

Not a flagship performer ; Thicker, even without accessories ; Camera won't impress you

The Moto Z Play is meant to play, as is made clear by its headphone jack and long-lasting battery – and everyone is invited thanks to its cheaper price. Just don't expect stellar performance from the chipset or camera on this thicker Moto Z variant.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by: Cam Bunton (pocket-lint.com)

Motorola Moto Z Play review: Unbeatable battery life bettered by Mods

 

Motorola has had something of a turbulent time over the past few years. Having moved from its own leadership to Google and then on to Lenovo, it has struggled to compete with the other big name brands at the flagship end of the smartphone market. It's...

Really great battery life, stock Android experience, Mods hold heaps of potential

Questionable button and square-feeling design choices

It's big, fast, and lasts a full day without even breaking a sweat, which makes the Moto Z Play one of the best options for people wanting a phone with seemingly never-ending battery life. The Incipio Mod attachment takes battery to the next next level...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by: Michael Passingham (trustedreviews.com)

Moto Z Play

 

Motorola's flagship Moto Z is in real danger of being shaded by its cheaper brother, the Z Play. The Lenovo-owned brand has taken what should have been a boring mid-range phone and turned it into one of the standout handsets of 2016.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Motorola Moto Z Play review

 

Tired of your phone dying at 7pm?

Fantastic battery life ; Quirky Mods system ; Solid screen

Outclassed and out specced by OnePlus 3 ; Camera focus is unreliable

Class-leading battery life makes this quirky modular phone far more practical than your might expect.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Lynn La (cnet.co.uk)

Motorola Moto Z Play review

 

Motorola's Moto Z is a premium phone that made waves with its magnetic snap-on accessories. Unlike the LG G5 , which also had swappable components, Motorola's take on modularity made a lot more sense and was easier to use.

The affordable Moto Z Play works with swappable modular accessories, retains its headphone jack (unlike the more upmarket Moto Z and Z Force) and has a battery that goes on and on.

The Z Play is the thickest and heaviest phone in the Moto Z series and its fingerprint sensor, annoyingly, can be mistaken for a home button.

Even if you don't give two licks about its cool modular capabilities, get the Motorola Moto Z for an affordable phone with an impressively enduring battery life.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

Moto Z Play Review: In Depth

 

Moto Z Play Review: We review the most affordable member of the Moto Z mobile family, the Moto Z Play, which trims the Moto Z flagship phone's specs for a more affordable asking price.The Moto Z is…

Moto Mods ; Dependable easy-to-use camera ; Excellent battery life

Limited performance ; Chunky design

The Moto Z Play is a great affordable mid-range mobile which boasts particularly strong battery life, plus strong media chops and the unique Moto Mods expandability. Of course, Moto Mods are still far from an essential feature, and we’re yet to see if...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

Motorola Moto Z Play review

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We found the fingerprint sensor on the Moto Z Play accurate and easy to set up. But does it unlock a phone that you'll enjoy using, or leave you wishing you'd done a bit more research? We test all smartphones independently, so you can trust our full...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Robin-Leigh Chetty (techsmart.co.za)

Motorola Moto Z Play

 

A less expensive option for those intrigued by the Moto Mods setup, the Moto Z Play's price tag still places it out of reach for most mid-range users.

Solid design and robust body; Quick modular setup; Good camera

Benchmarks a little low; Can become expensive with Moto Mods

As a premium mid-range device, the Moto Z Play is a tad underpowered, with other lesser priced offerings producing a similar smartphone experience. If, however, you add the Moto Mod system into the mix, the Moto Z Play begins to show its worth.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: Joshua Waller (ephotozine.com)

Moto Z Play Review

 

Moto Z range lets you add Moto Mods, so you can upgrade your smartphone at a later date if you want to.

The Moto Z range is possibly one of the best solutions available in terms of giving the consumer a "modular" smartphone, where you can choose additional mods that fit your smartphone. Others offer a similar feature, for example the LG G5 lets you plug...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Andreas Kilian (notebookcheck.net)

Lenovo Moto Z Play Smartphone Review

 

The superior Z? As the cheaper sibling of the Moto Z flagship smartphone, the Moto Z Play can also be expanded via Moto Mods. As well as a larger battery, it is also equipped with a higher resolution primary camera at a much lower price. Our test...

solid, high-quality build casing, expandable via Moto Mods, no bloatware preloaded, fast USB Type-C port, micro-SD card can be used as internal storage, good phone features, accurate touchscreen, high-contrast AMOLED panel, reliable fingerprint...

primary camera's unreliable autofocus, no Miracast support, screen with PWM flickering, headset not included, non-removable battery

As with the Moto Z, one of the main features of the Moto Z Play is its expandability via Moto Mods. According to Lenovo, these modules will be supported for at least three device generations. However, buyers have to dig deeper into their pockets first....

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2800 / 3000 / 3150 / 3510

Call management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Maximum frame rate:120 / 30
Night mode:Y
Rear camera aperture number:1.7 / 2 / 2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 16 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@120fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 2560x1440@30fps / 640x480@30fps,1280x720@120fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps
Self-timer: Yes
Smile detection:Y
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y
White Balance:Auto
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):1.4
Head SAR (EU):0.396

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, grey / Gold / Gold, White / Grey / White
Fingerprint Reader:Y / Yes
Form factor:Bar
Protection features:Water Resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:12.7 / 14
Display number of colours:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:294 / 401 / 403
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N / No
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2 / 3

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

FM radio:Y

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA, HSPA+, UMTS / HSPA+, UMTS / HSPA+,UMTS
4G:Y / Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE / 4.1 LE / 4.2 LE EDR
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y / Yes
Graphics adapter:Adreno 306 / Adreno 506
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Shortcuts, Themes / Icons, Shortcuts, Wallpaper / Icons, Themes, Wallpaper, Widgets
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / USB Type-C
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0 / 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.2 / 2 / 2.2
Processor Model:410 / 625 / 626

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:6.0.1 / 6.0.1, Marshmallow / 7.1.1 Nougat

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:2 / 2048 / 3072
Internal RAM type:LPDDR3
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:128 / 2000
RAM capacity:3 / 4
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube / Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.99 / 6.99 / 9.9
Height :14.4 / 144.4 / 15.6 / 156.2 / 156.4
Weight:137 / 145 / 165
Width:7.2 / 7.64 / 72 / 76.2 / 76.4