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Motorola Moto Z2 Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 reviews of Motorola Moto Z2 Play. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability and price. The design and performance are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the sound and camera.

battery, performance, design, price, usability

camera, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Moto Z2 Play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Max Parker (trustedreviews.com)

Moto Z2 Play

 

Moto Z2 Play review: A lot of phone for £379.99, but the lack of convincing Moto Mods mean it's not quite the Honor 9 killer we were expecting

Slick software ; Affordable price ; Fantastic battery life

Odd design ; Camera struggles in varying conditions ; Not convinced by Moto Mods

The original Z2 Play was Trusted’s battery life champion until the Lenovo P2 came along. Which is why I had high hopes for the Z2’s stamina. Despite the fact Motorola has swapped the original Z’s 3510mAh battery for a smaller A 3000mAh cell to...

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons

 

Ignoring Mods for a moment, however, and it's hard to ignore how well the Z2 Play runs. The subtle design tweaks compared to the previous-gen Play

Incredible battery life (even more incredible with a relevant battery Mod) ; Mods work with minimal fuss and can be genuinely useful ; Great fingerprint scanner with gesture controls ; Flagship-level smoothness and operation - including for games

The OnePlus 5 will likely give it a run for the money ; Not all Mods fit perfectly and phone looks bizarre without one fitted ; Why buy into Mods when you could buy separate accessories for any phone?

If you find Moto Mods enticing then the Z2 Play is a super phone with plenty to offer beyond its quirky selling point. If Mods leave you cold given their cost and size implication then, well, we think Moto will be in a great place to deliver an...

Jul, 2017

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Motorola Z2 Play review

 

Moto does modular right with this great value mid-ranger

Premium build and quality screen - even at 1080p ; Silky performance and great battery life ; Nifty modular accessories

Camera lacks colour punch ; Moto Mods quickly get expensive ; Phone still looks weird without a Mod in place

A magnificent mid-ranger that might not wow on sheer specs, but still impresses with modular magic

Jul, 2017

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Motorola Moto Z2 Play review: Lenovo’s modular phone makes a triumphant comeback

 

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play might be a mouthful but this modular smartphone builds on everything we loved about the original

Attractive price ; Decent performance boost ; Fantastic low-light camera

Battery isn't as long-lasting

Its all-day battery life alone is enough to have you reaching for your wallet, even if it isn’t quite so long-lasting as last year’s. The issue, aside from the slight performance bump and the design overhaul, is that the Moto Z2 Play doesn’t really...

Jan, 2018

Expert review by : Alex Todd (recombu.com)

Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review: Playtime is over

 

Our in-depth Moto Z2 Play review uncovers whether Motorola's first 'Z' phone of the year makes a worthwhile successor to the recently launched Z Play.

Slim, sturdy, premium design ; Smart Android modifications ; Excellent battery life ; Moto Mods support

No EIS when recording 4K video ; Viewing angle issues ; Camera bump

Despite its name, the Motorola Moto Z2 Play is anything but fooling around, offering a flagship-like experience for almost half the price. It’s bigger and bulkier than similarly-priced mid-rangers and cracks under pressure when compared to the...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (cnet.co.uk)

Motorola Moto Z2 Play review

 

The more time I spend with the Moto Z2 Play, the more I like this midrange phone.

The Moto Z2 Play has a beautiful screen and all-day battery life. There’s expandable storage, lots of software tricks and even a headphone jack.

Its best software feature doesn’t always work. The phone feels wide and uncomfortable without a magnetic back cover, and not much better with covers that don’t fit well. Last year’s Z Play had much longer battery life.

Strong battery life, clever software and magnetic Mod add-ons make the Motorola Z2 Play a compelling midrange choice.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by (which.co.uk)

Motorola Moto Z2 Play review

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The Moto Z2 Play mobile phone has a magnetic back for you to attach modular add-ons, such as a projector and a power bank - at extra cost. It's not the most expensive phone out there, but you don't want to spend any money on a mobile if its battery...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Carter (coolsmartphone.com)

Motorola Z2 Play – review

 

A small upgrade to the original but keeps the key selling points for upgrading customers

Nov, 2017

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

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

 

A far better all-round offering than its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Play is a solid smartphone sans Moto Mods.

Premium finish; Solid processing power; Streamlined UI

Unsightly camera bulge; Can become expensive with Moto Mods

Getting your hands on a Moto Z2 Play will cost you around R8 799, including JBL SoundBoost 2 Moto Mod. It's a relatively good value for money price given the Z2 Play's considerably better all-round performance compared to its predecessor.

Oct, 2017

Expert review by : Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla (canadianreviewer.com)

Review: Motorola Moto Z2 Play

 

Motorola's Moto Z Play was last year's midrange surprise which turned out to be a veritable chameleon handset thanks to easy on, and off Moto Mods accessories as well as the best battery life on any device.

While the flagship Moto Z was, and remains the most premium handset and also the thinnest smartphone Motorola has ever made. The Moto Z Play, on the other hand, is a far more practical and less frivolous affair that appealed to more users.

Jun, 2017

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2730 / 3000

Call management

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

Camera

Auto Focus:Y
Built-in Flash:Y
Flash type:LED
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Front camera type:Dual camera / Single camera
Geotagging:Y
Maximum frame rate:120 / 240
Night mode:Y
Optical Zoom:10
Rear camera aperture number:1.7 / 2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Rear camera type:Dual camera / Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:640x480@30fps,1280x720@120fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps / 640x480@30fps,1280x720@120fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps / 640x480@30fps,1280x720@240fps,1280x720@30fps,1920x1080@120fps,1920x1080@30fps,1920x1080@60fps,3840x2160@30fps
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):12
Self-timer:Y
Video recording:Y
Video recording modes:480p,720p,1080p / 720p,1080p
White Balance:Auto
Zoom capability:Y

Design

Brand colour:Lunar Gray
Colour of product:Black / Gold / Grey
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Form factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:14
Display glass type:Gorilla Glass
Display number of colours:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1440 x 2560 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:P-OLED / SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y
Pixel density:401
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Gyroscope:Y
Magnetic sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y

Messaging

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

Multimedia

FM radio:Y

Navigation

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

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y
3G bands supported:800,850,900,1900,2100 / 850,1900 / 850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA / HSPA+,UMTS
4G:Y
4G bands supported:700,800,850,900,1700,1800,1900,2100,2300,2500,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.2 LE / 4.2 LE EDR
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
SIM card hot swapping:Y
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Quick start guide:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y
Graphics adapter:Adreno 506 / Adreno 540
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Themes, Wallpaper, Widgets
Support for contact groups:Y
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor Cores:8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.35
Processor Model:626 / 835

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:7.1.1 Nougat / O

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:64
Maximum memory card size:128 / 2000
RAM capacity:3 / 4 / 6
RAM Type:DDR3L
USB mass storage:Y

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:156.2 / 5.99
Height :155.8 / 156.2 / 5.99
Weight:143 / 145
Width:76 / 76.2