Motorola Moto Z2 Play
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Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review
The 3-Minute Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review
Do the mods justify the price?
By Zach Riley | September 28, 2017
Features & Design: 4/5 ● Performance: 4/5 ● Value: 3.5/5
The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is a nice looking phone with a twist: you can customize it using different attachable mods. It offers good performance and a clean, intuitive operating system. With a battery that will last all day, the Moto Z2 Play is a unique mid-range phone that deserves a look.
The Moto Z2 Play is relatively expensive considering its specs, especially when you look what its competitors are packing. Its display doesn’t “wow” you, it can be awkward to hold when equipped with some mods, and it has an average camera. All these issues hold the phone back.
Is it for you?
The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is a solid mid-range Android phone that’s a bit different than its competitors. If you’re searching for a phone that’s unique in the jungle of standardized, tablet-like smartphones, this could be what you’re looking for. That’s especially true if you’ll get a lot of use out of one (or more) of the “Moto Mods.”
“If you want a little bit of a different kind of phone, the Moto Z2 Play is exactly what you’re looking for.”
Meet the Motorola Moto Z2 Play
The Moto Z2 Play is the successor to Motorola’s Moto Z Play, which proved itself as a relatively successful mid-range smartphone. This model doesn’t look to reinvent the wheel. Instead, it aims to improve upon its predecessor. With a slimmer design and a metal backing, the Z2 Play looks to add a more premium feel while still supporting what has made these phones so different, the Moto Mods.
What we like
You can’t talk about the Motorola Moto Z2 Play without mentioning the Moto Mods. Moto Mods let you customize your Z2 Play with add-ons that give you extra features when they’re attached to the back of the phone. For example, there are Mods that can give you extra battery life, wireless charging capabilities, a top-notch speaker, and even a movie projector.
The Moto Z2 Play feels like a high-end phone. The solid metal body and a sleek, classy design make it seem more expensive than it really is. Fortunately, there’s substance to back up the beauty. The phone’s software is smooth, responsive, and easy to use. Its solid performance is comparable to other mid-range smartphones.
Lastly, the battery life is very impressive. It will last all day, even with moderate to heavy use, which is something that a lot of us are looking for as we rely more and more on our phones.
What we don’t like
Unfortunately, the Motorola Moto Z2 Play has some pretty major drawbacks. The price is relatively expensive when you take a look at its performance specs and compare them to some of its competitors. There are, honestly, more impressive Android phones available for the price. By making the phone compatible with Moto Mods, it's possible that Motorola overestimated how much value the add-ons bring to it and if they're enough to warrant its price.
The display, while beautiful and vibrant, doesn’t get very bright. This can make it difficult to see when you’re outside in the sun, for example. Lastly, the camera is unimpressive. It’s capable of taking some decent shots, but the pictures lack the definition and sharpness of photos that you’ll find from other phones at this price point.
Should you buy it?
The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is a solid and very unique Android phone. The Moto Mods add a lot of cool features and functionality to the phone while solid specs and great battery life means that it will perform well. If you want a little bit of a different kind of phone, the Moto Z2 Play is exactly what you’re looking for. However, there are better options for the money if you’re after a more traditional phone.
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About the Author / Zach Riley
Zach Riley is a tech author who's combined a love of gadgets with a love of writing.
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