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Introduction to Motorola Moto Z Play

The Moto Z Play is one of the cheapest ways to enter the MotoMods ecosystem, but is the phone any good on its own? And are those MotoMods worth the cash? Read our brief Moto Z review to find out, and then check out the MotoMods pieces.

Lenovo Moto Z Play UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Black/Silver

£369.00
£270.00
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Features

  • Turn your phone into a movie projector, boombox, battery powerhouse, and more, in a snap.
  • Up to 50 hour battery. Play for days without recharging.
  • TurboPower: Get up to 9 hours of power in just 15 min of charging
  • 16 MP dual autofocus camera: Shoot beautifully sharp photos day or night with laser and phase detection autofocus.
  • Fingerprint reader: Instantly unlock and lock your phone, log-in to apps, and even make mobile payments.

Lenovo Moto Z Play UK SIM-Free Smartphone - White/Gold

£369.00
£319.00
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Features

  • Turn your phone into a movie projector, boombox, battery powerhouse, and more, in a snap.
  • Up to 50 hour battery. Play for days without recharging.
  • TurboPower: Get up to 9 hours of power in just 15 min of charging
  • 16 MP dual autofocus camera: Shoot beautifully sharp photos day or night with laser and phase detection autofocus.
  • Fingerprint reader: Instantly unlock and lock your phone, log-in to apps, and even make mobile payments.

Motorola Moto Z Play 32GB - Black (Unlocked)

$449.99
$338.91
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Features

  • Transforms with Moto Mods using interchangeable back covers
  • Up to 50 hour battery* and TurboPower for up to 9 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging†
  • Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow with 32GB storage and micro SD card support. Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
  • 16 MP laser autofocus back camera and 5 MP front camera
  • Brilliant 5.5in 1080P super AMOLED display. Log-in to apps, and even make mobile payments

Product Description

Moto Z Play and Moto mods transform your mobile experience in a snap. Plus you can play for days on a single charge with moto’s longest lasting battery ever* all in a thin, elegant design.  *All battery life Claims are approximate and based on a mixed use profile (which includes both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device Settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns. Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps.

Motorola Moto Z Play XT1635-01 4G LTE, 32GB, Single SIM, 5.5", Verizon Unlocked (Certified Refurbished) (Black)

$279.95
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Features

  • 64bit - Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 (14nm), 2Ghz Octa-Core ARM Cortex-A53, Qualcomm Adreno 506 650Mhz, NFC Supported
  • 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB (22GB user available), External storage: Until 2TB microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, USB 3.1 Type-C reversible connector Charger, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Super AMOLED 5.5" Display, 69.8% screen to body ratio, 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, 16 million colors, Gorilla Glass 4
  • 1 slot nano-SIM (4FF), Main camera: 16 megapixels (4608 x 3456 pixels), Front camera: 5 megapixels (2592 x 1944 pixels), Video 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) 30 fps, Dual LED on main camera and LED on front camera, Battery capacity 3510 mAh
  • Quad-Band 850/900/1800/1900, CDMA 850/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, UMTS 850/900/1900/2100, LTE Cat6 700/850/1700/1800/1900/2600 (Bands 2,3,4,5,7,13), GPRS, EDGE, CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev A, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, LTE-A

Product Description

The Motorola Moto Z Play Droid XT1635-01 is a good Android phone with 2Ghz Octa-Core processor that allows run games and heavy applications. With one SIM card slot, the Motorola Moto Z Play Droid XT1635-01 allows download up to 300 Mbps for internet browsing, but it also depends on the carrier. Great connectivity of this device includes Bluetooth 4.0 version with A2DP, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and NFC to make payments and allows connection to other devices. Including the battery, the Motorola Moto Z Play Droid XT1635-01 phone has 165 grams and it's a very thin device, only 7 mm.

Motorla Moto Z Play XT1635-01 32GB Black Verizon + GSM Unlocked - (Certified Refurbished)

$229.99
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Features

  • This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, a minimum 90-day warranty, and may arrive in a generic box. Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon.com
  • Transforms with Moto Mods using interchangeable back covers
  • Up to 50 hour battery and TurboPower for up to 9 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging
  • 16 MP laser autofocus back camera and 5 MP front camera
  • Unlocked and compatible with GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T.

Product Description

Stay connected on the go with the Lunar Gray Moto Z Play XT1635 32GB Smartphone from Motorola. This device is powered by a 2.0 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and 3GB of dedicated RAM. It comes equipped with 32GB of storage and includes a microSD slot that supports microSDXC cards with up to 2TB of memory for additional storage capacity. The reversible USB Type-C port allows you to connect the device for mass-storage purposes and also serves as a charging port. The Moto Z Play houses a 5.5" AMOLED touchscreen display, which features Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. For your photo and video needs, the Moto Z Play features two cameras: a rear-facing f/2.0 16MP camera with 1.3μ pixels, autofocus, dual LED flash, auto HDR, and 4K video capture, and a front-facing f/2.2 5MP camera with a wide-angle 85° lens and its own LED flash. The Moto Z Play is also well-equipped for wireless communication. It features Bluetooth 4.0 + LE technology for pairing with other Bluetooth...

Motorola Moto Z2 Play 64 GB (Single Sim) UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Lunar Grey

£299.00
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Features

  • Up to 30 hours juice from the 3000 mAh battery, plus get up to 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes with TurboPower charging
  • 5 MP front camera and 12 MP dual autofocus pixel rear camera plus laser autofocus for amazing photos in any light
  • Fast memory and tons of space for music, films and photos with 64 GB storage and 4GB RAM; plus, add up to 2 TB more with a microSD card
  • Ultra-slim aluminium unibody in the Motorola style with durable corning gorilla glass and water-repellent Nano coating
  • 5.5 inch full HD super AMOLED display for vivid colour and razor sharp detail

Product Description

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Moto Z Play with Style Mod (Black, 32GB)

Rs. 19,389
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Features

  • 3510 mAh all day battery with TurboPower charging (8 hours of power in 15 min of charging)
  • 16 MP dual autofocus camera with laser focus & PDAF with color balancing dual LED flash, 4K video recording (30 fps) , 5 MP front camera with display flash
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, 2 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon 625 processor with 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU , 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB internal memory expandable up to 2TB and dual micro-SIM dual-standby (4G+4G), 4G VoLTE
  • 13.97 centimeters (5.5-inch) super AMOLED 1080p full HD Display, 403 ppi. finger print reader and water repellent nano-coating
  • Transform your phone by magnetically clicking Moto Mods onto your phone. Turn it into a movie projector, boombox, battery powerhouse, and more (Mods purchased separately)

Moto Z2 Play (Lunar Grey, 64GB, 4GB RAM)

Rs. 20,050
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Features

  • 12MP primary camera and 5MP front facing camera
  • 13.97 centimeters (5.5-inch) Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • Android v7.0 Nougat operating system with 2.2GHz Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 626 processor octa core processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory expandable up to 2TB and dual SIM dual-standby (4G+4G)
  • 3000mAH lithium-ion battery
  • 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase

Product Description

Meet the Moto Z2 Play - the smartphone that strikes the perfect balance between style and performance. Powered by a powerful octa-core processor and compatible with Moto Mods, the Moto Z2 Play opens up new possibilities. The intuitive Android Pure Nougat OS lets you use multiple apps in split-screen mode, so you can get more done in no time.

 

 

 

Moto Z Play review: Design and Hardware

The Moto Z Play looks similar to many other phones from the front, but turn it over and its differences become obvious – there’s a section of magnetic connectors at the bottom rear of the phone for docking the Moto Mods. The display is a bright 1080p panel crisp and accurate colours. It’s not as crisp as the 2K panel on the Moto Z, but there are still no real complaints here.

Powering things along is a 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 processor and 3GB of RAM. Storage is pegged at 32GB, and this can be extended by popping in a microSD card.

The main rear camera has a 13-megapixel sensor with image stabilisation and auto-focus. On the front, there’s a more modest 5-megapixel selfie camera.

Most notably, the design includes both a fingerprint sensor that sticks out on the front, and a camera lens that prevents a flush finish on the back.  While the fingerprint sensor is nice and responsive, these are two design elements I’d prefer had come out a little different. The sensor also doubles as a button to turn your screen on and off too.

The battery, while sounding nothing special on paper, performed so well that the Moto Z Play can be considered near-essential if battery is your only priority. Even the much larger power pack on the 6-inch Meizu M3 Max can’t match it, and that was no slouch. Charging is via USB-C.

Check out the Moto Z Play review box for details on how well these performed and sample images. Reviews of the MotoMods will follow at a later date.

Moto Z Play: Camera and software

Let’s cut to the chase with the camera. The rear-facing 13-megapixel camera is going to do about as well as you’d expect any mid-range Android handset to do. That’s to say, it’s as good as the conditions you give it – and comes with the added advantage of supporting the Hasselblad TrueZoom add-on if you need a little more range to your snaps.

That’s not to say it’s bad, as it’s not, but it’s not replacing your DSLR either, and in low light, you should adjust your expectations.

Software-wise the Moto Z Play ships with Android Marshmallow, but it’s due to get an upgrade to the newer Nougat variant imminently – the rollout has started in China already. Of course, it’s not entirely stock Android and fans of the Moto Display will be pleased with the efficient notifications and battery-saving features. It supports some gesture controls too, like twisting your hand in a particular way to launch the camera app.

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