Date of publication: 2017-10-29 11:42
And that's really it. As a brief aside, this is the first time I've used an unlocked version of the Moto Z, and I can't stress how much nicer it feels to use without all that carrier-mandated bloatware. Android device manufacturers now realize that cleanliness, while not that close to godliness, is a virtue worth exploring when it comes to interfaces. To date, few phone makers match Motorola in its devotion to pure Android, and I'll keep doling out the kudos as long as the company keeps at it.
The good news is that its extra girth gives you the ability to listen to music and charge at the same time. It sounds crazy to list this as a pro, but missing headphone jacks are a common thing now.
Though Z Play's -inch display is the same size as the other two, but it has a 1,585-pixel resolution compared with the others' 1,995p, and it isn't as durable as the Z Force's ShatterShield display. The Z Play also has a less powerful processor and a bit less RAM and its 16-megapixel rear camera sits between the Z and the Z Force's in terms of megapixels (compare all specs below). The camera lacks optical image stabilization too, so your photos might look blurrier if you have an unsteady hand.
While it's more or less just as capable as the Z Play, what sets it apart is its price. Currently, you can snag the Z2 Play for just about the same price as the original. For a slimmer device with a vastly improved fingerprint sensor that can use all of your Moto Mods, the Z2 Play is the better deal.
The phone's familiar design also means the return of certain annoying design quirks, like the fingerprint sensor that looks, but doesn't act, like a home button. (I can't complain about that too much, though, since the sensor actually works very well.) Even stranger, the so-called Moto Mods that magnetically connect to the Z Play's back don't feel quite as seamless as when they're connected to other Moto Z's. That said, most people probably won't know the difference.
Moto Z Play packs a beautiful 589 1585p HD Super AMOLED display into a thin metal frame. Photos, videos, and games appear bright and beautiful, with vivid colors and intricate details complimented perfectly by a sleek, elegant design.
Inside the Moto Z Play is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor. It’s not the Snapdragon 825 used in top-tier smartphones — and it benchmarks accordingly. But in day to day use, it’s extremely difficult to pinpoint any performance issues. The Moto Z Play does just about everything briskly without noticeable hiccups. This is a dramatic difference from the Snapdragon 617 processor used in other midrange devices like the Moto G9 and BlackBerry’s DTEK55, where lag can become a frequent source of frustration.
Meanwhile, the 5-megapixel front-facing camera is perfectly adequate, packing a wide-angle lens for squeezing more friends into selfies, and video footage came out clean, if a little unremarkable. All told, Motorola has a potent little photographic package here, though sticklers for premium quality will want to look elsewhere. And hey, if the camera really doesn't do it for you, Motorola sure would love if you went out and bought one of those $255 Hasselblad camera mods -- it'll replace that default shooter with a 12-megapixel sensor developed in part by people known for their crazy-expensive cameras.
It costs $958 at full price when tied to Verizon, or $17 a month over 29 months through the carrier's device payment plan. Fully unlocked from Motorola, it costs $999 in the US or £ 869 in the UK.
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