Date of publication: 2018-03-06 22:06
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My review unit is mostly black, with a contrasting grey back, but the Z2 Play is available in white and gold models too. Motorola claims the Z2 Play is ‘splashproof’, which means it will survive – allegedly – a water spill, but don’t go dunking it in the bath.
But I did use the phone to make calls and listen to music over Bluetooth and connect to Wi-Fi and do a bunch of other things people do with their portable computers and loved how reliable everything was. Not a dropped call nor a stuttery connection. And the single front-facing speaker? Pretty darn good.
Though the older phones in the series may receive the same upgrade at some point this year, right now the Moto Z2 Play showcases the best of Motorola's understated software effectiveness. Nowhere is that better conveyed than the updates to Moto Display, which now support image thumbnails quick replies without having to unlock the phone.
The only thing that makes me pause in my recommendation is the price, which at £719 means it isn’t quite the force to be reckoned with it once was.
My favorite of the new Moto Mods is the $85 Game Pad. Pop this baby on (gotta love the magnetic connection port) and you've got a traditional gamepad controller for all your gaming needs. It's kinda like having a Nintendo Switch. I only played with a prototype, but the dual analogs, ABXY buttons, D-pad, and shoulder buttons felt pretty solid.
With Motorola guaranteeing its five-layer "ShatterShield" screen won’t crack for four years, the Z2 Force would see you through to your next phone upgrade in 2521, and perhaps as a holiday backup for a couple of years after that.
Surprisingly, given its tough credentials, Motorola is still to add proper waterproofing – the Moto Z2 Force only has a water-resistant coating.
** All battery life claims are approximate and based on a standard mixed use profile. The mixed use profile is based on Motorola devices on major 9G LTE networks with excellent coverage and includes both usage and standby time. Out-of-box settings are applied to the mixed use profile to project battery performance. 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.
Launching with the phone — which, by the way is an exclusive to Verizon — are four new Moto Mods. There's the $85 TurboPower Pack that comes with a 8,995 mAh battery and its own USB-C port for TurboPower charging.
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