Moto Z Play Review :
Motorola attests well at introducing the futuristic technology in smartphones. Undoubtedly, the quality of product what Motorola offers is the best in price segment. With the launch of two new smartphones Moto Z and Moto Z Play, the company has raised the curtain for the new modular phones. This isn’t just about the modularity but the specs what phone offer matters the most.
Though there are comments that this concept of modularity is a bet that Motorola has tipped on Android users, Moto has managed to impress the users ever since the first look of the Moto Z series. Discussing Moto Z Play, the smartphone has grabbed all the attention in Indian market with a price of Rs. 24,999.
Moto Z Play price in India will impress the gadget freaks with its slim design and outstanding battery life. Right from design to specs sheet, Moto Z play will surely leave you in astonishment. Let’s get into the Moto Z Play review and assess what Moto has put forward in the new offering.
Talking about the display in the Moto Z Play review, It is a slim design phone but is slightly thicker compared to its sibling Moto Z. The fact is that the whole design of Moto Z Play is committed to offering a customizable phone as per individual needs. The less expensive in the series, Moto Z Play comes with an excellent built quality which incorporates a combo of aluminum frame and glass which poses premium smartphone look.
On the back, it’s completely glass finish instead of metal which the design itself says it is exclusively made to accommodate external mods. A circular hump of rear camera with flash is observed and magnets were arranged on the bottom which ensures a tight stick of the mods to the phone.
Coming to the front profile, Moto Z Play gets extended bezels along with the unnecessary Moto branding which make no sense. Fingerprint scanner placed on the bottom is good but only handles the unlocking function of the phone. Front facing camera and LED flash were adjusted on the top on either side of the earpiece.
SIM tray and noise cancellation microphone were provided on the top edge, while the volume rocker keys and power button were positioned on the right edge. The bottom edge houses a 3.5 mm audio jack and USB type-C charging slot.
Moto Z Play sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display like the other devices in the series as expected. The HD resolution of 1080p with 403 ppi is very sharp and good from all viewing angles. The screen displays deep black and vibrant colors and excellent viewing angles. The display of Moto Z Play is good even in plenty of sunlight, thanks to the ambient light sensor.
The display brightness is good, and colors are accurate in “standard’ mode. Moto Z Play screen has the motion sensors which allow you to wave your hand for Active Moto Display. However, Moto Z play is not the first to have AMOLED display, and the discrete notifications icons are interactive here.
Hardware and Performance:
Moto Z Play backed by a step concerning a Snapdragon 625 processor while its elder sibling features Snapdragon 820 processor. Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clocks at 2GHz is coupled with 3gigs of RAM ensures a quick response. Adreno 506 GPU at 650 MHz offers an excellent graphics.
The smartphone is splendid at performing tasks like opening apps and returning to home screen. In fact, you don’t find any delay in switching between apps and is really impressive at speed. RAM management is also excellent at its job results a hassle free experience.
Apart from the ambient light sensor and the fingerprint sensor, the device also accommodates great sensor range for a better connectivity which includes Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor and Audio Monitor. There is a need to special mention about the 3.5mm audio out jack as the other flagships just skip to provide this excellent quality of audio output.
On gaming concern, the device is reasonably good at serving the purpose even at heavy 3D gaming. No heating issues were found in real life in spite of heaving gaming test. None the less, Moto Z play performance is top notch and found nothing to complain about.
The trim available in India actually features dual SIM option along with 32GB of internal memory. The external storage option is also available through the microSD card which supports up to 2 TB.
The Moto Z Play runs stocked version Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company owned UI on the top. It would be better if the phone directly gets the Android 7.0 Nougat in the box. But still, Motorola avails one of the better Android versions what you can get outside of the Nexus line.
The Moto Z Play packs the full suite of Moto software features like Moto Display, Moto Voice, and Moto Actions. Moto Display persists to be one of the most useful features any OEM has added to Android even after a few years. The User interface shows the time, date and active notifications.
The camera department is which the Moto Z Play takes thumbs up, A 16MP sensor of f/2.0 aperture with Dual LED flash on the rear is assigned for imaging duties. In spite of 16 MP camera which is regular in all flagship range, The rear camera includes some features which satisfy camera lover in you. Laser auto-focus, Phase detection autofocus (PDAF), Burst mode are impressive. You can capture pictures by just a tap with Zero Shutter Lag and Professional Mode, and quick capture will serve for your comfort.
Reviewing the camera performance, the colors are accurate while the phone struggles to perform well in low light conditions. Moto Z Play switches to the low-light mode and is evident overall when compared to the budget phones.
Coming to the front camera, 5MP shooter with LED flash on the front does a good job in brightening up. However, lighting cannot be used as the only light source as it is a bit harsh.
Moto Z Play can record video of 720p at 120fps, 1080p at 30fps, 4K at 30fps. The device manages video better even in the absence of the Optical Image Stabilization. Redesigned camera app is little more feature-filled and easy to use.
Battery life is the outstanding thing what Moto Z play has stored in. With a powerful 3510 mAh battery, Moto Z Play never lets you run out of power. The larger battery meets all the needs what a present day smartphone is made for. The phone claims a battery backup of 50 hours which nearly meets its promise in real time. This is really fantastic considering the 1080p AMOLED screen.
On a bit heavier usage, Moto Z Play lasts up to 45 hours which is actually a big deal among the smartphones. The battery dropped by 7 percent of a full charge after a 90-minute looped HD video.
A fast-charge is enabled with the Turbo Charger provided in the box. a worn out battery quickly charges up to 24 percent in just 15 minutes with the USB-C type connection.
• Battery Life
• RAM management
• Bad speaker positioning
• Skips OIS feature in camera
The powerpack specs sheet keeps you high at speed, and the camera does a great job even without the external mod. Finally, Moto did it again with the new Moto Z Play.