Motorola Moto Z Play review: A battery beast

Moto Z Play review
Moto Z Play review

All these MotoMods, old and new, work across the 3 modular Motorola phones, including the ultra-thin Moto Z and shatter-resistant Moto Z Force.
The iPhone 7 and also iPhone 7 Plus famously do not incorporate a 3.5mm headphone jack, and neither do the Z and Z Force. Motorola rather sending sound over their USB-C ports on these phones, which demands an (included, but easy to lose) 3.5mm jack adapter.
The good thing is that its extra girth provides you the ability to listen to audio and charge at precisely the exact same time. It seems crazy to list this as a professional, but missing headset jacks are a frequent thing now.

Moto Z Play is the marginally thicker, more long-lasting and more affordable smartphone with innovative modular accessories, and it’s evidence that Motorola is committed to the concept of a customizable mobile phone.
The Moto Z Play isn’t as flashy as the world’s-thinnest-title-holding Moto Z, also it does not have the durable screen of this Verizon and US-exclusive Moto Z Force. It’s also significantly less powerful.

Nevertheless, if you invested in the original, there is still plenty of reason to hang onto it. The largest of which may very well be the Android Oreo is coming into the phone later this year.
Glass back with an aluminum frame at 7mm thick
Coinciding with the Moto Z Perform launching is a brand new mod: the Hasselblad True Zoom camera. This makes your Android phone look and feel as an actual camera, using 10x zoom and physical controls.
You can snap on a lot of different mods — from stylish battery packs into a mini boom box, to a head-turning piece projector — all with the support of magnets.

Sensor smartly locks and unlocks the display
Moto Z Play Review

Even with the exact same 5.5-inch display size and non-curved back, it feels larger in 1 hand. It’s still palmable on its own, until you magnetically attach accessories — then it could grow to be a real monster.

Includes a headphone jack absent from the Z and Z Force


There’s one noteworthy downside here using the Z2 Play: that the battery capacity has been downgraded in the Z2 Play’s quest for thinness. The fall in millimeter has decreased its precious battery from 3,510mAh to 3,000mAh.

Another good news is that the Z Play has virtually every other design feature we enjoyed about the initial Moto Z lineup, including the small but amazingly convenient front fingerprint sensor.

What it will have is a bigger battery, a less expensive price and a headphone jack. You can control via USB-Type C and then play music over the normal 3.5mm jack here, unlike on the Z and Z Force.
While it’s more or less just as capable as the Z Perform, what sets it apart is its cost. Presently, you can snag the Z2 Play for just about precisely the exact same cost as the original. For a slimmer device with a vastly enhanced fingerprint sensor which may use all of your Moto Mods, the Z2 Play is the better bargain.
The Moto Z Plays therefore fixes a number of the gripes we had with the Moto Z, and opens modular smartphone accessories to a whole new audience looking for a cheaper phone. Let’s see whether it fits your needs.

The Moto Z Play takes several cues in the flat layout of its Moto Z counterparts, only it is noticeably thicker in the hand. It steps 156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm and weighs 165g.