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Motorola Moto Z Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 reviews of Motorola Moto Z Play. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the price and camera are generally positive. The usability and performance also get good feedback, but opinions are divided on the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Moto Z Play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Moto Z Play review: Playmodo

 

Few names in the fast-paced mobile industry can boast such a long-standing and universal brand recognition such as the legendary Motorola. Even now, after the glory GSM age is long gone, and the brand is under Lenovo leadership, the Moto badge still...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (trustedreviews.com)

Moto Z Play

 

Motorola's flagship Moto Z is in real danger of being shaded by its cheaper brother, the Z Play. The Lenovo-owned brand has taken what should have been a boring mid-range phone and turned it into one of the standout handsets of 2016.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Welch (theverge.com)

Moto Z Play review: the best battery life of any smartphone today

 

The Moto Z Play from Lenovo has the best battery life of any smartphone I've ever used. It's so good and so superior to the competition that this — the third member of the Moto Z family — just...

Amazing battery life ; Nice display ; Fast everyday performance

Weak camera ; Design can feel unwieldy ; Good luck with software updates

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Lynn La (cnet.com)

Motorola's Moto Z Play has a beast of a battery (review)

 

Look at the Motorola Moto Z Play for its extra-long-lasting battery as much as its swappable snap-on accessories and affordable price.

The affordable Moto Z Play works with swappable modular accessories, retains its headphone jack (unlike the more upmarket Moto Z and Z Force) and has a battery that goes on and on.

The Z Play is the thickest and heaviest phone in the Moto Z series and its fingerprint sensor, annoyingly, can be mistaken for a home button.

Even if you don't give two licks about its cool modular capabilities, get the Motorola Moto Z for an affordable phone with an impressively enduring battery life.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Cam Bunton (pocket-lint.com)

Motorola Moto Z Play review: Unbeatable battery life bettered by Mods

 

It's big, fast, and lasts a full day without breaking a sweat.

Really great battery life ; Stock Android experience ; Mods hold heaps of potential

Questionable button and square-feeling design choices

It's big, fast, and lasts a full day without even breaking a sweat, which makes the Moto Z Play one of the best options for people wanting a phone with seemingly never-ending battery life. The Incipio Mod attachment takes battery to the next

Apr, 2017

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Motorola Moto Z Play review

 

Tired of your phone dying at 7pm?

Fantastic battery life ; Quirky Mods system ; Solid screen

Outclassed and out specced by OnePlus 3 ; Camera focus is unreliable

Class-leading battery life makes this quirky modular phone far more practical than your might expect.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Matt Swider (techradar.com)

Moto Z Play review

 

The longer-lasting modular phone with a headphone jack

Cheapest Moto Z phone yet ; Works with all MotoMods ; Includes a 3.5mm headphone jack

Not a flagship performer ; Thicker, even without accessories ; Camera won't impress you

The Moto Z Play is meant to play, as is made clear by its headphone jack and long-lasting battery – and everyone is invited thanks to its cheaper price. Just don't expect stellar performance from the chipset or camera on this thicker Moto Z variant.

Sep, 2017

Expert review by : Andreas Kilian (notebookcheck.net)

Lenovo Moto Z Play Smartphone Review

 

The superior Z? As the cheaper sibling of the Moto Z flagship smartphone, the Moto Z Play can also be expanded via Moto Mods. As well as a larger battery, it is also equipped with a higher resolution primary camera at a much lower price. Our test...

solid, high-quality build casing, expandable via Moto Mods, no bloatware preloaded, fast USB Type-C port, micro-SD card can be used as internal storage, good phone features, accurate touchscreen, high-contrast AMOLED panel, reliable fingerprint...

primary camera's unreliable autofocus, no Miracast support, screen with PWM flickering, headset not included, non-removable battery

As with the Moto Z, one of the main features of the Moto Z Play is its expandability via Moto Mods. According to Lenovo, these modules will be supported for at least three device generations. However, buyers have to dig deeper into their pockets first....

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (recombu.com)

Moto Z Play Review: In Depth

 

Moto Z Play Review: We review the most affordable member of the Moto Z mobile family, the Moto Z Play, which trims the Moto Z...

Moto Mods ; Dependable easy-to-use camera ; Excellent battery life

Limited performance ; Chunky design

The Moto Z Play is a great affordable mid-range mobile which boasts particularly strong battery life, plus strong media chops and the unique Moto Mods expandability. Of course, Moto Mods are still far from an essential feature, and we’re yet to see if...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Lynn La (cnet.com.au)

Motorola's Moto Z Play has a beast of a battery (review)

 

Look at the Motorola Moto Z Play for its extra-long-lasting battery as much as its swappable snap-on accessories and affordable price.

The affordable Moto Z Play works with swappable modular accessories, retains its headphone jack (unlike the more upmarket Moto Z and Z Force) and has a battery that goes on and on.

The Z Play is the thickest and heaviest phone in the Moto Z series and its fingerprint sensor, annoyingly, can be mistaken for a home button.

Even if you don't give two licks about its cool modular capabilities, get the Motorola Moto Z for an affordable phone with an impressively enduring battery life.

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

FM radio:Y
Microphone included:Y
Speakers:Mono

Battery

Battery Capacity:2100 / 3150 / 3510
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Removable battery:Y
Talk time (2G):18
Talk time (3G):15
Talk time (4G):17.5
Wireless Charging:N

Call management

Auto-redialing:Y
Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera flash:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Front camera type:Single camera
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Maximum frame rate:120 / 30
Night mode:Y
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera aperture number:2 / 2.2
Rear camera flash:Y
Rear camera pixel size:1.12
Rear Camera Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@120fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 2560x1440@30fps
Self-timer: Yes
Smile detection:Y
Time lapse mode:Y
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:480p,720p,1080p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Video stabilizer:Y
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):1.4
Head SAR (EU):0.396

Data Transmission

Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.2 LE

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, grey / Gold, White / Grey / White
Fingerprint Reader:Y / Yes
Form factor:Bar
Product colour:Black
Protection features:Water Resistant

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:13.2 / 13.5 / 13.6 / 14
Display number of colours:16 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080 / 960 x 480
Display Type:IPS / LCD / SAMOLED
External display:N
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:201 / 401 / 403
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N / No
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

GPS Performance

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y

Management features

Support for contact groups:Y

Memory

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Flash card support:Y
Internal Memory:16000
Internal RAM:3
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:256
RAM capacity:2000

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
E-mail protocols:IMAP,POP
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes
Support for e-mail attachments:Y
Text prediction system:Y
Text-to-speech message reader:Y

Multimedia

FM radio:Y
Speakers:Mono

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+, UMTS / HSPA+,UMTS / UMTS / UMTS,WCDMA
4G:Y / Yes
4G bands supported:800,850,900,1800,2100,2300,2600 / 850,900,1800,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 LE / 4.2 LE
Data network:CDMA,EDGE,EVDO,HSPA+,UMTS
Near Field Communication (NFC):N / Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AC / MICRO-USB / USB
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y
User guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

Flight mode:Y / Yes
Graphics adapter:Adreno 308 / Adreno 506
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar / Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar,Notes,Stopwatch,To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Shortcuts, Themes / Icons, Shortcuts, Wallpaper / Icons,Menu,Shortcuts / Themes,Wallpaper,Widgets
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y

Phone features

Conference call:Y
Form factor:Bar
Personalization:Icons,Ringtones,Themes,Wallpaper,Widgets
Speakerphone:Y
Text prediction system type:T9
Vibrating Alert:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / USB Type-C
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Power

Battery Capacity:2800

Processor

64-bit computing:Y
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.4 / 2
Processor Model:425 / 625

Software

Operating system installed:Android / Android 8.0 / Android 8.1
Operating System Version:6.0.1
Platform:Android

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal RAM:3072
Internal RAM type:LPDDR3
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32
Maximum memory card size:128 / 2000 / 256
RAM capacity:1 / 3
RAM Type:LPDDR3
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Accelerometer:Y
Alarm function:Y
Ambient light sensor:Y
Audio Connections:Y
Built-in flashlight:Y
Calculator:Y
Calendar:Y
Camera included:Y
Countdown timer:Y
EDGE:Y
Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube
GPRS:Y
Image formats supported:JPEG
Maximum Video Resolution:1280 x 720
Product colour:Black
Protection features:Snow resistant,Splash proof
Proximity sensor:Y
Quick Charge:Y
Rotating:Y
Subscription type:No subscription
Supported video modes:480p,720p,1080p
T9 text input:Y
Total Storage Capacity:16
Type:Camera phone
Wireless Connection:Y

Video

Video call:Y

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.99 / 8.85 / 9.19
Height :147.9 / 15.6 / 151 / 156.4
Weight:150 / 165
Width:7.64 / 71.2 / 74 / 76.4