Moto Z2 Play Hands-on Review

This is the best phone I’ve ever owned and I’ve had both flagship iPhones and flagship Samsung phones as well. The software from Motorola is nice plus with this phone you get an almost stock Android experience. I bought mine from Verizon so mine is the 32 GB version with 3GB of ram but it’s still an excellent phone I’d recommend to anyone who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on the big flagship phone’s.

Moto Z2 Play
Moto Z2 Play

I’m giving this phone 5 stars. I come from a long time of using Samsung Galaxy flagship phones and iPhone flagship. This is the first “mid-level” phone I’ve used. To be honest, it’s my favorite device I’ve had. I really like the software Motorola has developed. I regret using Samsung for so long now that I have this phone. The motomods seemed like a gimmick but actually I’ve had my mind changed, they are actually quite useful and innovative. I received a JBL Speaker mod with my phone as a promotion, and have seen the projector mod and an impressed by the utility of both.

The battery life on this phone kicks anything else I’ve used to the curb. And it also has a fast charger so rarely ever have to worry about having this phone die. Often times a full charge will last me 1.5 – 2 days. The USB – C charger is a nice future proof feature as well.

The physical size of the phone is great. 5.5″ screen is the perfect size in my opinion. The full metal body is nice. I much prefer it to the glass bodies of other brands. It is also really slim. It’s thinner than any phone I’ve ever used. For great in my pocket.

Now, there are some caveats. For me, the is camera not of critical importance. I’m not a professional photographer or even a prosumer Instagrammer. The camera on this phone is nice. The specs and sensor or the camera aren’t as good as top of the line phones, but for me and most average people, the difference doesnt justify the cost. Its hard to notice much difference from flagship cameras I’ve used, since I’m a casual camera user.

The processor isn’t as good as flagship phones, but unless you’re a huge gamer, you won’t know any difference. It’s fast. It is still an octa core processor. This thing is still a pocket super computer.


Overall, this phone is awesome. If you really think you need a top end camera and processor, but the z2 force. Motorola has won me over. Can’t say I was expecting that to happen but I’m pleasantly surprised.

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