Moto Z Play - 32GB - Black
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- Transforms with Moto Mods using interchangeable back covers
- Up to 50 hour battery* and TurboPower for up to 9 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging†
- Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow with 32GB storage and micro SD card support
- 16 MP laser autofocus back camera and 5 MP front camera
- Brilliant 5.5in 1080P super AMOLED display
- Unlocked and compatible with GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T.
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From the manufacturer
Transforms with Moto Mods.
With Moto Mods, do things you never thought were possible with a phone. Through interchangeable backs that snap onto your phone with powerful integrated magnets, make your imagination reality. Whatever your passion, there’s a Moto Mod for you.
Moto’s longest lasting smartphone battery ever.
There is nothing worse than scrambling to find an outlet to charge your phone after only a few hours of use. Thankfully, Moto Z Play gives you up to 50 hours of battery life*, so you can go further and play on—all with just a single charge.
* All battery life claims are approximate and based on a mixed use profile (which includes both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions. 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.
Any light. Camera. Action.
With a 16 MP camera and two auto-focus technologies built in, Moto Z Play gives you crystal clear images, faster. Laser autofocus and phase detection autofocus (PDAF) work fast, so you never miss the shot—day or night.
See the bigger picture.
Moto Z Play packs a beautiful 5.5" 1080p HD Super AMOLED display into a thin metal frame. Photos, videos, and games appear bright and beautiful, with vivid colors and intricate details complimented perfectly by a sleek, elegant design.
Touch. And go.
Remembering your password can be hard. Remembering your fingerprints, well, Moto Z Play makes that easy. Instantly and securely unlock your phone to access the home screen, log-in to your banking applications or make mobile payments. All it takes is a simple touch using the fingerprint reader.
More control means more freedom.
From voice control to quick motions, enjoy a phone that is so remarkably intuitive and incredibly easy to use, it feels like an extension of you.
|Operating System||Android 6.0.1, Marshmallow|
|Display||5.5” Super AMOLED; 1080p HD (1080 x 1920); 403 ppi|
|Product Dimensions/Weight||156.4 x 76.4 x 6.99mm/165g|
|Battery||Mixed usage up to 50 hours* (3510 mAh) TurboPower for up to 9 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging† * All battery life claims are approximate and based on a mixed use profile (which includes both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions. 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. † Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses. Charger sold separately in some markets.|
|Processor||Motorola Mobile Computing System, including Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor - 2 GHz Octa-Core CPU and Adreno 506 GPU, 650 MHz; Natural Language Processor; Contextual Computing Processor|
|Memory (RAM):/Storage (RAM)||3GB LPDDR3 / 32 GB§ with microSD Card support (up to 2 TB)** § Available user storage is less due to preloaded software, and is subject to change due to software updates. ** MicroSD cards sold separately. Content with DRM restrictions may not be able to be moved to the card. 200GB is the maximum capacity currently available.|
|Camera: Rear||16 MP Laser auto-focus Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) ƒ / 2.0 aperture 1.3um pixel size Zero Shutter Lag Color balancing dual LED flash Professional Mode Quick Capture Best Shot Tap (anywhere) to capture 4X digital zoom Burst mode Auto HDR Panorama Drag to focus & exposure Video Stabilization 720p (120fps), 1080p (30fps), 4K (30fps) Slow Motion video|
|Camera: Front||5 MP ƒ / 2.2 aperture Wide-Angle 85° lens Flash Auto Night mode Beautification software Professional mode|
|Connectivity||Moto Mods connector USB-C port 3.5mm port|
|Sensors||Fingerprint Sensor Accelerometer Ambient Light Gyroscope Hall Effect Magnetometer|
Moto Z Play and Moto mods transform your mobile experience in a snap. Plus you can play for days on a single charge with moto’s longest lasting battery ever* all in a thin, elegant design. *All battery life Claims are approximate and based on a mixed use profile (which includes both usage and standby time) under optimal network conditions. 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. Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps.
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Build Quality: The Moto Z Play is amazingly well built for the price. A glass and aluminum sandwich, with 2.5D curved glass on the front. After using that glass on the galaxy, it is hard to go back to not having that gently curve of glass when swiping into the side of the screen. Also, kudos to Lenovo for making the antenna lines centered on the top and bottom of the phone. No ugly plastic stripes here.
Display: OK, so the Galaxy S7 was always going to win this one. Samsung makes the best screens, but the 1080p OLED screen on the Moto Z Play is a very good display. I do not feel like I am loosing anything by using it.
Camera: The Galaxy S7 has a fantastic camera, so I was expecting the downgrade from it. The Moto Z Play takes good pictures in good light, but the HDR is VERY slow. Taking up to two seconds to process one HDR photo. It takes acceptable pictures though, just not world changingly fast like Galaxy S7
Software and performance: Damn is the Moto Z Play fast. Like I cannot tell this is a midrange phone, no lag, make me question what a flagship is good for, fast. The software is buttery smooth, have not had any lag at all. Also plays any game I have tried, including Ripetide GP: Renegade, possibly the most graphic intensive game to date on android.
Fingerprint Sensor: Surprised at how fast the Moto Z Play fingerprint sensor is. You barely have to touch it, and the screen is on and unlocked. Much faster that the button fingerprint combo you have to use on the Galaxy S7
Moto mods: Didn't buy any because I did not know if I was going to be keeping the phone, but now that I am going to keep it, the JBL speaker looks very interesting.
Battery Life: Wow, what an amazing battery. Only had to charge the phone 4 times in a week. I get 2 days easily without having to worry about charging the phone. Last time I checked I got 6 hours of screen on time and was constantly streaming spotify and podcasts without having to charge the phone for two whole days. The fast charger that is included does a fantastic job too. Giving me about 15 to 20 percent battery in 15 minutes.
Anyway, hope someone takes a look at how great of a job Lenovo has done with the Moto Z Play.
I'm an Android developer and have access to a ton of phones. I'm coming from a nexus 5x which well had a few terrible bugs (muting conference calls wtf) and terrible battery life. This z play is a revelation. It's blazingly fast compared to the 5x. It feels faster even though 8 x a53 cores shouldn't be faster. I have a s7 for work and it feels no slower. The build is great and feels at least as nice as day a Samsung s6/s7. Our Google pixel phones came today as well and honestly this feels as fast and build wise more expensive. The battery life is amazing too. Maybe losing 5% after surfing the web for an hour is pretty special.
The price is a bit more than Motorola's last gen. I had a 2015 moto x ..... And this is just a better phone than that. Faster, and nicer materials and amoled. What a difference a year makes.
I use my smartphones heavily. Before this year, I was a web developer. Now, I'm in law school and out of the house upwards of 14 hours a day. I use public transportation, so my ability to charge things on the go is very limited. Additionally, I hate not having charge on my phone, because I'm always wary of running into strange dangerous people on the train at 10pm and needing to call the police. Hasn't happened yet, but you never know.
So my Nexus went almost entirely dead after 4-5 hours of continuous use, and that was only if I turned off GPS and all streaming. It was a continual burden on my daily life to plan my day around how long my phone would last, and if I could get to a plug and recharge.
The new phone was technically an impulse buy. My old Nexus still functioned. One day, I was just so irrationally mad when I heard my phone going dead thirty minutes from my train stop that it basically ruined my entire day. Like I said, not rational, but it was the straw that broke the camel's back. I was just simply 100% done with futzing around with a phone that served little purpose other than annoying me.
Motivated entirely by frustration with my battery life, I bought the phone I could find with the largest battery that cost under $500. Why $500? Because I can't justify spending more on a phone than I'd spend on a laptop. So the Samsungs and the Google Pixel was out. Also, I hate large screen phones anyway.
I usually research the features, if the phone can be used internationally, how powerful the processors are, and all sorts of techy stuff like that. I was so frustrated by the lack of battery life on my old phone that I realized that I really don't need a huge processor to play Tetris while listening to Pandora on the train, so long as I can listen to Pandora, play Tetris, and still have a phone with charge at 9pm.
Long and short of it, I have no idea what the tech specs on this phone are. Honestly, I don't care. It works, and that's all I need. This is highly unusual for me, because I build PCs for fun and worked in tech for the better part of a decade. Anyway, here's the specs you should care about when it comes to this phone:
<ul><li>I charge this once: at night, by my bed. I use my phone all day, and it lasts all day. I've yet to run the battery below 30%.</li>
<li>It has fingerprint locking. This was a feature that I found fairly useless until I actually had it. The lock also doubles as a quick way to shut the screen off. Some reviews mention that they find it annoying and mistake it for a home button. I haven't had that problem.</li>
<li>If set correctly, the screen will turn itself on and display the time if you wave your hand near it. Again, a feature I didn't think I would care about until it proved to be extremely useful when I just need the time, and nothing else.</li>
<li>The screen is 5.5". This is, by far, the biggest phone I've ever had. With that size (and the size of the battery), it makes this a pretty heavy and thick phone. If you care about the weight of your phone, you probably shouldn't get this phone. Although I can't imagine who cares about the size of their phones anymore.</li>
<li>Motorola has surprisingly little bloatware. I haven't had a phone manufactured by Motorola since the '90s, so this was news to me. I hate bloatware, so I really appreciated this.</li>
<li>The Moto Z line (this is the cheapest of that line) have the ability to install mods. I don't care about that because I have a Bluetooth speaker and an actual camera and have no need to turn my phone into one. However, it lets you install custom backplates and this one extremely useful mod: an expanded battery.</li>
<li>However, the battery life on this phone is so long that I haven't actually purchased the battery expansion. I fully expected that I would have to, but it's never been an issue.</li>
<li>In fact, I've never purchased an additional charging cord other than the one that came with the phone. I hated that I would have to throw out all my Micro-USB cords and get the new USB-C ones, but that hasn't happened. I have exactly one cord: by my bed, and that's the only time I charge the phone. It hasn't gone dead yet.</li>
<li>I love USB-C and turbo-charging. Jamming the cord into the phone upside down and not realizing it until I flipped it three times was something I just a nuisance I accepted about life. This is no longer a part of my life. It is surprisingly glorious.</li>
<li>I know have I seven bullets about the battery life, but seriously, everyone, the battery life on this is insane.</li>
<li>Whatever is under the hood is powerful enough that I haven't noticed any glitches or hiccups that you'd see in lower-end phones that can't cope with new apps.</li>
<li>If you hate messing with Bluetooth, GPS, and wifi settings to turn them off because it drains your battery, this phone has such great battery that it doesn't matter. I leave them on 24/7 to connect with my car and every and all passing wi-fi network, and I still have plenty of battery at the end of the day.</li>
<li>The screen is bright and looks good. It comes with that auto-brightening feature that turns the contrast up to 11 if you like that sort of thing. Honestly, I hate it, so I turned it off immediately.</li>
<li>There's no strange lips or corners on the phone that are prone to snagging or look like they'd shatter if you dropped it. I'm not in the habit of abusing my phones, but I do appreciate the sturdiness.</li>
<li>The overall aesthetics of the phone are pretty solid. I've gotten compliments from people I know have $900 iPhones. I personally don't care about what my smartphone looks like, so long as it works, but it's a classy looking phone, if that's your thing.</li></ul>
I seriously didn't realize how annoyed I was on a daily basis by the lack of battery longevity on my smartphone. I didn't properly conceptualize how many years I had been coping with smartphones with terrible battery life. I just accepted that going through chargers like socks and monopolizing plugs at the airport and every Starbucks was a part of life. I don't do that anymore. I don't even think about it.
Really, this phone has really improved the quality of my life. I'm ashamed that we, as a nation of consumers, have accepted shoddy batteries in cell phones for so long.
Overall this phone is a great buy