Moto Z2 Play 

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Motorola used to send regular phones to be reviewed and then they became part of Lenovo who have a different reviews team, so it’s been a while since one has crossed my desk and this only because it is one of a range promoted by Vodafone.

Motorola Moto Z2 Play Android Smart Phone
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The Motorola Moto Z2 Play measures 15.5x7.5x.6cm and weighs 168grams. It has a matt black back with a grippy pattern. It is an all metal body with the sides being gun metal grey the screen is shiny black but does not show finger marks that much. The viewable screen is 13x6.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial screen measurement of 5.5inches with over 400pixels per inch.

At the base of the front is the finger print sensor surely a better place for it than on the rear of the phone.

Going around the phone has small bar buttons on the right side the top two for volume up and down and the third slightly apart for on/off. The base has a USB ‘C’ socket for charging and also to accommodate an On the Go device as well as a 3.5mm socket for headphones. The left side is clear while the top has a pin hole microphone and the entry point for SIM and micro SD card. The back has a 2cm round slightly raised area which contains the camera and its LED flash.

Bootup is 22 seconds while shutdown (blank screen) is 2 seconds.

The front screen has a circular area near the top with digital clock and day/date below it, around this circular area is the battery state indicated by the amount of the circle in bright white. Further down is the Google bar, below this a row of five icons and below that the five icons Phone, Messages, Chrome, Photos and Camera. Swipe up and you get six rows of five Apps to fill the screen. Just at the top of the screen are a line of small icons for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a small digital clock. At the base of the screen are the normal Android ‘Back’, ‘Home’ and ‘Open Apps’ buttons.

This is a modular phone with ‘add ons’ for various tasks. I was not sent any of these so I suggest the Motorola site to tell you about them.

The screen is AMOLED which is probably why it always appears vibrant even in strong light.

It does not have the very latest Android 8 but the last Android 7 release Android 7.1.1.

One nice feature is that when the screen is blank you can pass your hand over the face – not touching – to see the clock and battery state for two seconds.

I found that the speaker gave a reasonable amount of sound – enough to hear but not enough to annoy – and that sound quality was also reasonable.

The memory available is either 32GB or 64GB and I am told it supports up to 256GB micro SD cards; my largest is 64GB which worked fine.

The processor is a Snapdragon 626 with either 3GB or 4GB or RAM.

The battery is 3000mAh which should do a day but I see that of the ‘Mod’s’ is a battery extender that fits on the back to give a total of 6000mAh.

The 12MP camera was not the high point – I have been spoiled recently by Huawei offerings – but images with and without flash were reasonable. The front offering is 5MP.

Perhaps the biggest selling point for this phone are the various specialised ‘Mod’s’ but as a standard mid-priced phone it will not let you down.

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is available on various contracts from Vodafone; see the link below for whole range of prices.

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