The Moto Z2 Play is a great phone, but it’s not a great sequel.
The quick take
Motorola went iterative for its Moto Z Play sequel, announcing it just nine months after the original. It’s not a complete overhaul, and in two major ways is a downgrade, but it’s also one of the most well-rounded and enjoyable-to-use Android phones on the market.
- Excellent performance
- Beautifully made and well-designed
- Good battery life
- Commendable camera quality
- Moto Mods support
- Higher price than its predecessor
- Choice of aging processor isn’t great
- Worse battery life than previous generation
Last year was tough for Motorola. It fundamentally altered the way it approached building, marketing and selling phones, upending its traditional flagship X lineup for something more exciting and far less traditional: a series of ultra-thin phones with add-on capabilities.
Moto Z. Moto Mods. A distinct and predictable design and screen size for at least two years to ensure compatibility. We’re now into the second year of the Moto Z line, beginning with the Moto Z2 Play, and despite a few deserving criticisms, I could not be happier with the device.
About this review
I, Daniel Bader, am writing this review after using the Moto Z2 Play for one week on both the AT&T network in the U.S. and the Rogers network in Canada. It was running Android 7.1.1 build NPS26.74-34 with the May 1, 2017 security update. It was not updated during the review period.
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