Moto Z2 Play review: Midnight in the garden of good and sequel

Moto Z2 Play review: Midnight in the garden of good and sequel

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.

The Good

  • Excellent performance
  • Beautifully made and well-designed
  • Good battery life
  • Commendable camera quality
  • Moto Mods support

The Bad

  • 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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