The device we’ll look into today is the Moto Z Play, one of the three different models available from Motorola (Moto Z; Moto Z Force). Another reason for this choice is because of its affordability compared to the other two versions of the smartphone. It may lack in a few specs here and there but also boasts in other categories. Truth is, at a price around $450 (or Tk35,000 unlocked), the Moto Z Play is definitely worth buying if you’re attracted by the given characteristics of the phone.
Different but same
The new Z Play looks exactly like the Z and Z Force. So what exactly differs from its siblings? Well, for one, the Z Play retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s right, the other models decided to take a page out of Apple’s new approach and keeps only a USB Type-C port at the bottom of the phone. The Z Play also has a 5.5-inch display like the others, but unfortunately has a 1920x1080 resolution, unlike the 2560x1440 screen on the other models.
With lesser 403ppi pixel density, this model also weighs heavier than the two. It comes in at 165g, two more units heavier than the Moto Z Force, while the Moto Z comes in at 136g. There’s a perfectly legitimate reason for this, as the Z Play boasts a very impressive 3,510 mAh, non-removable battery. Alongside the large battery, there’s the 16-megapixel rear camera, paired with the 5-megapixel front-facing camera that is standard on all three models. The Moto Z as 13-megapixel in its main camera, while the Force has the superior 21-megapixel camera. And it’s nice to know that all three can shoot 4K video. But it seems that the Play’s camera performed slightly better than the other two. Always keep in mind, more megapixels do not necessarily equate to better images.
The Z Play only comes in a 32GB model with 3GB RAM (4GB in the other two), and houses the 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Again, falling behind the Moto Z and Force’s 2.2GHz Snapdragon 820 chip. On the plus side, all three models can let you expand your storage up to 2TB.
Take a close look
Here’s the rough part. The Moto Z series is not the prettiest thing on earth, but it’s not ugly either. Keeping things as simple as possible, Motorola makes the Z look, well, mediocre. It almost looks like any other Android rectangular shaped with curved edges smartphone. And strangely enough, they decided to put the fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the phone, making it look like a ‘Home’ button. So what you see is not a physical button, as the real ‘Home’ button is on the screen just a tap or touch away. This could get a tad annoying, which is really a puzzling design decision by the brand. But it would be a lie if we said the rear design of the phone doesn’t look premium. Then again, it really depends on what colour combo you end up getting. The all-white back with gold accents will pretty much provide that premium finish.
Is it really worth it?
What we’ve mentioned isn’t out of the ordinary, and it may not even match up with other Android smartphones at the same price range in the market. However, the Z Play has two rows of magnetic bumps at the back that lets you attach and swap accessories called Moto Mods. These mods can be as simple as a decorative cover, snap-on speaker, a projector or even a point-and-shoot camera. There’s nothing difficult about these additions either, they are quite easy to put on and use.
True, it is a new phone, but may not be able to beat out phones like the OnePlus 3. If you aren’t a big fan of the fancy mods or don’t really care about the battery life (who are we kidding?), then you’re actually better off with the latter. But out of the three different Moto Z models, the Play provides the best value considering its price tag. And in all honesty, the average consumer won’t be able to tell the real difference between the upgraded tweaks on the other two models. In any case, you won’t be wasting your money on this, you’ll be investing in it.