Twice the fun

The Moto Z2 Play is a sim­ple yet in­ter­est­ing An­droid smart­phone.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - By LEE KAH LENG bytz@thes­tar.com.my

MO­TOROLA launched one of the most in­ter­est­ing smart­phones last year – the Moto Z Play – which fea­tured Moto Mod ac­ces­sories rang­ing from pro­jec­tors to op­ti­cal zoom lens.

This year the com­pany has launched a new model, the Moto Z2 Play, which can take ad­van­tage of the same mod­u­lar ac­ces­sories.

Mo­torola has also made the smart­phone slightly thin­ner which makes it a lit­tle nicer to hold and the back is now metal in­stead of glass so it’s less slip­pery.

Screen test

The Moto Z2 Play has a 5.5in Su­per Amoled dis­play and the com­pany has cho­sen to stick to full HD res­o­lu­tion – it’s ac­tu­ally a good thing as it helps pro­long bat­tery life and keep the price tag low.

Some smart­phone users might dis­like the punchy colours and higher-than-nor­mal-con­trast of Amoled dis­plays but it’s hard to deny that it’s es­pe­cially nice for watch­ing movies and play­ing games.

The smart­phone is pow­ered by a mid-range Snap­dragon 626 octa-core pro­ces­sor but has 4GB RAM which is good enough for han­dling re­source-hun­gry apps and mul­ti­task­ing.

The phone had no prob­lems run­ning games such as Ban­ner Saga, Lay­ton’s Mys­tery Jour­ney and Poke­mon Go, and it didn’t over­heat in the process. It has 64GB of in­ter­nal stor­age which is more than enough mem­ory for in­stalling apps and stor­ing photos and videos.

We also like the front fin­ger­print sen­sor which is not only fast and ac­cu­rate but sup­ports “ges­tures”. You can, for in­stance, swipe left to right to ac­cess re­cently opened apps or right to left to go back to the pre­vi­ous screen.

Up­grade it

As men­tioned ear­lier, the Moto Z2 Play sup­ports Moto Mods which are op­tional mod­u­lar add-ons that clip on to the back of the phone.

There are a num­ber of mods, in­clud­ing a JBL speaker, mini pro­jec­tor, bat­tery pack and zoom lens by Has­sel­blad.

This means you will have to spend more money but Mo­torola has said that the Moto Mods will be sup­ported by fu­ture mod­els so it’s worth­while if you plan to stick with the brand.

The Moto Z2 Play sports a 12-megapixel cam­era with a large f/1.7 aper­ture that al­lows it to shoot bet­ter in low-light con­di­tions.

Some­times the photos turned up a lit­tle over­ex­posed or un­der­ex­posed but it’s not too bad and can be eas­ily fixed with an app.

Sadly it lacks OIS (op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion) so you will need steady hands with this smart­phone.

The Moto Z2 Play comes with a 3,000mAh bat­tery which is slightly smaller than its pre­de­ces­sor’s but Mo­torola has kept the op­er­at­ing sys­tem bare – it has not tweaked the OS or in­stalled any apps that could im­pact bat­tery life.

So even with the smaller bat­tery it had no is­sues last­ing an en­tire day.

Con­clu­sion

What’s at­trac­tive about the Moto Z2 Play is that Mo­torola has kept ev­ery­thing min­i­mal, from the de­sign to the op­er­at­ing sys­tem, while of­fer­ing enough fea­tures.

Also, it goes for RM1,999 which is not too bad for a mid-range smart­phone.

Over­all, the Moto Z2 Play is a fun de­vice to get, es­pe­cially if you are will­ing to pay for the Moto Mods which al­low you to ex­pand the fea­tures of the phone.

— Mo­torola

En­hance the Moto Z2 Play with Moto Mods such as the (l - r) pro­jec­tor, zoom lens, speaker and bat­tery pack.

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