Tested Moto Z2 Play

With all-round per­for­mance to match its clip-on clev­er­ness, has the mod­u­lar smart­phone come of age with Moto’s lat­est af­ford­able pow­er­house?

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A mod­din’ de­light for smart­phone tin­ker­ing

£379 / stuff.tv/mo­toz2­play Most mid-price phones are pretty in­ter­change­able – any­one can cram some de­cent hard­ware be­hind a spangy screen and slap a logo on it. If you’re af­ter some­thing prop­erly ex­cit­ing and unique, though? Look no fur­ther than the Moto Z2 Play.

Mo­torola’s mod­u­lar mo­biles made us sit up and take no­tice when they first showed up last year, even if they were beaten on value by the One­plus 3. This year the price is right, and the hard­ware might be even bet­ter.

The Z2 Play doesn’t look all that dif­fer­ent from last year’s Moto Z Play – well, if they’d tweaked the de­sign too much it wouldn’t fit the ex­ist­ing range of Moto Mods. But the fin­ger­print-happy glass back has been ditched for an all-metal de­sign, and it’s been slimmed down by a mil­lime­tre.

It does look a bit ‘naked’ with­out a Moto Mod at­tached, be­cause of that bulging cam­era mod­ule at the top and the ex­posed con­tact points near the bot­tom. Slap on the in­cluded wooden cover plate and things look a lot more tidy. 1 Trig­ger fin­ger The bezels around that 5.5in screen are a lit­tle chunky, but oth­er­wise this feels ev­ery bit the high-end phone. That’s partly down to the new fin­ger­print sen­sor. The ugly square of old is dead, re­placed with a much slicker – and quicker – round one. 2 Stick­ing around Moto’s take on mod­u­lar phones has out­lasted both Google’s Project Ara and the LG G5’s Friends. The 16 pins on the back let you pop dif­fer­ent Moto Mods on and off with­out hav­ing to shut the phone down first, and tough mag­nets hold them in place. 3 Play in the sun­shine The Z2 Play sticks to Full HD res­o­lu­tion, stretched over 5.5in – sharp enough to make your pho­tos and videos look great. It’s an AMOLED panel, which means im­pec­ca­ble con­trast as well as su­perb view­ing an­gles, and it’s plenty bright.

Lens in high places It’s im­pos­si­ble to miss, see­ing how far it sticks out with­out a Mod at­tached, so it’s a good job the cam­era is up to snuff. Es­sen­tially the same 12MP f/1.7 setup seen in the Moto G5 Plus, with the same dual-pixel aut­o­fo­cus, it of­fers sim­i­larly solid im­age qual­ity. 5 This dragon’s not drag­gin’ The Snap­dragon 626 CPU can run An­droid 7.1 smoothly, and 4GB of RAM is enough to keep a hand­ful of apps sim­mer­ing while you mul­ti­task with­out hav­ing to reload them. There’s a healthy 64GB of stor­age for your apps and games, plus a mi­crosd slot.

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