Review: Motorola Moto Z2 Play for Verizon Wireless
Motorola did a bang-up job with this phone. Almost every aspect of the hardware and software impresses and performs above the Z2 Play's affordable price point.
Motorola gave the Z2 Play a strong metal chassis that's fully compatible with its roster of Moto Mods accessories. The phone's thin profile and bright screen are attractive, the signal and voice performance are ideal, and the battery life is above average. I did see some weirdness with the Bluetooth and NFC, but these are hardly deal-breakers.
Android 7.1 Nougat is a great platform and additions such as the Moto App — with the active display, gesture tools, and Moto Voice — improve usability across the board. I seriously question Verizon's use of the AppFlash software, though it can be disabled (if not uninstalled.) The camera app is a little basic, but the excellent images more than make up for it.
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Verizon is selling the Motorola Moto Z2 Play for $408 and that's a bargain. This phone punches way above its mid-range status. It's a better buy than the OnePlus 5, and an excellent phone for all but the most finicky flagship seekers. Go buy this phone now.
Motorola's new Z2 Play smartphone is a fine piece of hardware and I strongly recommend it. While you're at the Verizon store, you should consider picking up some Moto Mods to go with the Z2 Play.
If you live for mobile gaming, the Motorola Moto Gamepad may be the accessory you need to take your gameplay to the next level. It includes a full roster of buttons, joysticks, and toggles in order to take full control of the mobile gaming experience.
Apr 11, 2018
Motorola recently added the Moto Stereo Speaker to its lineup of magnetic mods for the Moto Z series, such as the Z2 Force and Z2 Play. The Moto Stereo Speaker, available from Motorola's web site for $60, features two 28mm drivers, a fold-out kickstand, and support for speakerphone calls.
Feb 1, 2018
People who own one of Motorola's Mod-friendly smartphones can snap up one of five new Style Shells to adorn the back. Where the original shells were generally made from nylon, these new shells are made from Gorilla Glass.
Nov 22, 2017
Motorola is running a sale this week on a number of its products. Through Monday, November 27 the Moto Z is reduced from $499 to $399, the Moto Z2 Play is reduced from $499 to $399, the Moto X4 is reduced from $399 to $339, and the Moto E4 is reduced from $199 to $169.