- Clean finishes.
- Quality screen.
- Balanced performance.
- Soundtrack well mastered.
- Very solid autonomy.
- A camera lens that stands out a lot and highlights the problems of running to finesse.
- Lack of optimization of the front face.
- Photo processing too aggressive.
- Autonomy below last year’s model.
BOTTOM LINE :
The Z2 Play could not escape the comparison with the excellent Z Play of last year. And side by side, this new version does not have much to show. The design does not evolve, except for this small millimeter of thickness expensive paid, since it mainly results in a battery of less capacity. Autonomy, although always excellent, suffers directly. Of course, the Z2 Play is still a success, but its lack of indisputable strengths ultimately makes it less attractive than its predecessor.
Since the takeover of Motorola by Lenovo, the historic American telephony brand has seen many adventures. First kept as is and then “simplified” under the moto banner, the phones hit the historical “M” have experienced a small identity crisis until Lenovo finally decides to give back to the Motorola brand all its splendor. The first product announced under this “new” brand is therefore the Moto Z2 Play.
The Z2 Play features a 5.5-inch Full HD Amoled display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 mobile platform, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD). On the back is a 16-megapixel camera, while another 5-megapixel camera is on the front. There is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an FM radio chip, 4G (Band 3 [1800 MHz], 7 [2600 MHz], 20 [800 MHz] and 28 [700 MHz]), and a Type-C USB port on the lower slot. It is therefore a battery of 3 000 mAh which supplies the whole, while Android in its version 7.1.1 is in command.
ERGONOMICS AND DESIGN
Lovers of thin and light phones will find their happiness with this Z2 Play, since the mobile is somewhat similar to the standards of 2017. It is regrettable that the system still highlight the outgrowth of the camera. Admittedly, adding a “modular” shell will solve the problem, but this solution looks a bit like a dressing on a wooden leg.
Motorola remains a bit blocked on the standards of last year regarding the ratio of occupancy of the screen on the front. Where the best scores are around 80%, the Z Play remains blocked at 70%. A lack of optimization that is noticeable especially at the bottom and at the top of the screen, where the manufacturer nevertheless stalled many sensors, loudspeaker, camera …
On the construction itself, however, there is not much to complain about, the phone is well finished and the metal always gives an impression of seriousness. The design is quite sober and the only real problem is the placement of the on / off button, too close to the volume buttons and which can sometimes be confused with the latter.
In use, the tactile delay of 135 ms is not noticeable and will not spoil the experiment. The remanence is for its part quasi zero, Amoled obliges.
By privileging a mid-range chip, one would have thought that the heater of the mobile would be very contained. Unfortunately, the Z2 Play sometimes tends to have hot shots, especially when you shoot a picture and video. The heating is particularly concentrated on the front face, which hinders little for grip, but we have known phones with better hold.
The only loudspeaker, which also serves as audio output for calls, reproduces a sound as often concentrated only on the high mediums, but at least it does not saturate at full volume.
On pictures taken in good light conditions, the contrast is quite pronounced, but the level of detail takes a little bit. The treatment of the image a little more aggressive also makes lose a bit of dive, and the colors are a bit too saturated. This is pleasing to the eye, but far enough away from a natural rendering. The mobile also accentuates a little more the outlines for an effect seductive, but again quite false.
In low light, the observation is the same, the Z2 Play applies a greater smoothing layer to eliminate digital noise, which he manages to do, alas to the detriment of the accuracy of the image. Interesting detail: there or in full brightness the Z2 Play accentuates a little too the colors, when the light misses the phone attenuates these same colors and thus produces a rendering almost too dull.
In short, the Z2 is equipped with a rather good sensor, but like too many other phones this year, the treatment that accompanies it is a little too present to try to create a scene more pleasant to the eye, but little natural. On the other hand, let’s welcome the speed of snapshot capture. Finally, a word on the sensor front that is afflicted with the same small worries of smoothing to excess, but again the result will be rather flattering with a slightly forced emphasis.
Finally, thanks to the fast charge, it will take less than two hours to recharge the mobile in full.
Interface & OS
The only additions to the system are in the Moto app, where you can activate or deactivate the movements to launch the camera, flashlight, one-handed mode … Also note that if the software buttons are present by default, it is possible to make them disappear to use the fingerprint reader as single navigation button. The return action is in this case of a sliding to the left and the invocation of the menu of the recent apps of a sliding to the right.