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Motorola Moto Z Play

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 reviews of Motorola Moto Z Play. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the screen and camera. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably.

battery, performance, usability, camera, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Moto Z Play is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Andreas Kilian (

Lenovo Moto Z Play Smartphone Review


The superior Z? As the cheaper sibling of the Moto Z flagship smartphone, the Moto Z Play can also be expanded via Moto Mods. As well as a larger battery, it is also equipped with a higher resolution primary camera at a much lower price. Our test...

solid, high-quality build casing, expandable via Moto Mods, no bloatware preloaded, fast USB Type-C port, micro-SD card can be used as internal storage, good phone features, accurate touchscreen, high-contrast AMOLED panel, reliable fingerprint...

primary camera's unreliable autofocus, no Miracast support, screen with PWM flickering, headset not included, non-removable battery

As with the Moto Z, one of the main features of the Moto Z Play is its expandability via Moto Mods. According to Lenovo, these modules will be supported for at least three device generations. However, buyers have to dig deeper into their pockets first....

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Moto Z Play review: Buy it for the battery life


The Moto Z Play isn't exactly a steal at $449, but its combination of great build quality, decent performance and excellent battery life make it one of the most exciting mid-range smartphones of the year. It's still a long way from perfection, though...

Fantastic battery life ; Sturdy build quality ; It has a headphone jack! ; Big screen

Not great for gaming ; Rivals have better cameras ; Pricier than competitors

It can be hard to get worked up about devices that don't aspire to be the greatest thing you'll ever slide into a pocket, but even so: The Moto Z Play won me over. Its occasional lack of horsepower can be frustrating (especially if you're into gaming),...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Welch (

Moto Z Play review: the best battery life of any smartphone today


The Moto Z Play from Lenovo has the best battery life of any smartphone I've ever used. It's so good and so superior to the competition that this — the third member of the Moto Z family — just...

Amazing battery life ; Nice display ; Fast everyday performance

Weak camera ; Design can feel unwieldy ; Good luck with software updates

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Lynn La (

Motorola Moto Z Play review


Motorola's Moto Z is a premium phone that made waves with its magnetic snap-on accessories. Unlike the LG G5 , which also had swappable components, Motorola's take on modularity made a lot more sense and was easier to use.

The affordable Moto Z Play works with swappable modular accessories, retains its headphone jack (unlike the more upmarket Moto Z and Z Force) and has a battery that goes on and on.

The Z Play is the thickest and heaviest phone in the Moto Z series and its fingerprint sensor, annoyingly, can be mistaken for a home button.

Even if you don't give two licks about its cool modular capabilities, get the Motorola Moto Z for an affordable phone with an impressively enduring battery life.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Pierre Vitré (

Moto Z Play review: Lenovo leads the charge


Unveiled at IFA 2016, the Moto Z Play is the latest modular smartphone from the people at Lenovo. Compatible with Moto Mods, it's the third device to join the Moto family after the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. It's a more economical Moto device, so the...

Excellent battery ; Quality screen ; Mini-jack

Too heavy ; Disappointing camera ; Moto Mods too expensive

The Moto Z Play is the most affordable modular smartphone on the market. If this concept interests you, then it could be a cheaper option than the LG G5. However, I remain skeptical of this first generation of mods. Although the Lenovo system is...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Tennant (

Motorola Moto Z Play Review


The Moto Z Play isn't the best smartphone you can buy, but its battery is outstanding, and its camera is surprisingly solid. Whether you're into the idea of Moto Mods or simply want a phone with a particularly long-lasting battery, it could serve you...

The Moto Z Play’s spectacular battery sets a new high bar for smartphone longevity.

Its Snapdragon 625 processor is a substandard chip in today’s market, even at a mid-tier price point.

If you’re willing to part with the raw power of higher-end processors, Motorola’s Moto Z Play will reward you with fun modularity and the most forgiving battery life we’ve seen in this generation of phones.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by: Rose Behar (

Moto Z Play review: More than enough battery to power the modular future


The idea of modularity, pioneered by Google's scrapped Project Ara , is a noble one. Consumers buy the smartphone they need, and choose modular additions to achieve the smartphone they want.

Outstanding battery life ; User-friendly, intelligent design ; Zippy, reliable performance

Slightly above normal price range for specs ; Average, not excellent, camera quality ; Not as powerful as other devices in its range

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Jason Million (

Moto Z Play: Mid-Ranger with Massive Battery Life [Review]


After getting spending a great deal of time and adjusting to the Moto Z & Moto Z Force smartphones that came out around the middle of the summer, Motorola has decided to announce its newest smartphone to the Z family with the Moto Z Play. They have...

At a price point of around $400 I expected this phone experience to be slightly different. But Motorola definitely knows how to make a mid-range smartphone without skimming or compromising too much integrity of the product itself. It takes decent...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Chance Kinney (

Moto Z Play and Hassleblad True Zoom Moto Mod Review


Like last year with the Moto X, Lenovo has pushed out a midrange Play version of their new flagship smartphone. The Moto Z Play has the same design as the great Moto Z and Moto Z Force — including compatibility with the new Moto Mods — but is cheaper...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: By Jason Cross (

Moto Z Play review: Long-lasting, affordable, and modular too


It may not be as fast as the other Moto Z phones, but the return of the headphone jack and super battery life make up for it.

priced well ; fantastic battery life ; smooth performance

Verizon exclusive version loaded with bloatware ; Camera software interface could use some work

It won't win any speed contests, but nice design, epic battery life, and an affordable price make this phone a winner.

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera aperture number:2.2
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Rear camera aperture number:2.2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera


Pixel density:294 / 403
Screen shape:Flat


E-mail: Yes


GPS: Yes
Position location: Yes


2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM
3G standards:CDMA, HSPA+, UMTS / HSPA+, UMTS
4G: Yes
4G standard:LTE
4G standards:LTE
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM

Ports & interfaces

USB port: Yes


Internal RAM type:LPDDR3