Motorola Moto Z3 Play Review: The thrill is gone
Two years ago, Motorola's Moto Z Play was released for a certain reason: it provided an exceptional battery life, thanks to an efficient processor and large battery. It was also part of Motorola's first wave of Moto Mod-compatible phones, so if you wanted to extend battery life even longer, you can turn a battery back on and keep going for days – literally. Z Play was not a perfect phone of any stretch of imagination, but its lifetime and medium price more than made up for its blocked design, slower performance and such a camera. It was the kind of phone that I could not resist using despite its many mistakes.
But two years and two phone generations later, $ 499.99 (or $ 449.99 for Amazon-exclusive version) Moto Z3 Play has lost almost all of the charm of the original. The price is higher, battery life is far worse and it still has a medium sized processor and one such camera. Z3 Play has been gussied up with a larger screen in the modern 1
8: 9 color ratio, and it is still compatible with all the same mods that the first model could use. (Motorola even throws a battery pack in the box with Z3 Play for free.) It is significantly thinner and slimmer than the original model, but the fingerprint sensor is less convenient and the 3.5 mm headset connector has disappeared. 19659003] Most of all, the Z3 Play, like many of Motorola's incompatible phones outside the original Z Play, feels like it only exists to keep the Mod Platform running and provide a 2018 device that can use existing Moto Mods. The slimmer design means that the battery has a lower capacity, which forces you to use a Mod to extend the service life. The simple front speaker does not sound as good as modern devices with two stereo speakers, which forces you to use a Speaker Mod to increase output. This is a phone that exists for accessories.
- Elegant design and first-class build quality
- Large software add-on
- Works with Verizon, Sprint, AT & T and T-Mobile
Bad things  Thin design gives little space for battery or headphone jack
Fingerprint scanner is difficult to use
Battery life is below average and it adds a courage to making the phone big and unmanageable.
] Z3 Play is definitely more modern than the blocked the predecessor, and the higher screen fits right into the rest of the phones that are available now. The display – a 6-inch, 1080-pixel wide, OLED panel – is rich and vibrant with saturated colors and wide viewing angles.
But the elegant design of the device is almost wrong. Its sub-7mm thickness makes it one of the thinnest phones you can buy, but it does not provide enough space for a battery and apparently does not fit a headphone jack. It also makes the Z3 Play difficult to handle when it does not have a Mod connection. As many phones are available now, both front and back glass (Gorilla Glass 3 in this case) are significant fingerprint magnets. I like Play's dark metallic blue color, but tough cookies, if you do not, it's the only color that Motorola sells Z3 Play in.
To make room for the larger screen while maintaining it Same overall size and shape as previous Z phones (ensuring compatibility with the Moto Mod platform), Motorola had to move the fingerprint scanner from the front of the phone to the side. This is one of the most frustrating things with Z3 Play, since the smaller page-based fingerprint scanner is hard to use. It's especially difficult to use when holding the phone in your left hand (as I often do), which requires a troublesome grip to reach the scanner. Although we did not, Motorola was not integrated on the power button in the scanner, so the Z3 Play on / off button is on the opposite side of each other phone. It's a shame that Motorola was unable to use a fingerprint scanner underneath the screen, which seems like a perfect solution for saliva of design constraints. Motorola settled in with the modular platform.
Motorola has also upgraded the camera system to an i-mode dual-lens shooter, capable of fake-blurred portrait mode effects. The 12 megapixel camera is fine; It's fast and can take great pictures in the right lighting. But it's not going to blow anyone away with its quality, especially as it's a lot of fun in lower lighting. The same is true for 8 megapixels in front of the camera, which can take sharp restraints, provided you have enough lighting.
Z3 Play's 3000mAh battery is below average for this size of the phone. It may take a day if you are a light user, but if you use the phone a lot, it will not get the grade. To make up for this, Motorola includes a Moto Power Pack Mod in the box with the phone, which adds 2 200 mAh of battery capacity. But it also puts a lot of weight and weight on the phone, making it much heavier and bigger than most phones that only have bigger batteries built-in.
With the Power Pack Mod attached, the Z3 Play can last two or even even three days between costs. But I would rather only have better battery life without having to trick with a removable accessory – even if it's included in the box.
Motorola phones have long had great software experiences, and the Z3 Play continues. There are a host of useful features, such as movements to quickly start the camera or flashlight, or put the phone in No disturb mode when placing it face down. None of these features feel blown up either; The main user interface is basically Android 8.1 Oreo.
Most of the time, the Z3 Play is fast and responsive, but it fought with choppy scrolling and laggy performance in a variety of apps, such as Twitter and YouTube. That's not something I'd expect from a $ 500 phone in 2018, and it's certainly not a problem like similar price phones like OnePlus 6.
Z3 Play has a feather in the hat like OnePlus 6 and many other unlocked phones can not match: it's compatible with Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT & T out of the box. If you are a Verizon or Sprint customer looking for an unlocked phone in the sub- $ 500 series, Z3 Play is one of the few choices you have available.
Throughout my time, Z3 Play uses this review, I kept thinking about how much more convincing the original phone was two years ago, blocking design and everything. I even pulled my Z Play out of the drawer and upload it to see if it still had an appeal. It turns out that I would rather use the two-year phone over this latest incarnation.
The Moto Z3 Play feels like a baseball team that hit through the last couple of months of the game, knowing they have to complete the season, but also knowing they will not end it with a trophy in their hand. Motorola is committed to supporting the design of its 2016 Moto Mods for three generations of phones, and the Z3 Play is the third generation phone that renders its contract. But for the rest of us it's a trip better again skipped.
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