Time for Android? Moto Z2 Play

There are a great many websites on which to see detailed reviews for the devices I’m looking at. This is a quick review from my own personal take.

Compared to my list of requirements/hopes.

Age Android Charging Glance NFC Size
June 2017 8.0 USB C Quick Charge 3.0 No, But AMOLED Yes Large

Why did I get the Moto Z2 Play?

The Moto Z Play was a really nice device but a bit too big & heavy, had a finger print sensor that looked like a button in the spot where the home button should be, but it wasn’t a button. The Moto Z2 Play fixes these issues and it improves on the camera, whilst largely retaining everything else I liked about the Moto Z.

What do I like about it?

Everything I wrote here about the Moto Z Play still applies, however there are a few more things to add about the Moto Z2 Play.

I like the fingerprint sensor gesture navigation, which allows the full screen to be used for apps and games. It’s easy to use, swiping right or left on the fingerprint Sensor to go forward or back. It works quite well, most of the time.

The thinner body means it’s much more usable and pocketable with a wireless charging Moto Mod still attached.

What didn’t I like about the Moto Z2 Play:

It’s still on the big side, although much more manageable than the Moto Z play was, due to being thinner, and this is especially noticeable with the wireless charging Moto Mod on the back.

I still wish Moto Display had an always on option,  although it’s nice that I can use Glance Plus (pictured) or similar apps without fearing for battery life. When the navigation gestures don’t work, what I usually see is that I have locked my device, which can be frustrating. The camera is also not as good as many other 2017 phones, thought it’s not especially bad either.

For my particular Moto Z2 Play, I is using an odd software channel and so doesn’t get updates automatically. Instead I have backup my stuff, get a official ROM for a newer, more up-to-date build, flash it and then restore the phone from my backup. I’d rather not have to do that.

Will I keep it?
Maybe. It grows on me each time I pick it up and so that’s a good sign. It’s a really solid phone, with a nice AMOLED screen, wireless charging, USB  C, a headphone Jack, great battery life and much more. I could see myself doing so. For anyone else interested, I can heartily recommend it.

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