Roughly about 1 month ago, Motorola announced the Z2 Play in Malaysia, adding a new member to the Moto Z Family. This new device is thinner and lighter with bumped up specs for faster performance. Before we continue, here are the specs:

Dimensions: Height: 156.2 mm | Width: 76.2 mm | Depth: 5.99 mm | Weight: 145 g
Processor: Snapdragon 626 processor with up to 2.2GHz octa-core CPU with Adreno 506 GPU
Display: 5.5″ FHD Super AMOLED display 1080p / 401 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass
Storage: 64GB with microSD card support (up to 2TB) | 4GB RAM
Camera: [REAR] 12MP dual autofocus pixel camera f/ 1.7, laser autofocus, phase detection autofocus (PDAF) [FRONT] 5MP wide view lens, f/ 2.2 aperture, and dual LED flash
Battery: 3000mAh

Now that we are done with the specs, let’s get on with the 5 things you need to know (which happens to be the things I like) about the Moto Z2 Play!

5. OUTLOOK & DESIGN

The design may not be outstanding but the moment I held it in my hands, I was surprised to feel how solid the phone was. With the thin body (5.99mm), it felt really good in the hands.
The full-metal unibody design gives it a very premium feeling. The Fine Gold finishing contributes to the premium feeling as well.

The camera bump on the back may look thick to some, but I actually like it as it has now become the signature of Moto smartphones. Oh by the way, the headphone jack is still there, in case you are wondering. 🙂

4. HOME BUTTON

The home button on Moto Z series has always been a feature that I like. It doesn’t just do one thing. It does MANY things.
First of all, it’s a fingerprint reader that works lightning fast. A light tap with your finger instantly unlocks the phone. Love how these technologies had advanced nowadays.
Apart from that, it also acts as a navigation panel throughout the phone as well! Swipe left to go back, swipe right to access recent apps, tap and hold to lock the phone, tap and hold longer to bring up the Google Assistant.

To be honest, it’s the first feature that I always demonstrate to friends whenever there is a chance.

3. GESTURES

When I first heard them announce this feature I was like ‘meh… gimmick’. But after using the phone for a while, I think the gesture controls are really handy!
Just flick the phone twice to turn on the camera. Flick again to switch from back to front and vice versa. It’s definitely a faster way to have a quick capture than to fiddle around the screen to locate the camera icon.

Torch light can also be turn on by doing a ‘chop-chop’ gesture with the phone. Very intuitive and it works every time.

Of course, there are many other gestures that are read and available to be activated in the settings. You will have to explore it by yourselves if you have the chance to play with the Z2 Play (pun intended).

2. MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE

The 5.5″ 1080p display looks very sharp and vibrant. I like how it’s not over saturated or too bright that is uncomfortable to the eyes. With this display coupled with the front facing speaker (which is also the phone’s earpiece), watching videos feel very comfortable. Although it only has 1 loud speaker, it is loud enough as the audio is forward facing.

1. CAMERA

The MOTO Z2 PLAY has a 12MP camera on the back with dual autofocus pixel camera f/1.7 aperture. In layman terms, it is able to capture good images even under low light. Based on my attempts to take photos at night, photos turned out OK with minimal noise.
In daytime, photos look amazing and colours are very natural.

The phone also takes 4K videos but only the 1080p videos get the anti-shake treatment. So it really depends if you need that high resolution or a stabilised output.

The front camera comes along with a dual-tone flash. Which is perfect for taking selfies in the club or just on the streets at night with your friends.

CONCLUSION

Before I end the article, I have 1 thing to complain. It’s the lack of water resistance like many other phones out there in the market. Although they claim to have an ‘invisible’ coating that protects the phone from water splashes, it’s still not the real deal here.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed using the Z2 Play during my review period and I think it’s definitely a phone worth checking out for the price of RM1999. If you have some extra bucks to spend, the Z2 also supports MOTO MODS which are attachments to the back of the phone that gives it extra functionalities. You can check out my previous article about MOTO MODS here.

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