The Bottom LineThe Motorola Moto Z3 Play keeps the dream of Moto Mods alive, but doesn't deliver any stunning new features, PCMag editors select and review products independently" /> The Bottom LineThe Motorola Moto Z3 Play keeps the dream of Moto Mods alive, but doesn't deliver any stunning new features, PCMag editors select and review products independently" />

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The Bottom Line

The Motorola Moto Z3 Play keeps the dream of Moto Mods alive sầu, but doesn't deliver any stunning new features.

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Moto lớn Mods live sầu on. The Molớn Z3 Play continues Motorola"s three-year run of modular add-ons, providing a new phone to go with your extra battery, speaker, or Polaroid printer Mods. But at $499.99 (or $449.99 on Amazon), the Z3 Play is priced on the high kết thúc of the midrange spectrum, putting it in competition with more powerful phones like the OnePlus 6. It"s a solid choice if you already own or want to lớn get started with Moto Mods, but it doesn"t really offer anything new or compelling on its own.

Design, Display, và Features

The Z3 Play has all the sleek looks và premium qualities of a flagship phone. It"s quite attractive sầu, with a shimmering deep indigo glass baông chồng, & super-thin at 0.27 inches. However, despite an 18:9 aspect ratio, it"s limited in form factor by Motorola"s commitment khổng lồ sticking to lớn the same overall toàn thân shape as previous generations of the Z series in order lớn retain compatibility with the various Mods.

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That means dimensions haven"t changed much from previous models. The Z3 Play measures 6.2 by 3.0 inches (HW) and weighs in at 5.5 ounces. That"s identical to the Z2 Play, and similar lớn the OnePlus 6 (6.1 by 3.0 by 0.3 inches, 6.2 ounces). The relative thinness of the Z3 Play is a big plus, because with exception to lớn the Style Shells, every Moto Mod you use adds considerably to its thickness.

There are some minor design tweaks from previous models lớn accommodate the 18:9 aspect ratio. Because of the minimized top & bottom bezel, the fingerprint sensor has been moved to lớn the right side, under the clicky volume buttons. The left side of the phone has a ridged power button, while the bottom has a USB-C charging port. The top has a SIM/microSD card slot that worked fine with a 256GB card, though it"s certified khổng lồ take cards up khổng lồ 2TB.

There"s no 3.5milimet tai nghe jaông chồng, but the phone does ship with a USB-C dongle for wired audio. The shimmery glass baông xã has a protruding dual-sensor camera thiết đặt (up from the single sensor before) and the magnetic connector pins on the bottom enable Mokhổng lồ Mods functionality. The phone is splash resistant, but not waterproof.

The front is an 18:9, 6-inch, 2,160-by-1,080 AMOLED screen with very rich colors & dense, inky blacks. It"s easy on the eyes with a crisp 402 pixels per inch. That"s no match for the Quad HD Samsung Galaxy S9 (570ppi), but it"s on par with the OnePlus 6 (402ppi). Viewing angles are excellent, and the screen gets very bright, allowing it lớn remain visible under direct sunlight. In Display Settings, you"re able to lớn tweak screen color temperature & control saturation to suit your preferences.

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As always through the preinstalled Motorola app, you can enable you can enable Moto lớn Actions that include gestures lượt thích twisting the phone to lớn launch the camera app, chopping it twice khổng lồ trigger the flashlight, & swiping down to lớn shrink the screen for one-handed use. The screen can also be enabled to display notifications the moment you piông xã it up, along with the time, date, battery percentage, và media controls.

Molớn Voice is still around (và perpetually in beta), letting you control the phone through "show me" voice commands. Ultimately, it doesn"t provide much extra functionality beyond what Google Assistant already offers, and we prefer using the latter for its deeper Google integration và AI-assisted capabilities. If you buy the Amazon Prime exclusive version, you get Amazon Alexa preloaded, though that doesn"t hinder you from using Google Assistant.

One Button Navigation is gone, but at the bottom of the screen, you can still switch between Android virtual buttons or a new, Android P/iOS-lượt thích horizontal bar, which you can tap or swipe lớn navigate. It"s a smooth and relatively seamless way to interact with the phone once you get the hang of it.

Network Performance và Connectivity

Điện thoại tư vấn quality is solid. Transmissions can sound grainy và somewhat robotic, but overall clarity is fine. Noise cancellation is great at blotting out the vast majority of background noise. Because the earpiece doubles as the primary speaker, it makes for good speakerphone calls, but average music playbachồng.

There are plenty of ways khổng lồ connect outside of the cellular modem, including dual-b& Wi-Fi, NFC, và Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless listening on more than one audio device at a time.

Mods Are Here to Stay...For Now

Mostly, the Z3 Play feels like a somewhat affordable platsize for Moto Mods: It"s a phone you can add a battery lớn, or one of several big speakers, or a projector, or a printer. It works just as well as it always has. You"re able to lớn seamlessly snap the magnetic back onto lớn the phone, the Moto Mods platsize recognizes it, & you"re good to go. Some Mods lượt thích the Moto lớn Gamepad can be charged separately via USB-C, others like the Power nguồn Paông xã can charge through the phone itself.

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We"ve sầu brought Molớn Mods to trade shows, because slapping a battery Mod onto a phone is easier than using a battery case or a cabled battery, & adding the JBL speaker Mod with its kickst& makes the phone a great bedside radio. The major problem is that Motorola just doesn"t sell enough Mod-compatible phones to lớn create its own third-tiệc ngọt accessory ecosystem. No company but Apple seems to sell enough phones to vì that.

While there are currently more than a dozen Molớn Mods, the high-profile, third-buổi tiệc nhỏ add-ons we saw at CES over six months ago haven"t hit the market yet. The Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod, which was supposed to come out months ago, is still being tweaked. The Lenovo Vital Moto lớn Mod for healthcare uses was supposed lớn be out in April, but it "doesn"t have a sales channel," according to Motorola.

For most consumers, the only Moto lớn Mods of interest are likely lớn be the various Style Shells & nguồn Packs.

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Processor và Battery

The major corner cut here is on the processor & memory. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM is fine, and Motorola says it"s 30 percent faster than the Z2 Play, but it can"t come anywhere near the OnePlus 6"s performance. For instance, the Z3 Play scored 5,786 on PCMark"s work performance test, which measures a variety of tasks like website browsing và đoạn Clip and photo lớn editing, compared with the OnePlus 6"S 8,484.

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The 4GB of RAM is sufficient for multitasking, and Motorola"s minimalistic UI layer doesn"t cause any slowdowns. Graphics performance is mediocre, however, with the Z3 Play scoring just 6.0fps on the Car Chase on-screen thử nghiệm. When it comes to lớn playing demanding games like PlayerUnknown"s Battlegrounds, the Z3 Play can only manage medium graphics settings; gameplay is choppy, but doable.

Battery life is solid. The phone clocked 5 hours, 44 minutes when streaming video over LTE at maximum brightness. That"s on par with the OnePlus 6 (5 hours, 49 minutes), though both fall short of top-tier phones lượt thích the Samsung Galaxy S9 (which lasted over 10 hours in the same test). Fortunately, if you want more power, you always have the option of using one of the various Power Paông xã Mods. The included 15W Turbo Power adapter supports fast charging. Wireless charging isn"t built in, but it"s available with a Mokhổng lồ Style Shell Wireless Charging Mod.

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Camera

The rear cameras (one 12MP, one 5MP for depth effects) pop out on a pronounced disc with sharp edges. That bump is there so the cameras aren"t recessed too far when you put on a magnetic baông chồng cover or a Moto Mod. Outdoors and in good lighting, the Play takes crisp pictures with minimal noise. Color reproduction is accurate, though greens and reds can look a little dull if you"re used to the brighter, more saturated colors of a Samsung device. Low-light shots are on the average side, with the Z3 Play managing well enough when it comes to focus & lighting, but suffering from some noise và loss in clarity. It"s about on par with the Moto G6 in low-light performance, but not up khổng lồ snuff with the OnePlus 6. Manual controls that let you tamp up settings lượt thích ISO.

The Z3 Play does bokeh both on the front & back cameras. On the rear camera, it can vày selective sầu black-and-Trắng or partially moving cinemagraph effects, which are cool.

The 8MPhường front-facing camera sensor is good và generally quite clear, though it can be a little on the soft side in direct sunlight. For đoạn Clip, the phone offers fairly stable 4K recording at 30fps.

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Software

The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo. Motorola says that it will get upgraded, but hasn"t offered a specific timeline. In terms of software, the phone runs a fairly stoông xã version of Android with Motorola"s aforementioned add-ons. The unlocked Mã Sản Phẩm doesn"t have much in preloaded content aside from the Motorola ứng dụng & the Alexa ứng dụng if you buy it from Amazon.

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Out of 64GB of total storage on our unlocked reviewed unit, we had 47.10GB available for use. That"s ample space for adding more apps & games, & you always have sầu the option of using external memory.

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Conclusions

The Mokhổng lồ Z3 Play has plenty going for it, including solid overall performance, a capable camera, and support for Motorola"s useful modular backs. Unfortunately, it runs inkhổng lồ the same problem as the One Plus 6—the US just doesn"t have a market for $500 phones that don"t have a monthly payment plan. And if you do have sầu $500 to lớn spover và want an unlocked phone, the OnePlus 6 is a better option in almost every regard, with much more powerful hardware & a sharper camera. That said, given that the newly announced Molớn Z3 is exclusive sầu to Verizon, the Z3 Play is the only modern way for everyone else khổng lồ get access to lớn the Mokhổng lồ Mods ecosystem, which could up its appeal considerably if you"re sold on the concept.


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