Motorola - Moto Z2 Play 32GB - Lunar Gray (Verizon)

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Surf the web between calls on this Motorola Moto Z2 smartphone. It's equipped with up to 3GB of RAM to run Android applications smoothly, and its 12-megapixel camera has night vision for taking pictures in any light. This Motorola Moto Z2 smartphone has a 30-hour battery life, so you can leave the charger at home.
$17.00/mo.
for 24 months
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$0.00 down for qualified customers. Tax on full retail price due at time of sale. 0% APR, Full price: $408.00.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play with 32GB Memory Cell Phone
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (121 out of 130)

Features


Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor

Octa-core 2.2GHz processor and 3GB of RAM deliver outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens and more.

Android 7.1.1 Nougat with more personalized settings and smarter notifications

Offers a fresh, fast platform to help you stay connected and productive while you're on the go.

4G LTE speed

Provides fast web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.

5.5" Super AMOLED HD touch screen

Extra-large screen is matched with a slim body to comfortably fit in your hand. Offers 16:9 cinema-like screen ratio that's perfect for viewing of videos, photos and games.

12.0MP rear-facing camera

Camera is fast enough to catch just about anything and smart enough to understand what it sees. Also includes a front-facing 5.0MP camera for self-portraits and video.

32GB internal memory plus a microSD slot

Provides plenty of storage space for your contacts, music, apps and more. Expand storage up to 2TB by adding a microSD card (sold separately).

Transforms with Moto Mods

Turn your phone into a movie projector, boombox, battery powerhouse, and more in a snap.

Water-repellent nano-coating

Creates a water-repellent barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes or light rain.

Requires a voice plan and data package.


Customer rating

4.5
94%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.2

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

    Posted
    gunnersca
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This phone is simply outstanding! I got the unlocked version for a bargain $350. Don't be fooled by the very few negative comments ... I'm an avid cell phone fan and reviewer. I've had every notable flagship phone that's hit U.S. shores in 2017 (iPhone X, Note 8, S8, OP5, U11, Pixel 2XL, Essential) and I can tell you that this little gem has everything you're looking for! Pros: Excellent, fast octa-core processor, no lag at all even when playing top games. Coupled with 4gb RAM and stock android, this phone is as buttery smooth as any phone I've had this year!! The OnePlus 5 might be king, but... The Super AMOLED 5.5" display might only be 1920x1080 FHD, but you wouldn't know it. It is so pretty and looks amazing, you really have to see it to appreciate it. No it's not bezel-less, no phone really is BTW. It doesn't have an 18:9 aspect ratio, but that means nothing to me ... everyone is different. I'm a pretty heavy user, at times, and I have no trouble getting to the end of the day with plenty of juice left in the tank! It comes with Turbo charging, and it's actually quite fast - not as fast as the Dash Charge from OnePlus, but nothing is - It's fast! It's thin and lightweight, I got the maroon moto style shell for the back, which looks stunning! The Camera ... the biggest feature on a phone today. I don't do selfies, so no comment there. To put it honestly, it's a great camera. If you're looking for a class-leading camera, go spend some extra money on a Pixel 2 or an HTC U11, those are the cheapest best cameras out there. This z2 Play will go toe-to-toe with the OP5. My wife has a Pixel 2, and it's simply the best camera ever put on a phone. It's also a more expensive phone, so if that's an issue, trust me this camera will do the job. In daylight, it is sometimes as good as the pixel, and sometimes marginally worse. In lower light conditions, this camera does an admirable job. It won't beat one of the class leaders with OIS, but you'll be quite happy if you're not a Full Time photographer....it really has impressed me. Micro-SD card, expandable to 256gb - enough said, gotta love it! Fingerprint sensor on the front, where I personally prefer it to be - it's lightning fast and it's re-designed oval shape is so much better than the previous gen z-play. The moto mods are sweet, but other than the JBL speaker, they're not really my cup of tea... Cons: Software updates - Moto has a history with this, though I am on the November security patch, which is pretty good for Moto. It's running 7.1.1 - Oreo coming new year. Only bad I can think of. Bottom line, if you're on a budget or just don't want to spend $750-$1K, this phone should be top of your list. Great processor, display, battery, camera, SD Card storage, etc. It took me a long time to learn that to have a great phone experience, you need the basics + a great price - this phone proves you don't need to spend all your cash on a class leading phone when you can pay such a smaller price for Dang-Near-As-good as phone! Good luck!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Punches way above its weight

    Posted
    Bryanmsi
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Excellent phone that would be a mistake to overlook. Screen: very good. Not quite as sharp as Samsung S7 or S8 but plenty good enough Speed - much better than I expected. Snapdragon 626 CPU and a clean version of Android go together like old friends. Everything is fluid and smooth, apps launch quickly, and no lag. Battery - insanely good. I'm regularly getting 2 work days out of this thing. And the charging speed is awesomely fast. 20 minutes of charging while in the shower and 15 minutes in the evening before bed is probably enough to keep the phone running forever. Looks - like a premium phone. Not cheap feeling at all. Camera - pretty good. Bright light shots are nice, if maybe a tad oversharpened. Low lights shots do get blurry/grainy but still useable. Software - awesome! The Moto actions are genuinely useful, Moto has the best driving mode on any platform, and the lack of a skin on Android is awesome! Other - the fingerprint sensor is super fast and the fingerprint sensor navigation should be on every phone Mods - surprisingly cool. The JBL speakers sound awesome, the battery mod easily makes a 3 day runtime, the style shells are very nice, and even the projector is pretty sweet. Negatives - not many. It is not waterproof. It is physically very large for the size of the screen, kind of an old-school design with large bezels. There aren't a ton of mods yet and the ones out there are kind of pricey. With last years S7 getting close to the Z2 Play in price some people might be tempted by the waterproof design and better camera of the Samsung. Overall, I'm super happy with the phone and would buy it again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this phone

    Posted
    Pearl
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Constantly being asked (by iPhone owners who take the same pictures I am taking) what I have because the camera is great alongside the video recording components. I upgraded from the discontinued Moto X2 (replaced 3X) and gave into this. This is the closest I have been. But this is way better. I just insert an extra memory card and I am good to go. The turbo usb-c charges up the phone fast even though daily use doesn't kill it. I bought a protective cover (soft) and haven't taken it off and see the paint on the phone has chipped quite a bit, but cosmetics doesn't deter the phone's functions. Haven't yet tried the mods. I paid in full for the phone to avoid the contract and plan which wasn't as great as the prepaid Verizon plan. Because it's already equipped with a Verizon Sim there is no need to purchase a new Sim. Just set it up and pay for the plan you want. I'd most likely get another if this one gave out on me. It's been about 4 mos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Phone

    Posted
    Jayy

    Bought Z2 play as my first android (couldn't bring myself to pay $800 for new iphone). Phone is thin with a nice large screen. Only couple disappointing points are the photo quality and speaker quality. The speaker quality may be poor because the second day having my phone there is a piece loose in the phone by the ear piece. I will need to get that replaced soon and maybe that'll change the speaker sound quality. I've had the phone now almost three weeks. The fact I haven't taken it back for my iphone means it's good enough to get me by day-to-day with my typical smartphone activities. As for the moto mods, I sent in the rebate info and just received an email saying my provided info had been denied. I've called Motorola and have to resubmit the same information. So hoping the second time around, I'll actually get approved. The mods was the number 1 reason why I decided on this particular android phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Night Vision?

    Posted
    Ranemak
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    First off, the camera does not have night vision nor can you take pictures in any light. However, it does very well in low light situations. While not quite iPhone quality, the pictures are actually quite good and I'm very happy with the images, especially since this phone is significantly cheaper than an iPhone. The Moto software features are pretty blah and don't really add much to the user experience, but the phone drives the Android OS very well and overall the phone is an exceptional bargain. Battery life is excellent, the camera is good, the sound is surprisingly great, and the feel is solid given that it is so thin. As it is quite large small hands will not appreciate handling this phone. I purchased 5 Moto Mods for this phone (big sale) and really do enjoy all of them and the phone handles them without an issue - very impressive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Motorola Customer Care

      Hi Ranemak,

      Thanks for your feedback! It is great to know that you are enjoying the phone. This phone is a stock android device which makes it very easy to use. Flash can be used to make more visible pictures.

      -Jess MotorolaMobility

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good enough for today's needs.

    Posted
    Aaron
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It's not flashy. It doesn't have a 18k screen. It isn't thinner than half a sheet of paper. It can't run Crysis. But it works. Fingerprint sensor is 8/10, screen is good enough, battery will last a day of heavy use, or probably even 3 days of light use, can access the flashlight and camera without using the touchscreen, and it seems to be fairly durable for my clumsy self. Occasional freeze from certain apps, but overall not a bad phone for the price at all. A very good phone for someone who views their phone as a tool. Quick charging and type C are a major plus. Moto Mods are cool in concept, but don't add anything to the experience since cases can't work with them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice phone at reasonable price

    Posted
    Damascus007
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Picked up this phone after Samsung phone split open due to swelling battery. Was a total Samsung disciple until i called Samsung to ask what they would do to correct the issue which is their problem not mine. Samsung completely dropped the ball so i looked elsewhere found this MOTO phone for couple hundred dollars less than the current Samsung galaxy. Phone is beautiful, works great, phone, camera and battery life equal if not exceed the more expensive Samsung and Apple options. With MOTO mods including incipio battery add on i now have phone capable of 2.5 days of charge while under full use. Incredible. two thumbs up on MOTO phone

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easily Broken

    Posted
    electronicbuyer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Though this phone has all of the bells and whistles, nice graphics, good speaker, good camera, different modifictions, etc. it doesn't hold up to normal use. The phone is extremely light weight and when changing modifications (adding the projector or gaming piece), the chance of dropping it increases. When using these modifications you also can not use a case. Which of course increases the chance that the phone will be broken. Last, there are not enough suitable cases available for the phone, even when not using a modification. I would want an otterbox or something of that standard but nothing is available. If you like this phone, you must be very careful with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about connectivity, design, portability and performance. Editors are less positive about sound and camera. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 91/100 = Excellent quality.
  • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5January 26, 2018
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    The Motorola Moto Z2 Play might be a mouthful but this modular smartphone builds on everything we loved about the originalFull Review
  • CoolsmartphoneRating, 4.2 out of 5Dan Carter on November 13, 2017
    Motorola Z2 Play – review
    A small upgrade to the original but keeps the key selling points for upgrading customersFull Review
  • which.co.ukNovember 11, 2017
    Motorola Moto Z2 Play review
    The Moto Z2 Play mobile phone has a magnetic back for you to attach modular add-ons, such as a projector and a power bank - at extra cost. It's not the most expensive phone out there, but you don't want to spend any money on a mobile if itsFull Review
  • TechSmart (South Africa)Robin-Leigh Chetty on October 26, 2017
    Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    A far better all-round offering than its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Play is a solid smartphone sans Moto Mods.Full Review
  • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Max Parker on October 13, 2017
    Moto Z2 Play
    Moto Z2 Play review: A lot of phone for £379.99, but the lack of convincing Moto Mods mean it's not quite the Honor 9 killer we were expectingFull Review
  • gsmarena.comGSMArena team on October 10, 2017
    Moto Z2 Play review
    Moto Z2 Play is at the helm of a new marketing strategy free of any Lenovo branding that may burden the series with unnecessary heritage. Navigating through the lucrative but overcrowded upper-midrange territory sure isn't easy, but a usefulFull Review
  • Recombu (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5Alex Todd on July 31, 2017
    Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review: Playtime is over
    Our in-depth Moto Z2 Play review uncovers whether Motorola's first 'Z' phone of the year makes a worthwhile successor to the recently launched Z Play.Full Review
  • Pocket-lint (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Mike Lowe on July 21, 2017
    Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons
    Ignoring Mods for a moment, however, and it's hard to ignore how well the Z2 Play runs. The subtle design tweaks compared to the previous-gen PlayFull Review


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