Motorola continues to bring its modular phones to life, with "Mods" that integrate with smartphones to increase their capacities. However, the brand had to change its base to keep up with the competition.
The design of this Moto Z3 Play is therefore evolving a little bit in order to follow the aesthetic trends, but it remains all in all classic and many smartphones are thinner in particular. If it is well finished and overall elegant, it lacks a default shell that would prevent the protruding edges from interfering with grip. Due to the "mods", it was necessary to find a new location for the fingerprint reader, and it is on the side, which is surprising but correct in use. However, a module is provided that acts as an external battery and sticks to the device, an efficient choice that also costs a huge amount of money for the Moto Z3 Play. There is no program seal, no mini-jack port for headphones, but a micro-SD port.
The screen, with its 18:9 aspect ratio and 6 inches diagonal, is doing well overall. Its only defect is a respect for colours that leaves something to be desired, and colours that are a little cold. For the rest, there is an infinite contrast, a brightness largely sufficient whatever the environment, and a definition of 2160 pixels by 1080, which offers a display comfort that allows to support a long reading session.
No jack port, but a USB-c adapter is available for the sound part of this Moto Z3 Play. The rendering is quite correct, and only the stereo image is slightly objectionable. The single loudspeaker, on the other hand, is just mediocre, being aggressive in some frequencies.
The power of this smartphone is quite sufficient for all uses, allowing you to switch from one application to another without worries. Even for games there is not much to complain about, even if the top-of-the-range competition often does a little better.
In the photo, the switch to two sensors does not have a particularly decisive effect on the overall quality. Admittedly, the Moto Z3 Play is reactive and provides balanced images, but the details are not very marked, the fault being a pronounced smoothing. In low light, the defects worsen and the colours fade under too much forced smoothing and annoying electronic noise. The portrait mode, the result of the action of the two sensors, gives rather good results, even if there are sometimes problems of differentiation between foreground and background. Video modes and selfies are well made.
The autonomy obviously depends on whether or not the additional battery module is used. Without it, the Moto Z3 Play is just fine, but with the score becoming quite logically very impressive, with almost 3 days in total.
Review of the Motorola Moto Z3 Play done by Julien Hany the 2019/02/22
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Photo resolution (Front camera)
Internal storage (Version 64GB / 4GB RAM, Dual SIM)
RAM (Version 64GB / 4GB RAM, Dual SIM)