1. RadiantDuck's Avatar
    Hi all,

    Asking both here and in the oneplus 3 forum, for balance!

    I'm thinking of going for either a oneplus 3 or a moto z play. Both interest me for different reasons.

    The one plus 3 has top line specs and build but I would miss expandable storage (I could just about make do with 64gb) and battery life is decent (see moto z play).

    The moto z play, has lesser specs but the battery life on it is unbelievably good. It has expandable storage which is really handy for me.
    Moto. Moto mods are interesting but not a huge selling point for me.

    Both don't have great history with updates, so they're about equal to me there.

    So what do you think? Go for the oneplus 3 and have the better specs but take a hit in battery (and storage to a degee) or go for a moto z play for unequalled battery life?

    Or any other alternatives in similar price range (in UK based so some phones are harder/more expensive here!)

    Thanks again
    10-11-2016 02:44 PM
  2. Go Liath's Avatar
    Z has an AMOLED screen, so that's better. I would dare to say the speaker is also better.

    The performance difference is negligible, the battery difference is huge. Only if you want to play heavy games I would consider the OP3.
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    10-11-2016 02:54 PM
  3. dgratzburg's Avatar
    Coming from an S6 edge that had top of the line specs I don't miss it at all. I am much happier with my Moto Z Play with every aspect(software included) except the camera. I do miss the amazing camera it had. But knowing I can last 2 days of battery and never having it on my mind that I will run out of juice has made this phone exceptional for me. I am not a power user, just normal facebook, reddit, maps, texting, and internet searches. And I have yet to see it be any slower that I have noticed.

    I explained it to my wife who didn't understand why I would "downgrade". Its like myself owning a normal car. She owns a ferrari. Sure...her car is way faster...but in the end we are both only going the speed limit of 40 which both cars will easily achieve. She paid alot more money for the extra performance..performance that she never really uses.

    I paid 200 for my Z play. She paid 750+ for her s6edge when it released.
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    10-11-2016 02:55 PM
  4. PowrDroid's Avatar
    Hi all,

    Asking both here and in the oneplus 3 forum, for balance!

    I'm thinking of going for either a oneplus 3 or a moto z play. Both interest me for different reasons.

    The one plus 3 has top line specs and build but I would miss expandable storage (I could just about make do with 64gb) and battery life is decent (see moto z play).

    The moto z play, has lesser specs but the battery life on it is unbelievably good. It has expandable storage which is really handy for me.
    Moto. Moto mods are interesting but not a huge selling point for me.

    Both don't have great history with updates, so they're about equal to me there.

    So what do you think? Go for the oneplus 3 and have the better specs but take a hit in battery (and storage to a degee) or go for a moto z play for unequalled battery life?

    Or any other alternatives in similar price range (in UK based so some phones are harder/more expensive here!)

    Thanks again
    It sounds like the decision for you is:

    Build and Specs vs. Battery and SD card

    If you haven't done so already you should try both models out for hand-feel, and to scrutinize the design. Quality of build is important; specs are good for comparing devices on paper, but I don't think you'd see any real-life differences except maybe for gaming. I've got to have a monster battery so that factor alone would tilt me in Moto's direction.
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    10-11-2016 02:59 PM
  5. RadiantDuck's Avatar
    Z has an AMOLED screen, so that's better. I would dare to say the speaker is also better.

    The performance difference is negligible, the battery difference is huge. Only if you want to play heavy games I would consider the OP3.
    They both have 5.5 inch 1080p amoled screens. Not sure which one is better though. I'm not a heavy gamer. Some emulation but my moto G 3rd gen handled that so not too worried.
    10-11-2016 03:08 PM
  6. RadiantDuck's Avatar
    It sounds like the decision for you is:

    Build and Specs vs. Battery and SD card

    If you haven't done so already you should try both models out for hand-feel, and to scrutinize the design. Quality of build is important; specs are good for comparing devices on paper, but I don't think you'd see any real-life differences except maybe for gaming. I've got to have a monster battery so that factor alone would tilt me in Moto's direction.
    Yeah that's a fair summary!

    I'd love to have a hands on with them but I think it will be difficult. The oneplus 3 has recently been taken on by the o2 carrier in the UK, so I could have a play. The moto z play is online only so I doubt I'll be able to.

    I am leaning heavily towards the killer battery life. It would be novel to have 2+ days battery life!
    10-11-2016 03:17 PM
  7. RadiantDuck's Avatar
    One thing that does worry me about the z play is on screen buttons and amoled. How real is the potential for burn in these days? The oneplus 3 has capacitive buttons which negates the issue somewhat.
    10-11-2016 04:23 PM
  8. marcus.plans's Avatar
    I'm in the same boat, but I'm ultimately deciding on the Moto Z Play. I also toyed with getting a G5, too, now that the price is down, but you just can't beat the battery life of the Play, especially when I'd be coming from a phone where I'm used to having a removable battery.

    Reviews and word of mouth from actual users all say that it performs just as well as the SD820 models and that you'd hardly notice any differences, if any, unless you're playing graphically intensive games. So, unless you're a hardcore mobile gamers, the OP3 doesn't have any advantage there. Even if you do plan to play a lot of games, it sounds like the MZP still performs well enough, with the added benefit of not worrying that you just drained half a days worth of use from your phone.

    At the end of the day, the best phone is the phone that you can use. For me, without having to constantly monitor my usage and charging or carrying around a spare battery, no phone will last me until the end of the day except for the Moto Z Play... So that's what I'm buying.

    The only downside that I could really think of about the MZP vs the OP3 is that I would have been happier with OxygenOS over Moto apps.
    10-11-2016 06:12 PM
  9. dpham00's Avatar
    Here's the thing the s820 is a more powerful chip but it throttles to keep thermals in check when being pushed for a significant time.
    10-11-2016 06:32 PM
  10. Eric Xu1's Avatar
    Have anyone noticed performance issues with the Moto Z Play? Any slowdowns or dropped frame rates when playing games on Asphalt 8? And how's the camera between the two?
    10-11-2016 09:09 PM
  11. codeda's Avatar
    Have anyone noticed performance issues with the Moto Z Play? Any slowdowns or dropped frame rates when playing games on Asphalt 8? And how's the camera between the two?
    Oneplus 3 wins in the camera department. The Moto z play is doable but the Oneplus is actually a really good camera. One of the best I've used this year after the Galaxy s7 series.
    10-11-2016 10:01 PM
  12. 1901Madison's Avatar
    Absolutely zero performance issues with the Z Play. Camera isn't great (isn't bad either), but battery life is epic and everything else feels the same as a flagship.
    10-13-2016 06:29 AM
  13. Sailindawg's Avatar
    Amoled burn in. I'm using a 2 year old moto x, used a Samsung galaxy s3 for 2 years before that. Both had amoled screens. Neither had screen burn in. I also didn't leave the screen on for extended periods on the same image. I don't know why one would. I use Nova launcher and can hide the task bar and notification bar. Hiding the notification bar could help prevent burn in. I don't see this as an issue anymore.
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    10-13-2016 07:01 AM
  14. RadiantDuck's Avatar
    Amoled burn in. I'm using a 2 year old moto x, used a Samsung galaxy s3 for 2 years before that. Both had amoled screens. Neither had screen burn in. I also didn't leave the screen on for extended periods on the same image. I don't know why one would. I use Nova launcher and can hide the task bar and notification bar. Hiding the notification bar could help prevent burn in. I don't see this as an issue anymore.
    Brilliant, thank you!
    10-13-2016 07:06 AM
  15. girinath's Avatar
    Saw many people say the performance is almost same even with one plus having snapdragon 820 leaving heavy games. But multitasking is just ok in the z play.
    If you use your phone heavily switching between apps and playing demanding games than z play is not worth it.
    10-13-2016 10:42 AM
  16. 1901Madison's Avatar
    Saw many people say the performance is almost same even with one plus having snapdragon 820 leaving heavy games. But multitasking is just ok in the z play.
    If you use your phone heavily switching between apps and playing demanding games than z play is not worth it.
    Fair take, but I have not had this issue.
    10-13-2016 02:33 PM
  17. Roberto Zozaya's Avatar
    Another question, I'm leaning over the Z Play, but I can get the OP2 (not the 3) a little cheaper where I'm at.
    Would there be much difference? I have a X Play which so far I like, but I'm giving that to my wife, so I want something that would be a nice upgrade without breaking the bank.
    benjamminh likes this.
    10-18-2016 07:08 PM
  18. Soundtallica's Avatar
    Another question, I'm leaning over the Z Play, but I can get the OP2 (not the 3) a little cheaper where I'm at.
    Would there be much difference? I have a X Play which so far I like, but I'm giving that to my wife, so I want something that would be a nice upgrade without breaking the bank.
    I wouldn't. Worse camera, no NFC, and most of all the Snapdragon 810 is a piece of crap.
    10-18-2016 08:51 PM
  19. punk999's Avatar
    I'm actually selling my galaxy s5 for Moto z play, but I wonder how the amoled of Moto is compared to Galaxy amoled?
    10-19-2016 01:30 AM
  20. Farris Bueller's Avatar
    I'm actually selling my galaxy s5 for Moto z play, but I wonder how the amoled of Moto is compared to Galaxy amoled?
    It wont get as bright, but the quality of the panel shouldn't be far off to the point of being noticeable unless you hold them side by side.
    10-19-2016 06:04 AM
  21. dpham00's Avatar
    It's a good quality panel. It would be fine for most unless you are super picky
    10-19-2016 10:21 AM
  22. benjamminh's Avatar
    I can't find a huge difference between the Z Force screen and the Z Play screen. Plus, you get the significant battery savings.
    10-19-2016 12:52 PM
  23. YAYTech's Avatar
    I can't find a huge difference between the Z Force screen and the Z Play screen. Plus, you get the significant battery savings.
    I would only expect to notice the difference in VR usage.
    10-19-2016 05:59 PM
  24. RadiantDuck's Avatar
    How is the sound through the headphone jack? My current phone is pretty weak in this department. I've heard that the oneplus 3 is only average on this front.
    10-21-2016 02:47 PM
  25. huungryshark's Avatar
    How is the sound through the headphone jack? My current phone is pretty weak in this department. I've heard that the oneplus 3 is only average on this front.
    z play plays music very good and loud enough

    Spotify with some EQ tweaks sounds great, FLAC files over Poweramp, too. Amazon decent.
    10-21-2016 03:01 PM

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