1. Ry's Avatar
    http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/10/15...y-battery-life

    But over the past few weeks I’ve learned that the most important feature on my smartphone is none of the above; it’s the battery life. It’s a little obvious: if your phone’s battery is dead, none of the other features are useful or even matter.
    I’m sure that I will be tempted by other devices coming out this year (the Galaxy S8’s design and display might be too irresistible to for my poor wallet), but each time I’ve switched my SIM into another phone, it ended up back in my Z Play after less than a day. I hope that in the future other device makers will prioritize battery life the way that Moto did here, without compromising the rest of the features that make my smartphone such an indispensable tool. Until then, I’ll be sticking with my Z Play.
    matthewkuhl likes this.
    04-10-2017 02:24 PM
  2. Aquila's Avatar
    He's got an excellent point. The Z series is fast, good hardware and the Play is great battery life on top of it. I can't agree that the S8's design is irresistible, looks really bad to me but I get that a lot of people like it. Between the S8 and the Z Play, I'd probably go Z play.
    04-10-2017 02:33 PM
  3. BigCTM's Avatar
    Totally agree...I have never kept a phone as long as this one. Battery life trumps all other features. Not interested in other phones with less battery life...
    04-10-2017 03:27 PM
  4. soma4society's Avatar
    It's something you have to use to appreciate. On a couple of lazy Sundays I've hit 6 hours of SOT with my phone still at 50%.

    It's as smooth as the 6P I gave up, with more than twice the battery life. What's not to like?
    Aquila and Farris Bueller like this.
    04-10-2017 08:52 PM
  5. ffejjj's Avatar
    Still pissed this phone didn't come out on Sprint.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    04-10-2017 08:56 PM
  6. soma4society's Avatar
    Still pissed this phone didn't come out on Sprint.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    It does have CDMA radios in it, doesn't it?
    04-10-2017 09:27 PM
  7. mobrules's Avatar
    I sometimes switch between several different phones. Moto G4 Plus, Z Play, and Z Force.

    Everytime I go back to the Z Play I always am amazed how it performs. Battery life is always great.
    I find it interesting some big web sites don't include it when they do battery comparisons.
    benjamminh likes this.
    04-15-2017 12:12 PM
  8. PowrDroid's Avatar
    Can you live with the camera in the Z Play?

    Lately, my Turbo is suddenly struggling to get through a full day (I do use it a lot). IIRC, you previously had a Turbo. Is the camera better than, worse than, or about the same as the Turbo?
    04-15-2017 02:03 PM
  9. mobrules's Avatar
    Can you live with the camera in the Z Play?

    Lately, my Turbo is suddenly struggling to get through a full day (I do use it a lot). IIRC, you previously had a Turbo. Is the camera better than, worse than, or about the same as the Turbo?
    So...... I don't take enough photos to have a strong opinion, or enough knowledge about the differences. It takes photos in my opinion as good as my Turbo did. I'm happy with the camera. I'm sure some are better.

    Battery life is twice the turbo, in my opinion. I'll attach screen shots from gsam as proof.

    This first one was just showing standby battery drain.



    This one shows heavy use for me. Screen on time is insane.

    I have had the phone for 4 months and it's a real step up from the turbo. I loved the turbo but this beats it every way.
    04-15-2017 10:16 PM
  10. 1901Madison's Avatar
    So...... I don't take enough photos to have a strong opinion, or enough knowledge about the differences. It takes photos in my opinion as good as my Turbo did. I'm happy with the camera. I'm sure some are better.

    Battery life is twice the turbo, in my opinion. I'll attach screen shots from gsam as proof. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...5dd914bbfb.jpg

    This first one was just showing standby battery drain.

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...1c3cc4339b.jpg

    This one shows heavy use for me. Screen on time is insane.

    I have had the phone for 4 months and it's a real step up from the turbo. I loved the turbo but this beats it every way.
    Agreed. Only think I liked better about the Turbo was the look and feel. The Z Play is a tad big for my liking.
    04-16-2017 05:17 AM
  11. mobrules's Avatar
    Agreed. Only think I liked better about the Turbo was the look and feel. The Z Play is a tad big for my liking.
    I feel exactly the opposite. Wish they made a 5.7 or 6.0 screen. But then mods would have to be bigger too.
    04-16-2017 11:19 AM
  12. On2Vegas's Avatar
    A very similar article on DroidLife:

    http://www.droid-life.com/2017/04/13...on-625-cookin/
    Ry likes this.
    04-17-2017 11:08 AM
  13. Ry's Avatar
    If the Play was available before or at the same time as the Force, I would have got the Play.
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    04-17-2017 12:42 PM
  14. decraig2000's Avatar
    I have had my Z Play Droid for a week now. I went from an original Turbo to this phone. If my 27 month old Turbo would let me run hard for a full day (like it did for the first 18 months I had it) I would still be using it but over time that battery just lost its capacity to to keep up with me. So far this Z Play Droid is everything that you hear about. The battery is insane. As a user, this phone is smooth and fast ... that being said, I don't play games either. The only part about the Turbo that I really like better is the smaller size. The Z Play Droid is pushing it for me in terms of almost being too big. But overall I am really liking this new phone.
    this_is_nascar likes this.
    04-17-2017 02:19 PM
  15. PowrDroid's Avatar
    I have had my Z Play Droid for a week now. I went from an original Turbo to this phone. If my 27 month old Turbo would let me run hard for a full day (like it did for the first 18 months I had it) I would still be using it but over time that battery just lost its capacity to to keep up with me. So far this Z Play Droid is everything that you hear about. The battery is insane. As a user, this phone is smooth and fast ... that being said, I don't play games either. The only part about the Turbo that I really like better is the smaller size. The Z Play Droid is pushing it for me in terms of almost being too big. But overall I am really liking this new phone.
    Any comments on the camera in the Z Play Droid vs. the Droid Turbo?

    Does it take better pictures?
    Better low light pictures?
    How about capturing moving objects without blurring?
    04-17-2017 03:36 PM
  16. benjamminh's Avatar
    If the Play was available before or at the same time as the Force, I would have got the Play.
    For the price I agree, but I like the better camera and Shattershield. I feel comfortable just using a bumper case and screen protector without insurance.
    04-17-2017 04:40 PM
  17. decraig2000's Avatar
    Any comments on the camera in the Z Play Droid vs. the Droid Turbo?

    Does it take better pictures?
    Better low light pictures?
    How about capturing moving objects without blurring?
    Honestly, I haven't taken many pictures with it yet. I know many hated the Turbo's camera when it came out but I found over the long haul with various upgrades and using the app A Better Camera, that I could take some pretty good pictures with it. At least good enough for social media stuff. If I want real good photos I grab one of my DSLR's anyway. I hope to play with the stock camera app and the Better Camera app on the Z Play Droid in the coming week or two. I just haven't been in a setting where I wanted or needed to take photos yet.
    04-18-2017 02:02 PM
  18. PowrDroid's Avatar
    Honestly, I haven't taken many pictures with it yet. I know many hated the Turbo's camera when it came out but I found over the long haul with various upgrades and using the app A Better Camera, that I could take some pretty good pictures with it. At least good enough for social media stuff. If I want real good photos I grab one of my DSLR's anyway. I hope to play with the stock camera app and the Better Camera app on the Z Play Droid in the coming week or two. I just haven't been in a setting where I wanted or needed to take photos yet.
    My Turbo has always taken pretty good pictures. They could be better at low light and movement shots which is why I wanted to know about the Turbo vs. Z Play comparisons.

    I did see some encouraging results on the GSMArena Photo Quality comparison test.

    Here I've got the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs. Moto Z Play vs. Pixel XL. Galaxy S7 Edge and Pixel XL are widely reported to be the best phone cameras on the market.

    Photo Compare Tool - GSMArena.com

    If you move around the green rectangular window on the poster you can compare the three cameras directly. Be sure to move the window so you can see the color plates. Also change the poster to the Good Light and especially Low Light posters and look at various objects for more comparisons. The Moto Z Play does very well against these other phone cameras.

    Here is the Moto X Force (which I take it to mean Moto X Play) vs. the Moto Z Play vs. the Moto Nexus 6.

    Photo Compare Tool - GSMArena.com

    The Z Play is the obvious winner. Here's a screen grab I made off the Low Light poster.

    The Verge's Dan Seifert "Moto’s Z Play is the phone I just can’t quit"-moto-camera-compare.jpg
    04-18-2017 03:43 PM
  19. DJ Sandman's Avatar
    My Turbo has always taken pretty good pictures. They could be better at low light and movement shots which is why I wanted to know about the Turbo vs. Z Play comparisons.

    I did see some encouraging results on the GSMArena Photo Quality comparison test.

    Here I've got the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs. Moto Z Play vs. Pixel XL. Galaxy S7 Edge and Pixel XL are widely reported to be the best phone cameras on the market.

    Photo Compare Tool - GSMArena.com

    If you move around the green rectangular window on the poster you can compare the three cameras directly. Be sure to move the window so you can see the color plates. Also change the poster to the Good Light and especially Low Light posters and look at various objects for more comparisons. The Moto Z Play does very well against these other phone cameras.

    Here is the Moto X Force (which I take it to mean Moto X Play) vs. the Moto Z Play vs. the Moto Nexus 6.

    Photo Compare Tool - GSMArena.com

    The Z Play is the obvious winner. Here's a screen grab I made off the Low Light poster.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    One correction - the Moto X Force is the equivalent of the Droid Turbo 2 Verizon Exclusive. The Moto X Play is the equivalent of the Droid Maxx 2.
    04-18-2017 05:36 PM
  20. PowrDroid's Avatar
    One correction - the Moto X Force is the equivalent of the Droid Turbo 2 Verizon Exclusive. The Moto X Play is the equivalent of the Droid Maxx 2.
    Thanks for the correction. That means the Moto X Force (Droid Turbo 2) is basically the same camera as what I have in my Turbo 1. So it looks like the Z Play camera would outperform my Turbo camera.
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    04-18-2017 08:57 PM
  21. kbz1960's Avatar
    Any comments on the camera in the Z Play Droid vs. the Droid Turbo?

    Does it take better pictures?
    Better low light pictures?
    How about capturing moving objects without blurring?
    I haven't had mine long but it takes good pics in the daylight. OK darker areas. Only tried a couple moving shots and blurry. Camera app needs an action or sport mode, why it doesn't have one?

    It's overcast today. One is default and the the other I moved the brightness a little.



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    04-20-2017 10:36 AM
  22. decraig2000's Avatar
    So I finally got a chance to shoot a few photos with my Z Play Droid. Full disclosure, I was using the A Better Camera app. These photos are untouched outside of slight crops. Decent enough for a smart phone camera when my DSLR is not handy or practical.







    04-23-2017 09:09 PM
  23. kigmatzomat's Avatar
    I find the Z Play camera adequate. My LG G3 took better shots IMHO.

    It launches fast, which is a plus, and the twist action generally works but the vol-down to launch camera on the G3 was a bit more trustworthy.
    04-27-2017 12:39 PM

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