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Moto X Play : Full Review And Everything You Need to Know

Moto X Play

Motorola launched the Moto X Play (Black, White) smartphone in India starting at Rs. 18,499 earlier this week. We are bringing you the unboxing and hands-on video for Moto X Play.

The Moto X Play is the phone you need – with 3,630 mAh battery which can last you upwards of 2 days, 21 MP camera to take crispy photos, it supports OTG i.e you can plug and use your pen drive on the go – all this for near stock Android. Motorola is well known for not dumping bloatware on your device unlike some other flagships and it wants to deliver you the best Android experience.

We are currently testing the Moto X play and we will be pushing out Gaming reviews and Multitasking reviews and more on our YouTube Channel, so be sure to check them out. We will be posting the detailed review here on the website as well.

Design

Moto X Play

The Moto X Play is another solid, good looking phone from the Motorola’s stables. The phone is pretty traditional in its design and layout, apart from the SIM-plus-microSD tray that sits on the top edge. It comes with an “edge-to-edge” (as Motorola calls it) 5.5-inch screen.

Moto X Play

The thin bezels on either side of the large screen means the Moto X Play doesn’t feel too bulky in the hand, and as I held it, it felt comfortable, with my fingers managing to reach all corners of the large screen with ease. The back of the handset is curved, with the Moto X Play’s thickness starting at 8.9mm. The curved back again felt good, and the rubberised material (which is available in a number of colours) helps make the device feel robust and easy to grip.


Display

Moto X Play

The 5.5-inch screen is also full 1080p high definition, giving the Moto X Play the same 401ppi pixel density as the iPhone 6 Plus and it’s bright and vibrant, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop looks great on it. The viewing angles are decent and overall we have no complaints about the screen on the Moto X Play.

Compared to other devices at the price point, the display seems to be lacking in overall brightness and is very reflective, but in spite of this, it’s more than manageable; just don’t expect the best viewing experience.


Performance and Battery Life is a Beast

You don’t expect a smartphone at this price to struggle with everyday tasks, and, mercifully, the Moto X Play didn’t prove to be an aberration. The smartphone comes with the quad octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC along with 2GB of RAM, and we didn’t experience any lags with our unit. Games like Asphalt 8 ran smoothly without any problems.

We didn’t experience any heating issues during a 20-minute session playing Asphalt 8 or while shooting multiple 2 to 3-minute videos in quick succession. However, the Moto X Play does tend to get a little warm during everyday use – not enough to be unconformable, but it’s something you are likely to notice.

Moto X Play
From somewhat suspect performance to battery life, and this is where the Moto X Play really shines. As we touched on earlier, the handset has a non-removable battery clocked at 3630mAh (which is one of the highest at this price point) and as you might expect, it delivers excellent battery life.

Over the course of out testing, the battery life didn’t disappoint and unless you use the handset constantly and are streaming video with the screen on full brightness, it should easily last you a full day’s usage.

From testing, the average user can expect it to last 24 to 28 hours with social networking, camera usage, apps syncing and phone calls.


Specifications

Display 5.5-inch Full-HD (1920×1080 Pixels, 401PPI) IPS display
Processor 1.7 GHz  Quad-core Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 processor
RAM 2GB
ROM 16GB and 32GB
Camera

5MP front facing camera

21MP rear facing camera

Battery 3630 mAh (Non Removable)
Connectivity 4G LTE support, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM Radio.
Operating System Near Stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Accessories

Moto X Play
Accessories

The Moto X Play comes with:

  • Moto X Play Smartphone (Black)
  • 2-pin AC charger with two USB slots (5V – 1150mA)
  • Micro USB cable
  • Headset with microphone
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Quick start guides and other booklets

Camera Test

The Moto X Play comes with a 21MP camera which has a f/2.0 aperture coupled with LED flash with colour correction technology. It also has a front-facing 5MP camera.

Talking about the camera interface – you can turn on the camera by twisting your wrist. The interface is quite simple and clean.

Controlling camera options is also very easy. You can adjust the exposure by adjusting the virtual know on the screen. There is also tap to focus present and you can swipe from left to right to give you more manual control.

On the video side, there is Slow motion video available – which is really good. Also, the video is recorded at 1080p by default. One thing lacking in Moto X Play is the ability to tap to focus while in the video. The device will take a snap if you try to tap to focus.

Talking about the picture quality –  Moto X Play performs like a beast outdoors. There is enough sharpness and colour temperature is also good enough. The one disappointing thing is that the HRD and normal pictures look almost alike – no difference.

Indoor photography was okayish – that is what we would expect from a Motorola phone. There is a fair bit of noise when you take pictures indoors – not a deal breaker, though.

The front facing camera performs really good indoors and outdoors. Thumbs up for that! Also, it takes 1080p videos by the front facing camera

Overall the camera performance is very much above average and not a dealbreaker if you are looking to buy the device


 

Yes! Water Repellent and scratch resistant too

First of all – Moto X Play is not water resistant. It is water repellent. There’s a big difference. You cannot take water repellent phones for a dip – whereas you can take water resistant for a dip.

Here in this video below, we have tested the Moto X Play to full extent by pouring water on top and bottom for the phone. And later in the video we also performed the scratch test with Keys and scissors. Watch the video for a detailed video.


 

  • Buy the Moto X Play 16GB White, Black here (Rs. 18,499)

  • Buy the Moto X Play 32GB White, Black here (Rs. 19,999)


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Final Vedrict: An Exciting Beast!

The Moto X Play is everything you need – in one package. It has a humongous battery which will easily last you 2 days, it has a  great 21MP camera and the performance is also very much in par with the high end flagships. The Moto X range has never failed to deliver and the Moto X Play mostly continues this trend, but with a little less gusto than previous years.

If you’re looking for an unassuming mid-range smartphone that delivers excellent battery life and a solid experience, the Moto X Play certainly ticks the boxes. However there’s nothing fancy about this device. It nails the hammer when it comes to day to day usage and performance need.

What do you think of the Moto X Play? Let us know your views in the comments below

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Bhavin

Tech Enthusiast. Technology is a place where I find Solace!

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