The Moto Z2 Play's dialer is simple and clean. There are only three tabs: favorites, call history, and contacts. The dial pad is accessed by the blue button at the bottom. From here, you can use alpha-numeric input of the dialer to search for a name.
The dialer has an integrated call blocker, which can be found in the dialer's Settings.
Do Not Disturb mode settings can be found under "Sound" in the Settings app. Here, you can fine tune which calls or notification have priority. You can also set rules for when the phone should automatically go into Do Not Disturb mode.
Even though Hangouts is perfectly capable of handling all your messages, SMS and MMS included, Lenovo has opted not to pre-load it on the Moto Z2 Play and go for a proprietary app instead.
It is really simple and reminiscent of the AOSP messages app. You get conversation aggregation, plentiful attachment support and that's about it.
Gboard is the default keyboard from Google and offers many features, predictive text, simultaneous language support, emoji and GIF search, and perform Google searches directly from the keyboard. You can look something up or share a result.
And just in case you are hankering for some extra tactile feeling, just like the days of old, Motorola's Mod platform might just have you covered. This startup campaign for a sliding, backlit keyboard is definitely worth checking out. However, keep in mind that it is a third-party accessory in early development. Still better than not having any alternatives to on-screen typing at all.
Since the Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play are almost identical in dimensions and overall control shapes and placements, it only makes sense for their loudspeakers to perform equally well. Both phones employ a single speaker design - a hybrid approach, that acts as an earpiece as well.
While this has the potential to end up a disaster, the Moto Z2 Play pulls it off masterfully, just like its more expensive sibling. The output might be mono, but it's loud and falls just a bit short of what the Z2 Force managed in our tests and well within the margin of error.
|Speakerphone test||Voice, dB||Ringing ||Overall score|
The speaker itself also has the benefit of a front-facing placement, which is great for multimedia and has a surprisingly wide range as well. Naturally, you can't expect any serious bass out of such a tiny speaker, but the Moto Z2 Play does do a great job of playing back boomy tracks. Cranking the volume up doesn't lead to distortion either.
The Motorola Moto Z2 Play demonstrated perfectly clean output when hooked up to an active external amplifier. Its loudness was among the highest we’ve seen too, rounding up a great performance in the first half of our test.
Volume remained just as high with headphones and the degradation was impressively low, so we were in for another excellent showing here. Stereo quality was the only affected reading, and even it remained pretty good.
|Test||Frequency response||Noise level||Dynamic range||THD||IMD + Noise||Stereo crosstalk|
|Xiaomi Redmi 4||+0.06, -0.02||-94.3||90.8||0.0024||0.0089||-94.0|
|Xiaomi Redmi 4 (headphones)||+0.06, -0.04||-93.8||90.6||0.035||0.044||-79.5|
You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.