Đánh giá motorola x play

Solid camera, screen, microSD thẻ slot and 1.5-day battery life, mean this stock-Android điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh gets the basics right


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The Motorola xe máy X Play gets the basics right, while providing a few flagship features for less. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian
The Motorola moto X Play gets the basics right, while providing a few flagship features for less. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The Motorola moto X Play aims to lớn be the phone that gets the basics right & packs a few high-end features, & still costs under £300 – but does it succeed?

Curvy back, straight face


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The metal frame và curved back feel great in the hand. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe xe máy X Play resembles every other điện thoại thông minh Motorola has made in the last two years: a button-free front with speakers top and bottom, & a curve to lớn its back.

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Compared lớn the super-thin smartphones from Samsung and Apple, the moto X Play seems rather chunky at 10.9mm thick. That’s 4mm thicker than the wafer that is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. It’s even bigger than similarly priced rivals: 2.4mm thicker và 12g heavier than the Huawei Honor 7 và 1mm thicker – though 6g lighter – than the 5.5in OnePlus 2.

The curved back và rubberised plastic cover make the moto X Play comfortable in the hand. Other materials, including wood, are available for the replaceable back cover. The build chất lượng of the phone is solid, apart from the buttons on the side which feel loose and have some play to them. The phone is splash resistant, but not waterproof, which means spills are fine, trips down the nhà vệ sinh are not.

Its 5.5in 1080p screen is decent with good viewing angles, colour reproduction & brightness. It is very similar to rivals, although slightly more vibrant than that of the OnePlus 2, for instance.

The display is not quite up to lớn scratch with the top-spec flagships from Samsung & LG, with significantly lower px density - just 403 pixels per inch (ppi) compared to the LG G4’s 538ppi 5.5in screen. The difference is noticeable but most users will likely be satisfied with the sharpness of the 1080p screen for the money.

The two front-facing speakers are not a stereo pair. The vị trí cao nhất one is the handset’s earpiece, the bottom the loud speaker, which is a shame.


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The plastic back sits inlayed around a metal frame and camera module. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Specifications

Screen: 5.5in 1080p LCD (403ppi) Processor: octa-core Snapdragon 615 RAM: 2GB of RAM Storage: 16/32GB plus microSD thẻ slot Camera: 21MP rear camera (f/2.0), 5MP front-facing camera Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, công nghệ bluetooth 4.0 & GPS Dimensions: 148 x 75 x 10.9 mm Weight: 169g

Not-quite-two-day battery


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The back is only removable so it can be customised. The battery is not removable & the microSD card sits within the sim-card tray in the top. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe xe máy X Play comes with Qualcomm’s new mid-range Snapdragon 615 processor, which does not suffer the heat problems of its top of the range 810. It is also not quite as powerful – and with only 2GB of RAM is a little short on memory compared to lớn its competition.

I found the phone lớn be snappy. It wasn’t noticeably slower than the OnePlus 2, but was less immediate in navigating menus và other interface elements compared lớn the very fast Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.

The xe máy X Play will be able to handle most things without issue: even a particularly frenetic game of Shooting Stars didn’t phase it. Only the most graphically demanding games are likely to lớn cause issues for the Play.

Motorola claims the moto X Play has an “up khổng lồ two-day” battery life, thanks to lớn a 3630 mAh battery, which is at least 20% larger than most others smartphones.

In my experience, the xe máy X Play didn’t live up khổng lồ that. Waking up at 7am I found it consistently dying by 6pm the next day, giving it a 35-hour battery. I used it as my primary device receiving hundreds of emails and push notifications, listening khổng lồ an hour of music each day, browsing Twitter, Facebook và the mạng internet for around an hour each day, và 20 minutes spent playing games.

The xe máy X Play will therefore safely last a day, no matter how hard it is pushed, but will likely struggle lớn make two days unless your usage is significantly lighter than mine.

The battery charges in under two hours using a Quick Charge or “turbo” nguồn adapter – one is included in the box that has two sockets – which is impressive given the large battery size.

Google’s apk plus helpful apps


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The Moto ứng dụng allows users khổng lồ customise scheduled actions, voice control and the display. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianMotorola uses Google’s standard game android 5 “Lollipop” experience on its smartphones, choosing not khổng lồ modify it, which is the right choice.

The xe máy X Play is bloat-free, unless you count Google’s apps, with just a few reasonably helpful Motorola apps.

Of note is the xe máy actions app that allows users to lớn set up automated tasks such as silencing their phone when they get home or while in meetings. Unfortunately, the Play is missing the karate chop gesture to lớn light the flash as a torch, which works so well on the xe máy G.

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Motorola’s voice control system is also decent, once the activation word is configured correctly. I struggled lớn set it up in an xuất hiện plan office – it needed a quieter space lớn learn my wake-up phrase correctly.

Moto Voice is an enhanced version of Google Now. Users can shout at their điện thoại thông minh even when the screen is off lớn trigger actions, mix timers, ask questions, place phone calls and send messages. It still makes me feel uncomfortable talking to lớn an inanimate object in public, but it worked fine in the home.

Camera


The camera app is fast, but controlling the focus is a faff. Other camera apps are available for more control. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The GuardianThe moto X Play’s 21-megapixel camera is a significant improvement over Motorola’s previous camera efforts. It shoots decent photos with good colour và detail. It isn’t quite up khổng lồ the standards of the Samsung Galaxy S6 or LG G4, but is close when shooting in good light.

The Play struggles, however, in low-light, even with its low-light setting, producing grainy photos that are often out of focus.

Part of the problem is the Motorola camera app. It can be launched with a double twist of the wrist gesture và is really fast to capture images, but Motorola has opted for touch-anywhere to lớn shoot.

Most camera apps touch lớn focus before pressing a camera button khổng lồ take the picture. With Motorola’s you’ve got to lớn hope it knows where you want khổng lồ focus. When taking landscapes or shots of things far away it has no issue, but I frequently missed the shot I was trying to take because of crummy focus.

A drag-to-focus option is available, but it is clunky & all too easy to lớn shoot the wrong subject. Other camera apps are available, of course, including Google’s decent basic Camera app.

The front-facing five-megapixel selfie-cam is solid with a good wide-angle lens to lớn get more than just your face in the picture.

Price

The 16GB xe máy X Play costs £250 in đen or £270 in white. Other colours are available using Motorola’s customisation tool on its site, as is a 32GB version, which costs £319.

For comparison, the OnePlus 2 costs £239, but is not freely available, while Huawei Honor 7 costs £250 & the LG G4 costs £340.

Verdict

The xe máy X Play is another good điện thoại for the money from Motorola. It, lượt thích the moto G, ticks all the right boxes and has only cut corners on some of the small things.

The Play is not a “flagship killer” và doesn’t profess lớn be. It doesn’t have any real killer features, but instead provides a decent android experience for at least £100 less than top-end rivals.

It’s close lớn being fantastic, only let down by a collection of small niggles with the camera, buttons and speakers, but is still excellent value for a name-brand, easy-to-buy smartphone.

Pros: decent battery life, solid camera, stock Android, helpful xe máy apps, microSD card slot, good screen, splash proof

Cons: wobbly buttons, camera ứng dụng too simple, camera struggles in low-light, chunky, no removable battery


Motorola xe máy X Play review - buttons Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

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