Moto Z2 Play Makes Appearance With Its Slim Self

According to the crew at TechnoBuffalo, the phone you are seeing below is none other than the follow-up to my favorite mid-range phone of all time. I’m talking about the Moto Z Play as my favorite, so this would be the Moto Z2 Play.

The phone, assuming these images are legit, matches up nicely to the 2017 Moto phone design we have seem a couple of times already. In other words, this Z2 Play looks like the Moto G5 Plus and the leaked Moto Z2. You’ve got the hump-of-all-humped cameras on the back, along with a softly rounded fingerprint reader on the front chin (RIP: square Moto reader). We’re also seeing front camera with front flash, PINs for Moto Mods access, and a familiar side button setup. Oh, the phone is gold and white too, but you can see that without me describing it.  (more…)

Moto G5 Plus Review

It has been a couple of years since we last reviewed a Moto G phone, so even though we don’t always drop down to the mid-tier range, it felt like a good time to make a return before Samsung’s new ridiculously expensive products arrive. This time, it’s the Moto G5 Plus, a phone that is going to give a whole bunch of phones a run for their money, money that probably doubles what Motorola wants to charge you for this guy.

To recap, the Moto G5 Plus is the upgraded version of the Moto G5 that will be sold here in the US. In other words, there is no Moto G5 here, only this guy, the Plus. It has a 5.2-inch FHD LCD display (1080p), Snapdragon 625 processor, 12MP f/1.7 camera, fingerprint reader, microSD support, water repellent coating, 3000mAh non-removable battery, and connectivity on all major US carriers. Depending on how much you want to spend, you get to choose between 32GB or 64GB storage and either 2GB or 4GB RAM.

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks with the 64GB/4GB model and have a whole bunch of thoughts to share about it. Let’s do this right now – this is our Moto G5 Plus review.  (more…)

We All Need More of What Moto and the Snapdragon 625 are Cookin’

If you are in the market for a new phone and want the most bang for your buck without breaking the bank, a Motorola phone powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor should be a combination you consider. Honestly, it should almost be the only combination to consider if you care more about battery life than anything else in a phone.

I’ve talked about my love for the Moto Z Play on a handful of occasions, a phone that does indeed run a 625. I’ve talked about it so much because the battery life on that phone is something I’ve never experienced before in all my years testing smartphones. But now, Motorola has a new Snapdragon 625 device, the Moto G5 Plus. Sure, it lacks NFC and is one of the ugliest phones you’ll ever touch (at least the gold model is), but it’s the only phone I’ve found that comes close to the Z Play in terms of battery life, yet it also undercuts the Z Play’s price by more than $100.  (more…)

Is This Our First Look at the Moto Z2?

The folks behind both @onleaks and @slashleaks accounts are under the impression that the phone you are seeing above is the Moto Z2, the follow-up to last year’s modular Motorola flagship line. The phone certainly looks like it could be the next Moto Z, as its overall design is very similar, yet features some of Moto’s 2017 phone design choices.  (more…)