Moto X Play review: An unexciting phone with a huge battery
The Moto X Play seems built for one thing. It can't compete with other devices on specs, but it will last you two days on a single charge.If you prioritize battery life over everything, it's definitely worth considering.
- Truly all-day battery life
- The best Motorola camera yet
- Solid performance
- Questionable value when compared to other Moto phones
- Camera is still poor in low light
- Not waterproof like the Moto G
The Moto X Play occupies a strange space in the company's 2015 lineup. It's an affordable, mid-range handset that does a decent job of keeping pace with the flagships. But at £249 ($382 including the UK's 20 percent sales tax), it's not that much more affordable than the company's top-tier X Style, and it's a lot pricier than our favorite budget smartphone, the Moto G. That's not to say there aren't benefits to splashing out on the X Play. You'll get a larger, higher-res display than on the G, an all-new 21-megapixel camera, a capacious 3,630mAh battery and a whole lot more. If you've got your heart set on a Moto, could these additions be worth the extra cash? It really depends on what you want from a smartphone.