LFT Track Tech: Verizon Moto Z2 Play

Welcome to the new Track Tech! As you may know, I’ve been partnered with Verizon as a “tech blogger” since May of 2014. In that time I’ve normally posted a review of my devices after my demo is complete. More recently, I’ve talked about them on social media and done live updates during my demo. I thought I would combine the best of both worlds by trying a live notebook during each demo, so I can share all the cool discoveries I make about these devices on the daily! This live notebook will be easily accessible at the top of Live Full Throttle, just under the main homepage logo and links. Once the current demo time is up, the entire notebook for that device will be archived as a Track Tech post and accessible at any time!

The most fun part about this new format, in my opinion… is that you can tweet at me or the site on Twitter with questions about the current device and I can look into it or demo it for you in real time so you have immediate feedback! Make sure you use the hashtag #LFTtracktech for those questions!

Updates coming daily! 

July 22nd, 2017: 

  • The battery life proved itself yet again today. Remember how I mentioned my fun side job, hosting registration at events on the weekends? Well, normally I bring my Mophie battery pack and plug in my phone during registration, so I never have to worry about my phone dying while I use the Eventbrite Organizer app to check folks in for 3-4 hours straight. However, on my way to Pittsburgh this morning, it occurred to me that I forgot to pack the Mophie! I got such little sleep after the Indians game, fireworks, and parking garage fiasco, that I got home a bit before 3:00 a.m., slept about 4 hours, woke up and packed… totally forgetting the whole “digital devices” portion of my suitcase! I forgot chargers, battery pack, laptop, etc. Thankfully, it was never an issue. 3.5 hours of registration and the Z2 Play was only down to I was only down to 79%! I love this thing. But I’m back at the hotel now, and it’s still raining (thanks Google Weather)… and that means it’s time to nap. We will hunt for nearby food using the “Ok, Google” feature later… from the comfort of this cozy Sheraton Sweet Sleeper.

July 21st, 2017: 

  • The battery life on this thing is ridiculous. In the best way. I spent my entire day with this phone on at work, though granted I was not using it actively except for my lunch break. But I used it for navigation after work to make it to a driving experience with Cadillac at the I-X Center, took tons of pictures and videos when I was outside of the cars, and then headed out to Progressive Field to watch the Cleveland Indians game. I was supposed to go to this game with my Dad, but he had some pretty major surgery last week and couldn’t go with me. It felt weird to go with anyone but him to Rock ‘n Blast weekend so I ventured to “The Jake” solo. Given that fact, I spent a lot of the time between innings on my phone and the battery was still running strong around 38% at the end of the game. It was last plugged in at 6:30 a.m. this morning. The game went past 11:00 p.m. and then the Rock ‘n Blast fireworks, digital, and pyrotechnics show (also known as the best fireworks show on the planet)  started closer to midnight. I took video of the entire 23 minute show with the Moto Z2 Play from start to finish so that I could share it with my Dad that weekend. The battery barely drained during that entire “filming”. I used it continually as I walked very slowly down the dozen ramps, full of people, as the sold-old ballpark emptied out onto the streets of Cleveland. I played music from it when I got back to my parking garage and for the entire hour and 15 minutes it took to get from the 6th (top) level to the pay booth! As I was getting ready to pay my parking and leave the garage, I noticed the screen dim and tell me that I was at 15% battery so I gave in and plugged it in to my car. It was approximately 2:15 a.m. and after 20 hours, it was finally thirsty. I don’t know about you – but I find that pretty impressive!

July 20th, 2017: 

  • I have a couple part-time jobs and one of them is a really fun gig where I host registration for events in different cities in the MidWest. I spent most of today getting ready, packing, and prepping for this upcoming weekend in Pittsburgh. All of the events are themed and this one was “Country” so I used the split-screen to search Google images for country costumes and then used the other half of the screen to jot down ideas I liked! This might not be a device-specific feature, but the split screen on Android is really great to use on this phone because of the 5.5” Full HD sAMOLED display and 401 ppi. I didn’t need to squint my eyes to make out details in the outfits or to read my tiny fonts!

July 19th, 2017: 

  • Absolutely love that I can flip this phone over to silence it at any time. I turn it over on my nightstand to activate Do Not Disturb mode when I’m headed off the dreamland and I can enjoy the peaceful 3-5 hours of rest I get per night! I arranged the settings so only alarms will still sound when it’s flipped over. You can also set it to “priority only” sounds, meaning that it will sound to marked contacts calls and texts no matter what – say your kids or a certain family member, or a particular caller whose call you are waiting on. This setting and it’s preferences are located in the Moto App, under ‘Moto Actions’.

July 17th, 2017:

  • I started my demo with the new Moto Z2 Play this past weekend. Off the bat, I loved that it was a thin device but one of the larger-sized phones on the market – comparable to a Google Pixel XL or iPhone 7 Plus. Great for reading articles with less scrolling, and watching videos or livestream (like that of the Verizon IndyCar Series practices & qualifying from Toronto this past weekend) which doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re missing out.
  • Flat sides and a solid flat screen on the Z2 Play provide a good grip as well, while also allowing you to prop the phone up against something to watch those aforementioned videos or livestreams with friends & family. This kind of design is my preference on a smartphone. I want it to feel sturdy, not fragile.

July 14th, 2017:

  • Screen rotation is a given with any smartphone, but the Moto Z2 Play does something with the rotation that is rare – rotate the homescreen! And something I don’t remember seeing on any past demos – it allows you to lock the screen in landscape mode. This was one of the first things I noticed when setting up the phone today and playing around with it’s features & customization.
    • On the ‘cons’ side though, you can not change the grid size for the homescreen which means icons for apps will always be the size you see them. I’m someone that prefers to put as much on one screen as possible – I like to keep things consolidated.
      • On that note though, I was very happy that this Android had the apps page hidden and easily accessible by a swipe up from the home bar at the bottom of the screen. I do not like the iOS method of having all apps of numerous home pages. If I only use an app once in a blue moon, then yes I want it installed and I want to be logged in so it’s convenient, but I don’t want to look at it 7 days a week.
  • If you swipe right from the homescreen, you have the choice of pulling up the pre-installed AppFlash, or pulling up the Google App. You can also disable this feature if it’s not useful for you.
    • Personally, I am not a big fan of pre-installed programs like AppFlash or Flipboard. I prefer to keep things simple when it comes to information and access to my usage – that’s why I’m a Google Girl.

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