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Moto Z2 Force vs. Moto Z2 Play – Which One Should You Choose?

The Lenovo-owned smartphone manufacturer Motorola has just released the brand new Moto Z2 Force. The Moto Z2 Force comes as a new addition in the Moto Z line, alongside the classic Moto Z, the Moto Z2 and the Moto Z2 Play. The latter used to be the newest one, but now that the Moto Z2 Force joined the lineup, it passed on into seniority. Still, many people claim that the Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play are very alike. Let’s see if that truly is so.

Moto Z2 Play

The Moto Z2 Play is a pretty elegant, sleek and sturdy aluminum phone with a 5.5-inch OLED display that puts forth an impressive pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080. It’s pretty hefty in size, but it weighs merely 5.1 ounces. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat on 3GB of RAM, all powered by a now aging Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It has an inbuilt internal storage capacity of 32GB which can be further expanded to a whopping 2TB via microSD support.

The Moto Z2 Play features a pretty good 12MP rear camera that can take extremely high quality photos when set up perfectly. Its front camera however sports a mere 5MP, which is kind of lackluster in this selfie obsessed day and age. The Moto Z2 Play has a powerful 3,000 mAh battery which can hold up for hours on end of incessant usage. And, most importantly, it retails for 408 dollars, or 17 dollars a month, which is a more than decent price for a phone with this kind of hardware.

Moto Z2 Force

Now that we presented the first contender aptly, let us consider the Moto Z2 Force as well. Considering that the Moto Z2 Force has the word ‘Force’ as its distinguishing attribute, you’d expect it to be a more powerful version of the Moto Z2 Play. And it is, but only up to a point. Keep reading to find out what sets these two phones apart both positively and negatively.

So, the Moto Z2 Force looks a whole lot like the Moto Z2 Play before it. In fact, the two phones are almost identical in size, girth and overall heft, with the only mention of the Moto Z2 Force being a bit lighter with its 5.04 ounces. The screen on the Moto Z2 Force is still a 5.5-inch OLED display, but with a far enhanced pixel resolution of 2560 x 1440. The Moto Z2 Force has the same 5MP front camera, but its 12MP rear one is way better because it features a dual setup which, as we all know, is very in style these days.

The Moto Z2 Force runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, it has 4GB of RAM and a state of the art Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the very same one that the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have. Its 64GB of internal storage can be upgraded to 2TB via microSD support, which is the same capacity as the Moto Z2 Play. However, the main difference that emphasizes the Moto Z2 Force negatively this time is its smaller 2,730 mAh battery. Although the difference is not that big, you can still feel it in the phone’s battery life, especially when its specs are this much more robust.

The Moto Z2 Force retails for 750 dollars, or 30 dollars per month, which means that it’s almost double the price of the Moto Z2 Play. It’s overall a better and way more elegant and robust phone, but at the end of the day are its advantages enough to justify the price? No, they are not.

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  1. Brad Stowers August 10, 2017