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Motorola Moto X Play Comes With a Complete Absence of Bloat Ware Running Nearly Pure Stock Android

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The Moto X Play is Motorola’s mid-range phone, having a better screen compared to the Moto G.

It is available in versions of 16 GB and 32 GB. It makes use of stock Android, Lollipop version without any skins.

Design

The front of the device is simple with a 5.5 inches screen display, and it does not sport any ugly logos. The phone is trimmed in plastic and offers the option of black or white front and eight accent trims. The back panel can be removed and comes in rubberized plastic, capable of taking a few knocks without getting damaged. It comes with an IP57 rating, so a little bit of water will not lead to a breakdown.

It is quite a big phone with dimensions of 148 x 75 x 10.9 mm and weighs 169 grams. The design is clean, and you can easily hold it in a single hand.

Display of the X-Play

The 5.5 inches screen comes with a resolution of 1080 pixels, LCD panel and a pixel density of 403 ppi. It is a sharp and accurate display, with two modes allowing users to customize the settings. There is the Normal mode with realistic colors and the vibrant mode for color saturation. The Gorilla Glass Three covers the device and makes it more durable, though not scratch resistant.

Camera

It comes with a fantastic 21 MP rear camera, which is much higher than the usual 13 MP ones in mid-range phones. The f2.0 aperture is capable of capturing good pictures even in low light conditions. The two-tone flash is useful for getting softer tones. The camera is quick, and you can go to the shooting mode just by shaking the device. The auto HDR mode is able to switch from one mode to another according to the surroundings, so there is no need of manual toggling. However, the OIS feature is lacking, and the shutter speed is rather slow.

Operating System

The 5.0 Lollipop from Android is a joy on this phone, especially with the introduction of the Material Design. The OS works smoothly and has a straightforward organization as well as customizability options. All the regular apps are present, and Moto X Play uses a nearly stock Android version, with just some additional apps and tweaks, which actually improve the experience.

Pros

The display is fantastic, and the design and build are good. The camera is excellent, and the software does not come with ugly skins. Motorola continues to have a stripped back policy towards Android and uses stock Android, without covering it with ugly skins.

Cons

However, photos are not up to the standard in low light conditions, and there are a few performance issues as well. It does not come with a turbocharger.

Verdict

The main selling point of the device is its large battery that can last for two days. In addition, the 21 MP Camera is another selling point. These are the killer features of this mid-segment phone and allow it to stand up boldly against the more high-end phones from competitors.