Review: Moto Z Play + Hasselblad Moto Mod

– [Michael] If you’re a fan
of unconventional gadgets, then you already know about
the Moto Z line from Lenovo, the super slim smartphones
that sprout more features as quickly as you can say Moto Mod. The thing is, those phones
are pretty expensive and they don’t have the best cameras. The solution, a less expensive Moto Z and a brand new Moto Mod. I’m Michael Fisher, and this
is the Mr. Mobile review of the Moto Z Play and the True Zoom Moto
Mod from Hasselblad. (electronic music) The phone is easier to
encapsulate, so let’s hit it first. In short, thicken up a Moto Z, swap out the metal back for a glass one, and take all the specs down a notch. Now, that’s par for the course when you make a mid-tier
version of a flagship phone, but here’s the twist. In everyday use, I could almost never tell I was using a mid-range device. While Lenovo may have
hobbled some of the hardware, it left the features
almost completely intact. Nearly the entire Moto
suite has been left alone and the day-to-day responsiveness is just as zippy as the Z and Z Force. It sounds bogus, I know, but
if there was ever a product that proves the folly of
focusing too closely on specs, this is it. In fact, some of those spec sacrifices make for a better smartphone. That Snapdragon 625 is less powerful than the 820 in the Moto Z, but Qualcomm specifically calls out
how power efficient it is, and this is one time that the reality absolutely matches the marketing. I can’t get any current Android phone to last me more than a day, and some, like the original Moto Z,
don’t always get me that far. Now, the Z Play, with that huge battery working together with the
power-saving processor usually has about half a
charge left when I go to bed. For me, that kind of endurance
is totally worth the hit in processing power, especially since I can’t even notice a
difference in performance. I should mention though
that the lower amount of RAM does make shuffling apps a bit more pokey. Also, the screen res takes a
downgrade; it’s only full HD. On the flip side, the glass
back on the plate is very soft. It’s much more prone to scratches than the metal panel of the Z and weirdly, the style shells don’t seem
to fit as snugly either. Other mods lock on just fine though. As Lenovo promised,
everything is interchangeable across the Z line. I’ve used the Tumi battery
pack and JBL Sound Dock on the Play, and they work just as well as they do on the other Zs. Let’s get to the newest of the mods, Hasselblad is a Swedish company that’s been in the camera
business long enough to have literally put cameras on the moon, and it pays homage to its 75th anniversary with a little Easter
egg on the face of this, its first ever smartphone accessory. This is the True Zoom. You slap it on the back of a Moto Z and instantly, it looks
more like a classic camera than any smartphone you’ve seen before. More importantly, it feels like one. You’ve got a big grip on the right side, stippled for traction and topped by a two-stage shutter button. Push the power key alongside and you see why it’s called the True Zoom. The motor driven lens assembly is capable of 10X optical magnification,
which you can control by the telephoto toggle
under the shutter release. The Moto Viewfinder is
almost completely unchanged, so there’s basically no learning
curve, and you can still launch the camera with
Moto’s quick gesture. There are a few custom modes thrown in for sports and night shooting, as well as the capability to
record stills in raw format. And if you wanna use the
True Zoom with another app like Snapchat or Instagram,
that’s no problem. Once again, Moto has completely
delivered in terms of delivering a Mod with the
stock smartphone experience. And maybe it’s no surprise
that the biggest advantage to the True Zoom is zooming. 10X is a crazy amount of magnification compared to the crappy digital cropping of the Z Play’s regular camera, and the stabilization makes it possible to get a clear photo even
at full mag in low light, though it does take a steady hand. You’ve got a xenon flash
here if you want it and dual microphones for
clearer audio recording when you switch to video mode. Oh, a note on that, while
the phone can shoot in 4K, you’ll be confined to HD
when using the True Zoom. I took a bunch of shots with
the Z Play’s onboard camera followed immediately by the True Zoom. Having this kind of range in
your pocket is really fun, and it’s a very comfortable
camera to shoot with too. But is it something I’d buy myself? Honestly, probably not. I tend to find the Z Play’s onboard camera perfectly serviceable for everyday use because like most people, I’m throwing filters on my
photos and uploading them through Facebook and
Instagram’s compression anyway. Also, the True Zoom is slow. First, you need to attach it. Then you wait for the optics to unfold, and then you wait for it to focus, which can take a very long time. Now, I used the True Zoom
on pre-release software so it’s likely some of
this will get better as Lenovo pushes out updates. I did receive one about halfway
through the review period but it didn’t seem to
make much difference. And the True Zoom suffers from
the same convenience issues a lot of Moto Mods do. It’s too cumbersome to
leave on there all the time so you need to carry it separately, and so now, you’re devoting
two pockets to your phone instead of just one. Now, if you’re the kind of person who carries a point and
shoot camera anyway, you’re already used to that. Maybe in that case, the
True Zoom makes sense. It’s really the only way I can see to justify the suggested retail price. Check the description for that, as it wasn’t finalized by press time. And as a final quibble, I wish Hasselblad would have thrown in some extra storage or at least a small battery,
like some other Moto Mods do. The upshot, while I think
the True Zoom will appeal to the niche photographer,
and I’m happy to see the Moto Mod ecosystem
get something so cool, I don’t see it as a must have. Maybe my opinion will change
over time as software updates come in to clean up
some of the rough edges. On the other side of the coin, the Moto Z Play itself is rock solid. In fact, if this one were
the unlocked version, I would have taken it with
me to Berlin this year to serve as my trade
show sidekick for IFA, which is no small endorsement. It cuts corners where it needs to and it’s certainly not the
phone for the spec freak, but if you’re budget sits around $400, I’d give it serious consideration. I say that despite the $400 tier being one of the most
competitive segments this year. The Z Play has no trouble keeping up. Again, check the description for the suggested retail
price, and for now, it is a Verizon Wireless
exclusive in the States, but you can expect its
unlocked counterpart to launch later this year. I mentioned IFA 2016 before, folks. Subscribe so you don’t
miss more Mr. Mobile videos out of one of the biggest
tech shows of the year. Until next time, thanks for watching and stay mobile, my friends.

100 comments on “Review: Moto Z Play + Hasselblad Moto Mod”

  1. INGSOC says:

    I can get the zte axon 7 , huawei p9 , or BlackBerry dtek60 for 400 bucks.

  2. 2fast4uspartan says:

    Michael Fisher doing the best work as always!

  3. Shashank Patole says:

    This is a fantastically well-rounded review! Thumbs-up Mr. Mobile!

  4. simi Glass says:

    I love your videos but when are you doing a review on the new Moto z play ?

  5. Debra Dukes says:

    Thanks so much I caught up on your other Reviews that I forget to mention that I really enjoyed Moto definitely has a special place in my collection and will most likely be back. I really enjoyed the Review on this but could not see picking it up because for such a great Company and not perfect it like they should. I do like it but also could not retify picking it up with all the other Mods that if you keep adding on can get very pricey. I also have had the battle whether it should get the Sound or Camera and came back to the Sound because if I want a Camera I'm going to get one that has whole package. I do have a few good Camera's but definitely due for upgrade Thanks so much for sharing I really appreciate all your Awesome Reviews Thanks again Deb 👍

  6. khota rao says:

    my Lumia 1020 do better than this alone ..

  7. Jaee Pushaa says:

    Verizon phones are GSM unlocked

  8. MrAsthetics says:

    "Moto z from Lenovo"😂😂😂😂

  9. Counterpoint Gaming says:

    yeah Hasselblad Moto Mod costs almost as much as the phone

  10. Zain Rajput says:

    nice cool

  11. Regylle Bashrylle says:

    nice phone
    I try to find but not available in saudi arabia

  12. Technical trick says:

    awesome camera

  13. CCGtv says:

    I just checked out your video, keep it up and stay blessed !!!

  14. Afri Anca says:

    cool review

  15. herman stokbrood says:

    Don't get me wrong I like this phone very much, but I really don't get the mods. Carrying around a cam-mod or speaker-mod makes no sense to me. I really wish I could get this phone with a stronger back without the connectors.

  16. Spencer Frankel says:

    Would love another review of this bad boy. Wanting a beast battery and good camera 😋 I've missed watching your videos Michael 👍

  17. cleeftonw jean baptiste says:

    I don't care about iPhones, moto is better

  18. Garry Lail says:


  19. Caio Vilas Boas says:

    Watching on a Z Play with a mod attached. 😁

  20. keilo says:

    I believe that next big thing is modularization in mobile phablet! The only thing to work out is the approach to modularization.

  21. Jeff Samaha says:

    Love the Hasselblad mod attachment. One drawback for me is that the zoom is not variable. In other words you can't slow it down while shooting video for a smooth effect. It's either in or out and no in between. I hope an update would cure that problem. Other than that, it takes beautiful photos, a little more color saturation than the phone camera which is great as well.

  22. Isaac PEREIRA says:

    Hey im also from Boston

  23. Reece Ashley says:

    That's great! Almost as great as this group 😀

    I hope this may help you

  24. Abdullah Abro says:

    these madarchod phone is 40,000 rupees in pakistan im going to buy it

  25. Shaun Allsopp says:

    Are you of of Massachusetts

  26. Yui lopez says:

    I have one

  27. sami zain says:

    Please GIVE it to me bro
    My dream phone😥

  28. Sagar Wadkar says:

    very nice

  29. Adam Burns says:

    10 years ago I’d have told you to stop being stupid if someone told me a 1080p was a downgraded display on a mobile 😂

  30. boys basics says:

    Some potential so look forward to with moto being innovative

  31. Иван Иванов says:

    Im I the only one here that is annoyed that he says that manufacturer is Lenovo, while in reality is: Motorola?!? I mean come on, there is the name, the logo…..

  32. Jean Vieira says:

    I'd buy it but that damn Verizon bloatware is so annoying

  33. shehzad Rangwala says:

    Dear apple and samsung plzz respect this moto device

  34. THE CREATORS says:

  35. gaming by tanmay says:

    see this moto vedio
    see this vedio
    click here

  36. Jesse Bam-bam says:

    People most phones claim 4k but they aren't really 4k the megapixels ain't all there like they claim at least to me hasselblad is true 1080 p and video is better quality than any stock video rec. And the flash gets better pics than stock .

  37. Souvik Maity says:


  38. IRON MAN says:

    Man please reply
    Honor 8 or moto z play

  39. 2Kids Entertainment says:

    Only full hd xD thats more than enough for any phone that fits in you hand

  40. Ruba Adwan says:

    After a year using Moto zdroid I can tell you it's the worst phone you can have! From a month till now I can't use it without a power bank or being plugged in the electricity! The moment I unplug it it's on 99% two mins later it's 92% if I try to use the camera the phone shuts down cuz the battery is dead! Plug it in again to charge, it says there's 60% and won't turn on again unless I keep it plugged. If I don't use the phone at all, the battery dies in two hours!! I'm really annoyed! And I'm never gonna buy the battery mode! I bought this phone for the cool modes but never again! I'm changing to Huawei.

  41. im p79811 says:

    Hanging problems ……..?

    In this .. Tell me please

    After using some days .

    For your experience

  42. Jenni Silan says:

    Gosh never know my new phone is better than iphone.

  43. Sandi Gunawan Kusika says:

    That moto mods is bright idea of smartphone.

  44. Mikayel Միքայել says:

    Late and bad copy of s4 zoom

  45. Flim Max says:

    Fan of Michel fisher since 2 years left watching pocketnow after u left it, it reviews r best

  46. It's a me Mario says:

    Even though the video recording is only HD, it's still pretty good because of the optical zoom.

  47. BOBSI BURTON says:

    Maybe bragging about the battery is mostly BS.

  48. Iqrar mansuri says:

  49. Mutazal Luli says:

    just found your channel cause i'm interested in buying the moto Z2 play and i hit the subscribe button cause your review is very clear and i can understand it well even English is not my 1st language. sending you positive vibes from Indonesia brother

  50. BOBSI BURTON says:

    My Moto Z has Turbo Charge and Turbo Drain..

  51. Mukesh Patel says:

    Display damage very week mobile please not sale my opinion

  52. Kevin Garduño says:

    What's the name of that racing game?

  53. 55 44 says:

    Maybe this will be for mountain concert

  54. Ankit Sonu says:

    Why the hell would I not buy a basic DSLR and do more in almost same price.

  55. Abdul Wajid says:

    Can you send me the camera Without money….plzzz

  56. 0fficial.th0t.destroyed says:

    I have Android 7.0.0 on my moto z play

  57. kashan kulachi tv says:

    i have moto z 1

  58. Rashid Mansoori says:

    Moto mood piras

  59. Mike Leng says:

    I just bought JBL sound boost mod but I think the camera mod is much useful than other moto mods

  60. Mike Leng says:

    And thanks about this video, it is directful for me to know about camera mod

  61. ALI Bajwa says:

    My moto z force horizental lines appear plz help me out my WhatsApp 00923205622861

  62. Zackary Erickson says:

    What game is shown being played on the phone?

  63. B L S says:

    If you are traveling and taking landscape shots I highly advise the mod. Took it to Machu Picchu and was able to take amazing photos of the ruins from the mountain peak above.

  64. 690 ADV says:

    great video, well edited.

  65. Josh12342 says:

    I can never understand Lenovo's choice of having a glass back, they should've put an aluminum, also why didn't u do a review on the z force if u did a iPhone 8 AND an 8+ and the 7

  66. Josh12342 says:

    U also forgot that the Moto camera app crashes quite a bit with the mod

  67. Josh F says:

    Mr. Mobile and fpt are now my favorite techtubers.

  68. yassir bhat says:

    Worst phone ever I had….it hangs , camera quality bad , back side it's so bad …..

  69. laventier says:

    I thinks it still worth it for me

  70. Krishna Murari Prasad says:

    You should use galaxy s4 zoom or s5 zoom phone instead of using mode in moto. Galaxy camera are much better than g mod

  71. sky dust says:

    I have the Moto z3 and absolutely love it!!!!

  72. choice choice says:

    Price sir tell me

  73. thecodebuddy says:

    So asking this 2 years later… any software update so far that made it a great deal to have … just curious 😯

  74. proud Pakistani says:

    What the price in Pakistan

  75. TAM DOLL says:

    I hate the Moto these glitch out sooo bad but this Mod is Dope!!

  76. Deepak Nagpal says:

    Love camera with with optical zoom

  77. oYiYrC gnoyoS says:


  78. Mohd kutty. KK. says:


  79. D' RaNDoMiZer says:

    is it LENOVO or MOTOROLA? its confusing.

  80. Shah zaib says:

    Sir. What price

  81. Anderson summers says:

    Largs like crazy
    Worst phone I have used

  82. Ganeshkumar B says:

    Nice I like Moto next time you spech Moto g5s plus


    Is there is any Samsung mod

  84. Mike Young says:

    Yea the mods attaching to the phone is a pretty cool concept and I really like the battery pack one. Yea the focus time is so long wow

  85. Adolfo Usier says:

    cool 👏🏻👏🏻🔝

  86. The Master Promethean says:


  87. Jack Woods says:

    MSRP 137.00 doesn't sound that bad for a Hasselbad camera. I'd say it's a must have.

  88. Ganesh Subramanya says:

    Moto: we can 10x zoom
    Huawai: hold my zoom

  89. Osam Khan says:


  90. Swanand kale says:

  91. Jack Woods says:

    I keep getting a padlock icon when I try to shoot. Why the F doesn't Motorola mention it SOMEWHERE? As for the "extra pocket" I have a belt case that is slightly thicker and carries it and the camera connected.

  92. Darian McDonald says:

    Holy Shit! your a pinback fan too?!

  93. Tara Bahadur Pun says:

    i want moto z play .all set haw much prise.

  94. Kiamehr Parsi says:

    Operating system Android 9 PieProcessor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor
    Screen 6.39-inch Full HD (2340×1080) OLED | 19:9 aspect ratio
    RAM 4GB
    Storage 128GB
    Expandability microSD up to 512GB
    Rear camera 48MP, quad pixel
    phase-detect, laser autofocus
    f/1.7 lens
    dual-LED flash
    Connectivity USB-C
    (USB-C to 3.5mm adapter included)
    Headphone jack Yes
    Water resistance Water-repellent coating
    Security In-display fingerprint sensor, face unlock
    NFC Yes
    Battery 3600mAh

    TurboPower charger (8 hrs battery in 15 min)
    I bought it on Amazon and it's one of the greatest phones i've ever had

  95. Tara Bahadur Pun says:

    Helo sir this good porduct moto z I like .I want an set moto z camera.iam stay malaysia.

  96. Sky Light says:

    Still cant change the battery esily

  97. Jared Montague says:

    Anyone still using the z3 play? It's still my daily driver

  98. Pro09video says:

    When $650 for a phone and a camera model was classified as expensive,

    I liked that time!

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