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Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play – Buying Guide!

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Lenovo recently launched their latest flagship, the Lenovo Z2 Plus which can also be said as the successor of the Lenovo Zuk Z1. Le launched their first device, the Le Eco 1s which was a very big hit over here. The company launched the LeMax 2, a mid-range budget device in India last month. In August, Motorola bought out the Moto Z Play which is also known as the Moto Z Play Droid in the USA. All of these devices cost in the range of 18,000-25,000. Lenovo Z2 being the cheapest and Moto z Play the costliest. So are you thinking to get a device in this range? Let us compare Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play

Which one to buy? – Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play

Design and Display – Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play.

Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play

The Lenovo Zuk Z2 has a 5 inch FULL HD display and has a very attractive sleek design and weighs 149g. Comparing it with the Lenovo Zuk Z1, the Z2 Plus has a complete changeover; it has the Gorilla Glass 4 on the front as well as the rear. The Home Button on the front can do tons of jobs, firstly it acts like a Fingerprint scanner for security purposes, you can either press it to take you to the Home Screen, or simply tap it to go back. Swiping from left to right will show up the recent screen. However, the button is customizable too. The LeMax 2 has a huge screen of 5.6 inches and has a QHD screen. There’s a fingerprint scanner at the back of the metal unibody of the LeMax 2. The LeMax 2 is bit heavier than the Lenovo Z2 Plus weighing 189g on the scale. The metal unibody makes the device look premium and feels good to use too. Coming to the Moto Z Play, its features a  5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display. The square shaped fingerprint scanner is provided on the front side of the device. All of these devices use the latest, USB Type-C ports. The Lenovo Zuk Z2 Plus and the Motorola Z play have the 3.5mm Headphone jack, while the LeMax 2 uses its Type-C port for headphone purposes.

 Performance – Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play.

Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2

All of these devices run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Lenovo Z2 Plus and LeMax 2 have their OS while the Moto Z Play works on the Stock Google Android. Lenovo Z2 Pls uses Snapdragons 820 SoC with a 64-bit QuadCore Kryo CP.15U running at 2.15GHz and 4GB of RAM. On the other hand, the LeMax 2 shows the 2GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4GB of RAM.  Similarly, the Moto Z Play is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor running on 3GB of RAM. Lenovo ditched the CyanogenOS and now uses their made os named ZUI. On the same way, LeMax 2 works on LeEcos EUI.

Camera – Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play

Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play

The Lenovo Z2 Plus has a 13MP camera which can shoot 4K videos on the back and an 8MP Camera on the front capable of shooting 1080p videos. The device can capture amazing photos in day light and is average when sing at night. The LeMax 2 features a 21MP Sony IMX camera with a f/2.0lens and dual LED flash lights on the back. Similar to the Z2 Plus, LeNAz 2 also has an 8MP front camera. In camera aspects, the LeMax is almost the same as the Lenovo Z2 Plus. Coming to the Motorola Z Play, it offers a 16MP camera at the back capable of shooting 4K video and excellent daylight photos. At the front, there’s a 5MP camera a selfies!

Storage – Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play

The Lenovo Z2 Plus is available in two variants
1. 64GB/ 4GB RAM
2. 128GB/ 6GB RAM and doesn’t has an SD Card slot.

Similarly, the LeMax 2 is available in 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM and does not show an SD Card slot. The Moto Z Play is available in only one variant, 32GB/3GB RAM but can be expanded using an SD Card up to 256 GB

Battery – Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play

The Lenovo Z2 Plus comes with a 3500mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0. On an average use, the device can last for the whole day without charging. The LeMax 2 has a 3100mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 Surprisingly the battery can last for more than 24hrs on an average use. The Moto Z Play features a nonremovable 3510mAh battery which performs well too. All of these devices use the USB Type-C port for QuickCharging. Type-C has become very common these days for mid-range devices. And yeah, these batteries don’t explode xD

Which one should I buy? – Lenovo Z2 Plus vs LeMax 2 vs Moto Z Play

Aaaand here we’re at the end of this war, looking at the Lenovo Z2 Plus it’s a very good device priced at 18000INR, and honestly, for the price, it’s currently the best device in the market. LeMax 2 being a decent device, it costs around 23999 INR, according to me it’s a bit overpriced and should’ve been around 19-20k INR. Leaving that apart, you can consider the LeMax 2 if you’re looking for a good camera phone and a phone with a metal unibody. The Moto Z Play costing 24999INR is the best buy for those who are looking for a durable phone which can last from 3-4 years with decent specs.

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Motorola no more producing the same quality?

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A lot of you may know, I use a Moto G 3rd Gen as my primary device. I have been using it since it launched and now after a few months, I feel like Moto is not producing the same quality as it used to.

I always had a soft spot for Moto because of reasons like Stock Android, Good build quality, good price etc. Now with the 3rd generation of the devices, I don’t really see it anymore. My Moto G3’s volume rocker’s metallic coating seems to be going off. As the phone is waterproof, It is normal that it will be in contact with water more than other phones. The coating which Moto did on the buttons seems to be a victim of rusting. As you can see in the image below, we can see the plastic of the button and only a little of the metallic coating is left that too is slowly rusting off.

Motorola Moto G3 volume rocker rusting

Motorola Moto G3 volume rocker rusting

 

I also found something which we don’t normally see in other phones. The camera module and the metallic ring over it seem to have a little space in between. It may be that it has been created over time due to some dust particles but it looks a little scary as If the gap increases, The phone may no longer be waterproof as water can easily go through the gap to the inside circuitry.

Moto G Camera and metal gap

Moto G Camera and metal gap

Another big problem which I have come across is whenever I submerge the phone in water, The main speaker of the phone stops working and it doesn’t work until you shake the phone for a few minutes which maybe takes the water drops out of the speaker. Because of that, the phone is no more waterproof for me, I can’t risk the speaker every time I keep my phone under water. This even happens with just a few drops, If even a single drop of water enters the speaker grill, It stops working.

Moto G speaker Grill

Moto G speaker Grill

A few weeks back Moto released the Android Marshmallow update and It just destroyed all the fluent experience I used to get. I made a review video of it which you can see here.  After the marshmallow update, I am getting a number of bugs. The phone hangs while multi-tasking, sometimes all the icons vanishes when unlocking and then we need to restart and overall performance has decreased. People also faced some weird bugs.

Moto G Marhmallow update

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The Problems aren’t completed yet. The recently launched Moto G3 turbo seems to have Heating problem. We can blame it to the snapdragon 615 but the thing is why did Moto choose it firstly?

If you remember the Moto X 2nd Gen, It used to come in different models like bamboo, Leather, ebony etc. Over time, It was observed that the leather used to get worn out pretty bad and in some cases, It even came out of the casing. You can see in the image below how the Moto X got worn out in just a couple of days. You can see more about that on this Android Central forum.

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Moto X New VS Moto X after a few days of use

There also have been some Call Quality issues with the Droid Maxx 2 which will be launching soon in India. You can read more about that here.

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