I somehow missed all the deals for the Moto Z Play, but the Moto G5 Plus launched recently, and uses the same chipset. Even better, if you have an Amazon Prime membership, you get $60 off for the 4GB RAM/64GB Storage version. My experience with the Blu R1 HD is that the Amazon add-ons to the phone aren't obtrusive, especially if you have lots of storage and so can forgive the non-deletable pre-installed apps. Having learned my lesson about storage, I decided to go for the larger storage version. 4GB of RAM can't hurt, since I did notice that the Moto G 2015 did frequently run with very little free space.
Compared with the Moto Z Play, the Moto G5 Plus has:
- Smaller screen (5.2" vs 5.5")
- No NFC (the European versions have NFC but no compass!) NFC is nice, but as far as I can tell, none of the phone payment methods have really taken off, so it's a non issue. The compass is very useful when using any navigation apps, so I really appreciate that the US version has the compass.
- LCD screen vs AMOLED screen (no question, AMOLED screens are superior!)
- Smaller battery (3000mAH vs 3510 mAH)
- No Moto Mods (no big deal --- as of date there are no Moto Mods worth the price or weight or bulk)
- Lighter (156g vs 165g)
- Different camera (can't tell whether it's any better or worse, just different)
- 4GB RAM (vs 3GB)
- 64GB storage (vs 32GB storage)
- micro-USB vs USB C (this is a feature as far as I'm concerned --- no need to buy new cables!)
- No full-time "OK Google". (would have been nice to have, but I didn't have it on the 2015 Moto G or the S7 either!)
Battery life has been nothing short of incredible, coming from both the S7 and the Moto G 2015. I regularly end the day plugging the phone in and seeing that the battery level is at 40%. This gives me hope that running Live Tracking while riding all day won't kill the battery on the phone.