Moto X Play

The Moto X Play is on sale to the public in some parts of the world right now. With its combined package of the latest software, solid hardware and design and great price, it's sure to be attracting plenty of folks right now.

We've had a little time to start getting to know it and put together a quick hit list on some of the details you need to know.

1. The Moto X Play takes a nanoSIM

It's as simple as that. At this point we'd expect most new smartphones to come toting a nanoSIM slot. But if you're just coming out of a two-year contract (or even if you're not) there's a strong chance you'll still have a microSIM.

So head on down to your local carrier store and pick up a nano. And a pack of adapters if you're planning on ever swapping out to something with a microSIM.

2. The battery is large, but non-removable

Moto X Play

At 3630mAh we've got high expectations for battery life on the Moto X Play. The hardware isn't the most power hungry on the market right now and sometimes you just can't substitute size.

But it's also sealed in tight. Most people should get through even some pretty tough days without needing to find a charger. But if you're worried, make sure you pack a portable battery pack with you.

3. It supports a microSD card

Moto X Play

For some, a microSD card slot isn't important. For others, the lack of one will stop them buying a phone. The good news is that the Moto X Play has one and it's stated as supporting up to 128GB. Since that usually means it supports the microSDXC standard you should be good to use whatever comes over and above 128GB, too.

Like those fancy 200GB ones Sandisk announced earlier this year.

4. When 16GB internal storage doesn't mean 16GB

Moto X PLay

It might be a moot point with the inclusion of a microSD card slot, but on the 16GB Moto X Play you're left with around 9.5GB that you can use. In today's world that's really not a lot, especially if you're going to load up some of the more intense games the Play Store has to offer.

The 32GB model isn't that much more expensive. And buying that one instead is a recommendation we can easily make. You'll be much better off for it in the long run.

5. Moto Maker

Moto X Play

The Moto X Play is part of the Moto Maker program of designing your own phone to some extent. The Play has a variety of combinations available with black or white fronts, a bunch of different colored backs and selections for the accents on the front and rear.

It's not available everywhere, but in the UK, for example, you can get your designers hat on over on the local Motorola site (linked below) and come up with something subtle, garish, or somewhere in between.

Design your own Moto X Play with Moto Maker

For more on the Moto X Play be sure to stick around for our full review in the coming days or head on into our forums to join the discussion!

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