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January 16, 2018

Postcards from Greece [Photo Diary featuring Moto Z2 Play]

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Postcards from Greece [Photo Diary featuring Moto Z2 Play] 

I will always have a love affair with photographs and memories. I love taking photos even before social media and photo-sharing sites have become popular. I take photos of food, places, tickets, moments and what-nots.

I didn't start good though. I still laugh (and cringe) whenever I check the old photos I took - and how un-pretty my editing style was. But everyday we learn new things. Everyday we discover new tools and styles.



I became really critical when it comes to documenting my travels and taking my photos. That is the very reason I bought a Fujifilm Camera and adopted an expensive lens (we lovingly call, keropi). But the reality of travel life, it is hard to balance the time in exploring new places and documenting every moment of it. This is when a reliable smart phone with nice camera becomes your favorite travel buddy.



A few days before my flight to Greece, I received a mail from one of my fairy godmothers in Lenovo. I was pleasantly surprised to unbox a ... TENEN!!!  Moto Z2 Play! It even came with a 360 Camera!


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#OOTD inside the elevator of Electra Hotel

Tech Talk

Moto Z2 Play is a mid-range phone from Lenovo/Motorola. I like that it is thin and sleek, and easy to carry around. It is compatible with other Moto Mods - like Moto Style Shell, ncipio offGRID Power Pack., BL Soundboost Speaker Mod, Hasselblad True Zoom. You can easily connect them using the magnets at the back of the Moto Z2 Play.

I am hearing a lot about Moto Mods but only now did I get to appreciate them more. Simply, I can add accessories and features in my new Moto Z2 Play without upgrading my phone!

Here is the specs of the Moto Z2 Play

operating system
Android™ 7.1.1, Nougat

memory (RAM)
3GB LPDDR3 / 4GB LPDDR3

storage (ROM)
32GB / 64GB‡
microSD Card slot with UHS-I support (up to 2 TB)††

dimensions
76.2 x 156.2 x 5.99 mm

weight
145g

display
5.5 Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) Super AMOLED
Up to 16 million colors. 401 PPI
Corning®Gorilla® Glass

battery
3000 mAh, up to 30 hours*
TurboPower charging for up to 8 hours of use in 15 minutes (50% charge in 30 minutes)†

rear camera
12MP

front camera
5MP 

colors
Lunar Gray
Fine Gold

Now, for the fun part, SAMPLE PHOTOS!

Here are sample photos taken using Moto Z2 Play. Teasing you with a few shots  because I would be sharing more stories and photos in the next blog posts.

These are unedited and unfiltered photos using Moto Z2 Play!

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The first love letter I wrote for 2018

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Quick photo while waiting for my Uber after worship service 

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I chanced upon the Changing of Guards en route back to hotel 

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Love the balloons! Quick photo while shopping at Ermou Street 

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Random photo at Syntagma Square

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Love the graffiti around Athens

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Stroll at the park

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Vlogger at work

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Typical, tropical 


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Selfie because the trees are so nice 

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We tried the MRT just for kicks


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Quick selfie inside the train

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We welcomed the New Year in Athens!

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Poros Cruise

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Sailing away

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Random alley in Hydra, a popular shoot location too. 

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Cat Village 

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This is so Greek to me

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Abudance in Orange

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Another Random Alley in Hydra

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Poros 

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We took a kalesa ride around Aegina 

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Sunset in Aegina


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Double, double capp! 

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This is Meteora
Taken during a visit to one of the monasteries 


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Night stroll in Kalimbaka 

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Inside Mikel - a popular coffee shop in Greece

Taken while inside the bus en route back to Athens from Meteora 

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Nafplio, the old capital of Greece

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On top of the world again

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Had Italian Gelato while enjoying the view 

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Golden

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Found my spot in Geece


My Final Verdict

I totally fell in love with Moto Z2 Play. It captures nice photos even in dark, low light environment. The photos are vibrant and lighting is balance. The photos are sharp even after I transferred them in my laptop (the screen is not deceiving). The battery can last for more than 5 hours (data/wifi on). It gives me 64 GB allowing me more space for downloading movies (ah, netlflix!) and taking/recording videos.

I also love the 360 Camera that came with it! I am still trying to figure out how to edit and upload them in Youtube (does anyone have a tip? tutorial?).

Moto Z2 Play saved me during my Greece Travel. My luggage got delayed for 4 days and I didn't have my camera charger with me on my hand carried bag. I would have missed 2 days worth of memories if not for this phone. Thank you to my Lenovo family for always saving me!