Incipio Esquire Series review: Classy looking Moto Z2 Play protection

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TA-ratings-93Smartphone cases vary in shape, design, protection, and price depending on your tastes and needs. Our Incipio Esquire Series review takes a look at a stylish smartphone case for the Moto Z2 Play which adds a touch of fabric to the design.


The Incipo Esquire Series Moto Z2 Play case has the following features and specifications:

  • Durable co-molded materials delivers long-lasting protection in a sleek and stylish design
  • Protect your phone in elegant style with the ultra-soft fabric finish
  • Impact-resistant TPU frame disperses shock from harsh bumps and drops
  • Dimensions: 6.30 x 3.18 x 0.41″
  • Weight: 1.44oz

What’s in the box

  • Incipio Esquire Series case
  • 1-year warranty


The Incipio Esquire Series Moto Z2 Play smartphone case is a single layer, impact-resistant case molded from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Rather than leaving the entire case with a TPU finish, Incipio has co-molded a thin, soft cotton layer on the back which gives the case a really stylish look. Located near the bottom is a thin TPU strip with the Incipio logo stamped on the right side. While our review sample came in grey, you can also get a blue variation as well.

With it’s TPU construction, the back of the Incipio Esquire Series case has a soft cotton finish.

The inside of the case has a soft, thick feeling finish with tiny leaves imprinted on it, presumably to provide a bit more impact protection. As far as fit goes, the volume and power buttons are covered completely, while the cutouts leave a bit of extra room around the USB Type-C port, 3.5mm jack, microphone, and camera. While I would have liked to see a bit of a tighter fit around the camera, the extra room around the charging port and the headphone jack is nice and should accommodate any USB Type-C or headphone cable.

The inside of the Incipio Esquire Series case for the Moto Z2 Play.


The case is definitely rigid and stiff and as a result, it took a bit of wiggling to get the phone into the case. It wasn’t difficult, and the easiest way is to slide the edge with the power and volume buttons into the case and then push down on the opposite corners of your phone to “snap” the case into place.

Removing the case, as one is wont to do with a Moto Z family smartphone to use with Moto Mods, took a bit more pressure to remove. After a few tries, the easiest way is to pop the bottom corner on the non-button side, and then the top and push the middle section away and your phone should then slide easily out.

The cutouts offer ample room to access the USB Type-C port and headphone jack.

While installation took a bit of extra pressure, it’s definitely a tight fitting case which is a good thing when it comes to phone cases.


Almost all of Incipio’s case packaging indicates the distance the case has been drop tested from. Unfortunately, the Incipio Esquire Case for the Moto Z2 Play had no such indication but Incipio replied to our drop test inquiry with this:

“We are in the process of getting the Esquire Series cases drop tested, but as of now we are comfortable with communicating that it protects up to 6 ft. drops!”

The case itself, as previously mentioned, has a fairly stiff TPU composition. As it wraps nicely over the edges of the device and sits ever so slightly above the camera bump, I’m pretty confident that it should easily survive accidental drops that may occur during daily use.

The volume and power buttons are covered, offering additional protection to them.


With an MSRP of $34.99USD, the Incipio Esquire Series adds a bit of style to similarly priced TPU cases on the market. Like most cases, the price is pretty small to pay when protecting your smartphone purchase and for some, the more stylish the better. In this instance, this case offers stylish protection without upping the cost too much.

The Incipio Esquire Series case definitely looks stylish and offers decent protection for the price.


If you’re not planning on using Moto Mods that often, this case offers decent protection with a soft cotton finish for a bit of class. If you like the look, but plan on using Moto Mods frequently, Incipio also offers the same design in a removable back plate format.

*We were sent a sample of the Incipo Esquire Series for the Moto Z2 Play for the purposes of this review.

Last Updated on August 29, 2017.

Incipio Esquire Series for Moto Z2 Play

$34.99 USD









Nailed it

  • Stylish look
  • Soft cotton finish on back
  • Decent protection
  • Tight fitting case

Needs work

  • Took a bit of extra pressure to install/remove case
  • Have to remove case to use Moto Mods

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