Incipio Octane review: A rigid, co-molded case for the Moto Z2 Play

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TA-ratings-99When new phones come out, so do the cases! Our Incipio Octane review takes a look at a second Incipio phone case for the Moto Z2 Play which offers a different look and feel than the Incipio Esquire Series cases.


The Incipio Octane case has the following features and specifications:

  • Co-molded design for added protection
  • Shock absorbing flexible bumper
  • Rigid polycarbonate shell
  • Added Grip
  • Drop tested 6 ft.
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 3.2 x 0.38″ (160 x 81 x 9.65 mm)
  • Weight: 0.08 lb (1.28 oz)

What’s in the box

  • Incipio Octane case
  • 1-year warranty


The Incipio Octane features a translucent, rigid, polycarbonate design. The back of the case is very rigid and sturdy and has the Incipio logo stamped into the lower right corner. The outer edge has a ribbed finish around its entirety for added grip. There is an extra ridge which extends just slightly around the Moto Z2 Play camera for extra protection. When installed, the case wraps nicely around the edges and over the front for a nice tight fit.

A ridge adds extra protection around the camera.

The Moto Z2 Play buttons are covered by the case as well but are still as responsive and easy to access as without a case. The cutouts are nicely placed as well, with ample room for your USB and 3.5mm cables to fit easily in their ports.

The cutouts leave room for USB Type-C and 3.5mm cables.

The inside of the case is a solid piece and offers no additional absorption technology or padding like other cases do. This shouldn’t be too much of a cause for concern, but it’s always nice to have that slight extra cushion inside, especially on a device that has connectors for add-ons located on the back of the device.

I know I’ve mentioned this in previous Moto Z series case reviews, but the same holds true for the Incipio Octane case: you can’t use your Moto Mods with the case installed. On that note, if you are interested in this case, you probably already know that and don’t mind having to remove your case — which in the case of the Octane is easy and quick enough to do — to use your Moto Mods.

The Incipio Octane case has a simple design, but it’s very effective, fits the phone well, and offers added grip around the edges. Our review sample came in black, but you can also get the case in Navy, Raspberry, or Sand colours. While translucent, the case is still pretty dark and you can barely see the Moto logo and the Moto Mod connectors through it, but it’s still a nice look.

The buttons are also covered and the Incipio Octane case fits snugly on the Moto Z2 Play.


Fitting the case on the Moto Z2 Play couldn’t be easier — simply slide one edge or end of your phone into the case then work the other edges over the phone. Removing the case is just as easy, which is important if you plan on using Moto Mods frequently with this phone. To remove the case, press down on one of the front corners of the case and the phone will easily pop out.


Incipio rates the Incipio Octane at 6′ of drop protection. Given the rigid back and the nicely ribbed edges and corners, the case certainly feels like it will protect your Moto Z2 Play at drops of this height. Our test drops on wood flooring, the ground, and concrete surfaces at lower heights proved successful without any damage to the smartphone regardless of the way it landed.

The Incipio Octane case offers up to 6′ of drop protection.


The Incipio Octane case for the Moto Z2 Play is pretty reasonably priced at its regular $24.99USD price point, but at the time of this review, it’s on sale on Incipio’s site for $19.99 which is relatively inexpensive for decent smartphone protection.


The Incipio Octane case offers decent protection and added grip for the Moto Z2 Play smartphone. It’s for these reasons, plus the affordable price point, that this case has earned a Techaeris Top Pick of 2017.

*We were sent a sample of the Incipio Octane case for the Moto Z2 Play for the purposes of this review.

Last Updated on September 4, 2017.

Incipio Octane for Moto Z2 Play

$24.99 USD









Nailed it

  • Rigid back
  • Textured, ribbed edges for extra grip
  • Nice translucent design
  • Drop protection up to 6'
  • Affordable
  • Easy to install/remove for Moto Mods access

Needs work

  • Can't use Moto Mods while case is on
  • No extra inside absorption protection

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