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Motorola ZINE ZN5 review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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The Motorola ZINE ZN5 currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

There is no denying that Kodak and Motorola have created a cell phone that really, truly knows how to take a picture. The 5 megapixel images created by the ZINE ZN5 are the best that I have seen come out of a cameraphone. The camera's autofocus system is crazy fast, and the built-in flash is as powe...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Phone Scoop

It has one of the best cameras we've tested and managed to include a pretty decent phone and feature list, too.

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
Wired

Oh snap! There's a new cameraphone on the block — and this skinny, pixel-packin' newcomer's got Nokia and Sony Ericsson squarely in its sights.As the unlikely lovechild of a sweaty fling between Motorola's engineers and Kodak's imaging wizards, the ZN5 aims to give cameraphone mainstays like t...

- Bryan Gardiner, Wired


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Motorola released the ZINE ZN5 on June 23, 2008.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola ZINE ZN5 user manual here.


Motorola backs up the ZINE ZN5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your ZINE ZN5 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
Unknown

The Motorola ZINE ZN5's screen size is Unknown with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
146 MB

Internal memory is 146 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 19 days standby time.

ZINE ZN5 Specs

Overview
Release date June 23, 2008
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 146 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.54 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 5.1 x 1.2 cm (4.6 x 2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 111 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/i
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Xenon)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

Really can replace your dedicated camera

from MobileBurn

There is no denying that Kodak and Motorola have created a cell phone that really, truly knows how to take a picture. The 5 megapixel images created by the ZINE ZN5 are the best that I have seen come out of a cameraphone. The camera's autofocus system is crazy fast, and the built-in flash is as powerful and well controlled as that in a dedicated point and shoot camera. Apart from lacking an optical zoom, the ZN5 really can replace your dedicated camera.

But the ZN5 is not perfect. The biggest issues I have with the phone is the keypad. While the alphanumeric keys are generally OK to use, the keys that surround the d-pad really are lacking. The plastic surface of the keypad warps quite a bit near the edges, and those edges don't fit too well with the rest of the phone. It just feels and looks very cheap, even if I love the extra "hidden" dedicated camera controls it offers. Motorola has said that some of our concerns have been addressed before the phones reached T-Mobile customers, but we are still waiting for a new unit to test.

In the end, the ZN5 is a good device. A better physical design and a UI tweak or two could have easily turned it into a great one, though. We still give it a solid "Recommended" rating and think that camera buffs will really enjoy it....

More

There is no denying that Kodak and Motorola have created a cell phone that really, truly knows how to take a picture. The 5 megapixel images created by the ZINE ZN5 are the best that I have seen come out of a cameraphone. The camera's autofocus system is crazy fast, and the built-in flash is as powerful and well controlled as that in a dedicated point and shoot camera. Apart from lacking an optical zoom, the ZN5 really can replace your dedicated camera.

But the ZN5 is not perfect. The biggest issues I have with the phone is the keypad. While the alphanumeric keys are generally OK to use, the keys that surround the d-pad really are lacking. The plastic surface of the keypad warps quite a bit near the edges, and those edges don't fit too well with the rest of the phone. It just feels and looks very cheap, even if I love the extra "hidden" dedicated camera controls it offers. Motorola has said that some of our concerns have been addressed before the phones reached T-Mobile customers, but we are still waiting for a new unit to test.

In the end, the ZN5 is a good device. A better physical design and a UI tweak or two could have easily turned it into a great one, though. We still give it a solid "Recommended" rating and think that camera buffs will really enjoy it.

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Phone Scoop

A camera first and a phone second

from Phone Scoop

The ZN5 is similar in shape a feel to the MOTOROKR E8. It is a bar-style phone that has fairly good looks and is not too small, nor too large a device. It is just a tad heavier than you expect it to be, but it is by no means a brick. Solid is a good word to describe it. Most surfaces are made of...More

The ZN5 is similar in shape a feel to the MOTOROKR E8. It is a bar-style phone that has fairly good looks and is not too small, nor too large a device. It is just a tad heavier than you expect it to be, but it is by no means a brick. Solid is a good word to describe it. Most surfaces are made of plastics or materials that feel like plastic, save for the bottom, which is wrapped in a rubber-like coating. It is comfortable to hold, balanced, and slips in and out of pockets easily.

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Wired

One of the most attractive cameraphones out there

from Wired

Oh snap! There's a new cameraphone on the block — and this skinny, pixel-packin' newcomer's got Nokia and Sony Ericsson squarely in its sights.

As the unlikely lovechild of a sweaty fling between Motorola's engineers and Kodak's imaging wizards, the ZN5 aims to give cameraphone mainstays like the N82 and the K850i a serious run for their money...

More

Oh snap! There's a new cameraphone on the block — and this skinny, pixel-packin' newcomer's got Nokia and Sony Ericsson squarely in its sights.

As the unlikely lovechild of a sweaty fling between Motorola's engineers and Kodak's imaging wizards, the ZN5 aims to give cameraphone mainstays like the N82 and the K850i a serious run for their money.

And on the hardware front, this 5-megapixel pocket shooter does just that. Not only does the unit feel velvety smooth in the hand — thanks to a slightly concave back that gently cradles your index finger — but it's made to weather the inevitable phone fumblings with grace and style, too. Featuring a rubberized base and a smokin' dark grey metal body, the ZN5 flat out runs circles around the plastic-y competition.

Combine that with relatively artifact-free images, a high-res 2.4-inch screen plus the ability to save pictures with TIFF lossless compression (instead of JPEG), and you have yourself a solid first entry in the cameraphone arena.

Unfortunately, once you get past the handset's formidable design jujitsu, the ZN5 does little to raise the cameraphone bar. While photos were clear and natural, we found they were considerably dimmer than those produced by our cameraphone fav, the Nokia N82 — even after using Kodak's PerfectTouch tech.

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User Reviews


Phonedog

My New ZN5

from Phonedog
Pro: -Great Camera -TV out capable -Wifi -User Friendly -Size -Mod Shift Function -Call Quality is great -PDA functionality (some) -Interface is good -3.5 mm headphone jack -Music player is ok Con: -Micro SD card not easily accessible. -Gets laggy in the music player (sometimes). Using experience: 2...More
Pro: -Great Camera -TV out capable -Wifi -User Friendly -Size -Mod Shift Function -Call Quality is great -PDA functionality (some) -Interface is good -3.5 mm headphone jack -Music player is ok Con: -Micro SD card not easily accessible. -Gets laggy in the music player (sometimes). Using experience: 2 days I absolutely love this phone. The camera is just awesome. I did use a touchscreen (Samsung Glyde which was awful), but this blows the glyde away. I love the wifi feature for my pictures and email. Call quality is great, user interface great i think, can be laggy sometimes, but other than that the phone is great. The camera is unbelievable, I like the fact that you can upload your pictures to the kodak online album. This by far the best camera phone i have ever had. I would recommend this phone to camera phone lovers. Awesome phone for t-mobile, and a great company for the Motozine ZN5 to be with. Less

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