In hand, the ROKR Z6 feels solid and it's obvious the phone has a much shorter width compared with the Razrs. We're not fans of glossy surfaces but the polished back material on the front didn't bother us a lot. The top lid is spring-loaded so all we had to do was to give it a little nudge before it snapped into place.
What's nice is that Motorola has added a rubber strip that runs horizontally across the numeric keypad. That is probably for users to feel the different keys, even though it didn't serve much purpose during actual use. Because it was announced earlier, the Z6 still comes with the chin at the bottom of the numeric keypad unlike the new Razr2s that have done away with the bulge.
Ostensibly missing from the exterior is the memory card slot. This is hidden underneath the battery cover above the SIM card slot. We didn't like the feeling that we might scratch our microSD card each time we put it in or took it out. Features
What we really like about this ROKR is its squeaky clean user interface. The menu icons aren't the fanciest around, but appeal in a minimalist kind of way--simple, yet to the point. What you get on the main menu is a 3-by-3 grid of icons that point to the different features of the phone. Pressing the left softkey on the home screen will call up a list of commonly used features such as the camera, creating a new message or changing the alert style.
Like the rest of the ROKR family, the Z6 is a decent multimedia device and it works with the Windows Media Player 11 out of the box. There's a dedicated music player shortcut on the front and a second one on the left edge below the volume keys. Although it's not as rich an experience compared with the Sony Ericsson Walkmans, the Z6 does provide a well-rounded list of options including sorting of music by artist, album, genres, composers or recently played. We could also shuffle the music or put it on auto repeat mode. The Z6 supports Bluetooth stereo as well and we had no problems pairing it with the S9 Bluetooth earphones bundled with our review unit.
Other multimedia applications include a nondescript fixed-focus 2-megapixel camera, a new Opera 8 Web browser and a dodgy voice activation system. We think the phone hated our voice because it seemed unable to recognize our verbal commands. The Talking Phone program was slightly more useful and it could read out aloud our SMS messages or alert us as to who was calling. However, it gets overwhelming hearing the male robotic voice repeatedly.
The onboard MOTOSYNC client enables the Z6 to hook up to a Microsoft Exchange 2003 server for synchronization with our contacts, calendar and email. Unlike the BlackBerrys, the program doesn't support direct push, meaning you won't get your emails in real-time. What it does is allow you to preset a time for synchronization.
We tested the quadband (850/900/1800/1900MHz) ROKR Z6 in Singapore with an M1 SIM card. Call quality was generally good although the audio sounded hollow on our review unit. The caller on the other end also said we came across as distant when on the speakerphone.
The unit has a rated talktime of about 7 hours and standby time of approximately 16 days. On average use, we managed about four days before the 780mAH Lithium-ion battery was drained.
Image quality from the 2-megapixel camera was decent for a fixed-focus camera, even though we'd have preferred autofocus like those on the Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot phones. Some of our pictures taken in daylight had a slight bluish tinge to them. The always-on LED flash came in handy in darker environments. The camera had a shutter lag of 0.4 seconds.
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The MOTORIZR also has a dedicated music key that launches the music library and file sorter making it easy to find the music you want. Now sit back and let your music consume you wire-free with a compatible Bluetooth enabled stereo headset.
With clean lines and an appealing silhouette, MOTORIZR Z6 slider is true Motorola high fashion. Carefully crafted with the perfect slender proportions, glistening metallic finish, and that familiar soft touch feel, MOTORIZR Z6 creates a precious and premium aesthetic. Look closer and discover the hidden detail on the back of the slide.
Behind the MOTORIZR Z6’s luxurious design is a powerful 2 megapixel camera. Not only does it hold like a camera, it snaps like a camera using a dedicated camera key. With multi-mode capabilities, you can capture moments in either landscape or portrait and with the slider open or closed. The options are endless – providing users with the option to take still pictures or make a video. Equipped with a camera light, the MOTORIZR Z6 creates high quality images that can be printed easily on a compatible Bluetooth enabled printer!²
A sophisticated communication vehicle and an in-demand fashion accessory all in one. With the next generation user interface and Linux™ operating system, MOTORIZR is fully dressed for any occasion. Advanced menu structure, improved phonebook and messaging features, and intuitive navigation makes it easier than ever to get what you want. The MOTORIZR Z6 also features an enhanced chipset helping improve performance of the features that matter most.
Formerly known as Motorola ROKR Z6
General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2007, January
Size Dimensions 105 x 45 x 16.2 mm, 69 cc
Weight 105 g
Display Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 31 x 42 mm
- Screensavers and wallpapers
- Downloadable logos
Ringtones Type Polyphonic, MP3, AAC
Customization Download, order now
Memory Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall
Call records 20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls
Card slot microSD (TransFlash), up to 1GB, buy memory
- 64 MB internal memory
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0, miniUSB
Features OS Linux - based
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (Opera 8.5)
Games Yes, order now
Camera 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, video(QCIF), flash
- Java MIDP 2.0
- MP3/AAC/AAC+ player
- Built-in handsfree
- Voice dial
- Voice memo
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 720 mAh (BC50)
Stand-by Up to 400 h
Talk time Up to 7 h
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