Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 Review


It is quite a while since I’ve reviewed a handset from Motorola. Back in June I took a look at the ROKR E8 and the Z10, but since then there hasn’t been a lot going on. Regular TrustedReviews readers will, for instance, know that Motorola is in a spot of bother, but then that is hardly a unique position at the moment.

So it is with an open mind that I take a look at the MOTOZINE ZN5 which I found at prices up to £50 on Pay Monthly from O2 as I wrote this review. This handset was announced mid-year and at the time it was thought of as something of a coup thanks to twinning up with Kodak on the camera front.

Yes, the camera only shoots to 5-megapixels when we’ve had a flurry of 8-megapixel jobs in the recent past – with Sony Ericsson’s offering still to be reviewed by me. But as I keep repeating, megapixel count alone is not enough, and the Kodak involvement could be a real boost. We’ll see.

All the camera capability in the world is only ever part of a phone’s appeal, though. With that in mind I’m not really sure why Motorola has decided to ignore 3G and instead make this phone a quad-band GSM handset with GPRS and EDGE. This is doubly eyebrow-raising as the phone does have Wi-Fi which I’m much more used to seeing coupled with 3G than without it.

This is a big beastie of a phone, and in my view a bit too tall for comfortable pocketing at 118mm. It is 50.5mm wide and for the most part 12mm thick, though this rises to 16mm at the camera lens. It weights 114g. Build quality is good. The battery cover is metal and the rest of the casing feels tough.

I quite like the grey and black colour scheme which when coupled with the front button lights that offer a Christmas tree like combination of white, purple, green and red looks quirky but not unattractive. Purple is a very important colour here with camera related buttons and screen theme all using it.

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