Motorola Rizr Z3
In keeping with it's slim phone styling and funky names such as
the Razr and Krzr, Motorola has done it again with the Rizr Z3.
But at what cost?
Whilst the Rizr looks the part, its performane quality takes me
back to the days of the first shaky camera phones.
Sound quality is pretty poor on todays standards and the camera
didn't take the best pictures.
So will it's sexy blue slider styling be enough to keep the trend
conscious coming back for more. With the Rizr is slightly taller
and wider (4.15x1.79x0.62 inches) than the Krzr (4.05x1.73x0.67
inches) we are not so sure.
Today's cellphone users are becoming so technology savvy with their
digital cameras and mp3 players, that lacking in quality is all
but evident, very quickly.
On the usablity - Moto has certainly improved the central toggle
button but has sadly neglected the side buttons which are rather
awkward to use. Raising the five-way toggle slightly above the surface
of the phone has made it much easier to use. This design feature
is also present in the number buttons.
With smaller phones, button proximity is always a challenge, for
both designers and those with larger fingers or wearing gloves.
The Rizr has fallen down a bit on the top row of buttons, which
are rather close to the bottom end of the slider. Easy to misfire
the finger here.
The microSD card slot could have been located in a more convenient
location. But real estate on ever decreasing phone size is challenging.
Whilst the spine is becoming a popular location for hotkey buttons
to access multimedia and on-call features, the Rizr's sleek buttons
make them hard to use.
The right spine houses a voice-dialing button, a camera shutter,
and a mini-USB/charger port/headset jack
The left spine has a volume control rocker and the Motorola Smart
It seems choice is a key design strategy of the Rizr
Contact Management: Each contact in the Krzr's
Phone Book holds 6 phone numbers, 3 e-mails, a Web site URL, 3 street
addresses, nickname, birthday. Add contacts to groups, and assign
a photo and polyphonic ring tone for caller ID. Sim holds 250 names.
Camera: Choose between taking MPEG4 pictures in
four sizes - 2 megapixel, 1.3 megapixel, 640x80 pixels, and 320x240
Productivity Tools: vibrate mode, voice recorder,
text and multimedia messaging, alarm clock, calendar, and calculator
are all pretty standard but welcome features.
Performance: The Motorola Rizr has a rated battery
life of 6.6 hours talk time and 14.6 days standby time.
Overall, a good average range phone with great style and in spite
of its downfalls, users rate it highly.
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