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I got this for £50 from Morrisons a few years ago, after breaking my fragile KRZR just a few days after the warranty expired. And what a phone it was! It had everything that was needed in a phone around 2007; a decent camera (although these days 2MP is nothing), Bluetooth, a music player, and it was of slide form factor, which had replaced flip phones as the coolest thing ever at the time.
The OS was standard Motorola fare, always seemed a bit basic, but it was so easy to use. The screen had a pretty poor resolution, as per usual, but other than that it was great. Plus that etched metal keyboard just added to the coolness, it made it feel far more expensive than the £50 I paid.
One of the things I remember was that the Bluetooth supported A2DP, which meant that I could use it with Bluetooth enabled speakers and stereo systems. The only one I used it with in fact, was the car. I could control the music player on it from the car, and the player itself was so simple to use that for a while I shied away from taking my iPod everywhere as well as the phone.
The battery life was fantastic, lasted around 5 days between charges, nowhere near the old Nokia 3310, which lasted weeks and weeks, but far better than the latest smartphones, which seem to need charging every night.
All in all this was probably the third best phone I ever had (2nd is the 3310, and 1st is my iPhone 4S), and at £50 it was a complete and utter bargain. Naturally, I was devastated when at a music festival in 2008, I got hammered and lost it. It's probably still in a field somewhere in the midlands.
I purchased this mobile in 2007 and the first thing I have to say is that given that it is still working, then I consider it is a good product. The phone came in a box with some regular earphones and a CD for installing some ringtones and other things. I never used it because it was easier just getting them through bluetooth from my friends.
I really liked the design with the sliding keyboard. It felt well made and of a good quality. On the side it's got a slot to expand the capacity which is really poor with only 32 MB. Luckily it included a micro SD card with 1 GB. It also has the normal volume buttons and a quick camera access button on the right side which also worked to snap some pictures faster and holding it sideways.
I like its graphics and the themes it included. The Dream background was my favourite because it had some regularly stars shining and another reason was that its colours matched beautifully with the black of the mobile and the blue lights of the keyboard.
The construction of the back is made of aluminium which makes it feel quite sturdy but the downside of this is that when the black coat of plastic starts fading away, it makes it look very deteriorated and old even if it is still working well.
Another issue I had with this Z3 was that the speaker was not that loud and it suddenly would stop ringing sporadically so I lost some important calls because of this.
In general is a good mobile, simple for those who just need a phone, literally.
Okay let's start with some basic spec:
Camera - 2 Megapixels (with flash)
Screen - 1.9" 262k colour LCD
Memory - 20MB (Plus MicroSD slot)
Supported Audio Types - Polyphonic, MP3 and AAC
Connectivity - Bluetooth and Mini USB
Bands - Quad
Weight - 111g
Well firstly I will talk about style and ease of use. The has managed to incorporate both features into one. It's style has the ability to look modern for years to come and yet the key layout is simple and easy to understand. The phone's screen has interchangable theme's and more can be downloaded from certain websites. The phone's menu is simple and should not take long to get to grips with and so in a few days you should know a lot about the phone and where things are.
Next I will talk about features. This is one of the phone's strongpoints as it has lots of them. It has things like Bluetooth, 2MP Video Camera with flash and Java games. Video is supported in different formats that include MPEG-4 and quality of playback is very good. The audio is brilliant as the speaker is loud and you have the option of playing sounds via the ususal method or by using the Audio Player in the apps area.
And finally I will talk about Quality and Reliability. The phone is strong and built well (I should know, mine has been dropped a million times!). The phone as with most motorola's is reliable and isn't likely to go wrong.
Motorola RIZR Z3 has idential features to K1. It was released later than K1 however. And of course the difference, or the ONLY diference is the form factor, where this is the slider. And K1 had an external screen.
Z3 had 2MP camera, MicroSD slot, decent music player, famous razor cut keys and bright blue backlight. It was fashionable though in some aspects it looked cheap, I did prefer K1, for its shiny deep blue outer casing.
The phone is very responsive and easy to use. The keypad is comfortable and does not cause any problems. Texting is a joy and the calls are clear and clean. The 2MP camera is excellent like that of K1, and the MicroSD slot is just wonderful for extra music or video storage. Z3 was compact and well built, nothing much wrong with it at all - even the price tag was reasonable.
You just have to decide which you prefer more - a slider, or a flip-phone with an extra external screen. Both priced around similar though K1 kept the price better as time went on.