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If you saw this phone you would agree with me that the slide feature makes it ridiculously cool. It doesn't just slide, it slides in a curve and it certainly turns heads. With the black and green colour scheme that mine had it looks pretty slick too. I had mine as a reconditioned replacement phone but others have said that it comes brand new in the box with a micro SD card containing one of the Bourne films (I've forgotten which one) and a set of wireless headphones. With the clear screen it's brilliant for viewing pictures and videos and it also had a brilliant camera. It has 2 touch buttons and it's a shame that there're not other touch screen aspects on the menus etc. As mine was a reconditioned it had some loading issues but apart from that I would definately buy this phone, it's just so cool.
Originally, this was designed as a touch phone and the icons and the interface reflect this - after a while, it becomes second nature but initially it's a mix of challenge and/or frustration changing settings.
Depending on what you prefer to use your mobile phone for; this is a superbly sweet phone, it looks cool and will attract attention with it's design. It bends! it's got a fairly large screen! Sounds and movies play really well but naturally, it is after all a mobile phone and not a home cinema - Some Java games and applications will not work. It does have a massive memory and plenty of inbuilt features; the microphone is excellent, the camera is excellent and the video camera is fantastic - the frame rate is excellent, and playing mp3's or ringtones - the quality is great.
The battery life is rubbish though, three to four hours charge will get you through the day with maybe two to three hours of talking, maybe less with incoming calls depending on your settings.
Depending on your contract, you may get the Bourne Identity edition - this is a sweet deal! it comes with a Micro SD card with the movie and the quality is surprisingly good, the headphones are good and work on bluetooth which is pretty cool.
all in all, it's pretty good but not fantastic. Having had the phone for over a year now I have to say it wasn't worth the cost ultimately.
There are 2 main unique features about Z8 RIZR. One is that it operates on Symbian OS, which not many motorola phones do. The other is the peculiar sliding mechanism, which effectively bends the phone, to a curved shape. Is it ergonomic? I think so.
I first thought such sliding mechanism would break down easy or have some sort of faults, but that wasn't the case at all! I was even more impressed by the screen, the resolution and sunlight legibility. Which was great, amongst the Symbian goods, though it does not look smilar to Nokia Symbian phones. The layout of the keypads were neat, nicely coloured and shaped, responsive and easy to use. The Camera was not that great, but was average and I was content with it. I did not use this phone for a long time, but I loved the flawless sliding of it, and though the screen is somewhat small for a smartphone, it was nice to look at, and definitely exciting to use. A bit expensive? I think so.
having previously owned a motorola and having a relativly good experience with it i thought i would go with them again, this time on contract though with a more expensive phone, the Z8. initialy this seemed a good chocie and the phone looked realy cool with a great sliding function that makes the phone bend slightly so it can easily be put to the side of your face. The colours and layout of the screen and buttons were also great and it worked well. after a month or two though i noticed the battery life was starting to drain very fast and would need charging at least once a day for several hours, making it rubbish if i was going far from my house for more than a day. so i took it back to O2 and they replaced it with no problems. however within a few weeks i had the same problem, so i took it back again and they "repaired" it. but a month later same problem again, ive taken it back and had it replaced about 6 times now. The one i currently have has been going about 2 months without problems so fingers crossed. overall it is a good phone just seems a extremly poor battery life on certain versions/models.
After browsing through catalogues of mobile phones and accessories, my eyes instantly fell upon the sleek design of the Z8. Unlike all conventional mobile phones, this phone has a 'slide and bend' feature which enables a more comfortable firt around the user's head. It also has a crystal clear interface screen which shows images and movies in high resolution. The Bourne Identity edition not only includes the phone but comes with the surreal S9 headphones which allow wireless music to the user. And ofcourse, the movie is supplied within a MicroSD memory card. At first apprehensive about the quality of watching a film on a phone, I was soon to find that the quality and smoothness was uncannily like watching a film on a television. The colours were vibrant, the movement was flowing, and above all, the battery life was more than adequate. I rate this package 5/5 as it creates a home cinema experience that fits in your pocket. A must have for any movie fan, and gadget geek!
The Motorola Z8 is a neat designed and sleek looking futuristic device!
I originally was convinced to buy this phone because of its looks and features that no other Motorola has had before. For starters the phone curves as the sliding mechanism is opened, which gives it a really funky look!
The Z8 is also a media player; a copy of The Bourne Identity comes with the phone on a Micro SD card and looks fantastic on the 2 inch, 16 million colours TFT screen.
The phone has a 2.0-mega-pixel camera with a maximum resolution of 1600x1200 pixels and 8x zoom and another camera on the front to record yourself for video calls. The only sad thing about the camera is that it supposedly has a flash, but unfortunately when you take a picture, the so-called "flash" is actually LED's bright lights and not an official digital camera flash like the Sony Ericsson K800i.
Pictures come out very clear & great quality if taken during the day when it's light out, however nighttime photos lose their quality.
Other features of the phone are great where as the audio playback supports: MP3, AAC/AAC+/AAC+E, AMR-NB, 3.6 mbps high quality mobile broadband, Bluetooth features to connect to other mobiles, PDA's, printers, headsets and laptops.
Z8 is a nice slim size of 109 mm tall by 50 mm wide and 15.4 mm deep.
The internal memory consists of 90 MB and external Micro SD slot which can take up to an extra 4 GB.
The battery life is quoted to have 5 hours talk time and 16 days standby time. My experience leads me to believe from a full and complete charge, you roughly get 3 hours talk time and 2 - 3 days standby time, which is very disappointing.
I have had my Z8 for nearly a year now, and as much of a nice phone it is, I seem to have more and more problems as the months go by:
It runs very slowly, takes about 5 seconds for the keypad to unlock from when you slide it open, camera takes a while to open and flick between pictures and video. Another problem I have had is that after I finish a call, the phone restarts itself, which becomes very frustrating.
Motorola is well known for producing sleek, thin mobile phones, and this is by no means an exception. It has two cameras, one for video calling and a 2mp one for taking ordinary snaps. It takes quite a while for a photo to be saved after taking the picture, however. The number pad is a bit awkward to type with but when you slide the phone open, it forms a nice angle with your ear and face for easier phone conversations. Battery life is pretty decent and sound quality is okay. The colour scheme is fun and vibrant black with some splashes of lime green.