To me ZN5 is the best non-touchscreen phone Motorola had made till-date.
Motorola was always known for its build quality & use of top notch materials that it used to build the phones, but at the same time it lagged in the software department to its opposition, user interface was always dated and slow.
The Linux Java software platform that is used for ZN5 gave it a welcome boost and took it in the same league to Nokia, Sony Ericsson & Samsung.
I have this phone for almost two years. Here, take a look at the rundown of the key features and the major disadvantages as I saw them:
Key features :
1) 5 MP AutoFocus Variable Aperture camera capable of taking still pictures of exceptional quality
2) Zenon Flash & red eye reduction technology
3) Kodak Perfect Touch technolgy available in the phone
4) Truely amazing 2.4 inch QVGA, TFT screen from Sharp
5) Audio player & exceptional audio quality
6) Good video player capable of playing high bitrate videos.
7) 500 Mhz + applications processor, 230 Mhz DSP
8) 3.5 mm audio jack, WIFI, TV-Out
9) Great built quality, built to last like a tank
1) User interface is a little slower than Nokia
2) Poor video recording quality
3) Lack of 3G
i'll say this phone camera the BEST.. even got a shutter. The phone itself is very excellent!
Anonymous, 06 Jun 2010Can u give detailed info about using mgx file.. i'm having trouble with it.. :-(Replace your stock firmware with a moded firmware like symbiosis, i use silence 7 firmware, instal mpkgbox on your phone, so you can instal mgx file. There s a lot of mgx application. If you dont want to mod your phone firmware, try pinkmod cos its easier than firmware modding and you can instal mgx application like rockbox or game like counter strike
this phones camera i the best. i love it.phone works good in general.best
Exceptional mobile phone. Actually I consider it to be the Motorola’s MASTERPIECE.
Motorola is known to manufacture mobile phones with rock solid built quality using top notch & expensive materials like steel, aluminum, mineral glass rather than glossy plastic commonly used by Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG. This always has been Motorola’s strong point. The ZN5 is no exception either, it is almost built in metal & has a thick mineral glass over the TFT display matrix which is excellent.
The set looks a feels like a monolith. The Motorola ZN5 measure 12mm in thickness, which is a rather nice achievement - it actually puts it in Top 5 of slimmest 5 megapixel cameraphones. The body thickness however increases around the camera area to up to 16mm.
A very famous website www.smape.com did a rigorus durability test on ZN5 and at first rode over the ZN5 lying in the road on a SUV weighing 2.5 tones. The ZN5 passed with flying colors. Only the mineral glass cover over the display was broken but the mobile phone operated normally receiving calls, playing music etc.
Then they put it in a freezer for severel hours at sub zero temapature, then in a washing machine for an hour, dropped it from the hand severel times, cleaned it in running tap water and merged it in a glass of beer. After that they dried it for a night besides a room heater and it started working the next morning!!! I think this is enough of an example of the phone’s durability.
The display in ZN5 is way ahead of the European contenders like Nokia & Sony Ericsson. Actually mobile phones which are manufactured in Japan by Japanese companies have exceptional displays & generally are way better than the European counterparts. Just think about top LCD screen manufactures of the world – Sharp, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, JVC,etc all reside in Japan. Whereas European mobile phone manufactures use TFT displays manufactured by local European companies, Motorola uses TFT display manufactured by Sharp Corporation of Japan. The display has class leading brightness and contrast levels, the colors are maximally natural and saturated. Undeniably, the best 2.4 inch QVGA display to adorn a mobile phone so far.
The morphing keypad, called ModeShift and first introduced in Motorola E8, is also present in ZN5. It's got haptic feedback on every key press and key designations and backlight change in accordance to the currently used application.
The phone is all about the camera and it does not disappoint on this ground. Believe me, it is the BEST 5 MP camera currently available on the market today, make no mistake about it. Only the Nokia N82 comes close. On the review of www.mobiset.ru they compared the pictures taken by ZN5 & N82 of a same object (say a poster) under high magnification and found that ZN5’s picture contains higher details and better color saturation than N82. The Kodak's participation has brought the Kodak Perfect Touch technology to the ZN5 which can make any picture taken look sharper & brighter.
Motorola ZN5 is also the industry first to introduce VARIABLE APERTURE technology in the camera unit of a mobile phone. The ZN5 camera will offer two apertures values. The camera will automatically pick between F2.8 (the standard for all cameraphones) and F5.6 (when there is enough light). Now that may not mean much to you, but a tighter aperture such as F5.6 will actually bring less lens issues and better corner-to-corner sharpness.
ZN5 has the most powerful xenon flash found on any mobile phone till date. It can take pictures at pitch dark with ease because of xenon flash and produce bright pictures. The ZN5 also offers direct image upload to KODAK Gallery, as well as integration of the ShoZu client, which can upload images to various social networking clients.
The hardware found in ZN5 almost represents the hardware of a stealth fighter plane i.e. built to kill its opposition. Running on a Freescale MXC275-30 platform having 532 MHz ARM11 applications processor & 208MHz Digital Signal Processor speaks for itself. Also it has two Image Processing Units (IPU) instead of one, one is the dedicated Freescale IPU that comes with the MXC275-30 platform capable of handling up to 2 Mpix images & the other is Texas Instruments dedicated DM299 IPU which has a ARM7 processor embedded in it capable of handling up to 5 Mpix images. Thus ZN5 have hardware capable of handling 5+2=7 Mpix images and thus can handle image & video much better than any of its 5 Mpix opposition. Internal memory is 512 MB which is huge, no opposition can match that and also you can extend it up to 4GB with a microSD card.
Audio sound quality from the music player is awesome. Believe me some of the renowned Russian websites like www.smape.com, www.mobile-review.com, etc known for their thorough review have told that the ZN5 can challenge the mighty Apple iPod on this ground which, literally speaking is phenomenal for any mobile phone. Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP), 3.5mm audio/video jack (TV-out) all adds to the list making it a perfect choice instead of a dedicated portable music player. After using Nokia N82, Sony Ericsson K850 and also Samsung, LG phones of the same range, I have to accept that ZN5 is the best of them all when it comes to PURE SOUND QUALITY.
As I looked in the RMAA sound test graphs as published by different websites, the sound characteristic needs no explanation, because we face one of the best decisions at the personal audio market, ZN5 is not ashamed to compare itself with players from Creative ZEN Micro Photo, Sony HD5, Cowon D2 or even Apple iPod.
I am dealing with one of the best solutions for pure listening pleasure, with a clean sound devoid of any colorings, embellishment or ornamentation in the sound, commonly found in Sony Ericsson phones.
Now I can easily hear many of the previously obscure details in the compositions of a complicated music composition, and if desired, with a quality headset, can clearly set apart all the instruments used in the music composition, thus I am able to focus not only on the primary instrument, which is audible, but also on the fact that what instrument I want to hear.
This calls for a detailed elaboration of the DAC and amplifier found in ZN5. Most modern audio signals are stored in digital form (for example MP3s and CDs) and in order to be heard through speakers they must be converted into an analog signal. They normally take the digital output like MP3 and convert the signal into a line-level output that can then be fed into a pre-amplifier stage. The DAC used in ZN5 is definitely of very high quality.
The inbuilt radio have very strong reception quality and the sound is crisp and clear. The best radio I have seen so far on any mobile phone.
This mobile phone is capable of playing videos of very high bitrates (Higher bitrates means better quality) due to its 2 IPU’s & 208 Mhz DSP. Bitrates as high as 1100 kbps can be played easily.
Besides functionality, the quality of assembly and materials is the lodestone around which a phone’s success is built, playing a decisive role in the customer’s choice. Better materials and assembly allow a handset to live longer and sustain more damage
Besides a minimized use of glue (much favored by Sony Ericsson), Motorola phones are also remarkable for a total lack of technical apertures on the chip, commonly found under all onboard components in Nokia and Samsung products. Please don’t take this point for an attempt to start another holy war, an ordinary consumer shouldn’t normally get concerned about this sort of things. Every company does their best to minimize the production costs, but somehow it’s ZN5 alone that uses metal not only for product image purposes (like the face and back panel pieces), but inside the casing as well – to ensure a maximum durability. What goes to the above-mentioned apertures, those have a bad habit of harboring condensated moisture, leading to the decay of neighboring components and lowering the chances for successful recovery after drowning. These subtle nuances concealed from the buyer is what constitutes the difference in lifespan of differently crafted products.
I cannot stop praising the phone isn’t it!! One has to remember ZN5 is a smartphone since it comes with an operating system (Linux) and not just a software. So third party software’s and modding options are limitless.
Lastly, I want to say even if it sounds demoralizing, that there is no phone in the world that happens to be absolutely perfect. Every phone have its pros and cons and it depends on the user needs that how the person will rate his/her phone.
Cons of ZN5 :
1) ZN5 does not support 3G, but have EDGE & WiFi to complement it. So if you are using 3G a lot avoid buying this phone.
2) Video recording is poor. Nokia N82 wins over ZN5 on this aspect hands down. If you want the best 5Mpix mobile phone to shoot still images buy ZN5, but if you want to record videos over still images buy N82.
Can u give detailed info about using mgx file.. i'm having trouble with it.. :-(
Anonymous, 30 May 2010How to install rockbox in zn5?search Rockbox.mgx for ZN5 on 4shared or try visit modmymoto.com
Anonymous, 28 May 2010Hi rishiguru, I am also a zn5 user and i am very much impressed by your opinion about this ... moreTry Installing latest USB Drivers from Motorola's Site. There is also updated drivers for Windows 7. Try installing that & check again..
i tried installing Rockbox aplication in my ZN5, n the result amazing, the music quality really mind blowing, the sound out put just amazing. far away better than music phone from other brand.
try installing rockbox on your ZN5 people
RishiGuru, 06 May 2010I am a music aficionado & give a lot of stress to the audio sound quality of a handset. I ... moreHi rishiguru,
I am also a zn5 user and i am very much impressed by your opinion about this mobile..
I need a help from your side as i cannot connect my mobile to pc in modem mode.. I updated to newest motorola phone tools but still its showing 'your mobile cannot be detected'..
Please help me..
Hi.. I am using motorola zn5 from last 2 weeks but, i can't connect my phone with computer in modem mode.. I am using windows 7..
i am thinking of buying ZN5 but i hear that motorola cells get out of work very soon. can any body advice me?
DARMOND(Malaysia), 09 May 2010hi there guys...where can i buy this phone??i'm from malaysia but i heard motorola malaysia an... morewell if can you buy it ,look for that in internet to ibey this cellphone is very cool try it
Terrible lag at times, useless WiFi, buggy battery indicator (no charger, it shows 3 bars, plug it in, it shows 1).
After a while, I would have calls and kept pressing answer but the phone lagged so bad I couldn't even answer and had to call people back.
It's ok for pictures and light users, but it'll drive you mad texting.
Destiny, 07 May 2010I bought zn5 around 3 months ago.
about camera really2 disappointed for me.
K800 more2 bette... moreYou're really a blind, how can you say that a poor K800 can beat zn5, eventho zn5 beats clearly phones like n82,k850,c905,pixon or whatever.
I am sure that you've never owned a Zn5, that's why you're just talkin bullsh*t.