RishiGuru, 28 Aug 2010Exceptional mobile phone. Actually I consider it to be the Motorola’s MASTERPIECE.
Motorol... moreEverywhere a salesman always said the best, otherwise number one.
these are good by you,but not necessarily for others :)
I've tried so many modded firmwares so far and found Symbiosis X the best one.. Its very fast than the preinstalled firmware...And got many extra feature..
unlucky, 28 Sep 2010Hi all. Iam a zn5 user. I bought zn5 about 6 months ago,i have very bad experience with zn5.... moreDon't worry! You have to insert a small piece of paper or anything else in order to press the battery onto the golden plated contacts. You will see your phone never shutting down and restart itself. Good luck! :-)
Iam a zn5 user.
I bought zn5 about 6 months ago,i have very bad experience with zn5.
The phone restart/turn off it self/automatic. sometimes 2-3 times a day.
I dont know why, my zn5 has software problem?
and recently i have new problem,
My zn5 in the inactive state,i dont know maybe the battery was empty,
Then i charging my zn5,on the screen appears chargin.
And when it full,it says charging complete.
Then I tried to turn on,i press hard time after time,but my zn5 can't On.
Im very confused what happening with my zn5.
I also tried to change my simcard with another simcard but still the same story.
now my zn5 tottaly off,i can't use my zn5 anymore,
Ive to go to service center tomorow
I dont think so.
i think camera of zn5 is the same quality with average 5mpx camera phones in market.
nothing special except powerfull xenon flash of zn5
[deleted post]Man you are nuts!!! You are comparing the mighty ZN5 5MP CMOS camera with a 2MP fixed focus camera of Sony Ericsson Natie. Either you have no idea about camera technology, or you are nuts.
You never comparing camera of zn5 vs sony ericsson Naite?
Then you will say which one is better
(ofcourse Without flash and same size 2mpx)
I just want to say that camera of Naite is AMAZING than zn5.
Ive had the two of them.
If you dont trust me,you can buy then compare yourself
Anonymous, 26 Aug 2010oh this phone is terrible the camera sucks and the wifi doesn't work and the battery life suck... morePlease, never ever use any mobile phone again.Hi tech is not for you.
Hello from Serbia!!!
Anonymous, 17 Aug 2010Have been using the handset for a while now
The best thing about the phone is the camera
i h... moreVery comprehensive review. Thanks!!!
The ZN5 runs on the Linux-Java based OS, which is found in the RAZR2 V8, RIZR Z6, MOTO U9, ROKR E8 & ROKR EM30. I found it superior to the standard software used in other Motorola models including all features, look and user experience. I found it neither fast nor slow, the menus are logically structured and the interface looks ok. It lacks a ‘wow’ effect and will not really impress you with anything particular, but it works fine, which is very important for me.
Anonymous, 02 Sep 2010Can the ZN5 use a micro SDHC card? Or only the Transflash type?ZN5 uses micro SDHC card
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.
oh this phone is terrible the camera sucks and the wifi doesn't work and the battery life sucks it doesn't even last two hours with full charge
Voel duizelig, 03 Aug 2010I dont understand with this phone.. Using about 4 months and now sometimes off itself. I hav... moreYes, you have to check the metal gold plated contacts which come to the battery. Please insert a small piece of paper to press the battery onto the contacts. That's it!
Nagaraj AV, 09 Aug 2010
I have been useing this handset for nrly 2 yrs....
Recently, camera is giving me... moreYes, it's because of large number of photos stored on memory card with different names.
Save your photos from memory card and then format the MC. It works.