So I played with the Motorola ZN5 (ZINE) for almost a month, and it’s been a mixed bag. The camera is absolutely fantastic, but data connectivity is severely lacking because the phone was crippled by T-Mobile…
It’s not a smarphone – feature-wise, the Motorola ZN5 (ZINE) is very similar to the Sony Ericsson K850i, which I reviewed last year. The main difference is that 3G on the K850i was replaced with WiFi on the ZN5.
- It’s small, thin, and well made
- Awesome 5 megapixel Kodak camera with auto-focus, macro, xenon flash and lens cover
- Nice, bright QVGA screen
- WiFi support
- Bluetooth DUN (tethering), ObEx (file transfer/sync), and A2DP (stereo audio)
- Decent music player and FM radio
- Standard 3.5 mm audio connector
- USB 2.0 mass-storage/charge support (with standard connector)
- Great reception/call quality
- Excellent battery life
- USB data cable and 1 GB micro-SD card supplied with device
- Slow operation at times
- Poor HTML web browser (requires manually switching between EDGE and WiFi)
- No iSync support (but vCard support)
- No accelerometer, 3G or GPS
- Micro-SD slot behind battery
- WiFi is disabled until after a SIM with a valid data plan is inserted
- WiFi is only available for web browsing and transferring pictures to the Kodak or T-Mobile gallery
- Crippled Java support (no data connectivity for installed applications)
- Poor video recording quality, limited to QCIF (176×144 pixels at 15 fps)
- No configurable POP3/IMAP/IM client
- Email client cannot be used to send pictures
- APN/WAP settings cannot be changed to use the G1/Total Internet data plan
- No multitasking other than music
- Inoperable without SIM inserted
I’ll be reviewing the camera separately, but I’m pretty sure the ZN5 is one of the top camera phones on the market today. Overall picture quality and low-light performance are great, startup time and auto-focus are even faster than other devices. It’s also a decent music phone.
If you’re looking for a solid budget phone with a fantastic camera and a decent music player, and you’re willing to ignore the dismal Java support, perhaps the T-Mobile version of the ZN5 is worth considering (on contract).
Me? I can’t recommend this device until an unlocked/uncrippled bootloader/firmware flashing solution is available!