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Motorola KRZR K1m Review

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Camera:

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Motorola KRZR K1m in shooting mode

The quality of the 1.3MP CMOS camera is unreliable and quite disappointing. Most pictures looked muted, had bad color representation, purple fringing, and soft edges. Even though most pictures came out undesirable, there were a small few that did looked better. We are not sure why, considering that the same settings were used on all pictures taken. Just like on the Chocolate, the KRZR and RAZR also seem to have a problem with the Auto White Balance, which will cause some pictures taken outside to have a blue tint to them. Pictures taken indoors also suffer with being blurry and having poor color quality. Since there is no Flash on the phone, it is impossible to take pictures in total darkness.
Despite the fact that the camera quality is far behind that of other phones, such as the A990 and even the VX8300, it does take pictures relatively easily and has many options to choose from. To access the camera, press the camera icon button on the left side of the keypad, and then press the round center button on the navigational pad to snap the picture. There is a 1 second lag from the time the center button is pressed until the photo appears on the screen, then you must choose to either Save or Erase the picture (there is no auto-save feature). Saving the picture to the memory card takes an additional 4 seconds. Because of this, it takes a total of 7 seconds to take one picture, save it, and then take another picture. This would be a problem if you needed to take pictures quickly and fast together.  However, this is still faster than on the RAZR where it takes 10 seconds to take a picture, save it, and then take another.

Pressing the right soft key will open the camera's Options menu, which include settings for:

  • Resolution:  1280x1024, 640x480, 320x240, 160x120
  • Self Timer:  Off, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec
  • Brightness:  -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
  • White Balance:  Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Darkness
  • Shutter Sound:  Shutter, Silent, Quack, Boing
  • Color Effects:  Normal, Antique, B&W, Negative
  • Multishot: On, Off
  • Fun Frames:  There are 10 Fun Frames to choose from
  • Storage Device:  SD Card, Phone

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Pressing the camera icon button twice will open up the Video Recorder. Just as with the pictures, the video quality is lacking and almost useless. This is partly due to the fact of the KRZR only being able to record in 176x144 resolution.

There are a few menu options available:

  • Brightness:  -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
  • White Balance:  Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Darkness
  • Duration:  Short (10 sec), Medium (15 sec), Fit to Vid Msg (15 sec), Long (Max Memory)
  • Color Effects:  Normal, Antique, B&W, Negative
  • Storage Device:  SD Card, Phone

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Motorola KRZR K1m Review

Overall we were very dissatisfied with the pictures and videos produced from the KRZR. The only improvement with taking pictures with the KRZR is that it is faster than with the RAZR. Even if the KRZR K1m (for Verizon) employed the same 2MP camera that was used on the K1 (GSM version), the quality would still not be good as other phones (see the K1 review for the pictures). The only solution would be for Motorola to start using a higher quality sensor, such as a CCD, and use better lenses in their phones. Then, maybe, Motorola's camera phones could start competing with other manufactures.

 

Motorola KRZR K1m (left) compared to Motorola RAZR V3m (right)

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Audio:

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Both MP3 and WMA music playback can be accomplished quite easily when using a MicroSD card.  Format the card in the phone first, then put the card in the USB reader attached to your computer and copy/paste the music files to it. After the files are copied, place the card back into the phone and access the My Music menu. Music is categorized by Genre, Artist, Albums, Shuffle, and Playlist. Once the song begins to play, the display will show the song information, album art (if there is one) and track time position, but there are no graphic equalizers. Closing the flip while a song is playing will illuminate the blue backlit touch-sensitive controls on the front of the phone. In the center is the Play/Pause button, to the left is the Rewind/Skip Back button, and to the right is the Fast-Forward/Skip Ahead button. It is easy to use the front music control buttons and they have a fast response time. We also like that the blue backlight does not turnoff until you exit the music player. Even though the phone only has 1 mono-speaker, the sound quality was remarkably good and much louder than on the LG Chocolate. However, the placement of the speaker on the back of the phone is a poor design, so the phone must be turned over to hear the full quality of the music. A better placement for speaker would have been on the side of the phone down at the bottom. Since the Bluetooth A2DP profile is not supported, you cannot use the music player to connect to a stereo Bluetooth device, so you are limited to the built in speak or wired headphones. It would also of been nice if there was a FM transmitter, like on the LG Fusic, so that you could listen to the music on any FM radio.

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Software:

All Verizon phones, including the KRZR, use Qualcomm's BREW software format for the downloadable Get it Now applications. One of the most useful applications is the VZNavigator program. With it, you can enter in a destination and the phone will plot a route from where you are and guide you to the destination. While driving, you will be given turn-by-turn directions on the screen and a voice will read the driving directions to you. The only downside to using the VZNavigator on the KRZR is that the display is smaller than other phones, which cause the on-screen maps to be smaller. We used the VZNavigator program in South Florida and it was able to guide us easily to destinations with no problems. We highly recommend this program for people who do not have the costly built-in GPS systems in their car.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. vzemployee (unregistered)


ok, ive worked for vzw for 16 months, and in the past 3 months we have seen alot of motorolas come in with bad battery life. All we had been doing is replacing the battery and updating the software on the phone. It receently was made official that the batch of batteries on the K1M, the 325 and other phones that take the same bat are defective batteries. This was not to the employees surprise...we originally just would educate customers on proper charging practices and swap the battery. We now know officially that the bats are defective. If you have one of these phones with the defective battery bring it in. The sku on original bats for that model is motbat-1, the improved bat is motbat-3... motorola sucks

posted on 09 Jul 2008, 16:46

2. dc, cleve ohio (unregistered)


i have had this phone for almost 1 year and the battery has not held a charge longer than 1 day since day one. i hate this phone and it is not worth buyibg a new battery when i can upgrade to a better phone. motorola sucks.

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 01:50

3. Mel in SD (unregistered)


I bought this phone when it first came out. I will never buy another Motorola phone again. I am lucky if the battery will last the whole day and navigating the painfully slow menu makes me want to throw it out the window. Luckily I will be able to upgrade soon. It's no wonder Motorola is not doing so well because motorola sucks!

posted on 15 Nov 2008, 21:49

4. (unregistered)


I've had this phone for almost a year or two and it sucks completely. It freezes, sometimes texts will not go through, and it lives on the charger. I don't talk much on it and yet it lives on the charger. Whenever I do charge it though less than 30 mins later it says charge complete and it use to take an hour and a half for it to fully charge. Don't waste your money on it. I bought this phone disliking motorola phones in the first place but I needed a phone so I got. Now this phone makes me dislike motorola even more. I never going to buy a motorola phone again.

posted on 16 Nov 2008, 19:00

5. (unregistered)


Okay, everyone up here is TOTALLY bashing out this phone! I've owned it for a little over a year, and I've LOVEDDDDD IT! I mean, it's super slim (not Razr slim, but you can't complain!), nice look to it, AWESOME MP3 player on the front (easyyyy touchscreen), easy to text on (for me; it's not to wide), it's picture/video ability is alright, and I just like it in general.. But yeah, I totally love it. C: I've only had one problem with it: The screen went blank. But nothing's perfect, right? I took it back to my carrier's store (US Cellular; which reminds me, it's also got great reception. Never a dropped call, clear hearing/speaking! Longgg enough talk time for me.. and I'm a girl :) and got the tech guy to take a look at it, replace the battery (it costed me nothing..) and it worked fine again! It's a very durable phone, even though it's got a sleek and sofisticated look to it. ;) I've dropped it a thoussssand and oneeee times, and only one problem that got fixed in a jiffy. And you say it's a bad phone? :P Also, (personally) I like Motorola. I perfer it over all other kinds. ;] (Next it line, though, would be LG) IT'S AN AMAZINGGG PHONE, GO GET IT! :D

posted on 04 Dec 2008, 04:11

6. (unregistered)


i'm with the last one on this phone!! i've had my 1st krzr for about 2 yrs. the only reason i have got another 1 is...that i gave my neice my older 1 wenmy dad bought 2 more for a great price!! they were practically brand new & the ppl that had them just didnt want the contract that they signed on for!~ these phones are great! if they can hold up to us girls talkin alll the time and us all textn 24/7. then they must be good! the camera i will agree is not the best! depends on where u take the pic! (lighting conditions) but overall it's been a great phone!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 00:18

7. fisher.2011 (unregistered)


CHINA IS A BEAUFUL COUNTRY

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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size4.05 x 1.73 x 0.66 inches
(103 x 44 x 17 mm)
3.60 oz  (102 g)
Battery880 mAh, 4.15 hours talk time

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