Motorola Krave ZN4 Review
Just like most other phones on the market today, the Krave is capable of sending and receiving text, picture, and video messages. For composing the message body, the device can use either multi-tap, iTap predictive entry, or QWERTY (by turning the phone horizontally). When using the on-screen QWERTY keyboard, the display shows 3 rows of letters, with a 4th row having the space, symbol, and number keys. While using this method, we immediately started to notice that the flip and hinge (which is open to the left) impedes typing accuracy and performance of the left thumb. After a while we turned the phone vertically and started to use iTap, which we found to be faster and easier. Some people may not have an issue with the way the flip and hinge limits the left thumb movement, but we believe that iTap to be the best method of typing text messages on the Krave.
For people who like to use Instant Messaging, the Krave also comes preinstalled with Mobile IM, which will connect you to AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo. After signing in, you and can send and receive IMs, but it is basically glorified text messaging to people on your buddy list and will count on your calling plan the same as using text messages.
Connectivity and Data:
The Krave is a dual band all-digital device that operates on the 800MHz and 1900MHz CDMA Verizon Wireless network. Non-voice data, such as Web and E-mail, are transmitted using the 3G EVDO network, but it is limited to EVDO Rev 0 speeds instead of the faster Rev A, which is used with the Dare. For Mobile TV service, the Krave uses the 700MHz spectrum on Qualcomm’s MediaFLO network.
Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR (enhanced data rate) is supported and allows up to 20 pairings. Supported profiles include: handset, hands-free, dial-up networking, stereo (A2DP/AVRC), phonebook access, basic printing, basic imaging, object push for vCard, and file transfer. Thankfully we did not experience the same auto-pairing problems when connecting to the Motorola S9 and HT820 stereo headsets like we did with the Dare. We were able to get achieve to 40 feet of static-free music playback on the two stereo headsets, but when used for calls with the Jabra 250v, we only got up to 25 feet, since the Jabra only supports the Bluetooth 1.1 profile.
For Internet access, the Krave uses Verizon’s EVDO network (yet limited to Rev 0 speeds) and Wi-Fi is not supported. When the browser is launched, you are taken to the VZW Today home page, which has quick-launch icons for news, email, entertainment, sports, weather, connect, Verizon services, more, and favorites. The browser will automatically change viewing modes depending on if the phone is held in portrait or landscape position. Along the bottom are icons for moving back a page, home, refresh, favorites, www, and menu. When selecting the “www” icon, you can type in a specific web address using the on-screen keypad. Even though the browser claims to be HTML compatible, most web sites were not properly formatted and rendered incorrectly. When going into the menu and selecting Normal Screen, the web pages are shown in a single vertical column. Yet even when changing to Wide Screen mode, sites still do not format correctly and are not laid-out as accurately as they are on the Dare. Located in the center of the screen is a circular tool that is used to select and click on text and image links. This is a nice feature, since one complaint we had with other touchscreen devices was the difficultly of clicking on text links. However, there is no way to get rid of the circular tool, as it occasionally got in our way when viewing sites. Despite the limitations of the browser, we are glad to see that it is capable of streaming videos from the popular YouTube site.
The time required for the browser to completely load graphically rich sites, such as PhoneArena.com, is almost 80 seconds, which is much longer that the Dare’s 22 seconds and the Glyde and Voyager’s 50 seconds. We are not sure why the Krave took longer to load, but we have a feeling it has to do with the browser program and not the hardware. More simplistic sites, such as Google, only took 7 seconds to load. Between the browser’s poor download speeds and inability to properly render most sites, limits it to be more of a novelty than a tool to be used daily.
1. lol (unregistered)
correction in your review the lg dare does not have a retractable intenna nor does it have mobile tv...just a heads up tho for ppl who don't know the difference reading the review...
3. PhoneArena Staff (unregistered)
Thank you, it has been corrected. "The Krave uses a built-in antenna, similar to the Z6tv, to pickup the Mobile TV broadcasts, instead of having a retractable antenna like on the Voyager and VX9400."
umm, the z6tv uses a retractable antenna as well. even when corrected it is still wrong.
2. elgee02 (unregistered)
A modest first effort from Motorola. Actually selling a bit more than I would have guessed they would, customers love it so far.
I hated this phone and returned it. I had to return the Krave 2 times because it was not working properly. I would try to hit the dialpad and the menu would open up. When I would text, The "P" would write instead of a "T." I finally had enough and I'm getting the LG Voyager instead. Wait on the Krave until they get the kinks out. Motorola is to anxious to come out with new phones. They need to wait until they get a worth while product.
A moto phone with bugs? No way!
10. littlebee88 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Oct 2009)
My husband and I have these phones and they are terrible I have had to have mine replaced twice and my husband has had his replaced once My husband dislikes his so much that he now forwards all calls to his work phone so he doesn't have to use it. I have talked to Verizon many times and they will not give either of us a different phone which is ridiculous
does Phoneareana only review touch screen phones and Camera phones now?
Most all new phones have a camera on them.
9. texter (unregistered)
i recently purchased the krave, i was attracted to its unique design, however i am still undecided if i really like it. i am a frequent texter and i am very disapointed with how this phone reacts, its' delayed when texting and takes twice a long as my old phone to type a message. please note, if you text alot reconsider purchasing this phone!
11. littlebee88 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Oct 2009)
The touch screen is terrible,it constantly clicks on things that are not even by where I am pressing. Do not get this phone.