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Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

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Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Introduction:

The Motorola Z6c “World Edition” phone is designed for the average international traveler in mind that wants to be able to place and receive calls while abroad. It is capable of working on the Verizon CDMA network, as well as GSM 900/1800 networks when used in other countries, however a SIM card from Verizon is required. The only other device currently offered by Verizon to work on GSM networks is the BlackBerry 8830 Smartphone, which is targeted more to business travelers.

Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

The Retail Package includes the Motorola Z6c World Edition phone, user manual, microUSB-to-2.5mm headset adapter, microUSB elbow adapter, 950mAh battery, and wall charger with three adapter plugs for international use.


Design:

The Z6c features a slider design and looks almost identical to the Z6tv, which offers Mobile TV service instead of international roaming. It is constructed from black and silver plastic throughout, yet is durable and should hold up to everyday use. The slider is very easy open and close and has a fluid movement to it. The back of the device has the same soft-touch coating that is featured on other Motorola phones (Maxx, V9m, Q9m).

Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

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Located on the left side is the volume rocker and speakerphone button, while the right side has the voice command button, keypad lock, and microUSB port. The 2MP camera and speaker are on the back. One aspect that we did not like was the design of the microSD card slot. You must first remove the battery door cover and slide the microSD card in above where the SIM card would be located. This is pretty simple, but removing the memory card proved to be more difficult. You have to press down (pretty hard) on a piece of plastic that locks the card into place, while at the same time sliding the card out. This is a poor design, and is very inconvenient to the consumer. We much prefer the design of the memory card slot on the Z6tv, where it is accessible from the side of the phone.

Left side - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Right side - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
microUSB port - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Left side

Right side

microUSB port

2MP camera - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
The speaker - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
microSD and SIM slots - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

2MP camera

The speaker

microSD and SIM slots


The main display is 2.0” diagonal with a QVGA resolution of 240x320 pixels and 65K color depth. Despite its average size, it has good contrasts, shows images with full color, and has a 6 level brightness control. Even though we used the brightest backlight level, the TFT display is still difficult to view while in direct sunlight.

The 2.0 inches display - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
5-way D-pad - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
The numeric kaypad - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

The 2.0 inches display

5-way D-pad

The numeric kaypad


Directly below the display is the 5 way navigational D-pad, which is used for navigating through the phone’s software. We noticed that it is slightly smaller than the D-pad used on the Maxx and V9m, but the difference is negligible. To the left and right sides of it are the two soft keys, camera button, clear, send, and end buttons. Sliding the phone open reveals the hidden numeric keypad. It has a nice silver finish, which stands out from the black plastic used on the front. The buttons are slightly curved and are well spaced with raised rubber edging between them. The blue backlit numbers are easy to see, but the letters are somewhat small. Overall, the keypad on the Z6c is easy to use for dialing and text messaging thanks to its excellent tactile feel with raised rubber letters and key separators.


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Shooter (unregistered)


I was seriously considering this phone for something to take overseas with me but after reading this I'm a bit worried about the SIM. I had called Verizon and talked with a customer service rep. I asked, and I quote: "So, I can bring this phone to China and buy a SIM card there and use it?" The Rep answered yes. Now, according to this article you must buy a Verizon SIM. I guess it wouldn't be the first time I got a Rep that didn't know what they were talking about. In any case, I wonder if the phone could be unlocked and the use of other SIMs would be possible? Otherwise I'm better off buying a cheap phone overseas and having two phones, which is what I was trying to avoid in the first place...

posted on 23 Jan 2008, 15:58

2. LordObento (unregistered)


Verizon has a SIM for you, but the Phn can be unlocked. Difference? Verizon SIM you keep the same Phone # no matter where you go. Unlocked SIM, you get a phone # for whatever SIM you use.

posted on 27 Jan 2008, 14:24

3. BostonFan (unregistered)


I got this phone primarily because it's a decent phone. Should I travel to anywhere where GSM is support will be a bonus. Call quality is excellent, very clear on both sides. Even my father who always complains when I call on my cell didn't complain with this call :). The phone's reception is good. I live in a fringe area and it still gets a couple of bars (that's really good here!) The menus and screen are clear and legible even for aging eyes. The form factor is nice (first slider that I've had) Keys are a little narrow, but because of the grid between keys, very manageable.

posted on 08 Feb 2008, 15:43

4. Roadie (unregistered)


I too was told by Verizon that I could buy a local sim, ala a unlocked phone then use the phone from a foreign GSM network. After getting the phone they told me they don't even offer a SIM for Canada, and the one that came with the phone (I got none) would have to be used further abroad.

posted on 08 Jul 2008, 14:14

5. (unregistered)


Why does Verizon have SO MANY versions of the RIZR? They have the RIZR Z6c, RIZR z6cx, World Edition z6, and World Edition z6cx. Why don't they just discontinue the World Editions and only have the RIZR z6c?

posted on 08 Jul 2008, 16:45

6. Art (unregistered)


I've had the phone for a week now and like it. But...I use it as my home phone as well - which is to say I never turn it off. So I went on-line and have been trying to buy an extended battery - I can find the extended battery (BK91) but no extended battery doors! Every place I looked I keep finding that the doors sold with the BK91 battery supposely don't fit my Moto Z6c World phone. I will have to go to the store to try on a door from the Z6 or the Z6tv and see if it fits. If it does then maybe I can find an extended door for them. On the Verizon web site - they supposely sell the BK91 battery and door for $50. But since NO ONE else has an extended door to fit - I'm beginning to wonder even if I paid $50 to verizon - will it fit???

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 19:36

7. (unregistered)


can the sim card be from another country

posted on 11 Oct 2008, 22:18

8. backhome (unregistered)


I have the same question, can I buy a local SIM card, plug in and get a new phone number in the local GSM network?

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.20 x 1.80 x 0.64 inches
(107 x 46 x 16 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery940 mAh, 4.91 hours talk time

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