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Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

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There were no surprises regarding the Main Menu, as it is laid out just like every other Verizon phone, with categorizes for Get it Now, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, and Settings & Tools. There are two Themes that are included: Default (Rainbow) and Youth. The Default theme is identical to the one used on the V9m, but the Youth theme is more colorful. The menu speed and response time from both are quite fast. Unfortunately, neither one is animated like the FlashUI themes used by LG and Samsung.

Home screen - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Get it Now - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Messaging - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Tools - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Home screen

Get it Now

Messaging

Tools


The Phonebook is identical to the V9m, where up to 1000 contacts can be stored, each with their Name, Mobile 1, Home, Work, E-Mail 1, Group, Picture, Ringtone, Mobile 2, Fax, E-Mail 2, and Notes. Since this is a “world phone” it would have been nice if the phonebook were capable of storing more numbers per person, such as a local US number and international number. Once a contact is saved, you can assign them to one of 999 speed-dial locations.

Phonebook interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Phonebook interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Phonebook interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Phonebook interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Phonebook interface


While using the phone in the US, no SIM card is required. However, for use internationally, you must purchase a SIM card from Verizon. It should also be noted that while in the US, you cannot use a SIM card from other US GSM providers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile. There are three Network Modes available in the Settings & Tools menus: Global, CDMA Only, and GSM Only. The Global mode works by first looking for an available CDMA network. If none can be found, and a SIM card is inserted, it will then look for a GSM network. If you plan on only using the phone in the US (or other CDMA country), then you can select CDMA Only. The GSM Only mode requires a SIM card and can only be used outside of the US. These options might sound confusing to the basic user, but are useful since they are designed for the world traveler. Price is another concern for international use. While roaming on CDMA networks, you will be charged from $0.69 to $1.29 per minute, and GSM usage will range from $1.29 to $2.49 per minute. For more information about which countries are covered and their applicable roaming fees, please visit the Verizon site

The 2MP Camera is located on the back and can be used with the phone slid open or closed. We found that it was easier to use with the phone closed and placed in Landscape mode. In doing so, this makes the Z6c about the same size as most compact digital cameras, even though a larger screen and more mega-pixels would be nice.

Camcorder - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Camcorder

Camera interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Camera interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Camera interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Camera interface


Although it uses a basic 2MP sensor, the image quality was not as good as we’ve seen from the V9m, Maxx, and Voyager. When used outside, colors were not as saturated and images lacked fine detail. Inside images also looked muted and soft. But this is to be expected, since the Z6c does not have an Autofocus system, which also means that it cannot be used for Macro images. Photos in the dark are impossible to take, as there is no built-in flash on the device. Videos can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 320x240 with no time limit (up to the available space on the microSD card). Though this may sound nice, the video quality is lacking just like every other Verizon phone, and should only be used for short recordings.

Outdoor images - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Outdoor images - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Outdoor images - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Outdoor images - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Outdoor images

Indoor images - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Indoor images - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Indoor images - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Indoor images - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Indoor images


The music player is basic and is laid out like most other Verizon phones, with categories for Genres, Artists, Albums, and Playlists. It is capable of playing back MP3, WMA, and ACC audio files. Even though there is only one (mono) speaker located on the back, we found that the music quality was better than the FlipShot’s stereo speakers, but still was not as loud as music played by the V9m. Unlike most new phones that use touch-sensitive buttons for music control, you have to use the D-pad on the Z6c for rewind, play/pause, and fast-forward. Included with the phone is a microUSB-to-2.5mm headset adapter that you can use with stereo earbuds for listening to music. The Z6c also supports Stereo Bluetooth A2DP and AVRC profiles, which gave us 25 feet of static free music using our Motorola S9 headset.

Music player interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Music player interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Music player interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Music player interface - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Music player interface


Other software features include Mobile Web 2.0, VCast Music downloads, V Cast Video streaming, and VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions. Unfortunately, all of these services are only usable while in Verizon’s CDMA network. We can understand why this is, but it would have been nice if at least the Web Browser were GSM compatible.

VZ Navigator and VCast - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
VZ Navigator and VCast - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
VZ Navigator and VCast - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
VZ Navigator and VCast - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

VZ Navigator and VCast

Web Browser - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Web Browser - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Web Browser - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review
Web Browser - Motorola RIZR Z6c Review

Web Browser



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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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