Motorola Z8 PreviewMotorola RIZR Z8
The Home screen can be personalized to be "Active standby screen" and one can choose to see up to 5 out of 6 options including Calls, Messages, Emails, Calendar, Profiles and Music Player information. They appear as large shortcuts with information, directly on the display.
By default the main menu is visualised as a grid of 3 by 3 icons but can also be viewed as a list with 8 fields. In both cases, a scroll is present to indicate which page you are viewing, as the menu is shown in more than one, because of the large amount of objects. This reminds us more of the S60 interface, but the way you change the visualization from one type to another is showing you that the currently used Interface is UIQ.
A drawback compared to S60 and other phones with non-touch displays is that the numeric keys don’t act as shortcuts to the menu fields. This is because other UIQ phones are operated through the displays by tapping. As expected, themes can be changed to personalize the look with other colors and images.
The Messaging menu will also be familiar to user of other UIQ phones as it shares many with the version for touch-screen-featuring phones. Here also is the POP3/IMAP email client which allows you to add multiple mail boxes.
Motorola Z8 is quad-band GSM which allows it to work on any continent, which is a must for every modern phone in our opinion. The single-band UMTS 2100MHz means high speed 3G data can be used only in Europe/Asia regions where such networks are present and not in America, where 850/1900 MHz bands are used for this.
Comparing the interface of the Motorola Z8 to the one of the Sony Ericsson P1 (another UIQ phone but with touch-display):