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Motorola Krave ZN4 Review

Motorola Krave ZN4

Posted: , by Ray S.



Motorola Krave ZN4 Review
Two areas that the Krave excels in are the call quality and signal reception.  During our testing, we got a solid 3-4 bars of EV and 1X in most locations, which is 1 bar more than the V9m.  When traveling into fringe areas, the signal would not drop below 1 bar and we were still able to place and receive calls.  However, if you are completely out of range of a tower, you will lose a signal, no mater which phone is being used.  Call quality through the earpiece speaker was excellent and sounded slightly better than the V9m.  We also didn’t encounter the “ticking” sound that was present when using the Dare.  Voices sounded clear and natural, regardless of the earpiece volume level.  People that we called on a landline also said that our voice sounded clear and did not suffer from the Dare’s “tunnel” effect.  The speakerphone was also quite good, but just like most other devices, the quality starts to derogate as the volume increases.

The included 950mAh battery is rated by Motorola to provide up to 4.3 hours of talk time or 16.6 days of standby time on a full charge.  During our testing, we were able to achieve 5 hours and 25 minutes of continuous talk time by fully charging the battery, dialing a landline, and keeping the Krave connected until the battery was depleted.  This is almost 1 hour longer than the rated talk time provided by Motorola, but is still 1 hour less than is available with the Dare’s included 1100mAh battery. 


Even though the Krave is a quality built phone, it misses the mark due to its late arrival into the touchscreen arena.  The three main areas that it does well in are the call quality, reception, and accurate touchscreen.  If that is all you are interested in, then the Krave might be the right device for you.  However, the user interface is not designed well and lacks customization, the HTML browser does not render pages correctly and takes too long for sites to load, the 2MP camera quality isn’t as good as the V9m, and the phone lacks speed dial capabilities.  Due to these issues, the LG Dare still remains the best overall non-smartphone touchscreen device currently available for Verizon.  However, with the BlackBerry Storm and Samsung OMNIA launching later this year, the competition is going to become even tighter.


  • 2.8” capacitive-sensitive touchscreen with flip
  • Call quality and signal reception
  • VCast Mobile TV
  • Light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer
  • 3.5mm headset jack


  • No menu or theme customization
  • HTML browser is slow and doesn’t render properly
  • Unable to assign numbers to speed dial
  • Camera quality
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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...

posted on 31 Oct 2008, 17:39

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."

posted on 11 Nov 2008, 12:58

8. (unregistered)

umm, the z6tv uses a retractable antenna as well. even when corrected it is still wrong.

posted on 31 Oct 2008, 17:28

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.

posted on 07 Nov 2008, 23:35

6. (unregistered)

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.

posted on 10 Nov 2008, 11:04

7. (unregistered)

A moto phone with bugs? No way!

posted on 16 Oct 2009, 20:44

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

posted on 01 Nov 2008, 17:21

4. (unregistered)

does Phoneareana only review touch screen phones and Camera phones now?

posted on 01 Nov 2008, 18:56

5. (unregistered)

Most all new phones have a camera on them.

posted on 07 Dec 2008, 11:50

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!

posted on 16 Oct 2009, 20:46

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.

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.13 x 2.00 x 0.75 inches
(105 x 51 x 19 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery950 mAh, 4.33 hours talk time

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