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Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review


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The ZINE ZN5 runs on the Linux-Java based OS, which is found in the RAZR2 V8, RIZR Z6, MOTO U9 and ROKR E8. It is superior to the standard software used in other Motorola models including all features, look and user experience. It is neither fast nor slow, the menus are logically structured and the interface looks ok. It lacks a ‘wow’ effect and will not really impress you with anything particular, but it works fine, which is very important.

Home Screen - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Main Menu - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

Home Screen

Main Menu


Contacts - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review


The phone can save up to 1000 contacts in total, each storing up to three numbers. All available names are shown in a vertical list, which has two optionalviews: Thumbnail (with picture (if added) and phone number) or List, showing only the name. It is nice that one can select to sort by first or last name, but we are disappointed that search can be performed only by the first word in the name. Another nice option is that when inputting characters directly from the standby screen, the phonebook is searched for results in both the first name and the number. It is similar to the latest generation Sony Ericsson’s phones.


You won’t find a stapler, paper clips or tape in the Office Tools menu, but all the organizing functions. The File Manager allows you to browse the memory of both the phone and the card, and copy/move files from one destination to another. The Calendar can be previewed for month/week or day and has a lot of options when adding an entry. There are twelve event types (Meeting, Appointment, Anniversary, Birthday, Party and others), subject, location, period, notes, attendees and more.

Calendar - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Calendar - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Calendar - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Calendar - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review


If you are not a morning person, there are three alarms to help you wake up. The world clock is also limited to three cities only, but has two visualizations options: a map view, or a larger digital clock. The calculator is not a scientific one but it does the basic addition, subtraction, division and multiplication and has a currency converter as well.

Alarms - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
World Clock - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Calculator - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review



World Clock


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Vaan (unregistered)

Yeah I know but what's the difference, you'll still get the one you want so it doesn't matter right?

posted on 23 Oct 2008, 10:27

2. (unregistered)

now the camera rating went down from an 8.5 to a 7....and the overall rating went down to a 7.5 :(

posted on 08 Nov 2008, 17:06

6. (unregistered)

ugh...t-moblie got the phone...love that they have their own 3g bandwidth different then the rest of the world...heck for that matter why doesnt at&t use the same one as the rest of the world does...does it just make too much sense to????

posted on 23 Oct 2008, 23:59

3. (unregistered)

Just for reference, its pronounced "zeen" like magazine. Not "z-eye-n"

posted on 24 Oct 2008, 01:04

4. (unregistered)

I've always wondered how these Motorola names are pronounced.... you know, RAZR, KRZR, ...

posted on 08 Nov 2008, 17:07

7. (unregistered)

i've always wondered why hotdogs are sold in packs of 10 and hotdog buns are sold in packs of 8 ;)

posted on 26 Oct 2008, 10:54

5. Armo (unregistered)

the packaging looks sick. i hope it stays the same when t-mobile gets it. this is a great phone. it deserved at least and average of 8.

posted on 08 Nov 2008, 17:09

8. (unregistered)

thats what the average originally was....but then again the review didnt cover the panaramic picture capabilities of the phone like mobile-review did....who really praised this non smart phone and said the camera was better then the n82 and the audio quality is very very good.....seems kinda like a rushed review on this site.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
500 MHz
0.06 GB RAM
Size4.65 x 1.99 x 0.63 inches
(118 x 50.5 x 16 mm)
4.02 oz  (114 g)
Battery950 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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