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Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 7.5

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Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
The ZINE ZN5 is relatively quick to operate, but it’s not as good as the leaders on the market. There’s a light lag when opening menus and applications, but  most people won’t be bothered by it.

We were very happy with the call quality; and the voices at both ends are loud and clear. Only the monotony and the light sharpness were somewhat annoying. In terms of the loudspeaker, we think that its performance is above the average.

The official battery times are 9.56 hours of talks or 579 in standby mode. WOW!


Motorola enters the cameraphone market late, but better late than never and it did not disappoint us. The ZINE ZN5 has a modern design, it’s suitable for listening to music and has a very fast camera, which takes very good pictures if the sun is shining. Unfortunately, the story changes on cloudy days and indoors and the Xenon is only useful if taking a picture of an object at 7 feet at the most.

It also performs well as a phone, considering the good sound quality and the long battery life, but the lack of 3G support is a serious drawback. Alternative models are the cheaper Samsung G600, with a similar picture quality, but VGA videos. If you really want a good 5-megapixel model, we recommend Nokia’s N82 smartphone, which won our 5-megapixel cameraphone comparison.


  • Elegant, modern and user-friendly
  • Very fast camera
  • Long battery life
  • Good sound quality


  • The back lid is very hard to open
  • No 3G
  • The camcorder shoots videos at very low resolution
  • No high-quality video playback
  • Poor image quality in low lighting conditions
PhoneArena rating:
7.5 Good
User rating:
7.6 14 Reviews

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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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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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