Thursday, January 15, 2009

Motorola RIZR Z3 Unlocked Cell Phone with 2 MP Camera, MP3/Video Player, MicroSD Slot--Euro Version (Black)

Motorola RIZR Z3 Unlocked Cell Phone with 2 MP Camera, MP3/Video Player, MicroSD Slot--Euro Version (Black)Merging an innovative slider design with an impressive feature set, the RIZR Z3 marks Motorola's first venture into the slider-style GSM market. Stylishly wrapped in a package for fashion conscious consumers looking for style and portability, the RIZR is packed with all the latest mobile technology, including a 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth compatibility, an advanced music player, EDGE high-speed data capability, and more.

This unlocked cell phone can be used with a GSM network service provider and it provides quad-band connectivity (850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz). It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card for usage with your selected service provider. This phone comes with a one-year warranty from a third party provider.

The sleekly designed RIZR V3 slides upward to reveal the phone's keypad. Sliding it open reveals a surprise--an artfully abstract tattoo.

Virtually all the phones functions can be accessed via the five-way controller on the slider and function buttons on the side.

Click this image to see a map of all the RIZR V3's function buttons.
The RIZR Z3 takes the standard slider-style form factor to the next level with a sleek profile, and a unique, spring assisted opening design. It also takes familiar style cues from the wildly popular RAZR flip-phone. A large 176 x 220 color display with 262,000 colors dominates the top of the slider. The 2-megapixel camera lens is discreetly housed on the upper backside of the phone, safely tucked away until ready for use. Up/down buttons are placed on the left side for volume control while a voice button on the right side of the unit allows you to enter voice memos and create voice dialing profiles. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's backlit control pad, which is precision cut from a single sheet of nickel-plated copper alloy. A charging port and USB data cable port is placed on the bottom of the phone. Lastly, a memory card slot is included, allowing you to augment the RIZR's 20 MB of built-in memory.

Calling Features
The RIZR Z3's internal phone book can hold up to six phone numbers and three addresses per entry, while the phone's picture ID system allows you to assign pictures to your most common callers. It also supports polyphonic ringtones as well as MP3 ringers, allowing you to use portions of your favorite songs to alert you to incoming calls. A number of ringtones come preloaded on the phone. There's even an included application, MotoMixer, that lets you mix your own ringtones. For times when you want to be discreet, there's a vibrating alert. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear while voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. And because the RIZR Z3 is Bluetooth enabled, wireless headsets can be configured with the phone for total hands-free operation. Lastly, the RIZR's voice dialing feature makes calling family, friends, and business associates as easy as saying their names.

Messaging, Internet, and Tools
The RIZR Z3 is a messaging and wireless Internet powerhouse. Support is built in for sending and receiving pictures, text, graphics, sound and video via messages. When used in combination with the phone's built-in still and video camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. Instant messaging is also supported, and the phone ships with a built-in email client. The RIZR also comes stock with a built-in web browser for downloads and mobile web browsing.

iTap text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit--a plus for mobile email and text messaging users. With its Bluetooth or USB data capability, the phone can be easily used as a wireless modem for laptops and PDAs for high-speed data transfer over the supported EDGE network when coupled with a carrier data plan.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the RIZR Z3 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator with currency converter, a calendar and an alarm clock. Use the phone's Bluetooth capability to set up a wireless link with a Bluetooth accessory or connect to a computer or hand-held device to exchange and synchronize data. The phone also supports the SyncML PC synchronization standard, and it can be used with Motorola's Mobile Phone Tools PC application to manage and synchronize contacts, calendar, and other data with your PC.

Imaging and Entertainment
As mentioned, hidden behind the MOTO RIZR's eye-catching design is a powerful digital camera that features an LED flash, brightness control, and a night mode. With a dedicated side camera key and a landscape viewfinder mode, you can hold it and use it like a digital camera. Capture stills and then send them to your friends via MMS messaging or email, or send them to your PC via USB or Bluetooth. Frame-worthy pictures be sent from the phone directly to your printer via PictBridge technology.

The phone is capable of MPEG4 video playback when you receive a video message, or if you upload video to the phone via USB or Bluetooth. The RIZR Z3 also supports custom graphics for wallpapers so you can dress up the phone to suit your fancy.

When the feeling strikes you, jam out to your favorite music on the RIZR's advanced music player. And because the RIZR sports a convenient memory slot, you can bring along a ton of tunes--the unit supports cards up to 2 GB (memory cards sold separately). Lastly, Java support is built into the RIZR, making it a powerful gaming companion. You can also use the handset's USB data connection to load more games and files onto the phone.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola RIZR Z3 weighs 3.92 ounces and measures 4.15 x 1.79 x 0.65 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.33 hours of digital talk time, and up to 225 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies. This phone comes with a one-year warranty from a third party provider.

Customer Review: If only...

I have had this phone for about a month now and I think this is a great little phone. I love the size and the feel. The only thing that bugs me is that some of the features are in Chinese! I thought this was the European version?? Thankfully I am not too interested in games etc. That definately took away a couple of stars from my rating of it.

Customer Review: Poor design, worse construction

This poorly designed phone has several nooks and crannies that collect unremovable dirt and grime, and its shoddy construction requires frequent applications of superglue to keep the buttons from falling off. The camera quality is much lower than similarly advertised competitors (in fact I've never seen worse images from a 2MP camera). Do not purchase.
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