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Review: MOTOROKR Z6

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Although the the Z6 has been upgraded from a RIZR to a ROKR, it's not clear how this is any more of a music phone than its predecessor. The ROKR Z6 does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack (or any jack other than a mini-USB port. It does have A2DP stereo Bluetooth, however the Z3 and many other Motorolas also have this feature. In some packages, the Z6 is sold with a typical mini-USB stereo headset, which again doesn't help to set this apart as a music phone. However in another package it is sold with Moto's S9 Bluetooth headphones, which provide a solid music experience.

The one thing the Z6 definitely has is a key to take you to the music player where the web shortcut used to be. But is that enough?

You can load songs onto the included card (1 Gig in most cases) yourself or use Windows Media Player to sync songs from your PC.

When you launch the player, it scans your phone and memory card for any tracks it can play, no matter where they are located, and builds a library from their ID3 tags. The player can sort tracks by artist or album, giving you quick access to them with a minimum of clicks, however all tracks are listed and played in alphabetical order unless you select shuffle play or create a playlist.

The Z6 is powerful enough to play music in the background no matter what other task you might be doing. If the music player is open, even if no song is playing, a mini-player is shown on the Z6's home screen. You can play, pause and skip through tracks using the D-pad. The keys will not automatically lock if the player is running. The full player, which is quickly reached using the music key if you have left it, has far more options. In addition to building playlists or viewing the entire library, the player can also be used to send tracks or assign them as ringtones.

 

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