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Preview: Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5

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Camera aside, there are some serious disappointments in the ZN5. First off, no 3G. The phone is limited to quad-band GSM/EDGE. It does add Wi-Fi, though, for sharing pictures through hotspots. While the Wi-Fi is nice, 3G is a necessity for a phone with a camera of this caliber. You won't be able to send large image files without finding Wi-Fi. Motorola did not say if the ZN5 can use the Wi-Fi radio for browsing the Internet, but it is probable that it can.

It also runs the MOTOMAGX platform. It gets the job done, but doesn't support 3G. The OS is a Java-Linux hybrid and is also seen on the Motorola RAZR2 V8. The OS is a refreshed version of its older platform, and is certainly easier to use, but doesn't make a big enough leap for us. Menus are a bit deep, and require more clicks that we care for.

It has a music player, messaging features and just about all that you'd expect to see on a higher-end feature phone.

Oddly, the ZN5 only captures video at 15 frames per second. Quality of the video was average, and did not compare to the still images taken with the phone. That Motorola and Kodak would invest so much time and energy into making the camera so powerful, yet leave the video recording capabilities lacking in comparison had us scratching our heads.

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