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Review: Motorola ZINE ZN5

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The ZN5 has an OK music player. It is buried in the "Multimedia" folder, which holds music, videos and stuff like that. The music player offers no fancy graphics or menus, just a simple list of your options. You can choose to sort via artist, genre, song, album and playlists. The options lets you turn the shuffle and repeat functions on and off, as well as choose from 10 equalizer presets, adjust spatial widening, and turn a bass booster on and off.

For some strange reason, the ZN5's speaker can get produce much more volume through the music player than for ringtones. In any case, using the equalizer greatly improves the quality of sound. I was able to blast Lamb of God's "Walk With Me In Hell" and it sounded pretty decent. TheZN5 won't compare to a stack of Marshalls, but I've heard worse speakers on phones. As always, I recommend you use the pair of stereo headphones that you like most to get the best results.

The player interface is really not much different than that of other players. The D-pad controls the music and the soft keys let you manipulate the player itself.

You can ad songs to playlists, send them via Bluetooth, or set them to be the ringtone directly from within the player.

The ZN5 has an FM radio, as well, and requires that you have the proper headset for it to work properly.

 

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