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Hello Moto KRZR RIZR Together  

Aug 4, 2006, 2:02 PM   by Eric Lin

Hands-on reports from Motorola events in Cape Town and NYC. Hands-on with the new KRZR, RIZR, FONE, i880, xx, maxx, and W375.

We traveled a long way - literally half way around the world - to bring you a hands on with Mototola's newest phone designs. The American manufacturer held the global launch for its new designer phones in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Motorola's chief designer, Jim Wicks unveiled the phones formerly code named Canary and Capri. Though filings with the FCC called them the K1 and Z3, they are now officially called the KRZR and RIZR. Although not much has changed since we got our hands on the RIZR a month ago, there were a few interesting surprises.

Both phones run the same software except for a minor change in the camera viewfinder - as we showed you, the RIZR runs a full-screen viewfinder in landscape mode, while the KRZR has a near full screen viewfinder, with all the same features, but in portrait mode. We will refrain from discussing the software much since we covered that pretty thoroughly earlier.


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However it is worth noting that Motorola has switched its navigation system to match almost all other manufacturers'. Enter/Forward type functions are now on the left soft key while No/Back operations are done by the right. Not only does this match what other manufacturers do, but it now matches the send/end buttons, where green is on the left and red is on the right. This will be a small hassle for long time Motorola users, but it will be a big improvement for users new to the brand.

This change had not been implemented on the RIZR prototype we previewed before. It has been fully implemented everywhere in the OS except in the music player, where we suspect it was missed since that is a Java add-on and not part of the core OS.



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Moto copying LG?!?! Who would have thought.... industryspy Jul 24, 2006, 10:50 PM
For those in the wireless industry... burger_with_fries81 Aug 4, 2006, 9:25 PM
Availability of H601 Bluetooth headset in US Shorty Dec 4, 2006, 3:45 PM
NokiaNokia Djanifer9512 Aug 5, 2006, 8:54 AM
This phone is garbage!!! NokiaNokia Jul 25, 2006, 12:40 AM
oh, motorola Atavist Arise Jul 27, 2006, 9:17 PM
cdma version have verizon ui?? mr_tetsuo Jul 27, 2006, 2:04 AM
  • yes by eric Lin   Jul 27, 2006, 4:17 PM
    • Re: yes by ceric20   Oct 1, 2006, 12:34 PM
Rich: aprout Aug 7, 2006, 9:55 AM
Dammit!!! burger_with_fries81 Jul 26, 2006, 10:55 PM
OMG Finally!!! AwpdsR Aug 4, 2006, 6:53 PM
Peace Corps FONE / Working Assets (Sprint MVNO) Gertie Knock-Off Aug 4, 2006, 4:14 PM
Which Networks will carry these phones? bg1256 Aug 4, 2006, 10:25 AM
3G on GSM KRZR? prepyjuan Jul 24, 2006, 7:56 PM
With the KRZR you forgot to mention... Sam K Jul 25, 2006, 10:02 AM
Will this phone work on Sprint's U.S. Network? Sailbuoy Jul 28, 2006, 11:32 AM
When is the Rizr coming out S9D3 Jul 30, 2006, 5:47 PM
Airline? tuolumne Jul 24, 2006, 11:09 PM
Colors? fierce17 Jul 24, 2006, 11:23 PM
Dimensions mobilewizardjohn Jul 26, 2006, 10:08 AM
  • RIZR by eric Lin   Jul 26, 2006, 2:54 PM
    • Re: RIZR by mobilewizardjohn   Jul 26, 2006, 4:05 PM
Verizon?? cjenkins505 Jul 24, 2006, 7:27 PM
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