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The Z6 uses a version of Opera 8.5 as its browser. Opera is HTML friendly but not WML friendly, which means it is intended to access the desktop web more than the mobile web (though it plays nice with most WAP 2.0 sites). Opera does an excellent job of bringing your favorite desktop news sites or blogs to the Z6, providing a number of navigation options like the original desktop view or a single-column format where you'll only need to scroll up and down. Opera also tries to figure out which column is the most important and displays that first, which is a nice touch.

However Opera does not fare so well if you are trying to access your favorite web application. Everything from Gmail to Nextbus fell flat on their faces. This failure is partly Opera's fault, and partly the companies' fault. Since Opera is a desktop browser, sites that decide whether you get the desktop or mobile version automatically all send you to their desktop version, which rarely works in this version of Opera. (Which is not necessarily Opera's fault.) If you happen to know the direct mobile URL for your favorite application, it still may not work because some sites use WML instead of XHTML for their low fidelity versions, again locking you out.



The Z6 has themes that change the wallpaper, menus, and even sound effects like alerts and ringtones. It comes with three of these phones, and has an option to manage them, so we assume Motorola or any carrier who distributes this phone will make more available. Motorola does not normally provide tools for users to create their own custom themes.

Users can apply any picture as the home screen wallpaper, and any music track the Z6 is capable of playing as a ringtone or alert.

File Management

Although files can be managed inside their assigned application, Motorola has also included a complete file manager for all available memeory including the memory card. Any file can be moved, renamed, deleted or sent, whether the phone is normally able to use that file type or not.

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