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Review: Motorola Z9

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Apr 17, 2008, 10:20 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Motorola Z9 is the slider version of the RAZR2 series. This capable phone brings style--and sheer size--to Motorola's slider line-up. It conquers multimedia functions, but is it a good phone?

The Motorola Z9 is the slider version of the Motorola RAZR2 line of phones launched last year. This one is for AT&T and brings with it the newer Motorola design language. If sliders are your thing, the Z9 is a capable, if colossal, option out there.

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.

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Apr 20, 2008, 11:28 PM

idk wat phone i should get the motorola z9 or the lg shine

can anyone help me decide wat phone to get AND WHY? PLEASE AND THANK U
If i had to pick from those 2 phones (the z9 or the shine) I'd definitely go with the z9. LG makes good phones but if you go to the store and look very closely at the build quality of the phone, it's less than impressive. Also, if you have the opportu...

Apr 18, 2008, 12:38 PM


First off--Great review & thanks. I been anticipating this phone for some time but after I seen it and played with it some I just don't know. I have had my V3XX for about a year and a half now. Im really disappointed that the OS is virtually the same...no change in menu items etc. I'm just having difficulty with the pro's & con's. Just seems like the perfect phone will never exist lol.
i think for most people the perfect phone right now is the N95... what don't you like about the N95?

Apr 18, 2008, 7:23 PM

What happen to video?


Apr 18, 2008, 1:52 PM

i like it.

i've played with it in our store since it released. seems moto got it right this time! i haven't noticed the signal issue but i haven't left the store with it. my main gripe is soemthing i shouldn't gripe about, and that is the java restrictions at&t puts on it's newer phones and that the programs at&t put on the phone can't be deleted, like billboard mobile, mobile tv, etc...
No signal issues here either, I'm not in a 3G area so I can't say anything about the 3G signal, but Edge signal has been fantastic.

Apr 18, 2008, 9:45 AM

Music as ringtones

Just as a note...you CAN use your music as a ringtone, but you have to cut it down to 29 seconds or less. I don't know why AT&T puts this limit on the phone, as "unlocked" Z9's (and RAZR2 V9's) don't have this limit. It IS possible to edit this and turn off the limit, though, but you have to know a little about modding your phone (google it, you'll find out which sites tell you how...I've done it).
Yes, the reason I couldn't use my own songs as ringtones is because they are all 4+ minutes in length.
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