Review: Motorola Z9
The Z9 has the very capable browser on board. The default home page is AT&T's MEdiaNet site, which gives you quick access to news, the weather, and other information. You have to use the options menu to get to any other web page. As with any 12-key phone, typing in URLs can be cumbersome. I always find it best to add as many bookmarks as possible the first time I launch the browser so I only have to deal with the tedium once.
When viewing web pages, the options button lets you do things such as zoom in and out, refresh or bookmark pages, view the site URL and certificates. If you view the URL, you can cut-and-paste it directly into a SMS message. This could be handy for sending URLs to your friends or family.
Browsing speeds over EDGE were quite good. We had no complaints with how quickly WAP sites loaded. The Z9 did do better in 3G coverage areas, but not overly so. Sites like CNN had similar load times in both EDGE and HSDPA. This was a bit of a disappointment.
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Of course the Z9 lets you make a number of changes to its default configuration so that it is more yours and suited to your usage. Different themes and wallpapers are just a click or two away. You can set different alert and ring tones, but I was unable to use any of my songs as the ringtone. Both the main menu and secondary menus can be viewed in either list or grid format, and can also be reordered to suit your tastes.
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