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Review: Motorola Z9

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The Z9's alarm clock be be found in the application shortcut menu on the home screen. It is nice that it is so easily found, without having to dig down into the tools menu. Alarms were easy to set up.


We had no problems pairing the Z9 with either regular or stereo Bluetooth headsets headphones. Call quality through Bluetooth headsets was on par with what we heard in regular calls, and were a bit muffled. Music sounded really good through stereo Bluetooth headsets. We were able to pair the Z9 with laptops and other devices and send things such as contact information back and forth without issue.


Checking the time with the Z9 is best done with the clock set to digital mode. With the phone locked, hitting any of the buttons will light up the screen, and the clock always appears in the bottom right side of the display. It is rather small, either in digital or analog. The digital version of the clock is simply easier to decipher at a quick glance.

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The Z9 has a GPS radio on-board, but we were unable to get the navigation software working. Out account simply wasn't set up for it. the included software and GPS support should, however, be able to pinpoint your location and provide you with turn by turn directions. We attempted to go around this issue by downloading Google Maps, but the version of Google Maps for the Z9 did not support the Z9's GPS features. It was able to provide us with a general location of where we were, but it was limited to a regional view some 40 miles in diameter.

Video Share

The Z9 allows you to share live video stream from the Z9 to another phone or vice versa. For this capability to work, you have to be in a 3G coverage zone and so does your caller. We were able to get this working. It was pretty neat. First you have to place a call from one phone to another. Once the call is connected, you can use the menu system to share video. The Z9 then connects (this took a while) to the other phone and streams a live video feed to it through the call. The video appears in a little window on your friend's phone. It was somewhat choppy and far from perfect, but in all it's not bad. Keep in mind it works in one direction only, and pricing for this service is still pretty high. Still, we can think of a few uses for this service. We hope to see pricing come down and phones that support this feature become more widely available.


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