Review: Motorola Z9
The Z9 has a bunch of strengths and weaknesses. You really should carefully weigh what's most important to you when looking at this phone.
Its strong points are the solid media player, excellent camera and video capabilities, and the other features such as built-in GPS and video sharing. The Z9 really excels at dealing with media, content, and everything that you might consume outside of basic communications. Battery life was a decent three days, and the display simply looks fantastic.
Its weak points are big ones, though. Its size may be an issue for some. It had trouble dealing with AT&T's 3G network, and call quality was not consistent or great. These last two points really stun us, as Motorola phones typically beat up the competition at signal and call quality. There's also the outdated Synergy platform to consider.
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Motorola fans will take these weaknesses in stride, and most likely prefer to count on the Z9's strengths. If call quality and consistent signal performance are most important to you, you may wish to look at other models.
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