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Review: Motorola krave ZN4

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In addition to its music capabilities, Krave includes V CAST TV, the Qualcomm MediaFLO broadcast TV. V CAST TV can only be activated from the main screen, touch cover up, but once activated can be viewed and controlled with the touch cover down. Video appears quickly when you boot up or change channels; rotating the phone to horizontal fills the 240 x 320 portion of the screen.

As with most phones, Krave's voice command is nearly useless. I set it to high sensitivity and went through the phone's 15-step adaptation session in a tomb-quiet room, and it didn't understand any of the names I tested. When I loudly and clearly enunciated a number, it gave me a list of five possible numbers, some of the same only with a "1-" in front. I haven't met a voice command that made dialing easier than just tapping out the damn number myself.

Krave is one of the growing number of phones with visual voicemail capabilities.

Krave also enables you to set a four-digit code to unlock the phone to increase your peace of mind in case your phone is lost or stolen. You can set the phone to lock automatically, but you'll have to input the four-digit code every time you want to use the phone. Also included is an audio readout – you can set the phone to speak when you touch keys or to call out the CallerID on an incoming call.

Also included in the tools menu are a calendar, notepad, a regular and a tip calculator.


A Bluetooth menu icon is thankfully easy to get to on the top row of the main menu grid, not buried within a settings or connectivity menu. The first items in the Bluetooth menu are to turn the Bluetooth on or off and to turn the discovery mode on.

Syncing both a 2.0 and 2.1 earpiece and both a Mac and Windows Vista PC was relatively clean. The Krave's Bluetooth discovery mode stays on for a minute. Beside each item in your paired device list is a large button to easily connect or disconnect a given device.

I was easily able to send photos from the camera to a PC via Bluetooth and to browse the Krave's folders to pull photos as well.


You have six different home screen clock display options: analog, large analog, digital 12-hour, large digital 12-hour, digital 24-hour, large digital 24-hour – as well as "off." The time is always displayed and appears in the status bar regardless of what application you're in.

The alarm clock has a generous three alarms.

There's also a world clock. Finger slide a Mercator projection of the world around to choose a continent; touch a continent and choose from a list of cities to build a list. You can even choose Daylight Savings Time for each individual city.


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