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Review: Motorola ZINE ZN5

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Menus Calls/Contacts Messaging  

It's pretty obvious that the ZN5 is not a messaging maven, but it gets the job done. There are two different messaging centers in the main menu. One is strictly for IM and email and the other is strictly for SMS and MMS. Why they are separated, I don't know, but that's the way it is.

The IM and Email center lets you add any POP3 Internet account that you wish. T-Mobile has preloaded tons of different email providers' information onto the phone, so setting up the accounts is as simple as entering your username and password and away you go. The email program itself is OK, but not great. You can opt to remain logged in for what appears to be an indefinite period of time and have email notifications pop up on the screen when new mail arrives. There doesn't seem to be any logic or reason to when new email arrives. It just seems to appear every so often.

Sending text and picture messages is a snap, especially if you're sending them to your MyFaves contacts. The ZN5 has several different text-entry modes, which lets you triple-tap or use word prediction. The text prediction wants you to train it first for a bit, which I would venture most users aren't going to bother to do. Inserting media couldn't be easier. The ZN5 has 18 pre-loaded text message templates and 10 for picture messages. The main inbox lets you reply to messages, delete them or save them with the options key.

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