Finweek English Edition - - Communication & technology - BENE­DICT KELLY

IF YOU’RE A FAN of slider phones, such as the Nokia N80 or the Sam­sung D900, then the Mo­torola Motorizr Z3 is a hot con­tender for your af­fec­tion. With a slim profile and a snappy slider func­tion, first im­pres­sions are favourable. And with a de­cent cam­era all the bases seem to be cov­ered.

How­ever, there are a few is­sues with the phone that are hard to es­cape. The first is the size of the key­pad. Due to its slim profile any­one with larger fin­gers is sure to strug­gle a bit with typ­ing both num­bers and SMSs. Also, be­cause the phone has a shiny metal­lic key­board – some­thing that’s be­come a trade­mark of re­cent phones from Mo­torola – it’s easy to press the wrong but­tons at times.

The phone doesn’t have 3G, rather in­cor­po­rat­ing EDGE – which means that us­ing the phone for surf­ing the In­ter­net may not be the most plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

How­ever, voice qual­ity is ex­cel­lent and it’s hard to stress enough how smooth the slider is, snap­ping open and shut with a sat­is­fy­ing smack. The screen is nice and bright and bat­tery life is more than ad­e­quate.

Just for its all-round per­for­mance this phone is a def­i­nite win­ner; and while those look­ing for more fea­tures may want to wait for its big brother, the Z8 – which has just been an­nounced – for the av­er­age cell­phone user it’s sure to hit the sweet spot.

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