Motorola Rokr Z6 review:

Motorola Rokr Z6

With the Z6m's camera you can take JPEG pictures in four sizes (2 megapixel, 1.3 megapixel, 640x80 pixels, and 320x240 pixels), and choose from three quality settings. Other features include a self-timer, three color effects, five lighting choices, a 5x zoom, and five shutter sounds (plus a silent option).The camcorder shoots MPEG-4 clips in two resolutions (176x144 pixels and 128x96 pixels) with sound; editing options are similar to the still camera. Videos meant for multimedia messages are capped at about 40 seconds; otherwise you can shoot for as long as the available memory permits. And speaking of which, the Z6m has just 14MB of integrated memory so we suggest you purchase a memory card.

Photo quality was quite decent. Although some colors were a tad faded, the objects were clearly defined, and our shots weren't the least bit blurry. It's too bad there's no flash--we'd expect one from a megapixel camera--as shots in dim conditions didn't fare well. On the other hand, the camera picked up a very bright reflection from one of our photo studio's ceiling lights.

We liked the Z6m's photo quality.

As a Rokr phone, the Z6m has a digital music player. It does its job well, even if it is somewhat underwhelming. It plays MP3, AAC, AAC+, M4A, and WMA files, and you can organize your tracks by playlist, artist, album, genre, or song name. Features are a bit slim; though the player offers shuffle and repeat modes, there's no equalizer. Similarly, while the controls are easy to use, the simple interface may be too simple for some people. You can employ one of six visualizations, or display the song details, but the Rokr Z6m does not support album art. When using the player, you can minimize it to the background and its airplane mode will deactivate the phone's calling function so you can listen to tunes while aloft.

The Z6m doesn't support wireless music downloads, but loading tracks on the phone is relatively easy. You can download Alltel's Jump Music software from the carrier's Web site to organize your tracks on a PC and rip music from a CD. Keep in mind that the Z6m does not support DRM-protected files. When ready, you can transfer music to the handset through Bluetooth, a microSD card, or a USB cable. Unfortunately, you don't get either in the box so you must purchase them separately. Bad move, Alltel.

You can personalize the Rokr Z6m with a variety of wallpaper, color skins, screensavers, and alert tones. You also can write a customized greeting. You can download more personalization options and additional ringtones using the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. The Z6m doesn't come with any games.

We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900: EV-DO) Rokr Z6m in San Francisco using Alltel's roaming service. Call quality was pretty good and on par with other Alltel phones we've reviewed. Voices sounded natural, and we enjoyed enough volume. There was the tiniest amount of static, but it wasn't significantly bothersome. Callers said we sounded fine and an automated calling system could understand us. Speakerphone calls were decent, as well, even though the phone's speaker is on its rear face.

Music quality was equally satisfying. Clarity was relatively sharp, and the speaker delivered decent output. It's no standalone MP3 player, but it will serve a purpose for short listening periods. The experience is best through a headset.

The Motorola Rokr Z6m has a rated battery life of 4.5 hours talk time and 154 days standby time. We managed to get 3 hours, 50 minutes of talk time in our tests. According to FCC radiation tests, the Z6m has a digital SAR rating of 1.23 watts per kilogram.

What you'll pay

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