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Motorola Zine ZN5 (T-Mobile)The Motorola ZN5 is the best camera phone we've seen so far. But it doesn't stop there, as it's a good phone, too.
>> [Background music] I'm Ken Sherman, Senior Editor here at CNET.com. Today we're taking our first look at the Motorola ZN5. This is a new phone for T-mobile service. This is a very interesting phone in a lot of ways. It's a five megapixel camera phone which we've seen a few times before. But it is one of the better camera phones we've seen. Moto actually designed this phone in partnership with Kodak. They wouldn't elaborate on exactly the contributions that Kodak made, but whatever those contributions are it is apparent as this phone has a pretty good camera with a lot of features, and the photo quality is pretty amazing. The phone also has Wi-Fi and what that enables you to do is you can upload your photos instantly to Kodak photo gallery which is an online service. It used to be called a photo. But it's one of the more popular online photo galleries. Really an ideal camera, the camera's just here in the back. You can start it instantly by sliding down that sliding lens cover. It starts the camera automatically. Pretty nice flash as well. It is a Zeon flash, it was a little sensitive in some areas. If we put it on auto sometimes it would flash when we didn't really want it to. And in that case, photos tended to be a little overblown and too much light. It's a nice felt design though. It's a nice gray color with a couple touches of purple here and there. The display is very nice, it's very bright, it's colorful, shows a lot of colors. All you can get in, peruse around the menu easily, they're just simple icon-based menus. Navigation toggle is great. It is raised above the surface of the phone. It may be a tiny bit small for some users, but we found it pretty easy to use. Really tacky, even get your finger in there and just move around and scroll up for the menus if you like. There's an okay button here in the center. There is a talk and end key. A couple of soft keys. A button for a dedicated back button. And a button for actually activating the photo gallery feature. Keypad buttons down below. They are flat with the surface of the phone, but like some of the navigation buttons they have a little, tiny little silver bumps next to them, so it gives them some tacky definition. Really, it's not the best for dialing by feel in some ways. But I suppose after some practice you can get used to that. It does have a mode shift keypad which is what we saw in the Motorola Rocker E8 and what that means is that the backlighting on the keypad changes as you cycle through different phone functions. We'd be able to use this button right here that lights up to access the photo gallery features, so you can cycle through your photos. And then once you're in there, you can send them, you can get them off the phone instantly using this button or trash, delete them instantly using this button. So really nice that way, like the mode shift keypad once you press that again and go back to the camera mode those other controls will disappear. Camera shutter is right here on the top. When you are using the phone, it does have the ergonomics of a regular camera. Use the volume control right here to zoom. Other features on the outside is there's a locking switch here, you can slide that down, it will lock the keys automatically. So if you're carrying the phone in a pocket or bag or anything like that, you won't press a button accidentally. And there's 3.5 millimeter headset jack which is great, we like to see that so you can use the phone's music player which is just a generic media player to listen to your tunes, and you can use your own headset. Finally here on this side, we have a micro USB slot. This is used of course for a USB cable and the charger, so it's good to have that one port. Other features include organizer features, of course messaging, some email, web browser, speaker phone, voice dialing. But this phone is really all about that camera, and again it is one of the better camera phones we've seen. I'm Ken Sherman, this is the Motorola ZN5.