Motorola Z6w

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The Motorola Z6w currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 19 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

While the Motorola has decided to drop the “Rizr” name from it lineup, the Z6w nonetheless retains the same slider form.

Unlike some of Motorola’s other offerings, the Z6w runs the risk of being too similar to other devices and getting lost among many similar phones in its category.

The Z6w is a handsome vertical slider loaded with Bluetooth, a 2MP camera and an MP3 player. The only unique feature, really, is that it offers integrated Wi-Fi, which is worthy of mention largely because it remains outside most cell phone feature sets.

Closed, the Motorola Z6w has a large display set on top, with a 4-way D-pad in the center, dedicated music key, and the expected “send”, “end” and “clear” keys. It also has two action keys resting just below the screen and, when opened, reveals a basic and roomy alphanumeric keypad.

As a music phone I don’t believe it goes far enough, and as a regular cell phone it’s just fine if you like the design.

It also comes loaded with a full entry level feature set with an alarm and calendar.


Operating system
Other
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2"
Camera
2+ MP



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Motorola released the Z6w on February 11, 2008.


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Motorola backs up the Z6w with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Z6w has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2"

The Motorola Z6w's screen size is 2 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
30 MB

Internal memory is 30 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
950mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 950 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time.

Motorola Z6w Specs

Overview
Release date February 11, 2008
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 30 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.25 W/kg
Body: 0.34 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 950 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.5 x 4.5 x 1.7 cm (4.1 x 1.8 x 0.7 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry iTAP
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Good phone

I've had this phone for 7-8 months and am about to get a LG Gossip. But this phone is a good phone if your not into looks and impressing friends. Its pretty basic and I like it, but I still wouldn't keep this phone for another month. If your not a heavy texter (like me) and more of a caller, then this...More
I've had this phone for 7-8 months and am about to get a LG Gossip. But this phone is a good phone if your not into looks and impressing friends. Its pretty basic and I like it, but I still wouldn't keep this phone for another month. If your not a heavy texter (like me) and more of a caller, then this phone is for you. with its simple slide out numberpad. Less

Moto Z6W

This phone gave up way under a year and warranty was not honoured. Fido told me the phone absorbed water yet everything else works except making/receiving calls (lol)! Avoid this phone since it's all flash and no substance.

Decent basic phone.

First off, go to the end of my review to know how to set a custom ringtone. I bought this phone Fido branded, knowing that some of its features would be blocked. I had a LG Neon before this one and Fido has done the same thing, i.e. blocking customized ringtones and such. Do NOT expect any recent Fido...More
First off, go to the end of my review to know how to set a custom ringtone. I bought this phone Fido branded, knowing that some of its features would be blocked. I had a LG Neon before this one and Fido has done the same thing, i.e. blocking customized ringtones and such. Do NOT expect any recent Fido phones to come untethered. I used to have a RIZR (Moto Z3) which is its predecessor, same solid slider construction, older interface, etc. It was a very good phone. This one seems to carry that reputation. On to the review. I bought this phone used (some scratches) but the phone seems quite new. The reception has been good thus far, no dropped calls, good voice clarity (even without Motorola's patented CrystalTalk). The Linux interface seems to slow down the phone sometimes, especially in the text message department. Sometimes though, I would press a button twice and the phone can accidentally turn on the internet browser (Fido has made it easy to turn on the Internet, make sure you turn it off, using Settings--Security-Application Lock). The keypad isn't the best design in terms of feel but it's not a deal breaker. Other features? -Not much of a picture taker but the camera does a decent job. It's too bad they didn't include the flash that was on my old Z3. -Games are all boring demos, but who really plays that crap anyway? Overall, if you're looking for a good, solid yet basic phone, I would recommend the Z6W. Just don't expect Fido to leave it untethered. How to customize ringtone: here's a link to a thread where they reveal how you customize your ringtone. It's a bit complicated, but if you read through the text, you'll be able to do it. I was able to. You'll need P2KC (latest is v.6) and Motorola Software Update. You'll also have to set your ringtone to "Set by Theme". Good luck! Less

Great phone without Fido sfotware.

I purchased two of these three days ago and have done nothing but fight with Fido until they confirmed that they have closed the phone down so you have to purchase DRM'd software and ring tones form them. I purchased a Linux phone so I could use it for different things. I have a week to cancel my con...More
I purchased two of these three days ago and have done nothing but fight with Fido until they confirmed that they have closed the phone down so you have to purchase DRM'd software and ring tones form them. I purchased a Linux phone so I could use it for different things. I have a week to cancel my contract so I am searching. I would love to keep this phone if it was not so restricted on Fido network. To top it off, the clerks said I could do these things with the phone before I purchased it. To me the design is fantastic. The Performance is low because of the Fido firmware. The features are low again because the Fido firmware disables most of the features that I purchased the phone for. I would purchase one of these phones if I could and use with Fido or a different carrier. Less

Good Phone gone Bad?

Simply put, the hardware is there, the software is not. The z6w does allow for wifi internet access, mp3 ring tones, enhanced music player functions, but the Fido branded firmware restricts these aspects of the phone. For Fido, the z6w appears to be their prime "Uno" phone for use with home routers v...More
Simply put, the hardware is there, the software is not. The z6w does allow for wifi internet access, mp3 ring tones, enhanced music player functions, but the Fido branded firmware restricts these aspects of the phone. For Fido, the z6w appears to be their prime "Uno" phone for use with home routers via their Uno service. Due to it not being sold as a web-browsing phone, the internet connectivity of the wifi is disabled and accidentally accessing their networks for even seconds may end up costing you a dime per click. This is troublesome due to the Fido firmware using three separate external buttons to access the web. Through the options, however, the browser can be locked so it is not accidentally opened. If you do not have a data plan, locking out the browser via the Settings -> Security - > Application Lock menu is recommended. As mentioned, the hardware is there. The screen is brilliant in brightness and clarity, any backgrounds of appropriate size appear clear and the resolution is there to show details. The screen cover is prone to finger prints, however once you move beyond the desire to keep the phone clean, it serves well to prevent scratches. The phone itself feels solid in your hands, in size and weight. The slider screen moves with a feel of quality and slides closed with a reassuring gentle noise. The small keypad does take some getting used to, as the top three numbers are obstructed slightly by the screen portion of the slider. A couple of weeks with the phone, and one is likely to adjust. The camera has difficulty in low light situations, but is adequate to serve in a pinch if a dedicated camera is not handy. The interface is pleasing on the eyes and fairly intuiting, most settings or features are found where one would expect them. The phone is reasonably fast when navigating the menus although does have some issues keeping up to a fast typer during text messaging. The phone's memory is capable of storing hundreds of messages in the inbox and outbox, so one will not have to clear the memory too often as there is plenty of it on board. The addition of a 2gb or perhaps higher Micro SD card allows easy access to additional space for pictures and music. Once installed, any pictures or video taken through the on board camera will go directly to the SD card. Overall, this phone seems well put together, is sharp to look at (although not as flashy as European or South American models) and after 150 minutes of talk time, has yet to fail or fade in its primary function, as a cell phone (constant clear reception). I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a slider model that does not have a qwerty keyboard, and is not looking for a lot of other bells and whistles. The phone is a capable music player and web browsing machine, but these functions are not what Fido has the phone targeted for. To enhance the functions of the phone, a firmware flash is required. Although, as always with modifications to cell phones, it's user beware. With the right firmware, it is possible to set mp3s as ring tones, and it is possible to use wifi to browse the internet. Cheers Less

NOT SO GOOD

CANNOT CONVERT MP3 TO A RINGTONE !!!

good overall, can I use a 8GB SD card?

I have had the phone for 2 months now. it's good overall. however, I don't use it very much. it's good enough for me. I do agree that texting is very slow, and it gets on the web easily. it will be even better if Fido can let me put any ring tone on it from my computer, and not blocking caller ID. I...More
I have had the phone for 2 months now. it's good overall. however, I don't use it very much. it's good enough for me. I do agree that texting is very slow, and it gets on the web easily. it will be even better if Fido can let me put any ring tone on it from my computer, and not blocking caller ID. I don't get it. why do we have to pay for caller ID, when it's free in the rest of the world, and it does not cost the server anything. I have not got an external SD card yet. In the product spec. it says the phone can have the SD card for up to 4GB. But there are some 8GB cards available now. Can I use a 8GB card instead? what's the difference between SD and SDHC? thanks Less

Steer clear....

Great looking phone. That's it! It is so slow i nod off half way through a text message. Can't seem to add a new ringtone. Gone through all the instructions and it just wont let me do it. Wont sync with Motorola PC software. Activate Wi-Fi but when i connect to internet defaults back to Fido. I have al...More
Great looking phone. That's it! It is so slow i nod off half way through a text message. Can't seem to add a new ringtone. Gone through all the instructions and it just wont let me do it. Wont sync with Motorola PC software. Activate Wi-Fi but when i connect to internet defaults back to Fido. I have always had Motorola's as they were one of the first phone to have triband and have stuck by the brand because of that and the phones being good. Sadly, i look to find a new brand now. Less

MOTO Z6W --- **** WARNING for ALL ****

Hi Guys, If you are thinking to buy this phone , Please DONOT buy this phone. I had this phone I returned it. 2 of my friends has this same phone and they also had similer problems, one was beyond repair. Other was the screen ligght would not turn off. This phone is a slider version of the Razor phon...More
Hi Guys, If you are thinking to buy this phone , Please DONOT buy this phone. I had this phone I returned it. 2 of my friends has this same phone and they also had similer problems, one was beyond repair. Other was the screen ligght would not turn off. This phone is a slider version of the Razor phone which was one of this worst phone from Motorola. Dont buy and tell others not to buy this phone. You are almost guaranteed to have a problem within 6 months. Lots of features, stylish and many good things this phone has but if you are planning to use it more than 6 months, then dont buy it. Less

I don't like this phone at all

I've got this phone in early March this year from fido. The travel charger was missing from the box. So, I call them to have one re-send to me. After one month I still haven't receive anything. Then I called them again, this the they even gave me a tracking#... After 3 wks, still nothing. I called the...More
I've got this phone in early March this year from fido. The travel charger was missing from the box. So, I call them to have one re-send to me. After one month I still haven't receive anything. Then I called them again, this the they even gave me a tracking#... After 3 wks, still nothing. I called the 3rd time, they said, "Oh, sorry, we are out of stock, go to a fido store to get one." So, is that mean they lie to me the first 2 times said that they've sent it to me already?? Anyway, so I go around town try to find the charger, but they are all sold out. I still couldn't get my charger till this day. I have tranferred some of my old mp3 ringtones from my old Motorola phone to this new phone I've got. I have even bought a 2G memory card for it, thinking I could download lots of songs into this phone, to play or for ringtone.... And it couldn't play the mp3, no even shown under the music library list. I've tried to move them around... to the phone itself memory or the memory card. Still couldn't work. So I went to the fido store to ask them how to use that? And they told me that, "Sorry, this phone couldn't use mp3 as ringtone, you can only download from the fido website for $3.50 for each ringtone. " This is totally stupid, it has only come with a few preloaded ringtones. And no music in the media library at all when I received the phone. I don't even like those stupid preloaded "hellomoto" ringtones... Even my old Motorola phone can play me favarite music which I downloaded for free. The WiFi is totally useless, unless you pay for the internet service from fido (to use your phone WiFi at home), Why do I want to use WiFi at home while I already have two computers and two colrdless land phones to myself?? you can't really use it at any of the "hot-spot" free wireless internet area. I don't like it a single bit, but too late for refund now. (couldn't refund after 15 days) Well, the battery does last long, but all new batteries last long anyway. The look is ok, I still prefer touch screen phone. Less

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