Motorola Rizr

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Motorola Rizr (/ˈrzər/, styled RIZR) is a series of slide mobile phones from Motorola, and is one of the series in the 4LTR line. The first model was released in late 2006. It is a sliding phone (in the style of competing Samsung and LG phones), where the numeric keys are hidden beneath the screen of the phone when closed.

Z3[edit]

Motorola Rizr Z3
Motorola RIZR Z3 02.jpg
Compatible networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (quad band) with EDGE / GPRS
Successor Motorola ROKR Z6
Dimensions 105 x 45 x 17 mm
Weight 111 g
Operating system R452F1, R452B, and R452H6 (Via RSA removal) (Synergy OS based)
Memory 20 MB internal, microSD (TransFlash) external memory card slot
Display 176 x 220 1.9" 262K-color TFT LCD
Connectivity mini-USB, Bluetooth (Class 2)

The Rizr Z3 was released in July 2006.

Design and appearance[edit]

The Rizr uses a technical form factor, where the user can push on a plastic push bar located under the screen in order to open the phone. When opened, the top portion slides upwards, revealing the standard keys (including numeric, star, and pound keys). These keys are covered when the phone is closed, but the remaining keys, including the side keys, can be used normally once the keypad is unlocked; such keys can be set to automatically lock shortly after the device is closed to prevent accidental activation when in a purse or pocket.

One of the primary uses of the device when closed is as a landscape still or video camera. When operating in landscape mode, the user holds the phone on its side (90 degrees counter-clockwise), such that the camera key is positioned near the right index finger. The screen text and icons are also rotated, so that they appear normally when held in this fashion. This gives the impression of the phone being more like a traditional camera.

The Rizr is available in three colors, Black, Blue, and Rose (as a T-Mobile Online Exclusive).

A chronic problem of the center select button cover falling off has been reported by many users, although the button cover is not necessary for the button to work. Other than that problem, the phone has received accolades for its good call quality and solid construction, despite reports of instability of the Motorola OS.

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Advanced Speech Recognition: yes
  • Bands: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Music Player: MP3 and AAC files
  • Downloadable: Themes, Wallpaper, Sounds, Ringtones, Java Games
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Calculator and Currency Converter: Yes
  • Calendar: Yes
  • Talk Time: Up to 3.3 hours
  • Standby Time: Up to 9.4 days
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 4.15 x 1.79 x 0.62 in
  • Camera: 2.0 MP camera with LED Flash
  • Removable Memory: MicroSD
  • Speakerphone: Yes
  • Weight: 3.92 oz
  • Operating System: Motorola Synergy (platforms R452B, R452F1, R452H6)
  • Bands : Quad Band Use In Abroad Also

Additional features[edit]


Z6c[edit]

Motorola Moto Z6c
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Compatible networks CDMA2000 1x 800/1900 with EV-DO
Outside of the US: GSM 900/1800 (dual band)
Dimensions 4.2 x 1.8 x 0.68 in
Weight 3.7 oz
Memory Over 40 MB internal
Removable storage microSD (TransFlash) external memory card slot up to 4 GB
Display 240 x 320 2 inch 65K-color TFT LCD
Rear camera 2.0-megapixel camera with no flash
Connectivity Proprietary USB port, Bluetooth (Class 2)

The Rizr Z6c, also known as the Moto Z6c, was released in December 2007. It features CDMA2000 and GSM network capability in one device. It is offered in the United States by the Verizon Wireless network. It shares the same slider form factor as the Rizr Z3 (see above).

Along with the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, this is only one of two devices offered by Verizon Wireless that will work outside of North America. Unlike the BlackBerry, the device features no GSM data protocols, rendering it usable only as a cell phone with SMS capability whilst on the GSM network.

When opened, the top portion slides upwards, revealing the standard keys (including numeric, star, and pound keys). These keys are covered when the phone is closed, but the remaining keys, including the side keys, can be used normally once the keypad is unlocked; such keys are automatically locked shortly after the device is closed to prevent accidental activation when in a purse or pocket.

One of the primary uses of the device when closed is as a landscape still or video camera. When operating in landscape mode, the user holds the phone on its side (90 degrees counter-clockwise), such that the camera key is positioned near the right index finger. The screen text and icons are also rotated, so that they appear normally when held in this fashion. This gives the impression of the phone being more like a traditional camera.

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Predictive Text: iTAP
  • Downloadable: VCast/Mobile Web/Get it Now (Verizon Services)
  • Messaging: SMS/MMS/Instant Messaging
  • Calculator: Yes
  • Calendar: Yes
  • Navigation: LBS-powered
  • Usage Time: 295 minutes
  • Standby Time: Up to 375 hours
  • Speakerphone: Yes


Z6cx[edit]

Motorola also manufacture a similar version, the Z6cx, which omits the camera.

Z6w[edit]

The Motorola Z6W was introduced at 2008's Mobile World Congress. It is a slightly modified version of the Motorola ROKR Z6, but it features an improved user interface and Wi-Fi. The phone was available to carriers in the first half of 2008.

Z6tv[edit]

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Z8[edit]

Rizr Z8
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Manufacturer Motorola
Compatible networks GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (quad-band)
Availability by country July, 2007
Predecessor Motorola ROKR Z6
Successor Motorola Rizr Z10
Form factor Kick-slider (slider with extra hinge to conform to face)
Dimensions 109 mm × 50 mm × 15 mm
Weight 112 g / 3.95 ounces
Operating system Symbian OS v9.2, UIQ v3.1
CPU TI OMAP 2420 (ARM11[1])
Memory 90 MB internal memory
Removable storage microSD, microSDHC (TransFlash) cards (up to 32 GB)
Battery Li-ion 1030 mAh
Data inputs Keypad
Display 240×320 pixels
16 million (32bit) color TFT LCD
240 x 320 pixels
External display N/A
Rear camera 2.0-megapixel, 8x zoom, LED flash
Front camera VGA for videocalling
Connectivity mini-USB, Bluetooth (Class 2), GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA

The Z8 came in July 2007. Until the release of its successor, the Z10 (see below), it was Motorola's flagship mobile phone.[2] The successor to the Rizr Z3 and ROKR Z6, it was released in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2007. Although it was released throughout Europe and Asia shortly thereafter, the phone was not released in either the United States, Canada, or Australia.

Basics[edit]

The Rizr Z8 is a UIQ 3 "kick-slider" 3G phone based on Symbian OS.[3] This means that it is a slider-type phone but with a hinge allowing it to bend so as to conform better to the user's face while in use as a handset.

The phone features a 2-megapixel camera, a 16 million color QVGA display, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, a 3.6 Mbit/s HSDPA connection, an EDGE class 10 connection, and 90 megabytes of internal memory. The internal memory is expandable to 32 gigabytes using high-capacity microSDHC (TransFlash) cards.

Release[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the UK, the Rizr Z8 was available exclusively on Vodafone for the first few weeks of its launch; O2 began offering the phone later; Currently Orange UK is testing the handset in preparation for the Christmas rush of new handsets, they claim if successful it will be available late November. Additionally, both Motorola direct and resellers offer a SIM-free, unlocked version of the phone for use on other networks. All versions of the Rizr Z8 released in the United Kingdom come with a free microSD card containing a copy of the motion picture The Bourne Identity.[4]

United States, Canada, and Australia[edit]

Motorola did not release the phone in the USA, Canada, or Australia, but it did register the phone with the US FCC, thereby approving it for use in the USA. As a result, many American specialty phone stores carry the phone, and Americans, Canadians, and Australians can order unlocked versions of the Z8 from a variety of websites, including both Motorola's UK website and eBay. An unlocked Z8 purchased outside the USA, Canada, or Australia can be used on any GSM network in those countries simply by inserting the user's SIM card. Z8s with foreign SIM cards also are capable of roaming on any those countries' GSM networks.

Specifications[edit]

The complete Motorola Rizr Z8 list of specifications are:[5][6]

Type Specification
Form Factor "Kick-slider" (sometimes known as "banana phone"): sliding phone with extra hinge so as to conform to user's face
CPU 330 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 2420[7] (includes PowerVR MBX 3D accelerator)
Battery Life Talk: 5 hours; Standby: 380 hours
Phone Book Capacity Unlimited (limited only by memory capacity)
FCC ID IHDT56HP1[8]
Video Capture QVGA 320*240 @30 frame/s
Email Client Protocols Supported: POP3, IMAP4, SMTP
EMS / Picture Messaging EMS 5.0
Java ME Version: MIDP 2.0
Predictive Text Entry Technology: iTAP
Text Messaging 2-Way
Voice Dialing speaker-independent
Wireless Internet WAP 2.0, xHTML
Alarm Yes
Calculator Yes
Calendar Yes
Custom Graphics Yes
Data-Capable Yes
Digital TTY/TDD Yes
Games Yes
MMS Yes
Multiple Languages Yes
Multiple Numbers per Name Yes
PC Sync Yes
Picture ID Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Side Keys Yes
Speaker Phone Yes
Text Messaging Templates Yes
Vibrate Yes
Voice Memo Yes

Z9[edit]

The Motorola Z9 was announced in April 2009 and available shortly afterwards. It's a 3G slider with GPS and a 2.4" QVGA screen. The phone was sold in the United States only, by carrier AT&T.

Z9n[edit]

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Z10[edit]

Rizr Z10
Manufacturer Motorola
Compatible networks GSM quad band (850/900/1800/1900) with GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Availability by country June, 2008
Predecessor Motorola Rizr Z8
Successor N/A
Dimensions 109 mm × 50 mm × 16.5 mm
Weight 115 g / 3.95 ounces
Operating system Symbian OS 9.2 + UIQ v3.2
CPU ARM11[9]
Texas Instruments 2420 Multimedia Processor
Memory 77 MB internal memory
Removable storage microSDHC cards (up to 32 GB)
Battery Li-ion 1030 mAh
Data inputs Keypad
Display Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD); Colors: 16 million (32-bit); Size: 240 x 320 pixels (2.2 inches)
External display N/A
Rear camera 3.2-megapixel, 8x zoom, AF, LED flash
Front camera VGA for videocalling
Connectivity mini-USB, Bluetooth Class 2

The Z10 was the successor to the Z8 (see above) and was Motorola's flagship mobile phone at the time. Motorola released the Z10 in June 2008 in Europe and Asia. Additionally, it has been widely rumored that in the United States, carrier T-Mobile will release the phone sometime in 2008 to introduce its new 3G UMTS/HSDPA network.[10]

Basics[edit]

Like the Z8, the Z10 is a UIQ 3 "Kick-Slider" 3G phone based on Symbian OS. "Kick-Slider" means that it is a slider-type phone but with a hinge allowing it to bend so as to conform better to the user's face while in use as a handset. The Z10's revamped design changes the Z8's green lining to silver.

The Z10 has many of the same specifications as the Z8. These include a 16 million color QVGA display, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, quad-band GSM, a dual-band 3.6 Mbit/s HSDPA connection, an EDGE class 10 connection, and 77 megabytes of internal memory. The internal memory is expandable to 32 gigabytes using High Capacity microSDHC cards, although currently only cards up to 16 gigabytes have been released by SanDisk.[11]

Certain Z8 features, however, have been enhanced in the Z10, and new features have been added. The Z10 is 12 grams lighter. It features an upgraded camera module (3.2 megapixels with autofocus). The phone is powered by Symbian OS 9.2 UIQ 3.2. The phone suffers from being slow and often has many errors which require the phone to reboot itself. As yet there has been no software update designed to fix the errors.

Additionally, the Z10 has the ability to view Macromedia Flash in webpages (including videos)[citation needed]. It comes with comprehensive video editing software which also allows the user automatically to upload videos to various online video servers such as YouTube and Google Video.

Specifications[edit]

The complete Motorola Rizr Z10 list of specifications are:[12]

Type Specification
Battery Life Talk: 5 hours; Video playback: 5 hours; Music playback: 12 hours; Standby: 380 hours
Phone Book Capacity Unlimited (limited only by memory capacity)
Video Capture .mov 320*240 @ 30 frame/s
Email Client Protocols Supported: POP3, IMAP4, SMTP
EMS / Picture Messaging EMS 5.0
Java ME Version: MIDP 2.0
Predictive Text Entry Technology: iTAP
Text Messaging 2-Way
Voice Dialing speaker-independent
Wireless Internet WAP 2.0, xHTML
Alarm Yes
Calculator Yes
Calendar Yes
Custom Graphics Yes
Data-Capable Yes
Digital TTY/TDD Yes
Games Yes
MMS Yes
Multiple Languages Yes
Multiple Numbers per Name Yes
PC Sync Yes
Picture ID Yes
Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Side Keys Yes
Speaker Phone Yes
Text Messaging Templates Yes
Vibrate Yes
Voice Memo Yes

Worldwide availability[edit]

Although Motorola has not issued an official press release, the MotoRizr has been appearing unbranded on auction websites and import cellular phone companies around the world.

European release[edit]

On November 11, 2006, the MotoRizr began appearing on several German carrier websites.

On December 1, 2006, the black version of the Rizr was released in the UK.[13]

Asian release[edit]

  • On December 1, 2006, the black MotoRizr was released in Singapore on carrier Singtel.
  • Just before the end of the year 2006, all colors of the MotoRizr phone were released in Hong Kong.
  • On January 1, 2007 it was released in India.

U.S. release[edit]

  • T-Mobile officially made the phone available in U.S. stores on March 21, 2007.

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