Motorola Z10 smartphone finally launched

It finally happened. Motorola certainly took it’s time with launching it’s latest smartphone – MOTO Z10.

The first info about Motorola Z10 leaked way back in September with a promised launch in November on British O2 network. Then we had official press pics show-up a few days later. And the device itself was prominently featured during Symbian Smartphone show, in London, mid-October, though we weren’t allowed to take pictures of MOTO Z10 there.

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Still, it’s a good thing that Motorola finally got it’s act together and managed to at least officially announce this MOT Z10. I was actually able to play with it some, during Smartphone Show in London, and I’m pretty impressed.

Motorola Z10 is a solidly built handset, that feels well in your hand, is easy to carry around and operate. The camera features is the highlight of MOTO Z10, and they work really well. Pressing the dedicated key, camera loads pretty fast, the shutter speed is good as well.

And I really liked the video editor that comes bundled with Motorola Z10. The editor works great for editing short movies taken with the handset. It’s very easy to use and I was able to create short film with opening credits, text annotations, some special effects and erasing some unwanted frames within 10 minutes that I had chance to use it.

MOTO Z10 phone that I used, wasn’t connected to the network, so I was not able to test it’s video uploading capabilities, but from what I saw they should work pretty easy and well too.

Overall Motorola Z10 leaves the impression of a really well built, solid device with great camera features. There’s one problem though.

MOTO Z10 would have been a great flagship for Motorola half a year ago. But today, a camera centric phone, with only 3.2 megapixel camera is nothing to write home about.

The camera features, multimedia editing and video uploading work equally well on LG Viewty KU990, Nokia N95 8GB and Nokia N82, Samsung G800, or Sony Ericsson K850i. And these handsets already come with 5 megapixel cameras and have a better overall feature collection.

So unless the price points for Motorola Z10 are attractive enough, I don’t see many users choosing it over the competition.

Full MOTO Z10 specs include:

  • Dual mode UMTS 2100, HSDPA 3.6Mbps Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE Class 12 Connectivity
  • 3.2 megapixel camera, Superfast burst mode delivers 3 shots per second
  • 30 fps video capture
  • 2.2â€? QVGA, 16m color TFT display with 30 fps video playback
  • Storyboard editing allows for combination of multiple videos, addition of soundtrack,commentary and visual effects
  • Supported file formats: AMR, AAC AAC+, MP3, WMA, 3GPP, H.263, H.264, Mpeg 4
  • Bluetooth, USB 2.0
  • microSDHC memory card support (up to 8GB now, up to 32GB when the cards are available)
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1030mAH, 5 hrs talk, 5 hrs video playback, 12 hrs music playback time
  • Dimensions: 109×15.5 / 16.5mm
  • Weight: 115g

Motorola Z10 will start shipping in Q1 2008.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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