This week Tech Savvy Daddy is reviewing devices by T-Mobile and each day you can enter to win a gift package containing a Sidekick and SkinIt customized cell phone skin. One lucky reader will be notified on Christmas Day.
Here’s the rundown of reviews:
Today- Motorola Motozine
Moday, December 22- T-Mobile G1 Google Phone
Tuesday, December 23- Sidekick
Wednesday, December 24- T-Mobile Cameo digital picture frame
Thursday, December 25- Winner of Sidekick and SkinIt announced!
Here’s what Tech Savvy Daddy had to say about the Motozine…
The Motorola Zine is an excellent all-around phone with a 5 megapixel camera, sleek design, and a high-quality screen.
Upon first picking up this phone, it feels good in your hand. The size is right, it feels solid, and it has a beautiful screen.
It’s got all of the tablestakes for a phone these days, Bluetooth, email, web, ringtones, all that. It also has WiFi, which I suppose is useful in places without coverage, or for data access while at home/work/Starbucks.
The number pad is a flat surface that has backlit numbers and bumps over the phone digits. This should keep dirt and spilled lattes out of the phone quite well.
When in camera-mode, additional buttons appear on the keypad as they are illuminated from the backlight. It has a camera lens that auto-focuses the image, and a built-in flash. The pictures it takes are far better than a typical camera phone. Both the mechanically focusing lens and the flash improve the image quality substantially. The phone has a micro-SD memory card slot which you can use to store a ton of pictures, movies, or music. Your phone could end up with more storage than your digital camera. After staring at the camera-side of the phone, I decided it somehow reminds me of my old Kodak Disc camera. Ok, I’ve dated myself. Moving on….
The initial screen is T-Mobile’s myFave’s screen, giving you instant access to your five favorite contacts. If you hit main menu, you get a simple yet elegant menu with easy to understand icons for all major functions. I’ve had serious problems understanding the user interface on some Motorola phones over the years, but this one makes sense to me. The huge high-resolution screen and crisp fonts and menus make it a pleasure to navigate through the menus.
One of the icons on the home screen is for the “t-Zones.” This links to a pseudo-internet experience where T-Mobile has arranged content including Games, Ringtones, Wallpapers, Web pages, and such for you. If you type a company name or website name into the top, you can sometimes get unexpected results, where it is showing you a match for that listing that appears inside the T-Mobile content, versus what you are actually searching for. For example, when I searched for “MSNBC”, the results were a story on “CBS Sports Mobile.” If you type in www.msnbc.com, it offers to take you to the real MSNBC site. The web browser can also be accessed directly from the “Fun and Games” screen, at the bottom, option #7 “Web Access.”
The Motorola Zine comes across as a stylish phone without going over the top. It reminds me of a much improved version of a phone I had years ago, the Sony Ericsson T616. This phone is highly recommended as a great multipurpose phone and it takes excellent pictures. I’d be happy to carry one around.
Enter to win a Sidekick and SkinIt by:
- Leaving a comment comparing your phone to the one mentioned above.
- Write a post linking to my site and giveaway then leave an additional comment with your permalink.
- Twitter about the contest (I’m @techsavvymama on Twitter) and leave another comment.
- Add me to your blogroll and leave an additional comment letting me know!
- Subscribe to my feed through e-mail or a reader and leave a comment for an extra entry!
Thanks to T-Mobile for providing the Sidekick and to SkinIt for our giveaway!
Fine print: To be eligible, enter by completing the above tasks and leaving your comments by Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at Midnight. Commenting, posting, and Twittering about eacy day’s post will earn you up to three entries per day. Blogroll and feed subscriptions will earn you an additional entry each only once throughout the duration of this giveaway. Winner will be chosen at random by random.org and will need to reply with their mailing address 48 hours to claim their prize. T-Mobile Sidekick will only be shipped within the United States.
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