zzzPhone Review- Windows Mobile Phone

Well after a few other posts we’re back to finish our 3 part series on the zzzPhone. For those of you who are reading this for the first time we have 2 other parts in this series- the zzzPhone Standard review, and an interview with a zzzPhone head Jesse Nowlin. Now lets get to the main topic– the Windows Mobile 6.1 zzzPhone.

zzzPhone Windows Mobile version

Basics and Features

The features on this phone at the $349 starting point include:

  • 2.5 inch QVGA Touchscreen
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 for touchscreen cell phones with all the basic Windows Mobile features
    • pocket Word and Powerpoint for editing or viewing files
    • updated mobile Internet Explorer with zooming in on websites
    • Windows Media Player for music and video
  • Full QWERTY (computer style) keyboard
  • 2.0 Megapixel Camera (which takes ok looking pictures)
  • WiFi
  • FM Radio
  • Micro-SD slot to add more memory to the phone
  • Built-in GPS

Windows Media Player in action on the zzzPhone

Customizing

Like with the Standard model we reviewed, this model also allows you to change what you put into your phone. The changes you make on this model are pretty much the same as on the Standard model, i.e. colors, name and picture on phone, additional speakers, and either adding a higher 5 or 7 megapixel camera or removing the standard one and saving yourself $11. What is missing from the additional features that would’ve definitely been cool-even though it is only for less than a year-is the option to add a TV tuner to the phone.

Use

So for at least $350 you would probably want to know the quality of the essential components-phone and texting. Lets start with the phone. The call quality is okay, with basic sound on both ends of a call. The speaker quality on the phone also isn’t the greatest; it is clear but really not that loud. Texting on the phone was also average, the good part is the full keyboard (which really does make it quicker to type), and the new updates in Windows Mobile that allow you to view your conversations like IMs (really was nice to have). The downside of the phone in general is its overall pretty weak and plasticy feeling like the Standard model, and that goes even for the keyboard. This phones interface also was pretty good and moved between programs pretty quickly. The phone’s size is about the size of a Blackberry Curve- thin, yet still keeps the keyboard.

A couple of other things we would have liked in this $350 phone would have been some US 3G support to really make use of its improved Internet Explorer, and a stronger casing.

Back of phone with 2 Megapixel camera and speaker

Overall

Overall we think this phone is an improvement in most cases over the Standard model, and the upgrades like Windows Mobile 6.1 and a thinner design help, but it still suffers from the same problems like lack of 3G and a weak casing. If zzzPhone can fix those problems, add in some louder speakers, and possibly lower the price, we think this phone can be a real hit.

Click here for our Flickr slideshow with more pictures of the phone

Side notes: We were not able to test everything given that we only had a limited amount of time with the phone, and therefore couldn’t really tell the length of the battery. The phone is covered under the company’s 1 year warranty. The phone also can be bought and customized from the website http://www.unifiedtelcom.com/. Have any questions or comments on the zzzPhone or cell phones in general, sound them off in the comments.

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Posted on May 11, 2008, in Cell Phones, First Look/Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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