Summary: The multimedia-friendly Motorola Rizr Z8 is a nice idea, but its pokey performance and awkward controls don't do it any favors.
Pros: The Motorola Rizr Z8 has an innovative design, an attractive display and user interface, and a generous multimedia feature set. Also, its call quality was decent, and the video playback was excellent.
Cons: The Motorola Rizr Z8 construction takes getting used to, and its controls and keypad are unintuitive. It lacks voice dialing, and its interface was rather slow.
Excerpt: Motorola RIZR Z8 has been quietly launched by the US-based company in September 2007, just after it was showcased at 3GSM Congress in Barcelona in February. Initially named Motorola RIZER Z8 or MOTORIZR Z8, the device has been thrown on the mobile market with an easier to remember name RIZR Z8. This is the first Motorola handset available on the market that features Symbian operating system, so you might consider it a prototype.
Pros: Motorola made a good choice when decided to refurbish the 'banana phone' form factor. By adding some of its own innovations, Motorola made Z8 look very original, thus improving its desirability. I would also enlist here the excellent display and powerful CPU.
Cons: Unfortunately, Z8 has more negatives than positives. The most important downside of the slider is the fact that even if it has been designed to feature a touch-screen, Motorola decided to drop it in the end, but 'forgot' to modify the OS and user-interface accordingly. This makes the user unable to install and use many 3rd party applications. The battery of the phone together with multimedia features are also overrated.
Conclusion: The decent stroke and adequate response hardly make up for the almost zero touch orientation. The keys are flush with surface and even you feel your way to them, it's hard to guess which one is which. Below this three-key layout is the microSD card slot protected by a rubber cover. The RIZR Z8 supports cards of up to 4GB capacity.
Summary: Sounds odd, but the Z8 doesn’t have any kind of direct competition. What is the reason? This handset offers queer, unique design, and this does it justice. On the other hand, it lacks radio, can’t boast top-of-the-line camera, in other words, proposes a basic suite of features with slightly modified standby screen and omitted touch screen.
Excerpt: This is the second model in the Z range that we have come across, the first being the Z3 that we reviewed a few months back. And like its smaller brother the Z8 looks cool the moment you lay your eyes on it, but the old saying never judge a book by its cover could come into play.