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Motorola MOTO Z10

 Motorola MOTO Z10 Discontinued
7th January 2008

The Motorola MOTO Z10 represents a straightforward upgrade of the MOTO Z8, and it manages to overcome many of the shortcomings of the Z8 while retaining most of the good features of the previous model.

We will say from the outset that we're not keen on the MOTO Z10's looks, something that we felt was a problem with the Z8 too. It looks pretty much indistinguishable from a whole load of other Motorola handsets, and yet the Z10 (and the Z8 before it) are two very accomplished 3G smartphones.

As with the Z8, this is a "kick slide" phone which actually curves around to make it more natural to use. The Z8 won praise for the slide mechanism, and we expect the MOTO Z10 will follow the same high standards of usability and construction.

 Motorola Z10 The MOTO Z10 is a 3.5G device supporting HSDPA high-speed data and UMTS 2100 MHz. It's also a quad-band GSM phone with GPRS and EDGE support. There's no WiFi though, but most buyers won't care too much about that. The display is a 2.2" 320 x 240 pixel panel in 16 million colours.

One weakness with the old Z8 was the camera, and this is much improved on the MOTO Z10. It is now a 3.2 megapixel unit with autofocus, a "Superfast" multishot function and video capture at 30 fps. However, there's no flash and Motorola haven't specified the Z10's video capture resolution. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube or other services, and basic editing can be done within the phone itself. The Z10 also supports video calling.

This is a Symbian UIQ smartphone, as was the Z8. Again, the Z8's software and user interface was very well received, and the MOTO Z10 will build on this. The Z10's media player is also pretty comprehensive, supporting MP3, MPEG4, AAC, AMR, WMA, 3GPP, H.263 and H.264 formats. The Z10 also supports stereo Bluetooth for playback, or it can be used with one of a range of new speaker systems from Motorola.

Memory is expandable up to a whopping 32GB using high-density microSD (SDHC) cards. Overall the Z10 measures 109 x 50 x 16mm and weighs 115 grams. Talktime on the Motorola MOTO Z10 is an impressive 5 hours on 3G, or 5 hours of video playback.

It's not a Nokia N95 killer, but the MOTO Z10 is certainly an impressive, highly-specified phone. If you have a Z8 already, then it might not be worth upgrading quite yet.. the rumours are that Motorola will have some even better phones coming up in the near future, but if the flaws of the Z8 put you off, then the MOTO Z10 does look to be a much improved device.

Motorola say that the MOTO Z10 should be available during Q1 2008, although no pricing information was available at the time of going to press.

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Motorola MOTO Z10 at a glance


Q1 2008


UMTS 2100 + GSM 850/900/1800/1900




240x320 pixels, 16m colours


3.2 megapixels


Medium slider
109 x 50 x 16mm / 115 grams



Memory card:

microSD (SDHC)







Battery life:

5 hours talk (3G)


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