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Motorola Krave review

5.4/10 AVG.
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5.4/10
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The Motorola Krave currently has an Informr score of 5.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 42 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Trends

Even with music playback that lasts nearly 16 hours - eight more than the iPhone - the Krave is still a disappointment. The touch cover is a great technology unto itself, but here, instead of making the Krave easier to use, it's actually more often a hindrance, both physically and functionally. Many...

- Stewart Wolpin, Digital Trends
Phone Scoop

Your first reaction to the startling innovative protective touchscreen, or touch cover, on the Motorola Krave, Motorola's first iPhone-like touchscreen phone, is likely to be "How'd they do that?!" That's right, the Krave, a Verizon EV-DO powered model with Verizon's V CAST TV, actually has two touc...

- Stewart Wolpin & Eric Zeman, Phone Scoop
PC Magazine

Motorola Krave ZN4 for Verizon looks like a Star Trek communicator, makes a great little portable TV, and incorporates some genuinely innovative touch-screen technology. But its lack of interesting applications leaves me wanting a lot more. Here's the problem: The bar for touch-screen phones has bee...

- Sascha Segan, PC Magazine
CNET

It offers a bevy of high-end features and rates favorably in call, photo, and streaming video quality.

- Kent German, CNET


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Motorola released the Krave on October 14, 2008.


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Motorola backs up the Krave with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Motorola Krave's screen size is Unknown with 240 x 400 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
138 MB

Internal memory is 138 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 21 days standby time.

Motorola Krave Specs

Overview
Release date October 14, 2008
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 138 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.16 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.5 x 5.1 x 1.9 cm (4.1 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 128 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN, ICQ
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola ZN4

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Critic Reviews


Digital Trends

Krave is still a disappointment

from Digital Trends

Even with music playback that lasts nearly 16 hours - eight more than the iPhone - the Krave is still a disappointment. The touch cover is a great technology unto itself, but here, instead of making the Krave easier to use, it's actually more often a hindrance, both physically and functionally. M...More

Even with music playback that lasts nearly 16 hours - eight more than the iPhone - the Krave is still a disappointment. The touch cover is a great technology unto itself, but here, instead of making the Krave easier to use, it's actually more often a hindrance, both physically and functionally. Many of the Krave's other functions, especially the QWERTY keyboard, lack the attention to intuitive detail that makes the iPhone such a joy to use. It just doesn't seem as if the operating system and touch technology are matched very well. I'd love to see this technology better developed and matched with Android or LiMo, the Linux mobile operating system that Verizon has committed itself to. Overall, a shame, really…

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Phone Scoop

Motorola's first iPhone-like touchscreen phone

from Phone Scoop

Your first reaction to the startling innovative protective touchscreen, or touch cover, on the Motorola Krave, Motorola's first iPhone-like touchscreen phone, is likely to be "How'd they do that?!" That's right, the Krave, a Verizon EV-DO powered model with Verizon's V CAST TV, actually has two t...More

Your first reaction to the startling innovative protective touchscreen, or touch cover, on the Motorola Krave, Motorola's first iPhone-like touchscreen phone, is likely to be "How'd they do that?!" That's right, the Krave, a Verizon EV-DO powered model with Verizon's V CAST TV, actually has two touchscreens – the iPhone/Samsung Instinct/LG Voyager/HTC Touch-like 2.8-inch touchscreen, and a clear protective touch-sensitive "touch cover." Touch this clear flip screen and the Krave's main LCD screen underneath reacts. Plus, embedded in the touch cover is the Krave's earpiece. Flip the touch cover up and you hear your caller's voice even though there's no visible wire connecting the speaker to the phone's main body. This clear touch cover is awe-inspiringly clever, even more magical than the suddenly passé finger-swipe scroll. The question is, is it too clever for its own – and your – good?

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PC Magazine

A gorgeous little TV phone that looks like a Star Trek communicator but with more exciting software, it could be so much more

from PC Magazine

Motorola Krave ZN4 for Verizon looks like a Star Trek communicator, makes a great little portable TV, and incorporates some genuinely innovative touch-screen technology. But its lack of interesting applications leaves me wanting a lot more. Here's the problem: The bar for touch-screen phones has...More

Motorola Krave ZN4 for Verizon looks like a Star Trek communicator, makes a great little portable TV, and incorporates some genuinely innovative touch-screen technology. But its lack of interesting applications leaves me wanting a lot more. Here's the problem: The bar for touch-screen phones has been raised considerably recently. With the iPhone, the LG Dare, the Samsung Instinct, the T-Mobile G1, and the BlackBerry Storm out there, just having a touch screen isn't enough anymore. A handset needs to offer fresh software, too. And the Krave's software feels old—functional but stale.

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CNET

It's unique and easy to use

from CNET

The Motorola Krave ZN4 has an eye-catching and unique design with an innovative and responsive touch interface. It offers a bevy of high-end features and rates favorably in call, photo, and streaming video quality.

The Motorola Krave ZN4 accomplishes something few other cell phones do: it's unique, easy to use, and it performs well.

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The Motorola Krave ZN4 has an eye-catching and unique design with an innovative and responsive touch interface. It offers a bevy of high-end features and rates favorably in call, photo, and streaming video quality.

The Motorola Krave ZN4 accomplishes something few other cell phones do: it's unique, easy to use, and it performs well.

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User Reviews


Amazon

The Dumbest Dumbphone Ever

from Amazon
I lost my beloved Motorola Droid and decided to try and suck it up with a dumbphone till I was eligible for another Droid. I lasted about 6 weeks. The Krave's touch screen is completely lame and unresponsive, and I am used to using touch screens. Sound quality was poor, the interface was retarded, and...More
I lost my beloved Motorola Droid and decided to try and suck it up with a dumbphone till I was eligible for another Droid. I lasted about 6 weeks. The Krave's touch screen is completely lame and unresponsive, and I am used to using touch screens. Sound quality was poor, the interface was retarded, and the buttons were incomprehensible. I rarely completed an action on it without something going weirdly, insanely wrong. The only thing that kept me from hurling it across the room and stomping on it with each use was the thought that I might be able to foist it off on some unsuspecting 12 year old on eBay because it looks kind of cool and will run some primitive Verizon apps. I just bought a refurbished Droid online and feel a huge weight lifting off my shoulders. Less
Amazon

Worst Phone Ever!!

from Amazon
The touch screen on this phone was awkward at best in the beginning, but when it went bad it was terrible. It freezes, plays hide and seek with the screen, and the clear cover is so flimsy it's been barely holding on for the last year. I really, really regret falling for its looks, always a fatal mis...More
The touch screen on this phone was awkward at best in the beginning, but when it went bad it was terrible. It freezes, plays hide and seek with the screen, and the clear cover is so flimsy it's been barely holding on for the last year. I really, really regret falling for its looks, always a fatal mistake. The only good thing about having this phone is the Verizon coverage area. I hate it, hate it, hate it. I have been so frustrated with this phone's finicky-ness and difficulty to dial that many, many times I have had to lay it down to not throw it out the window. I haven't dialed a number in two years that I haven't either had to redial or say the following - I'm so sorry, wrong number - and then redial. Two more months and I get to bust it to pieces with a hammer. I'm living for the day. Less
Amazon

Worst touch screen ever!

from Amazon
This is the worst phone I have ever owned. The touch screen is horrible, the battery doesn't hold long, the back cover falls off constantly, and it freezes up often.
Amazon

The Krave a year and a half later

from Amazon
I purchased the Krave about a year and a half ago, locking myself into a two year contract with Verizon. My experience with it has been a mixed bag and recently I've begun to experience some serious problems with it. Pros: - Lets face it, when you whip this baby out, people look. It is a cool looki...More
I purchased the Krave about a year and a half ago, locking myself into a two year contract with Verizon. My experience with it has been a mixed bag and recently I've begun to experience some serious problems with it. Pros: - Lets face it, when you whip this baby out, people look. It is a cool looking phone that stays trendy well after the purchase. - Once you get used to the touch screen, you can navigate pretty quickly. - Good sound quality, at least in my experience. Cons: - KEYBOARD: The keyboard is royal pain in the ass. I've never been much of a texting guy, so I didn't worry to much about this feature when I bought it. As texting has become more popular, however, there has been no avoiding it. The keyboard on this unit is tiny. Unless you have fingers the size of a chipmunks, the odds are you're going to be spending a lot of time backspacing because you hit the wrong letter(s). Figure on three or four lines of text taking you five minutes or more to complete. Recently, the keyboard has begun freezing with no warning, with keys not responding no matter how hard you press. - GPS: same problem. You press individual fields (address, city, state, etc.) to bring up the keyboard so you can input the appropriate data. The fields have never responded properly. You either have to press down ridiculously hard, press repeatedly, or press on different areas of the field before the unit finally decides to take you to the keyboard. Sometimes I've had to back out, then go back in to get the fields to respond. - VISUAL VOICE MAIL: I purchased a "$5.00 a month" service called visual voice mail. It lets you view your mailbox visually, see who's calling, respond, etc. Recently, the count on the main screen for how many messages I have comes up wrong. It fluctuates from a low number, to a high number, then back to a low number. Recently, messages I deleted a month ago have dropped back into the mailbox. Sometimes messages disappear, only to reappear later. Weird crap. - ADDRESS BOOK: this goes to the screen sensitivity problem cited elsewhere. When you touch the screen to scroll, nine times out of ten you end up in the contact you touched. The touch screen is ridiculously sensitive. Short of blowing on it, there is no way to properly scroll through, without entering at least one contact (or more) you never intended to. - POWERING DOWN PROBLEMS: This has just begun recently. My phone now powers off, at least a dozen times a week, on its own. Sometimes the ring that announces you have a new voice mail will go off when it shuts down. This is starting to become seriously annoying. - BATTERY COVER: Yeah, me too. The cover now slides off on its own. Don't know what is supposed to be holding it in place but it's not doing too a good a job these days. My problem now is that the phone is out of warranty. It's been suggested at the Verizon store that I can get an early upgrade, for an additional $20 plus, of course, a new two year contract. To make matters worse, it now looks like the iPhone will available to Verizon customers anywhere between 2 to 6 months as of this writing. I don't think I'm going to be able to hold off replacing the phone (the problems get worse with each passing day), but I've been waiting for the #&^#$ iPhone to come to Verizon for years!! Now when it looks like it might finally get here, I still might not be able to get my hands on it until another two year contract is up! Less
Amazon

The Phone That Should Have Stayed In Product Testing

from Amazon
I bought this phone over the summer and at first look I loved it with the touch capabilities, but once you actually try to use it, then the problems occur. Dislikes 1.) I'm an avid texter. THIS IS NOT THE PHONE FOR ME. When you hold it sideways to text...O what do you know the flip screen is in your...More
I bought this phone over the summer and at first look I loved it with the touch capabilities, but once you actually try to use it, then the problems occur. Dislikes 1.) I'm an avid texter. THIS IS NOT THE PHONE FOR ME. When you hold it sideways to text...O what do you know the flip screen is in your way. Any button around the edges are pretty much not going to work. The touch screen capability of this phone is piss poor. Its extremely slow to begin with. 2.)This phone just doesn't like to work in the cold! I live in PA and its cold here most of the year and for some reason the touch screen starts pressing random buttons on the screen that aren't even near the one u wanted. 3.) Data storing for texting really pisses me off. You can't have more than 80 and every time u get a message after 80 it quick pops up a message that says to delete some. I put a 1 gig card in the phone and it doesn't seem to save to that and add extra space like it did my razor. 4.)Not good for music. I listen in the car on my radio and it just can't find the songs u want while driving. Likes 1.)Camera is ok I did like the scrolling features (they did something right here) 2.)The TV is cool. I never payed just used free flow. Considering how big the phone is you would think it could do a lot more....but it can't DON'T BUY THIS PHONE. ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN COLD WEATHER!!!! *I went back to my 6yr old razor :) Less
Amazon

Unbelievable

from Amazon
I agree with some of the reviews. This phone is nothing but junk. I was excited at first because it was a touch screen, tv, music and etc. But having this phone less than a month the phone has been exchange out four times with verizon. The screen was always freezing up. Texting was horrible. Always tou...More
I agree with some of the reviews. This phone is nothing but junk. I was excited at first because it was a touch screen, tv, music and etc. But having this phone less than a month the phone has been exchange out four times with verizon. The screen was always freezing up. Texting was horrible. Always touching the wrong letters. It didn't recognize when texting. The phone would shut off by itself and then I would have to restart the phone up. Then it got to the point I was not able to hear anything on the phone. The phone wouldn't ring, stop connecting to my bluetooth, people would call and I couldn't hear them but they could hear me. I would not recommend this phone to anyone. Skip this phone. Motorola still needs to work on this. Less
Amazon

Aweful Phone

from Amazon
Texting is horrible. You can never push the right buttons. People seem to have trouble hearing me. Not to mention, I put my phone to my ear after having it about a year and it snapped right in two. (No it wasn't dropped or anything) It was bazaar. I woundn't get this phone again if someone paid me. Dont waste your money.
Texting is horrible. You can never push the right buttons. People seem to have trouble hearing me. Not to mention, I put my phone to my ear after having it about a year and it snapped right in two. (No it wasn't dropped or anything) It was bazaar. I woundn't get this phone again if someone paid me. Dont waste your money. Less
Amazon

Not worth it!

from Amazon
I had a horrible experience with this phone. First of all, the touch screen's quality is really bad when compared to a blackberry or an ipod. Also, the plastic ear piece section is very delicate and no matter what you do it will end up with bad scratches and eventually falling off. I would not recommend this phone to anyone!
I had a horrible experience with this phone. First of all, the touch screen's quality is really bad when compared to a blackberry or an ipod. Also, the plastic ear piece section is very delicate and no matter what you do it will end up with bad scratches and eventually falling off. I would not recommend this phone to anyone! Less
Amazon

Looks good, but lacking in execution

from Amazon
I'm going to pony up the extra money and get another phone, even though I've got a year and a half to go until eligible for an upgrade. That's how bad this phone is. Half the time you might as well close your eyes and stab at the screen with your fingers, because the touch screen tends to ignore where...More
I'm going to pony up the extra money and get another phone, even though I've got a year and a half to go until eligible for an upgrade. That's how bad this phone is. Half the time you might as well close your eyes and stab at the screen with your fingers, because the touch screen tends to ignore where your finger actually goes. After using the touch system on my iPod touch, I thought this would be the way to go, but obviously Motorola hasn't worked out the implementation of touch like Apple has. It's too bad, because the form factor is very good, and everything else seems to work pretty well on the phone. I find myself yelling at the phone at least once per day. Less
Amazon

Perfect example of form over function

from Amazon
I bought this phone on a 24-month plan, and now I really wish that I would have done 12 months instead. I admit that I was taken by the aesthetic aspect of the phone. When I was evaluating it I couldn't ignore the fact that it just plain looks awesome. It seemed different to me than the other phones...More
I bought this phone on a 24-month plan, and now I really wish that I would have done 12 months instead. I admit that I was taken by the aesthetic aspect of the phone. When I was evaluating it I couldn't ignore the fact that it just plain looks awesome. It seemed different to me than the other phones on the market. Unfortunately, the touch screen interface leaves a LOT to be desired. In my opinion, 2 major problems exist with the interface. 1) The most important issue is that the screen is simply not very accurate when texting. In fact, sending a text can be an absolute nightmare. I do not have large hands (or fingers), and yet the screen consistently thinks I touched the button above or below the one I actually touched. You may think that I just don't know how to use it properly, but I assure you that 6 months of experience and practice has not improved the situation. I constantly spend my time deleting incorrect characters and trying to get them typed properly. A text message on this phone can take 3 or 4 times longer to compose than a text on a phone with normal buttons. Additionally, dialing a number can be troublesome, as well as when you have to type codes into it, such as your voice mail code, or when you need to enter a credit card number to activate a new card. The chances of entering 16 straight numbers with no errors isn't great. It can be done, but don't expect it to be done consistently. It has caused me more frustration than I would like. 2) The interface responds pretty slowly - although in this case I'm not actually talking about texting. I'm talking about navigating the menus, and especially when I'm trying to scroll through my contacts. Scrolling is horrible with this interface. Still, if you don't often text, then you may not encounter as much frustration with it as I have. I will admit that it is a cool phone and I still enjoy the look of it. It may be for some people, but I can easily state that if I had it to do all over again I would absolutely NOT buy this phone. Next time I will certainly choose a phone that does not implement a touch-screen interface. Less

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