I’ve been meaning to do another post about my adventures with the KRZR for a while, but things would come up.

Fashion and the Mobile Phone
I’m going to start with a response to the question posed by my KRZRblogging friend Sonja from She asks “Are mobile phones a fashion or in fashion? Do you think people notice your phone at all?”

When it comes to mobile phones I’m a function over fashion girl. It’s a tool not a dress. People do notice mobile phones even in Canada, I’m guilty of it too, but it’s usually more from a technology standpoint than a design one.

I made a comment about the KRZR software that is totally incorrect. It truly sucks. It’s beginning to remind me of my battles with my Sony MD player software back in the day. I have a couple questions for the software designers.

1. Every time I connect the phone to my computer I’m prompted to install the Motorola USB Modem software. Why is this?

2. Why must you add so much bloatware to your software? I don’t care about a spash page nor do I care for your graphical display.
Motorola KZRZ software display
I can just imagine the development and testing that went into this GUI when real problems like the USB Modem software are left. I don’t even understand the point of this display and why it couldn’t be incorporated in the main working window that displays when you click the icons on the phone. I can only compare this to my Moto Q and the software is way superior.

3. Why is your software so slow?

The lack of flash really hinders this camera but I was finally able to get some decent shots out of it.

Things I need to try still
1. Connecting to my computer with bluetooth.
2. Creating my own ringtone with Melody Maker.
3. Creating a video.

I wish I got my hands on this Krzr.

By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.


  1. I agree with everything you said here…so similar to my experiences. Just like the frustrating crashware of the Sony MD. The contacts syncing doesn’t work at all with the software we got…it’s documented. See my post on the facebook group. I use it just to pull photos off and that’s it.
    The camera without the flash is blurry. Unless I’m resting the phone on something, it’s blurry. Doesn’t even come close to the Nokia I got for photo quality. I usually snap 3-4 photos and hope one of the will be clear enough to use.
    I’ve never tried MelodyMaker for ringtones. For my previous Motorola, I made a few ringtones. I downloaded Audacity to edit mp3 files, chopped out about 10 seconds of a song I liked and put that on the phone. Probably much easier.

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