Pros lot of cool stuffs like text messaging...lol hooked on to it. You play mp3, radio, etc. saves you from buying expensive mp3 players. just buy a memory card and transfer all your mp3s.
Cons more for kids...normally we adults can use cell phones.
Summary it saves lot of money. let say you want to buy an mp3 player you will spend around $50 to buy a good mp3 player. With zipit wireless you get more than an mp3 player. view pictures, play radio, play mp3s, send instant messages to any cell phone you want. again, you can buy it from www.mashexclusive.com
Pros SMS,EMS,Internet Radio,Multi-protocol IM similar to computer versions,large screen,back-lit keys,MP3 player with album art,photo viewer
Cons Can't SMS/EMS to pre-paid phones,cost money for IM/text for a year when it was free,freezing happens when listening to music and photos,server-side connection errors,3 hour battery life
Summary I bought a Zipit early this month to pull away from the $20 a month unlimited fee that my pre-paid service charges for SMS/MMS/EMS/Webmail/IM.
I have mobile AIM and Yahoo plus email on my phones,but it costs alot to use plus requires a calling plan of the same amount,thus making the fee $45 for web,IM/email and 200 minutes!
Cheap to some but I don't need the calling minutes.
So I stopped using it,and headed to something SMS/EMS/IM only.
And that choice was the Zipit Z2.
It's for kids albeit,but adults can use it too if they want.
It looks like a small laptop to most,so that's not an issue.
And it fits in well with other messaging phones spec wise.
But the Zipit Z2 has some misses.
Just around Feb 7th,the service fell offline for two days!
From late Friday afternoon to early Monday Feb 9th, it was down!
Every connection gave an error on their end.
It was pretty annoying and I bet others saw.
Luckily the support staff(Jebecca)is pretty nice and gets to all concerns quickly.
Another issue they have is the texting/IM feature.
It is no longer free,it only lets you text people using regular cell plans not pre-paid,and it only shows the basics for IMing.
I had a time trying to text my friends on their Sidekick pre-paid plan and my mother on her pre-paid plan too!
Yet clearly it is stated on their site that texting works with over 20 suppliers!
One being Virgin Mobile,which is prepaid in all areas but the UK.
And this is the pre-paid service me and my mother used!
I could not send a text to my mothers cell or even a test message to my old cells.
It wasn't until I mentioned this to staff,that I was told, "our texting provider doesn't support pre-paid like Trac Fone and Virgin Mobile". Ha!
Also,every first IM and text sent out from your Zipit Z2 gives away advertisements that you are on a Zipit,along with the link!
It does this every time you send your first message to someone on your list.
even if you've messaged them before and close the message window.
Opening it again and resending a text or IM,brings up the annoying ad!
Zipit Wireless needs to cut this issue from their texting.
They also still are tooting their old info about free IMing and texting,and that's outdated. Many new customers are confused.
Not to mention the boxing and booklet they send out is outdated too now.
They offer a link in FAQ to the new booklet,but it too is a bad link.
Zipit Wireless needs to correct it's branding and details about texting/IM.
Other than that it's a fairly good messaging device and better than other mesaging phones and even the Sidekick,which doesn't offer fully multi-protocol IMing at once,or a back-lit keypad.
Battery life is like that of a cheap entry-level laptop. Lasting three hours at most.
The site says up to seven,but that's only if you dim the display and only IM/text at short intervals.
Pros great customer support
Cons can only have a few radio stations saved on it
Summary i got this for christmas and the "c" key was defective, so i called customer support and they sent me a new one right away, and they paid the postage, not only for the new one, but also for me to send my first one back.
Pros The little logo is REALLY CUTE! I love going on aim, and texting because the plan is great and I can't on my cell phone.
Cons The battery life at first was good, but it's been acting up lately.
Summary I've had mine since April 13 (heard about it from Fred on youtube) it was $149.99 but it was worth it.
I love that you can go on zipitwireless.com and change the wallpaper, for holidays and colors, and that it's also a music player.
At first the only problem was, the keys, it's not much of a problem but they make a weird clacking noise when you click on the keys.
Also, whenever I'm done charging the battery, and turn it off, They next day I have to charge it again, I'm getting a new battery for it.Also every time you Text someone, it says: (sent from my zipit, zippitwireless.com) I think it's cheap advertising.
Pros Instant and SMS Messaging, MP3 Player, miniSD Expansion
Cons Lack of a web browser!
Summary A Brief Review of the Zipit Z2
by Joseph Lagarnia - July 7, 2008
The Zipit Z2 is a Linux-based Instant Messenger (IM) and Short Message Service (SMS) device introduced as a low-cost means of communication. It supports AOL/AIM, MSN/LIVE and Yahoo messaging clients and has awed the IM crowd with its sleek design, portability and compound features. Now instant messaging should no longer be an uncomfortable task as hours spent on a desktop or laptop can now be enjoyed in a relaxed position. A laptop used for IM, while portable, proves to be rather inconvenient due to its weight and bulk. With the Z2 sporting a compact design and weighing less than six ounces, instant messaging has never been as fun and comfortable.
Note: For the SMS service, please check zipitwireless.com for a list of supported cellular phone carriers.
Anyone who can't get enough of IM and parents tired of their kids' monopolization of the home PC. It's a win-win situation for both parties. And usage can be restricted with built-in Parental Controls.
The Z2 can connect to 802.11b and 802.11g Wi-Fi networks and supports WEP and WPA encryption for highlighted security. Hence, you need a 'home' wireless router to take advantage of the Z2's IM and SMS feature/s. And with WI-FI a commodity nowadays, accessible for free in most public facilities (e.g., learning institutions, workplaces, hotels, restaurants and even airports), the Z2 would make a great travel companion. You can even IM and send SMS with the Z2 worldwide, wherever a 'public' wireless network is available.
A 2.9 inch colored LCD screen, QWERTY keyboard and clamshell design gives the Z2 a 'miniature-laptop' look and feel. However, most prefer handling the Z2 as they would a cell phone (entering text while holding the device). And with a bright 320x240 screen resolution LCD and large back-lit keyboard for usage in zero-illumination, it makes reading and typing a hassle-free experience.
The Z2 has built-in speakers and a headphone jack for Internet Radio/MP3 playback and has the luxury of dual tasking- playing audio while instant messaging and 'texting' (slang for SMS). An 'optional' miniSD card (not included with purchase) installed on the miniSD slot, expands the Z2's 32MB internal memory, dependent on the miniSD's capacity, and can store hundreds of MP3 files and photos- displayable as a slideshow while playing/streaming audio. The Z2 also provides customization privileges allowing the user to change the theme, color and background.
For added convenience, the Z2 updates its firmware/software automatically upon connecting to a wireless network.
The Z2 is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (adapter included) and can run for approximately eight hours after a full charge. The unit can be operated while charged.
The Z2 is now available for purchase at www.zipitwireless.com or from these online retailers (www.bestbuy.com - www.target.com ) and can be had for $49.00 plus an activation fee of $9.99/month for a whole year, or a 1-year activation fee of $109.89. Both plans include unlimited instant messaging and SMS. Upon fulfillment of the 1-year contract, instant messaging becomes totally free negating the need for a service plan. Continuation of text messaging, upon expiry of the initial 1-year contract, requires subscription to the SMS service plan at an affordable monthly or yearly rate.
The Z2 is a fascinating gadget with an attractive design and variety of features that somewhat justifies its price tag. Nevertheless, the lack of a web browser proves to be a major drawback for the non-IM community, more into e-mail and web browsing- and even for teens and young adults into social networking (My Space anyone?). Hopefully, Zipit Wireless releases an automatic web browser add-on for the Z2, via automatic update, in the near future.
Lack of such hinders this device from being a truly must-have.
Attention: Owners/Potential Owners of the Z2
Kindly request Zipit Wireless to provide a web browser add-on for the Z2 by filling out a form at www.zipitwireless.com/contactus.aspx?skinid=2 addressed to Marketing/Press/Sales.