Based on looks alone, I’m impressed. The phone is smaller and slimmer than the iPhone, its biggest competitor, and the slide aspect gives you access to a QWERTY keyboard and control pad.
So aesthetically I was easily sold by the polished and professional look. My reaction about the contents of the phone however, didn’t follow quite the same pattern.
First, I had to go through the registration for the MOTOBLUR account. Unfortunately, the fiddly keyboard, with all the keys squished up, made typing in my details a lengthily affair.
The screen requires quite a hard tap to get access to any of the features. I’m used to quick and easy scrolling with my Nokia 5800, so it caused me some irritation when I couldn’t grasp onto the slide bar on the menu screen.
So, initial glitches aside, I browsed the rest of the phone’s features. The MOTOBLUR lays out all your social networking accounts, email accounts and image uploading sites on the home page.
The 5-megapixel camera is one of the best I’ve seen on a phone recently, and the simple browser displays clearly on the large screen.
When I sat down to start this review, I wasn’t a fan. But the more I’ve tinkered with it, the more I’ve started to like it. As with a lot of phones with advanced features, it can take a while to get accustomed to using it, but this handset definitely has potential.
Wins points for:
- Social networking. Easy access on the home screen to Twitter, Facebook etc, plus ability to update my status on each site with one click. I like the collective messaging that the Universal Inbox brings too.
- The 5-megapixel camera produces fantastic results.
Loses points for:
- The keyboard. It’s compact, but in saving room they lose functionality. At least I won’t be writing any tipsy texts, but I won’t be emailing anyone in a hurry either.
- Screen response. Why do I have to mash the screen with my thumb to get anywhere? I can’t grip onto the side bar either as it’s so tiny.
Although initially frustrated with the navigation, I was won over by the MOTOBLUR technology. A good consideration, but I think I’ll wait for the release of the Droid before I consider jumping on the Motorola wagon.