I'm a huge lover of the Android platform and when I saw the opportunity to buy a new and unlocked version of this phone, which caught my eye because of it's awesome design, I jumped on it. Customs slapped eighty dollars on top of it (I bought it from the States) but I thought, whatever, two... More
I'm a huge lover of the Android platform and when I saw the opportunity to buy a new and unlocked version of this phone, which caught my eye because of it's awesome design, I jumped on it. Customs slapped eighty dollars on top of it (I bought it from the States) but I thought, whatever, two hundred dollars isn't "too" bad for a relatively good phone, or so I thought. I instantly had major regrets for purchasing the model I did just shortly after using the phone.
MotoBlur, Motorola's Android skin, is an incredible power hog. It uses up almost all of my RAM, the majority of my CPU, and causes the phone to freeze and reboot on a regular basis. I updated my phone manually to Android 2.1, which stopped a lot of the rebooting, but caused the phone to freeze more often. I just couldn't win. I found myself having to close applications almost immediately after opening them, and God forbid I ran two applications simultaneously. This phone did NOT offer the multi-tasking abilities Android promises.
Aside from software, the camera is sub-par to my last phone (the LG Prada II KF900), regardless of also being 5MP. The video quality was quite poor.
The messaging system and the keyboard really made the phone worthwhile, for me anyway. The keys are large and firm, but are still very responsive. The 3" screen also offers enough space for quick on-screen typing. The speakers are alright, but distort when turned up to full volume. A phone's a phone, not a boombox, so it does a great job when I need it too.
Being the "hacker" that I am, I recently rooted and flashed to phone to an operating system called "Speedy ROM" I found on a website called modmymobile. The phone is considerably faster than before (the processor is overclocked to 748MHz;similarly, MotoBlur has been removed), and I can actually run games like Angry Birds or emulators without extreme lagg. This came at the cost of the awesome messaging system the phone had before and the ability to use the regular Contacts app. Note, rooting and flashing is a somewhat difficult task and in doing so, there's always a good chance that you can permanently brick your phone.
In summary, the phone's a great messaging phone with an amazing keyboard and touch screen, but that's basically it unfortunately. MotoBlur really limits what Android can really do. For a "txter", I recommend the phone, though there are a number of more powerful/practical messaging phones out there. Less