Motorola has twice come back from oblivion in the world of cell phone prominence. First with the sleek and sexy Razr line, that redefined the flip forever, and more recently by teaming up with Android to create its powerhouse line of Droid smartphones. But with so much attention to all that is high-tech and current, Motorola keeps one proverbial foot firmly and respectfully planted in the more modest handset demographic.
And that brings us to the Motorola Rambler, a CDMA clamshell that effectively manages to put a thoughtful full QWERTY keypad where a much more traditional alphanumeric keypad has generally been. Captain Kirk would be blown away.
The QWERTY keypad offers color-coded keys which, as any heavy texter will tell you, is a much appreciated touch. The navigation array that sits just atop the QWERTY is familiar and also spacious. Add a camera, stereo Bluetooth, GPS and a speakerphone and, Damn it Watson, I think we have something here.
What I appreciate about the Motorola Rambler is that it's a clean example of just how fragmented phone categories have become. Where there used to be just basic phones or smartphones, manufacturers like Motorola have found ways to build devices that are focused like a laser on certain demographics.
In the case of the Rambler, you have the convenience and ease of a flip, but with a fully capable keyboard for punishing texting.
Add a talk time of up to five hours and a standby time of up to 480 hours and the Rambler is a fine choice for texters who like the clamshell form factor.