Google Nexus 6This year Google is attacking the phablet market with their 6 inch Nexus 6. It's back to the high line too, with the device priced at $649 full retail and unlocked. The big 4 US carriers will also offer the Nexus 6, so you'll have payment and contract plan options. The Nexus 6 runs on the fastest CPU currently available in an Android smartphone, the quad core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with Adreno 420 graphics and 3 gigs of RAM. It's available in 32 and 64 gig capacities. It has 4G LTE on 12 bands, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and a GPS. Surprisingly for Google and Moto, who don't have the best track record with phone cameras, the Nexus 6 has a capable 13MP rear camera with a Sony sensor.
All major carriers, unlocked
Motorola Droid Turbo The long-lived Droid line of Android smartphones on Verizon Wireless featured angular, masculine designs, raucous screeching robot startup sounds and industrial wallpapers. Moto has evolved, and the Droid Turbo is a more modern and less ominous phone. There's more to the Droid Turbo than updated looks and a cleaner OS: its specs outdo the 2014 Moto X and all flagship Android phones currently on the market except the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Droid Turbo runs on the latest, greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core CPU with Adreno 420 graphics, 3 gigs of RAM and 32 or 64 gigs of storage. It's called the Turbo because it comes with Moto's turbo charger in the box, and that's a charger that supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 for extreme quick charging. It has a 3900 mAh battery- impressive, as is the QHD AMOLED display.
Moto G (2nd Gen, 2014)The next generation Moto G increases screen size to 5", adds a microSD card slot and increases camera resolution while keeping the same low $179 full retail price as the first gen model. This is an unlocked GSM phone that works with AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM carriers (not Sprint or Verizon) and it's a quad band world phone with 3G. It has a 720p LCD display, 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1 gig of RAM and 8 gigs of storage. Once again, it's a hard phone to beat for the price thanks to good styling, quality components and decent specs.
Moto X (2nd gen) Once again Motorola mixes extreme fashion with a low price tag, but the 2014 Moto X amps up the specs to battle the flagship competition. The Moto X has a 5.2" AMOLED display, this time running at full HD 1080p resolution. It's wildly colorful with impressive contrast. The Android 4.4 KitKat phone will get the upgrade to Android L and it runs on the Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, just like other high end phones. You can order it with your choice of 25 different back colors, including 4 wood and 4 leather options, and it's one of the best looking smartphones money can buy. The Moto X is available as an unlocked GSM phone with LTE 4G and both AT&T and Verizon sell it too.
AT&T, Verizon and unlocked GSM
Moto E The Moto E is just $129, no contract. Wow. For a phone with a nice enough design, interchangeable and colorful back covers, the latest 4.4 KitKat OS, a pleasing display and good voice quality, that's crazy. This is an unlocked GSM world phone, so you can use any GSM carrier's SIM (there are AT&T and T-Mobile friendly models), and you'll get 3G but no 4G LTE. The most affordable Motorola Android smartphone has a dual core Snapdragon CPU, a 5MP rear camera and a 4.3" qHD 960 x 540 display.
Moto GWe need more phones like the Moto G, lots more. The Moto G is a well made, yet it's an extremely affordable unlocked GSM smartphone from a trusted manufacturer that sells for just $179 retail. No contract or payment plans required, it's simply that inexpensive. Of course you won't get flagship specs or a giant screen for that price, but it's a classy looking device with good build quality, reasonable speed and a colorful display. The Android 4.3 phone has a 4.5" HD display and it runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU with Adreno 305 graphics and a gig of RAM. It's available with 8 or 16 gigs of storage and it has a 5 megapixel rear camera.
Unlocked GSM, AT&T
Moto XFinally, an Android smartphone that caters to ergonomics and usability with handy features like an active sleep screen that keeps you informed and always-on voice command. The Moto X will be available on all major US carriers and it has a 4.7" 1280 x 720 AMOLED display, 1.7GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with custom processors to handle voice and motion recognition (Moto calls this their X8 processing platform), 2 gigs of RAM, 16 or 32 gigs of storage, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR, NFC, a front 2MP camera and capable RGBC 10MP rear camera.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile
Motorola Droid Ultra Verizon and Motorola's newest Droid for fall 2013 has much in common with the Moto X. They share the same Moto X8 mobile computing platform with a dual core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU plus contextual computing cores and Adreno 320 graphics. They both offer always listening voice command, an active sleep screen that keeps you informed and they have 10MP cameras with an RBGC sensor. Where they diverge is in looks and size. This is all Droid with a dark, masculine and techno look. It has the usual red wallpapers and ominous Droid startup sound. Like previous Moto Droid smartphones it has a Kevlar casing, but this time its encased in your choice of high gloss red or black. The Ultra has a 5" AMOLED 720p display.
Motorola Droid RAZR M The Motorola Droid RAZR M is everything that the Droid RAZR was, but less. It's smaller and much less expensive than the RAZR was at launch. Despite the price, you get most everything that was captivating about the Droid RAZR: a slim design with a Kevlar back, Gorilla Glass and a water resistant nano-coating. It still packs a 4.3" Super AMOLED qHD 540 x 960 display, and the CPU has been updated, so the RAZR M is considerably faster thanks to a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU. The $99 with contract smartphones has an 8 megapixel rear camera, dual band WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
Motorola Droid RAZR HD The Motorola Droid RAZR was a hit last year on Verizon Wireless, and Moto's back this year with the natural evolution of that iconic smartphone: the Droid RAZR HD features a larger, higher resolution display and a faster CPU. And just as with last year's Droid RAZR models, there's a MAXX option with a larger battery and a slightly thicker casing for $100 more. The RAZR HD has a 4.7" Super AMOLED HD display running at 1280 x 720 and a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core CPU. And yes, there's Kevlar and Gorilla Glass for good looks and durability.
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE It's hard to find a smartphone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard these days. Happily, Motorola still invests in that form factor, from the Droid line on Verizon to the new Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE on Sprint. Though the Photon Q isn't quite as sleek as the Droid, it packs top-notch features like a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 CPU (currently the top performing smartphone CPU in US phones), a gig of RAM, LTE, an 8 megapixel rear camera plus front video chat camera and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Motorola Atrix HD The bargain priced Android smartphone with high end features! The Atrix HD looks more like the Motorola Droid RAZR than prior Atrix models, and that means a beveled Gorilla Glass front and Kevlar back. The phone runs a clean version of Android 4.0.4 on the same 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm S4 CPU used in the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III. It has 4G LTE, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a front video chat camera and a rear 8MP camera with LED flash. The ColorBoost 720p LCD display is one of the Atrix HD's best features: it's colorful and extremely sharp.
Motorola Droid 4The long-lived Droid line gets better with every revision, and the Droid 4 is the first of the QWERTY Motorola Droids to have 4G LTE on Verizon Wireless' expansive network. The Droid 4 has the best slider keyboard in the business, with simply luxurious backlighting and excellent tactile feel. The Droid 4 runs Android OS 2.3.6 Gingerbread and will get OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 4" qHD display, a 1.2GHz dual core TI CPU, a gig of RAM and 16 gigs of storage. Dual cameras and the usual WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS round out the features. If you're in need of a keyboard, the latest Droid is worth a look.
Motorola Droid RAZR MAXXLove the Droid RAZR on Verizon, but want incredible battery life by LTE 4G smartphone standards? Look no further than the RAZR MAXX, which is the same phone as the Droid RAZR but with a 3300 mAh battery. This Android smartphone has a 4.3" qHD Super AMOLED display and a 1.2GHz dual core CPU. The MAXX is only 0.35" thick, and it has an 8 megapixel rear camera that can shoot 1080p video, LTE 4G, a front video chat camera and 16 gigs of internal storage. It's strong too, thanks to Gorilla Glass on the front and Kevlar on the back.
Motorola Droid RAZRThe Motorola Droid RAZR seems to have it all; it's the perfect date in the phone world. It's slim, has a hard body, a dazzling Super AMOLED smile and it's smart too thanks to a 1.2GHz dual core CPU. This Android smartphone is only 7.1mm thin, and it has a 4.3" display, an 8 megapixel rear camera that can shoot 1080p video, LTE 4G, a front video chat camera and 16 gigs of internal storage. It has Webtop and is compatible with the Motorola Lapdock, and it has HDMI out. Is this enough for a lasting relationship? Read our review to find out.
Motorola Atrix 2The Motorola Atrix 2 has crept out from under the iPhone 4S' coattails this weekend for a mere $99 on contract. That doesn't mean the Atrix 2 isn't an excellent high end Android smartphone. What's improved from the original Atrix? The Atrix 2 has a larger 4.3" qHD display that's more colorful and brighter. Text is easier to read on the larger display, and movies are more enjoyable too. The phone has HSPA+ 21 Mbps, and we indeed got faster speeds vs. 14.4 Mbps AT&T. The Atrix 2 has Webtop and works with the optional Lapdock 100 that turns it into a an ultraportable notebook of sorts.
Motorola Droid BionicWe're not sure if the Bionic can rule all machines for long, but for right now, it's top dog among Android phones. The Droid Bionic has it all: a dual core 1GHz CPU, LTE 4G on Verizon Wireless, a 4.3" qHD display and an 8MP camera. There's plenty of on-board storage plus a 16 gig microSD card, a front video chat camera and a beefy battery that Moto somehow managed to squeeze into the Bionic's 0.4" thin chassis. Do we like the latest Droid? Yes we do, and it's worth a serious look if you're in the market for a flagship Verizon smartphone.
Motorola Photon 4GOne of our top picks among Sprint's late summer 2011 Android smartphones, the Motorola Photon 4G has a sharp 4.3" qHD display, an 8 megapixel camera, HDMI-out and 16 gigs of internal storage. This is both a world phone with GSM for roaming and a WiMAX 4G smartphone. It runs Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU.
Motorola Droid 3 Are you a member of the Droid a year club? Here's the latest entry from Verizon Wireless and Motorola, the Droid 3. It's an evolutionary step from past Droids, but that doesn't mean we don't really like this high quality QWERTY slider Android smartphone. Beyond the usual excellent materials and soft touch finish, we love the new 5 row keyboard, and the combo of Android OS 2.3 and a dual core 1GHz CPU keep this phone moving fast. The larger display runs at qHD resolution, and as per usual, Motorola squeezes particularly good speeds out of the Droid 3's 3G radio. Like the Droid 2 Global, the Droid 3 is capable of GSM roaming overseas.
Motorola XPRTSprint's version of the Droid Pro on Verizon is a higher end QWERTY-bar Android smartphone with a 3.1" display, Android OS 2.2 Froyo with Motoblur software and a 1GHz CPU. It has 3G EV-DO Rev. A and GSM for world roaming. If you're looking to move from a BlackBerry, the XPRT wants you.
Motorola Droid X2The original Droid X was one of our top picks among Android phones in 2010. The Droid X2 updates the CPU and display while leaving the elegant design and high quality materials alone. We aren't complaining; as sequels go, the Droid X2 is solid. It has a dual core 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU, a good helping of internal storage and a very sharp qHD 540 x 960 pixel 4.3" display. The phone runs on Android OS 2.2 with a tasteful dose of Motorola software, and it has 3G EV-DO Rev. A. Other amenities include HDMI out, an 8 megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video, Bluetooth, WiFi and a GPS. If your need for speed expresses itself in CPU lust rather than 4G download speeds, this Moto is worth a look.
Motorola Atrix 4G The Motorola Atrix is currently the fastest Android phone on the market, and it's one of the most innovative thanks to a line of super-accessories like the Lapdock and HD Multimedia dock that turn it into a laptop or desktop computer of sorts. It's all powered by Webtop Linux which runs smoothly on the dual core 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU. The Atrix also has the highest resolution among Android phones with a 4", 960 x 540 pixel display. It runs on Android OS 2.2 Froyo with Motoblur software and it has 4G HSPA+.
Motorola Cliq 2 The original Motorola Cliq wasn't all that, but the new Cliq 2 is a different animal. For $99 with contract, you get a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, a 3.7" multi-touch 854 x 480 display, 3G with 3G Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi calling, and the usual trio of Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11b/g/n and a GPS. The 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash takes sharp shots and the phone runs nicely on Android OS 2.2 Froyo with Motoblur software.
Motorola Droid ProWe know you're out there: veteran BlackBerry users that have been dying to try Android but you just can't live without that front-facing QWERTY keyboard and MS Exchange support. Perhaps your IT person wants VPN and remote wipe capabilities; not everyday stuff for Android. Moto's here to change that with the Droid Pro, a Verizon global phone that packs a fast 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, plenty of RAM and capable graphics into a business suit. There's WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR and an autofocus 5 megapixel shooter too. But the small HVGA display and pint-sized keyboard are the price you pay for a phone that's got one foot in RIM's territory and the other in Android's.
Motorola Defy(video review) The Motorola Defy is dust and water resistant. It has rubber covers over all ports and a battery cover seal, yet it looks cool and isn't heavy at 4.6 ounces. The Defy's hardware specs are reminiscent of last year's Droid on Verizon: an 800MHz ARM7 CPU, 480 x 854 pixel multi-touch display, Android OS 2.1 and a 5 megapixel camera. The phone runs Motorola's MOTOBLUR in full regalia, unlike the Droid. The Defy has 3G HSDPA on T-Mobile's bands, WiFi 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.
Motorola FlipoutAT&T and Motorola are at it again, making unusual looking Android smartphones with flipping and sliding full QWERTY keyboards. The Flipout is a standout in terms of looks and it's easy to pocket too. But the QVGA display is limiting and not the best looking we've seen. The phone is affordable and has mid to entry level specs including 3G HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and a 3 megapixel fixed focus camera. The Flipout runs Android OS 2.1 with MOTOBLUR software. This is a video review.
Motorola CharmGot square? Motorola's Charm sure does, and we like the distinctive look. The Charm is a very affordable Android smartphone with an excellent QWERTY keyboard that requires no sliding, flipping or twirling. Like a BlackBerry, the keyboard is ever-ready and calls to you messaging and social networking types. Motorola's MOTOBLUR software is on board with its usual social focus, and it all runs on top of Android OS 2.1. The Motorola Charm has 3G, a not so wonderful QVGA display, a 3 megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. The phone has a few unexpected goodies for the budget segment like Motorola's Backtrack rear trackpad, an accelerometer than handles both screen rotation and turning the phone over to ignore a call.
Motorola Droid 2The Droid is back and it's better. With a faster CPU, an improved keyboard and Android OS 2.2 Froyo, the 1GHz Droid 2 can compete with the big boys. It doesn't stray far from the original Droid formula when it comes to size and design: the Droid 2 is still a slim, modern QWERTY slider with a 3.7" capacitive multi-touch display. The corners are now chrome-clad and rounded, and the design is a bit more conformist, but we doubt anyone will dislike the look. The Droid 2 has a full hardware QWERTY keyboard that's rare among Android superphones, 8 gigs of storage plus an 8 gig microSD card, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS that works with Google Maps and VZ Navigator and 3G Mobile Hotspot WiFi Internet connection sharing.
Motorola Droid XMotorola was no one hit wonder with the original Moto Droid on Verizon. The Droid X, their second Android superphone is good enough to earn our Editor's Choice Award, and it shows great improvement from the already solid Droid. The Droid X is very slim slate design phone with a monster high res 4.3" capacitive multi-touch display, 1 GHz CPU and an excellent 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash. It has the usual 3G EV-DO Rev. A with mobile hotspot feature, WiFi 802.11n , Bluetooth and a GPS that works with Google Maps. The X runs Android OS 2.1 with a smattering of Moto custom software.
Motorola Cliq XTThe keyboard-less counterpart to the Motorola Cliq on T-Mobile brings its own special sauce in the form of custom multimedia applications, a higher resolution camera and Swype on-screen keyboard input. The Cliq XT has a 3.1" HVGA capacitive touch screen and it runs on a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU. Like the Cliq and Backflip, it runs MOTOBLUR social networking software on top of Android 1.5. The Cliq has a GPS that works with Google Maps and Telenav, MS Exchange support, plenty of social networking integration, WiFi and Bluetooth. The 3G Cliq XT has excellent voice quality and a pretty decent camera.
Motorola BackflipThe Backflip gets its name from the unusual reverse clamshell design. When this QWERTY smartphone is closed both the display and keyboard face outward. It's a polarizing design that will have you doing backflips or calling it the "Backflop". We like the design since the 3.1" capacitive display is always accessible and it allows for a large keyboard in otherwise compact phone. This is Motorola's third MOTOBLUR Android phone, and that means it's social networking-enhanced; great for you cyber-social types and those who need solid Exchange support. The features are mid-range with a 528MHz CPU, 320 x 480 pixel display, a GPS that works with Google Maps and AT&T Navigator, WiFi and Bluetooth. The 5 megapixel autofocus camera is better than average for a mid-tier smartphone. The Backflip is no threat to the Droid but it's on par with the Motorola Devour and classier than the Motorola Cliq.
Motorola DevourThe Motorola Droid's little brother isn't exactly smaller, but it is more affordable and built like a tank. The aluminum casing inspires confidence even if the design isn't tres chic. It has a slide-down QWERTY keyboard and MOTOBLUR software for you social networking addicts. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace-- it's all there and more. The Devour runs on Android 1.6 and it has a HVGA capacitive touch screen, 3 megapixel camera, GPS, 3G EV-DO Rev. A, WiFi and Verizon's VZ Navigator, V Cast Music and V Cast Video.
Motorola Cliq'Tis the season for Android phones, and this time we take a look at T-Mobile's third Android Google OS phone, the Cliq. While the G1 and MyTouch 3G on T-Mobile are vanilla Android phones, the Cliq runs MOTOBLUR on top of Android: an over the top social networking experience with support for no less than 10 types of social networks and messaging. Other features include a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3G HSDPA, a 3.1" capacitive touchscreen, WiFi and a 5 megapixel camera.
Motorola DroidVerizon and Motorola have made a big to do about their flagship Android smartphone and the Moto Droid might just be all that. It's fast, it's got a simply huge 480 x 854 pixel capacitive touch screen, it's skinny and it has a slider QWERTY keyboard. The Droid is the first Android 2.0 OS phone and it's full of the usual Google goodies like Gmail, YouTube and Maps plus built-in MS Exchange support and other amenities. The Droid has a GPS that works with Google Maps, WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo and a very good 5 megapixel camera.This review includes a video review. Editor's ChoiceAward 2009.
Motorola Droid XYBoard 10.1 Motorola's second gen Android tablet earns Moto a most improved award. While the XYBoard retains the first gen Motorola Xoom's bulletproof build, the new model is as thin and light as the waifish iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that it joins on Verizon's shelves. It features a sharp 10" IPS display that supports both capacitive multi-touch and the included EMR pen for precise input. The tablet runs on a 1.2GHz dual core TI CPU and has 4G LTE on Verizon's network. Other goodies include the usual dual cameras, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and less common features like USB host and an IR blaster with AV remote to control home theater gear.
Verizon and WiFi models
Motorola Droid XYBoard 8.2The Motorola Droid XYBoard 8.2 is the Motorola Droid XYBoard 10.1's little brother on Verizon. But it's not all that little: at 8.2" it offers more to feast your eyes on vs. more common 7" Android tablets, yet it's much more portable than 10" tablets. The XYBoard 8.2 shares many but not all specs with the 10.1" version. It has the same 1280 x 800 resolution, and IPS display, a dual core 1.2GHz TI OMAP CPU with a gig of RAM, and it's available in 16 or 32 gig capacities. It has a front 1.3MP camera and a rear 5MP camera with LED flash and the usual WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a GPS.
Verizon and Wi-Fi models
Motorola XoomThis 10.1" tablet is the first to hit the market with Android OS 3.0 Honeycomb that's made for tablets. The 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive display gives you plenty of room to work with, and it's very responsive to touch. The Xoom has a 1GHz dual core Tegra 2 CPU with graphics acceleration and it's plenty fast. The Xoom is available with and without a Verizon Wireless contract and it has 3G EV-DO Rev. A with a free upgrade to 4G LTE. It has WiFi 802.11b/g/n (dual band), a GPS, Bluetooth, HDMI out and front and rear cameras. The Xoom quickly became one of our favorite gadgets and it makes a great netbook replacement.
Windows Mobile Smartphones
Motorola Q9cThe Moto Q9m is reborn on Verizon as the Motorola Q9c. The Q9c leaves out access to the Verizon music store, but adds a GPS that works with VZ Navigator. The Moto is a CDMA phone with EVDO rev. 0 for fast data and it runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition. Other than the GPS, the Q9c is similar to the model it replaces: it has an excellent QWERTY keyboard, a MiniSD card slot, a 312MHz processor and a 1.3 megapixel camera.
Motorola Q9 Global Motorola's been working the smartphone thing for several years now, and we say that the Q Global, AT&T's version of the Motorola Q9h is finally a winner. The slim good looks wouldn't mean a thing without an excellent set of features that work well: fast HSDPA 3.5G for data, a quad band GSM radio with excellent voice quality and good reception, GPS and a decent 2.0 megapixel camera. The Q9 has a faster-than-average 325mHz CPU, 256 megs of flash ROM, 96 megs of RAM, a QVGA landscape display and it runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard.
Motorola Q9mThe follow-up to the Motorola Q is a great improvement. We love the excellent build quality, good looks, stereo speakers and fantastic QWERTY thumb keyboard. Like the original, the Q9m runs on a 312MHz Intel XScale processor with 64 megs of RAM and 128 megs of flash memory and it sports the same ho-hum 1.3 megapixel camera. Why the Q9m didn't get the additional compliment of flash memory and better camera that its GSM sibling, the Q9h has, we don't know. The Motorola Q music 9m is a slim Windows Mobile 6 smartphone offered by Verizon with EVDO Rev. 0 for data.
Motorola QThe brainy RAZR we've all been waiting for is finally here! The Q in no way resembles Motorola's past smartphones (and that's a good thing). It sports fresh RAZR-esque looks, fast and reliable technology inside and a vivid landscape display. This smartphone is available on Verizon's network in the US and it offers EVDO for 3G data speeds, good voice quality, Bluetooth and a QWERTY keyboard. Its 312MHz Intel XScale processor keeps it humming along nicely and it has a miniSD slot to save the 1.3MP camera's photos as well as any data you wish.
Motorola i930This is Nextel's
first Microsoft Smartphone. It may be late to the party but
it offers the usual Nextel ruggedness, Push to Talk, good
performance and stability. This smartphone runs Windows Mobile
2003SE on a 200 MHz processor and has a split personality:
in the US it works on Nextel's iDen network while overseas
it works as a GSM phone thanks to a dual band GSM radio and
MPx220The new MS Smartphone on
the block packs an amazing number of features into a small
package. This trim clamshell phone runs MS Smartphone 2003
SE, has a fast processor, Bluetooth, a 1MP camera, an expansion
slot and MP3 stereo playback. It's a GSM world phone offered
by Cingular in the US. Update June 2005: Cingular no longer
seems to offer this phone.
MPx200 This and the
Samsung i600 offered by Verizon are the first Microsoft
Smartphone 2002 devices to hit the market. The MPx200 runs
on GSM networks and is currently offered by AT&T Wireless.
It's the size of an average mobile phone but packs more
of a punch offering strong Microsoft PIM apps, a web browser
and multimedia player plus good desktop syncing. Discontinued.
Motorola Feature Phones (regular phones)
Motorola Krave ZN4 Verizon's compact touch screen phone has a few neat tricks up its sleeve: the touch screen works through the clear flip lid and it has haptic feedback and an accelerometer. Smaller than touch screen phones like the LG Voyager, the Moto feels good in the hand and pocket. It's packed with features including mobile TV, EVDO, V Cast services and a GPS. There's an SDHC microSD card slot, 3.5mm stereo jack and a 2 megapixel camera to round out multimedia features.
Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 A 5 megapixel camera phone with an autofocus lens and Xenon flash for $99 with contract? Nice! T-Mobile has got the deal for those of you who are camera buffs and like the look and feel of the ROKR E8, minus haptics. This stylish and solid Moto has a very good 5MP camera with Kodak technology inside and easy uploads to Kodak's free web-based gallery. The Zine ZN5 is a quad band GSM phone with EDGE, sharp voice quality, a music player and music-oriented features like a 3.5mm headset jack and A2DP Bluetooth stereo. It's got WiFi for relatively painless image uploads, USB image transfer and output to TV.
Motorola RAZR VE20 Though it might not be the most stunning looking RAZR to hit the market, the RAZR VE20 for Sprint packs a very strong set of features along with Moto's signature excellent reception. The RAZR VE20 is narrower than the original RAZR, yet it packs in a GPS that works with Sprint Navigation, EVDO, Sprint TV, a music player, Bluetooth stereo A2DP, Sprint TV and a microSD card slot. At $99 with contract, it's easy on the wallet too.
Motorola ROKR E8 Moto's latest music phone has extreme good looks that come in part from the unique surface haptics front panel. There are no traditional buttons; instead the surface is touch-sensitive and the virtual buttons vibrate when you press them. Buttons also come and go, depending on context, using Motorola's ModeShifting technology. The ROKR E8 is a GSM quad band phone with EDGE for data, and it's offered by T-Mobile in the US. It has 2 gigs of internal memory, making it a viable portable music player and there's also a microSD card slot with a 1 gig card included. Other features include A2DP Bluetooth stereo, an FM radio and a 2 megapixel camera.
Motorola W755What a bargain! Moto flip phone fans who are also fond of Verizon Wireless can get the attractive, sturdy and surprisingly well-endowed Moto for $20 with a 2 year contract. The W755 is a normal phone that doesn't tread in LG Dare territory, but it is an affordable alternative to the Moto RAZR V9m. This Moto weighs only 3.6 ounces and it has EVDO with V Cast support, a music player with touch controls on the flip, GPS with VZ Navigator, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth and a 1.3 megapixel camera.
Motorola Z9 Motorola's sexy new slider was just announced for AT&T at the CTIA trade show in early April. This is a feature phone that seems to have it all: stunning good looks with a metallic sheen and attractive color, solid build quality and a wealth of features. The Moto Z9 is the slider cousin to the popular RAZR2 V9 and shares that phone's styling and OS. But the Z9 adds something special: it's AT&T's first feature phone with a GPS and AT&T Navigator. The Moto also has a very good 2 megapixel camera, a large QVGA display, music player, SDHC microSD card slot and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR with A2DP stereo support.
Motorola MOTORIZR Z6tv The third TV phone on Verizon's network, and the first to lose the external TV antenna (the just-released LG Voyager also lacks the antenna and is Verizon's 4th TV phone). The RIZR Z6tv is a very attractive and compact phone with a gloss finish on the front and a vivid QVGA color display. It handles Verizon TV, which is true broadcast digital TV, along with EVDO and V Cast on demand content. The Moto has a music player, Bluetooth with a host of profiles including A2DP stereo, VZ Navigator support and a 2 megapixel camera that takes pleasing shots. Even if you're not into TV, the RIZR is an attractive, well-built slider that's worth a look.
Motorola RAZR2 V9mWe take a look at the Sprint version of the re-born RAZR which features a more elegant and durable design than prior generation RAZR models. The metallic RAZR2 has EVDO, Sprint TV, two large displays, a 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth with A2DP Bluetooth stereo and it just plain looks pretty (but keep that polishing cloth handy).
Motorola KRZR K1mIf you've got Rolex and Jaguar tastes but a high end Toyota budget the MOTOKRZR calls to you. This undeniably good looking phone is small, sexy and looks tres high class. Not only that, it actually has great voice quality and is very easy to use. The KRZR has a 1.3MP camera, Micro SD card slot, music player and EVDO for high speed data and V Cast entertainment on Verizon's nework. If you're looking for a head turner and don't want every feature under the sun, check out the KRZR.
Motorola RAZR V3One of the most popular mobile phones ever sold, the RAZR banks that its thin-is-in looks, stunning metal keypad and popularity will convince you to slip one into your pocket. This flip phone has a quad band GSM radio that will work anywhere in the world GSM service is available, GPRS for data, Bluetooth and a VGA camera. It's offered by Cingular and T-Mobile in the US, and we take a look at the Cingular version.
Cingular and T-Mobile (Verizon too!)
Motorola PEBLOne of the trio of super-fashionable vowel-less mobile phones from Motorola, the PEBL adds a tactile element to the design with its feels great in the hand design and non-slip texture. It's a quad band GSM phone with Bluetooth, a VGA camera and a very nice inner display. The PEBL is offered by T-Mobile in the US and it's available in black, blue, orange and green.
Motorola SLVR L6The L7's little brother is a very fashionable and functional phone for less than $50 in the US. It's a Cingular phone but Radio Shack currently has the bragging rights to selling the phone. The L6 is a super-slim candy bar GSM quad band phone with Bluetooth, strong reception and a VGA display. Unlike the L7, it does not have iTunes.
Motorola i870Nextel's first high end feature phone puts the perk back in work. Less bulky than most Nextel phones, the i870 features a 1.3 megapixel camera, TransFlash memory expansion slot and an MP3 player with front controls. If you're a Nextel user who yearns for a feature phone, this is it.
Motorola SLVR L7The candy bar sibling to the sexy RAZR is super-slim at 11.5mm, and has the RAZR's signature polished metal keypad. The phone is all about looks and it's gorgeous to be sure and very light. The SLVR is Moto's second iTunes phone and it can hold up to 100 songs. It's got a VGA camera, Bluetooth and a TransFlash slot for expansion. The SLVR is a quad band GSM phone that's sold in the US by Cingular.
Motorola E815Released late Summer 2005, this is Motorola's
flagship feature phone on the Verizon Wireless network. The
phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, MP3 player, EVDO
for high speed data and VCast and a TransFlash memory expansion
slot. While it's not tiny and sexy, it's well built and offers
a great feature set for the money.