|The Motorola XPRT looks a bit different than most Android cell phones available to date. While similar in size to many Android phones that sport a 3.6-inch display, the XPRT sacrifices some display real estate in exchange for a 4-line QWERTY keyboard at the base of the cell phone. Although the keyboard looks a bit cramped, we did find it easy to use and rarely made any mistypes. That said, those with larger fingers might have some difficulty with this keyboard. Theres also a touchscreen keyboard that can be used in landscape mode, but not in portrait mode.
Above the keyboard are the standard Android navigation keys (Menu, Home, Back, and Search). The only other buttons youll find on the cell phone are a calendar-launch button on the right side, power button and 3.5mm headset jack on the top, and volume keys and microUSB port on the left side. On the back of the phone is a 5-megapixel camera with flash. The sides of the cell phone are lined with gunmetal, while the removable back cover is a black rubberized casing. . This helps gives the cell phone a professional look without being too heavy. Overall, the Motorola XPRT feels comfortable and solid in the hand. The cell phone sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen thats fairly crisp. [img 2 L]
Testing the Motorola XPRT
Making Calls: During calls we could hear callers pretty clearly and callers said they had a similar experience on their end. Regardless of how close you hold the smartphone to your face, the End Call button never seems to get accidentally hit.
- Volume Adjustment: You can use the side buttons to adjust the volume, but we rarely needed to use them.
- Speakerphone: Call quality is decent when using this feature, however, callers could tell when we used the speakerphone.
Operating System: The smartphone comes loaded with the Android 2.2 OS and sports a 1GHz processor, which makes for a fairly fast user experience. Along with the included 2GB microSD card (it will support up to a 32GB microSD card), the smartphone has 2GB of internal memory so youll be able to store some files, music, and photos out-of-the-box. You can switch between the seven home screens and organize them anyway you want using Android widgets or those that come with the MOTOBLUR overlay. Overall, the user interface is fairly straightforward and icon friendly. Keeping in mind that this is a business-centric cell phone it comes loaded with QuickOffice for viewing and editing business documents on the go.
At the base of the screen are three quick launch buttons for Phone, Apps, and Contacts. There are also two profile options: Home and Weekend. This means there are multiple ways to personalize the Motorola XPRT. . Sprint has included a few apps on the cell phone such as NASCAR, Books, Sprint Mobile Wallet, Sprint Music Plus, and of course access to various other Sprint offerings. We should also note that this cell phone will work with corporate e-mail accounts and corporate sync.
- Web Navigation: Surfing the web is actually pretty fast on this cell phone via the 3G connection and was even faster over WiFi. It also shows the full web site in a single view. You can zoom-in and -out of a page, set bookmarks, and manage multiple windows. We did also appreciate that you can have multiple browser windows open simultaneously and easily navigate between them. The cell phone supports Adobe Flash Player 10, so it delivers a rich web experience.
- Social Media:The smartphone comes loaded with a social networking app named Social Networking that lets you add a variety of social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, Picasa, and more. If you want access to more social networking options just download them from the Android Market.
Camera Features: The Motorola XPRT has a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash. However, it lacks a tiny mirror for snapping self-portraits. [img 3 L]
- Shutter Speed: We found the shutter speed to be a bit slow, so you wont be able to capture action shots in Single Shot mode. However, there are other picture modes. When using Multi-Shot you can capture an action shot or two. Theres also a Panorama and Self-Portrait mode (it uses Face Detection before snapping a picture).
- Picture Quality: We found colors to be true and details sharp.
- Photo Settings: You can control the flash, set the exposure, choose the resolution, activate face detection, and add geo tags.
- Video Features: The quality of video recorded with this Android cell phone was acceptable.
[img 4 R]Music Features: Playback of music through the cell phones speaker is loud, and sounds even better when the phone is face down on a flat surface.
- Formats Supported: We were able to play MP3, unprotected AAC (Apples audio format), and unprotected WMA (Microsofts audio format) music files.
- Features: Repeat, Shuffle, Playlists (create playlists on the cell phone), Auto Repeat, and Sleep Time. You can save tunes stored in the cell phone as a ringtone. Additionally, you can find relevant music videos from within the app.
Connectivity: The cell phone works with Sprints 3G networks, but you can do a lot on this cell phone over a WiFi connection. Its also a world phone and has a slot for a SIM card so it can be used around the globe.
- Bluetooth: The cell phone worked seamlessly with the Motorola Roadster. Callers didnt know we were using a Bluetooth connection. We were also able to connect the Motorola XPRT with a MacBook Pro and transfer contacts, pictures, and music.
- World Roaming: We were able to use the phone in Canada without incident. If you plan on using the XPRT outside of the US youll need to add International Roaming to your plan for voice and text.
- WiFi: It has 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (thats pretty secure) and we were able to log onto available WiFi networks to surf the Web and send/receive e-mail. It just takes moments to set up if you know he WiFi network you want to use and password if needed. You can also share the phones 3G data connection with up to five WiFi-enabled devices via the Mobile HotSpot feature.
Battery Life: We found battery life on the Motorola XPRT to be on par with similar devices. The phone lasted about a day before needing a recharge when we the cell phones screen is set to the brightest level and used to check e-mail, surf the web, and snap a few pictures. If you adjust the screen brightness you can get another day or so of battery life. Note: The phone doesnt come with any international chargers so youll want to make sure you have the right power options before you leave on your trip.