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Motorola Motosmart: hands on review and photos

The Motorola Motosmart was only announced this week, but we've already had it in our sweaty paws and given it the once over.

The Motosmart has all the features expected of a reasonable entry-level phone, with a 3.5in 480 x 320 capacitive touch-screen, a 3-megapixel camera and an 800MHz processor. You get 512MB of RAM and 512MB of internal storage, along with a microSD card slot for increasing storage space.

The Motosmart runs the older Android Gingerbread 2.3 operating system that has now been surpassed by last year’s Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, and this year's Jelly Bean 4.1 OS. It's unlikely that the Motosmart will be upgradable to a newer version of Android and, as such, has been priced accordingly at £99 or on a £7 a month contract, with T-Mobile.

The phone is geared up to attract first time smartphone owners, who in the past have usually gone with non-Android handsets like the 2011 Motorola Wilder, which ran Qualcomm's own Brew OS. The fact that even entry-level phones are now running full-blown smartphone operating systems is encouraging for consumers on a budget.

The Motosmart boasts an easy set up feature for those who might be nervous about venturing down the smartphone route. For instance, there's a quick-setting button for easy access to the phone's settings, presented in a non-daunting way.

The MotoSwitch user interface uses a social and activity graph to learn the people you contact the most, apps you use the most and the music you often listen to. It then automatically groups them on to the home screen, for easy access. This is a useful feature and one I can see helping those first time smartphone owners.

The Motosmart feels like a solid piece of kit, with its metal chassis inspiring confidence. It performed well during our hands on tests and it will be interesting to see how it competes with the Sony Mobile Xperia tipo, which will hit the street around the same time, and sports a similar price and feature set.

The first five photos below highlight the form factor of the handset, with its different angles. This is followed by five images showing the home screens, with the activity graph bringing in all the most used apps and arranging them. The next pictures highlight all the preinstalled apps, followed by the settings menu and the about my phone screen, showing the build number and Android version.


Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.