CES 2009: Live Report
Motorola MOTOSURF A3100
The first idea that comes to mind when you look at the Renew is that it is the most boring phone ever. This is just another ultra-budget low class phone, its features are identical to the low-class phones from last year but it packs Bluetooth. The color display is coyote ugly, the keypad is fine for a couple of text messages and that's all. Its key feature is the materials it is made out of - no, there's no carbon fiber, genuine leather or some fancy metal, but its plastic is from recycled bottles, so it is an eco-friendly piece of technology. In addition, Moto says they've optimized the size of the shipping box to further reduce the environmental damage.
The Tundra screams "Sprint!" but will spread rugged love to AT&T users. The PTT clamshell is designed to withstand rough treatment, and it does feel that it would. Its built is solid, the flip mechanism is smooth and the keys are comfortable to use. It cannot slim in the fish-globe as did the Boulder, but promises top-notch sound quality even in noisy environment, thanks to Motorola's Crystal Talk+ technology. Motorola rep demonstrated it going into a booth with loud music and it really worked. A unique feature that only the Tundra offers is that its ringing sound will increase if it's noisy around you, making sure you will not miss a call. We're anxious to test it out.
Motorola Tundra VA76r Hands-on: