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Motorola XT531 User Reviews

8 Based on 1 Reviews

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Call quality8/10
Battery6/10
Reception6/10
Display8/10
Build quality9/10
Text input10/10
Everyday usage8/10
UI speed7/10
Camera8/10
Multimedia6/10
Internet9/10

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crownabhisek
posted on 04 Feb 2014, 22:16 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2010)

8

Living both with a Happy & a Sad face with XT530

crownabhisek has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

Bought this mobile after a month of it's release in September 2011 (released on Aug 2011). Rooted the mobile in February 2012.

It's overall a good buy but there are not much service centers in India if you break your phone.
Don't feel shy to root it. As only after rooting, you get the real prowess.

WARNING: Root only if you know about it. Otherwise, stay away!!
If you hard brick your mobile, even service center can't help you with that.



For any further in-detail info, contact me at abhisekp@technologist.com

Build quality 9/10 My Phone has dropped from different heights a lot of time but never broke. But it's not shock resistant much so the upper side of the touch display (about half a centimeter) is not working. And after sometime, the camera is also not working.
Reception 6/10 The Wifi & GSM reception is not that good compared to other phones. It might remain dead for sometime while travelling more remote places. You'll have no signal.
Call quality 8/10 Call quality is good but the volume is low unless you find the right spot which should be close to your ear. It's the large speaker area at the top of the phone which you should put beside your ear to hear at the great clarity.
Internet 9/10 Both 3G & 2G are fast but due to CPU & RAM limitations, you might not see much speed unless they're overclocked.
Multimedia 6/10 The inbuilt media player is not that great but it plays all media <= 480p. Even after installing MX player which supports a lot many videos codecs, the audio-video sync is not at all good. It supports videos in MP4 format perfectly. I've Final Destination full movies playing smoothly without any lag perfectly.
Camera 8/10 5 MP camera is good but the quality is not that great. Low light shooting is not at all good.
UI speed 7/10 Due to CPU limitation of only 800 MHz, the UI speed is not upto the mark but after rooting, the config. file can be edited to use the built-in GPU as UI processor. This will improve the UI speed but not much noticeable. But the demerit to using 'gpu' instead of 'mpu' is that you might see a white screen appearing before any application is opened. You might see the white screen appearing after turning on the screen. You can get past the white screen by clicking on the screen anywhere. But keep in
Everyday usage 8/10 It's really great to listen to songs, videos, gaming & using other apps simultaneously but sometimes if over multitasked, the phone might restart itself without saving your task. So it's a WARNING!
Text input 10/10 The stock keyboard is great but I found "Go Keyboard" a better alternative. So after rooting, i removed the stock keyboard app along with some other additional text input apps e.g. Swipe, Chinese keyboard, etc which i don't use; to free up some system memory for adding any other relevant apps to system.
Display 8/10 Capacitive 2 finger touchscreen with good resolution for text reading, gaming & watching movies.
Battery 6/10 Gives good battery life compared to other phones at it's range. But for 3G download, it gives a very low battery of about an hr and a half. Gaming & Video watching gives battery more than 5 hrs. Only text reading gives a battery life of 8 - 10 hrs. Standby time is more than 1 day. (by which i mean, more time standby & less time 2G calling)

Pros

  • Camera
  • Build quality
  • Internet Speed
  • Video playback upto 480p in MP4
  • Display
  • UI Speed
  • Multitasking

Cons

  • Signal Reception (Wifi, GSM)
  • Battery life (3G, Gaming)

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