x We have placed cookies on your device to make your experience better. Find more info here.
x PhoneArena.com наема във Варна! Ако технологиите са в кръвта ти и имаш перфектен писмен английски,
ние ти даваме възможността да станеш част от екипа ни. - виж повече

Motorola KRZR K1 Review

Posted: , by PhoneArena Team

Tags:

Go to page

The KRZR K1 is narrow clamshell with unique look and feel, standing out in the crowd, not only by its surface but also by its proportions. It measures 4.0" x 1.6" x 0.6" compared to 3.9" x 2.2" x 0.5" for the original RAZR. The ratio of height:width of the front side of the KRZR is 2.5:1 while it is 1.7:1 in the case of the RAZR! It's narrower than the phones we are used to, which helps it to look much more elegant, stylish and of course extraordinary. It feels very comfortable in the hand: when the phone is closed it is easy to reach the side keys, and we are happy that finally they are situated on the bottom shell instead on the upper one that houses the displays, as it was in earlier Motorola phones. Sadly, even thought the right key is big enough, pressing it is not very easy. Although its average weight of 3.6oz or 102grams, we felt the K1 in our pockets, which is probably due to the narrower design; it didn't felt heavy though and you may consider wearing it in a shirt's pocket.

Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
V3-KRZR-Chocolate-KG320
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
V3-KRZR-Chocolate-KG320
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
V3-KRZR-Chocolate-KG320
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
V3-KRZR-Chocolate-KG320
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
V3-KRZR-Chocolate-KG320
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
V3-KRZR-Chocolate-KG320
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Camera comparison

 

Although it is fragile looking with its glass-like surface, the KRZR has very solid construction both closed and opened! It is very well built and we did not hear any creaking noises even we quizzed it hard, unlike other phones that sound as if they are breaking apart while a text message is entered. The clamshell opens as it should, and doesn't wobble without a reason. Even the battery cover is very solid and its brilliant construction allows you to remove it when you want to without any effort – just push the silver key and slide it out a second.

Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review

Lacking even music-dedicated keys on the phone, we found ourselves opening the clamshell very often. This can be accomplished with one hand only but is not the easiest operation, as the phone also lacks auto-opening mechanism. Unfortunately the spring-assist helps only if the phone is positioned horizontally, while if it is held vertically the spring is powerful enough only to half-open the shell. When K1 is already opened, it is also comfortable to use and you feel the phone solid in your hand – it has high-class metal feel, just like its predecessor.
 
Closing is soft, and the sound produced when the two shells meet is quieter than it was with the RAZR. Unfortunately after a week of usage the “bang” heard when the shells meet become quite more apparent. Just like it was with the RAZR, the KRZR's display presses on the phone's keypad which after a short usage gets greasy and the lines dividing the keys or the d-pads are imprinted on the display's surface. Once again, the buffer that Motorola have used to divide the display with the keypad when the phone is closed is not enough to avoid this flaw, just as it was in the V3i.

Motorola KRZR K1 Review

The front side of the phone houses the external display of the K1. It is small rectangular unit with low quality that is used mainly used for caller ID and service information. The color display shows the time, as well as the battery and signal level and it uses the same background image as the internal display.
From here you can easily change the profiles of the phone using the side keys. It can also be used for viewfinder of the camera when taking self-portraits with the phone closed, but its quality is low and the colors it represents are not realistic showing rather grayish colors.
We were able to see the time using it in outdoor environment without the need to light it up which is good as most displays of this type are totally unusable in direct light. If it is dark, you can press the Voice Command key on the right to turn the backlight on.

Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review

The internal main display is similar to that of the RAZR – it has mediocre resolution of 176x220 pixels and can show up to 262k colors. It's relatively small in size (2 inches) and although its good brightness and contrast, its colors are not very realistic and the images displayed on it look soft and not very detailed. Compared to the RAZR V3i, the K1's display is definitely brighter and perfectly readable even in direct sunlight, but if it is dirty you may have some troubles as it will reflect the light.

 

Motorola KRZR K1 Review
V3 next to K1

Except the side keys, you don't have any other control over the phone when it is closed. Unlike the CDMA version of the KRZR – the K1m, the GSM version doesn't have touch-sensitive keys (LG Chocolate first used those type of keys) “hidden” below the external display to be used as multimedia shortcuts for the player of the phone.

Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Right side
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Left side

The keypad of the K1 left us with mixed up feelings - the keys are well sized and if your fingers are not very fat, you'll be able to press them without any problems, but doing this a little harder that what we've liked. The tactile response helps for entering text but the same of the *-key is almost zero. The other issue we experienced was with the “0” key – if it is pressed slightly, it does click, but does not do anything. We do not think this would be the case with all KRZR – probably we just have a slightly defective unit, but still make sure you check your keypad thoroughly.

Motorola KRZR K1 Review

The whole keypad is flat, as those of the RAZR phones and none of the keys are raised – only flush metallic surface that keypad beautifully reflects the light refracting it, in contrast to the exterior glossy surface that can be used as a mirror. It's in deep blue metallic color, similar to the exterior.
The only relief is the one of the horizontal and vertical lines dividing the keypad in rows and columns. As we've said, they are horizontal and vertical straight lines, positioned at 90 degrees, unlike the RAZRs that had just horizontal curved lines.
The characters are white and are lit in light blue; they are easily readable in different lightning conditions. Unlike the V3i, the backlight is not in two shades of the blue, which would give better visual border between the keys.

Motorola KRZR K1 Review
K1 KRZR blue backlight
Motorola KRZR K1 Review
V3 RAZR and K1 KRZR

The d-pad is relatively big, but uncomfortable for use and we often made mistakes with the sides, pressing not the key we wanted but one near-by. The central position is the only one of it that is fine.

Motorola KRZR K1 Review

Just like the predecessor of the phone (V3i), the K1 has hidden service lights: they indicate the charging and the active Bluetooth, in respectively green and blue color. The lights can be seen only when they are flashing, and are situated to the left and right of the external display. Once again, Motorola haven't put any service light to inform you of missed alerts (call, messages, etc).

Motorola KRZR K1 Review
Motorola KRZR K1 Review

The bottom part is free of any ports and connectors, and in order not to be completely empty, the designers have put some microdots that resemble perforations and add to the classy look of the phone contrasting to the reflecting flush surface in blue.

Motorola KRZR K1 Review

6 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. VCI_Cell (unregistered)


Just wanted to chime in and differ with the reviewer's comments on reception. He must have had a bad unit, because I've been using my k1 here in the States for about four months on a very poorly-built-out network (T-Mobile), and its reception is quite excellent. I frequently have service with my KRZR when my other device, also T-Mobile, does not.

posted on 31 Jan 2007, 15:17

2. Dan (unregistered)


The reviewer must have had a defective phone. I bought the KRZR K1 from Cingular to replace my unlocked RAZR and the reception is great. My house is in a bit of a deadspot and I consistently get 3-5 bars and clear call quality with the KRZR, with no more "call failed" messages. This is a great phone first and foremost. All of the other features are a bonus.

posted on 01 Feb 2007, 21:05

3. Telomaniac (unregistered)


i am planning to buy a new phone and that one is in my list, with this detailed review i learned a lot about this phone. I want to thank you for this cool review, and oh yeah this phone is a head turner :)

posted on 04 Feb 2007, 00:19

4. George Knighton (unregistered)


I cannot imagine why the original reviewer had issues with the RF signal capture. Maybe the reviewer was on AMR half rate? This is the best phone for RF signal capture that I've ever had!

posted on 07 Feb 2007, 04:36

5. PhoneArena Team (unregistered)


Hello, We've tested the KRZR K1 in Europe GSM network, which is 900/1800 and the performance is based on this test.

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 00:14

6. MatthewsElisa33 (unregistered)


I had got a dream to start my own business, nevertheless I did not have got enough of money to do that. Thank heaven my dude told to take the credit loans. Thence I used the college loan and made real my desire.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.05 x 1.65 x 0.62 inches
(103 x 42 x 16 mm)
3.60 oz  (102 g)
Battery700 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

Latest stories