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Motorola MOTO U9 Review

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Camera interface - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
Camera interface - Motorola MOTO U9 Review

Camera interface


Camera:


The 2-megapixel camera on the U9 is put just for snapping pictures which are not important. It is not a key feature for the device, and doesn’t pretend to be one. The Viewfinder shows up a couple of seconds after the key on the left is pressed, occupying the whole display. Unfortunately, the saving time is very long and after the shutter is pressed, you’d have to wait about 7 second to store the photo to the memory card and then show the interface to take another. The latter is pretty basic, typically for Motorola but offers Scenes, color styles and tagging for organizing the photos later. Videos can be taken at mediocre resolution, suitable for MMS messages only.




Outdoor images - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
Outdoor images - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
Outdoor images - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
Outdoor images - Motorola MOTO U9 Review

Outdoor images


Strong, Medium and Low light Indoor images - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
Strong, Medium and Low light Indoor images - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
Strong, Medium and Low light Indoor images - Motorola MOTO U9 Review

Strong, Medium and Low light Indoor images



Don’t expect it to replace your real camera; as we’ve said earlier it is just for snapping a picture and the image quality is pretty low, even when compared to other similar phones.


Multimedia:

Although not a ROKR, the Motorola MOTO U9 is a music-friendly clamshell. The Media Finder is an application that will retrieve all files from the phone and sort them so you can choose for example Music, Video or Pictures.

Music player - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
Music player - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
Now playing - Music player - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
Minimized - Music player - Motorola MOTO U9 Review
  

Now playing

Minimized

Music player


Video playback - Motorola MOTO U9 Review

Video playback

You will be able to filter your tracks by Artists, Albums, Genres, and Composers or by Playlists. The Now Playing interface shows information on the track and has a tiny album art cover, which we would have preferred to be bigger. When the player is minimized to play in the background, the lower part of the home screen transforms into a shortcut to it. When you close the shell, the external display shows what’s playing and right below it three touch-sensitive buttons for the player will appear.

The video playback is not one of the strengths of the phone either. Standard MPEG4 H.263 videos with QVGA resolution that are played on most mid and high level phones cannot be opened on the U9. You are limited to 3GPP which has very low quality.


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Shannon (unregistered)


It seems like it's a little stuck in the past as far as technology is concerned, however the model makes it seem like it's full of cutting edge technology. The camera is dissapointing, and the phonebook stores more than 500 contacts. I suppose this is a good phone for teenaged-aged consumers who care more about the looks of their phone, and the mp3 capability, than the full capabilities. I love the style of this phone though...It looks really cool.

posted on 25 May 2008, 17:58

2. (unregistered)


The Motorola U9 is a ROKR branded phone, even go on Motorola's website it'll say ROKR U9.

posted on 01 Jun 2008, 22:59

3. (unregistered)


Rokr U9 is for style & uniqueness, I am surprised for its Music capabilities, The unique graphics on the front hidden display is very eye catching, But it doesnt have the vibration feel as in V8 external music keys, I am missing that.... Overall I liked the phone.

posted on 04 Jul 2008, 10:52

4. motoman117 (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Jun 2008)


This phone is pretty sweet, the low media capabilities are a bit disappointing, especially for a ROKR, but MOTOMAGX is awesome, it just needs to be updated to support 3G!! The looks are awesome, and if it was on sale in the U.S for around $100 with a 2 yr contract, it would sell.

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.54 x 1.91 x 0.64 inches
(90 x 48.6 x 16.4 mm)
3.08 oz  (88 g)
Battery770 mAh, 7.16 hours talk time

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