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Motorola PRO Review

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Motorola PRO Review
Introduction:

Motorola PRO Review
To any self-respecting business professional, their smartphone is a versatile tool before anything else. It has to be reliable, straightforward to use, and to excel at its primary function, namely connecting the individual with the rest of the world. This is the kind of device the Motorola PRO is portrayed like. Just like its name suggests, it is aimed at the suit types and is equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard.

However, the Motorola PRO is but a late arrival to the European market. It just recently landed on The Old Continent even though its US version has been on sale for almost a year. Since it is so late to the party, the smartphone doesn't boast any cutting edge tech specs; a single-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, 3.1-inch HVGA display and Android 2.2 Froyo is what you would find on its specs sheet.

But specs aren't as important as the overall user experience, right? Well, here is the impression that we got after playing with the Motorola PRO for a while.


Design:

When we picked the Motorola PRO for the first time we noticed how solid and heavy it felt. With size and weight of this scale, we can safely say that this smartphone is anything but a lady's device. Guys, however, should find no difficulties using it comfortably as it feels nicely in the palm of your hand. Besides, its width allows for your thumb to reach even the furthest edges of its display.

The Motorola PRO feels nicely in the palm of your hand - Motorola PRO Review
The Motorola PRO feels nicely in the palm of your hand - Motorola PRO Review
The Motorola PRO feels nicely in the palm of your hand - Motorola PRO Review

The Motorola PRO feels nicely in the palm of your hand


Motorola PRO Review

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The edges of the Motorola PRO are surrounded by a chromed metal rim, that gives it some premium looks and feel. Furthermore, the well-exposed physical buttons around its sides are an example of attention to detail.

microUSB port and Volume key (left) - The edges of the Motorola PRO are surrounded by a chromed metal rim - Motorola PRO Review
Camera key (right) - The edges of the Motorola PRO are surrounded by a chromed metal rim - Motorola PRO Review
Power key and 3.5 mm jack (top) - The edges of the Motorola PRO are surrounded by a chromed metal rim - Motorola PRO Review
Bottom edge - The edges of the Motorola PRO are surrounded by a chromed metal rim - Motorola PRO Review

microUSB port and Volume key (left)

Camera key (right)

Power key and 3.5 mm jack (top)

Bottom edge

The edges of the Motorola PRO are surrounded by a chromed metal rim


What has not been engineered that well, however, is the row of capacitive Android buttons, which sits in between the display and the smartphone's portrait QWERTY keyboard. Their unresponsiveness spoils the whole experience, and it boggles the mind how such a flaw could have ended in the final product.

Between the display and the portrait QWERTY keyboard is the row of capacitive Android buttons - Motorola PRO Review
Between the display and the portrait QWERTY keyboard is the row of capacitive Android buttons - Motorola PRO Review
Between the display and the portrait QWERTY keyboard is the row of capacitive Android buttons - Motorola PRO Review

Between the display and the portrait QWERTY keyboard is the row of capacitive Android buttons


As far as the full-QWERTY hardware keyboard goes, it isn't that bad, but it leaves a lot to be desired. At a glance, it resembles a keyboard that one would find on a BlackBerry, but once you try it out it becomes apparent that it doesn't come close to the ones RIM crafts for its smartphones. Typing on it feels kind of awkward as its keys are simply too cramped. And although we gradually got accustomed to using it, the smartphone's hardware keyboard is a stand-out feature and it should have been engineered better.

The full-QWERTY hardware keyboard - Motorola PRO Review
The full-QWERTY hardware keyboard - Motorola PRO Review
The full-QWERTY hardware keyboard - Motorola PRO Review

The full-QWERTY hardware keyboard


And finally, the 3.1-inch display on the Motorola PRO packs a decent resolution for its size, namely 320 by 480 pixels, but its colors look quite yellowish and unpleasant. On the plus side, it is quite responsive to the touch and shines bright enough to be easily legible on a sunny day.

Overall, the Motorola PRO feels like a well-built device, but its display and hardware keyboard fail to impress.

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Camera - Motorola PRO Review
Battery compartment - Motorola PRO Review

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posted on 11 Oct 2011, 06:45 2

1. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


This is more like the Sprint Motorola XPRT.

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 07:42 1

2. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


This phone came out a year ago; nice timely review....

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 15:25 4

6. mannyfs (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


LMAO
exactly, wtf phonearena!? are u serious?.. why are you wasting our time, get back to work and get us something worth reading to waste time at work

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 08:45 1

4. palmguy (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Yelp, Sprint's Motorola XPRT. I had one. It was my 1st Android phone. I had a Palm Pre. I have the Epic Touch now. But miss the fluid UI of webOS. Curse you HP. :-(

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 09:21 2

5. Emily (unregistered)


This is also the Verizon Droid Pro, but as they mentioned, the review is so late because it is the European version that was just released.

Would love to see more phones like this, but a bit wider, and maybe with a slide out keyboard like the original ATT blackberry torch (but with android)

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 20:37

7. Jamesyour (unregistered)


That numeric keypad (or the lack of one) sucks.

posted on 22 Dec 2011, 09:45

8. xdaggetx (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


Hm...thats funny the Motorola Pro is the european version of the Motorola Droid Pro and it got almost the same features. So you reviewed both and gave the Motorola Pro a 5.5 and the Droid Pro a 8.5! Thats kind of odd!

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Motorola PRO

Motorola PRO

OS: Android 2.2
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Display3.1 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (186 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP, Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.36 x 0.46 inches
(119 x 60 x 11.7 mm)
4.73 oz  (134 g)
Battery1420 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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