Motorola PRO Review
The interface of the Motorola PRO looks quite bland and conservative, but since it lacks any fancy animations and transitions, navigation is really smooth and responsive. The 1GHz single-core chip handles navigation perfectly even with a live wallpaper set up. Seven customizable home screens is what you have at your disposal, along with a bunch of handy widgets, contact shortcuts and toggle switches provided by the manufacturer. A nice addition to the experience is the ability to resize widgets to your liking.
Additionally, you can save up to three interface presets with their own wallpaper, widgets, and shortcuts arranged just the way you like them. That way you can have easy access to your productivity tools while at work, and then turn your smartphone into a multimedia device by switching to the respective preset when you get back home.
When it comes to software, there isn't much that comes out of the box, but still you get a 3G Wi-Fi hotspot wizard that helps you setup and manage the feature, a social networking client that supports multiple networks at a time and a couple of applications that let you transfer media from the phone to a computer and the other way around. Of course, QuickOffice has also been thrown in there and allows quick viewing and editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents.
While checking out the stock internet browser on the Motorola PRO we noticed that it struggles rendering some heavier web pages making them a bit tricky to navigate. Pinch to zoom is a bit choppy as well, but alternatively, you can double-tap to zoom in and out on pages. Adobe Flash support comes out of the box, and runs quite well in general, but having videos playing takes its toll on the browser's responsiveness.
The 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and autofocus gets the job done if you are not too demanding of a photographer. Its biggest drawbacks seems to be that the photos are quite grainy when you zoom in, and that the colors are slightly oversaturated. When it comes to shooting videos, 720 by 480 is the highest resolution that the phone supports, and the footage taken with it looks good enough.
Motorola PRO Sample Video:
What we were genuinely impressed by is the cool audio player that the Motorola PRO comes with as it offers plenty of neat features. Sure, its interface doesn't look eye-pleasing, but the player allows you to listen to online radios, it provides access to music-oriented social services, it has SoundHound song recognition built-in, and it even automatically downloads and displays the lyrics of the song currently playing. When it comes to video playback, 800 by 480 is the biggest resolution videos could play at, and DivX/Xvid file formats are supported out of the box.
1. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
This is more like the Sprint Motorola XPRT.
2. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
This phone came out a year ago; nice timely review....
6. mannyfs (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)
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
4. palmguy (Posts: 235; 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. :-(
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)
7. Jamesyour (unregistered)
That numeric keypad (or the lack of one) sucks.
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!