Motorola PRO ReviewMotorola PRO 5.5
in-call sound quality that the Motorola PRO delivers is well above the average. We could hear the other party loud and clear without any hint of distortion. On the other side of the line, our voice did sound somewhat unnatural affected by noise suppression techniques, but it is worth the sacrifice because background noise was barely audible. The smartphone's battery life is just as impressive as it can last for 8 hours of continuous talk time, and if left in stand-by mode, it will be 330 hours before the handset drops dead.
In a nutshell, the Motorola PRO is a well-built, solid device, but it is far from perfect. We liked its superior in-call sound quality, the way how it feels in the hand, and the wonderful audio player it has been equipped with. On top of that, its interface may not be pretty, but it makes up for it with being fluid and practical.
On the other hand, its hardware keyboard cannot compete with the ones BlackBerrys come equipped with, its internet browser doesn't seem to be snappy enough to meet the needs of business professionals, and the capacitive Android keys are plain annoying to use. In addition, its display looks below par even when compared with some run-of-the-mill Android offerings.
So, if you are looking for a business-centric device, the Motorola PRO doesn't seem to be the best option out there. Perhaps you might want to check out the BlackBerry Bold 9900 or the BlackBerry Curve 9360 first. However, if Android is a must, the LG Optimus Pro could be a lighter and cheaper alternative to the Motorola PRO. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini pro should also be taken into account, as long as you do not mind its smaller size and sliding form factor. Besides that, the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro is not far from launching, so if you are not in a rush for a new smartphone, you might want to check it out as well.
Motorola PRO Video Review:
- Great in-call performance
- Robust battery
- Good build quality
- Unresponsive Android keys
- Keyboard is far from perfect
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Mediocre display
1. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
This is more like the Sprint Motorola XPRT.
2. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
This phone came out a year ago; nice timely review....
6. mannyfs (Posts: 67; 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: 488; 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!