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Motorola PRO+ Review

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Motorola PRO+ Review
Introduction:

As extensive as it is, the Android landscape does not offer many smartphones that boast the portrait QWERTY form factor. Fortunately, every once in a while, we do get introduced to such a BlackBerry look-alike, and the Motorola PRO+ is the latest handset to join the party.

As its name suggests, the Motorola PRO+ is a smartphone meant to suit the needs of business professionals, which is why its front is occupied by a full QWERTY keyboard. However, those who have an aversion for on-screen virtual keyboards might also be interested in it.

Motorola PRO+ Review
Motorola PRO+ Review
The package contains:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Wired headset
  • Getting started guide

Design:

The Motorola PRO+ fits nicely in the hand thanks to its curved bottom side and rounded edges. Its weight is also commendable as it tips the scales at 113 grams. With a waistline of 11.65 millimeters, the smartphone is indeed on the thick side, yet it does not feel bulky or uncomfortable to carry around in any way.

Even though it is constructed out of plastic, it does not feel cheap or poorly built. Adding extra character to its look is the neat wave pattern that its back cover exhibits. Besides, the back side scores extra points for its soft touch finish, which both adds extra grip and keeps dust and fingerprints away.

The Motorola PRO+ fits nicely in the hand thanks to its curved bottom side and rounded edges - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ fits nicely in the hand thanks to its curved bottom side and rounded edges - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ fits nicely in the hand thanks to its curved bottom side and rounded edges - Motorola PRO+ Review

The Motorola PRO+ fits nicely in the hand thanks to its curved bottom side and rounded edges


Motorola PRO+ Review

You can compare the Motorola PRO+ with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

What shines in the smartphone's front is a 3.1-inch display with a resolution of 480 by 640 pixels. And it shines very bright indeed, which makes it easily usable on a sunny day. It represents colors quite naturally and offers some deep black tones. But what we really like about the display is how sharp and detailed everything looks thanks to its respectable 258ppi pixel density. The only downside is that anything more than a slight tilt to the side is enough to make colors look washed out.

The 3.1-inch display has a resolution of 480 by 640 pixels - Motorola PRO+ Review
The 3.1-inch display has a resolution of 480 by 640 pixels - Motorola PRO+ Review

The 3.1-inch display has a resolution of 480 by 640 pixels


Underneath the display we find a set of four Android buttons, and we are happy to see that they are quite responsive to the touch. We are also pleased with the well-shaped volume rocker, which you can find with your thumb even when blindfolded.

microUSB port (left) - Motorola PRO+ Review
Power key and 3.5 mm jack (top) - Motorola PRO+ Review
Volume rocker (right) - Motorola PRO+ Review

microUSB port (left)

Power key and 3.5 mm jack (top)

Volume rocker (right)


The portrait QWERTY keyboard on the Motorola PRO+ feels awkward to use at first, but, of course, you get the hang of it eventually. After using the smartphone for a couple of days, we were able to type fairly quickly and accurately on it, so we think that business users will like it too. The keyboard's only major drawback is that it is inconvenient to use with a single hand due to the way the keys are shaped.

The portrait QWERTY keyboard on the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
The portrait QWERTY keyboard on the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review

The portrait QWERTY keyboard on the Motorola PRO+


To wrap things up, the Motorola PRO+ is comfortable to use, its keyboard serves its purpose well, and its display is pleasing to the eye. On the other hand, it lacks visual appeal, so don't pick this one up if you have a taste for shiny things.

Back - Motorola PRO+ Review
5MP camera - Motorola PRO+ Review
Battery compartment - Motorola PRO+ Review

Back

5MP camera

Battery compartment



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posted on 05 Dec 2011, 10:09

1. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


RIM's offerings and HTC's Salsa are better looking.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 12:26

2. snowgator (Posts: 3304; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I loved the first Pro. Would it kill one of the phone manufacturers to make a high end business device?

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 03:35

3. Iapplefansss (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


How come this buzzer can score more than Nokia E6?????

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Motorola PRO+

Motorola PRO+

OS: Android 2.3
view full specs
Display3.1 inches, 480 x 640 pixels (258 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.70 x 2.44 x 0.46 inches
(119.5 x 62 x 11.65 mm)
3.99 oz  (113 g)
Battery1600 mAh, 8 hours talk time

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