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Motorola PRO+ Review

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Interface:

The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom interface on top of it, and underneath its hood we see a single-core MSM7230 chipset clocked at 1GHz. Sure, the hardware is rather modest, yet navigation is smooth and responsive even when there is a live wallpaper on the smartphone's home screen.

The interface as a whole is unobtrusive and gets the job done well. You get seven customizable home screens, and the dock accommodates four icons, three of them customizable and the fourth one being the application drawer. In terms of widgets, plenty of them are available out of the box and will cover the majority of your necessities, such as quick access to weather information, email or social networking.

The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom interface on top of it - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom interface on top of it - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom interface on top of it - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom interface on top of it - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom interface on top of it - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom interface on top of it - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom interface on top of it - Motorola PRO+ Review

The Motorola PRO+ runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a custom interface on top of it


Despite having a physical QWERTY keyboard, the Motorola PRO+ offers a virtual on-screen one, which is available when the device is in landscape mode. And while it is not convenient for typing lengthy e-mails, it quite usable when you need to input a word or two really quick while using apps in landscape mode, the YouTube client or the web browser, for example. Speaking of typing, there is a really neat auto-correct feature that takes care of your typos and spelling mistakes on the fly.

On-screen keyboard - Motorola PRO+ Review

On-screen keyboard



Software:

The Motorola PRO+ comes with a few neat apps pre-installed, among which is the 7digital music marketplace, which lets you purchase music straight from the smartphone. The Phone Portal app by Motorola is also quite useful as it lets you manage the device over Wi-Fi just like Kies Air does on Samsung devices. You also get Quickoffice, which can open and edit documents, including in PDF format, and a social networking hub that combines several social networks under one roof.

7digital music marketplace - Motorola PRO+ Review
Phone Portal app - Motorola PRO+ Review

7digital music marketplace

Phone Portal app



Internet Browser:

The Motorola PRO+ uses the stock Android internet browser, but its performance is far from perfect. It tends to lag a bit, and the pinch to zoom functionality is quite choppy. And while Adobe Flash support is a good thing on paper, having Flash content being rendered on the page takes a great toll on the browser's responsiveness. But even when Adobe Flash is off, the browser's performance is still not as fluid as it should be.

The Motorola PRO+ uses the stock Android internet browser - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ uses the stock Android internet browser - Motorola PRO+ Review
The Motorola PRO+ uses the stock Android internet browser - Motorola PRO+ Review

The Motorola PRO+ uses the stock Android internet browser



Connectivity:

The Motorola PRO+ offers all the connectivity features you would expect from a device of its rank, namely a 14.4Mbps HSDPA radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and an FM Radio with RDS. The GPS  was rather slow at pin-pointing our location from a cold start as it took a little over two minutes to do it, but it worked fine afterwards.


Camera:

On the back of the Motorola PRO+ is located a 5-megapixel camera with a single LED flash. After taking some outdoor shots on a sunny day, we can say that its performance is rather average. There is lots of detail in the photos and the amount of digital noise is tolerable. The major drawback of the camera, however, is that it tends to overexpose the photos, and the colors look washed out. When shooting indoors, photos look fine, as long as you have a reliable light source, but when light is scarce, the camera has troubles focusing on objects and balancing the colors properly. It can also shoot videos in 720p, and their quality is not bad, but nothing impressive either. Something that is worth noting is that the video camera does not adjust the exposure levelquick enough, which may result in under- or overexposed footage.

Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+ - Motorola PRO+ Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Motorola PRO+


Strong - Indoor samples - Motorola PRO+ Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Motorola PRO+ Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Motorola PRO+ Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Motorola PRO+ Review

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Motorola PRO+ Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia:

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 is rather plain, 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, 720p is the biggest resolution videos can be played at, and DivX/Xvid file formats are supported out of the box.

Audio player - Motorola PRO+ Review
Audio player - Motorola PRO+ Review

Audio player



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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: 3205; 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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