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Motorola WILDER Review

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When it comes to the software inside the Motorola Wilder - no, it's not wild. There is no smartphone operating system in there, just Brew MP, like in the HTC Smart. There is a Java client supplied, so you can install a bunch of additional applications, although all of the basics like a file browser, calendar, games or social networking apps are covered out of the box.

The lock screen shows the time and date, plus it allows you direct access to the messaging or phone apps. Rectangular icon grid marks the three main menu pages with default apps, and the additional ones are tucked neatly in the Apps folder. The menus are clearly structured, making it easy to find  what you are looking for in the decent set of functionalities.

Lock screen - Motorola WILDER Review
Motorola WILDER Review
Home screen - Motorola WILDER Review
Main menu - Motorola WILDER Review

Lock screen

 

Home screen

Main menu


The overall performance is slow, especially when you run Java apps - the handset's basic Qualcomm processor and 64MB of RAM/128MB ROM get overwhelmed. There is a microSD card slot in the battery compartment for storage.

The Motorola Wilder's phonebook allows you to enter additional contact details but a name and phone number, like email or address, for instance. There are also other ways to key in additional info, such as a separate “make a note” function in the calendar, which calls for a preset list of possible reminder categories, including birthdays. There is also a separate simpler Notes application, as well as a To-do list app, and a voice recorder, so your information management needs are mostly taken care of.

The phonebook of the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
The phonebook of the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
The phonebook of the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review

The phonebook of the Motorola WILDER


Organizer apps - Motorola WILDER Review
Organizer apps - Motorola WILDER Review
Organizer apps - Motorola WILDER Review
Organizer apps - Motorola WILDER Review

Organizer apps


The biggest gripe we have is that messaging is a pain, not because of the app, since it covers the necessary functions, but for issues with the virtual keyboard. Not that we were expecting automatic rotation from portrait to landscape, but even in the latter mode the keys feel too crammed, and it is hard to hit the right one – we've seen more comfortable keyboards on 2.8” displays.

Messaging - Motorola WILDER Review
Messaging - Motorola WILDER Review

Messaging


On-screen keyboard - Motorola WILDER Review
On-screen keyboard - Motorola WILDER Review
On-screen keyboard - Motorola WILDER Review

On-screen keyboard


Good that the screen is resistive, so you can use the tip of your nails or a pen for pinpointing that pesky full stop - not really the ideal solution, though, and definitely not a handset for a bunch of typing.

There are also no automatic settings for popular email services like Gmail, for instance, so we had to enter the send/receive servers and port numbers for it to work. The emails appear as plain text, but if there is HTML portion, the app allows you to open in the browser for richer view.

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm ESC6240, Single core, Qualcomm ESC6240 processor
64 MB RAM
Size4.02 x 2.28 x 0.53 inches
(102 x 58 x 13.4 mm)
 
Battery910 mAh, 9.6 hours talk time

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