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Motorola WILDER Review

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Browser, Connectivity and Software:

Surfing the Internet is a pretty basic affair with the default NetFront browser, no Flash bells and whistles, no panning or zooming, but the pages get resized for the small screen automatically. Scrolling is very slow and stuttering, but we liked how the browser shows a data counter for each session, so you don't go over the top in usage.

The default NetFront browser of the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
The default NetFront browser of the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
The default NetFront browser of the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
The default NetFront browser of the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review

The default NetFront browser of the Motorola WILDER


Opera Mini is supplied as an alternative browser, since it goes gently on data usage, compressing most of the pages on its own servers, before pushing them to your handset. Opera Mini works much better, but its portrait keyboard feels way too crammed on the 2.8” screen for easy website address entering.

Opera Mini browser - Motorola WILDER Review
Opera Mini browser - Motorola WILDER Review
Opera Mini browser - Motorola WILDER Review

Opera Mini browser


You won't find a Wi-Fi radio on the Motorola WILDER, but EDGE 2G connectivity, Bluetooth and FM radio are onboard.

The other preinstalled software worth mentioning is SoundHound for song recognition, and the Active Mode, which calls a grid of six big fat icons with the apps you are most likely to use when on the move, like the stopwatch or the music player, and they come up with big fat navigational icons of their own.

Active Mode - Motorola WILDER Review

Active Mode



Camera:

Surprisingly for a rugged handset, we have a dedicated camera button on the right, plus the camera interface even sports a few effects and white balance adjustments.The 2MP shooter on the back of the Motorola Wilder, however, takes very unremarkable photos. The QCIF video capture is with 15fps, and only good for watching in the size of a postage stamp.

Camera interface - Motorola WILDER Review
Camera interface - Motorola WILDER Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
Outdoor samples made with the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
Outdoor samples made with the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
Outdoor samples made with the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
Outdoor samples made with the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review
Outdoor samples made with the Motorola WILDER - Motorola WILDER Review

Outdoor samples made with the Motorola WILDER


Strong - Indoor samples - Motorola WILDER Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Motorola WILDER Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Motorola WILDER Review

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples



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Multimedia:

Music playback through the speaker is strong enough to distinguish in the outside noise, but the sound comes out distorted at the highest volume. The  music player offers a lot of the basic functions, like artist, album and even genre categories, as well as 16 equalizer presets in its settings to choose from. As mentioned before, the OLED ticker display shows the name of the file you are currently playing, be it music or video. Video playback should work for MPEG-4 files up to the screen's resolution, at least in theory, but in reality only the sound from our test files was played, while the screen stayed dark.

Music player - Motorola WILDER Review
Music player - Motorola WILDER Review
Music player - Motorola WILDER Review
Music player - Motorola WILDER Review

Music player



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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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