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Motorola XPRT Review

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Interface, Software and Connectivity:

The Motorola XPRT runs Android 2.2 with the MOTOBLUR interface atop. There aren’t any new features, but this is the first time BLUR has made its way to Sprint. As a brief overview, BLUR has 7 homescreens and several custom Motorola widgets, toggle switches and expanded support for contact, mail and social networking integration from the likes of Facebook, Yahoo!, Photobucket, Exchange and others. The widgets are less cartoony than Samsung’s TouchWiz but less professional looking than those of HTC Sense. They do offer some quality functionality, and one feature we like is the ability to resize widgets which sometimes changes their overall appearance.

The Motorola XPRT runs Android 2.2 with the MOTOBLUR interface atop - Motorola XPRT Review
The Motorola XPRT runs Android 2.2 with the MOTOBLUR interface atop - Motorola XPRT Review
The Motorola XPRT runs Android 2.2 with the MOTOBLUR interface atop - Motorola XPRT Review
The Motorola XPRT runs Android 2.2 with the MOTOBLUR interface atop - Motorola XPRT Review

The Motorola XPRT runs Android 2.2 with the MOTOBLUR interface atop


BLUR focuses more on social media aggregation and doesn’t go as deep as Sense, or even TouchWiz for that matter, so for the most part the user is left with pretty standard Android experience. Businesses will appreciate the extra security features, like 256-bit AES data encryption and remote handle functions including enabling a PIN or password lock, password recovery and data wipe including SD card. While the familiar style will draw some casual BlackBerry users away, these serious business tools like multi-headed VPN and EAS security policy support are what Motorola hopes will draw corporate BlackBerry users to the XPRT.

The Motorola XPRT is pretty devoid of third party apps. Sure, it has the Sprint software (including the newly-launched Sprint Mobile Wallet and Music Plus services) but with 1GB of onboard memory they don’t get in the way too much. Two of the more useful items are QuickOffice Pro, which allows full editing of Office documents, and Motorola Phone Portal which allows you to manage your device contents via the USB cord or over Wi-Fi. We prefer the latter (no wires is always better) and it is very cool to be able to control many aspects of your device from your web browser. The downside is that only IE is fully supported for all features.

Sprint Music Plus - Motorola XPRT Review
Sprint Mobile Wallet - Motorola XPRT Review
Motorola Phone Portal - Motorola XPRT Review
QuickOffice Pro - Motorola XPRT Review

Sprint Music Plus

Sprint Mobile Wallet

Motorola Phone Portal

QuickOffice Pro


The XPRT is a world phone, meaning it has a CDMA radio for here in the States and a quad band GSM radio for international travel.  It has 3G on Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A network and uses UMTS for 3G while globe-trotting, and of course Wi-Fi b/g/n will let you connect anywhere a hotspot is available. The XPRT has its own Mobile Hotspot feature ($29.99/month) which allows you to connect up to 5 devices to Sprint 3G service. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR supports the A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, OPP and PBAP profiles and aGPS will let you use location-based apps such as Google Maps or Telenav.

The Motorola XPRT can utilize Adobe Flash Player for more realistic web-browsing. It has the stock Android browser as a default, but many alternatives exist in the Market. The Android browser is one of the better performing browsers on the market with quick page loads, accurate rendering and the 1GHz TI OMAP processor helps speed this along on the XPRT.

Web browsing - Motorola XPRT Review
Web browsing - Motorola XPRT Review

Web browsing



Camera and Multimedia:

The camera is not a strong point of the Motorola XPRT. Both colors and details appear washed out, while the LED flash doesn't really do a great job at illuminating dark rooms. Controls are limited; the exposure can be manually adjusted, and there are several scenes and effects, but that is it.  The camcorder can shoot at DVD quality (720x480) and only offers an auto and night scene. In our testing the video was quite smooth, and transitioned well from light to dark to light again, but the colors weren’t natural.

Camera samples shot with the Motorola XPRT - Motorola XPRT Review
Camera samples shot with the Motorola XPRT - Motorola XPRT Review
Camera samples shot with the Motorola XPRT - Motorola XPRT Review
Camera samples shot with the Motorola XPRT - Motorola XPRT Review
Camera samples shot with the Motorola XPRT - Motorola XPRT Review
Camera samples shot with the Motorola XPRT - Motorola XPRT Review
Camera samples shot with the Motorola XPRT - Motorola XPRT Review
Camera samples shot with the Motorola XPRT - Motorola XPRT Review

Camera samples shot with the Motorola XPRT


Strong - Indoor samples - Motorola XPRT Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Motorola XPRT Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Motorola XPRT Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Motorola XPRT Review

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Medium

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples



Motorola XPRT Sample Video:




On the multimedia side the Motorola XPRT is a stock Android experience, but can be augmented with a variety of apps from the market. Out of the box we were able to play DivX, XviD and H.264 videos up to 800x480, but could not handle test files at 1280x720, and like the DROID Pro It was incapable of playing any of our MPEG-4 test files.

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posted on 21 Jun 2011, 07:26 1

1. ps (unregistered)


This got 8 and X7 only 5! wtf... And btw security in android is years behind Symbian.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 14:04 1

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


and you really think that's going to bring Nokia out of the hole huh? xD

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 08:08

2. eee (unregistered)


dude i agree but its 2011 and smartphones with 680 mhz processors and 256 ram are thought to be seriously slow and low tech

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 14:06 1

5. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


this has a 1GHz processor, what are you talking about?

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 08:32 1

3. snowgator (Posts: 3200; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


An independent trucker I go to Church with owns the PRO and loves it. I spent an afternoon helping him set it up. Very good phone. While some slam it is as "old", it is not obsolete by any stretch of the imagination. I would not shy away from it in the least if a business first, play second device is what you need. You will need a little patience with the Motorblur UI on first set-up, though.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 14:08 1

6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


this is one of the only accurate depictions of Blur i've ever seen in any review, i'm quite satisfied with how that was handled. (:

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 11:47 1

7. motorola boss (unregistered)


Wow;-
this is king of android fons.

posted on 06 Aug 2012, 05:42

8. LilyMotoLover (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


This is one of the best reviews I saw. I saw a full spec of Motorola XPRT in Motoask Forum.

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Motorola XPRT

Motorola XPRT

OS: Android 2.3 2.2
view full specs
Display3.1 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (186 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP3620, Single core, 1000 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.70 x 2.40 x 0.51 inches
(119 x 61 x 13 mm)
5.10 oz  (145 g)
Battery1860 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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