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Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review

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Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review
Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review
The Deluxe features a 2mp camera with camcorder. Despite being the same resolution, the camera is not as good as the one found on the V9m, and images were at times grainy and edges blurred. Color representation was not too bad, but reds seemed a bit muted while blues were enhanced. Results were better in natural lighting conditions and the flash improved color representation at close range.

The camera has digital zoom up to 4x, even at the highest resolution, and has a self timer option. It takes approximately 2s to load the application, and 1.5s to capture the image for an overall 3.5s for the process to capture an image. To take a second picture the user must hit the back button so it takes around 3s in between pictures which is still good. For quicker shooting the phone has a multi-shot mode which can take 2 or 4 pictures in succession. Other options include fun frames, color tones and image controls for resolution, image quality, brightness and white balance. Disappointingly, there is no option to turn the shutter sound completely off.

Camera Samples - Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review
Camera Samples - Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review
Camera Samples - Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review

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Videos can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 320x240 and 15 frames per second. They were typical for cell phone video, nothing to write home about but it gets the job done. With the memory card inserted the user is given the option of shooting for Video Mail or Long Video, the former limiting the video to 30s in order to be sent via the Sprint’s Video Mail service. Long Video will allow recording until the memory is full.

Audio:

The Deluxe has support for mp3, aac and aac plus files, can handle a 2 GB microSD card and music can be played through the player in the Sprint Music Store or via the native media player.

Using the Sprint Music Store the phone will display all the applicable song information, including artist, track title, album and the album art (if available.) At the bottom of the screen is a small time progress bar as well as the play/pause and track forward and back icons. There are no visual cues of this, but an up or down press on the d-pad allows you to scroll through the music and select another track while the current one plays. Music playback continues with the flip closed, though the album art is no longer displayed. The player can be launched from the outside via the play/pause key on the right side.

The Music Store player has support for playlists as well as shuffle and repeat features. Songs can be sorted by title, artist or genre. Unfortunately there is no text based search for the player and it can be cumbersome to find songs that are buried at the bottom of the list. Music can be purchased from the Music Store or sideloaded by the user. We did have a compatibility with a particular mp3 file that has played fine on other handsets, but overall sideloaded tracks play just fine and album art will be displayed if it is embedded in the file.

Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review
Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review
Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review
Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review


The native media player can be launched in two ways. The first is via the menu shortcut, but from here users can only play media in the MEDIA/voicerecords directory. Using the file manager found in the Tools menu the user can browse any directory on the phone, and songs in the MUSIC folder (the only folder the Music Store uses) can be played as well. The file we had problems playing via the Music Store played fine with the native media player. There are downsides however, as the media player does not support playlits or shuffle, does not read ID3 tags, does not support album art and cannot play items downloaded via the Music Store. Unfortunately you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

Video playback is handled by the native media player. Here the user will find both Sprint TV and Sprint Radio offerings, as well as user generated/sideloaded content. Sprint TV offers a mix of live content and video clips from various providers, including ABC, NFL Network, The Weather Channel, Comedy Central, ESPN and many others. It does not use the newer interface, so finding channels is more confusing. One gripe we have with the player is that video clips are very small and for no apparent reason they do not utilize the real estate of the display. The view can be switched to widescreen however, which does fill the screen in landscape mode. We had some issues with the phone locking up multiple times during video playback, requiring a restart. While we appreciate the native media player option, we would prefer to see it side by side with, and not exclusive to, the new Sprint TV application.


Software:

Like every Sprint phone the Motorola Deluxe utilizes the Java platform for games and applications. Users can download content directly from Sprint, but the phones are open to both paid and free third party content as well. Sprint offers a wide variety of games from classic arcade to the latest in 3D games. Applications also have a wide range as well, and you can find anything from diet trackers to instant message clients to GPS navigation.

Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review
Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review
Motorola ic902 Deluxe Review


GPS is handled through Sprint Navigation, which is a re-branded offering of TeleNav. The user is guided through the route by voice prompts, and the application automatically checks for and re-routes the user around traffic. There are many other useful features, such as the ability to find nearby ATMs, businesses by category, restaurants by cuisine and check gas prices in the area.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. jim (unregistered)


this is one bad ass phone for all those that dont want to lose thier dc but want more than nextel can offer built well stylish but upgrade ur battery if u are going to listen to ur music

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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.78 x 1.97 x 0.87 inches
(96 x 50 x 22 mm)
4.08 oz  (116 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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