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Motorola KRZR K1 Review

Motorola KRZR K1

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During out testing, the KRZR was very responsive and fast in most menus. The only longer wait is when saving 2 mega-pixel images and the delay was about 7-8 seconds.
It's a pity that phone looking as good as the KRZR has crappy reception! In our basement signal reception test, it performed very weak, and definitely below the average. We expect that it won't be a rare situation to drop a call when you are in area with weak signal.

Once connected, it performs reasonably well: the outgoing sound is about the average in strength and voices sound very realistic and clean, without additional undesired sounds – your partner will understand you easily and will hear you as if you are next to him. The incoming sound is also one of the good features of the phone – it's strong enough for noisy environment and is detailed and clear at the same time.

The battery that powers the phone is BC50 with capacity of 700mAh. You will be lucky if you use the phone for more than three days after it is fully charged, but it may happen depending on your usage of the phone. If you use the music player and the camera, two days would be your average battery life.


The KRZR K1 is image-maker: it successfully inherits the RAZR family sporting design and style that put it out of the crowd of boring phones you are used to – it's narrow, blue, shiny and fashionable piece of art. Sadly it has very weak signal reception, but the voice quality during a call reminds you that the used phone is of high class. The KRZR packs average features in perfectly looking solid construction, but we'd like better implementation of the features like higher resolution of the screen (QVGA is not science fiction anymore) and auto-focus for the camera.

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  • Eye-catching design
  • Excellent construction quality
  • A2DP support for stereo audio


  • Easy to get dirty; hard to be cleaned
  • Mediocre display and features
  • Very weak signal reception
  • Camera lacks auto-focus
  • Problems with the keypad and the d-pad
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. VCI_Cell (unregistered)

Just wanted to chime in and differ with the reviewer's comments on reception. He must have had a bad unit, because I've been using my k1 here in the States for about four months on a very poorly-built-out network (T-Mobile), and its reception is quite excellent. I frequently have service with my KRZR when my other device, also T-Mobile, does not.

posted on 31 Jan 2007, 15:17

2. Dan (unregistered)

The reviewer must have had a defective phone. I bought the KRZR K1 from Cingular to replace my unlocked RAZR and the reception is great. My house is in a bit of a deadspot and I consistently get 3-5 bars and clear call quality with the KRZR, with no more "call failed" messages. This is a great phone first and foremost. All of the other features are a bonus.

posted on 01 Feb 2007, 21:05

3. Telomaniac (unregistered)

i am planning to buy a new phone and that one is in my list, with this detailed review i learned a lot about this phone. I want to thank you for this cool review, and oh yeah this phone is a head turner :)

posted on 04 Feb 2007, 00:19

4. George Knighton (unregistered)

I cannot imagine why the original reviewer had issues with the RF signal capture. Maybe the reviewer was on AMR half rate? This is the best phone for RF signal capture that I've ever had!

posted on 07 Feb 2007, 04:36

5. PhoneArena Team (unregistered)

Hello, We've tested the KRZR K1 in Europe GSM network, which is 900/1800 and the performance is based on this test.

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 00:14

6. MatthewsElisa33 (unregistered)

I had got a dream to start my own business, nevertheless I did not have got enough of money to do that. Thank heaven my dude told to take the credit loans. Thence I used the college loan and made real my desire.

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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.05 x 1.65 x 0.62 inches
(103 x 42 x 16 mm)
3.60 oz  (102 g)
Battery700 mAh, 6.5 hours talk time

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