The phone has two color displays. The external one has a 96x80 pixels resolution and even with the good sounding 65 thousand colors, the quality of it is horrible. The bad impression is backed up by the easily finger-printed surface around it, which is larger compared to the one of the V3. Although it could be used as a viewfinder for the camera, that is quite hard to achieve due to its poor quality and small size. The colors reproduced by the display are unreal as well. While in stand-by regime it shows a clock, the signal strength and the battery life remaining, as well as a few other indicators such as the ones for a powered on Bluetooth, GPRS, etc. Poorly, since the STN type of it, it is very hard to see on bright light and it has to be light up by pressing the smart button. That wouldn't be a problem if Motorola had decided to use a TFT display, which are better visible in direct sunlight.

On the other hand the internal display is large (2.2”) and a bright presenter of the TFT type – easy to see in sun light and well contrasted. It shows up to 262 thousand colors with 176x220 pixels resolution, which is normal for this class, but it would be better if it had a QVGA 240x320, which looks far better on phones like the Samsung T809 for example.

Below the internal display is located the keypad, which is similar to the one of the predecessor (the V3) – completely flat, which is necessary to achieve the measurements of the phone. The navigation is handled by a 4 way d-pad with a central key for confirmation. Around them are located the answer/reject buttons, as well as the shortcut keys to the internet browser and the message center. The buttons are light up in light blue, while between them every row has a raised separator stripe in darker blue, which besides the visual separation divides the keys in a way so that you can feel it with your finger without taking lots of space. Unlike the previous model, these stripes do not turn along the ends, which allows for a greater surface for the keys. The lighting is of even quality along the entire keypad, and only the answer/reject buttons are light up in green/red. Despite the thin profile, the buttons are adequate with a good response and comfortable to use and even entering longer text, not only phone numbers, is easy and problem free. Sadly, the usage greases the keys and when closed, the keypad leaves marks on the display, since it falls tightly above it in order to reduce the thickness of the phone. Even with the much larger pads above the display (in regards to the V3), this problem still persists.

Motorola V3i keypad

On the glossy surface around the external display are located a few service lights and a large stylish logo of Motorola in blue, which is light up along with the keyboard of the phone when it's open. Above the display to the left and to the right are located small LED in yellow and blue colors, which are light up accordingly when charging and when the Bluetooth is powered on. Strangely, there is no external reminder for missed calls or received messages, and in order to check these you need to light up the display using the smart key on the side so that you can see the list. Sadly, that is quite an involving procedure and it would be much easier if the Motorola logo light up in those cases, and not only when the phone is open.

PEBL-V3i-iPOD Nano (left-to-right)
PEBL-V3i-iPOD Nano (left-to-right)
PEBL-V3i-iPOD Nano (bottom-top)
V3i RAZR and iPOD Nano
V3 is in silver; V3i is in darker color

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