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Motorola Motosmart review

A cheap smartphone that leaves you anything but cheerful
Mon Oct 01 2012, 11:00

Product Motorola Motosmart
Website Motorola
Specifications Single-core 600MHz Qualcomm MSM727, 3.5in 480x320 touchscreen, 3MP rear-facing camera, 512MB of internal storage expandable to 32GB, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, GSM/HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, microUSB, 1,850mAh battery, 116x64x11.2mm, 115g
Price £80 SIM free

MOTOROLA'S MOTOSMART is one of the cheapest smartphones available in the UK, retailing for just £80.

This means that those buying it really shouldn't be expecting cutting edge, or even mediocre performance or technology, with Motorola having cut pretty much every corner it could to keep the Motosmart's price down.

In fact, so modest is the Motosmart's on-paper performance that testing it we had to ask, if you really can only afford to pay £80 would you not be better off just getting a decent feature phone and waiting 'til you can afford something better? Read on for our answer.

Design and build
The Motosmart is better than you would expect from a sub-£100 handset. The unit is predominantly made of plastic and has a detachable back that grants access to its removable battery, microSD card slot and SIM card slot.

One advantage to the Motosmart's design is that its plastic casing has a matte, rubberised finish. The matte plastic finish on the Motosmart is significantly nicer than the shiny gloss finish used on its budget sibling the Motoluxe and makes it feel slightly classier.

Motorola Motosmart side

Size-wise the Motosmart is fairly small, measuring 116x64x11.2mm and weighing 115g, making it small to hold in the hand and travel friendly.

The Motosmart features a 3.5in 480x320 resolution touchscreen that we found disappointing, even when compared to other budget handsets like the Huawei G300. This is because the touchscreen really isn't all that responsive and can at times look fairly dull and blurry.

Using the Motosmart to read news articles we found that smaller fonts were all but illegible and required us to zoom in far more than we'd have liked. The on-screen keyboard is also particularly fiddly to use, with its keys proving too small and closely linked for anyone with slightly large hands.


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