Motorola Dext, a great that has returned
I think that I was not born (it is clear saying) when one spoke well of a Motorola terminal. In fact, Xataka hardly existed at the time. It was the moment of the Motorola Razr, that thin and extremely attractive terminal that arrived to revolutionize a Park of mobile phones that brushed against being overweight.
With that success, the Americans sat in a comfortable chair and began to enjoy themselves without thinking about the future. More phones arrived, but they found the memory of the V3 and the advance of their rivals head-on.
That is why it is so strange to speak again quite well of a Motorola terminal. But the Dext we've been testing for a few weeks is well worth it.
Motorola Dext, with touch screen and also keyboard
Motorola was thinking about how to rise from its ashes when a certain Android passed in front of his window and there was light. There are two models of phones that are being talked about a lot: the Motorola Droid and the Dext, a model that we have tested in Xataka for about two weeks.
With the Dext, Motorola is committed to offering a phone with a touch screen and also with a keyboard QWERTY full and sliding. The result is pleasant in appearance and a good combination. Maybe we have to blame him for being a little thick.
But as we say, the combination of keyboard and touch screen has been quite successful. The touch screen works very well, with response when we press on it very pleasant. And the keyboard, which takes a few minutes to get used to, facilitates communication when we place the screen horizontally, at which point the virtual keyboard does not rotate, one of the best we have tested on a touch screen.
Of its technical characteristics there is nothing to highlight. They remain in line with most Android mobile phones on the market. They work correctly, the camera complies and the screen looks quite good without being the spectacular of a OLED.
As for autonomy, too follow the finger what its rivals offer us, and it is one of those terminals that with intensive use reach the end of the day begging for rest or at least to give it a good dose of energy.
The finish of the phone is acceptable, with three keys with relief on the front that are enough. We liked the controls on the sides less, too integrated into the terminal. It comes with miniUSB and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Android custom, but dull
HTC has become an expert in fur, and a rival right now impossible to beat. Waiting for what Sony Ericsson has to show us, no one can match the achievements of HTC in the field of interface customization. They do a great job with Windows Mobile and are also doing great with Android. He HTC Hero is a clear example.
Motorola, without going to those extremes, has given some customization to the Android that runs on the Motorola Dext. This is version 1.5, and the biggest news is found on the home screen, where social networks and our contacts take all the important information.
Thus, from that screen we can collect notices and messages that do not matter where they come from.
Unite and socialize, the future
A step forward from Android customization on the Motorola Dext and the HTC Hero has been the integration of the sources: I am interested in knowing what a contact has said or done regardless of where they have done it. And following the history of those communications in a grouped way in one place seems like a success, although the Motorola Dext still has a way to make everything flow in the most correct way.
Twitter and Facebook mainly have a capital presence in the Motorola terminal, but their widgets leave something to be desired. Much better those of HTC.
Motorola has once again entered the battle of mobile telephony with consistency through the Dext and the Droid, two similar terminals that are going to help it capture a good data market share among Android phones.
That choice has been a success, but it can be turned against him (as in other manufacturers). Many brands will have the same base operating system and it will be the terminal and their experience (in addition to the price and finish) that determine that a consumer buys one or the other terminal, which will offer more or less the same.
With the Motorola Dext they have made a staging that has turned out quite well, of remarkable height in our analysis, improving the fluidity with which Android moves in front of the most basic terminals of HTC, but with a less designed terminal, less media and less customization of the interface.
It is precisely in this field where his rivals HTC, mainly the Hero, with whom we compare it for being two teams that look for the same thing in a similar way: that we forget the traditional agenda composed only of the telephone number and assume that communication is now carried out at different levels and in different places .
The contribution of Motorola is called Motoblur, and it has the advantage of the backup copies that are made in this service, although in return we have the latency of being a way with an intermediate station for the passage of notifications.