Motorola C168i (AT&T) review: Motorola C168i (AT&T)

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Motorola C168i (AT&T)

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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Motorola C168i is an easy-to-use cell phone, and it offers decent quality. It also has an impressive battery talk time.

The Bad The Motorola C168i lacks a speakerphone, and you can't assign ringtones to callers. Also, the audio sounded fuzzy at times.

The Bottom Line The Motorola C168i is a basic functional phone, but it's almost a little too simple.

6.0 Overall
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 7.0

Motorola C168i

AT&T's Go phone service has long been a solid source for basic cell phones that just make calls. Handsets such as the Motorola C168i aren't complicated by a fancy design or expensive features; rather, they bear a simple design and do exactly what a cell phone is supposed to do. Some basic features were lacking, but the call quality was reliable despite a slight fuzzy sound in the background. And with a bargain-basement price of $19, it's hard to pass up. To find accessories for this phone, see our cell phone ringtones and accessories guide.

The C168i has an uncomplicated candy bar design. With straight lines, rounded edges, and an unassuming black-and-silver color scheme, it doesn't call attention to itself. At just 4.1x1.8x0.55 inches and 2.75 ounces, it's compact and portable so it slips into a pocket with ease. The phone feels comfortable in the hand, even if it's a bit small for users with big paws, but we couldn't help noticing that the plastic battery cover felt a tad flimsy.

The display on the C168i is low-key. It measures 1.5 inches diagonally (128x128 pixels), which is somewhat small for the phone's overall size, and it supports 65,536 colors. Normally we'd gripe about such a low-resolution screen, but on this caliber of phone we don't mind. Just remember that graphics aren't very sharp and colors are somewhat washed out. You can change only the backlight time.

Motorola C168i
The Motorola C168i is quite compact.

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