Text and multimedia messaging are prime features, but the Clutch also supports a selection of POP3 e-mail accounts. Threaded texting is a plus, but e-mail will require a Web-based interface. The Clutch does not support IMAP4 e-mail, Outlook Exchange server syncing, and instant messaging.
The VGA camera takes pictures in five resolutions, from 640x480 down to 160x128. Editing options include two quality settings, a 4x zoom, a self-timer, adjustable brightness, and two shutter sounds. The camcorder offers a similar set of editing options. Clips meant for multimedia messages are capped at 16 seconds, but you can shoot for longer in standard mode.
Photo quality is decent for a VGA camera. Colors looked natural, but images were a tad blurry. You'll also need enough light since the Clutch doesn't have a flash. Videos were nothing special: the camera can't record movement well and the clips were washed out. You get 20MB of shared memory for saving your work and a handy meter will tell you how much space you have left.
You can personalize the Clutch with a selection of wallpapers, clock formats, and themes. You can get more from Boost with the wireless Web browser. The Clutch supports Java applications as well. Our review model came with Boost Navigator, Calculator Suite, Alarm Clock Plus, Hookt, and two games: World Series of Poker and Deer Hunter 3.
We tested the (iDEN 850) Motorola Clutch i465 in San Francisco. As a subsidiary of Sprint Nextel, Boost uses Nextel's network for regular and PTT calls. Call quality was quite good. The volume was loud and the audio was clear. What's more, we didn't hear any distortion at the highest volumes. The signal remained strong, even in buildings, and we didn't encounter static or interference.
On their end, callers said we sounded fine. Most could tell we were using a cell phone, but they didn't report any major problems outside of some background noise. Speakerphone calls were loud and clear, and automated calling systems could understand us.
Corrected on June 17 at 3:20 p.m.: The product name initially had an incorrect model number. The actual name of the product is the Motorola Clutch i465.