Motorola Quantico review: Motorola Quantico

The Motorola Quantico has a 1,000-entry phone book with room in each entry for five numbers, two e-mail addresses, a birthday, a Web address, notes, and a street address. You can organize contacts into caller groups, add a photo for caller ID, and assign one of 17 alerts and sounds for either ringtones or message alert tones. You can choose a silent option as well.

Basic features include a vibrate mode, a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, a datebook, an alarm clock, a world clock, a calculator, a tip calculator, a notepad, and a stopwatch. More advanced features include Bluetooth, voice commands, a wireless Web browser, and A-GPS with support for turn-by-turn directions. The push-to-talk feature is only available in MetroPCS versions of the phone.

The Quantico comes with a music player, which requires a microSD card to function. It has the basic player interface, plus the capability to set songs on repeat or shuffle, and you can create and edit playlists on the fly. The player supports AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, AMR NB, MIDI, MP3, WAV, and WMA v9 file formats. It supports up to 8GB microSD cards.

The Motorola Quantico has a 1.3-megapixel camera lens on the front.

The 1.3-megapixel camera on the Quantico can take pictures in four resolutions (1280x1024, 640x480, 320x240, and Picture ID), six white balance presets, and four color effects. Other camera settings include a self-timer, picture frames, brightness, and the choice of four shutter sounds plus a silent option. The photo quality is surprisingly good for such a simple camera. Though images do look a bit washed out, the overall color is good, and it's not as blurry as we expected. The Quantico also has a camcorder that can record in 176x144 resolution in four different lengths--2 minutes, 5 minutes, fit to memory, or fit to MMS. It has settings similar to those of the still camera.

The Motorola Quantico takes decent pictures.

You can personalize the Quantico by changing the wallpaper and the background color of the menu interface. You can also add your own sounds or alert tones. You can buy these graphics and sounds from U.S. Cellular's Easyedge store. The Quantico only come with one game--a demo version of Namco's Pac-Man. You'll have to buy it from the Easyedge store to get the full version.

We tested the Motorola Quantico in San Francisco with U.S. Cellular 's roaming service. Call quality was quite impressive on the whole. On our end, we heard our callers very clearly with hardly any distortion. Voices sounded natural, and volume was good, too.

On their end, callers reported similarly good call quality. They did detect a tiny bit of static, but it was not a big deal. They said we sounded natural, loud, and clear. On speakerphone, we heard them just fine thanks to the loud speakers. Callers heard us fine as well, though they said our voice sounded harsh and a little scratchy at times. As for music, we would suggest using a stereo headset of some kind for the best audio quality.

The Motorola Quantico has a rated battery life of 5.8 hours talk time and 18.6 days standby time. The Quantico has a tested talk time of 5 hours and 43 minutes. According to the FCC, it has a digital SAR of 1.11 watts per kilogram.

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Motorola Quantico

Part Number: QUANTICO Released: Nov 11, 2009

MSRP: $99.95

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov 11, 2009
  • Talk Time Up to 348 min
  • Weight 4.2 oz
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player
  • Service Provider Not specified
  • Diagonal Size 2.2 in
  • Sensor Resolution 1.3 megapixels