Motorola Moto WX295 review:

Motorola Moto WX295

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Typical Price: £50.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars 1 user review

The Good VGA camera;. Bluetooth connectivity;. Appealing, Razr-like design. support for microSD card.

The Bad No microSD card included;. No 3G;. Proprietary headphone socket.

The Bottom Line With a VGA camera, microSD card support, Bluetooth and a cool design, the Motorola Moto WX295 effortlessly differentiates itself from its budget brethren. The lack of 3G connectivity and poor Web browsing are unfortunate drawbacks, but these are easily forgiven when you consider the generally humble standard of the competition.

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7.5 Overall

Although Motorola's fortunes have been turned around lately thanks to the company's allegiance to Google's Android operating system, the industry veteran hasn't totally abandoned the so-called 'dumb phone' arena. Budget phones are still wildly popular in emerging territories such as India and Africa, and there's a burgeoning low-price market here in the UK that positively laps up bargain-basement blowers -- hence the launch of the Motorola Moto WX295, a mobile that offers core functionality for less than fifty notes.

In terms of design, it's clear that Motorola is mining its illustrious past when it comes to inspiration for the WX295. The clamshell form factor, one-piece key mat and circular direction pad call to mind the near-legendary Razr, a device that has gone on to become an iconic product in Motorola's back catalogue.

Plastic fantastic

Although it's manufactured predominantly from plastic, the WX295 doesn't have the same creaky casing as other budget-range rivals, such as the Nokia 1616. In fact, it's quite an elegant-looking handset, and the one-line OLED display on the outer casing -- which only reveals itself when you get a call or text message -- adds a touch of class.

The WX295's key mat is fashioned from one single piece of plastic, with buttons concealed underneath. This prevents dust from getting inside the phone, but it can make distinguishing between individual keys difficult. Thankfully, the highly responsive direction pad suffers from no such issues, and is both accurate and comfortable to use. The only other physical interface on the phone is the camera button, which resides on the side of the device and grants fast access to the WX295's VGA snapper.

The unibody key mat is great for preventing dust from getting inside the phone, but not ideal when it comes to number input.

The ability to take images is a welcome extra, especially when you consider that many rival devices in this class lack such functionality. With a resolution of only 640x480 pixels, photos are predictably poor, and are only really suitable for sharing with other mobile users. Thankfully, the WX295 features both Bluetooth support and MMS messaging, so distributing your low-res creations is a breeze.

Memory malarkey

Despite the inclusion of microSD card support (up to 2GB), no card is included with the phone. Equally disappointing -- given the device's music-playback aspirations -- is the lack of a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The WX295 uses a proprietary connection for both the bundled hands-free headphones and charger, which is unfortunate when you take into account the industry's current move towards standardised micro-USB ports.

Moving away from the hardware side of things, it's clear that the WX295 is an incredibly basic phone in terms of pure functionality. The menu system looks and feels old, but it does at least put all core elements at your fingertips, with the bare minimum of button presses required to access important options.

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