6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: The compact yet capable Motorola Electrify M

About Video Transcript

First Look: The compact yet capable Motorola Electrify M

2:03 /

Motorola's Electrify M for U.S. Cellular is pocket-friendly but packs a hefty Android punch.

Hi. This is Brian Bennett for CNET.com and right now we're taking a First Look at the MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY M. Priced at a reasonable $99.99, the ELECTRIFY M is essentially the U.S. Cellular branded version of the MOTOROLA DROID RAZR on Verizon. Like the DROID RAZR M, the ELECTRIFY M is very compact. Features a similar edge-to-edge screen design, runs Android and connects to 4G LTE data signals if a compatible network is available. In other words, within U.S. Cellular's covered zone. The ELECTRIFY M isn't exactly a new handset. It first came to the carrier in November of 2012. Back then the phone ran Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Now however MOTOROLA has upgraded the device's software to a more modern 4.1.2 Android Jelly Bean. MOTOROLA added its own custom tweaks here as well. So there's a quick setting screen to the left of the main home screen. The company's Circles widget something I wished I could use on other handsets provide fast ways to check weather, time, and battery level. Other attributes include a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED screen, VGA front-facing camera, and 8-megapixel main camera around back with LED flash. The phone's chassis is sealed so you can't get at the embedded battery. There is a flap on the left edge which conceals micro SD and SIM card slots. Next to that is the micro USB port for charging and transferring files to and from PCs. On the right are volume controls and a power key. Up top sits a 3.5- millimeter headphone jack. The camera app is typical MOTOROLA fare. While offering nowhere near the same amount of features as Samsung or HTC devices, you do get various scene and shooting modes such as multi-shot, panorama, and HDR. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET.com and this has been a First Look at the MOTOROLA ELECTRIFY M. Be sure to check back soon for a full review.

New releases

Sony SmartWatch 3 has built-in GPS but its poor display doesn't impress
2:06 December 18, 2014
Sony's first Android Wear-based smartwatch has GPS built-in so you don't need to take your phone out running to track your progress....
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best Classic
2:00 December 18, 2014
XCAR look back over 2014 to figure out what the best classic car they drove this year was.
Play video
The biggest news and gadgets of 2014 in CNET UK podcast 415
40:17 December 18, 2014
It's the end of another crazy year in the tech world, so we look back at the gadgets that lit up our year, including the Galaxy Note...
Play video
Use your dSLR as a PC webcam
1:15 December 17, 2014
Lexy Savvides shows you a simple way to turn your Canon or Nikon dSLR into a PC webcam.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 102: No offline Netflix, giving holiday GIFs, eating cricket cookies and more
24:44 December 17, 2014
On today's show, Ashley and Khail discuss a car concept that would eliminate blind spots for drivers, explain how you can create a...
Play video
Sennheiser Urbanite: An on-ear headphone with a retro-hip design and "now" sound
1:03 December 17, 2014
The $200 Urbanite has an eye-catching look and plump bass geared toward younger listeners.
Play video
Samsung Gear VR turns a Note 4 into stunning virtual reality headset
3:28 December 17, 2014
Are you VR-curious? Samsung's "Innovator Edition" headset accessory for the Galaxy Note 4 does a seriously impressive job of putting...
Play video
Brew espresso drinks fast and with some flavor
2:18 December 17, 2014
The $100 Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me creates fancy espresso-style drinks in a flash.
Play video