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Motorola KRZR K1 review: Motorola KRZR K1

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Typical Price: $779.00
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The Good Great connectivity and audio. Small and stylish design. Excellent battery life.

The Bad Average camera. Terrible ringtones.

The Bottom Line A clamshell mobile phone that has the right look, but is let down by a terrible menu interface and display.

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6.5 Overall

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Motorola's MOTOKRZR K1 is the company's first major update to the popular RAZR V3 phone, but doesn't quite match the original's groundbreaking design. Motorola has downsized the phone and added new features but didn't improve on some of the basics, which in the end let down the entire package.

The new MOTOKRZR K1 has the same solid feel and build quality of the old V3 RAZR but comes in a much smaller package, albeit slightly thicker. Measuring just 16 by 42 by 103mm and weighing in at 103 grams, the KRZR sits very comfortably in the hand and is finished in a polished dark blue metallic gloss with a glass inset.

The phone's casing is very resistant to scratches, however the external screen is susceptible to fingerprint smudges. The back is encased in a soft-touch rubberised material that provides good grip, while the sides are home to buttons for voice dialling and recording, as well as a mini-USB port. This port is the only adaptor on the KRZR and is used for headsets, data connectivity and charging.

Other external buttons include volume and camera controls, with the latter situated in a location that always manages to be pressed when trying to open the phone. After opening up the clamshell phone, you're greeted with the bright blue backlit flat-style keypad, as seen in the older RAZR, but on a much smaller scale. Downsides are the lack of tactile feel and crowded buttons, which were slow to respond at times. Motorola does, however, allow users to customise the directional-pad for shortcuts.

The KRZR features a 1.9-inch, 262K colour TFT LCD that is very small and isn't helped by the low 176 x 220-pixel resolution or the unattractive menu interface. Icons looked jagged, blurred and blocky at times, and the display became washed out in direct sunlight. A second 96 x 96-pixel external screen sits on the front cover.

One of the KRZR's major strengths is its connectivity features, which include quad-band GSM, GPRS/EDGE data transfer and Bluetooth v2.0. The standard polyphonic ringtones were bad but the speaker was loud, which did have added benefits for music playback and speakerphone.

The KRZR comes equipped with a 2-megapixel camera that lacks auto-focus or a flash light. However, there's the option to select three quality settings, remove the camera shutter sound, zoom up to 4x digitally, as well as change the exposure settings. When shooting videos you also have the option of three quality settings -- 128 x 96, 176 x 220, or 352 x 288 pixels -- but the highest resolution mode is only available for storage on a microSD card. There's 18MB of onboard memory, which can be expanded with the aforementioned memory card that slots in under the battery cover. It's nice that you needn't remove the battery to slide in the card.

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