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Motorola's sleek and silver Electrify 2 (pictures)

The $199.99 Motorola Electrify 2 for U.S. Cellular has razor-sharp good looks, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a big, bright screen.

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A boost of brightness

The Motorola Electrify 2's 4.3-inch qHD (960x540-pixel) screen isn't as sharp as you'll see on competing devices. Using what Motorola calls ColorBoost technology, however, the Electrify 2's display gets very bright and showcases vivid colors.
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Sleek, silver, and futuristic

With a profile reminiscent of the Droid Razr, the Motorola Electrify 2 measures a third of an inch at its thinnest point.
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A trim volume bar

The Motorola Electrify 2 has a thin volume rocker on the right-hand side.
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Signature styling

With attractively angled edges and a silver-and-black color scheme, the Electrify 2 is right in line with Motorola's design aesthetic.
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Coated in Kevlar

Like many of Motorola's other devices, the Electrify 2 has a Kevlar fiber coating on the back. Also here is an 8MP camera with LED flash.
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Power up top

The Motorola Electrify 2's top edge holds the phone's power button, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB port.
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Camera up close

Here's a closer view of the Motorola Electrify 2's main 8MP camera and Kevlar-coated back.
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Compact and pocket-friendly

One of the Motorola Electrify 2's strengths is its compact and easy-to-pocket size. The phone also fits well in the hand and its Kevlar back surface provides a firm grip as well as extra protection.
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Ice Cream Sandwich and apps

Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Motorola Electrify 2 comes with a useful selection of applications preloaded with thankfully not much bloatware.
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Comfortable keyboard

While the Motorola Electrify 2 has a very basic virtual keyboard, its keys are well-spaced and responsive.
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Better widget access

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich provides easier access to widgets, now in the application tray. Unfortunately the Motorola Electrify 2 lacks the slick Circles widget found on the Atrix HD and Photon Q 4G LTE.
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Quick and capable camera

Onboard the Motorola Electrify 2 is an 8MP main camera that boasts plenty of scene modes and some fun filters, plus it snaps images quickly.

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