The Good The Motorola Crush offers a decent feature set and good call quality.
The Bad The Motorola Crush's display is too small for the HTML Web browser. Call volume could be louder, and the camera lacks editing options.
The Bottom Line The Motorola Crush is far from a smartphone, but it puts midrange features and a functional touch screen at an affordable price.
Motorola Crush - silver/black (U.S. Cellular)
Just when you think that you know what to expect from a cell phone, a handset like the Motorola Crush comes along. It may look like an ordinary touch-screen phone, albeit on the low-end side, but it has a few design quirks that surprised us. They don't affect usability, but you'll need to know about them just the same. On the whole, the Crush is a decent phone and it reminds us that you can get a touch-screen phone for less. Sure, the display is small and its resolution won't knock your socks off, but it offers satisfying call quality and a functional array of features. You can get it with U.S. Cellular for $69.95 with a two-year service contract and a $50 mail-in rebate. If you'd rather pay full price and not sign a contract, it's $249.95.
The Motorola Crush has a standard candy bar design; it's 4.17 inches long by 2 inches wide by 0.57 inch deep. The touch screen might surprise you, but it is there with support for 262,000 colors and 400x240 pixels. As mentioned, the display's resolution isn't spectacular--colors and graphics don't exactly pop off the screen--but it's adequate for a handset in this price range. Though normally we'd gripe that a 2.8-inch display is way too small for a touch screen, we'll let it slide here because we get what Moto is trying to do. As touch screens grow in popularity, it's only natural that they will migrate down the food chain into mid-tier and more-affordable models. And if a manufacturer can make it work, as Moto did here, we're not going to stop progress.
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