The Good The Motorola Grasp is a compact and lightweight phone made out of 100 percent recyclable materials. The optical trackpad is responsive. Features include a music player, a 1.3-megapixel camera, EV-DO, and stereo Bluetooth. It also has threaded text messaging and Google SMS search.
The Bad The Motorola Grasp has a lackluster display, and there's no built-in Web browser or e-mail application. Call quality could be improved as well.
The Bottom Line The Motorola Grasp is an average entry-level messaging handset with only basic multimedia features.
Motorola Grasp - purple (U.S. Cellular)
Motorola is certainly no stranger to the messaging phone, but the company seems to be focusing more on smartphones lately, with recent Android newcomers like the Charm and the Droid 2 taking center stage. Still, that doesn't mean it's leaving the humble text-centric handheld behind. It recently partnered with to launch the Motorola Grasp, a simple square handset with a straightforward QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad. We had slight misgivings about the design, and it doesn't have the best multimedia features, but it does have EV-DO, and its eco-friendly shell helps to alleviate some consumer guilt. The Grasp is also very affordable at only $39.95 after a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate.
You would be forgiven if you thought the Motorola Grasp was a BlackBerry at first glance. It has that same candy bar style with curved corners, a full QWERTY keyboard, and even an optical trackpad. Upon closer inspection, however, it's actually very different. At 3.7 inches long by 2.4 inches wide by 0.51 inch thick, the Grasp is shorter and thicker than most BlackBerrys, and its plastic shell feels a bit cheap as well.
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