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The Good The Motorola Krzr K1 for T-Mobile offers good call quality and comes with a stylish design and a decent array of features.

The Bad The Motorola Krzr K1 for T-Mobile has low internal memory, and the exterior face attracts smudges and fingerprints.

The Bottom Line The Motorola Krzr K1 for T-Mobile is an ideal choice for the midrange cell phone user who wants a stylish handset.

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CNET Editors' Rating

7.3 Overall

Motorola Krzr K1 for T-Mobile

Motorola's Krzr cell phone began making the carrier rounds last year. After landing at almost every major wireless provider (including Alltel and US Cellular) in one form or another, the GSM version of the phone--the Krzr K1--completes its journey by arriving at T-Mobile. Though vastly similar to Cingular's Krzr K1, the T-Mobile handset features a silver color scheme that's somewhat less desirable than the cool blue hue on the Cingular phone. The T-Mobile Krzr is $149 with service. To find ringtones and accessories for this phone, plus advice and tips on how to use it, check out our Cell phones ringtones, accessories, and help page.

Performance
The T-Mobile Krzr sports the same svelte design as the Cingular Krzr and the CDMA Krzr K1m. As an evolution of the popular Razr line, the Krzr resembles its predecessor in some ways, but we think it's much more attractive. At 4.05 inches long by 1.73 inches wide by 0.67 inch thick, its narrower shape makes it much more stylish, and though it's the tinniest bit thicker in profile it still captures the thin phone trend that shows no signs of dissipating. It's also more comfortable to hold in the hand, and its slightly heavier weight (3.6 ounces) gives it a more solid feel.


The K1's memory card holder is located behind the battery.

T-Mobile's Krzr also features the sheet of hardened glass and the chrome plating on the bottom end, but the silver color scheme was disappointing. Sure, it can double as a mirror, but it reflects too much light and it attracts fingerprints by the ton. We constantly had to clean it and even when we did so, we had to rub it a few times to get out the streaks. It's also disappointing that the K1 lacks the external music controls of the CDMA K1m. Yes, we realize T-Mobile doesn't have a music service, but the phone does have a rudimentary music player. And in any case, it would just be nice to have these controls for possible future use.

The 65,536-color (96x80 pixels) external display, the exterior controls, and the somewhat poor location of the MicroSD slot behind the battery cover all are unchanged from the other Krzr K1. Yet due to the reflection from the silver face, the external display was a tad harder to see than on the Cingular K1. The placement of the camera lens is the same as well, and here again it lacks a flash.

The internal display supports 262,000 colors and measures 1.9 inches (176x220 pixels). The menu interface is standard Moto; it still looks dated and rather dull. The navigation controls and keypad buttons are also unchanged from the Cingular Krzr K1 except that they reflect the silver color on the phone's exterior. There's a four-way toggle with an OK button in the center, two soft keys, a dedicated Web browser button, a Clear key, and Talk and End/power buttons. The controls are flat against the surface of the phone but tactile ridges give them some definition. Also, we like that the toggle and OK button are set apart with slightly different colors. The keypad buttons are also separated by tactile ridges, and though the numbers on the keys are a tad small, they're lit by bright backlighting.

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