Motorola Rambler - black (Boost Mobile)

The Good The Motorola Rambler has a full QWERTY keyboard, plus two color displays, a 1.3-megapixel camera, threaded text messaging, and great call quality.

The Bad The Motorola Rambler doesn't feel very comfortable in the hand, and the interface looks dated. Photo quality isn't good either.

The Bottom Line We like the Motorola Rambler's overall functionality, but we do wish it had a more ergonomic design.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.0 Overall

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Review

Motorola Rambler - black (Boost Mobile)

Almost a year after Boost Mobile introduced its first-ever messaging phone, the Motorola Clutch i465, it's ready to welcome yet another Motorola messenger into its stable. The aptly named Motorola Rambler houses a QWERTY keyboard in a compact clamshell. Though we have questions as to the phone's ergonomics, we do like its overall aesthetic and its midrange features are decent. The Motorola Rambler is $99.99 without a contract.

Design
We're used to messenger phones that are either slates or sliders, so we were quite surprised to see Motorola take the Rambler in the flip-phone direction. Flip-phone messenger handsets aren't new--see the LG Lotus Elite for example-- but they're still quite the rarity. Unlike the Lotus, however, the Rambler is more rectangular than square. Measuring 3.7 inches long by 2.24 inches wide by 0.7 inch thick, the Rambler looks compact from straight on, but it actually has quite a thick profile. It has curved corners on the front, but the back has straight sides all the way around; this lets it lie flat on a table, but it doesn't feel very comfortable when held in the hand.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $100
  • Brand Motorola
  • Service Provider Boost Mobile
  • Diagonal Size 2.2 in
  • Weight 3.81 oz
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