The Good The Motorola Rival offers a slew of multimedia features and good call quality.
The Bad The Motorola Rival's navigation controls are poorly designed. Also, it has a lackluster display.
The Bottom Line Though we like the Motorola Rival's features, its poor design keeps us from recommending it.
Motorola has been hard at work lately, introducing new messaging phones. Besides the recent Motorola Clutch and the Motorola Hint, the company also just released the Motorola Rival, available from Verizon Wireless. Offering multimedia features and high-speed EV-DO, the Rival has a similar shape to the LG Neon, with its sideways keyboard and touch-sensitive number keypad, but its design is significantly less refined. The Rival is available for $99.99 after a two-year service agreement and a $50 rebate.
The Motorola Rival has a rather boring, industrial look, with a rectangular shape and slightly curved corners. The outer shell comes in either tin silver or purple, though it's accented with hints of black and red. Measuring 3.8 inches long by 2 inches wide by 0.71 inch deep, the Rival is quite compact, and at 4.4 ounces, it has a nice heft when held in the hand. The sliding mechanism is smooth yet sturdy.