The Good The Motorola XPRT has both a touch screen and a keyboard in an attractive and usable form factor. Features include enterprise-level security, mobile hot-spot capability, 3G speeds, and a dual-mode CDMA/GSM chipset for world roaming.
The Bad The Motorola XPRT's display doesn't match up to its competition, and the picture quality could be better.
The Bottom Line Despite a few shortcomings, the Motorola XPRT is a great alternative to the BlackBerry because of its enterprise-level features and globe-trotting capabilities.
Motorola XPRT (Sprint)
It's common for phones to debut on one carrier and then appear on another carrier under a different name. That's exactly what Motorola has done with the XPRT--it's essentially the, but with . And that's not a bad thing; the XPRT offers a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch screen, plus it has enhanced security features that should please most enterprise-conscious users. The XPRT is also Sprint's first Android-based world phone, meaning it can work on both CDMA and GSM bands. The Motorola XPRT ships with Android 2.2 and is available for $129.99 after a two-year service agreement.
We're not kidding when we say the XPRT is essentially the same as the Droid Pro. The hardware looks the same, with the same touch screen and keyboard combo design. There are a few subtle changes with the XPRT, however. The XPRT is a little flatter on the top, it has a chrome border on the front trim instead of the back, and the battery cover has a matte, soft-touch textured surface where the Droid Pro had a slightly humped, hard plastic back instead. This gives the XPRT a more luxurious feel in the hand.
There are a few more tiny differences in the XPRT's keyboard. It still looks uncannily similar to the keyboard on a BlackBerry Bold, but unlike on the Droid Pro, the XPRT's keyboard goes right to the edges of the phone. Unfortunately, it appears that the bottom row of the keyboard is smaller; the Alt key on the bottom left and the voice command key on the bottom right are a tiny bit smaller than their equivalents on the Droid Pro. On the whole, however, we found the keyboard to be just as pleasurable to use; the angled keys provide a nice texture for typing and dialing. It doesn't feel top-heavy, but you do need to adjust your fingers to compensate for the phone's weight.
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