If you thought you are looking at the Motorola DROID Pro, then you are so very wrong. What you have here is the Motorola XPRT. It’s almost the same as the DROID Pro only with a few improvements mainly to the hardware. So is it really that different to merit its own name? Let’s find out.
The Motorola XPRT has the MOTOBLUR UI running with Android v.2.2 Froyo on the background. As we have mentioned numerous times before, the HTC Sense UI is going to be hard to beat but the MOTOBLUR is not too bad on this phone either. As most phones now, it has seven homescreens which you can switch between with ease. The custom Motorola widgets are more business looking than Samsung’s TouchWiz widgets but not as cool as the HTC Sense ones. Since the phone tries to attract business users with its BlackBerry-like look, its security features like the 256-bit AES data encryption and remote handle functions will definitely be a focal point. It also comes with QuickOffice Pro that is can be used to edit all variants of the Office documents. Another item worth a mention is the Motorola Phone Portal which can be used to manage all device contents via the USB cord or also through Wi-Fi.
Motorola XPRT as its cousin the Motorola DROID Pro comes with a 3.1-inch screen. These days, displays for smartphones are hardly less than 3.7 inches, thus the phone is definitely not competing in that department. With a 480 x 320 resolution -which is a far cry compared to the 854 x 480 we are used to seeing on Motorolas – it’s the brilliant touch responsiveness this phone has that makes up for it.
So if you are planning on getting a phone that takes great pictures, Motorola XPRT is not your best bet. The 5MP auto focus camera that comes with this phone produces pictures where the colors and details are a little washed out. In low light scenarios, when the LED flash was expected to perform, it didn’t. It fails to illuminate subjects well. Adding to that, you don’t get to fiddle around with the controls too much either. Exposure can be manually adjusted and you can choose from a few scenes and effects, nothing more. On the video side of things, you can shoot DVD quality videos although the colors didn’t appear well when played back. Nevertheless, the camcorder did do well when transitioning from light to dark and back to light which has to be one of the highlights on this camera.
So where does the Motorola XPRT stand when it comes to web browsing and connectivity? It comes with 3G and Wi-Fi which is the bare minimum on all phones nowadays anyway. The Bluetooth 2.1+EDR on the phone supports a wide range of profiles, namely PBAP, HFP, A2DP, AVFRCO and OPP. Adding to that is the GPS functionality. This allows you to use apps like Google Maps for instance. The Mobile Hotspot feature is also a really cool thing with this phone. The fact that the Motorola XPRT can use Adobe Flash Player is great because that means you can see everything on the website and not just the lame stuff.
Now we move on the performance of the Motorola XPRT. We start off by mentioning the mammoth of a battery this phone carries with it. The 1860mAH battery is without doubt going to provide enough juice for all you power hungry users. If you just talk all day – well not all day- you can get up to 8 hours of talk time! Usually in our reviews, we test the battery for average phone usage. On this mammoth though, we went above average use like texting, surfing the internet and making calls a bit more than usual and still got a day out of the battery. Call quality was pretty good too, as the background noise cancellation was sweet. The speakerphone is worth a mention too, it was loud, clear and just awesome.
Pros and Cons
The camera was a downer. The keyboard was better than the Motorola DROID Pro but it could have been better.