Motorola XPRT Competes With RIM BlackBerry

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-07-13 Print this article Print


I'd argue, based on RIM's plummeting BlackBerry market share, that most people agree with me. People want iPhones with their hand-holding approach to user-friendly applications and Android handsets with crisp Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) Plus resolution.

But gadgets are largely subjective, and I can recommend the XPRT for the mobile, power email user who loves typing on a physical keyboard and isn't fond of watching a lot of YouTube or gaming on the go.

Moreover, I can recommend the XPRT for those corporate users whose companies have stringent IT security requirements RIM's Blackberry Enterprise Server may have spurred.

The XPRT includes protection for Microsoft Exchange and Outlook email data with 256-bit AES data encryption. The device also lets IT administrators enable a PIN or password lock, recover passwords and wipe data on both the phone and SD card. These perks are core for enterprise device-management practices and policies.

Calls on the XPRT were crisp, if unspectacular, with little echo or tinniness. Messaging on the XPRT is fantastic; as mini QWERTY keyboards go, the XPRT is no BlackBerry gold standard, but the beveled keys served me well. And if you need a phone with global roaming-the XPRT offers World Mode Code Division Multiple Access (Evolution-Data Optimized Revision A), GSM/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System High-Speed Packet Access-this one will work.

If you need a phone with a good camera, go for any other device with an 8-megapixel shutter. The XPRT offers merely the old, standard 5MP shutter, with rudimentary camcorder capabilities. Indeed, Motorola offers only a video capture rate of 480p at a time when the standard for capture and playback is now 1080p on Android phones.

Battery life is excellent, thanks to the 1,860mAh lithium ion juicer, which provides up to nine hours of talk time. I was able to use the XPRT for a full day of Web browsing, texting, calls and emailing without recharging. Remember, I wasn't inclined to play games or watch videos on this device (because its screen was too small), so that conserved much power.

Sprint's XPRT is priced low enough and could enjoy a solid summer sales cycle.

RIM's comparable BlackBerry Bold 9900 isn't due until August, and if the device, which also combines a touch-screen with a keyboard, gets pushed to September or (God forbid for RIM) later, that leaves the XPRT as the only business-oriented phone with a touch-screen/QWERTY keyboard for the summer.

But I'm sticking with a big virtual keyboard with better resolution for good.  





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