Motorola Fire XT Review

Recently Motorola launched two budget smartphones, Motorola Fire and Motorola Fire XT. With these devices, Motorola aims to enter a market largely dominated by Samsung, Nokia and HTC. Will Motorola manage to capture attention with Motorola Fire XT? Let’s find out.

Design and Display

Motorola Fire XT has a 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen that dominates the display. The screen has 320×480 HVGA pixel resolution which is disappointing. With support for 262k colors, image and text look average on this device. It has a plastic build with rounded edges. The volume rocker and power button are located at the side of the Motorola Fire XT. Above the screen there is the front-facing camera and below the screen there are the usual four touch-sensitive buttons: Menu, Home, Back and Search. Unfortunately, the screen attracts dust and grease very easily, so users will have to be careful.

Specifications

Motorola Fire XT runs on an 800MHz Qualcomm processor. This device measures 114mm × 61.9mm × 11.95mm and weighs 84 gms. It has 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM and memory can be extended upto 32GB with a microSD card.

Features

Motorola Fire XT runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Unfortunately, the device is not too responsive and users may face lag issues. For entering data, users can choose between the Motorola or Android keyboard or use the Swype keyboard. Unfortunately, with a poor screen resolution image and text look dull and washed out. Moreover, the text gets distorted at times. Users can group apps and use them according to their choice. Accessing email is a bother due to the slow speed of the processor. The music and video player are standard but unfortunately, due to the poor screen resolution, users will not be able to enjoy watching videos on this device.

Camera

Motorola Fire XT sports a 5MP camera at the back of the device. This camera comes with LED flash, autofocus and zoom. Unfortunately, the screen resolution plays spoilsport here too, with images looking unclear.

Battery

Motorola Fire XT has a talktime of 5 hours and a standby time of 20 days. Users will have to charge their device daily after heavy usage.

Motorola attempted to reach out to a larger number of users through the Motorola Fire XT, but in their attempt to bring a budget device they ended up compromising on screen quality, camera and processor speed. Obviously this will adversely affect consumer choice, making them pick up the Motorola Fire XT only if they are left with no other choice. With other budget phones offering more, most users might choose to give this device a miss.

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