A new Android smartphone
If all you want right now is an Android smartphone with an excellent processor, Motorola are coming to the rescue with their recently launched Electrify model. Admirers of Motorola who have already gotten their hands on this device say that it is one of the best smartphones ever made. We usually like to see for ourselves if a product is good or bad, so, curious about the performance and other features of this device, we decided to analyze it for a short review. Our readers will find below our impressions, likes and dislikes about it.
Without WiMAX support
First things first, the Motorola Electrify smartphone is identical to the Motorola Photon 4G, at least in terms of design, software, performance and many more things we’ll further discuss on this page. The only difference between the two is that the Electrify version doesn’t sport WiMAX.
The exterior of this product is very pleasant to the eye. The entire frame is made of aluminum. Holding this phone in our hands and using it to talk with friends felt very comfortable; dropping it on the floor didn’t cause damage, as the device looks and is solid. Something we found a bit uncomfortable was the texture from the volume button, because it made our thumbs get caught in it quite a number of times. On the right sit the dedicated camera and volume keys; the left side offers the following: 1 microUSB charging port and 1 microHDMI port.
Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
The power and wake buttons are to be found on top of the smartphone, while the rear boasts an 8MP camera and a kickstand which is simply great; the latter comes with protection against fingerprints and offers a great deal of comfort.
When talking about operating system, the phone that we tested in our lab immediately after it was released runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread; this is the latest Blur UI made by the company. This operating system wasn’t changed that much from previous versions: there are still the same widgets and icons and other options; only the visuals differ a bit, namely the way the menus look. The overall interface is slick and easy to navigate, even if you’re a beginner; everything responded quickly and worked fluidly and without lags, thanks to the built-in dual-core processor.
Good battery life
Some words for our analysis about the camera on this smartphone. The 8MP delivered impressive photo quality, with very fast autofocus and shutter speed. Brightness, clarity and colors were all astounding. The only small thing that bugged us was the low light.
Applications are various and entertaining. We found Daily Perks – for deals – Quick Office, Amazon app store, Mobile TV and much more.
In the battery department, the device shipped with a 1700mAh model whose average life was far superior to that on other smartphones. In our benchmarks, the Electrify went on for 8 hours on a single charge; after playing some games, battery life was reduced to 5 hours.
With 1GB of RAM and a dual-core processor, the Motorola Electrify is among the best smartphones we’ve rated so far.