You can shoot video too, at 128 x 96 or 176 x 144 but you are only going to want to replay this on the handset and not anywhere else. There are unlabelled keys on the left and right edges which start the camera and video shooting modes, and a volume rocker on the left edge too.
The music player delivers fairly good quality sound and the navigation button does a good job of providing playback controls, but you are limited to a headset which uses the same mini USB port that is used for charging and very irritatingly if you want to leave the player to go and do something else – check a diary appointment, play a game, or shoot a picture for example - playback stops and you have to manually start the track back from the beginning.
There is just 5MB of internal memory, which won’t keep you snapping for long or store much music. You can bump this up with microSD cards (also known as TransFlash) and the slot, which has a nice rubber protective cover, is on the bottom right edge of the handset. This edge is also where the mains power is delivered to that mini USB port.
The SLVR L7 Red is quad band GSM with GPRS, and will handle POP3 email. There is a browser which supports WAP and xHTML. Other applications include a calendar, calculator and alarm clock – all pretty standard fare. There is Bluetooth but no infrared.
Battery life is quoted at 400 minutes talk time and 350 hours standby. I used the handset for a good number of calls and some music listening over a period of about a week and found myself wanting to top up every evening, though I suspect you could go for a three day stretch if you limit the music playback.
If I were looking to buy a new handset, the fact that I would be supporting a good cause without having to think about it, could sway my decision. Plus, the cause supported here is certainly one I’d be happy to choose.
The Motorola SLVR L7 Red is a decidedly average handset, though, and as such it may not have the broadest possible appeal. What I’d really like to see is Motorola take its affiliation with (RED) further, and put more of its handsets into the scheme. There are lots of incarnations of the PEBL, for example, so how about a (RED) one, as well as a (RED) RAZR? That’ll do for starters.