The Motorola Motosmart is the company's super cheapie Android handset that can be bought SIM free for a little over £100. That's a very low price for a smartphone from a big name manufacturer. However, it' not exactly short of competition with the likes of the LG Optimus L3 and very impressive Huawei Ascend G300 all hovering around the same price level. So does the Motosmart offer anything those phones don't, or is it just another low-cost let down?
Design wise the Motosmart isn’t a particularly attractive phone, as it looks overly square and angular. It only has a 3.5inch screen, but Motorola has made this look even smaller by adding a thick bezel around the edge. It's so thick, in fact, that the phone feels overly wide when you hold it in your hand. We're not particularly keen on the slanted cutaway element Motorola has used on the bottom lip of the phone either, and the thin sliver rectangle that frames the central element of the phone has a tendency to glint annoyingly and distract you from what you're doing on the screen.
There are some positives though. We like the rubberised finish used on the back of the handset and the classy looking grills covering the earpiece and rear speaker. Also the phone feels very, very solid for a budget model, putting even some high-end handsets to shame in this department.
The layout of the buttons is pretty traditional, with a power/lock switch at the top and a volume rocker on the right hand side. There are four nice and responsive touch buttons at the bottom of the screen, for menu, home, back and search, and the headphone jack is placed at the top while the microUSB port is found on the left hand side.
The Motosmart has to make do with a small 3.5inch screen that's got a pretty limited resolution of 320x480 pixels - fine a few years ago but things have moved on. While it's okay for stuff like emails and text messages, it's a bit of a bind when you're using the Facebook app or Web browser. The limited amount of space and pixels available mean you end up doing a lot of scrolling and zooming, especially compared to the much better, and higher resolution display, found on the Ascend G300. Viewing angles aren't great either, as it has that weird shimmer that a lot of the screens on budget phone exhibit when you twist them around in your hand.