Motorola’s SLVR is a well known handset, but oddly it slipped through our net when it first appeared. The SLVR has been through a few iterations, like Motorola’s other capitalised handsets the RAZR and the PEBL, and I’m going to look at an incarnation of the SLVR designed to do good, the SLVR L7 Red.
My review unit came from O2 but the other big three network operators, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange also stock it.
Wherever you go to buy it, the principal behind the SLVR L7 Red is the same. When you buy the handset £10 goes immediately to the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Thereafter, five per cent of what you spend using the handset is contributed to this fund by your network operator.
So you could think of the SLVR L7 Red as like one of those charity affinity credit cards. All you need to do is make the initial purchase, and thereafter you are making a contribution without even bothering to do anything.
The Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa was set up in 2002, and given a real boost when the (RED) campaign was launched by Bono at the start of this year. The SLVR L7 Red is one of a number of ‘RED products’ you can buy to support the campaign. To learn more about the campaign click (linkout:http://www.joinred.com/facts.asp). It’s certainly a good cause, though I have to wonder at all those capital letters and brackets. Motorola’s product naming team must feel right at home.
Anyway, this is great, but of course the handset needs to fit your needs, so let’s take a look at the SLVR L7 Red.
The SLVR may have been around for a while but every time I see one I marvel at how thin it is. Just 11.5mm thin, in fact. You could stand two SLVRs on top of each other and still have a handset thinner than many others. At 113mm tall and 49mm wide its ‘footprint’ is similar to that of many other handsets, though.