There aren’t many of these side buttons. On the right just one starts the voice control software running. You can use this to tell the phone to do various things such as, ‘start camera’, ‘send message’, ‘go to received calls’ and so on. This edge also houses the mini USB slot for charging, connecting to a PC using the provided cable, and using the provided headphones. Yup, Motorola continues to ignore pleas for a 3.5mm headphones jack. However, the MOTOKRZR K1 will send stereo sound to a headset via Bluetooth.
On the left edge is a volume rocker and a ‘Smart Key’. It can be used as a select key – just as the centre of the navigation button can. Out of the box it also launches the camera, but can be programmed to start just about any activity the phone caters for. To do this you go to the same ‘Settings’ area you use to programme the right and left softkeys and the shortcuts taps on each of the four sides of the navigation button.
I’ve not mentioned a memory expansion slot. There is one, underneath the battery cover and accessible without the need to remove either battery or SIM card. It accommodates MicroSD cards, and my MOTOKRZR K1 from T-Mobile came with a 128MB card. This is hardly the most generous of bundles, but at least it is enough for you to start to play with the on board music player, and there is 20MB of internal memory all bar 500Kb of which was free on my review handset.
With the clamshell opened the characteristic flat keyboard is obvious. I’ve never really liked Motorola’s flat approach: it looks good but it is not as easy to use as real keys. However, things do seem to have come on a little. There are raised areas separating individual keys, a definite depressing of keys as you hit them and audible clicks and beeps as you press keys. This is Motorola’s best effort yet at a flat keyboard.
The main screen isn’t up to a great deal. It measures 1.9 inches corner to corner, and manages 262,000 colours, but only 176 x 220 pixels. It is OK for use when making calls, generating SMS messages and looking at other built in applications like the calendar, but if you want a handset for regular Web browsing via T-Mobile’s Web’n’walk you might want to think about another phone altogether.
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