Like many other Motorola handsets the flip does not stretch the full height of the front fascia – there is a 15mm plus lip of full handset thickness along the bottom front edge. The front fascia and back casing is mostly black with a few flashes of silver round the edges and at the point where the flip meets the lip.
Sitting in the front casing is a small 65 thousand colour CSTN screen 19mm wide and 16mm tall which displays 96 x 80 pixels. It looks a bit lost in the vastness of the outer shell, and both it and its large frame picked up more fingerprints than a US immigration worker. The remainder of the front outer casing is mostly shiny and managed to look grimy without trying.
Open up and we move from black with silver trim to silver with black trim. The two plus points of large clamshells shout out at this point: the main screen and number pad are both relatively large.
The main screen is a TFT and manages 262 thousand colours in 320 x 240 pixels and fits into an area I measured at 55mm corner to corner, 34mm wide and 45mm tall. It is clear, sharp and bright – impressive and up there with the best screens I’ve seen on any handset.
The flat style RAZR number pad I have to admit, never really liking no matter how often I see and use it. I like the tactile feel of real buttons. Nevertheless I have to say in its favour that definite progress has been made since the earliest of Motorola’s flat number pads.
In particular, the buttons are all large, they are separated by slightly raised lines, and the numbers and other elements glow blue (of course it has to be blue) in dull conditions all of which make it relatively easy to use.
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