Motorola seems to show no sign of abandoning the endless use of CPTL LTTRS to name its phones, nor of dropping the frequently appearing RAZR name. Here comes the much advertised Motorola MOTORAZR2 V8, a clamshell, quad band, flat keyboarded phone which T-Mobile, O2 and Orange are all offering from free depending on your tariff choice.
This is another thin handset from Motorola. Just 11.9mm thin, to be precise, which is pretty good going for a clamshell. It is a bit tall at 103mm when closed and a very lanky 185mm with the clam opened, as well as being rather wide at 53mm. I’ve got quite small hands and I found it a bit awkward to stretch all the way round the number pad and get to all the buttons without calling both hands into play.
Opening the phone one handed wasn’t a problem. I could push a finger or thumb between the two sections easily enough. But closing it I again found both hands were ideally needed.
While I am dealing with usage ergonomics lets look at the inner aspects of this phone. I’ve already said that the usual Motorola flat number pad is here. I used to find these difficult to use, but Moto has worked well on this aspect of its handsets and this incarnation is tactile, with each key depressing a little as you push it. The fact that the whole key area is vast helps, and that includes the navigation button and shortcuts.
The blue/grey colouring of this handset is rather appealing, but it isn’t the eye catcher that these metal finishes once were. There are too many similar-looking mobiles around. And the shiny front of the phone attracts grubby fingerprints quite easily.
What does grab the attention is the huge front screen. At 2 diagonal inches it betters the screens of some pretty good candybar handsets for size. Its 262 thousand colours are welcome too. The main screen measures 2.2 inches corner to corner and also delivers 262 thousand colours. It is sharp, bright and wholly acceptable.