Motorola U9 Review - Motorola U9 Review


Open the flip and you are greeted by a 2in, 320 x 240 pixel, 262 thousand colour TFT LCD which is amazingly sharp and bright, and a retro flat number pad. There is nothing remarkable about the number pad though it does have a key dedicated to launching the music library.

Which brings me on to the phone’s features, and I’ll start with music. The formats supported are a standard bunch – MP3, WMA, AAC and AAC+ among them.

The phone’s memory card will sync with a PC. There is a microSD card slot under the battery cover where it is as difficult to get at as it could possibly be. Moto says cards of up to 4GB in size are supported, which must mean SDHC is supported. You can’t send music to the internal memory, but with just 256MB built in the absence of this ability is not going to worry you too much.

You can use Bluetooth stereo headphones or the set supplied by Motorola which, irritatingly, use a proprietary connector and are one-piece i.e. there is no way of using a headset with a 3.5mm jack.

My battery test indicates that this is not the ideal phone for music lovers. From a full charge it gave me 4 hours 47 minutes of continuous tunes through its loudspeaker, which is hardly record breaking.

There is a camera which shoots stills at resolutions up to 2-megapixels. The lens is on the front of the flip and with the phone closed you can use the OLED as a viewfinder to frame photos of yourself shooting with a side button. You can zoom using the volume rocker but can’t access any other settings.

With the flip open you shoot facing away from yourself and use the main screen as the viewfinder. Now you can get to the camera’s settings using the up and down controls on the navigation button to choose the type of setting (zoom, scene, exposure, lighting conditions etc) and then the left and right buttons to make selections. This system makes it really fast and easy to make changes.

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