Motorola Motokey Social
A phone for social media lovers
Here we are, given all the means to socialize, navigate and use the phone with only one device. Motorola Motoky Social is not the first smartphone to invite us on Facebook, but as we can see the list is beginning to get bigger, according to our needs. The Motokey Social brings us closer to Twitter, Gmail and Facebook, though without enjoying Cha Cha’s fame from HTC. Not yet, anyway. Let’s see what it can offer in the test performed by our team.
Apparently, not much at a first look, featuring a 2.4 inch QVGA touchscreen display and an OS that is not Android, but the company’s own platform. The 3 megapixel camera is not that great either, but after all not everyone looks for a great camera on a phone. In test it can capture decent pictures with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels.
We liked the QWERTY keyboard, which always comes in handy for fast typing, avoiding any possible latencies the on-screen keyboards have. The dedicated Facebook key stands in the left lower corner, ready to launch you directly on your profile, where you can do the usual things, like sharing photos, keeping in touch with friends or just scrolling through the last updates. All this only a button push away, while the internet connection works as desired.
Very thick design
Among its good features we can mention that the device is both thin and light, it is only 9.9mm thick and weighs 87 grams. It is a bit large however, for the sake of the keyboard, but that’s a fair compromise when you think of its benefits.
Motorola Motokey Social operates on dual 2G & 3G networks, has 64MB of RAM x 128MB of ROM and only 50MB of storage memory. But the memory can be expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card. We have to admit that we’ve seen bigger figures with other smartphones, so the Motokey Social doesn’t stand on a solid ground. It has some limitations that some may care for and others just ignore and enjoy the lower price.
For connectivity, the device features high speed 3G and WiFi options, an USB port and also Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP.
The battery life is good: the Li-Ion 910mAh battery is said to last up to 8 hours talk time and 672 hours stand by time, which is not very bad after all. We’ll have to see though how it will handle staying on Facebook most of the time, as we guess this will be the phone’s main use.
The Motokey Social has a rectangular design and a sturdy look. The keyboard is all right, almost all keys share the same size, except the space bar which occupies the place of four small keys. The rear of the phone is simple.
On the upper side there is the camera, on the bottom, which is a bit elevated for a good hand grip, there is the model’s number and in the middle the red Motorola logo.
Looking at its specs, the Motorola Motokey Social is not a mind-blowing smartphone and didn’t even intended to be one. The device is a good choice if you’re on a budget and still want some of the popular features, or if your child is nagging for a smartphone. Either way, you shouldn’t get your hopes high with this one. It’s intended to be average but it can still do its job properly.
At the ens of the test, the review conclusion is simple. Motorola Motokey Social features a smart, capacitive touch screen that goes well with the full QWERTY keyboard, including the dedicated Facebook key, and these should be enough for a modest use.
|* Display: 2.4 inch QVGA TFT display|
|* Talktime: up to 480 mins|
|* Social networking|
|* POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email|
|* Network: GSM|
|* Music player/video player|
|* Full QWERTY keypad|
|* FM Radio|
|* External dimension: 105.5 (h) x 60 (w) x 9.98 (d) mm|
|* Dedicated Facebook Button|
|* Camera: 3 MP fixed focus|
|* External Memory card slot|
|* 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM, 50 MB user memory|
|* 3.5 mm audio jack|
|* Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB connectivity|
|* Weight: 87 grams|
|* Battery: 910 mAh|