Motorola Pro+ (Pro Plus) Review by 3G.co.uk

 

Motorola Pro Plus
Motorola Pro Plus
Motorola Pro Plus

Feature set summary for Motorola Pro+ (Pro Plus) review

The Gingerbread operating system is not the newest kid on the block, and the five-megapixel snapper is okay but doesn’t work well in low light

 

Style and handling summary for Motorola Pro+ (Pro Plus) review

The Pro Plus has solid, curvy good looks, a decent heft in the hand and reminds us of a BlackBerry, with that physical keyboard. 

 

 Battery power summary for Motorola Pro+ (Pro Plus) review

Heavy users will get more than 24 hours out of a full charge thanks to a clever battery saver feature.

 

Performance summary for Motorola Pro+ (Pro Plus) review

Under the hood is a single-core chip that can cope with the latest games but may be out of date sooner rather than later.

 

User friendliness summary for Motorola Pro+ (Pro Plus) review

The well designed keyboard combines with a responsive screen to offer a user friendly, enjoyable experience.


Motorola Pro Plus Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Performance
Battery Power
Overall Score 3G.co.uk grey star

 

Pros: Responsive display, well designed keyboard, good battery life


Cons: Gingerbread is a tad elderly, small display to make space for keyboard

 

Verdict: The Motorola Pro Plus proves a good alternative to a BlackBerry if you want to be working while on the move.

Full Review and Specification for the Motorola Pro Plus

If you like a good physical keyboard on your mobile, but don’t want a BlackBerry, Motorola has just come up with a new choice for you, in the shape of the Motorola Pro Plus. Unlike Motorola’s flip phone the Gleam Plus, the Pro Plus offers you the benefits both of that keyboard and the many thousands of Android apps that are to be had.

 

Looking at it, the Pro Plus is going to get compared with a BlackBerry, thanks to the physical keyboard and its solid, curvy design. However, it also has a touchscreen, and while BlackBerry failed to combine the two well on its Bold 9790, on the Pro Plus it seems like a great combination.

 

Old news


Your first job when you fire up the device is to initiate your MOTOBLUR account. This will back up preferences and contacts, and is intended to make it easier to swap phones – but only if you’re changing to another Motorola handset.

 

Motorola has chosen to let the Pro Plus run Android Gingerbread, with a few Motorola personalisations thrown in for good measure. There are seven desktops that can be customised with your choice of widgets, apps and bookmarks. There are some Motorola widgets included too, such as social networking and email. However, as we were unable to get them to stream content for us they were a bit of a waste of time.

 

But we liked the other Motorola touches – including the new-look dialler – which add a new feel to the rather jaded Gingerbread operating system.

 

Text talk


We’re also pretty keen on that physical keyboard. If you’re texting for instance, it’s a speedy process, thanks to the keys, which are raised in the middle to make them easy to find with your thumb. Made a mistake? No problem, the autocorrect facility shows you a list of options at the bottom of the display. Tap on the word you really meant to type and carry on.

 

The keyboard is well laid out too – there are comma and full stop keys as well as a useful Alt key to take you to punctuation and numbers. There’s also a very handy dedicated ‘@’ key. 

 

Under the display are the Android touch buttons for Home, Menu, Search and Back. There’s also a line of virtual shortcuts along the base of the display, which take you to texts, camera, apps and contact

s. We’re happy to see a camera shortcut, but it does come at the expense of a shortcut to your emails.

Power-wise, the Pro Plus performed well. We tried it with a selection of the latest games, such as Temple Run, and it coped marvellously, with no signs of slowing down or any other issues. Streaming video is pretty good too, although we did experience the odd stutter – however that may well have been related to the network rather than the phone itself.

 

Screen star


The display, which measures 3.1 inches, is really bright – it means that even if viewing it in direct sunlight it is easy to read emails and texts – and images and videos are full of colour and pin sharp. HD videos look particularly impressive.

 

At 3.1 inches, though, the screen is a little small if you want to watch a full movie, and you’ll find yourself doing a lot of zooming and scrolling if you’re browsing the web. However, once you get used to the size of the screen, the online experience is enjoyable – it responds well to touch controls and you can scroll though pages easily as scrolling is adjusted depending on how aggressive your gestures are. We experienced no issues or lag while surfing the net either. 

 

Playing snap


There is a five-megapixel snapper, which is fine for taking daytime snaps – they look sharp and okay colour-wise if you want to view them on a monitor or TV, but you’ll probably find yourself having to brighten them up to get the best out of them. An LED flash is included for taking low-light shots, but it had a habit of overexposing the subjects. There is a facility for capturing 720p video too, and this came out well, adjusting to any variation in light and picking up voices clearly.

 

The battery lasted really well – even after a full day undergoing heavy use (playing games and streaming video), the battery still had life left in it. This is thanks to the battery manager onboard, which lets you choose from several modes depending on whether you want to conserve your juice or get the ultimate performance from your handset. It is also possible to set up a custom battery setting, where you can alter screen brightness and switch off some services at off-peak times. It’s a nice addition and we’d like to see it appear on more phones.

 

Our conclusion


The Pro Plus is a winner, with its neat combination of usable keyboard and responsive display. If you like a physical keyboard, you’ll be typing in texts and emails speedily, while the display lets you find your way around the web and make the most of the many thousands of Android apps. The small display is not the perfect option for surfing the net or watching feature-length movies, and the Gingerbread OS is starting to look a bit jaded, but nevertheless if you’re looking for a viable alternative to a BlackBerry, the Motorola Pro Plus is it.

 

Motorola Pro Plus Specification

Type of phone:

N/A

Style:

N/A

Size:

119.5x62x11.65mm

Weight:

113g

Display:

N/A colours

Resolution:

N/A

Camera:

5 megapixels

Special Camera features:

LED flash

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

No

Video streaming:

Yes

Music formats played:

WMA, MIDI, WAV, AAC+, MP3, MP4

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

N/A

Voice Control:

N/A

Voice Dialling:

N/A

Call records:

N/A

Phonebook:

N/A

Ringtones customization:

N/A

Display description:

640x480 pixels

Website:

www.clove.co.uk

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

N/A

Standard color:

N/A

Launch Status:

N/A

Radio:

N/A

Operating system:

N/A

Connectivity:

Wi-Fi, MicroUSB, Bluetooth

Announced date:

N/A

What's in the Box:

N/A

RAM:

N/A

International launch date:

N/A

Battery life when playing multimedia:

N/A

CPU:

1GHz single-core processor

FM Radio Description:

N/A

Internal memory:

1GB

Memory Card Slot:

microSD

Messaging:

SMS, MMS, Email

E-mail client:

Push email

GPS:

A-GPS

Java:

Yes

Games:

N/A

Data speed:

3G, HSDPA, EDGE, GPRS

Frequency:

N/A

Talktime:

480 mins

Standby:

325 hours

Display size:

3.1 inches

Keypad:

N/A

Audio recording:

N/A


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By Simon Thomas on 11th April, 2012


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