Over a month ago, Motorola introduced a woman’s flip phone to our market called the MOTOKRZR K1. I tested this device for over a week and it performed quite, quite well.
The Motorola MOTOKRZR K1 phone I tested is the successor to the iconic Motorola RAZR V3. The name KRZR comes from the word “crazy”, meaning “crazy”. Whether the mobile was really “crazy”, you will find out later in the test.
What’s in the box?
When I opened the box of the MOTOKRZR K1 I was surprised by it at the very beginning. Why? This is the first time I have encountered such a non-standard box. When you slide out the “drawer” of the box, you find the phone on one side and everything else on the other. Namely: charger, headset, warranty, user manual, warranty and usage information, CD, USB cable connecting computer to phone and (in my case) memory card – 128 MB.
The MOTOKRZR K1 is reminiscent in shape of the iconic Motorola RAZR V3, but it is narrower than its predecessor by more than a centimeter. Measuring 103×42.5×16.5 mm and weighing 101.4 grams, the phone is constructed from a combination of hardened glass, magnesium and polished chrome. The device has a blue metallic color, which when exposed to the right light causes rainbow reflections to appear on the phone. The back of the handset is covered with a soft, velvety feel plastic that prevents the handset from slipping out of your hand. On the very top of the flip is placed the digital camera, but about that later in the test. On the left side of this phone, three auxiliary keys (two volume keys and navigation key) have been placed, on the right side there is one key (voice dialing key). On the bottom right side, we will find the charger and HF headset jack.
When we open the device, on the back of the flip there is a drawn instruction on how to remove the battery and how to “retract” the back flap of the phone. The placement of the microSD card slot above the SIM card is also interesting.
After opening the flip we will see an engraved keyboard, for the first time used in a mass-produced phone. I noticed two non-standard keys, a direct button leading us to the browser and a delete (go back) button. Apart from that, just below the display (the biggest round button) the phone has a main navigation key. Unfortunately, it gave me the most problems. The keys being too closely spaced caused me to often press the wrong button I wanted. This is a big downside to this device, unless one has “skinny” fingers.
The displays on the K1 are very decent. Especially since there are two of them. Both have a 1.9-inch TFT display with 176×220 pixels (internal) and an external display with 96×80 pixels. Thanks to the use of 256k colors all colors can be seen very clearly on them.
What is inside?
The MOTOKRZR K1 has a standard animated menu with two features that caught my attention. The first one is definitely the camera and digital camera, which is placed on the top and when opened on the bottom of the flip. This 2-megapixel camera will allow us to take medium quality photos. The camera has an eight times digital zoom. However, in a digital camera (digital camcorder as well), in addition to zoom, we can set some interesting options: lighting conditions, where I can choose from six combinations (auto, night, sunny, cloudy, interior (home and office)), exposure (dim, brighten), and style, where we choose to take a picture, shoot a movie from several filters: color, black and white, bluish, antique, reddish, greenish, and negative.
The second interesting feature that caught my attention is the voice memos. Very good quality of their recording, will make this phone will serve us as a really good class voice recorder. The voice memo can be listened to (deleted, of course), set as a ringtone, as well as sent to the editor as a message or via Bluetooth.
Thanks to the built-in 20MB memory, it can play back just a few songs (it supports MIDI, MP3, AAC and AAC+ files). I was lucky that the phone I tested was equipped with a 128 MB memory card. The music quality is really satisfactory. In addition, each song can be set as a ringtone. As for videos, the MOTOKRZR K1 plays them at a speed of 15 frames per second CIF. Thanks to the filters you can always colorize the filmed video. It is a bit of fun and the effects may surprise us.
Somehow this phone didn’t encourage me to browse the web on it (despite the built-in browser). I used the browser once and I have to admit that it works the same way as in other phones. I didn’t notice any difference. I also used Bluetooth technology. File transfer was without any problems, the MOTOKRZR K1 recognized my Sony Ericsson T68i in a few seconds. This is a plus for this phone, as not all cell phones recognize this SE model.
The BC50 Li-Ion 3.7V 820 mAh battery lasted me six days without charging. This is a decent result and for a phone intended “for the masses” good enough.
For a phone intended for the mass market, the device performed very well. Through this cell phone one talks pleasantly, like through a typical flip phone. The big downside of this phone is the too close placement of the keys on the keypad, which means that the typical “guy” will have trouble operating this device. The Motorola MOTOKRZR K1 doesn’t have any “amazing features”, but it is nice and practical. If I were a woman (which I am not), I would definitely give it a better rating. In my opinion, it deserves six and a half stars on a ten-star rating scale.
According to the manufacturer, the price of this phone is £1500.
” 2 megapixel digital camera with 8x zoom and image editing option;
” display with 176×220 pixels TFT, 256 thousand colors;
” recording and playback of MPEG4 video files (15 frames per second CIF);
” built-in 20 MB memory
” audio/video streaming (3GPP);
” Bluetooth stereo technology
” microSD card slot, allowing the memory of the device to be expanded to up to