Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Motorola KRZR K1m Review

The frontplate features a glassy rectangle surrounded by glossy metallic trim, for a sleek, reflective look. While this design gives the phone a unique style, some users may bemoan the ease with which fingerprints adhere to the glassy surface. At the very top of the phone, its tiny form hidden in subtlety, floats the 1.3-megapixel camera lens. At a safe distance below the lens sits the squat 96 x 80 px external screen. The external screen itself resides above three not-quite-invisible touch-sensor music controls. The clamshell "break" in the frontplate occurs a centimeter or two above the bottom edge, delivering the iconic RAZR look. With its aesthetically-placed lens, screen, and buttons on a glossy, shiny plate, the stylish front of the KRZR demands attention.

The backplate has an almost rubbery texture, soft to the touch and pleasing to the eye. The back of the phone houses the battery and the speaker phone as well as the Motorola and Verizon logos. The phone's single USB-style port is found on the side of the phone, along with various side-buttons controlling the display and camera.

A quick flip-open of the phone reveals a somewhat standard keypad, differing from expectations only in a special camera-trigger button placed opposite to the Clear button. Users unused to the skinny width of the phone may have some trouble dialing at first, but the rubber-trimmed keypad makes the buttons soft to the touch and provides some useful friction. Above the keypad dwells the average-sized 176 x 220 px internal screen. For the most part, the internal panels of the phone should offer no surprises to previous cell phone users.

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