Motorola EX128 Review

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The Motorola EX128 is a quad band dual SIM touchscreen phone from the mobile manufacturing giant. The EX128 along with the EX115 are the first two dual SIM phones manufactured by Motorola. As Samsung and Nokia have already made their own dual SIM handsets, these two handsets are a fitting reply to them and the announcement by Motorola that, they are not to be left behind in any mobile phone race, may it be touchscreens, camera phones, music phones or dual SIM phones.
The Motorola EX128 has a list of varied features like 3 megapixel camera, music player, bluetooth, internet connectivity and an impressive battery life among others.

Body Design
The EX128 dual SIM Mobile phone comes in a candy bar design. It has a physical dimension of 4.2 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches and weighs as little as 2.82 ounces. As this phone is a touchscreen phone, there are no physical alphanumeric keypads except for the d-pad and the two call keys on each side. The phone has a 3.2 inch WQVGA TFT touchscreen which can display images at a maximum resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. It is also a 262K color screen which means it can display a maximum of 262,000 different colors and has full touchscreen functionality.
The dedicated camera key, the volume rocker and the lanyard eyelet are on the right side of the phone. The touchscreen stylus is also on the right side of the phone. The left side of the phone is completely bare with just the name of Motorola on it. The 3.5 mm jack and the microUSB port are on the top of the phone while the bottom of the phone does not house anything except for the small microphone hole. The back of the phone has a dotted rubbery surface which greatly increases the grip of the phone. This phone is a very pocket friendly phone but the weight of the phone is too low that the lightness of the phone compromises the premium feel of the phone.
There is not much choice in terms of colors of the phone as the phone comes in just a single color i.e. steel gray.

Multimedia
The phone has a fixed focus 3 megapixel camera. It can capture a picture at a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, which is its best. This camera is also equipped with a digital zoom which comes in use when you want to zoom in the photos you are clicking. The absence of an auto focus lens is also unfortunate, as without it image quality of pictures taken in close-up are not that good. Just like its counterpart, the Motorola EX115, the 128 also has its own photo editor which comes in handy when you want to put a final touch up to your photos. You can also record video with this camera and the video quality of the phone is much better that the EX115. The resolution at which the video are recorded is the same. Both the phones can record videos at QCIF resolution, but the Motorola EX128 has a higher fps and records at 30 fps instead of 15. This increase in frame rate makes movements in the videos look smoother. The phone also has a music player that can play multiple formats. AMR NB, AAC, AAC+, MIDI, WAV and MP3 are the list of supported formats by the music player. The media player also has video playing capabilities although there is not much choice in the number of compatible formats. The video player can play MPEG4 and H.263 codec.
The integrated stereo FM radio completes the entertainment section of the phone. There is a very cool feature in the phone which lets you record the songs and any broadcast that comes on the radio.
This dual SIM phone is also very technologically sound when it comes to internet connectivity and web browsing. It supports the browsing of full websites instead of mobile versions. The phone comes with WAP 2.0, XHTML and HTML support. You can also install the opera mini browser to have the best browsing experience. GPRS and EDGE both help with the transfer of data of the phone. Social network fans are in for a treat with the inclusion of preloaded direct links to their favorite social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut and even GMail. The phone also supports various messaging types ranging from the humble SMS and MMS to Email with POP3 and IMAP attachments.
The phone also has support of Java MIDP 2.0. The device also comes with a few Java games. You can even download a lot more of Java games to keep you entertained from the internet.

Memory
The phone has internal memory which is sufficient enough for all your contact details, SMS, MMS, mails and the ringtones. You can also expand your memory up to 32 GB through its standard microSD slot. This expanded memory is the space where you can store all the media files like videos, photos, audio and other applications.


Connectivity
The Motorola Ex128 is a quad band touchscreen phone which supports the four GSM bands namely GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900. It has both Class 10 GPRS and EDGE which helps in with the online connectivity. The GPRS network can connect with the web world at a maximum of 48 kbps while the EDGE network can log in to the online world at a maximum speed of 236.8 kbps.
On top of the online connectivity, the phone also has the standard number of local connectivity. It has bluetooth version 2.1 with EDR and A2DP profile. The bluetooth connectivity helps in connecting the phone with other bluetooth enabled devices. It can be another bluetooth phone, a printer or even a headphone. The inclusion of EDR is for the quick and speedy transfer of data between the phone and the other bluetooth enabled devices. The A2DP feature is also included in this. This bluetooth profile makes the connection of a wireless stereo bluetooth headphone with your handset possible. You can listen to high quality music on your headphone, but without the fussy wires.
There is also the USB 2.0 for all the local wired connections of the phone. Through this port, you can connect your phone with all the other USB compatible devices like printers and computers and transfer music, videos and other data between them. Although, you can send files to and fro from your phone to other devices through the USB, the phone does not have PC synchronization. That means you cannot copy or add new contacts automatically from your phone to the computer or the other way round.
The inclusion of the standard 3.5 mm audio jack gives the user to use any headphones of his choice.

Performance
The call quality of the phone is good although we experienced minor disturbances and loss in signals in far off or confined areas. The overall design of the phone is pretty good and all praises for the wonderful grip of the phone which credit should go to the rubbery back. The touchscreen was better than expected from a phone of its price range. There was no difficulty with the interface and the touchscreen technology as each touch we made was precise and never failed to register a click. The 3 megapixel camera is good for its price range although the video recording of this phone was much better than its counterpart, the Motorola EX115. The display screen of the phone was pretty good with the delivery of high quality pictures and vivid images. The display even had very good sunlight legibility. It was even better than the recent Nokia phones like the Nokia 5230 and Nokia 5030.
The music player of the phone had no complaints, except we advise you to use a good quality headphone instead of the bundled one and the volume of the loudspeaker could have been a little louder. On top of this, the video player supported the minimum number of formats which gives us no choice in terms of video playback.

Verdict
The EX128 is a dual SIM phone with a touchscreen display. The dual SIM feature gives you the power to have two working phone numbers but carry only one handset which greatly increases your comfort factor compared to carrying two handsets. The phone also has all the basic features that we look out from a mobile phone and a little bit more. The entertainment department of the phone is taken care of, as well as the social networking features. I recommend this phone to anyone and everyone who has to carry two phones all the time and would love their mobile to have a little style and class but at a very affordable price.
The Motorola EX128 is available for $189.

Reviewer’s Rating: 3.5/5

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3 Comments

Mark Smith on January 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm.

The Motorola EX128 has a display type TFT resistive touchscreen, up to 1 colours. The main screen is of sizeTFT resistive touchscreen having the resolution type which has the capacity to cover the pixellete area of240 x 400 pixels 3.2 inches(nHD)

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asen on February 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm.

Agreeing with all good things featured in this site about this phone, some serious downsides are worth taking note of. I have been using this phone for the last one month and I must say what I find the most disturbing features about using this phone. 1)the virtual keyboard is awkwardly crammed and frustrating to us. Even you don’t have a forward/backward navigation key!(2) the worst feature,- a strange echo sound (hollow tube like)on earpiece which is highly disturbing during voice calls. The company offered no solution for the issues & they did not respond to my e mail over their official website.

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Mark Smith on March 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm.

Motorola EX128 is awesome cell phone it has lots of good features.

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