Motorola announced the Motosmart yesterday and we've managed to get some hands-on time with the budget Android smartphone.

This pint-sized smartphone has an attractive £99 price tag on a pay-as-you-go basis and is aimed at those looking to purchase their first smartphone. We like the simple and attractive black and silver design. The Motosmart is lightweight, not too thick and the build quality seemed good to us at first glance.

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Motorola Motosmart rear

At this low price there aren't really any headline features as such. The smartphone aims to offer enough for users to get to grips with an operating system like Android without over complicating things.

It has a 3.5in screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 – it's nothing special but does the job for a phone of this price. It's not a surprise to find a 800MHz single-core processor inside. This coped pretty well when we used the Motosmart but we'll give you more details when we get the handset in for full review.

There's limited storage at just 512MB so you'll need to get a microSD card to be able to store a reasonable amount of apps and media content on the Motosmart.

The camera is basic at 3Mp and no LED flash but the handful of test shots we took weren't all too bad. The camera app worked well and when you remember the budget price, a 3Mp isn't too bad – it's better than nothing.

Motorola Motosmart

Software is out of date to say the least with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Motosmart won't be upgrade any further. For Motorola's target market this shouldn't really be a problem and Gingerbread has decent functionality. Motorola's Motoswitch interface is easy to navigate around and we like the widgets which display your most used contacts and apps in a sort of collage.

We haven’t tested battery life fully so we'll update you on this with the full review. The outlook seems fairly promising for this considering the low specification screen and processor.


Our first impressions of the Motorola Motosmart are good. It's a decent little smartphone at a bargain price. It does have some competition from some other handsets so will give you a full verdict when we've had the handset in for review.

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