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Motorola Motosmart Revealed for UK Launch – Android on a Budget

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While owners of the premium RAZR and RAZR MAXX smartphones eagerly await their update to Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola is busy pleasing the budget smartphone market with a new model; the Motosmart.

Aimed at the first-time smartphone buyer or somebody who wants apps and Android without a big price tag, the Motosmart is a dinky little device that will cost just £79.99 outright on pay as you go, or £7 per month on contract.

The Motosmart is a no-frills Android smartphone, so don’t go expecting an impressive camera or sharp screen here. In fact, the screen is 3.5-inches (the same size as the iPhone 4), with a low resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. Below the screen you’ll find four touch buttons for Menu, Home, Back, and Search functions, which indicate that this phone runs on Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread.

On the back of the phone there’s a 3-Megapixel camera with no flash, and unsurprisingly there’s no front-facing camera for video calling. Internal storage is capped at 156MB, so you’ll need to be using the micro SD card slot if you want to add music and games, which can take a card of up to 32GB.

In terms of size, the phone weighs a feather light 115g and is 11.2mm thick, with curved edges to make it fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Inside there’s a 1,400 mAh battery, which Moto says should see you through a full 24 hours before needing a charge, at the very least.

Motorola’s new Motoswitch software is added to Android for a personal touch, and it will customise your homescreen based on your favourite music, friends and apps.

Both T-Mobile and Carphone Warehouse will be selling the Motorola Motosmart in the UK from the end of this month.

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