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Tech Blog Review: Motorola Electrify

After trying out Motorola’s power pack yesterday, we thought we’d see what the Motorola Electrify was all about. The Motorola Electrify from US Cellular is a 4.3 inch touch screen mobile phone running on an Android platform. Overall I would say the Electrify is a great entry level phone for someone who may be new to smartphones.

Motorola Electrify

The Electrify is a user-friendly smartphone with a no-fuss touch screen. I actually could see my non tech savvy parents being able to handle this phone with relative ease (though my mother’s first encounter with an Android phone was a disaster).  While texting and phones calls are simple with the Electrify, it still includes all the bells and whistles you want in a smartphone. Amazon Kindle, social networking sites, email, video chat and web browsing are all available. The Electrify is noticeably lighter than the iPhone 4s which may appeal to someone looking for a less bulky phone.

Though easy to use, the Electrify has a couple underwhelming qualities.  The camera is just average and may not be the best fit for someone wanting to take a lot of pictures and video. Aside from the camera, web browsing seemed slower than recent phones I’ve tried out. Depending how important these features are to you, the Electrify may be worth looking into.

The Motorola Electrify is a good fit for someone looking to for an easy to use smartphone but doesn’t really need high-speed browsing or the best camera. I like the screen size and would even recommend it to my parents. The Electrify is a good phone for Motorola as they’ve struggled after the RAZR hey-day. As someone who is in the market for a new phone, this phone has definitely peaked my interest.

If you’re interested in the Motorola Electrify, you can pick up the phone from US Cellular for $99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. It’s a great price for someone in the market for a new smartphone and worth checking out.

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Tech Review: Motorola P793 Universal Dual-Charging Portable Power Pack

Motorola P793 Universal Dual-Charging Portable Power Pack

As someone who hates carrying around my power cord and searching for the nearest outlet, I was excited to try out a portable power pack to easily charge my phone on the go. Motorola’s P793 Universal Dual-Charging Portable Power Pack is a slim, no-fuss device that makes keeping your mobile charged hassle free.

 Though the power pack is Motorola, it’s compatible with most brands including Android, Blackberry, HTC and Samsung. The power pack claims to be able to juice up an iPhone, but it charger definitely wasn’t a fit. Perhaps there is some sort of adapter that needs to be included?

The power pack isn’t much to look at, but a power pack doesn’t need any bells and whistles. It’s lightweight and slim, which makes it easy to slip into a bag before you head out the door. The lights on the power pack indicate how much power is left to charge your phone and that’s about all you see. It’s great that device automatically shuts down after 30 seconds without a connection, ensuring that you aren’t wasting the power pack.

After charging my nearly dead phone with the power pack for several hours, I found that my battery had jumped from nothing to around 75-percent charged. It’s not perfect, but definitely enough to get me through the day. It may not look exciting but it gets the job done.

The Motorola P793 and other power packs are widely available at electronic stores. You can grab one like ours from AT&T for $40.

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