Motorola Krzr K1 - Krzy People, Step Right Up!

By: Darren Evans

With the undoubted success of the V3 RAZR, Motorola had come up with what can arguably be described as one of the most universally appealing mobile phones around. Now with the K-series, they seem to be making a big attempt at consolidating that position with the K1 KRZR.

Even if the standard-clamshell design in the KRZR is nothing short of uninspiring, the materials used in its construction make it a much more appealing proposition. The front surface has been covered with mineral-glass to afford better protection from marks and scratches. Although this does look nice and glossy, the same-old problem of fingerprints crops up yet again.

With regards to the build & construction, the KRZR K1 fares just about average. The phone when snapped-shut feels firm and solid. When the flip is opened, there are a few problems. The quality of the hinge for the flip-mechanism feels flimsy and insufficient. More concerning is the fact that when the phone is opened, you clearly see markings on the screen which have come from the keypad. How this was not noticed during the final stages of construction beggars belief. Perhaps the designers went home after the preliminary sketches.

The keypad doesn't escape with that just that little critique. The keys are far too flat and not responsive enough to warrant the inclusion of the same design from the RAZR V3.

Though the main display is of a relatively average size, the legibility and clarity is well-above average but isn't quite up to competing with the big-hitters in this field like Nokia or Samsung. What doesn't help matters is the User Interface used, which to be honest hasn't undergone any major improvements or tweaks since the V3 RAZR and is now looking tired and outdated.

Carrying on with the negative vibe, the camera is the standard resolution of 2.0 Mega Pixel, but the image quality is distinctly below the acceptable standard. The lack of flash or autofocus is a major hindrance and whilst it has up to 8X digital Zoom, the on-screen images whilst using this are blurry, grainy and not worth the effort. Daylight outdoor shots are all that the KRZR is realistically able to deal with.

To conclude, the Motorola KRZR K1 is a decent-looking mid-range handset that does have its uses but is let down by the shoddy camera quality along with the stagnant user-interface. Sadly this means that you start off with a device which has a lot of promise and then cut corners on areas where that shouldn't happen. If it were up to me I'd set the K1 out to pasture, with the other old nags. In spite of that, the shinyness and good-selection of colour options mean the K1 is certain to find an audience somewhere.

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