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Motorola XT800 Dual-SIM Android Phone Review

on April 6, 2011 – 9:30 am5 Comments

Motorola Milestone XT800 (Motorola Glam ) is the company’s first Dual SIM Android phone. This phone is the India’s first Android powered Dual SIM Touch-screen smartphone. In this review we shall find out how exactly the android and the Dual SIM logic actually works.

Highlight

The Motorola XT800 is the new device in Milestone family. The unique feature of the handset is the Dual SIM feature. But before you get too excited it does not support 2 GSM SIM cards. It supports one GSM and one CDMA  SIM card . It comes with a decent capacitive touchscreen, a 5MP camera with dual LED flash , HDMI and runs on Android 2.1

Hardware / Design :

Motorola XT800 comes with a plastic body and a silver chrome running all over the sides of the phone. The phone comes with a reasonably large 3.7 inch screen with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

There are 3 touch sensitive buttons below the screen- menu , home and back.

The volume controls and micro USB port are on the left side and HDMI port and camera button on the right.

The XT800 sports a 5 Megapixel auto focus camera with dual LEDs.

The battery cover has a nice pattern and makes gripping the handset very comfortable.

After removing the battery cover we can see the slots for two SIMs and a slot for memory card. The XT800 runs on Android 2.1 powered by 550Mhz TI OMAP3430 processor and 256MB RAM. The phone is powered by 1390 mAh Li-Ion battery.

User Interface / OS :

Motorola XT800 runs on Android 2.1 aka Eclair. The Android UI is mostly unaltered and there is no fancy skin except for the SIM selection overlay.

The settings app in Android comes with special settings for dual sim support where you can select the default data network. The Motorola XT800 comes with preinstalled apps such as QuickOffice, Firewall, Audio effects and Mysign.

The XT800 also comes with a special APN control widget with which you can toggle data transfer and also toggle between both CDMA and GSM data networks.

Firewall app:

The firewall app in XT800 serves as a spam filter for both calls and messages. The incoming call/sms filter monitors for spam calls and it ignores/rejects the call/sms as defined as the user. And when the outgoing call filter is enabled you can block all outgoing calls or allow calls to only certain numbers.

Camera :

XT800 comes with a 5MP auto focus cam with dualLED flash. The camera is quite ok and it comes with many predefined modes such as auto,portrait,landscape,sport,night portrait,sunset,macro and steady.  Have a look at the camera samples below.

The video camera records videos at 720P with 25fps . The quality is pretty decent too .

One place where the UI is different is the music player. As you can see , the music controls are different.

It also comes with audio effects app with which you can change the audio output.

Conclusion :

Pros :

  • Dual SIM with CDMA and GSM support
  • Android 2.1
  • HDMI out
  • Firewall app
  • Loud audio output

Cons :

  • Slow Processor
  • Below par Battery Life
  • Expensive

The XT800 serves good as a Dual SIM Android phone but considering its expensive price tag we should have seen a bigger battery or a more powerful CPU. XT800 still runs on Android 2.1 still there is no news regarding its update. Full marks to Motorola for the attempt to bring a Smartphone with multiple SIM support but the price needs to be more attractive if it wants innovation to translate to sales.

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  • donnacoz

    One SIM card and one CDMA sim card????

    Worthless design. Good for nothing phone. The market is two SIM GSM cards in the same phone. Another example of both poor engineering and very poor market research.

    No wonder Motorola is so far behind the curve.

    • Jimbo

      Actually there are some of us that do require GSM + CDMA.

      Company phone connection is Tata Indicom CDMA.

      Personal phone is Airtel GSM.

      Therefore, either carry two phones, or thanks to Motorola, carry just one.

      True, the XT800 is overpriced, stuck at Adroid 2.1, and 3G only on the CDMA card, but I have found it great and meets my requirement!

      Since this was released primarily for China, probably they did their market research there, and not in India. I can’t even find an English User manual anywhere on the net!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IKYMLBLSCPNTK6NC2TJGKBNESY pratyush

      donnacoz you need micromaxx… you dont even need to dream about this handset its just out of ur pocket… ANGOOR KHATTE HAI BETA

  • RK

    Can one use both GSM card..???

  • Adel Almatari

    i have moto xt800 and nokia n95 so can i send my data from nokia n95 to my new motorola xt800?? plz iam in emergency situation