As I’ve pointed out possibly a billion times before: there’s not a great deal of choice when it comes to QWERTY-toting Android phones. Indeed, in my recent QWERTY Android phones feature I put that number at something like 10. That’s your lot. Other than the ones I forgot about.
Motorola is poised to throw not one but two cans of keyboard flavoured petroleum on the QWERTY Android bonfire, in the shape of the Motorola Fire (right) and Motorola Pro (left). Thanks, Moto. That almost makes up for not releasing the Motorola Milestone 3 in the UK.
The Motorola Fire recently got the full press release treatment and is expected next month at some point. Motorola describes it as “budget-friendly”, and Clove currently lists the price at £216. However, there’s truth in the old adage “you get what you pay for”.
The Motorola Pro, on the other hand, was released in the States last November. It popped up at Mobile World Congress in February, briefly cancelled its plans to come to the UK then bought itself a new ticket. Make up your mind, man.
It’s fairly quiet on the Motorola Pro front, but it’s still in attendance at the bottom of Motorola’s UK site (see the little scrolly bar at the bottom?).
Clove reckons the Motorola Pro will arrive mid-to-late September, with a significantly meatier price tag of £420, pretty much twice the price of the Motorola Fire. Is it worth it?
I suppose the best way to compare these chaps is to dissect them. Figuratively. I won’t lie to you: I’m not sitting here with a shiny new Motorola Fire and Motorola Pro, as much as I’d like to be.
The keyboards on the Motorola Fire and Motorola Pro look almost identical, so much so that I initially wondered if the Motorola Fire was the Motorola Pro. Closer inspection shows that they are, of course, not the same phone.
The Motorola Fire (right) has a modest 2.8in capacitive display, with a 320 x 240 resolution. Eek. The Motorola Pro has a 3.1in HVGA display with a 320 x 480 resolution.
The Motorola Fire has a 600HMz Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU and Adreno 200 GPU combo. Sound familiar? That’s the same as the HTC Wildfire S. The Motorola Pro is a 1GHz TI OMAP affair.
This is another area where the Motorola Fire keeps its cost down. It’ll have a meager 512MB of on-board storage, but with 32GB expansion capabilities via Micro SD.
The Motorola Pro rocks 8GB of internal storage, again expandable to 32GB.
This is where the humble Motorola Fire gets one up on its big brother. The Motorola Pro ships with Froyo (Android 2.2), while the Motorola Fire trumps it with a tasty slice of Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
As a budget phone, it’ll come as no surprise that the Motorola Fire has a 3.15MP camera sans zoomage, and shoots video at 480p. Not too shabby for £216, I guess. Having said that, the Motorola Pro (left) isn’t exactly breaking boundaries with its 5MP dual LED flash effort.
It’s a tie in this round, as both the Motorola Fire and Motorola Pro have 1420mAh batteries.
So there you have it. The Motorola Fire looks like a decent option considering its more-than-reasonable price, but is its big bro - the Motorola Pro - worth it? It’s hard to justify considering you can grab an HTC Sensation for not much more, but we imagine that price tag will take a beating before long.
Bye, and happy typing.