Yesterday during indiblogger meet, a fellow geek told me about the launch of Motorola fire and I quickly did a check on flipkart and there they are.
Motorola Fire and Fire XT are budget smartphones powered by 2.3 (gingerbread) version of Android.
Price: 9k-10k approx (9.2k at flipkart)
As you can see from the picture, Fire is portrait qwerty device but with a regular non-wide body. Good to see that Motorola has released this phone with Gingerbread preinstalled, though I would have loved to see a vanilla android without the infamous Motoblur. Display is a 2.8″ 262k color TFT LCD with a resolution of 240×320. The phone comes with the usual connectivity options like 3G, Wi-Fi, 3.2mm camera (without flash), 1420mAh battery, full size qwerty, FM Radio, expandable memory etc.
But the biggest problem is with the processing power. A 600Mhz ARM 11 processor with 256MB of RAM is pre-historic and won’t fit current usage levels. Samsung Galaxy Pro has better processing power and has every other feature and it costs 1k-2k less. Also, am a bit sceptical regarding the qwerty keypad. From the image, the keys looks too tiny but then again, you can judge by looks as there are similar sized keypads that are excellent to use.
If I were you, I would ignore it unless the price drops below 7k.
Motorola Fire XT (XT531)
Price: 13k approx
Apart from Motorola Defy and Wildfire S, there isn’t any decent midrange Android device that is currently available in the market. Fire XT, priced at 13k should be able to give serious competition to Wildfire S. The display is TFT LCD at 3.5″ and has a resolution of 320×480. This phone is powered by Qualcomm MSM7227 800MHz processor and has 512MB or RAM and 512MB of ROM to play with. There is a 5mp camera with flash and the usual connectivity options. Good thing is that this phone comes with a front facing camera for video calling.
If I were you, I would definitely pick this phone over Wildfire S but if you can up the budget by 1.5k-2k, Defy is still the best option.