The Motorola Bali boasts a thin and slim design with a black body. The phone measures 1.8 x 3.8 x 0.6 inches in dimensions with squared corners on the top and slightly curved edges at the bottom. The phone very likely reminds you of the popular Motorola models, the Krzr and Razr. The slim profile of the Bali makes it comfortable in your hands and it easily slides into pockets or handbags. Added to its slim design is its light weight (2.6 ounces), that is again a very good feature of the phone.
The front face of the Motorola Bali sports an external color display of 1.6-inches with all the necessary information such as the signal strength, time and date, caller ID and the battery. Right below the display you’ll find some touch sensitive controls. The top position is taken by three music player keys -- the Play/Pause, Next Track/Fast-forward and Previous Track/Rewind. Following that are the Mute and Bluetooth keys. However, you cannot use any of these keys in standby mode and you’ll have to activate them first. The keys are backlit when in active mode and that’s how you can identify that they are ready. The camera is positioned just above the display so that you can alternatively use it as a self-portrait viewfinder when the phone is closed.
On opening the phone you'll reveal a 2.2-inch internal display supporting 65,536 colors and 176x220 pixels resolution. The hinges are rather strong and lock firmly when you open or close the phone. The menu icons, on the other hand are somewhat boring and there's a very basic interface and resolution, just like the Motorola Rambler. However, the backlight time for the display, brightness, wallpaper, the clock format and the skin or color theme of the Bali are all adjustable.
Both the navigation array and the number keypad for the Bali are extremely flat. The array consists of a round toggle, which can again work as a shortcut to four user-defined functions. Additional keys include a Back key, two Soft keys, the Send key, a dedicated Camera key and the Power/End key. The number keypad, on the other hand is quite spacious with slightly outlined keys. The left spine of the phone contains the volume rocker, the speakerphone and the charger jack, while the voice command key and the 2.5mm headset jack sits on the right spine. The microSD card slot is placed behind the battery.