The Motorola Quantico is a mid-priced phone with a good number of midrange features, like a camera and GPS connectivity. This phone has been getting good reviews for its tough construction and good voice call performance.
Design (4 out of 5)
The Motorola Quantico has a 3.7 inch length, 2.2 inch width and 1 inch thickness. While the design is not exactly eye catching, the construction is tough and resistant. The battery cover is made of textured rubber, as are the sides of the handset. The textured rubber cover makes the phone durable enough to resist the usual bumps and bruises. The downside of such a design, however, is the bulk it brings to the handset- which is not surprising given that the Quantico weighs 4.2 ounces. When held in hand, it really feels very much solid. Aside from the rubberized housing, the Quantico comes with tight rubber plugs that enable the handset to resist water. A rotating lock mechanism secures the battery cover.
The Quantico has a 1.6 inch LCD display that shows off the date, signal strength, time, and battery length. It also doubles as a viewfinder for the camera. When the phone is flipped over a 2.2 inch color display is shown that supports 65,000 colors at a resolution of 176x220 pixels.
Users can customize the clock format and wallpaper. On top of the LCD are the external speaker, camera lens, and the familiar Motorola logo. The left side of the phone features the volume toggle control, charger jack, and Smart key. On the other side are the 2.5 mm headset jack, key for speakerphone and voice command.
User Interface (4 out of 5)
Beneath the main display is a navigational array consisting of two soft keys, a circular toggle with a central OK button, a dedicated key for the camera, and keys for Back, Send, and End. The toggle can be used to assign shortcuts for four menu functions. Beneath the navigational array is the numeric keypad. Users will love the fact that the rubberized keys allow them to easily and quickly input messages and dial phone numbers. The keypad likewise is spacious which bodes well for users who have big thumbs.
The Quantico is fully customizable, with users able to change the menu interface color and wallpaper. Motorola ringtones can also be added or changed.
Features (4 out of 5)
Aside from the usual text and multimedia messaging, the phone has features such as vibrate mode, alarm clock, world clock, datebook, calculator, notepad and stopwatch. The advanced features of the phone include Bluetooth, wireless Web browsing, voice commands and integrated GPS.
The phone has a 1.3 megapixel camera capable of capturing images in four resolutions with a maximum of 1280x1024 pixels. The phone camera also has six presets for white balance and four choices for color effects. Other camera settings include self-timer, shutter sound and picture frames. The camera can also record video clips.
The Quantico has a music player that supports various audio files like MP3, WAV and MIDI. It requires a microSD card to function. The phone’s memory can be expanded to 8GB with its microSD support.
The phone’s address book can store up to 1,000 entries. Each entry can have up to five numbers, two email addresses and other details like birthday, street address and notes. Contacts can be organized in caller groups, which can be customized by assigning ringtones.
Performance (4 out of 5)
The camera phone churns out good quality photos which is surprising for a mid-priced handset. While some images can appear washed out, the colors are usually brilliant and not as blurry as one would expect.
When used to make voice calls, the Quantico gets good grades. Most users who have this phone say that voice calls using the handset are satisfactory. Volume is okay, while the voices sounded natural most of the time. Audio clarity is also impressive.
When using the speakerphone, voice calls are also good. Depending on the signal of the provider, the Quantico’s speakerphone performance can be good to scratchy at times. Don’t rely on the external speakers of the phone to provide good quality music, however, as music played using the media player is sub-par at best. It is still recommended to use headsets to enjoy the best in music with this handset.
The Quantico has a battery life that lasts about 6 hours of talk time and up to 19 days while on standby.
Verdict (4 out of 5)
The Motorola Quantico is probably one of the toughest phones from Motorola. Users who frequently drop their phones should consider this handset as it is specifically built to last. The design is not the most attractive but it makes up for it with its tough construction. The features are also decent for a mid-priced phone. Overall, the Quantico is a good buy for such a moderately priced sum.