Motorola DEXT review

The DEXT is Motorola's first foray into Android territory. Does it work? We review the handset to find out.

Messaging is also made much easier as in a way that lets users "focus on what people have to say instead of how they send it," according to Motorola. In practice, this means messages appear based on whom they're from rather than separated into text, email and so on. It does make keeping track of who said what in conversations that take place over several mediums much easier to digest.

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The ability to sync your work/personal calendar with your Google calendar is a bonus so you can see at a glance what you're supposed to be doing and when.

Browsing the web on the DEXT is a pleasant experience that's also quite speedy thanks to an Android HTML webkit-based browser and Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity options both supported. While pages render well, there's no support for multi-touch for zooming, which proves a bit of a disappointment.

A range of useful applications are provided out-of-the-box to make life for the busy user much easier, both for work and play. QuickOffice, for example, will help business users review documents and such like on the move, although if they want to edit them too, they'll have to fork out for an upgrade.

Of course, there's also speedy access to the Android market to download the apps of your choice should you not find them already living on the handset from day one.

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Customising the DEXT's desktop is easy, achieved simply by pressing and dragging the desired icons around. Haptic feedback assures users that they're command has been met during the process. Indeed, we found the (320x480 pixels) touch screen to be very responsive to all our commands during the test period.

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