August 17, 2011 | by Tony Price
It seems like the wars between the major cell phone companies are always crossing borders. We often get an Android device that looks oddly like an iPhone, or a new Blackberry that borrows some design features from Android handsets. While this is sometimes a happy mistake, there are often targeted reasons for it. That’s the case with the Motorola XPRT from Sprint.
The XPRT is one of the “enterprise class” Android devices we are starting to see pop up. The trend really got heated with the launch of the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon. These phones include Blackberry style QWERTY keyboards, with minimal specs and over the top security features. They often come equipped with 256-bit encryption and full Exchange mail support. The XPRT follows his trend, so let’s take a look at what makes the XPRT a true business class device.
Sometimes it feels like you see the same phone 3 or 4 times a year, with nothing really changing but the carrier branding. That’s the case with the XPRT. The phone it’s a rehash of is the Motorola Droid Pro, which I already mentioned is on Verizon. The body styles are almost identical, with only a few cosmetic differences. The keyboard on the XPRT extends all the way to edge of the phone, where as on the Pro is stopped a little short. The XPRT also features a rather nice textured back, where the Pro’s is smoother.
The keyboard is pretty nice, if you like hardware keyboards. It has a nice spring to it, giving it a satisfying typing action. The key spacing and size aren’t great for my fingers, but its something I think I would adjust to. When I was typing some test emails, I enjoyed using the hardware keyboard, despite not typically being a fan of them.
Overall, the XPRT is a solid device. It comes sporting a 1GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera with dual LED flash, 2GB of internal storage, a 2GB removable SD card (with support for up to 32GB), and a 1860 mAh battery. Moto says that the battery will get 9 hours of talk time, and I got about that in my testing. It has a 3.1″ touch screen above its keyboard that isn’t the worst I’ve ever used.
Like I said, the XPRT has a 5MP rear camera with dual LED flash. While I think most consumers want a front facing second camera on their devices now, this phone doesn’t have one. While that won’t be a game changer for the target business audience, it will deter some people away from the XPRT.
The included camera is decent. I am not overly impressed with the image quality, but its not horrible. It comes with a couple of nice added settings, like panorama and self portrait. Panorama worked well for me, but I couldn’t get self portrait to work as advertised. Here are some test shots from the XPRT: