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A fantastic Android option

The Motorola Quench XT5, which is available at some places for Rs 13,990, is quite the sleeper hit. The OS is smooth as butter, music playback is excellent and the Gorilla Glass-encased display ensures scratches don’t affect your viewing experience.

india Updated: May 05, 2011 01:08 IST
Sriram Gurunathan

The Motorola Quench XT5 screams out cool the moment you lay your eyes on it. The exterior is comprised of a matte black finish, with a dash of chrome thrown in for good measure on the rims. The glossy front houses a 320x480-pixel, 3.2-inch Gorilla Glass display. The phone doesn’t feel rugged but it is solidly built.

The XT5 is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and comes with stock Android 2.1 Eclair. There’s no news on if/when the XT will get an OS update to 2.2 Froyo. Still, it performs admirably.

The touchscreen, even when using multi-touch, is responsive. The accelerometer recognises tilts quickly and accurately. There are three different keyboard layouts for text input, which can be changed at will by swiping over them.

Supports many formats
The video player on the XT5 is decent, as a pretty good screen augments it. It only plays VGA resolution files, but the format support is pretty good, with both DivX and H264 on offer.

Where the Quench shines is the music department. It’s loud and provides decent soundstage with good bass and treble levels. The Quench XT5 is 3G enabled with HSDPA support. WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP are also included. The phone ships with GPS, assisted-GPS support and it even has a GPS tracker.

The five-megapixel fixed focus camera comes with a bunch of features. There are options to change the white balance, colour effects and even parameters such as sharpness, contrast and saturation.

Verdict
The Motorola Quench XT5, which is available at some places for Rs 13,990, is quite the sleeper hit. The OS is smooth as butter, music playback is excellent and the Gorilla Glass-encased display ensures scratches don’t affect your viewing experience. Add to that the quality build and the good battery life, and the XT5 becomes a fantastic mid-range Android option.