The Motorola Quench XT5 screams out cool the moment you lay your eyes on it. The exterior is mostly 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. It’s not bulky either.
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 and there’s minimal lag. The accelerometer is also quite responsive and it recognises tilts quickly and accurately. There are three different keyboard layouts for text input, which can be changed at will by swiping over them. These include the standard QWERTY layout, the numeric keypad and even a half-QWERTY keypad.
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 bundled handsfree is of an earbud design, so it could be either a good or a bad thing, depending on your preference, but it is built decently and sounds decent too.
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 that, as the name gives away, tracks your movements once you enable it. 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. As for performance, the camera doesn’t do dim lighting very well.
The 1,270 mAh battery manages to hold its own, providing about five hours of talktime. After a full charge, it will last for two days with regular usage and three days with light usage, so we’d say that’s pretty impressive.
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.