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Motorola's MotoSmart is the Google-owned company's most affordable (it hates it when we say "cheapest") phone yet, with the small 3.5-inch model arriving on Pay As You Go for around the 99 (around AU$155/US$159) price point, or 7 (AU$10.98/US$11.25) per month on contract.For that pretty reasonable sum you get a single-core 800MHz processor running Android 2.3.6, which works well and has loads of users around the world, but is rapidly falling out of fashion as Android users demand newer versions of Google's mobile operating system. Still, for the low price, you can't expect a phone at the very cutting edge of the smart scene. But is there enough in here to compete with the likes of Android's current budget superstar, the Huawei Ascend G300?First impressions of the Motorola MotoSmart - also known as the Motorola XT389 - are really quite positive.Buying GuideBest Android phoneYes, it's a very boring-looking, generic black rectangle, but it has a weight (115g/0.25lbs, to be exact) and solidity to it that makes it feel a little more prestigious than some of the other budget clunkers that litter the cheaper end of the Android phone world today.
The budget end of Androidland is a crowded place these days but that hasn't stopped Motorola lining up another cheap Android Gingerbread-flavoured blower for your consideration. Don't have a fortune to spend on a phone? Never fear. The Motosmart costs around £90 on pay as you go from Carphone Warehouse and £100 from T-Mobile, or it can be bagged from around £120 SIM free. T-Mobile is also offering it free on two-year contracts costing £7 per month. But is the Motosmart the pick of the budget bunch? The Motosmart is not the worst budget smart phone I've seen -- and at £90 to £100 on pay as you go, it's cheap. But its low-res screen, plodding performance and weak battery aren't going to win it legions of adoring fans. For £100, you can now bag a 'droid with a 1GHz chip and a clear and colourful 4-inch screen -- Huawei's excellent Ascend G300 -- which easily outshines the Motosmart's middle-of-the-road hardware. So this is the sort of device you'll only consider buying because viable pay as you go alternatives on your network are thin on the ground. It's not the slimmest of mobiles but it won't weigh down your pockets.
We spent some time with the new dinky model from Motorola, and while the design is nothing new, there are a fair few features for those looking to spend only 100 on a smartphone (or 7 per month if you're one of those contract fiends).The design apes handsets from yesteryear - the same mettalic frame evokes memories of the Milestone, the Defy and to some degree the more recent Motoluxe. It's certainly a premium feel for something at a lower price point.The thickness isn't stellar at 11mm, but it doesn't feel super chunky... only compared to the anorexic dimensions of the iPhone 4S or Galaxy S3 does it become more of a noticeable feature.The headphone jack and microUSB are the only things that can be seen on the frame, although there's also a volume and power/lock key which are easy to hit and have a pleasant degree of travel.The battery cover is removable (yay woo yay) which means you can easily access the microSD slot and the battery, which is able to be switched out too. Sure, very few people actually use this feature (or go to the trouble of buying a separate power pack) but given the consternation some have experienced at the feature being removed, it seems to be important.