updated 11:10 am EDT, Fri August 4, 2006
MOTOFONE F3 Cool
Normally, the phone market revolves around trumpeting new features and giving exotic design treatment only to the higher-end models. The low-end models that pervade the market tend to be design afterthoughts, begrudgingly released to keep first-time buyers and the developing world happy. Not so the MOTOFONE F3: journalists recently had an opportunity to try the new phone, and it's evident that Motorola lavished the unit with the same attention to detail it gave to the RAZR and SLVR. Not only is it thin and attractively designed, but the interface is designed with an accessibility that Motorola itself could learn from. There's no daunting main menu, and all main data appears in large print. The company even offers cutting-edge technology: an electrophoretic (also known as electronic paper) display replaces the usual LCD, which makes the monochrome screen perfectly readable in sunlight. At a price of $50 or less without contracts, this phone could be useful for more than just its intended developing-world market. Many parents here would undoubtedly like to give their children a first cellphone that can easily be replaced if it's lost.