Motorola A1000 – Missed opportunity



For its time, the A1000 was unique in many ways. Even though it ran Symbian UIQ v2.1 just like Sony Ericsson P900, the latter lacked 3G network support and was quite thicker because of the keyboard flip that closed over its touchscreen display. Motorola measures 115 x 57 x 19mm and weighs in at 165 g. Thought it was larger than the average phone of the time, its smartphone status was excuse enough for the ample dimensions. It should also be noted that compared to touchscreen phones and PDA-phones of the time it was noticeably more compact.

It has a dual-tone design. The rim around the display has a darker shade of grey with a subtle texture, same as the battery cover, while the edges and the accents are silver. The front part is dominated by the 3:2 display. Above this there are two gaming keys labeled I and II and between them there’s the earpiece designed as a round Motorola logo surrounded by the notification LED. This lights up in blue for most of its circumference except the lower quarter which lights up in red or green. To the right we can see the VGA video-call camera.

Beneath the display resides the navigation cluster with a small round joystick surrounded by two LEDs lighting up in sync with the earpiece one. The joystick is not very accurate and many times a confirmation press can turn in to an upwards one. On the left and right there are the call keys while immediately under it we can see the customisable browser key.

The back holds the main camera surrounded by a dark gray accent and a rubber insert with the Bluetooth and A-GPS logos engraved in it. The battery cover is dark gray and has a Motorola logo in the middle. The release button has the model name engrave in it, like other Motorola models in the A series. Under it we can find the 1600mAh battery, a notably larger capacity than its predecessors’. Under it we can find the mini-SIM tray and the TransFlash memory card slot. TransFlash was popularized by Motorola and was to become microSD later on.

On the left we can find one of the two speaker. In front of it there are the camera and volume buttons. On the right, the speaker slit is symmetrical to the other. Here we can find the voice command key and the lock slider which doubles as an on/off switch. Also on the right there is an audio jack behind a rubber plug.

The upper part doesn’t have any element of interest aside from the lanyard eyelet, while the lower side holds the proprietary connector which combines charging and data transfer. Also on this side there’s the stylus slot on the right. Its shape makes it less comfortable to take out and use for left-handed people.

The stylus is telescopic and made of thin metal that feels rather cheap. It is very light and has an odd, flat shape.

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