Motorola A1000 – Missed opportunity

 

Phonebook

A1000’s phonebook is the standard UIQ phonebook, the same one from the Sony Ericsson P900. Contacts and be arranged and displayed by name or together with their phone number and the app allows four different styles of name display.

Editing a contact is easy and straightforward as the UI displays all of the available fields on the same screen as a list. The big screen and generous resolution allows viewing many of these at the same time for a pretty good overview of the current item. The contact list is practically infinite, being limited only by the internal memory of 16MB (out of 24MB total).

Each entry can have its own custom ringtone as well as a called id photo. They can be arranged in folders, but multiple selection is sadly not possible. Moving contacts around is done through each entry’s edit screen.

Calling can be done directly from the phonebook or by typing in the phone tab. Dialling a numbers doesn’t display quick search results, though it was pretty uncommon at the time so we can forgive Motorola this omission. During the call, its real-time duration is not displayed and neither is it displayed after hanging up. It can be viewed in the call history logs which is divided into 3 sections for received, missed and dialed calls. Call memory is also practially unlimited. During a call, the screen can be locked to prevent accidental presses. A useful function considering the fact that proximity sensors were not commonplace back then.=

Messaging

The messaging app reunites all of the text-based ways of communication such as SMS, MMS and Email and also files received via Bluetooth. The main screen shows the number of unread and unsent messages in each category.

 

Sending an SMS is as easy as tapping an option in a menu and beginning to type on the virtual keyboard or to write in the quirky handwriting mode. The ample screen allows reading and writing very long messages without the need to scroll. Sending to multiple recipients is obviously possible with a simple tap on the field and a selection from the phonebook.

The email client is fairly advanced for its time and supports POP3, IMAP and SMTP while also offering plenty of extra fields to the user besides the simple To and Subject ones. The client supports sending and receiving attachments which it opens on request so as not to use up precious mobile data.

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