The time that’s passed since the Motorola XPRT‘s cousin the Droid Pro was released, and the changes that have been made in the Sprint version, make it even more the machine that it was originally designed as–a companion to business travellers. The Droid Pro’s biggest drawback, it’s rather shallow battery life, has been dealt with in spectacular fashion, leaving the XPRT with a healthy battery surplus. On the drawback side, the advancing tide of improved screens and expanded memory mean that it’s significantly less attractive to non-business users than it once was.
For the right niche of users, including the BlackBerry addicts who love the form factor, and anyone who wants to take their Sprint phone overseas, the XPRT has a lot of upsides. Not the least being a phone that you can be sure will work as long and as hard as you do. For those who need it, the XPRT’s power and international roaming should greatly outweigh the allure of a bigger screen or faster internet access. But with a relatively low resolution screen, and limited internal memory, I don’t expect that it will make any significant in-roads among the general public.
- Massive battery power
- Dual GSM/CDMA capabilities
- Unusually secure
- Comparatively low-resolution screen
- No 4G speeds
A compromise unit designed to draw in the BlackBerry crowd, which includes a few much appreciated improvements over the Droid Pro, the Motorola XPRT will win plenty of friends among business users. But it’s aging specs will probably keep it from being favored by the general public.