Quick Review: Motorola EX115

19 Oct

Seemingly inspired by the success of local Indian vendors, Motorola has launched a couple of Dual-SIM phones of its own in a new EX-series. The first two phones in this series were announced about a fortnight ago. The EX115 is the first QWERTY phone with Dual-SIM from the ‘BIG FIVE’ global handset vendors. (Though the composition of the top five handset brands has changed, traditionally the BIG FIVE comprise global biggies Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG.) Can a global handset vendor take on smaller local players in their own game? Let’s find out…

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Motorola might be pushing its portfolio of Android smartphones globally, but in emerging countries like India it has not forgotten the mass market, low-cost segment. We were the first ones to break news about Moto’s dual-SIM phones and are now among the first ones to review them.

The EX115 is a Dual-SIM phone with QWERTY keypad with a street price of approximately Rs 5,000. Yes, you can easily snap a similar looking phone from one of the local handset brands, but what sets the EX115 apart is its build quality. The plastic casing is solid and does not creak when held with a tight grip. The QWERTY keypad is spacious and the keys while slightly stiff have enough give for comfortable typing. The EX118 rules the roost of Dual-SIM QWERTY keypad phones when it comes to pure looks and build quality.

Yes, not everyone would be pleased with the choice of colour (it is only available in brown), considering colourful phones are the norm these days. Ironically, Motorola was the first brand to really toy with colours when it launched the Razr V3 in pink!

moto-ex115- 007 Even Motorola’s user interface is much superior to what one sees in most of the Micromaxs, Spices and Karbonns, which seem to be inspired by a certain ‘berry. The icons are large and colourful and the transition from one menu to another zippy. The direction pad is quite spacious too and there isn’t any clutter around it. The 2.3-inch display too looks much better than those found on the local dual-SIM phone though like most phones in this range, visibility suffers under sunlight.

Another area where the EX115 scores over its local rivals is its camera. The 3.15 MP camera churns out pretty good shots, especially if you have a steady hand. We say that because it does not have auto-focus but neither do other Dual-SIM phones. It can shoot videos too but only at 15 fps with a resolution so low that the videos are choppy and not worthy of watching on a screen bigger than that of the phone itself.

The phone has a 3.5 mm audio jack on top and the audio quality exceeded our expectations. The 50 MB internal memory might not be good enough for most audiophiles and for them the EX115 packs a surprise – its microSD card slot supports cards up to 32 GB! It is probably the first phone in its segment to support microSD HC cards. Most local branded phones support up to 8 GB or lesser.

The EX115 offers GSM+GSM Dual-SIM functionality and both SIM cards operate simultaneously. However, if you are talking on one number, the other number will become inactive during the duration of the call. At the moment, Samsung Dual-SIM phones offer a feature where you will get a call waiting notification if someone calls on the other number.

One area where we were largely disappointed was the ‘bells and whistles’ the EX115 was supposed to have in the form of a social networking suite. The icon for social networking has links for popular networks like Orkut, Facebook and YouTube. But they are just that – links. Clicking on any one of the links will take open the browser and take you to the homepage of that site. That’s as far as it would go. While Motorola has provided a link to YouTube, we were unable to make the handset stream even a single video. And in case you haven’t noticed, there is no Twitter in the list of social networking sites. Rather than going through all the trouble of creating their custom app (or should we say list of links?), they should have simply tapped one of the third party apps for social networking.

The EX115 will appease to those who won’t be caught dead with a local branded Dual-SIM phone with a QWERTY keypad. Thinking about it, we are surprised that Samsung, which was one of the pioneers of Dual-SIM phones, does not have one with a QWERTY keypad yet. Yes, the Rs 5,000 tag might pinch considering there are a lot of cheaper options out there but remember, you are paying for quality and performance over here.

What’s great about the Motorola EX115?

  • Excellent build quality with a spacious QWERTY keypad
  • Good 3.15 MP camera
  • Supports up to 32 GB microSD HC cards

What could have been better…

  • The social networking suite simply links to the web pages of popular sites. A third party app would have been more appropriate.
  • Twitter integration should gave been provided
  • There should have been a call waiting alert feature for calls coming on the second number while the first is busy

22 Responses to “Quick Review: Motorola EX115”

  1. Ajay October 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    How is the battery life of this Phone?
    Has anybody purchased this phone? how is the user feedback?

    • NVL October 25, 2010 at 7:10 am #

      Bettery is ok,I used to have a L9 before this. L9 bettry life was far better but this one is still ok. Phone is average but a good deal if u looking for qwerty along with brand, style under 5000.

      • Ajay October 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

        Thanks NVL for the update
        So are you using this Phone?
        Are you required to charge it daily?
        I am not a heavy user of cell phone my usage is limited to Text Msg and making calls and sometimed web browsing,

  2. Sebin November 9, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Hi.. Is its bluetooth hav enough speed.?

  3. Preetam November 10, 2010 at 2:07 am #

    moto shuld upgr8 its software. no themes. no pre installed games. internet browser not gud nt able 2 c net images. plz moto help out its a gud phone bt nid 2 solve d abve problems.

  4. mitchellle November 12, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Are there no themes at all in this phone? and when i saw on google, it was showing that there is a white colour available, is that true or there only a brown?

  5. Makarand November 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    the battery and blue tooth both are exceptionally good for dual sim phone of inr 4850!!!!!!! some problem with speed dial i have set numbers but cant get through when try to call using speed dial? any one can help?

    • vikas gupta December 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

      Hey… If u keep the number pressed for a while instead of dialling a no and then pressing call button as u usually does for speed dialing….speed dialing cud b activated….. i had tried dis and this actually works

  6. dinesh gupta November 17, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    can i purchege this phone? if this phone is good in battery life.any one can help?

  7. rohit November 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Hey can u tell me if they phone can multitask ?..i cant decide between the lg gw300 and this one !

  8. Piyush November 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    Could you please tell me EX1115 battery life? I need this phone to below purpose.

    1. Battery good.
    2. Use internet though cell in laptop.
    3. Can we connect this cell to laptop.

  9. Mukul November 23, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    Hi can anybody help me with the email setup on this phone, have not been able to setup my gmail account.

  10. Amit November 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    Pls provide the details regarding the picture quality which accessing the wall papers as I have heard that the video can not be seen in full screen in this handset, is it the same case for wall papers?

  11. Vasanth December 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    how abt the switching from on sim to another does the cell reboots?? or changes in an instant?? pls reply i’m thinkin of buyin this mobile.

  12. Paul December 14, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    where to download and how to install games for Motorola ex 115?

  13. Sam December 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    Apparently there has been a couple of problems with this one. (apart from the ones already mentioned.)

    You cannot send sms to multiple receivers like lists etc. Please look into that and confirm.

  14. SANDEEP MAHERE December 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    Hi Team,
    Give me the operating status of the this cell and quality battery status and net connectivity

  15. Tapan December 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    How can slove my motorola l9 battery charge not store but battery is ok.

  16. vivek January 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    in this mobile no streaming setting plzzz give me streaming setting

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