With increased competition and aggressive marketing/advertising campaigns, the Canadian wireless industry has become a struggle between the “Big Three” (Rogers, Bell, and Telus), and any other new entrant (Wind, Mobilicity, Public) looking to attract and sway the public with their low prices and persistent promotions. In order to keep up with their growing line of affordable unlimited plans, as well as other promotions such as their Friends and Family Program, Mobilicity has recently released the Motorola Spice XT300, in the hopes of increasing the amount of new activations, while expanding their Android device offerings. The Motorola Spice sports a 3” capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels QVGA, and can be slid open to reveal a full, QWERTY keyboard, with slightly raised and curved keys. The Spice is approximately 97mm (tall) x 61mm (wide) x 16.8mm (thick) when closed, and expands to around 135mm (tall) when slid open, all while weighing around 145g.
Out of the box, I was immediately impressed with the screen size and housing of this device. I was initially worried that the low cost of the Spice would be apparent in its design, however after handling the device and playing around with the sliding mechanism, I am happy to report that this is not the case. The Spice is encased with a hard, black plastic that seemed to resist scratches and fingerprints quite well. This device fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, and can easily be used with one hand. (more…)