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Motorola Razr inspired L6 mobile phone for India

Motorola offers a candybar RAZR for India, calls it L6

BY OUR TECH CORRESPONDENT
17th November 2005:

Motorola RAZR V3 has been a pretty desirable phone in India for a while. Only, it was too expensive. Costing Rs 25,000 last year, it was first reduced to Rs. 17,000 in September 2005, and is currently available at Rs 14,000. Not cheap enough? The RAZR may not mean much to the older generation, but in the cafes and campuses, the thin clamshell form factor and the aluminum keypad has been a bit hit with the babes and dudes. And now, Motorola has something in offer for them that can be, in the smoke and darkness of a disco, be mistaken for a RAZR - the L6.

Going over the feature set of the Motorola L6, its almost the same as a RAZR V3. MMS, Bluetooth, integrated VGA digital camera, video capture and playback and multimedia photo album creation tools are all there in the L6 package. We notice no improvements over the RAZR, bt that was definitely not the idea at Motorola.

Motorola says that the mobile phone features Bluetooth wireless technology and Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) and advanced messaging functionality all dependent on the service provider. No problems with that.

The same 4x zoom VGA digital camera with auto timer that zooms in on anything well, but returns a low-res picture is there. Video capture and playback are as the same as the RAZR - acceptable. The spec sheet does not specify the ridiculously low amount of memory and calls it a 'generous amount'. So we can believe it will be the same as the RAZR for the L6 too - 5 MB of memory. Enough to store your VGA quality images, but barely enough for a good mp3.

The weird looking Motorola C115 mobile phone now gets a made in India tag. My own opinion is confused - should I be proud patriotically or feel insulted? The confusion arises from that shape. The C115 phone will be assembled in India and will be available from December 2005. Fine, but hot-selling? I have never seen anyone with that particular handset. Maybe I don't come across that demographic at all! We have no figures to substantiate the C115' hotness either way. I promise to keep an eye out.

The slim Motorola L6 measures 10.9mm and weighs 86 grams - pretty light. The phone itself looks decent by the aesthetic standards of the handsets we have in India - so nothing to complain about there. If you are enthralled by the looks of the RAZR but don't care particularly about the looks, perhaps the Motorola L6 cell phone is for you - but I still advise you to take a good look at the feature sets of the Nokias and Samsungs and LG phone sin the Indian market before you open your wallets. The RAZR itself is on its last legs, what with the V3i and V3x on its way with souped up feature sets - but if you don't care about that want a mini-RAZR right now, right here, the L6 could be your phone. I guess it should be priced below Rs. 10,000.

BY OUR TECH CORRESPONDENT

 

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