Review by Sunetra Chakravati,
12/12/2011 3:48:28 PM
The A2DP wireless audio streaming support is a nice touch.
Motorola hasn't taken the L7's upgrade far enough with the L7e.
When the Motorola SLVR L7 launched in early 2005, its 11.5mm-thick profile ranked as the thinnest candybar around. But, like the RAZR V3, it was all about fashion over features. The RAZR V3 got a welcome upgrade in the guise of the V3i and now it's the turn of the SLVR L7 with the new L7e.
As the 'e' suffix suggests, the Motorola SLVR L7e has been equipped with EDGE (2.75G) capabilities, giving it faster download speeds. But that's not all - the camera has been improved from VGA to 1.3 megapixels and A2DP (Advance Audio Distribution Profile) support has been added, allowing wireless Bluetooth streaming of music in stereo from your handset to a pair of compatible Bluetooth headphones or speakers.The original design remains intact except for a re-jigged keypad, the superfluous menu key has been dropped and buttons included for accessing the web browser and a cancel command. It's still tactile and fantastic to operate. Moto's slightly improved user interface has slicker texting and a contact search.
The built-in music player is very basic and you will have to connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones to boost the weedy sound issued from its proprietary earphones. The MOTOSLVR L7e retains the microSD card slot, so you can store around 500 good-quality tracks if you invest in a 2GB card, but you will have to share this with your other multimedia stuff. Motorola has also bumped up the internal memory from 5MB to 20MB.The camera upgrade is a tad disappointing, especially when the standard is now two megapixels. Photo quality is only good for wallpaper and MMS.
Motorola's mid to high-end phones always pack quad-band capabilities and the L7e is no different. This means you can make and receive calls in most parts of the world, and frequent global travellers will dig the airplane mode to enable use of the phone's non-network features on flights.The feature and design advancements on the Motorola SLVR L7e aren't really tantalising enough for L7 owners to upgrade or to attract new punters. There are more feature-packed slimliners at the same price point, like the Samsung Ultra range series, to aim for. But as a good-value prepay phone, it has potential.