At first glance, the Motorola Grasp looks similar to a BlackBerry. It has a candy bar shape and a physical QWERTY keyboard. However, BlackBerry fans would shudder at the comparison. This phone is no BlackBerry but it has the honor of being constructed with 100 percent recyclable materials. As far as features and performance go, smartphone ratings give it three out of five stars.
The Grasp features a plastic shell, rounded corners, and a 2.2-inch display that is really not much to write home about due to its low resolution. It features a 1.3 megapixel camera on the back, a small keyboard with dedicated camera key, and a responsive optical track pad. This phone is very compact, fitting nicely in one’s palm, and it is also lightweight.
Onboard features include stereo Bluetooth, a music player, EV-DO, threaded text messaging, a video recorder, and several other multimedia features. To call this phone truly a smartphone may be a misnomer because it does not include a built-in Web browser or integrated email application. However, the Grasp serves as a decent messaging phone with basic multimedia capabilities.
A microSD card slot, 3.5mm headset jack, and key guard lock are among other useful features. Integrated Google SMS allows users to send a text to a pre-entered number in order to receive information like directions, weather, and sports scores. Also included are a speakerphone and tools like an alarm clock, calculator, stopwatch, and datebook.
The Motorola Grasp costs only $39.95 after mail in rebate and with a two-year contract through U.S. Cellular. Though Web browser and email applications are not provided as a default, users can download them from the Easyedge store provided by U.S. Cellular. The call quality is average and the EV-DO speeds are decent. This phone includes basic multimedia features that are adequate overall, especially considering the device price tag.