June 28, 2009

Motorola’s Latest – Karma QA1 Slider

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by Franz Bicar

This could be Motorola’s next big thing. The Motorola Karma QA1 slider phone will hit markets today and is aimed for social network activities. With the Karma QA1, users will have direct interaction with social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other services.

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The phone basically measures around 3.5 by 2.5 inches, has a 2.5-inch QVGA display, and has a two-megapixel digital camera/camcorder with 8X digital zoom and an assisted GPS (aGPS) receiver. The compact, lightweight device is a 3G/quad-band GSM phone. A QWERTY keypad is available which would help users type faster, like updates to their MySpace page or tweets on Twitter.

The device is pretty solid both on its looks and its features. Large home screen icons identify the social networking services, which are accessed via a large mouse button, while the QWERTY keyboard is large enough for comfortable thumb typing. The phone keypad is embedded on the left side of the QWERTY array.

Of course, phones today include some sort of multimedia functionality to attract the younger, music-loving crowd, on this aspect,  the QA1 is not an exception. Multimedia features include large speakers, a digital music player capable of playing back RealAudio files, streaming video support, and a microSD slot for removable media with capacities of up to 16GB.

With their focus on providing devices for social networking butterflies, Motorola is certainly heading in the right direction. Whether the phone becomes as popular as the Razr, only time will tell.

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