An interesting name for a cellphone, the Motorola Karma QA1 is aimed at social networking freaks that love the feel of a $199 pseudo smartphone in their hands. Which is not bad is you like more of a classic texter PDA style.
The design is smaller than a Blackberry, but the slider makes it very stylish and functional. One of the basic main features is texting, allowing you to use templates for words and phrases, pictures and videos but not in an annoying way.
Motorola Karma QA1 features
The LCD, 320×240 resolution screen is small and almost glass-like, but it gets smudgy, scratchy and dirty easily, so buy a screen protector the very same day you buy it. You can watch television and videos from YouTube as the quality is great for such a small phone. You won’t see any problems with lag and pixilation.
As for the 2 megapixel camera, there’s nothing otherworldly about it, aside from a flash, but you can store almost 100mb in pictures and videos, and an additional 16Gb on a card For 2 mp, it’s an ok camera. There is a LED flash and it helps to take the clearest pictures possible in obscure settings.
Most of the themes and backgrounds can be changed into whatever you like, either the presets on the phone main memory or whatever you decide to download. This goes along with the personalized scheme mentality, as you can also change most of the main menu keys to accommodate your needs. If you don’t want a certain application because you don’t use it, you can easily change it. There are shortcut buttons in the left and right side of the camera which correspond to the camera and the ringtone volume.
Motorola Karma QA1 issues
Other features include plane mode, which is always a standard in Motorola phones, and a keylock button. Alarms can be set with multiple ringtones and they can be especially loud. The games are a waste of time and space as they are mostly demos that you have to pay for to play them in full mode.
There was an issue in which if your phone hums for any reason, outside the user configuration for vibracalls, IM’s and texts, return it for warranty coverage, but nothing out of this world as this has already been addressed.
As for sound quality, the quality of the speaker is very clear, the same if you decide to use Bluetooth, but the latter only drains the battery more. The music player supports almost all formats known: AAC, MP3, H.264, MPEG, MPEG-4, WAV, WMA, PNG, AAC+, MIDI, and even RA files. Forget about your standard mp3 player.
The battery life is excellent, lasting around 12-14 days on standby mode. A GPS system is available, and that requires internet service, so it’s a matter of sorting it out with your provider. It is overall a very basic device that combines enhanced social networking features aimed at those who practically live from it. It has potential to be upgraded and serve for much more, though.