The 1.3-megapixel camera takes pictures in four resolutions, from 1,280x960 down to 160x120. Editing options include three quality settings, a self-timer, nine color tones, an 8x digital zoom, an adjustable exposure setting, an adjustable white balance, and five shutter sounds, plus a silent option. Photo quality was poor, unfortunately. Colors were washed out and the images had a pinkish hue.
The camcorder takes clips in two resolutions (176x144 and 128x96), with sound and a selection of editing options. Clips meant for multimedia messages are capped at 30 seconds, but you can shoot longer in normal mode. The Active W450's internal memory is limited to just over 4MB, but you can get additional storage with a memory card.
You can personalize the Active W450 with a variety of wallpaper, color skins, screensavers, clock styles, and alert tones. You can download more options and additional ringtones with the WAP wireless Web browser. The handset offers a demo versions of one game--Millionaire Music--and a trial app of Mayo Clinic In Touch. You can get additional applications and games from T-Mobile's T-zones service.
We tested the Motorola Active W450 in San Francisco using T-Mobile service. Call quality was good, on the whole, with acceptable signal and voice clarity. The volume level was just a tad on the low side, but it wasn't a big deal. We also noticed that the phone had some "GSM buzz," but that wasn't too much of a problem either.
On their end, callers said we sounded fine. They could tell we were using a cell phone, but few of our friends reported problems outside of some background noise. Automated calling systems could understand us most of the time. Speakerphone quality was average. The sound was loud enough, but it was a bit muffled.
The Active W450 has a rated battery life of 7.5 hours talk time and 10.4 days standby time. It has a talk time of 8 hours and 11 minutes. According to the FCC, the W450 has a digital SAR rating of 1.23 watts per kilogram.
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