We must say that the design of the Motorola Slvr L7e is quite improved over that of the Slvr L7. While both phones are skinny and lightweight (the L7e measures 1.9x4.5x0.45 inches and weighs 3.4 ounces), the Slvr L7e has a couple of aesthetic refinements that make it just a tad prettier. First is its beautiful all-blue coating that gives it the appearance of sapphire, and second is its all-new keypad design. The keys are now arranged in curved rows as opposed to the previous offset arrangement, giving it a much more streamlined design. Aside from that, it is pretty much the same in terms of portability and feel--quite solid--and can be easily slipped into a pocket.
The display is carried over from the Slvr L7 as well. It measures 1.8-inches diagonally, and is a beautiful screen that displays 262,000 colors with a 176x122-pixel resolution. You can adjust the display and keypad backlight time, the brightness, and the font size. On the left spine are the volume controls and voice command button; while on the right spine are the charger jack, a "smart" key that can be mapped to any shortcut you like, and a microSD card slot. The camera lens is located on the back of the phone along the top, but the phone does not have a flash or a self-portrait mirror.
Underneath the screen is the aforementioned redesigned keypad. Even though it has a sleeker and more streamlined design, we still found the keypad a bit too crowded, resulting in us pressing more than one button accidentally a few times. The navigation array consists of two soft keys, a four-way toggle that can be mapped to four shortcuts by the user, a middle OK key, a dedicated Web browser key, a back/clear key, and the talk and end/power buttons. The addition of the Back/Clear key is a nice touch, seeing as it was noticeably absent on the Slvr L7. As for the alphanumeric keypad, even though the numbers are raised slightly, the lack of delineation in between each number made it difficult to dial by feel. We also found the slippery keys unpleasant to text message with, seeing as they take a bit more effort to press.