HANDS-ON Motorola Evoke QA4 Nice, But Will Not Make Moto $$$

Want a consumer-level phone with desirable traits like a capacitive touchscreen, haptic feedback and internet-connected widgets? After a few minutes alone with the Moto Evoke, I think this may be a phone YOU'D like.

The big thing with the evoke is the screen and the UI. This isn't really a powerhouse multimedia phone, a corporate battle ax, or the king of web phones. Sure, you can view a photo or two, listen to some music and check the news, but that is the extent of it's scope.

The touchscreen is actually pretty nice. I never had to press very hard for it to recognise my finger, and was accurate enough to where I was pretty much able to carry out actions without having to retap or backtrack. The screen also has haptic feedback, so you know when and where your input is being recognised. The screen itself was nice and bright, but I wouldn't put it on the same level as screens found on the top smartphones.

The UI also had some cool stuff going on, including a homepage with a handful of Palm Pre "card"-like internet widgets. These connect to services like MySpace, Picasa, any RSS feed and even Google, to simplify the internet experience on this phone. And it's necessary too, because the browser that comes packaged with the phone isn't all that great. The main menu has the standard, touch-based icon grid that has come to dominate Phone UIs over the last couple of years, and swiping up and down lets you scroll through the array of icons that are off the screen.

The Evoke has an oblong, pebble-shaped design with rounded corners that let it sit naturally in your hand. The slide out number-pad is flat, not unlike that found on phones like the Ocean 2 or the Pantech Matrix. It seems like it might be a good phone if you want something that's basic, but not boring.

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