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printed October 25, 2014
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Review: Motorola i9 Stature

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I really don't understand why Motorola would spend so much time and energy developing a decent media player, only to hobble the phone by not including a headset jack. There's no adapter in the box. Sure, it supports stereo Bluetooth, but let's face it, most people want to use whatever pair of headphones they have lying around, and those mostly have 3.5mm jacks.

That aside, the player can be accessed easily with the phone opened or closed. Personally, I really liked how well it worked when the phone is closed. The music app -- as accessed from the external screen -- lets you quickly jump into music and playlists. You use three controls below the screen to rewind, play/pause and fast-forward. Two other buttons appear on the left side of the display skipping through tracks. There is also a dedicated exit button, and a dedicated trash button if you care to remove the track from the playlist.

It's simple, to the point, and works.

With the phone open, you have a lot more control. The extent to which the music app can be customized is great. I has a wide range of EQs, reverb effects, 3D effects, altered visual effects and on and on. It has more features than some music-focused phones do. You can really control a lot about how the music player behaves, which is something that I appreciate.

As for sound quality, music through stereo Bluetooth headphones was pretty good. Using the speaker was fine if you wanted to just share a song with a friend.

 

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