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E895 Body New OS
The E895 is a refreshing departure from the V-series flip phones. To be honest the curved bottom of the Motorola flip phones that the company considered a trademark of their visual style never impressed us. The more squarish form is made less severe by gently curved corners and a top lid that swoops up towards the hinge. The lines are fairly similar to modern Japanese phones, actually.
The E895 is smaller, and much thinner than expected. Maybe it's the swooping lid, or maybe it's Motorola's recent focus on miniaturization, but the phone doesn't seem as thick as the V5XX or V600. The size and curved edges allow it to sit nicely in your hand, even small hands like ours. However Motorola has satisfied meaty-handed users too, giving the E895 a large keypad with distinct keys. The D-Pad directions felt good too, however the select key felt a bit small. It was still easy to press and separate from the directions, so it wouldn't get pressed accidentally.
The E895 uses a new internal and external display, both of which are much improved. The internal display is QVGA (320x240) but still seems about the size of Motorola's 176x220 LCDs (like that found in the RAZR, for example). Packing more pixels into the same area makes the display exceptionally sharp - similar to QVGA displays in Japanese phones like Sharp or Sanyo uses. Motorola tells us the display is actually quite large - 2.2 inches, however the size of the phone and the sharpness of the display don't make it seem so big. The external display is brighter, higher contrast and has better color than the current models as well.
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