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Tonight We're Gonna Party...


Aug 21, 2010 by GravityFails   updated Jul 21, 2013

...Like it's late-2005.

Ah, the good ol' days. Back when a TFT screen was a luxury, when the mini-USB charging port was new, and when having a grippy rubber coating on your phone meant that you lived on the bleeding edge of technological adoption. How things have changed.


The Motorola Rambler has a mini-USB charging port. It has a rubber coating. And, somewhat surprisingly, given its plethora of other mid-decade throwbacks, it also has a smooth, bright TFT screen. Two of them, in fact.

Fortunately for us and for Boost/Sprint, the Rambler also sports fine reception and a full QWERTY keyboard in a clamshell form factor, which is a rarity in prepaid handsets. It's also blessedly free of Sprint's ham-handed, backwards user interface, with which they've ruined such phones as the LG Rumor Touch, the Samsung Seek, and the Sanyo Juno. The Rambler's UI design is all Moto, including but not limited to its eight-year-old ringtones -- although after using the aforementioned devices, the Rambler is a welcome, soothing balm on my frayed and frazzled user-interface nerve.


+ Good sound
+ Good reception
+ Bright, colorful screen
+ Solid construction -- no keyboard creaks
+ Full keyboard
+ 2.5mm headset jack


- Mini-USB? Really?
- Slight play in the clamshell hinge
- The Interface, though all Moto, is in that ugly blue/brown Boost color scheme that looks like it was designed by a collaboration between Pablo Picasso and a bag of turds
- It's the size of a ham radio; puts a rather disconcerting bulge in your pocket, whether you're male or female

If you're looking for a solid -- though somewhat dated -- phone for Boost Mobile (one of Sprint's prepaid divisions), search no further than the Rambler. What it lacks in style and cool-appeal, it more than makes up for in sheer, stark competence and function; it might look like your father's Oldsmobile, but under the hood it's all...well, Rambler.

back to a phone with basic needs


Sep 23, 2010 by sbird616

If you need a cell phone that acts like a cell phone with a few needed functions the Rambler is it. If you are away from your PC it will search the WEB. If you receive an E-mail you will be informed. If you are text you can text back with a real but dinky keyboard.

If you need a full blown PC with a phone in it pay 600.00 and go get it. Insure it and hope to god you don't loose it.

When you make a phone call you want solid connection, good clear send and receive audio.

When you surf the web I prefer a minimum 15.4 inch screen I don't want to blow it up shrink it down move it right move it left. steer my car you get the picture.

In the past 20 years I have owned every tech gadget phone you can imagine. I now have taken the stress out of my life and gone back to basics and that is what the MOTO Rambler is all about and its only a hundred bucks and it will add years to your life.

Ramble on........


Aug 24, 2010 by Mark_S

This is by fat the best Keyboard I have seen in a flip form factor phone.
Shame only Boost got a hold of this phone though.

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