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Hands-on with the Motorola Rival messaging phone

Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan. Here's how it stacks up.
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Here's the Motorola Rival with its box.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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The Motorola Rival, extended.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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The home screen.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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The Rival booting up.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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The primary menu. I liked the stacked iPhone feel of it, but had a hard time keeping my inclinations to touch or swipe the screen under control.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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The primary menu, slightly closer.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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The primary menu in landscape mode.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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A text message in progress, in landscape mode.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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Touch dialing in portrait mode.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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Taking a picture.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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Mobile web browser.
Motorola has announced its Rival mobile messaging phone, which packs a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen elements and visual voicemail. The Moto folks were kind enough to let me play with the new device, which I believe is a nice solution for someone who wants a smartphone but doesn't want to pony up the dough for a data plan.
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