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Motorola Dext Android smartphone

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It also packs in many of the latest browser tricks like multiple pages, word search, copy and paste. And while there's no Flash support, you can watch YouTube without any problems using the onboard app, so it's not a great loss. All in all, it's a very satisfying web package.

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Motorola Dext

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For media playback the screen is deliciously sharp and it can handle H.264, H.263 and MPEG 4 formats. Onscreen controls are basic and there are no options to adapt widescreen movie clips to the screen's dimensions. Youtube videos fill the screen, however, and generally look just about as good as they can.

There's the usual Android simple but intuitive interface for music, which is perfectly fine, and you can download others from the Market if you prefer. It can play AAC, AAC+, AAC+ Enhanced, AMR NB, MIDI, MP3 and WAV tracks. A useful addition is a link that allows you to touch on an artist's name to search for additional content from them on the web. Our sample didn't arrive with headphones – though shop-bought versions will – but the 3.5mm jack plug allows you to easily add your own, as does the stereo Bluetooth capability.

Getting video and music onto the Dext is fairly straightforward too, using the new Motorola Media Link syncing software. This bears more than a passing resemblance to the grey livery of the media software of a certain fruit-themed manufacturer.

The 5Mp camera takes about five seconds to launch by pressing the shutter button and another three to take a pic – so it's not great for quick snaps. It has autofocus and geo-tagging, but there aren't many options available on screen. Pressing the menu button just brings up icons for gallery, camcorder and settings.

Motorola Dext

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There's no timer, multishot or panorama options, just a choice of resolutions, a few colour effects, picture quality and white balance settings. It's very much a snapper rather than an attempt at a proper camera, but picture quality isn't bad, and it's certainly a step up from what you'll find on HTC's devices.

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