Sunday, April 30, 2006

Motorola L6 Silver Sliver Sibling

The famous Motorola RAZR "Razor" technology has spawned a number of spinoff cell phones. These include the Motorola PEBL "Pebble", the Motorola SLVR L7 "Sliver" and now the Motorola L6.

With all those great cell phone nicknames, you would think that Motorola would dub their L6 model with a catchy moniker. But Nooooo. It's just known as the Motorola L6. You might be tempted to call it the Silver Sliver because it looks a lot like a SLVR L7. That's because the two phones are both candy bar style packages less than half an inch thick and sporting the etched soft-touch keypad. But there are a few differences.

First of all, the L7 SLVR is a $200 phone, while you can get your new L6 for less than a $50. Why the big difference? The L7 was designed to support iTunes for music on the go. No music player in the L6. The L6 actually has twice the built-in memory of the L7, but doesn't have an expandable memory slot like the SLVR. You typically need a lot of memory to store music.

Both phones sport a VGA quality digital camera that also works as a camcorder. Both have nice color displays, although the SLVR has a slightly larger and higher resolution screen. The L7 is a quad band GSM phone and the L6 is a tri-band phone. That means nothing unless you are traveling overseas and plan to use your cell phone on a foreign network.

Those are the differences that are important to most people. Both phones have Bluetooth capability so you can use a wireless headset. Both have built-in speakerphones and hands-free dialing. You have several modes of messaging, including SMS text messaging, MMS multimedia messaging and instant messaging with AOL, Yahoo! and ICQ instant messaging pre-loaded.

The Motorola L6 is actually slightly smaller and thinner than the L7. It measures just 4.5 inches long by 1.93 inches wide by just 0.43 inches thin. Compare that to a razor's 0.5 inch case that still draws rave reviews. The L6 is also a featherweight in your pocket or purse at just slightly over 3 ounces.

All this performance in a small and lightweight package and you still get great battery life. Talk time is up to 309 minutes or over 5 hours. Standby time is up to 372 hours or over 15 days.

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