Motorola FIRE XT311

motorola fire xt311Motorola FIRE XT311 is another dual input from Motorola, using Android Gingerbread as operating system, Motorola Fire targeting professional segment.


116.5 x 58 x 13.5 mm; Weight: 110 gram, Upper side headphone jack and power button, Left : Port charger, Right: volume and camera button, Bottom : MicroSD slot card .

Motorola FIRE XT311 first impression is far from elegant and using standard glossy black plastic material makes this phone look like a cheap phone. Motorola Fire has similar design concept with Blackberry, especially the Qwerty keyboard button similar with blackberry Bold. Unfortunately the keyboard buttons arrangement makes it difficult for fast typing.
To prevent this problem Motorola put haptic touch button at Qwerty upper area for user to access menu, home, back and search button more easier.

Operating System and Interface

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors, 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches (~143 ppi pixel density), Moto Switch UI, QWERTY keyboard, Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off; Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread): 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227-1 chipset;

Moto Switch become default user interface for Motorola device. As UI that combine with Android native UI, Moto Switch has a lot of criticism. Motorola make their homescreen different from other andoid homescreen, a special widget that allow user to categorizes based on entertain, business and other. But somehow, using Motorola UI is less convenience when compared to other UI vendor.

Using Android gingerbread Operating systems seems Motorola is to forcing this device. Motorola Fire only has 600MHz processor. This can be felt when using Moto Switch, it’s run slow and sometimes freeze.


3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels; Video 480p@24fps; Memori: 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM; external: microSD, up to 32GB;

Motorola Fire has standard camera, default features and facility. Worsen by no full screen viewfinder, no flash light and no auto focus. Camera sensor optic were good which is user can get focus even we must try harder to capture not moving object.
Video recorder features also standard. Without flash light, indoor photo result were bad. Color seems faded and less light.

Connection and internet

GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, microUSB v2.0, GPS with A-GPS, Java MIDP emulator, Digital compass, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Google Talk

Using Motorola Fire to connect internet, it’s run smooth also with broadband and Wifi connection. It also has internal GPS to support navigator features.


Stereo FM radio with RDS, Games, music player, video player, YouTube
Motorola Fire media player can integrate music player with Tune Wiki server to show the song lyric.
Community features allow your friend knows your music track. Already support MP3, WAV and eAAC+ format file. Unfortunately sound qualities were bad. Speaker quality worst, sound become flat and no balance between bass and surround. Even when using headphones. For video player, Fire support MP4, H263 and H264 format file but resolution quality were less.


Using Quandrant, Motorola Fire collect 728 score, won from HTC Desire and Nexus One.
Meanwhile using Antutu, Motorola Fire collect 1306 score won from HTC Wildfire S.


Using 1420 mAh capacity, Fire can standby for 6.5 hour in active performance. An hour for talk time, 4 hour for play audio and 2.5 hour for play video. For normal condition Fire can standby for a day.

The advantage and disadvantage of Motorola Fire XT311


  • Android Gingerbread Operating System
  • With lyrics music player
  • Great connection
  • Completed with Android Market


  • Less elegant design
  • no flash light camera and photo result were not optimize
  • inconvenience Qwerty button
  • Low screen resolution
  • less default application

Conclusion from Motorola Fire XT311

Even has some weakness in it’s features, Motorola Fire still shown superiority with lyrics integration features in it. Unfortunately it`s not supported with good quality sound or HD quality video.

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