The new Motorola WILDER could be described as ‘dumbphone’ due to its rather sparse feature set. Aimed primarily at the youth market, this basic touchscreen device has been designed to cater for those operating on a budget, who want a good-looking, yet durable phone but don’t require all the dash and verve of a high-end smartphone.
It's a lovely looking device, with an unusual double-screen arrangement on the front. Below the primary 2.8 inch resistive QVGA display is a small 0.7" 96 x 16 pixel panels that acts as a status display, sitting near the bottom right of the phone. On the bottom left is a "home" button, and Motorola have made the coloured piping "swoosh" around the secondary display, which gives it an extra touch of aesthetic quality rather than a black slab that seems to be the standard form these days.
The WILDER has been manufactured to be both dust and splash resistant, which is obviously a useful thing for the target "teen" customer base.
Despite the practical functionality and the stylish design, the WILDER remains a disappointingly basic phone. There's no high-speed data support of any kind, so any internet surfing is going to be a laboriously slow procedure. Handsets such as the WILDER would benefit from having Wi-Fi support allowing the phone to be used around the home or near an internet hotspot.
If you do fancy getting your hands on this new effort from Motorola, make sure you squeeze all the value from your old phone before you upgrade. If you sell mobiles for cash online you can join the growing number of people who making money from their old gadgets. By mobile phone recycling, your old tech which would of once simply ended up in landfill can now be found a new home and put to good to use.