The Motorola C450 is a block form mobile phone, introduced in late 2003, that has much of the modern software, but not many features, placing it squarely in the entry-level position.
Perhaps the first thing that should be said about the C450 is that it is highly customizable. The face can be removed, the wallpaper, screensavers, and even the battery can all be changed—the battery can even swap with that of the C350—the SIM card is easily removed and changed, and all in all the phone is built with individuality in mind.
The display screen and keypad are small, but functional. With a 65 X 95 pixel display and 4,096 colors, this phone was extremely bright and vibrant in the time that it was released. Now, some phones have over 262,000 colors, but the C450 still holds its own in the entry-level category.
The buttons on the keypad are raised enough that, although they are small and close together, they are easily manipulated. The phone also has a 4-way directional keypad, and several short cut buttons near the bottom of the display, which make for faster navigation.
I have encountered some slowdown when it comes to loading software, although that is similar to other entry-level Nokia’s and Sony Ericsson’s that I have reviewed from 2003.
With 2 Javaä games embedded on the phone, and the ability to download more using SMS or MMS, the phone is a nice gaming console. The afore-mentioned slowdown can pose a bit of an annoyance, however.
Motorola threw in polyphonic ringtones, a music editor that allows you to create your own, and voice dialing, which is a nice feature. Again, the C450 is highly customizable, both internally and externally.
The phone does lack a number of features that have increasingly become important selling points for modern mobile phones. The phone does not have a digital camera, or the ability to hook one up. The memory is a low 1 MB. There is no way to play music, such as MP3s or an FM Radio, on the phone.
As technology moves forward, the C450, which once seemed to be chockfull of extras, increasingly feels like a phone and nothing else. If nothing else, the Motorola C450 is a great phone for people looking for a customizable mobile to make and receive calls, send texts, and play basic Javaä games.
The main features of the Motorola C450:
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Accessories available for the Motorola C450: