Motorola's Smooth Talker

The C290 feels good and sounds good, but you don't get much else with this basic entry from the world's No. 2 maker of mobile phones

Not all phones are created equal. Some come jam-packed with all the features --Bluetooth, TV, MP3, FM radio, e-mail access, trash compactor -- and others are, well, just phones. You use them to call people.

In short, this isn't a good phone for those who want even basic multimedia features like games and ringtones. But for those who want just a basic, everyday phone for voice calls, the problems I mentioned will just be small nuisances, and the phone's ergonomic feel and good voice quality will more than make up for it.

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