Motorola Quench XT3/XT5 – Review

Motorola Quench XT3 XT5

I’ve been drooling at Android-powered phones since January 2010, and it has taken me one full year to own one. Well, this is not a phone that I bought listening to some moronic marketing guy in a mobile shop; I decided, after going through many reviews, and comparing many other phones within the INR 13,000 limit. The end result was a fantastic little device at INR 12, 300.

Motorola Quench XT3 XT5

A couple of key features (that you may not find in the tech specs) worth highlighting:

  • The Quench XT3 and XT5 are the same after upgrading to Android 2.1
  • Quench XT3 with Android 2.1 sports a 5 megapixel (2560 x 1920 px, see pic quality below) camera instead of the ill-advertised 3 megapixel
  • Highly functional automatic screen brightness feature – also extends battery life to a great deal
  • Track ball (pearl ball) – handy while browsing web pages or scrolling through a laundry list; scroll and select!
  • Call answer/end physical keys – very useful if you’re tired of swiping across the screen to answer/ignore a call
  • Very decent music quality
  • Excellent build quality – no squeaks or noises, Nokia must take note here!
  • Excellent voice quality
  • Threaded SMS
  • Nexus One like design!

Other features are typical of an entry level Android mobile phone. The battery life is pretty decent with a fair amount of Wi-Fi, calls, music, GPRS, etc – 2 full days until next recharge!


  • Sloppy support forums
  • No news of upgrade to Android 2.2 (Froyo) – this device should support Froyo since the LG Optimus One is capable with almost similar hardware configurations
  • Product known as different names (known as Quench XT502 in its original avatar) in different geographical regions – not sure how Motorola is gonna support all these products when it comes to updates
  • No MotoBlur UI as advertised
  • Rumors of the device having Gorilla Glass

Picture quality: Above average! (image resized to 540px, and JPG quality reduced to 79% for web optimization)

Motorola XT502 (XT3/XT5) Quench Camera quality

The only fair review that I came across for this device was from Mobile-review.

Let me know what you think if you own this phone.

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  1. didik

    nice post , thanks for sharing 😀

  2. Nice posting and very very nice site. Thanks

  3. tantuj

    Hi , thanks for the sharing the expert details.

    just wanted to know ..the max resolution of pictures taken by camera , and resolution of the screen for video playing.. can it play hd movies i.e 720×420 or any other specific resolution movies?

    what is the resolution of screen? i.e dots per inches if possible.. are they better than htc wildfire?

    • Camera resolution is 5 MP (2560 x 1920) if you’re in Android 2.1. It’s a HVGA screen, and HTC Wildfire is QVGA

  4. naveen.s.r

    Thanks for sharing…I’ve ordered the phone from flipkart.

    • Cool! Do let me know about your purchase experience with Flipkart… ‘might try it sometime in the future 😉

  5. pradeep

    can u tell me where did u purchased it at 12,300. I just checked on websites and its ranging between 14k – 15k.

    • The one you’re looking at is probably XT5 and not XT3. Both are the SAME. So, buy the XT3 with Android 2.1, which comes to around 12k. Check with Flipkart… Good luck 🙂

  6. Heman

    This can run only 480 x 320 pixels resolution movies on full screen.

    • This is perfectly fine for an entry level device, at this price range. HTC Wildfire is costlier than this and does not have HVGA resolution, i.e., can play videos in only 320 x 240 resolution in full screen.

  7. ar777

    dude the difference between xt3 n xt5 is that xt3 has a 3 megapixel camera n xt5 has a 5 megapixel camera and hence there is the price difference
    other than that nice post

    • Dude, it’s up to you if you to buy XT3 or XT5. All that ‘m trying to emphasize is that XT3 and XT5 have the same hardware! Believe it or not, my XT3 has 5MP camera as it comes with Android 2.1. If you buy XT3 with Android 1.6, you will see that the software is limited to 3 MP. This is all I can say, it’s your call buddy! Motorola wants exactly this kinda people who will simply go by their specs 🙂 Good luck!

  8. schintan777

    How do i transfer the apps downloaded from Android Market from the Phone Memory Phone to Memory Card? Can someone please help?

  9. Zcabalin

    Nice Review – though not a full fledged one its a good start

    While showing pictures rather than optimizing for web use a cropped image at 100%ie., if you have 2000X1600px image cut a 200X200px from some part and show it. It helps more

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