Motocubo A45 Eco

Throwback Thursday, way back to 2009 when Motorola released the Motocubo A45 Eco.

It was back when phones still had keyboards and everyone it seems was trying to emulate the ultimate business phone formerly known as the Blackberry. Man, that seems like a long time ago. Now it’s the iPhone, but things change.

Let’s take a look at the Motocubo’s specs with a little commentary on what we find.

This phone worked on 2G my friends.
RELEASED2009, October
Dimensions82 x 61.5 x 16.6 mm (3.23 x 2.42 x 0.65 in)
Weight110 g (3.88 oz)
An actual QWERTY keyboard you could touch every button on. The size and weight isn’t too bad. Consider the iPhone X weighs in at 174g in comparison.
TypeTFT, 256K colors
Size2.5 inches, 19.4 cm2 (~38.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution320 x 240 pixels, 4:3 ratio (~160 ppi density)
Small screen, small resolution. Just look at that screen-to-body ratio. Nowadays phone manufacrurers are trying to get that as close to 100% as possible. The Samsung S10 has an 88.3% screen-to-body ratio and a resolution of 1440 x 3040. That’s how much technology has changed in 10 years.
Card slotmicroSDHC (dedicated slot), 2 GB included
Phonebook1500 entries, Photocall
Call records20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls
With a microSDHC slot, it has the potential for memory not too far away from a newer phone, but really, you can have an equivalent amount of memory since the camera has a much smaller resolution and you won’t be downloading so much stuff. Especially not on 2G.
Single2 MP
What were we taking pictures of with 2 megapixel lenses?
3.5mm jackYes
Bluetooth2.0, A2DP
RadioStereo FM radio, RDS, recording
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Think back to the time when having radio on your phone was a must-have feature. Now we just stream whatever station or podcasts we want to listen to. What’s actually disturbing given the way we live our lives right now is that this phone did not have wi-fi! Can you imagine a life without wi-fi…on a 2G connection?!!
MessagingSMS, MMS, Email
BrowserWAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
JavaYes, MIDP 2.0
 OtherMP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
MP4/H.263 player
Voice memo/dial
Predictive text input
When WAP still only stood for Wireless Aplication Protocol.
TypeRemovable Li-Ion 930 mAh battery (BN60)
Stand-byUp to 350 h
Talk timeUp to 8 h 30 min
Two weeks of stand-by time? Come on, we’d be lucky to get two days from the latest smartphone. That’s one of the best things about older phones that make them greener than the current generation of smartphones.
SAR0.55 W/kg (head) 0.98 W/kg (body)
SAR EU0.36 W/kg (head)
PriceAbout 100 EUR

Mute the terrible music, but watch this unboxing video because it will give you a real impression of what the Motocubo A45 Eco was really like.

So ten years on, that’s the green mobile phone from Motorola. It’s not a bad phone, it makes call, takes pictures abd the battery lasts for two weeks. The lack of wi-fi might put you off though.