The first and the foremost thing I want from a cell-phone is the call quality: Signal strength and voice quality at both ends. I am not the kind of person who likes to have lots of frills on the phone. I don't need an mp3 player, internet, email and what not. I owned a Motorola SLVR L2 Phone (AT&T)... More
The first and the foremost thing I want from a cell-phone is the call quality: Signal strength and voice quality at both ends. I am not the kind of person who likes to have lots of frills on the phone. I don't need an mp3 player, internet, email and what not. I owned a Motorola SLVR L2 Phone (AT&T) up until now, and was happy with that phone. That one doesn't even have a camera.
After reading the reviews, I was very skeptic about getting this phone. However, Amazon was giving me $100 to pick this up with a contract extension, which I was planning to do. I didn't really need a new phone, so I decided to pick this up, thinking that its at least $100 in my pocket if nothing else.
I received the phone and opened the box. The phone does look good. At least, I like it. Its lightweight and sleek. I like the finish on it too: sort of matty, not shining. The buttons are large and very well lit so you can use at night. Having owned two different motorola phones earlier, the interface is familiar. When opened, it feels thin in hand, but is not slippery (as my L2 used to be). I have relatively large hands, and it feels very comfortable.
Now for the most important part. I have no issues whatsoever with the voice quality: Loud and clear. I put it to the loudest once to check if I am getting any buzzing as people have complained. But none for me. May be they just were unlucky and got faulty sets. Other than that, I don't even need it to be on the highest volume. The recepients are satisfied with the voice quality as well. No buzzing for them either. As for the signal strength, I checked at my (underground) office parking garage, where my L2 used to drop 1 unit. This one does the same. Still, no distortions in voice or any problems. So I am happy with it.
The battery life is good as well. I am not a talk-aholic, but do end up using my phone more than my friends. I have been charging it every other day. I think for me, it will run out towards the very end of third day.
It has a working bluetooth and I had no problems at all connecting my handsfree. Connection is fine without and quality loss and the range is decent.
The phone has a standart mini-USB port for charging, data transfer and wired handsfree. I have the motorola phone tools software from before. The software works with this phone as well and now I can charge this phone through a computer USB as well! Now isn't that cool? It is also a breeze to move contacts, photos etc. from/to computer. (Note: The software doesn't come with the phone, you need to buy it separately)
All in all, I am more than happy with the phone. I expected to keep it locked up, in my closet, but seems like it is going to see the sun for the next couple of years. I was happy with my L2, but I like this one better.
As for the other things that I personally don't care about: It does come with a useless camera. The camera is good enough to take a picture and display on the phone screen only (Good for a caller-ID). Do not even attempt to watch it on a computer monitor. It does have voice dialling and voice commands for applications like creating a message. It has IM clients: Yahoo, AOL and Windows Live, so you can chat with friends. Email from a lot of servers (not google though). A web-browser I haven't opened. It can play mp3s as ringtones and other features you can read about elsewhere.
So basically, a no-frill simple phone. I guess the people who either don't like a product or absolutely love it are the only ones who leave a review. In this case, it is not something that you will write home about, and probably that's why, lack of positive reviews. Anyway, I am satisfied with it and for someone looking for a very basic phone and some money, I would recommend this.
I have had this phone for about a week now. If I do get any issues, I will make sure that I update the review. Otherwise, you can assume that this one is still my current phone (Unless it has been two years and you somehow still managed to stumble on this review!). Less