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Good: I got this phone because of the flip top, as I had a little disabled wire-haired dachshund. I frequently had to bend down to attend to his needs, and so the flip top protected the screen when it (frequently) fell out of my shirt pocket.
Bad: Could have done with an easier setup for email and web. I have the web, but can't work out the email.
Comment: I got this phone because of the flip top, as I had a little disabled wire-haired dachshund. I frequently had to bend down to attend to his needs, and so the flip top protected the screen when it (frequently) fell out of my shirt pocket! Could have done with an easier setup for email and web. I have the web, but can't work out the email. I wouldn't call this bad, but a personal preference. Flip top still useful as I still have my little Jack Russell. Could have done with an app download function, as I would have liked "Caller ID with name" app. Otherwise I like it a lot, even though more basic than some!
Good: Big easy keys
Bad: bluetooth unconnectable (Renault/Arkemis,) predictext, support
Comment: Why is this phone unknown on the Motorola site I wonder! I wanted to try and download software to make the bluetooth work - nae chance..Predictive text takes more keystrokes than original basic operation obviously no dictionary.
Granted, it makes and receives calls OK but has other very annoying attributes.
Good: easy to use.looks good
Comment: i do like this basic phone,but very annoyed the bluetooth will not pair with my cars bluetooth
Comment: all reviews i read are from new users of this,so after a few weeks of it i found it to be a basic useless phone,all it does is freeze and i have to turn the phone off by the battery and this is my third,motorola arent pushing the advertising with this phone as they are embarrased about the bsoftware fault and if i send it to be repaired,i automatically get a new one and not a fixed one as they know when the software goes,its unfixable,beware
Good: This phone is a basic phone but as a lot to impress with its appearance&userbility
Bad: Just could do with a few little feature's like wi-fi&decent camera 2 leave its features of the mid 2000's behind
Comment: This is a classic mobile with all up to date looks,its a great phone for people that are sick of looking at low priced touch phone want to be's with all ther sluggish features&cheap plastics,you see this still looks like a phone&motorola knew how to keep it this way,well done motorola stick to making decent phones like this&dont follow suit of others with cheapening real phones&keep away from creating rubish touch phones that are to complicated&pack up so quickly with viruses...
Good: Retro feature looks
Bad: proprietary operating system
Comment: This is a fashion phone and nothing but that. The illuminated display is great though would have been better if the number/name calling could have been displayed. It's thin and light.
But what makes the phone unusable is the menu system. Though basic I would have expected motorola to have made some little improvements to it. One really annoying feature of the menu is the constanct confirmations even when saving! Would you like to save? Yes. Are you sure? Yes!. This becomes very annoying when wanting to create/delete items/appointments/contacts/messages.
The propriety operating system is literally from the noughties!
Comment: The motorola gleam's feature is a lazy periodic gleam which is supposed to alert you to a missed call or text. You can't disable this, believe me IVe tried! What's the problem you ask? Gleam gleam gleam I'm sick of it even when I think i've read the text it still gleams running down the battery i've spent hours going through menus to find the thing its trying to remind me about! what a nuisance it joins my washing machine (which proudly and insistently beeps continuously to let me know its finished its cycle as the most annoying and unwanted product I own.
buy one of these to annoy a friend.
Good: Great design, cool LED lights, affordable, retro look, battery backup
Comment: While looking for a replacement for my 4 year old L6, what i could find in the stores was a forest of smartphones with touchscreen and some low-end rubbish looking craps from nokia, samsung and lg. I have never been interested in smartphones/touchscreens as they looked more like a show-off rather than an actual phone. And due to the unavailability of affordable low-end models from motorola, most of my friends who were once Motorola fans finally decided to settle down for nokias or samsungs or lgs. So eventually with my phone's battery draining out, I was also supposed to follow their way. While searching for a new phone in the internet, i happened to see this new model from Motorola. I got myself one the next day itself. Honestly i was impressed by its retro design rather than anything else... not even bothered about what features it had or how the menu would look like. In my opinion, the purpose of a phone is to make/receive calls and...to some extent...to send/recieve SMS. And i am pretty sure that there are no mobilephones that lacks these two basic'features'.
At a time when the market is crowded with iphones and similar looking touchscreen phones, this one simply stands out from rest of the competition with its classic design. Unlike touchscreen fones, you will find it really comfortable to hold. The flat-panel keypad layout is typical Motorola. It is really easy to type on the large buttons. The menu layout, now redesigned, is simple and quite similar to the previous motorola models. Another great feature is the cool white LED lights which flashes whenever you open or close the phone. It also flashes continuously with a few seconds interval when you receive an incoming call.
Altogether this is a great phone. I will give it a score of 9.5/10. It lost 0.5 points because it uses plastic cover and keypad. So far this is the only drawback i found in this phone. Not a big issue though...the plastic quality is far better than other cheap rubbish phones in its league and it definitely feels solid. But instead of plastic, i would have preferred the metal cover and brushed aluminium keypad as in the Razr/SLVR series.
When most of the competition is moving towards touchphones, I am not sure whether this one will create the same kind of fanfare as they did with the Razr in the mid 2000s. But i really appreciate that they realized there is still a market for cool phones like this. This is a great phone to have for those who are looking for a simple, affordable yet stylish phone. Again, motorola knows how to design great phones. As they say - Great Design Never Goes Out of Fashion.
Good: Beautiful design, Retro Feel, Simple OS, Razr Nostalgia
Bad: No Wifi/3G, Simple Games
Comment: I love the phone and would get it if I was a user who wants a simple phone that still looks great, I myself am getting the Motorola Razr (the Android version), but I think Motorola could have at least added Wifi capabilities and a simple app store, akin to the Samsung App Store. All in all, a great phone that would have been even better if it just had Wifi and a simple app store
Good: Easy to hold and operate one-handed - a vital feature for me. It replaced a much used and loved Razr V3. Good battery life.
Bad: The very small uninformative user manual and the fact that the switch between upper and lower case when texting does not work .
Comment: It's a real shame the LED display on the cover was not designed to allow the time to show in standby mode. Nor does it alert you to missed calls or unread messages for more than a minute. A missed opportunity in my view.
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