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      31.10.2006 23:31
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      Excellent choice if you're looking for functionality and no super-mega-cool features.

      I have been using the Motorola C350 for 2 years straight now and it has NEVER let me down. It's an extremely reliable phone and has a whole bunch of features compared to it's low price.

      Now here's the up's:
      - 4096 colour CSTN display with pretty vivid colours and contrast control
      - 2MB of memory for image/midi file storage; this is an enormous size, a lot more than you'll ever need since the files you'll use are very small
      - supports animated GIFs for use as screensaver or background; for background they will display as still image only
      - nice colour themes
      - supports SMS chat, using a portion of the phone's memory for this, rather than the SIM's memory, in which you may want to save other messages.
      - mini USB connectivity, so all you need is an USB cable, unlike other phones that need expensive data cables
      - in spite of the fact that there's no external antenna, this phone has an extremely sensitive receiver that will allow you to be in touch, regardless where you are. so far i haven't been able to find a location where it does not receive signal, either in town or hundreds of miles away, or even while visiting a cave in a mountain.
      - low power consumption, equipped with 650mAh (i think so, there's a "650" followed by chinese stuff) it's able to work for a full week on standby, and maximum 4 days in case of normal use.
      - stylish bright blue light for the keypad along with semi-transparent keys give it a very pretty aspect especially in dark conditions
      - the printing on the keys never wears in case of normal use
      - overall solid construction and casing, as far as i've seen, able to absorb repeated hits without any after-effects(i dropped mine more times than i can count)
      - very small size and lightweight

      The downs are few:
      - the display has the pixels too far apart, and that tires the user's eyes quickly, and that can be fixed somewhat by setting the contrast lower
      - it's processing power is not sufficient so there's always that feeling that the phone is "lazy" in whatever it does, especially since the keys give you that "click" feeling when you press them and you can notice how slow the phone responds. This is not a big problem, at least for me.
      - the phone does not store messages in it's memory, which is the major annoyance since with older SIMs you'll only be able to store 10 messages.
      - the memory used for storing messages in the "draft" folder is volatile, and the messages will not survive any disconnection of the battery, not even a short one.
      - the SMS chat feature only allows 70 characters per message... that's obviously wrong (or it's a software bug) since you'll pay 2 SMS to communicate the equivalent content of just one
      - as with all Motorola phones, if the battery level drops temporarily for whatever reason, the indicator behaves accordingly, but even if the battery regains it's initial power rapidly, the indicator does not go back up. This can cause the impression that the battery is low when it's really not, and will cause you to charge it prematurely, thus shortening it's lifespan.

      Overall, this phone is excellent if you need just that: a phone, nothing more. I myself am the type that prefers to have a separate camera and mp3 player rather than to have a fancy phone with those features built in.

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        24.09.2006 09:38
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        This is THE best in terms of its size and compactness.

        Hi i am Sunny Ahire and have been using C350 for around 2 yrs. This one (C350) is a perfect Moto signature in terms of Style, Cool Looks, and Compact body.

        Disadvantages:-- Its good, but way too small in terms of buttons, display, font. The battery discharges quickly as comparred to others.Well the site " www.motozone.yahoo.co.in " does not open now-a-dayz but still is not needed so desperately.

        Advantages:-- The best feature is its compact body which is very tough and excellent for a rough user. The body is also changebale which is comes in 3 fantastic colors.

        Well all in all a good fone 2 buy.

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          24.09.2006 09:24

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          Well this one is THE best in the range of mobiles of its size and in terms of economical price.

          Hi i am Sunny Ahire and have been using C350 for around 2 yrs. This one (C350) is a perfect Moto signature in terms of Style, Cool Looks, and Compact body.

          Disadvantages:-- Its good, but way too small in terms of buttons, display, font. The battery discharges quickly as comparred to others.Well the site " www.motozone.yahoo.co.in " does not open now-a-dayz but still is not needed so desperately.

          Advantages:-- The best feature is its compact body which is very tough and excellent for a rough user. The body is also changebale which is comes in 3 fantastic colors.

          Well all in all a good fone 2 buy.

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          13.01.2005 10:16

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          Motorola c350 - Advantages: Small And Compact, Easy To Use Menu , Good Battery Life - Disadvantages: No Camera

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          10.12.2004 21:29
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          As a mobile phone user , my first mobile was the Motorola C350. When I opened the packaging I noticed how small it was , quite surprising to the Nokia phones I had seen.You have to read a large manual before you get the mobile working , and the manual was a bit hard to understand.

          The phone has many good features , polyphonic ringtones , colour display and voicemail.But the problem is when you're writing a text message , if you press the end call button by mistake you have to write the whole text message again.The look of the phone is very sophisicated and stylish , with silver buttons and a funky screen.

          It is good value for money , because it has as many features as a Nokia phone and is great as a first mobile phone for someone. It is hard to get phone covers for the moblie however , and for someone who has to have the latest trends , this might be seen as a disadvantage.

          Overall , I think the Motorola C350 is a good investment as a starter phone , and I think the phone is excellent .

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            27.06.2004 01:43
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            I upgraded my Nokia 3330 to this Motorola c350 as I wanted a nice colour phone that wasn't too expensive and heavy. I purchased it for £59.99 from Index Catalogue sometime near christmas which I thought was a good price. The main thing was that it looked really good for it's £60 price tag. It comes with a great array of features such as colour screen, games (Moto GP, Astromash and Snood 21), GPRS and polyphonic ringtones. I thought it had Bluetooth as well but it doesn't. The colour screen is very vibrant (though it would be to me, as I only had Nokia 3330 before this) and can be easily adjusted to the theme that you want. There are six different themes to choose from and also some background pictures and screensavers too. The menus are very simple and easy to navigate but some things can take quite long to load up. For instance even when my phone has been on for hours it still takes about 3.5 seconds to load up my recent call lists (this should load instantly). Apart from that though there no problems with the screen and menu navigation. The games that come on the phone are okay. Moto GP is simply a motobike race game where you have to go round the track. Unfortunatly though you only get one level. It says that you can download more levels but on the box it says you can't download java games. So I'm not sure about that. Next up is Astromash which is a space game where you simply shoot the astroids. It's a little bit like that space game on the Nokia 3330 and 3310 accept it's in colour and is the other way around. I've never played the last game Snood 21 so you'll have to find that out for yourself. The GPRS thing just makes the internet go faster an load up more quickly. It's kind of like DSL for the mobile. This is good so it don't waste up all of your calling credit. I only use it really to get cinema listings and ocassionally check email, so it's good for that. I quite like the ringtones that are provided with this phone, unlike some of the past phones I have had. You get over 30 polyphonic ringtones altogether I think. You can also download some from WAP or from the internet or you can create your own little tune using the Moto Mixer. It's very easy to use and once you get use to it you can produce some nice lttle mixes. On a more technical note the signal from the c350 is very strong and sound is also very clear. The phone is lightweight so it's easy to hold against your ear. Though if you are on for a long time the phone does get a bit damp kid of. The battery life is also very long lasting. The Motorola c350 also has predictive text input as well but that is the one thing I don't like about this phone. But don't let me put you off, its just me I've never like predictive texting because for some reason it just takes me ages to write a message. But if your good with predictive text then this will be a great benefit. The tarrif that I got with the phone was 'Virgin Mobile'. I like this tarrif very much. It offers 15p for the first 5 minutes and the 5p after that. Also texting is only 3p to another Virgin Mobile customer. I think normal texts are jus 10p. So overall if you don't want a fancy camera phone and just one that looks good and does what it's supposed then this is for you. It's very cheap and has some great features. (Please note this review was also posted on ciao.co.uk if you think I copied it)

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              08.09.2003 03:43
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              Having had my battle worn Nokia 5110 for a few years now, I figured it was time to finally give in and buy a new phone. It's a shame, because I really liked that phone. It may have been obsolete and it did take up about twice the pocket space of the C350, but I still liked it. If I hadn't damaged it by dropping it, so that it now switches off randomly, I'd still have it. As you've probably guessed, I'm not into spending hundreds on the latest phone with all the latest features that no-one ever actually uses. No-one sane anyway, as the charges to actually use those features are usually outrageous. All I wanted was to be able to send text messages, make calls and have a colour screen, since I love the way they look. So off I went, looking for the cheapest colour phone I could find, which turned out to be this one, the C350. It cost me £80 on Vodafone, and I bought it without so much as a second though or testing it out. Mistake? Maybe, maybe not. The first thing I noticed was how tiny it was compared to my old phone. Compared to my brother's 3410, it still looked pretty tiny. Perhaps too small. Messing around with it, I found it a little difficult to use, the buttons were so tiny. In a bright environment it's even harder, as when the backlight comes on, the keys are white on a silver background, making it pretty hard to pick them apart. If you're not used to really small keys, this will take some getting used to. I don't have large hands - an ex girlfriend nicknamed me Dainty Hands, which she thought was hysterical - and I found it pretty tough to use. For the ogre-fisted people out there, this phone could be nearly impossible to use. They keys aren't especially good in use either - they just don't "feel" right. It's hard to explain, but if you use one, you might see what I mean. It just makes it pretty hard to write text messages. What's even more frustrating is h
              ow easy it is to hit the red "end call" button while writing a message. Hit that, and your long message is lost forever, forcing you to start again. The user interface is very, very similar to a Nokia, so Nokia people will get on with the phone nearly immediately. It does feel a little cumbersome at times, requiring more button presses than it should, but it's not a real problem. The menus are clear, well thought out and easy to navigate. I've looked at the manual about twice since owning it. Of course, any phone you buy now will come with some useless gimmicks, and this one is no different. I'll tell you now, I've never really used any of these, but I'm sure there will be people who just can't live without the features like picture messaging (though it has no camera, so you can only send messages it already has loaded onto it), WAP and the motomixer. The what mixer? It's a little thing for making up your own ringtones, based on a few bass tracks, piano loops, drum beats and guitar lines. To be honest with you, it's about the most useless, pointless thing ever thought of. It doesn't do much, and the ringtones always come out sounding the same. I'm not sure whether or not I'd recommend it. I mean, it looks great and always gets people to make "cool" or "nice phone" comments. It has polyphonic ringtones and a colour screen, so it sounds good and looks pretty. It makes calls, as a phone should, has text messaging and the obligatory host of useless features. But the keypad often causes frustration and comes close to ruining what would otherwise be a great phone. Just make sure you test it before you buy it. If you can live with the keypad, great. If you don't get on with it, don't buy it. Simple as that.

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                25.08.2003 02:26

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                The model C 350 redefines mobile ?Personalization? with its ?MotoMixer?, which allows you to remix and create a unique tune from the embedded base tunes for a sound that?s uniquely yours! This is in addition to the customizable front and back exterior covers, downloadable bundled themes, large color display and GPRS capability among others. The C 350 is reasonably priced at approximately INR 10,000 and weighs a mere 80 grams, making it one of the smallest and lightest phone in its category. (This still doesn?t give you the right to damage your heart by hanging it on your chest 12 hours a day!) In addition to this Motorola has launched ?MotoZone?, through an exclusive tie up with Yahoo! India. A Motorola handset user can log on to www.motozone.yahoo.co.in and download popular ringtones, screensavers and wallpapers. The website has customized content developed to support Motorola?s latest models. One can also use the keypads to turn tracks on and off, add or remove effects or switch melodies. C 350?s features include Polyphonic ring tunes, Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS 5.0), Downloadable wallpaper themes, customizable screensavers and ring tones, mini alarm clock, colour gaming, calculator and currency converter among others. Packing the fun into a miniature mobile, this hot model allows users to download ?themes? including multi-instrument ring tones, wallpaper and screen savers using the handset?s fast data speeds via GPRS. With few simple steps, you can transform the mobile into a tribute to your favorite artist, with the artist?s latest song as a ring tone and album picture as wallpaper or a screen saver! I guess we finally are in the era of intelligence everywhere courtesy Motorola! My advice if implemented on regular basis can be highly injurious to your financial condition and happy married life, all the best -;) Mehul Patel is the Consulting Director of KIPL.Net ? Digital Design and Communications and c
                an be reached at mehul@kipl.net

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                16.08.2003 04:28
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                While choosing my 3rd mobile phone, my main considerations were: price and fun features. My last phone was a Siemens A50 which was nice but this time I wanted a colour screen and downloadable tones etc. I settled on the Motorola C350 as it seemed a good price for what it did, and it looked very fun. I went on the virgin network pay as you go as the texts are now 3p to other virgin customers in the UK. When I got the phone, I was impressed. It looked much nicer than it did in the catalogue from which I ordered it. Much less 'wide'. It was simple to get going and operate. There are some nice pictures and screen savers on it. Handy features include: alarm clock and calculator. You can also store email addresses with your phone numbers. The polyphonic ringtones are good and there is a 'motomixer' which is a fun way to make your 'own' versions of the base tracks. The 3 games included are very simple yet quite fun. There is 'moto' grand prix racing, a card game and astro invaders. It says on the box you can download games and tones but I haven't felt the need to do so yet, so I can't comment on that. The only 'downsides' to the phone are the many 'are you sure' you want prompts to send a message. You have to click 'done' a few times, but it is handy if you like to double and triple check everything! I am very pleased with it.

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