“ The Motorola M3788 is cheap and easy to use, but has no special features or customisation possibilities, which may put many off. „
Last christmas guess what my Dad got me for christmas, a mobile...of all the phones...he chose the m3788e. For some reason my dad thinks I need a mobile, the real thing is...I don't. I send the occasional message or call the occasional person but I'm not really a heavy user of it. The phone serves all my purposes. It A) phones people B) stores peoples numbers C) sends text messages D) could roam internationally if orange would wake up and see what its competitors are doing E) allows me to accept incoming calls F) works for hours on end G) charges the battery H) allows me to brush up on my technical vocabulary in any number of foreign langauges. But seriously that's about all I need from my phone and that's all it really does. The only problem with it I have had yet is that one of the battery pins got squashed and meant I couldn't charge it, so all i had to do was press down on the back and it popped back into place. I still have £47 left on my phone since the beginning of the year....... And I can listen to the Orange woman all night if I want too...she has such a sexy voice! But if you want a phone that you can download new ringtones to or or play games on this is not the phone for you, and it is rather large and heavy compared to friends phones. So to sum it up: good functionality, not good for games n'that.
I have found my motorola 'brick' to be very reliable and very easy to use. I learnt how to use mine without the manual (but then I'm not one to be very aquainted with manuals, waste of my time!). I've got my brick on Orange, so I can't really comment on other networks that this phone may also be available on. If you are on Orange, then to know what your credit balance is, simply key in 453. The phone cost me nothing, because my boyfirend gave it to me, but i understand you can buy it for around forty pounds. They don't sell it in Argos anymore, but you may be able to find it somewhere. It's like the T10, not widely sold because it's getting a little old now. Because the brick has been around for a while now, it has had the chance to evolve and improve. MENUS and OPTIONS On the phone book you can store upto ninety numbers, which I have filled up but I find ninety spaces to be quite adequete, as I only use half the numbers in my phone book eg. I have Fox Mulder's home and mobile number stored on my phone. I say no more. The phone book is easy to use, names can be upto twelve characters long, but only in capital letters. You can view you phone book in alphabetical order or in location order (this is when each name and number has its own number as to where it comes in the ninety numbers). I don't use the location order, as I dont understand it myself, why there are different numbers for each name and number is beyond me I'm sorry. Also on the phone book you are able to view the last ten calls made, and the last ten calls received, and seperate from each other. This includes the number and the name if the number is stored in your phone book. Unfortunately it does not say when the call was made/recieved which could be handy for reference. Although the phone does notify you on the main screen if you have missed a call, but you need to check the last ten calls received to see where
the call came from. There is also a fixed dialling function on the phone book menu, but I dont't use this. Next to this there is a one-touch dial setting. I don't use this either, which is basically the same as fixed dialling anyway. I see this as an added bonus which isn't completely necessary. The battery life is, well, very good. It can last for days, it really depends on how long you charge the battery up for. Sometimes I leave my phone on at night, sometimes I switch it off at night. You can view the battery life in two different ways. At the top of the screen in the right, there is a small icon which shows a battery with three cells in it. Three cells shown would mean full life. No cells shown would mean no battery life left, and so the phone would need re-charging. I find it doesn't take long at all to charge the battery up. But the longer you keep the charger in for, the slower the battery loses its life. If you open the back of the phone, you will see that the phone has a huge battery. The other way to view the battery life is by going to call related features and show battery meter. This is much more detailed, as the life goes down in ten 'segments' from a plus sign to a minus sign. I have found that if you leave the charger in the socket switched on for long, that the plug gets very hot. I turn this off often when I am not using it. I would not like to see what would happen if I left it switched on. So, if you are one of those people that leaves everything switched on all the time, watch the heat of the plug. Still on the call related features menu, you can also restrict your phone number. This restricts your ID on the next call you make. You can choose call barring. Here you can bar outgoing or incoming calls. If you change your mind then you are able ton cancel all barring. This can be useful for if you are, for example, at school and you don't want people to call you, but you don't want to swit
ch your phone off. This can sometimes be better than to just turn off the ringing, because you phone would still be able to recieve calls, but you wouldn't be able to answer them. So sometimes pointless, unless you wish to know if anyone tried to call you. Next on the menu is MESSAGES. This i a well use part of my phone, as I tend to send and receive a lot of messages, these can be sometimes cheaper than to call people. Some people would say that messaging can be fun, but I myself find it quite tedious. Letter after painful letter. It takes a while to write the damn thing, and then you find there is no space left so you've got to go all the way back through the messege, going through letter by letter, to shorten words and then go back through the message again to finish it. Sending messages with the brick, you must go to message editor, which is easy to find on the mesages menu. To delete a previous written message, hold on the cancel button. You see, the previous message you wrote stays on the message editor. I like this as it means I can go back to it if I want to finish it or if I choose to save it later, or perhaps I don't want to send it for another hour or so. When you save a message, it goes to the outgoing messages box. This tells you how many messages you have stored here. You also have the option of deleting a messages by pressing the OK button when 'view options' shows up on the screen at the bottom. This is shown on every message, received and outgoing messages. Options for outgoing messages are: send message, edit message, delete message and go to next message. Options for received messages are: delete message, reply to message, return call, edit message, go to next message and delete all messages. You view the received messages and the outgoing messages in different 'boxes'. Also on the messages menu we have message settings, here there are options you can choose which are: service centre (which is a number
), expiry period (which is a number of hours, something I don't understand myself, which could be a result of totally ignoring the manual! But then I don't think I've actually needed to use it anyway, whatever it may be!) and outgoing message type (which is where you can choose from text, or voice. I choose text). Voicemail can also be called from the messages menu. This is something that you need to pay for on Orange. The cost varies between different networks, so it would be almost pointless on comenting on the cost here, and I suppose I've been writing a lot as it is. I'll give your eyes a rest! Next menu along on the main menu is PHONE SETUP. First along is where you ar able to adjust the ring volume. This is complicated, but once you're used to changing the volume frequently it is much easier to do. I don't often change the volume, unless I'm in a loud place and I need to be able to hear my phone. To change the volume, the picture is much like the battery meter picture, a plus sign for increasing volume and a minus sign for a quieter volume. To make it quieter, you must hold on the 'speaker' button (there is a picture of a speaker on this button) and because you can hear the ringing whilst doing this, you are able to hear the volume of the ringing get quieter. To make it louder then let go of the speaker button and hold on it again to make the volume go the other way, towards the plus sign. You will be able to hear the volume of the ringing increasing. If you made it too loud and you want it a fraction quieter, then let go and hold on the volume (speaker picture) button for a short time. The longer you hold on the button, the more the volume increses/decreases. This phone has a good loud volume. I find this uselful if I am in a loud place. Next option is to turn the ringer on or off. This is pretty simple. Next you can set the ringer tone. There are eleven different ringing tones. Tones cannot be dow
nloaded off the interenet like other phones. ten of these ringing tones are just 'rings' but different types of rings. Here is the list: standard tone, single ring tone, british tone, french tone, german tone, bravo tone, three ring tone, siren tone, quick tone, high tone. There is one music tone, named music. I don't like this, but then this phone is ideal for me concerning ringing tones because I don't like musical rings. They annoy me greatly. I just like the ordinary, phone ringing. Mine is set on standard tone. Next along is phone lock. You can choose from automatic lock, to lock now, and change unlock code. Lock now gives you the option of locking it. To unlock you phone, you must type in a four digit password. Other phones do not require an unlock code, but the good thing of having to type in a code is that you can have your phone switched on if you don't want anyone to look at eg. your messages. You can change the unlock code to something easier if you want. Although the default code is 1234 so there's no forgetting that!!! But maybe you want to make a more difficult code to keep the family out! This, I advise you not to do. You may forget it. Like me. I advise a year of birth, as the code is four digits. I have my cashier number as my code, as I work in a shop with cash tills, and I only want to remember as lttle numbers as possible so I tend to use one number for everything. Also on the phone steup menu, there are some stuff about pin numbers. I tend to leave these alone. I don't want to mess up my phone. The temptation to fiddle around with these pin code things is very great. I've done it before. All I can say is LEAVE IT ALONE, if you don't know what you're doing. Like me. There is an option of making a new security code. This is six digits long. The default is 000000. Pretty easy, but I like to customise my phone so I set it to my date of birth. Other options on phone setup are ex
tended menus, which can be switched on or off and language selection. I like this. But dont change the language. I did this and I was totally lost! Lost for a number of hours and I was toatlly panicking like crazy! Lnguages you can choose from are: English, Suomi, Francais, Deutsch, E^^hnika (no, I have no idea either!), Magya, Italiano, Norsk, Portugues, Espanol, Svenska, Turkce, Automatic, Dansk, Nederlands. There is battery saving mode, which I've switched on. I don't know why someone would want this switched off anyway. It would puzzle me. Surely everyone would want to preserve their battery life? You can select keypad tones. I don't. I keep mine on no tones. You could if you wanted, have normal tones or single tones. Having keypad tones are annoying enough to someone sitting next to you, but writing a text message can be hell let me tell you. Last on the phone setup menu is phone status. I don't bother with this. I don't think its essential. So I wont coment on it. The next menu on the main menu is NETWORK SELECTION. On this menu there is: available networks, network search, preferred networks and find new network. I have never needed to use this, and I doubt many people would know how to use this. I for one don't, and I don't think I really need to. I only use my phone for calls, messages and to store phone numbers and other numbers such as my national insurance number. Last menu is CALL METERS. This I'm sure you've guessed is obviously about calls. You are able to show call timers. Here you can show last call, total for all calls (both of these are the times in hours, minutes and seconds) and reset all timers. Also on call meters, you can set audible call timers. This is single alert timer and repetitive timer. I've never found these necessary to use, and so have never used them. Next is set in-call display, which allows you to choose if you want to show time per call
or no in-call display. I find that leaving it set on show time per call is useful to see how long I've been on the phone for one call. I can view this during and after the last call. Last in the call meters menu is lifetime timer. For a moment I was worried that this meant they counting down how many seconds I have left to live. Obviously though, this is no death clock. I have one of those on my computer screen saver. Now I've gone throught the menus (breathe a very hefty sigh of well awaited relief), I'll explain other features of the phone. There is no WAP feature, so access to the internet cannot be made. However, I'm guessing that would cost a bomb to use anyway. Som I'm fairly glad I don't have that function. If the brick rang the internet accidentally I would be broke in a matter of minutes! RECEPTION. I find the reception pretty good. I've never had a failed message or call because of bad reception. You can view the quality of reception in your current area, by looking at the top left of the screen in the corner. This picture stays here, even when ficking through menus. The reception is measured using five bars. The bars getting higher as you go further to the fifth bar at the end. When reception is lower, then the number of bars decreases from the the higher ones, leaving lower bars at the other end. When the ringer is on, then there will be a picture of a bell underneath the battery meter in the top right of the main screen. This also stays when viewing menus. When you have a message, you will be alerted by if you have it switched on. But if you don't, and you don't hear or check you phone for a while there will be a little picture of an envelope next to the bell picture. To view the message you only need to go to the message menu and go to received messages. It will say how many new messages you have received. If you have no more space left for messages (upto ten outgoi
ng AND received messages together) then an evelope picture will appear near the middle of the top of the screen. messages will need to be deleted to make space for newer messages. You cannot read new messages if you have no space left. If you have a voicemail message, then you will need to listen to it in the messages menu. A picture of a tape will appear on the main screen if you have voicemail. THE PHONE EXTERNALLY and other features It is quite a large phone, about thirteen and a half centimeters not including the arial. The arial is about three to five centimeters long, depending on which bottom part of the arial you measure from. As far as I know, the phone comes in a blue colour and a blackish-grey colour. The back and the arial are black on all phones though. I like the coulour of mine. It is the blackish-grey colour. The screen is very shiny, which is one of the things I love about the look of the phone. I polish it to keep it that way. Yes, I know. Sad. But then again, true. Because it is shiny it can scratch easily, so I look after it. You can purchase a cover for the phone for about six pounds. They sell them in Argos for this price displaying the brick inside it, even though they don't sell the phone! At the top of the phone, above the screen, but where the shininess continues, the word motorola is printed in white letters. You can probably see the phone in the picture above, but still. I explain it in more depth. Above the word is where you put your ear so you can hear people talking to you. It is a small circle. The buttons are rubber, and the buttons make writing text messages very easy. One of the easiest set of buttons to press I have come across after using many phones of other people. The buttons are spaced evenly, leaving a good space so you do not end up pressing two buttons at once, or the wrong button. They are largish buttons, measuring eleven millimeters by four millimeters. They light up a
round the edges when the screen lights up. The screen stays alight for about sixteen seconds when you stop using it. Sixteen seconds is quite a long time. It is a good strong light. I sometimes use it to see in the dark, but just to look at little things, otherwise I'd a torch. The on/off button Is a small round rubber button underneath the star key. It is an easy button to press. When you switch the phone on or off, a small noise is made to notify you. To access the menu, there are two arrow keys underneath the OK button. The arrows point right and left, left also goes down, and right goes up. This is because the menu format is that of menus being viewed by scrolling up and scrolling down. Pressing OK is obvious as to what it does. It just confirms what you would like to do. This series of three buttons are on the right of the fone, above the number keys. Above the number keys on the left is a series of three other button, all above one other. At the top is the cancel button, a red letter 'C'. bellow that is an arrow pointing upwards. This is quick access menu. There are nine options in this menu. In order they are (and they go along sideways, three being shown on screen at once): Call voicemail, Divert On/Off, Message Editor, Read Messages, Add to SIM, Battery meter, Lock Now, Find Name, Switch Line 1/2. These all include big pictures with them. Below the arrow key is a button with a picture of a speaker on it. This is the volume button. This can be used as described earlier, but can also be used to change the volume of the PHONE, not the ringing volume. This can be done while in the front/main screen. The phone has two sockets. One of the right for the charger, and one on the left for headphones. The screen displays three lines of text, and text messages can use upto one hundred and sixty (160) charaters. When writing messages you don't have the option of predictive text, but then I guess that can be a good
thing because I don't like predictive text. I use a lot of slang in my text messages to fit in more words. Predictive text for this purpose would be a nuisance. I have found the screen resolution to be quite good. It has improved since the older version. Overall, it is a good, robust phone. It is fairly heavy in weight, but I like a heavier phone, it makes me feel less likely to drop it for some reason. I wouldn't expect it to be any lighter really, because of its size. There are no games, but that doesn't bother me. I only wanted a phone for communication. If I wanted to play games I would have purchased a Gameboy. This phone wouldn't attract children. It's a phone for people who want to use it as a phone. That's just what I like about it. Not a fashion statement. I was attracted to it and that's all that matters. If you want a phone for fashion, don't choose this phone. Choose some over-priced Nokia piece. If you want a good, strong, reliable phone that works well for your needs (which would be to use it as a phone) then this is a good choice. That's all I can think to say about the Motorola Brick. If I think of anything else then I'll add it. Thanks for reading my op. I hope it helps you.
I have a Motorola 3788 on the one2one network, which can be purchased for around £40 now, with £10 credit (when you register the phone). For a cheap phone, it works really well, and is suitable for putting in the glove compartment for emergencies only, because you only have to credit the phone, or make a call once every 365 days - meaning, if you don't use it, you don't pay a penny. Many people will buy a mobile to send text messages, and this one can too. This phone has no predictive text, so it may take you longer typing in your message than other phones. Also you only get to see two lines of text on the display at any one time, so it can be a bit difficult reading a longer message, as you will have to keep scrolling down all the time. The battery charged up seems to last for quite a while on standby, although it seems to take a long time to re-charge (a few hours), but this isn't really a problem, because you can just leave it recharging over-night. To check your account balance, you simply call the number “121” (Which in itself is a good idea, because you will not forget it) and an automated voice will tell you. I think it would have been a little better if you could get your balance on the screen, so you can check it more easily in a noisy place - which I believe you can do with Vodafone. Unlike some of the more expensive and popular (Nokia) phones, you cannot play games, Change the logos, nor make/download your own ring tones - which is what many kids like the phone for, so maybe you should not get this phone for children, because they may not seem “cool”. Saying that though, there is a facility to change the ring tones to some default ones (eleven to be exact), which are mainly boring ringing sounds, but there are some musical ones which are quite good. When you have your phone turned off, as with other networks, people will be sent to your personal “answering machine&
#8221;, in which you can actually record your funny or otherwise recording. Although with one2one, picking up voice mail is free, unlike orange which is a great idea, because it would not cost you anything to take the call in the first place, so there is no disadvantage in using the voice mail facility. One advantage over phones on a land-line is that you can store friend’s numbers on your phone, and then when they call you, it will give you their name, and say “X is calling, answer?” so you can chose to avoid people if you want, because if you press the cancel button when someone calls, it will divert the call to the voice mail facility, as if the phone is not turned on. In conclusion, get this phone if you want a very inexpensive, reliable and robust phone that you will use to make calls and to do some text messaging, but not really for children because there is no real customisation like different ring tones and covers or games, which they seem to like more than the actual phone functionality!.
Before I decided to buy a mobile phone I pounded my brain trying to decide what sort of user I would be . I finally came to the conclusion I would initially be a light user as most of the day I have access to a land-line , and the rest of the day I would be driving and not wanting to attract the long arm of the law . Plus most places I visit are in poor reception areas anyway . I chose to go for the One2One network at the time because there was no daily charge for use of the prepay phone , as long as it was used once a year . Secondly I wanted a reasonably cheap phone , so chose the Motorola M3788 which was £35 10 months ago at Argos including a £10 voucher which represented excellent value . Now , call me mean , but as I mainly wanted the phone to receive calls , I have only used £20 of vouchers since that date . Although the phone is an old design now (what isn't ) it is not too bad looking , and also not particularly heavy . I quite like the black and grey look , and the backlit screen which I find useful because it's big and easy to read (helpful if you are over 25 ). There are several features on the phone which are handy , such as last 10 numbers called or received , phone book with quite a large capacity by location or name , battery charge meter and messaging facility . The point of the phone which would annoy some people is the slightly large antenna , but then you get what you pay for I suppose . Call quality is very reasonable , and when I'm not in a poor reception area the usability is very good . It always recharges reasonably quickly , and appears to stand up well to being dropped . It will probably go on for a long time , when others will be saying " Look at that old relic " , but then for the price I will be able to say back " At least I'm not doing overtime to pay for it " . Now , it will win no rewards these days for appearance or size or fun
ctions , but then that wasn't why I bought it was it ? The standby and conversation time are very good within the realms of the reason I purchased it , I have it switched on about 5 hours per day and recharge it in the car about every fifth day . The extras I have added for my lifestyle are a carrying case to prevent unneccessary damage , and an in car charger , both of which I bought in the poor reception area of Folkestone market (Kent) for the combined price of £10 . The one drawback I can see is that to replace the battery will cost more than the M3788 is worth , so I have taken the bold step of purchasing the new Motorola model for that unwanted date .
When I got my Motorola M3788 (what a catchy name :), I honestly thought it was the mutt's nuts. I hadn't owned a mobile before this one, and the feeling of having a pay-as-you-go, which was exclusively mine, was great. The phone wasn't bad to look at either. My parents went quite in for mobiles around the mid-90's onwards so we still have some of those serious brick-efforts like old flip handset motorolas that make you tense your muscles when you hold them. Thankfully, M3788 isn't overly heavy for an oldish phone, but I primarily bought it for price as I'm sure many others will. Mine was £40 with £5 free calls from Orange. Ah, how times have changed :). Since I bought the phone, ooh, about a year ago, I've been bitten by the bug of eensy weensy leetle phones like the Nokia 8210, which I've decided I'm going to consider for a contract deal when I'm at Uni, because it'll cost less with the amount of calls I'd be making and it's less than half the weight. Yes, I did get teased at school. Yes, it was called a 'brick' :). Actually, it's more like a bun shape but I won't split hairs :). I can now intelligently comment on the phone's problems. It's on the heavy side, but most cheap pay as you go handsets are. The design, though easy to use, isn't attractive. The blacks and greys used to be my cup of tea but I've since been attracted by chromes and silvers on newer phones. A good thing is the backlit screen, which is quite big and easy to read - useful where this phone is probably used the most, pulled over on a motorway in the dark. The antenna is annoying because it means that the phone is more difficult to fit into inside pockets. The flat front of the phone is okay, and I haven't had it dial up anyone on its own yet inside my pocket. Call quality is good and loud when there is a signal, but that's the network, not the phone's fault. It recharges quite quick
ly, and is quite robust - I've dropped it a few times (by mistake, honest! :) and it hasn't been damaged at all. The back panel where the battery is seems sturdy and hasn't been dislodged or scratched. The M3788 will probably go on for ages. I saw a new version recently with a silver cover which looked awful :) but for a cheap sturdy phone for emergency use it does the trick. Just don't expect your mates to compliment it, but then again you haven't just spent £100+ on a piece of plastic.
Well, I never normally buy Motorola products, but I have to say that this one came out on top. Since I had never owned a mobile phone before I was reluctant to buy just any mobile that I came across. I was looking to get a nice simple phone that wasn’t too complicated but not too primitive either. I bought a variation to the phone that you see in the picture. Mine had a flap covering the numbers, a protective flap if you like. It was my first phone and I would suggest to anyone buying this handset if they are first time users. It has a handy arrangement of options for a first time user to get stuck into. The menu of the phone contains 6 options. These can vary depending on which pay package you opt for. They are arranged like this: Phone Book – This is where you put all of your phone numbers that you want to store. Call Related Features – you can view the battery meter and alter call barring etc. Messages – This menu takes you to your text messages, you can compose these here. Phone Setup – You can change pin numbers, ringer volume, ring tone etc. Network Selection – You can view available networks, find new networks etc. Call Meters – You can set an in call displays, and view timers here. The options above are what are contained in the phone’s menu system. You can enter each of the 6 options, and be taken to a sub – section where there are further options. The menu is very well setup and a user is guided through it well. The phone book, as mentioned above is where a user can store all of the names and numbers of the people that he or she would like to keep for future phone calls. It acts just like a normal written phone book. You can access the names and numbers at any time. You just access the relevant menu. The SIM card can hold up to 99 names and numbers, and the handset itself can hold a further 99 names and
numbers. That’s a total of 198 names and numbers. That’s a lot of free space, handy for those with a lot of friends. The names and numbers are given a separate location in the memory. Each location is a 3-digit number. You can either arrange the names and numbers by location numbers or by alphabetical order. Most users will choose the latter. The menu that a lot of people will be interested in, is the text message menu. Well, it’s very good for first time text users. There aren’t that many characters available to write your message but it’s enough to say what you need to say. You can send messages to numbers directly from your phone book or input a number manually. You have a useful arrangement of full stops and question marks and all of the other little side grammar interests, located in the number 1 on the key pad. Just press the number one while in text message mode and you can cycle through full stops and commas and the like. These are quite important; otherwise your text might not make any sense! The phone setup menu allows a user to really personalize their phone. There are limits to what you can actually do but you can change various things. For example, the phone allows you to encrypt it, so that only you can turn it on. This requires you to have a pin number that only you know. It is preset to a very easy number like 1234, but you can change it to whatever 4-digit number you like. You can also change the ringer tone, chose from the 11 that the phone has to offer. The ringer volume and the earpiece volume can also be changed to suit you. You can also view the battery meter, in case you need to know how charged the battery is. There is much more that this menu allows you to alter, these are just a selection of what can be altered. The handset itself is very good for first time users. It’s not too big, but it isn’t too small either. It is a nice gray black colour (again
this can vary). The antenna is a nice size and doesn’t get in the way. If it breaks, it screws out easily and can be replaced. It is nice and curvy so that it can fit into pockets or bags easily. It’s quite sturdy aswell, so if you drop it, it won’t break. My overall opinion about the Motorola M3788 is that it’s a good handset for first time mobile phone users. It’s got a nice simple, well-guided menu system that will introduce first time users well. However, if you are not a first time mobile owner, then I wouldn’t recommend this handset. I would recommend a Nokia for you. I myself now own a Nokia 3310, but the Motorola M3788 was my first phone, and it was a good introduction. So first time buyers, yes, buy it, you’ll like this handset, but experienced mobile owners are better off going for a Nokia of some kind. Check out my Nokia 3310 review if you’re thinking of getting a Nokia, it’s worth a look.
overall this is a brilliant mobile phone which is easy too use.It was the first mobile phone i bought, when i did it cost £49.99 but now it is only £19.99 which shows you how much mobile phones have dropped recently. The size and weight might not be as good as some of todays mobiles but it is still a very nice phone.The battery lifetime on this phone is excellent and it will last for a long time before you need to charge it again.As well as that the sound and reception quality are also excellent. You can find this phone on just about every network, i choose orange because it is the cheapest. The phone is ideal for any first time users because it is easy to use.It has a number of catchy tunes and a phone book which you can organise to sort your names into the order you want.I t has your own answer machine where you can add your own message to people who ring your mobile when your busy.Also you can send text messages for a few pence to your friends and family which is cheaper then ringing them.
OK, lets get something straight - this is NOT a fashion accessory, it will not make you look cool, nor will it let you forget you are lugging it around. However, what it does do, it does fairly well. This phone is fairly limited on features - no clock for example, which is a bit of a pain when you get a missed call, plus if the missed call was from an unknown number, it isn't listed in the missed call register. This can be a pain - say you miss a call from Bob, and then Anna phones you, but she doesn't leave her number - the phone will say "missed call", but Bob will be at the top of the list - could be confusing. Call quality is OK, but the phone doesn't go very loud compared to my Nokia 3310. The messaging features are basic but do work, though they obviously lack new stuff like predictive text input (I love it, others hate it). The phone doesn't have a lot else in the way of features - standard SIM card based phone book (with 9 speed dials), 11 rather dull and dated ringtones (though only one message tone) and a simple call register and call timers. It does have a non resettable "lifetime timer" which you can see how long you've spent on the phone. If you are prepared to learn things about the phone, you'll find it has some handy extra features which the Orange manual at least, doesn't mention. The phone has a shortcut menu, accessable via an arrow key, but the manual doesn't tell you these shorcuts can be changed (by highlighting the icon you want to change and holding down the OK button), so you can have instant access to things like ringer on/off, which I have on button 1, instead of the less useful "call voicemail". Another timesaver is that each phonebook entry has a number. Numbers 1 to 9 autmatically become speed dials, but to get to the higher numbers quickly, you can just key in the number and then press # to get to it instantly. If you know the person you want to di
al's shortcut number this makes phoning them very fast - even Nokia's can't do that! To find out about all these features, download the official manual from Motorola's website. A couple of niggles are that while you can reply to text messages, you can't put the number in the phone book automatically, you have to copy it manually, possibly using pen and paper, and the other thing is that when you want to adjust the ring volume, it plays the ring as you do it - great if you want to quieten it down in a meeting or library! As far as size and weight goes, this is a big and heavy phone, and you won't forget you're carrying it, but if you put it in a case and hang it on your belt it's not too bad. Plus, being built like a brick means you can play football with it and it'll survive. It can also take standard AA batteries, but don't rely on it; all the (alkaline) ones I've tried only keep it going for about a minute and then it switches off, though the batteries are still fine. Battery life with the supplied NiMh cell is OK - about four days, providing you discharge it fully before you charge it again. For the money (£19.99), this is a great bargain buy - you can pay more for a pay as you go SIM on it's own! Great if you just want a basic phone to make calls, and nothing else. Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.
The Motorala m3788 is a basic phone to say the least. It has few options and options that can't even compare to the newer phones of today. The phone book can hold about 80 names which isn't exactly huge and there is a limited amount of ring tones available. There is also no ring tone composer which means you will always have a rubbish sounding ring-tone. The phone is simple enough to use. A press of the button with the arrow on brings up the main and important options on screen, or you could just flick through your options with the directional buttons. The phone also ways a lot and is quite big (again, compared with newer phones). It is also not WAP compatible, so it is no good for internet users. It is cheap however, around £19.95 at some shops. And you can phone people with it, which ultimately is what people want with a phone. OK for a phone, but don't get it if you want options and WAP
Hmmmm, yes, the M3788. I've never owned one of these. It just doesn't have the features that I personally look for in a phone, and besides, as I prefer the contract route I can get phones that are a little (or a lot!) more upmarket without parting with any money for the handset itself. Anyway, to the M3788: My sister and my Dad both own one of these, my sister having bought one as an Orange Pay-as-you-go as a replacement for a stolen Nokia 5110 that was on Vodafone. My Dad's is a BT Cellnet Pay and Go which he received as a gift. I've got to use both in the past, and I have to say that the M3788 is best described as chunky. Compared to my little C35i, it is positively HUGE! it is also quite weighty and I think that you may have some problems fitting it into small pockets. It does feel rugged though, and I've seen my sister drop hers several times without it sustaining any damage. The battery is similarly large - no standard NiMH batteries here - lifting the back cover off reveals a large Motorola battery pack that looks like it could power a NASA mission to Mars. In reality though, the battery life is very short, tending to need a charge every night and providing very little talk time. The keys are similarly chunky and do extend some way out of the phone which can make it hard to type text messages in a hurry - especially as there is nothing like T9 (predictive) typing. The keys are also very rubbery, and seem to attract dust which makes it hard to keep clean. I suppose this could be solved by adding a leather case with a keypad cover though. The antenna also extends some way out from the top of the phone, which makes it an awkward shape overall and could be uncomfortable if slipped into a (deep, it'll need to be!) trouser pocket. In its favour though, the display is very simple and very clear and it does do everything a phone should - i.e. it can make and receiv
e calls and send and receive text messages. Lovely. Most people don't want to do more than that anyway. It's only single band, so you can't use it on the continent either, but again, most people are not looking to do that. My main criticism of the phone would be that most of the features are hard to access - the nine most popular have shortcuts (via keys 1-9) but the others are very difficult to access and you may have to keep referring back to the manual in order to work out how to get to them. I also find it uncomfortable to use for any length of time, and it starts to heat up after about 20 minutes, making it even more uncomfortable. If you're into gimmicks and using your phone more as a fashion accessory than a tool then you'll also be disappointed at the lack of customisation options - the only thing you can really do is change the ringtone. (you can select from 11 - all presets) It's also no good for anyone who uses the phone as a personal organiser of sorts either, as it is basically JUST A PHONE. So yes, it is bog standard and featureless, but it is so very cheap and it does have the two most popular functions - calls and SMS, and as I said before, that seems to be all that most of you want. In conclusion then, I would recommend this if you're just looking for a bog standard mobile for occasional/emergency use on a pay-as-you-go scheme, but if you're planning on using a mobile a lot, then perhaps you should also look a bit further up the range (and price scale)
This is the best bargain I have found in a long time. I got this phone from Argos on the One 2 One tariff. It was £20 with £10 of call credit, another £7.50 when I register, a rucksack, leather case & personal organiser. The phone is a little big but who cares at this price? Coverage on this phone is excellent. I get better reception than my dad who has the Ericsson A218. The battery lasts about 4 days. The free voice manil with One 2 One is excellent, I have used voice mail more than I have talked on it. The features of the phone are very easy to use.
If you want a phone for occaisional use, then a Motorola M3788 works well enough, and is cheap. I've just bought a new one, to replace a phone that was nicked, on Orange Just Talk for £20. This was a price which you could find in a lot of places a few weeks ago. I tried all the UK mobile phone WWW sites and the best I could find was £25 from a ropey-looking dealer. In the end I bought one over the counter at an Orange shop. This meant they registered it for me, and I didn't have to mess about getting one sent by a courier. Most mail order companies now want to see your credit card before they deliver, which means you can't get someone else to sign for you. I bought the one that got nicked one 6 months ago for £30 with Vodaphone's pay as you go deal, together with £10 of call credits and the standard accessories (leather pouch, chargers for car and at home, and a hands free kit). So far I've spent about £20 on calls. I don't use it very often and its rarely switched on for imcoming calls, but there are times when its just great. For instance, I can turn up at a train station, see a minicab pull up to drop someone off, ring up his company and get them to send him to me straight away. Meanwhile people waiting at the official taxi rank have to wait for the properly licensed cabs. Its nice to have a cheap phone as you don't have to worry about insuring it, or getting too stressed about keeping an eye on it. As a phone, the speach quality on the M3788 seems clear enough. The only problem I've had with it is that the number 4 key is a bit recalcitrant at times. I'd buy another.
Having dropped my Motorola c520, I needed to replace it and ended up paying the paltry sum of twenty quid for a new m3788e (basically the same phone). That's five quid less than a sim card on it's own - so if you can get one at this price, get it for spare parts if you want and don't register it; the sim card as you can use your existing one (if you want a replacement like me) or use it for the fiver worth of calls and use the other parts (a spare battery is always handy and proberably would cost more than the price of the phone as well. Onto the phone itself, it's more or less the same as a c520 except it has a better display and shows more information and has an headset socket on the side (not that I've seen any readily available head sets out there yet it still takes the standard motorola hands free kit so the extra socket is a bit pointless). Still a basic phone and is reliable (if you don't drop it, that is!) but one function that would be handy but isn't supported for some reason is the screen does not illuminate when a text message is received - every other function has the display light up except for this - and as the alert for text messages is three beeps and if you're wanting to see where your phone is, no light is a pain. The phone, in comparrison with other phones currently available, looks bulky (however, if you have trouble with your hands like I do, the slightly larger than normal buttons are very beneficial), old fashioned and not very robust - a fall of less than three feet somehow knackered the ringer on the previous model and the m3788e uses the same external body parts, so be very, very careful with it. This phone is not one of those all singing, all dancing phones, so less to go wrong. Functions are basic, no annoying theme tunes for downloading for ring tones, so a big plus there. A bargain for twenty quid - even if you already have a phone! If you want to get one and still use your
old phone number, make sure that the sim card matches - it's a 3V, 90 memory, 10 text one that's half the size of a stamp.
This is a good phone for children or for someone who is going to keep it in their car or handbag or even for emergencies. If you like motorolas and want to buy one, I would recommend the Talkabout or V as they are so near in price to each other that it’s hardly worth buying one that can’t do as much for a price difference of about £20. But with the V and Talkabout you can access the internet, so the M3788 isn’t as popular as at first. If you are going to buy one especially on contract I would recommend you not to. You cannot receive any data messages, there are only 11 ringing tones and it has a relatively short battery life. They are so cheap now, it’s hardly worth the bother. For about £10 to £20 more you can get a Nokia 5146, a much better phone. Read bives88’s opinion on it, entitled GR8 Fone.
I'm sorry Motorola but i just do not like this phone at all. I know its a popular phone and that its cheap which is great and suits many people on a tight budget or the 'emergencies only' user. I'm currenty using a Motorola T2288 but only as i brought it for cheaper than one of these and it has the 3 months of free WAP access. Everyone in my family have motorola's. My Dad and my Sister have m3788's and my Mum uses an old mr30 (imagine a breezeblock, then add the antenna). I just find the m3788 of poor design aesthetically and ergonomically and i dont think it feels robust enough to take the kind of treatment my phones usually get.