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      03.09.2010 18:33
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      I love it despite its drawbacks.

      Let me start by saying, as with my laptop review, that I am not a technical person, so this will not be a very technical review. It will be a review for people who want the ordinary persons opinion of a phone. If you want to know very technical things please read another review or ask a sales person in a shop. So here goes:

      Phone's Appearance.
      This is the main reason I chose this phone. I have the pink version, it comes in several different colours including black and purple. It has cute rounded edges, is comfortable to hold up to your ear, is very slim at 1cm in width, and has a lovely shiny front. There have been reports of this shiny front scratching easily but I've had mine eight months now and it only has one tiny scratch on the side. The front of the phone also has a display screen which invisible when off but when on will display information such as who is calling, what music you are playing, etc. Mine is set to show the time when I oush the button on the side and there are also battery and signal indicators. As this display function turns itself off there is a brief screen saver. There are a number of different ones to chose from. I like the worms, but find that through a pink screen they are not very effective, fire is good as is the one that looks like space at warp speed.

      Mention of warp speed leads me onto the second thing I like about this phone. It is a flip-up. Being a bit of a Star Trek geek I will not settle for anything less than a flip-up, and there aren't that many of them around now. I find this phone easy to flip up by sticking my nail in the small gap down the long side of the phone. However, I can see that people without nails could find it difficult. It opens quite far to almost 180 degrees, and snaps back into place with a satisfying click.

      The screen on this inside is quite bright and easy to see even at night. There are four short cut icons in the middle of the screen which I have yet to work out how to reposition. This is annoying if you want to change your wallpaper to a photo as you can't see the photo for the icons. However, the icons can be changed to the things you use most often and are accessed by the arrow wheel above the numbers on the keypad. The screen also displays the date, signal strength, clock and battery indicator in three bars. Then there is a menu button and a shortcuts button.

      Phone usage.
      I don't use my phone for much but I will report on what I do do.

      1. Making phone calls. This is easy. Pushing the green button reveals your last calls. Mine is currently showing the last 150 calls I made but I don't know what the maximum number is. So you can call from those or go into your address book as normal from the memory. Sound quality through the ear piece is good.

      2. Texting. Also easy. I go straight to the typing page from the shortcut icons. Switching from predictive text to the long way of doing it is as simple as the push of a button. Selecting people to send to is also easy.

      3. Alarm clock. Easy once you've located it. Reasonable choice of alarm sounds. Loud enough to wake me up, but I only use it when away from home.

      4. Music. Again, once you've found it, the player is very easy to use and the sound quality is good, as is the volume. Now I am studying my phone and have only just noticed there is a music short cut. Above the green button there is a note symbol which when pressed takes you straight to your music section. Doh! I told I wasn't very technical.

      5. Camera. OK, picture quality is not good and once you've saved a photo its a nightmare to find where it went to.

      This brings me on to things I don't like about this camera.

      The Menu is THE most complicated thing I've ever come across.
      In the main menu there are nine options: Call list, Contacts, Settings, Media, Messaging, Orange World, Extras, Connections and Games. Within each of these are more menu options you can choose from. I won't bore you with all of them now, but for example, in Settings you have: Profiles, Themes, Home Screen, Call Settings, Phone Settings, Security, Network, and Web Access. Pushing Profiles gives you ten other things you can do in four different sections accessed by tabs horizontally across the top of the screen. WHY does it all have to be so complicated? You almost need a degree to be able to set the phone up the way you want it and use it with ease.

      Just as a small aside. I have downloaded the Next Generation theme to use as my ringtone (told you I was a Star Trek geek). Well the other day the phone suddenly switched itself back to using a preloaded ringtone. I spent hours searching the menu to find my Next Gen ringtone, couldn't, then threw it at my husband in a huff when he came home from work and told him to put it back on for me as it seemded to have completely diappeared. It turns out the memory card had come loose and once it was fitted back in again, everything was fine. But honestly - too complicated a menu!

      My other bug-bear with this phone is that it keeps loosing time. I have to reset the clock on a regular basic, at least once a month it looses about five minutes.

      The keypad on the phone is great. Nice big keys, easy to see numbers, letters a little smaller. Volume easy to control with a button on the side. Also easy to set ringstyle from here. Other than that I have just about exhausted my knowledge of this phone.

      I love it and am very glad I bought it. Lots of other people comment on it because of its fab pink colour. Hope some of you at least find this review helpful.

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      01.09.2009 21:32
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      Not a reliable phone for long term use

      The Motorola U9 is smart and sleek yet has it's disadvantages too. The phone boasts a touch screen music player and a range of colours to match each person. Built into the phone is a digital camera which is handy but doesn't prove to take good quality pictures. The pictures are slightly grainy and don't resize well to fit on the screen as a wallpaper. The robustness of the phone is certainly the biggest let down. The crashing from time to time reduces the reaction time of the phone and lowers the length of the battery life. I would recommend taking this phone on pay as you go rather than a contract as problems with the software are not uncommon and can leave you without a reliable phone for a lengthy period of time. I would say this model of motorola is a good one in terms of appearance and memory capacity however I do believe that the phone wears quickly.

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        13.08.2009 14:22
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        Average phone, good quality

        I first got this phone after my old mobile finally died. I used my o2 PAYG upgrade option to get money aff, I believe it was around £100 as new, which was over two years ago.

        So first of all, on appearance the phone is a kind of jazzed-up version of the Motorola PEBL range, but with much needed features such as mp3 player, upgraded WAP and the like.

        The first thing you'll notice is the dual screen when the phone is closed. As a clam-shell design, this phone works well. The outside screen is touch sensitive and this is both a blessing and a pain when it comes to using the mp3 player. When you enter the mp3 player and choose a track, you can then close the phone over and use the screen to skip tracks, play/pause and there are also a few side select keys down the side of the U9 which control volume etc. As the phone comes with a hands free earphone kit, you can plug this into the charger socket and your phone becomes a pretty good mp3 player.

        So what's the problem then? Well, if you have the phone in your pocket the touch sensitive outer cover is a little too sensitive and can end up skipping, pausing etc while youre walking. A minor complaint perhaps, I have tried to find a way to lock the outer screen whilst in mp3 mode but have never managed to get it to work. While I'm talking of the mp3 player, it may be useful to get a micro flash card to boost the memory. I think the internal memory holds about 3 tracks so it's an additional cost to consider.

        The U9 I own has a kind of smoky purple appearance although I have seen the same model in a pink, black and silver colour. The main body of the phone is encased in a soft rubber material which has worn well. Other than a few scratches on the shiny outer screen (which have not affected the function) the only other area that is visibly worn is the charger plug in flap.

        Now onto the rest of the phone. It has the main things you'd expect, text message function with predictive text - which can be turned off. Screensavers and themes, display is clear and in picture mode you can zoom, scroll and link to other functions such as view photo then send via bluetooth, media message etc.

        The camera isn't great, all my indoors photos have seemed dark and the absense of a flash doesn't help. It does have a video camera option which is good and would almost definitely require the micro flash card I mentioned earlier.

        Most of the things you need are accessed through the File Manager, which easily allows you to delete, move or send files such as photos, videos and music.

        Compared to the PEBL model, the WAP access is a lot more user friendly, including images and clickable links. I don't really use WAP and I guess if that's your thing, there are a lot more dedicated mobiles out there to give you that.

        I'm looking around for a new mobile at the moment, it's no real reflection on the U9, just that I've had it for a while and looking for something with similar features. It can be a little slow at times so maybe a factor in choosing my next phone.

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        30.06.2009 01:02
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        A pretty phone which is on a path to self destruction

        Whilst I am sure many people have written a technical review of this phone, I really wanted to let you all know about my personal experience with it. I bought the phone in purple when it first came out, it retailed then at approximately £115 pounds. I then put my o2 contract simcard in and away I went.

        The phone performed perfectly for the first few months, like many electrical products it had a guarentee for one year, after this year things started to go and continue to go annoyingly wrong!

        Firstly, if i call someone and the line is engaged, the beep that you usually hear when this happens does not end when I have hung up the phone. The incessant beeping can continue for minutes and cause me to have to restart the phone.

        Secondly, it likes to do something which I now refer to as the 'demon phone', this is where the entire screen dissapears and all that you can see is a big square of bright red! This again means the phone must be restarted. Occasionaly it will just go white, which i guess we could call the angel phase.

        The phone can also freeze at certain points, locking the screen and meaning that nothing else can be done until it decides to unfreeze itself.

        The phone is also unable to count time correctly, I will set it to the time on my laptop and over a week or two it will slowly lose time until it is at least ten minutes behind! I'm not sure how or why this happens as it is a digital clock but clearly something is amiss!

        Finally it is becoming near impossible to text without immense frustration. When using the 7 key, to produce the letter s, the phone will skip the letter most times. So even if i press the button four times to go from P, Q, R and then to S, it will often skip past s and go back to P. Considering how many words the letter S is in you can appreciate how annoying this is!

        As far as the phone spec goes, yes it's fine and it has a camera, video camera etc, however all these specs can be obtained from the official websites which retail the phone. What I wanted to let you know, is that despite the seemingly okay specs, if you have the problems I have the phone is not a sound investment!

        I hope this helps. Comments appreciated.

        *This review is my own work, also posted on other websites*

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        26.05.2009 00:39
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        I can't believe I have just written a MOBILE PHONE REVIEW. SORRY.

        I have got this phone in early 2008 with the cheapest Vodafone contract (plus major cashback from Cashbackkings, already received). I wanted to have a contract phone, as I get fed up with simultaneously running out of money and battery power just when I need to make this once call. I totally under-use it, as on average I probably would spend more than a fiver per calls a month on Pre-Paid, and this is costing me £15 (but the phone came free with the contract, so overall works out as bit less of a loss on subscription - or a very expensive phone indeed).

        I don't really remember why I chose this one from the limited selection that came free with the cheapest contract, apart from the fact that (1) it was a clamshell design, and don't like exposed keys (2) it has a 2 mega pixel camera, and I wanted a reasonable one.

        Considering the fact that have had a mobile phone (sometimes more than one) pretty much continuously since around 1996, I am probably pretty unsophisticated user. This has likely something to do with the fact that I am rarely away from a computer and that I don't get phoned or phone much. Still, I wanted a phone that I could take with me when I do get out, just in case; for taking abroad; to use as a watch, an alarm clock and calculator and in order to take pictures if I don't have my proper camera with me.

        ===What about making and receiving calls?===

        Now, I have read countless comments on mobile phone reviews saying something along the lines of: _it's all grand commenting on all of those features, but how about making calls_. And as I have never written a mobile phone review (hey, it's my first after a total of about 300 other reviews posted all over the place), I never questioned this kind of sentiment.

        But now I have to, actually. Well, it makes calls. That's what those things are made for and all of them do. I have had probably at least 12 models of mobile phones of various brands, and guess what, they all made and received calls. I have never heard of one that didn't, and I also have not heard of any phones that had handset-related issues with making or receiving calls. I will say a word about the keys later, but this is as (or more) pertinent to texting and menu operation than call making.

        ===Design & feel===

        It's a lovely object to behold: sleek, rounded but not too round, and the front of the cover is a secondary 'screen' that allows to conduct some function without actually flipping the clam open. You can read text messages, see the clock or even use the camera. My version is pink (!!!), but it's not a lurid pink of kindergarten tutu variety, but more of a dark dusky pink with a metallic sheen. To be honest, I don't mind, it was just the particular colour it came in, but it's not embarrassing enough fro me to try to hide the phone from people.

        As I said, I like phones with a clamshell or slider design, as I don't like the problems with locking and unlocking the keyboard. This clam could be easier to open one-handed, I don't like having to use my nail or both hands sometimes - but perhaps it's made for younger and nimbler fingers than mine.

        It's perhaps a little bit to small - I keep losing it not only at the bottom of the backpack or in my bag, but even in my pockets, and this is taking the miniaturisation too far. On the other hand, it's a definite plus if you want to carry no bag: it does fit in pretty much any (normal, not decorative) pocket, with room to spare.

        I quite like they keys. They are quite large, flat and textured, which means I don't have a constant feeling that I am pressing three at the same time, although ideally I would like a bit of separation between them to further this kind of impression.

        ===Texting===

        I only text when I have to or when I am extremely bored and I just can't bear the differential between the speed of typing on a normal keyboard and this stupid thumbing thing. The input on this Motorola (I am not sure how common it is to all Motorolas) is awful. It's hard to switch off the awful predictive text (in fact there are two predictive text modes, one completely wild and one slightly more sensible, I have no idea what the difference between them is), as the same button that is used to choose between caps and lower case, or symbols, is also used to switch the input modes, and the default seem to always be the most preposterous predictive one.

        ===Camera===

        The 2mpx camera was one of the main reasons I chose this phone, and despite this is a disappointment - the picture quality is pretty low unless the light is very good - it doesn't like grey days even outside, and it doesn't like hard shadows and bright sun either. I like the fact that the extra screen on the cover can be used as a viewfinder.

        ===Battery===

        I now remember than another reason I chose this this handset was its advertised standby time, I don't use my mobile more than a few days a week and thus would like the battery to last as long as possible when it's not being used - well, it doesn't come anywhere near the advertised standby time (and yes, I did format it properly when first received): in fact, it doesn't last more than three days with no use at all.

        It's also immensely annoying that you can't use the phone while it's plugged into the charger: this is the first ever phone like that, and I just can't understand why they would introduce such a limitation.

        ===Interface===

        This is probably more of a general Motorola thing than something specific to U9, but I am not that enamoured with the interface. I would like to be able to have more items than just four on the home screen, and I would like to be able to have low-level menu entries there (e.g. the calculator, not just "office tools"). It should also be possible to assign the side keys to all functions, not just a limited number of them, and the same for the two "home" keys above the red and green handset ones.

        I would like to be able to customise the menus in general. They are complicated, long winded and unnecessarily fixed. I know I am probably applying my PC habits to a simpler device, but there is no reason a mobile phone interface couldn't be at least as usable and customisable as a PC one.

        Some aspects of the menu are not intuitive at all. The alarm clock always takes me a few minutes to find, and I have used it quite a few times already.

        ===Others===

        I don't use the mp3 function as I don't listen to music much, and certainly not in a personal stereo mode. I never tried to use it a with a memory card, as I have no need for extra storage on the phone, the number of photos it can store is sufficient for my needs.

        ===Verdict===

        It all depends on what you want from your phone, but I would not buy this one again. It's not as bad as to make me feel desperate for a change, and if I used it more I would probably create workarounds or train myself around some issues. It looks and feel nice, however unimportant it is in the greater scheme of things, the camera is acceptable and the screen on the cover cool and useful as well. But the mediocre or downright bad aspects probably outweigh the good ones for me, and I can't imagine it being more than average overall.

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          25.05.2009 21:34
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          The best-looking phone on the market

          I have to admit it - I always choose my mobile phone purely on looks. I waited three years to upgrade my previous phone, simply because I thought all the ones on the market were bulky, ugly and too 'masculine'. When I saw this phone advertised I felt it was the perfect antidote (the purple version of course, though the pink was pretty too). I wasn't disappointed. This phone is shiny, smooth and slim, and provided you keep it in a phone pouch or purse it doesn't scratch easily. You can read text messages on the front of the phone, which is a nice touch, and when you play music the song title and artist 'float' across the front of the phone, and you can stop, play or skip songs this way too.

          Function-wise, all I really use a phone for is calls and texts - anything else is a bonus. This phone manages those functions as well as any other, and I find the menu intuitive and the contact list easy to use. The camera isn't as good as other cameras I've seen on mobile phones, but it is perfectly adequate for my needs. Ditto the mp3 player - I'd only ever really use it in an emergency if my 'proper' mp3 player was lost or ran out of battery. If you want an all-singing, all-dancing phone to replace your normal camera or mp3 player, this isn't the phone for you.

          One word on the mp3 player - the headphone jack is a micro USB cable socket, only compatible with the supplied headphones (as far as I know) - you can't use your normal headphones. There is no USB cable included in the pack either, but I was able to obtain one from eBay for a few pounds, and seeing as I only paid £34 for the phone I can't really complain.

          Occasionally the phone is a little slow, and rarely the screen freezes - although this has only happened a handful of times in the 5 months I've owned it. All in all, I feel it's an ideal phone for someone who wants something with basic functionality and pretty appearance.

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          26.02.2009 11:30
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          Great for music and camera

          When I recieved this phone for christmas I was delighted, not only by the bright colours that it comes in (mine is purple), but by its sleek and simple design and shiny exterior. Although the appearance of this phone first attracted me, I was soon impressed by its easy to use music player. The sound quality is great not only through the phone's speakers, but through the headphones too, and it is really easy to put tracks onto this phone. The only problem that I have found in using the U9 is that it is quite difficult to text on it. The buttons are not well defined, and are difficult to use, which really lets the phone down. If you are looking for a phone to text and email on, this phone is not for you; but if, like me, you want a phone which doubles as an MP3 player that is pretty and fashionable which takes good quality photos as well, I think the phone is perfect.

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            17.02.2009 02:35
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            a bargain of a phone

            I purchased this phone a week after Christmas as my contract isn't up until September and I really couldn't wait until then to upgrade my phone. as Christmas had only just passed I had a tight budget and couldn't really afford some flash expensive phone, although I did want one that would look nice & also 1 that would ring loud enough for me to hear it.

            I was searching the web and came across this phone in pink in the Argos sale, it was down to £48, what a bargain. On reading up about this phone I realised it took the exact same micro sd memory card as my phone that had died on me (a Samsung...need I say more). in the end I only paid £38 for this phone as my mother had a £10 voucher from another of Argos's offers.

            On first opening the box, I was very impressed, the phone isn't to big when open, even smaller when closed, it's a pink metallic colour & pebble shaped. It took about 2minutes to set up & the memory card was easy enough to insert. I'm not one for reading manuals, so just flicked my way through everything to get to grips with its functions. The menus were also easy enough to understand.

            It has a camera which only really works at its best in daylight or a well lit area, I've never actually used the video feature so can't really comment on that and a music player that can also be used when the phone is closed, giving you a touch screen function to skip tracks.

            It has most other functions that all other mobiles have like Bluetooth, calendar, calculator, internet browsing, games etc so for its price I don't think I could have found a better phone.

            The only thing I was disappointed with is that it didn't come with a usb cable, this has to be purchased separately.

            If there is anything I have missed I will be sure to add to this at another time.

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              12.02.2009 20:54
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              Perfect girly girl phone

              As I am not full of knowledge regarding technology, what attracted me to the Motorola U9 was it's design and the range of colours avaiable. I was after a phone that was simple to use and most of all, was pretty (and prefably pink or purple!). When I purchased the phone, I was certainly not disappointed with it meeting my check list!

              The design is sleek and elegant. Everyone has always complimented me on it when they have seen it (as indeed, it is VERY attractive!). I opted for the pink shade. I'm not that into bright pink, and I know a lot of people arrnt, but the colour is very dark and is much more classy than your typical pink phone. It is also aviable in black and dark purple. They key pad design continues to not disappoint, with a stylish look.

              The phone itself has all the usual things, such as text messaging, phone book, as well as the internet, a camera and an MP3 player. Though I thought I'd probably use this feature quite a lot, it has one song on it, and I haven't used it once! One slight flaw I've always though, is that althouh I can take photos, I can't upload them onto my laptop without buying a link cable (which I've never gotten round to..).

              I personally haven't found any major flaws with the phone, though it does scratch vry easily. For this reason I have always kept it in a phone case or pouch to try and protect it..but accidents do happen, and some of the pink has scratched off it.

              Overall I would certainly recommend this phone if you are looking for something simple and stunning! It has a few really good features and is certainly ideal for girly girls!

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                04.02.2009 14:20
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                Not a bad phone, probably not for those looking for substance over style.

                I got this phone because my old phone broke and I needed a fairly low cost replacement that I could buy as a pay as you go phone. I bought it in Carphone Warehouse on an Orange PAYG simply because this was the cheapest, as the models sold in the Carphone Warehouse are unlocked this didn't cause me any problems when using my own contract SIM from another provider in the phone.
                I have to admit I didn't look around a lot when choosing my phone, price, size and ease of use were my top requirements and it appeared to tick all three boxes.
                It was relatively cheap, it has an mp3 player - which was the only add on feature I was a little interested in and it was small enough to fit in my handbag and it looked cute.
                It is not a bad phone, it does roughly what it promises to, it is not a great camera phone, the mp3 player is adequate - if a little awkward to download music on to (maybe I only find this because the last phone I had with an mp3 feature used itunes which was simpler for me). The display is clear for such a small phone and it does look cute.
                My handset - and I'm not sure if this is across the board - does have a strange glitch, it seems incredibly easy to send text messages to your entire phonebook without really realising you've pressed anything different. I think part of this problem is that the send to all feature is a little to easy to access by accident, but also that there is a delay on the keys which is quite annoying. I have learnt now to be more patient and make sure I don't press it twice in frustration - send to all feature in particular can be quite embarrassing if you do it by accident!
                The other time I find this delay particularly frustrating is if calling up those automated systems - the like of which you often encounter when calling your mobile phone contract supplier - the delay means that often the automated system does not pick up on your input or you miss part of the message as it plays a long beeping sound when this error occurs.
                The delay also affects things like turning the phone off and occasionally when you think you've turned it off, if you have held the button down a fraction too long it turns itself back on.
                This is the main glitch, I haven't had any other problems with the phone and it is simple enough to use and easy to browse the internet and I can get facebook on it, which as I can't get it on my work computer is quite handy.
                Other features I quite like are being able to set mp3s as ring tones and the touch screen interface on the front - being able to read messages without opening your phone is quite handy.

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                  26.01.2009 23:21
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                  A decent phone if you can get it for the right price

                  I'll be honest and start by saying i've only had my U9 for a week and i'll also admit that I bought it despite reading many damning reviews online about it. I could bore you with the techy stuff and number crunching but instead i'll give a simple review from a user to a potential user of this phone.

                  The U9 is a sleek clam shell design available in black, purple or pink. The front of the clam is dual purpose as it is also a secondary 'screen' allowing you to read text messages, see missed calls, the clock and of course it comes into it's own should you use your phone as a music player.

                  My initial impression of the phone was positive, maybe I'm fickle but it 'looks' nice and feels nice being small and light enough to be cumbersome but not so far down the minute spectrum that you'll forever lose it in the bottom of your pocket or bag.

                  Clam shells are my preferred style of phone having had two sliders in two years both of which have broke (and strangely enough both were Samsung) and this one is nicely shaped and easy to flip open with one hand.

                  The keys are a little disappointing. They look sleek but they're flat and feel slightly textured/ribbed so if you're a manic texter it takes ab it of getting used to as they can be abrasive on your finger tips at first.

                  Talking about texting, the input languages are shall we say interesting to say the least. Maybe i'm in the minority but I despise predictive texting and have turned it off on every phone i've owned. I tried to do it on this yet even on non predictive mode it still 'guesses' your words and tries to finish them off for you which is highly irritating.

                  The camera isn't brilliant but it is adequate especially wen you consider the price of the phone (I paid under £40 on PAYG) at 2mpx in good light you get some fairly decent shots and so long as you remember to change the 'scene' to night mode you can get some semi-decent results in low-light too. One thing I like is that the external 'hidden' screen doubles as another viewfinder which makes it very easy to take self portraits should you be so inclined.

                  People are often criticising the lack of storage memory on this phone, however what is often neglected to be mentioned is that you can add up to a 4gb memory card should you wish which can often be bought at very reasonable prices now if you shop around.

                  Another complaint people seem to have is that the phone is slow to react. I agree it is slow, if you try and do two things at once it will take a while to 'think' about it. However, although disappointing at first it is something you get used to and in the grand scheme of things it's not as slow as you perceive it to be just slow-er then a lot of other phones. Once again though if you want higher specs and performance, you would probably not be looking at this phone in the first place.

                  This phone has several voice functions asinsofar as to say you can programme your own voice functions to activate various elements of the phone and the phone also has it's on voice for instance it can read out your address book or menus and it can even read out your text messages (however as nifty as it may sound it is actually highly embaressing if you leave this setting on and you're on a bus!)

                  This phone has many pro's and cons, and at some point you have to look at the price it retails at and realise that maybe with this handset you may be choosing looks over intuitive design and operation.

                  I can't comment on the music function as I don't actually use it, i have a seperate mp3 player that i'm more then happy with.

                  So to conclude i'll summarise what are i my opinion the main Pro's and con's of this handset.

                  [+] Design - It's shiny and comes in gorgeous colours. It looks impressive and the hidden screen is a huge draw.

                  [+] Battery Life - So far i'm very impressed with the battery life. I've found it's good for 3-4 four days just from texting and browsing facebook etc. however, do remember that you really should try and charge it for 16 hours before your very first use to help prime the battery. If you want to save battery life, remember to turn off things such as bluetooth when not in actual use.

                  [+] For a camera phone at this price it's a decent camera.

                  [-] Bluetooth. For some inane reason it will not bond with my computer, I've never had this issue before with any previous phone and it is driving me batty!

                  [-] Predictive text - I find the auto completing of words exasperating especially when i've selected non predictive text.

                  [-] the keys take a bit of getting used to as they're flat and textured and can hurt your fingers.

                  [-] The navigation on the menu's isn't the most intuitive i've used and quite often it's long winded to get to what you want.

                  [-] It's a bit slow to react

                  For the price I paid i'm very happy with this handset however had I the original full price, I think i'd have been disappointed.

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                    13.11.2008 21:35
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                    Not the right phone if you text a lot.

                    This phone is very pretty. The colours, the 'hidden' screen on the outside, the rounded corners, all add up to make it a very attractive phone.

                    Unfortunately, the non-rubbery bits of the fascia get scratched up really easily.

                    I've discovered this is not a great phone for texting, for a few reasons.

                    1. The predictive text is strange. In some ways, it's great - you write the first few letters of a word, and it will guess the rest, based on words you use a lot. BUT - you can finish a word, and then add punctuation, and it will then *change* the word. And if you press up and down, it changes the punctuation you just added, not the original word! So, you enter 'night', it says 'night', then you add a full stop, and it changes the word to 'might'. This is *infuriating*. You have to type the word, then press 'space', then delete the space, and add the punctuation.

                    2. The button layout is irritating. 'Delete' is next to 'send'. Fairly often, I send people texts saying 'Don't forget about the gargleblag' - I was trying to delete 'gargleblag', but instead sent the text. Again, infuriating.

                    3. The buttons are rubbish. They click nicely, yes. But I've had the phone for under two months, and the 8 button is already acting up. It clicks, nicely, but doesn't register that I've pushed it. Again, infuriating.

                    4. When texts come in (or when there are missed calls), it displays an alert. Great. But which button you push to get it to display the text or missed call or whatever, changes, depending on ... well, I'm not sure what. Phases of the moon?

                    In some ways it's great for texting. You can read texts with the phone closed, which is a nice touch. It handles texting to multiple recipients very well.

                    I find it gets good reception, and sound quality is fine. I don't use its music capabilities much. And I find the memory is fine, but my demands in this area are low.

                    As a final blow - they expect you to buy the connectivity suite!

                    I'm sad to say, my next phone will be a Nokia. They know how to do user interfaces.

                    2-December-08

                    I've just worked out - if it starts going slow, if you can free up memory (e.g. delete all sent and received texts), it then starts to go faster again. Rubbish, but survivable.

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                    02.11.2008 12:41

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                    I would steer well clear

                    From the outside looking in the Motorola U9 looked like the perfect phone for me. My friend warned me off Motorola after having a bad experience with them but I liked the look of the phone so I went for it anyway. The U9 is a clam shell style phone that comes in Pink, Purple and Black with a sleek glossy finish. It has a 2 megapixel camera and an mp3 player, which is what drew me to the phone. The mp3 player is controllable by a touch screen on the outside of the phone, which was the main feature that I was attracted to. However, when I brought the phone I was really diassapointed. The phone has a really low memory so you dont have much option not to buy the extra memory.
                    The reason I no longer have the phone is that it had to be serviced twice in the 5 months I had it by Motorola because it kept crashing. I have since read other reviews on the net and a number of people have had the same problem. According to Motorola its a software fault and it needs upgrading. For me though I cant afford to keep losing my phone for a week to have a upgrade. I would steer well clear if you are thinking of buying this phone!

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