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I had one of these StarTacs for a couple of years on Orange, and it had a few problems. The most apparent problem is that the case cracks. This is not just a cosmetic problem, it allows the SIM card to move away from the phone, and the phone stops working. That is not a hideous problem, you can always glue the case back together, and it is obvious when it has happened. The much bigger problem is with static on the SIM card. The design of the phone is such that the SIM card is a full size card and it's edges just poke out of the phone. This allows the card to pick up static and this stops it receiving any calls. There is no obvious sign that this has happened. It has full signal strength, and it can make calls, just no-one can call you. The solution is to take the SIM card out and to rub it with a pencil rubber. This has always worked for me, but I know people who have had to have totaly new SIM cards. I understand that this is why the phone when out of production.
I have to admit.. I bought this phone a few months ago (on Vodafone PAYT) because I was in love with its looks and how you could open and shut the flap with a flick of the wrist :) I hadn't paid any attention to its features or specifications. On the day I bought it, I clearly remember myself quite excitedly fitting the battery and flipping the cover, then I received quite a shock... after switching on the phone I found myself staring at the menu of a c520, my mind flooded with horrendous flashbacks. Wouldn't recommend this phone to anyone who's had an older Motorola, or anyone who wants to send text messages (you CAN, but personally I think smoke signals would be much easier).
This mobile still holds its own when it comes to design. Reading other reviews it would appear that it also has some serious flaws, but I have to say that so far I have not experienced them. I can fit it into my shirt pocket and therefore meets my main requirement for a mobile phone. The battery life is poor but lets be fair its getting on a bit now. Only lasting a couple of days between recharges is sometimes painfull. I would like a phone that you only had to recharge every sunday evening and lasting the whole week with constant use. One day maybe. Having to input the phone number every time to SMS is a pain.
I must admit it's a really attractive phone: so small and good design. But it has lots of drawbacks, wich make me recommed you not to buy it. I had one (a present of my dad) and I just changed it by an Alcatel One Touch Max, which is much uglier, but much more functional. The main one drawback for me is the difficulty to use: it is a user-unfriendly device. To make a simple action you have to click on hundreds of buttons... just horrible. Another big problem is the battery. It doesn't last more than two days, even though you don't talk. Finally, I must say that the screen is too small.
Aside from its problems this phone is pretty cool, its got an easy to use interface, its small light and has a cool flip. Its problems occur when you try and do things like make lots of calls (the battery life is quite poor) and send messages (you can't send them from your phone book). Then theres the terrible ring tones and the bulging battery. Its featured in loads the Amrican TV shows and I only know one other person other than me who has it which makes me feel special!! Well I still like mine.
This phone was all the rage a year or so back because of its size. In the case of this phone size isn't everything as underneath the case all you have is one of motorolas basic handsets in a nice (for a year or so back) case. The phone lacks loads of features which are include din even the cheapest phone, for instance you can't look up someones number to send them a text message, it has no clock, it is not dualband so will only work on Cellnet/Vodafone etc. The phone is also quite fragile and easily broken.
My sister had one of these phones but it is not all what it is hyped up to be, it may be small neat and have loads of stuff on. But the flip down bit has broke on it about five times we send it off and it happens not saying how many months it takes for them to fix the dam thing so dont buy this phone buy a Nokia 7110 it is much better even though it has the flip down bit, it has some good points like the internet and snake 2.
A nifty looking dual band number that is easy enough to use that is the StarTAC. I've had mine for over year now and have managed to only break one in all that time. That testifies to the robustness of the design, believe me. They bounce pretty well too...... There are a number of advantages to this product: 1) Good stylish design that is not too bulky but neither too small. 2) Good standard functionality such as different ringer tones, caller ID and ability to take two calls and switch between them. 3) The satisfying click that occurs when you flip it shut after use is pretty cool. 4)You can set it up to be dual band (ie to have two different phone numbers say for leisure and business) However, in my time using this phone I have obsserved the following disadvantages: 1) If you miss a call, it doesn't display the caller number (à la Nokia). This means you have to hope that whoever rang left a message which you then have to pay to listen to. 2) The aerial is a little bit bendy and can be easily broken. (Not just by dropping the phone) 3) On average the number of key presses required to access the phone book tends to be more than with a Nokia. 4) No calendar or silly games to play! (;-( 5) The battery life on mimne tends to last around 48 hours regardless of how often I use the phone. (This could be specific battery problem) This list may make the StarTAC look pants, but obviously it depends what you want from your phone. If you are looking for an easy to use, nice looking phone, then it is definitely worth considering.
My sister had one of these and she sent it away to be fixed or replaced loads of times! The SIM card would not register and when you took it out to have a look or to change the phones over, it kept on getting scratched (because of the way the card slotted into the phone), She finally got rid of it and got a Nokia 402 which she utterly pleased about(IT DOES NOT BREAK!!) The menu system on it isn't really that good. The screen is small so there is little room to fit on any helpful pictures or more than two words, and you can scroll around and never actually find what you are looking for. The handset has the usual functions, te number keypad with letters for easy text messaging, though when you want to input a name you have to remember it first then type it in afterwards, a pain at the very least. It is good in the fact that it answers the call for you when you open it up but can be annoying if you don't want to take a call, just look to see who it is :( The shape of the phone is quite good in the fact that the ear peice folds over to cover the keys when not in use, and it looks quite posh. The keys are quite small and someone with larger fingers would have trouble pressing only one. All in all an alright phone but not one I would get... It's Motorola.
This mobile is slinky to fit in your hand with comfort .many features and is a overall good quility mobile.The wrap round is robust & is closes firmly. The size is perfect - small enugh to carry comfortably & big enough to find & more importantly not lose. Reception is good & battery life adequate. Not only that - it looks great!!!! May be a little expensive in comparision with other models but is well worth the extra investment as the styling will not date as will the one around. A winner
This fone may have been the bees knees 2 years ago, but now it is archaic in comparison to even the new cheap/free mobiles. The main problems I have are: you cannot associate an address book number with atext message - you have to type in the number in full! And also, if you miss a call, the display just reads "missed call" - even if the callers number is in your address book....VERY USEFULL I DONT THINK. Save your money.....
Yeah, I admit that it looks smart and neat and techie, but beware of the looks...the case of the phone is prone to give you some severe headaches! That's what was nicknamed by the specialists who repaired my unit several times, the "StarTAC disease", the case breaks up near the flip part...and if you have used or seen one, you can easily guess why: the cover flips over the main part to switch on and off the phone. Should you get several calls a day, your ST is knackered after a month - for sure! Motorola decided to start a service which would replace the faulty StarTAC in the next 24 hours, but I quickly found out that it was not a new unit but a refurbished one made out of other faulty units, that will last anyway 1 year only, while it is under warranty! Beyond that, you can just trash it cause it is so expensive to repair...I got rid of mine two years ago and do not miss it at all!
This mobile phone looks neat with the flip cover. It has a lot of features and is generally reliable. The signal reception is acceptable, and the navigation of the features is straight forward. This telephone does have one major draw back, this is a design flaw which Motorola have acknowledged (when we returned a telephone to them because of this). The flip part of the telephone is prone to cracking near the hinge on the part that moves. If this happens in the first twelve months there is not a problem as it is covered by warranty, outside of warranty the cost of repair is prohibitive.
This mobile is a classic. The design is neat & compact with every feature you need ( apart from Internet access!) The wrap round is robust & is closes firmly. The size is perfect - small enugh to carry comfortably & big enough to find & more importantly not lose. Reception is good & battery life adequate. Not only that - it looks great!!!! May be a little expensive in comparision with other models but is well worth the extra investment as the styling will not date as will the one around. A winner
This was the bee knees as far as I was concerned 3 years ago. The moment I saw one I had to have it. Small and chunky its proportions look like it will slip into your pocket. However, it is quite heavy so it does drag your clothes. The best feature is the durability. It has been dropped and slid across some of the finest floors in London and always come up shinning. Reception and call quality was always excellent. You could even feel smug by getting a signal in an underground bar. As for functionality it is all pretty logical. The phone book is good as when you hit a memory number it puts up a phone number and name but doesn’t ring it until you hit OK. This is handy if you don’t have a Jedi like memory for which number is who. One function it doesn’t seem to have is a way to tell you who is calling before you answer. Opening the phone to view the screen connects you. So, no good if you are the sort of person who screens their calls