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The Motorola T720i officially reaches its 7th birthday this quarter. Having been released in Q4 2002, it is now virtually completely obsolete but can still be seen in some films depicting the early 2000s. At the time of release it was a successor to the T720 phone, virtually of the same specification.
--- the BASICS ---
The T720i is a clamshell phone. It has 2 screens - 1 outer black and white screen and 1 inner colour screen. The phone supports basic mobile phone functions such as making and receiving calls, sending text messages in addition to more advanced but optional features such as MP3 player and a camera.
--- USABILITY ---
As the T720i is a clamshell phone there is a flipping mechanism. It rocks - literally. The spring helps to some degree but one gets a feeling that the screen and the keypad will detach any minute - not that it even happened in the years I have been using it.
The phone is fast and up to speed - but we shouldn't really be commenting on the speed of "old" phones. They should all be fast.
The design of this phone is one of the selling points. It is very stylish and the small size (when folded) is a welcoming feature. The weight at 102g is slightly on the heavy side though.
(Sound and Multimedia)
There is no multimedia to speak of. The only slight multimedia feature is a picture viewer - but that is if one have plugged in the optional camera. Similar an optional plug in MP3 player - which allows MP3 playback is also available. I have purchased the camera module but not the MP3 so I cannot review this aspect.
The sound is loud and clear - no missed calls with this phone. The polyphonic ringtones (where have I heard that word before??) are of a nice range - even though it is only 16 chords.
(Internet and Messaging)
The internet works to the best of its ability. It supports GPRS and so only "slow internet" works. The screen is not designed to display web pages so many things become distorted.
Typing text messages is easy thanks to the relatively large keys. Entering into the mode is not. So is entering details and everything else - one has to get past screens after screens in order just to start typing your message - agghhhh!
(Screen and Camera)
The screen is of adequate size for a phone like this. The 4096K colours definitely showed some problems (compared to 256K or 16M colours of today's phones) but is OK. Don't expect HD quality output though.
There is no camera on board the T720i and an optional module have to be purchased. This camera is quite poor really but it is what you would expect for a phone of this time. It was top of the range then! It produces 640 x 480 photos and one can save 15 photos with the phone. There are also some limited photo editing functions like adding frames to the photos.
--- CONCLUSION ---
The T720i was a top of the range phone in the early 2000s. It has a colour screen and various other features (such as games) that can keep the user occupied. But the technological innovations simply means the T720i is no longer capable of standing up to phones of today. Indeed maybe sim cards may not even work in this phone. I would have recommended it 7 years ago but not now
CD-ROM (for advertising purposes only, connecting the T720i to the computer is possible but need to be with additional cabling)
Phone Specs & Features: Polyphonic ringtones Downloadable wallpaper, screensavers and ringtones J2ME? for downloadable colour games and productivity applications WAP GPRS Voice Activated Dialing Built-in Modem Vibrator Alert Exchangable covers Colour Display Currency converter Calendar Talk time Up to 3 hrs Standby time Up to 165 hrs Weight 101g Size 90x48x21mm Phonebook memory 500 Based on manufacturer's figures I bought this phone as my first flip phone and I was amazed on the value for money that you get with the phone. Not only do you get the normal Polyphonic ringtone capability which even though I dont think is some of the more upto date phones you can buy today but the phone in my opinion is flawless. I didn't really take much time to play the games that come on the phone from what I can remember they were really good games and if I remember correctly the phone also has java capabilities so you are able to play java games also. If you are looking for a phone which is good value for money as well as ease of use then I think this is the right phone for you especially if you are not very good with using mobile phones then this phone would be perfect as I bought this phone for both of my parents who are not exactly very good with phones either and they both find it very easy to use. I think the retail price of around £149.99 is good value for money especially considering all the great features included within the phone, If I had to recommend a mobile phone for someone who is looking to buy their first flip phone then this would probably be the one.
I have had my Motorola T720i for about six months now. I wanted a phone that had a flip front and a camera so I was pleased when I was offered it free with my monthly tariff upgrade. I got mine from O2 website but I have seen them available for all types of prices, from £50 - £180, all over the place. Ebay seems to be a good place to look! When it arrived my pleasure became a delight. The small shiny little phone with colour screen and flip cover. It also has a screen on the top of the phone, for when it is closed. This shows the date, time and battery charge.There is a flashing light in the top right hand corner of the phone which tells you whether or not you have a signal or not - green for yes, red for no. The phone itself is two inches wide by six and a half inches long, fully opened. It is half an inch thick or three quarters of an inch when closed! As this phone has the ability to send photos, there is a special satellite link within the phone. A special little jigsaw piece style emblem shows on the screen when this is enabled. If you are in a poor signal area, it is difficult to get the satellite link, as it takes anything from thirty seconds to ten minutes to send a file!! I havent bothered much! On the side of the phone is a volume controller, up and down so it is quite easy if you are in a quiet place to adjust volume. There is another button too which says it is for storing voice tags. If anyone has a clue what these are for and how to do them, then let me know because I havent been able to work it out! It was nt long before the disappointment set in. I had wanted a camera phone so that I could have pics of my son as a screensaver. After a few hours of frustrating play I realised this wasnt possible with the T720i. You can only have what is on the phone. The camera is detachable so you get a separate little case for this to be kept. The camera is quite big too, two inches by an inch added to the bottom of your phone! Q
uite a brick to be honest! The lens of the camera doe srotate a full 180 degrees with ease. I tried to take some pics at Toddler group one day but before I could get the focus on the camera the children had moved. My friend whipped out her Nokia camera phone. No detachable camera and the pic was instant. She set hers to be a screensaver. She said, ' Oh lets have a look at your new phone.' I reluctantly showed her but just got remarks such as ' Wow, thats a brick!! Cool though' but then 'Oh doesnt it do this or that or the other' ' Oh, it only has one game!'. My camera didnt get any pics because I had to stay still for that long the kids got bored ( and the adults!) It is true that the phone does only haveon egame, Grand Prix Motorbike Racing. It is very good graphics for a phone but it would have been nice to have something else too. Games from be downloaded quite readily from the internet but they cost you from £1.50 per minute as with tones and logos. The phone itself takes some getting used to but isnt that hard to use. The keys do sound a bit tinny but again you get used to it. The keys are metallic looking in silver, as are the dials. The keys do up like on some phones but rather than a green ring around the key, it is the whole key that is illuminated from behind. The screen measures one and half by three inches. Not very big compared to the actual size of the phone. When you turn the phone on, the screen shows a motorola sign on a checkered background then a girl holding up a motorola. The menu screen has the network scrolled across the top. There is a clock face and also a digital clock and date is also shown. There is an option of four quick keys on the menu page. These options are controlled by a round key at the centre of your keypad. It has four arrows, rather like a dial seen on some nokias.You have the chance to change these to what you wish. I usually have the calendar, redial, calcu
lator and messages. Obviously it is up to the individual. There are also the hot keys, left and right as on most phones. For these I use Phone book and settings. In the main menu, there is a media centre ;- This controls 'Mytones', if you have the patience to work them out, and 'Picture Viewer. These are pictures which are built into the phone. They are nothing brilliant ; a sunset, a beach, a bird, a sunflower! Exciting stuff!! Shortcuts:- This is a section for all of the web address shortcuts which O2 recommend, such as 'Chat', 'Mail'. To be honest, I havent really used this function, as it costs too much money. Chat:- I havent used this either so I am not sure how this works. I assume it would connect to a chat network. I have seen the function available on Nokias. Games and Apps :- This is Javav Powered. You can use the camera or play Grand Prix in this setting. The camera uses 157k of data space and 169k of prgramme space. Hope this means something to you it means gobbledy gook to me! Webaccss :- This can connect you to O2, stored chosen pages, and other web shortcuts. More:- Picture messages: send photos you have taken to other compatible phones. Recent calls list, Ring styles : These are polyphonic but the variety isnt very good. If I could afford it I could download some corkers! The phone has the regular ringtones such as sirens, bells, Baccanale, Badineri,El Choclo, Funkadellic. All very tinny and nothing like some you hear! The phone book and messaging service are pretty simple to use. They have standard controls as with most mobiles. Its just a case of getting used to it! There is a dictionary option too for those of you who are used to predictive text. My overall opinion of this phone is that it is generally okay, it was free and it was the phone I asked so I shouldnt complain! I wouldnt recommend for youngsters. They are better off with a Nokia I think
. More games and groovy gadgets. And they are a bit more robust. The charger comes in two pieces. It has a kind of plug which fits into the charger and then into the phone! Very peculiar but it works so what the hell! The phone usually charges in about four to six hours and a fully charged battery, depending on use of course, usually lasts me a week! I must contradict myself slightly because I have got slightly attached to my phone now but next time I think I will go for practicality rather than coolness!! When asked if I would recommend this phone I have said no but you really must just go have and have a try with it. It has its attractions! If Ive missed something, let me know, and Ill add it asap!! Thanks for reading this edited review. Kerry xx
As time goes by we all know that whatever Mobile Phone you have is going to go out of fashion - or if you go on a new contract a lot of the time you?ll find that the only way to get it is to get a new handset with it - so even if you want one or not - you get a new phone, the latter happened to me when I ended up getting my Motorola T720i, but nowadays when I look back - I'm glad I did. So then - what sort of stuff can you expect to find on the T720i then? Well rather than just give you a big jumbled up paragraph - here have a bullet-point list: * Functionality * Wap Browser * Polyphonic Ringtones * Detachable Camera * Flip-phone * Great Games * Organiser et al * Other Stuff So what Yours truly is going to do is break this review down into a little bit about each of the above points, and see how we feel at the end! Ok? good: ~Functionality~ It works don't it! Well yeah it does, in the space of time I've had it I've had to have it sent away once as it wasn't receiving any texts at all, but I think that was just a minor fault - the only other thing I've really experienced was it does have a tendency to freeze up after using the Wap Browser, but again that's a very rare thing. To get around the menus, well at first I'll warn you that it isn't easy, it isn't easy at all, and you will need to sit down and read the manual all the way through but once you know what you're doing you?ll be away in no time! Calls wise - well it seems to pick up both my own voice quite clearly and I've only rarely had problems hearing the caller as well, so no problems there! ~Wap Browser~ A Lot better browser than that you'll find on Nokia Phone's (My other handset is the 3510i - very shabby!), when you log on you'll be taken to whichever page your network has deemed to be their homepage (min
e chooses its own Page for a homepage) but a couple of quick keys here n there and you've got a mobile internet in your hands - so long as your battery is fully charged you'll find that the browsers actually quite quick, and is very very clear on the screen (again a failing of the Nokia Browser), with nothing being too hard to see. ~Polyphonic Ringtones~ First off don?t go foolishly paying for them.......... you fools. Go to www.ringtonenation.com and get them for free - anyway on the T720i there is no option to create your own tune. but you can download them easy enough....... which is nice. ~Detachable Camera~ Hmmmmmmmmm, it's average - very very average. The pictures are extremely blocky and the slightest hint of not being in natural light and you have no chance at all of seeing the picture you're taking, in the 3 months I've had this phone I've only actually saved one photo on the phone - the rest were just too bad, because of that I couldn't give you any idea of what the memory for pictures is like, but it is just as simple to actually have a proper camera with you - then at least you'll know you?re going to be able to take good pictures. ~Flip Phone~ It's a Flip-Phone, it flips open - that is all. ~Great Games~ I say Games when really I mean Game - remember MotoGP on the Master System and later on the MegaDrive? Well I do - it was awesome, and the full version of it comes bundled with this handset, at times the controls are a bit picky (you can use the number-pad or a little cross-hairs at the top of your handset), but it is as responsive as you?d ever want, and is true to its original format, which IS a good thing. If Moto-GP isn't your thang (philistine) then you can pay for other games to download either from Air-Time Providers wap sites or any of the sites you see advertised in supplements with weekend newspapers, I still have Moto-GP bu
t know of people who've changed their games and they're as happy as I am, so its up to you. ~Organiser et al~ Well its an Organiser - if you want you can set an alarm-clock to go off once only, once a day or other random settings like that and you'll find that it does wake you up (which I can guarantee otherwise you'd be reading one un-employed Tripley right now) and you can set the alarms tones to be whatever you want (at the minute mines The Darkness). As well as all this there is also the standard Diary reminder, Calendar, Calculator and they all work fine - but if you're really looking for any of those features I'd recommend buying a stand-alone rather than relying on a mobile phone to do it for you. ~Other stuff~ First off Charge-Time, it takes about 6 hours to fully charge a handset - and if you leave it turned on without using it you can expect that charge to last around 3-4 days, however if you're talking on the phone a lot I'd expect it to more likely last 2. Text Message wise, well again it has everything you need - predictive texting, a memory of which messages you've sent and the option to 'send to many' (as in send a message to more than one person at once) - all of which are pretty handy, there's also MMS Messages which I wouldn't bother with (again, what's the point!) but the memory for texts is ok - 20 1 page messages, and if a message goes over 1 page then it takes that many up (errrrr meaning if a message is 2 pages, it takes 2 message slots - you get the picture don?t you?). Finally you can also personalise the phone to your own settings, such as have your own wallpaper behind the options on the screen, have a screen-saver and generally make it your own T720i rather than just another phone. So I?d say it's a good phone - not a great one, but good enough to get by with.
The T720i is Motorola's first venture into the world of camera phones. It is the upgrdaded version of the T720 in that it comes with an add-on camera and longer battery life. The phone is a clam shell design (which seems to be becoming quite popular now). It also features an external display to give you info such as who is calling, time, etc. The camera is one of only 2 on the market that I know of that can rotate 180 degrees so you can photograph yourself (not that you'd want to if you look like me). The other is the Samsung V200. The internal colour screen is larger than on most other colour handsets and supports 4096 colours which should be more tham adequate for most users (unless you demand a very high level of detail in your photos). As far as the phone itself is concerned the reception is every bit as good as the Nokia 3330 I used to have. The phone has Motorola's version of predictive text input called iTAP. This can take some getting used to because, unlike other phones such as Nokias, iTAP makes you press "SELECT" after every word wich can slow down the texting process. The phone also features the usual voice dialling though this is where you realise how poor the instruction manual is as it tells you that the phone has voice dialling but forgets to tell you how to set it up. To set up voice dialling for a particular number you have to stroe the number in the phone and not on the SIM card, select "Voice Name" and then press "RECORD". The camera can sometimes become detached from the phone accidentally and also when the camera is first attached the phone occasionally doesn't detect it. You just need to remove the camera and re-attach it. All in all though a very good handset that should prove a valuable asset to most mobile users. The title "A Shooting Star" comes from the fact that this phone can shoot photos and is a st
ar in my opinion (even though the instruction manual certainly isn't