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      01.05.2003 07:30
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      Ok, i must admit, when i bought the motorola v60, it was purely due to the way it looked. Small, stylish, and looks like it should have a lot of advanced features. Fact. I was annoyed with this phone after about an hour after having charged it up. If you use your mobile to text a lot, then quite simply, don't bother. Anyone having ever used a motorola phone to text people will back me up, it's hard work! I resorted to phoning people instead of text, because it was so much easier. The V60 doesn't like to bring up menus too quickly either. There's far too many "please wait" signs for my liking. Having said this, it's a good phone for all you game freaks out there! Being java enabled, providing you have the right hardware and software, you can download games onto your phone. You can use it as a radio!! It's triband so you can use it in the USA, and is wap enabled. To be honest though, these are the only advanced features this phone has. Quite simply : it isn't as flashy as it looks.

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      13.01.2003 22:05
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      had to trade in my old Samsung A300 and after centuries of Nokias thought I'd stick with flip phones as I had gotten so used to them and they offer at least a first line of resistance to my 4yr old & 7 mth old sons. The v60 was the cheapest one I could upgrade to - (I'd really love the Samsung t100 too pricey) and as I was now used to non-Nokia menu's, it wasn't too hard to get used to the motorola system. it looks very sharp & snazzy but the flip once opened does feel a bit wobbly. On The Bits I use the most.... Don't use Games, triband, predictive text or wap. But Date book as the calender is called is OK altho you can only see 1 week at a time and u can't GoTo a particular date, you have to scroll all the way thru to it. The calculator's not that userfriendly either you have to use the key's to scroll to the mathematical function you want i.e there aren't any short cut keys u can use. Making calls it's great, lots of memory altho I still store most of my entries in the sim card. Have set up voice activation but the litmus test is whether it'll work when I'm driving not just in a quiet room. Great free headset but as I'm used to the samsung headset which lets u make/redial/end a call from a button on the headset - I'm disappointed with it but will buy it myself as it only costs £15.00 Can't figure out how to use the SmartKey to end/make a call when the flip is closed. Altho is says you can in the user manual (If u do know how please let me know). All in all it's OK and reception is good Battery life is longer than my old one so definately a plus on that especially if u don't care about tones/games/logos etc

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        07.12.2002 23:23

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        Boring mobile - Advantages: nothing - Disadvantages: bad voice quality, difficult to operate

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        26.11.2002 16:04
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        I've had my V60 for about 3 months now and got it for the sole purpose of needing a tri-band phone so I could still be contactable when I went to the US for 2 weeks in September. Well thanks to Vodafone I was unable to actually use it across there as they hadn't set me up for international roaming - thanks Vodafone. So I can't comment on it's tri-band functionality. So to the rest of it... Looks: Looks quite smart - I would always go for a flip-phone, that's just my personal preference. This is probably one of the neatest looking flips around. Build: When flipped open the whole phone feels quite solid, however when closed, the top half feels loose and wobbly - not excessive but enough to make you question the build quality. Call quality: Directly on the phone - great quality, very rarely unable to hear caller and vice versa. However once you start using the earpiece the quality is quite poor - haven't tried another earpiece yet, so not sure if it's the earpiece or the connection in to the phone. SMS: Personally I like this phone for its predictive texting. Others say it's not as good as Nokias, but I've never used a Nokia so I can't comment. I do like the fact that the choice of words is shown across the bottom of the display, so no guessing whether you're going to get the right word or not. And I understand that you can actually add words to the dictionary, but have never felt the need. What does bug me with the SMS facility is that the Outbox will store something like 50 outgoing emssages, but the Inbox will only store 13 - personally I'd prefer to store the received messages rather than have to clear them out several times/day. Screen: Nice clear display and easy enough to find most functions. Keypad: Solid feel to keypad, although not always easy to tell if the key has been pressed as it doesn't depress very far - not a big p
        roblem though. Overall: A nice, smart phone for business/personal use - although if you want lots of fancy stuff, games, logos, ringtones etc - look elsewhere, this phone concentrates on being a phone and does it very well in my opinion. If you want a gadget, best to look at Nokia etc

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          19.07.2002 17:35
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          Motorola V60. Well. Nice and small. Looks pretty good for all you posers out there but it really lack a few things. If you want to download tones. You can't do it. If you want logos. You can't. Great if you are going to the states. Tri band. Texting is a bit of a pain if your used to Nokia. Has a few funny querks. Changes ringtone when you plug it in. But it depends what you want a phone for. For fitting in your pocket and making phone calls this phone is for you. If you want an all singing super phone then I wouldn't buy it.

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            17.04.2002 23:12
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            Wait, don’t buy yet! If you choose a phone on its looks alone then this may not be phone for you. I had a V60 for nearly a month whilst I was waiting for my Ericsson T68 to arrive and had a choice of keeping this phone or swapping it for the T68. I decided on the T68 and here is why. FIRST IMPRESSIONS This phone has a ‘flip’ design pioneered by Motorola with the Startac and then the V series. I haven’t owned a Motorola since I had a V3688, which was the smallest phone on the market at the time. As with all Motorola flip phones I have used the hinge is a little loose and doesn’t feel as well made as the Samsung A300’s flip. However the phone itself feels nice and solid due to the metal casing. I thought the metal casing was aluminium but then I heard somewhere that it’s titanium! I think it’s aluminium! It has a nice smooth brushed finish. There is still an external aerial which is a shame as most manufacturers are starting to use internal aerials to reduce the bulk of the phone. It is a light and small phone though and I prefer the shape of this than the newer V66 (which is a less expensive option with a newer user interface). When open the phone feels somewhat top heavy because the half with the screen is noticeably thicker than the bottom half which houses the keypad, which is too thin in my opinion, because it makes it harder to hold and type. The keys themselves are large but have hardly any travel. SCREENS The aqua blue external screen is a one-line affair but it is possible to read text messages and change profiles without opening the flip, as well as see who is calling. This is an advatage over the only other dual screen phone, the Samsung A300. It displays the time when in standby. However I wouldn’t say the A300 is a direct competitor because the V60 is in a different class in terms of price and exclusivity. Motorola have made better use of
            the second screen though. The side buttons are hard to get used to in order to read received text messages on the external screen and I never got the hang of it properly. The main screen is rather small: you can have four lines of text which are difficult to read or zoom in and only have three lines at a time. Considering this is a wap and gprs compatible phone this is inadequate. The A300 has a six-line display. I didn’t use the wap function so can’t pass comment. I like the fact that when the phone is open the outer screen displays 'Motorola' upside down so it is the right way up when viewed from beside you, when you have the phone to your ear. I love attention to detail! The Samsung doesn't have this. The V60 is tri-band so it can be used in North America. BATTERY/HANDSFREE A personal handsfree and a leather holster-type case are supplied with the phone. Battery life is very good, I only needed to recharge every other day. Recharging whilst switched on takes less than three hours. The on screen battery meter has only three segments but there is a detailed battery meter within the menu system. To increase battery time the status led can be switched off. The method of scrolling can be ‘animated’ where the display moves down one line at a time smoothly, this uses more battery power so this feature can be switched off so that each section of screen content moves up as you scroll down. PHONEBOOK The phone book holds 500 numbers in addition to your sim card and you can add home, work or mobile icons to each number. Without having to set up groups of users you can send the same text message to several people in your phone book at the same time. You do, of course, get charged for each recipient - otherwise it would be a great feature! MESSAGING Motorola’s own version of T9 predictive text input is called iTAP and is very similar to T9 but I didn
            217;t like using it because I found it to be rather fiddly. New words can be added to the iTAP dictionary. Outgoing messages are stored automatically in the phone’s memory and there is an ‘auto-cleanup’ feature which, yes, you’ve guessed it, automatically deletes messages which have reached a preset age or when there are a preset number of messages stored in the memory. I couldn’t get this feature to work though. There is a memory meter which shows how much space is left for messages on the sim card, but it doesn’t actually state the number of spaces left, there is just a graphical representation. SOFTWARE I have never really been a fan of the Motorola user interface but there is considerable improvement since my last Motorola although I understand the V66 has a further updated menu system which is even better. You can personalise the menu system by altering the order of the menus to suit you so you can put the most frequently used menu options at the top and bottom of the list so they are one or two keypresses away. I’m sure I would have got used to the menu system eventually had I kept the phone, having been a previous Motorola user. There are plenty of ringtones to choose from and you can set different alerts for different types of calls and sms. I really like the way you can alter the pattern of the vibrate feature so you can have continuous pulses for an incoming call, three short pulses for a message received alert and short, long then short pulses for a voicemail received. There is the now obligatory ring tone composer. The profiles available are loud, soft, vibrate, silent and vibrate THEN ring. There is no vibrate AND ring alert. When you alter profiles the phone beeps depending on which profile you have chaged from, so when you change to silent it beeps which is annoying. There is voice activated dialling and menu access by a voice command feature. I donR
            17;t bother with either. The Ericsson T68 has a brilliant voice command feature where you can operate the phone whilst it is in your pocket via a Bluetooth headset. There is a datebook where you can set reminders and alarms for events. There is no alarm as such but the datebook can be used as a long winded and somewhat convoluted method of setting an alarm. There is also a voice notes feature which can hold a couple of minutes of speech or a phone conversation. When recording a conversation there is a beep every few seconds to warn the other party they are being recorded. SOUND/RECEPTION When using the handsfree I found that whenever the backlight is on I could hear a buzzing noise in the earpiece. Otherwise reception, call and sound quality are at the usual high level I have come to expect from Motorola. DATA I didn’t like the fact that there is no infra red port, especially as it is a top end phone. GAMES There are a few games built in, I only tried Blackjack, but I won’t dwell on games, as they shouldn’t affect the decision of whether or not to buy this phone. There is a built in FM radio but you need a separate headset to be able to use it. WHY YOU SHOULDN'T BUY ONE Overall this is a small, light great looking phone with good features and easy to use after the initial lurning curve. But there are alternatives: Other phones to consider are the Nokia 8310, which is a great little phone but rather common for my liking; the Ericsson T68 which I chose as I believe it is a better all round phone if not quite as flash as the V60. You could spend a bit less and have the V66 with its better user interface. If you’re going to buy a phone on looks alone and aren’t bothered about features I’d recommend the Motorola V70 which looks amazing and will certainly catch the eye. It has a swivel mechanism replacing the flip design to
            answer calls and funky light blue text on dark blue background display. It’s dual-band only and the battery life won’t be great, the features list isn’t as long as the V60, but it’s a showstopper, should be rare and has the V66’s user interface. The V70 is available on Orange now priced at £200 officially with a new contract and will be available on other UK networks shortly. Have a look at one and see what you think! I’d pay a bit less and go for the T68 because my priorities are features and ease of use. ...UNLESS YOU REALLY WANT ONE Back to the V60, it’s available on contract for around £150 but I’m sure you should be able to get it for less soon. I’m not recommending it because if you want a feature packed easy to use phone which also looks good, go for the T68, if you want an eye catching phone go for the V70. (I still think the T68 looks good, just not as good as the V70 or V60.) If you want a rare dual screen phone then the V60 is the phone for you.

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              17.04.2002 20:27
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              After always buying Nokia phones I thought I would broaden my horizons and go for something different this time. I haven't bought a new mobile phone for about two years, so I thought I would treat myself, and after signing up with vodafone, i got the Motorola V60 for fifty pounds with a trade in on my old phone. That was a few weeks ago...so whats the verdict... I have subdivided my review into several sections: Appearance: No doubt this is the selling point of this little phone. It has a trendy silver finish, looks stylish, and feels great in your hand. Definitely a looker. The phone is a open and shut flip phone with a blue-lit screen. The main screen you are greeted with is a tad small, and a little fussy, but once you register what all the symbols mean then all is fine. Ease of Use/Features: Nokia pride themselves on the simplicity of their menu system, and I was dreading coming to grips with a new method, but I soon got the hang of it, and the motorola was suprisingly user friendly once i got use to the different system. The predictive text is a little more cumbersome but there are some neat features such as the address book is much more refined than my previous phone. For each name you can assign a phone number and state whether it is their work, mobile or home number. It saves put the time of putting several entries..for example with my nokia I would put 'John Home' 'John Mobile', with this phone you simply put in John and then add the separate numbers. Also there are 500 storage slots on the phone which most people will never need to use. Other features include phone conferencing and an internet browser which admittedly, I havent quite come to grips with, also it is a snap shut phone with a little window on the front showing the time and if you get a call, the person who is ringing you. A slight annoyance was that there is no clock function as with Nokia phones. Therefore there is no alarm clock on this phon
              e which may or may not bother some. But there is a diary and organizer feature albeit a simplistic one.There are 35 ringtones to choose from and 35 slots for your own ring tones, and a composer, obviously, if you are into that sort of thing and a vibrate alert. Also it is a triband phone which means it can be used on foreign networks with no problems. The games on it however are terrible. So if you are looking for a phone to occupy you on the tube then this is not the one to go for. Extras: I was pleased to see that with the phone I received a nice leather case and a hands-free kit which was a welcome bonus. With previous phones I would have to buy these separately. Also the manual with the phone is very straightforward, and really explains things in a child-like way which for a technophobe like me, was pleasing to see. Battery Life: It was recommended to me that I charge the phone for 16 hours for the first charge which I did, and thereafter as I needed to. Generally, I let all my phones run down to nothing before I charge them and apparently this gets the maximum life out of the battery. After a full charge which takes about three hours you get a decent battery life out of the phone. In terms of real battery life as I call it, which means answering texts and making the odd call in a day, you get about two days worth on a fully charged battery which is perfectly acceptable to me. OVERALL: In its favour, the Motorola V60 is a snazzy, stylish, looks and feels good in your hand. It has virtually all the features you need, is easy to use once you get used to the menu system, which takes no time at all, and is of a small size so it fits into your pocket with ease. Where it loses out to Nokia is in the user-friendlyness. Nokia is peerless in this area. However, if you want a phone that is not what everyone else has got, something that looks good, does the job and has those extra hard core features that a
              ppeal to the technically minded amongst us, then you should take a closer look at the Motorola V60. I certainly did not regret it.

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