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This is the first mobile phone I ever bought. The screen is very small, and the phone itself can't be compared to the Smartphones of today. As a basic phone it's pretty good, it's average. The volume is quite low in a call situation, which I noticed, and I have perfect hearing. This phone certainly wouldn't be suitable for someone with below average hearing, or eyesight for that matter, as the screen is tiny and of poor quality. The sound quality is atrocious.
Saying that, I would still reccomend this phone as a cheap phone for a child or teenager, or adults who have never had a mobile phone. It is easy to navigate for people who aren't ready for a complicated phone. It is also very unbreakable, being a flip phone. The case doesn't scratch easily and it's very durable.
This is not a fashionable or sleek phone, but it's acceptable. If you've never had a phone before, you'd think it was pretty good.
Well my hubby has just had a new phone this weekend and after two years of usin this phone he has donated it to me so i thought i would tell you all about it.
It is a lovely looking phone in a silvery grey colour with a trim of high polished metal looking stuff, It is a nice chunky size to fit into your hand nicely and get a good grip of it so isnt likely to get droped very easily and is small enough to be cute,
The display on the front of it tells you who is calling and is very clear to see even in bright sun light, the flip is very easy to open and closes very smoothly even after two years of wear and tear, the buttons are not a tiny small thing that you will struggle to press without hitting others as they are a nice decent size so this phone would suit bith sexes.
This phone came with blue tooth wireless head set free in the box but neither of us have ever had any need to use this.
The camer on the phone is good with clear pictures, there are a few different light settings so you can get it just right and aswell as this it has a video camera on it too for taking short clips that has sound aswell.
It has mp3 and polyphonic ring tones, games on the phone too although i am not realy one for playing these much, it has a calculator, alarm clock, voice recorder, internet access, and a whole load of other settings i will probably never use.
This has been a good sturdy phone that has stood the test of time and continues to work perfectly, the casing to the phone is changable if it gets scratched but ours isnt too bad so i wont be doing this yet.
My only dislike of this phone is the external aerial on the phone, wholst this will probably give me a better signal coverage i find it is uncomfortable when it is in my pocket due to this.
Great phone, very reliable, good quality.
Features of the Motorola V600 include:
Integrated Digital Camera
Video Clip playback with sound
Internal display: 65,000 Colour TFT (176 x 220 pixels)
External display: 2 Line (96 x 32, Inverse image)
22 Embedded polyphonic ringtones (24 voice), 3 MP3 ringtones
MotoMixer (Remixable MIDI ringer software)
Downloadable Themes: Animated screensavers, wallpapers and ringtones
Java games: Stuntman™ & Monopoly, plus downloadable games
EMS & MMS (Picture / photo + text + sound)
Instant Messaging Support
Email: STMP, POP3, IMAP4
WAP Browser version 2.0, GPRS
Bluetooth® wireless connectivity
User-customisable Softkey Functions, Main Menu and Shortcuts
Voice features: Voice-activated dialling
In-built Hands-free Speakerphone
Internal Memory: 5MB
Phone Book: Up to 1000 entries
Picture Phonebook: Up to 100 KB
Calculator and currency converter
Date and clock
Datebook with Reminder Alerts
Quad Band (900/1800/1900/850 MHz)
Standby time: Up to 240 hours
Talk time: Up to 450 minutes
Size: 88.1mm x 47.6mm x 23.6mm
I noted that a number of previous reviewers for this mobile has mentioned how they were once a 'Nokia' person. I am in the same band of brothers.
The allure of a 'flip phone' was what converted me to trying the Motorola, and due to it's acceptable market price, I was more than happy to give it a go.
On first impressions, it's sleek, curvasceous casing is a positive, and through experience, it certainly has high levels of durability and robustness, especially considering the pounding I give it every day!!!
However, from then on in, it fails to speed away from the likes of Nokia, or rather more like the Nokia over takes Motorola.
For someone like myself, converting from one phone make to another can be somewhat confusing to begin with due to the variation in button placings, and this phone is no exception. But once fully 'trained' (which doesn't take too long!) the Motorola is simple enough to naviagate around, with a concise and understandable menu page, that helps with the job of trying to find things!
But other features of the phone are far less encouraging than it's appearance and navigation.....
It's battery life leaves little to be desired, although a friend of mine says their model lasts for longer so I may just have a faulty battery pack. Apart from the Battery display on your mainscreen, within the 'Settings' option on the Menu, there is a 'Battery Meter' inside 'Phone Settings', which ranges from 1 to 6 - this will decrease by two each every day, approximately, therefore meaning that you will need to recharge almost every 72 hours - hardly convenient for anyone going away from a week and without a charger.
As well as that, the camera is hardly one from the catalogue of David Bailey. Yes, it's zoom feature is a handy accessory, but the quality of image is not as good as a lot of camera phones on the market these days, particularly when the lighting is bad, or even too bright! Dust and dirt gathers quite easily in the lens, which is hard to clean because of its size, and on more than one occasion when I have tried to take pictures, it has produced an error message such as 'Picture Capture Failed' - the reason for which, I have no idea.
Finally, many people do judge a phone by its gameplay, Nokia having been immortalised by 'Snake' of course, but the Motorola has left a lot to either the imagination, or to the Internet download option. 'Stuntman' is a smart enough game, but rather sluggish and limited, and 'Monopoly', yes that's right, the game that can last for days on end, is also available to anyone who has lost all sanity!
In conclusion, don't let my last couple of paragraphs deter you from it altogether. As a 'phone' it is more than acceptable due to it's look and naviagational skills, as well as a relatively good reception quality. But if your seriously looking for your phone to take pictures and play games on a regular basis, it may be wise to steer clear, and opt for a newer model along the Motorola 'RZor' range, as what could have been a great phone in the v600 is nothing better than just, plain and simply, 'rather good'.
The war is over! Let us rejoice, liberation has come and we are free again!
Nokia has conceded defeat in the lucrative mobile phone wars. Nokia, who we shall from now on call the Axis of Evil has not really given us anything in the last 2 years that was worthwhile. The 'coalition of the willing' however (Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson), who arent really a coalition, but have jointly stolen some prime Nokia market share, have consistently come up with one excellent phone after the other.
For example, I died a little after first seeing the Nokia 3220, the phone whose serious lack of creativity is only surpassed by its over-the-top tackiness, a running theme at Nokia.
Thankfully Motorola has saved us with their new V series.
Enter the Motorola V600...
The V600 was one of three V series Motorola phones to come out at about the same time (Feb/March 2004). We also have the V300 and the V525. Of these three phones the V600 is the top of the line and the most expensive.
My review will centre on the key aspects of any mobile phone review, Design/Style, Productivity & User Interface, Camera/Multimedia & Connectivity, and Reception.
--- Design/Style: 10/10 ---
The Motorola V600 commands attention. With its chrome bezel, its striking black and platinum colouring and its purely aesthetically pleasing design. Of all the phones in the market I believe that this design is perhaps the best. Its a phone that you would be proud to show off to all your friends.
Here is the key to the success of ANY phone. For a phone to be successful it should be of a classic form factor. The classic purist form factors are the candy bar and clamshell. Then we also have the flavours of the month; slide (i.e. Sliders) and swivel (i.e. Motorola V70, V80 and the Samsung e700). When buying a phone, NEVER buy a flavour of the month design. The Motorola V600 has adopted a clamshell form factor that has proved over time to be a stable and desirable design. The reason for this argument is that classic designs will still look decent in the future while flavours of the month wont. I plan on keeping this phone until at least December 2005 and this phone will still look cool then.
When we open up the clamshell we see an even more attractive interior. The keypad is beautifully set out with a white backlight, and the screen (which has 65000 colours and is one of the sharpest screens on the market) takes up most of the top of the clamshell. The backlight is light sensitive, which means that if there is sufficient daylight the phone's backlight will not turn on to save battery. The chrome outline on both the screen and the keypad add prestige and uniqueness.
The metallic casing means that the phone is heavier, BUT in 8 months of use there arent any scratches ANYWHERE! The black section on the front does need to be cleaned a fair bit because it shows fingerprints whenever you touch it.
There is also a ring around the Motorola badge at the front of the phone which lights up in different colours when people call you. This ring can be customised to be a different colour for different groups or individuals that call you. Also the ring is uniformly coloured in the same brightness which makes it look very nice. Ive set the red ring to light up when annoying people call, sort of like a warning that I can see from far away to ignore that particular call. Just joking LOL. But a cool feature anyway.
The choices you can make are: Nocturne, Solar, Aqua, Elemental, Red, Yellow, Green, Sky Blue, Violet and Passion.
I dont think there is a better design in the market than the V600. The design is conservative yet stylish.
The Motorola V600 can also be personalised with different coloured covers, similar to the Nokia Express-On covers, except they are made out of metal and are not as tackmaster 2000. I've seen covers in burgundy, electric blue and light metallic blue.
I have decided to keep the original silver/platinum colour with mine, because I dont like to screw around with things. Also the covers are somewhat fiddly to change anyway.
1. Renowned Crystal-master Swarovski has released a limited edition version, for the ladies, which is encrusted with crystals around the chrome bezel.
2. Prestige car maker, Aston Martin, has also collaborated with Motorola to release 1000 special Motorola V600s which Aston Martin badges and various multimedia exclusives.
To keep your clamshell phone working in tip-top condition for as long as possible you need to ensure that you're not too rough when you close the flip. By consistently slamming the flip close you will eventually stuff up your phone. Trust me its happened to my Motorola T720 and to my friend's Samsung.
The Motorola V600 is built very well and is quite strong. The only thing thats happened to mine is that I dropped it on concrete and cracked a tiny bit of the chrome bezel.
--- Productivity/User Interface/Features: 8.5/10 ---
The V600 has many features packed into it. Motorola has finally updated its alarm clock. If anyone has used the T720 you will know what I mean. The T720 used an alarm clock which was integrated into the personal organiser, which was a biatch to access and use.
The planner is much like the older versions on previous Motorolas.
Now we move onto the most important feature... the User Interface. The V600 has adopted the menu system from the T720 with some improvements here and there. You will find the Motorola user interface very easy to use if you have used the Moto T720 or the e365, but if you are new to Motorola (especially if you are a Nokia person - in which case I feel sincerely sorry for you) you will find the system frustrating and as my friend once said "illogical". I personally find the Nokia menus difficult to use because I never use Nokias, this is the same for people new to any brand. So please people cut the crap and learn how to use the system instead of moaning about how hard it is. If you have serious difficulty using the interface then maybe mobile phones arent your most pressing problem.
You can also customise the buttons and icons (i.e. menu and soft keys) to make them do whatever you want them to do, so you don't have to stick with Motorola's default buttons.
All phones nowadays use vibration alert. The Motorola V600 has a quirk in that it's vibration alert with only vibrate and then ring or just vibrate or just ring, it wont vibrate and ring simultaneously, which is rather stupid.
Theres also WAP which you can use to surf the net, get news/sport/weather updates, download games and even play games online. Yet this feature does cost money, prices are dependent on your service provider.
--- Messaging and Phone Book: 7.5/10 ---
The phone supports SMS, EMS, MMS and group messages. Messages can be accessed by pressing the right soft key. In this menu you will find all the options you need to send any of the supported message types. Group messaging is also very easy to set up.
The Phone Book is the major let down for this section of assessment. The search feature only allows you to filter using one letter, instead of the standard 3 found on other phones. Also it doesn't allow you to input multiple numbers under the same name and thus you will find that you will have many entries that look like this:
Whereas on other phones, for example the SE T610 you can input them all under the single entry i.e. Danielle.
--- Camera/Multimedia: 8/10 ---
The phone uses a VGA camera with 4x zoom. The zoom however is not progressive and there is no flash. The quality is very good, but there are better ones around. The V600 also has video playback but no recording, which is a bummer. The Multimedia centre features, Pictures, Videos, Camera, Sounds, Themes and MotoMixer.
The cool thing about the videos is that people on the 3 network can actually send you videos to view which is cool. The camera has shutter noises which are very humorous; an example is the Boing and Chimp noises that it can make when you take a photo instead of just making the standard click.
MotoMixer allows the user to mix their own ring tones from 'Base tones' which are included and with additional ones downloadable.
The Ring tones are excellent. The volume problem of the T720 has been fixed and the V600 shouts out these ring tones. The tones can be monophonic, polyphonic and MP3! MP3 ring tones are excellent because they are like listening to an actual song when the phone rings. You can connect your phone to your computer using the cable supplied for free by Motorola to download MP3s off your computer to use as ring tones. But keep in mind that there is only a 5mb hard drive in there so you might want to edit the MP3s and cut only the parts you want as the tones. My favourite ring tone, and the one I use for incoming SMS/EMS/MMS is the Hello Moto ring tone, which goes "brrrp brrrp Hello Moto" and then plays a melody, it always get peoples' attention.
Included with the phone were 3 games; Prince of Persia: Harem Adventures, BoBoBox and Hole in One Golf. These are excellent games. I also downloaded Monopoly and Pac Man.
--- Connectivity: 10/10 ---
When it comes to connectivity the V600 has Bluetooth, this simply allows for wireless connectivity which is superior to infrared. This means that you can sync your phone to your computer and pda.
Also free in the V600 package is a Motorola wireless Bluetooth hands free headphone, a fantastic addition. It allows you to answer and make calls completely wirelessly. This is achieved through the voice recognition feature through the Bluetooth headset. The phone doesnt support infrared, but who uses that crap anyway lol.
The phone also comes with a cable and CD containing Motorola software so that you can connect it to your PC and transfer files and data quite easily between them. It allows you to send SMS/EMS/MMS composed on your computer, it allows you to set up your phone book and store the numbers on you PC and it allows you to transfer midi ring tone and MP3 files off your computer to the phone for free.
--- Reception and Battery Life: 10/10 ---
Talking on the V600 is like talking to someone who is in the same room. The reception is BEYOND excellent. In contrast we have the SE T610 which hisses at you when you are talking. If I needed a snake Id get the T610. Its battery life is above average but could be better. For my use I require to recharge it every 3 to 4 days. Naturally during periods of higher usage the battery will require more recharging.
There is also a speaker phone that is very clear and loud.
--- Price and Availability: 9/10 ---
When the Motorola V600 first debuted in Australia its price was AU$809 (about £330)
Fast forward 8 months and:
On eBay (UK) I found the phone ranging between £100 and £120.
The phone is available FREE on the Orange (UK) network on their pay-as-you-go. Its also free on most other networks.
---------- Overall: 9/10 Excellent ----------
The Motorola V600 is the ultimate phone/fashion accessory for anyone looking for a credible alternative to the evil that is Nokia. The V600 is quite expensive but is of high quality and is built to last. If you buy any phone this year make it this phone. Motorola has rekindled our love affair with the flip.
Note on overall rating: Rating is not an average of all the categories but a rating based on those categories with each category having a different weighting in terms of importance. I.e. Design, reception and battery life having more weighting than connectivity or games.
--- Specifications ---
Modes GSM 800 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 (QUAD BAND - you can use it with any GSM network ANYWHERE in the world)
Weight 4.40 oz (125g)
Dimensions 3.46" x 1.85" x 0.91" (88mm x 47mm x 23mm)
Form Factor: Clamshell
Battery Life Talk: 6.50 hours, Standby: 175 hours (7.3 days)
Battery Type: LiIon 700 mAh
Display Type: LCD (Color), Size: 176 x 220 pixels, 65,000 colors / transflective TFT
Memory 5 MB (built-in, shared flash memory)
Phone Book Capacity 1000 plus SIM card memory
This phone for me is th best, i bought it from o2 online and when it came i took it to work to flash it off, its very compatible, small, versitile, and eay to work. It has a 1000 phonebook memory, it can store 10 msgs which is abit of a disadvantage, has an alarm clock, wap access, front of flip display, camara games ( monopoly or stuntman), battery lasts 300 mins and the talk time is 210 mins it takes video clips and does multimedia messages, so this phone for me was ideal, if you are looking for something smart and classy and very stylish, this would be that phone as it also has changeable facias if you either want to go for the funny look or sylish look.
I spent weeks reading reviews about phones before deciding to buy a V600.
The phone looks pretty good and works well for phone calls - BUT beyond that I have learned to hate it and ponder why the engineers at Motorola would come out with such a phone.
I have my phone contacts backed up on my PDA and PC and have long kept my old T68i and even a new A925 in sync with a few keystrokes (using Bluetooth). I expected it to be easy with the V600 but
even now cannot get the Bluetooth to accept the contacts (I have had to manually copy the items over one by one - reminds me of my 1st phone many years ago).
I also expected to have some basic software supplied with the phone - but no (I had not seen that mentioned on other review sites - although I can see it mentioned here).
My old T68i could be used via Bluetooth / GPRS as a modem for my PC and PDA - despite many hours of trying to use the V600 I have had no luck.
I now also have a work Nokia 6230 and it is AMAZING - it has everything I wished the V600 could / should do.
Don't do it - no really don't do it (in my oppinion at least) - buy one of these if you have no desire to connect it to anything else.
(and I would love to contact a Motorola engineer to try and determine the thought processes that go into making a phone that handles as it does).
I look forward to finding a way of getting rid of this vile (in my oppinion) phone from my possesion - good luck to you if you buy one.
The motarola v600 is a great little phone that I was glad to get after my long wait for the t-mobile website to get them in stock.
The v600 contains a lot of great features that make it well worth the money. The phone has a camera, video playback, a flip phone shape, interchangeable covers, polyphonic ringtones, java games, WAP access, Bluetooth and picture enabled and stylish as well.
This phone is good but due to the fact that the last two phones I have had, have been nokias I have had problems. The main contrast to nokias phones is that the yes and no buttons are the opposite way around so it is easy to make mistakes. Also I personally don?t like the fact that the outbox doesn?t display who the last messages were sent to. I also dislike the fact it is easier to delete a message from the inbox than the outbox. I am also unsure about the vibrate function which vibrates before it rings which means that it is easy to miss a call.
The phone is compact and easy to use and you can personalize the phone as much as you want. it is easy to alter the phone to how you want it and you can make pictures appear when somebody calls.
It may seem like I don?t really like this phone but it is a great phone. I have just had difficulty changing from my nokia frame of mind.
however i have had a large range of faults since i have had it. a common problem i have had is it turning itself off during calls, the screen keeps freezing. they do have a lot of features but i know that on my next upgrade i am not getting a motorola
I recently received a v600, after reding various reveiws I was expecting to go and take pictures and send them direct to my laptop.... Here started the 2 days of hell Before the phone arrived I purchased a Bluetooth USB dongle and set it up with my other phone (a Nokia) everything worked perfect, on trying to setup the v600 I had 2 days of uninstalling and reinstalling the software, changing software, updating the software etc... It still doesn't work. I contacted motorola who blamed the laptop software, but it still works with everything else I have tried, I contacted the supplier of the phone who told me that motorola have rcalled this phone due to connectivity issues and are now trying to replace mine. Will update to let you know what happens Updated 02/08/04 Sorry it took so long to finish this review but have not had access to a computer for a while... The phone in itself is a terrific phone with everything you need, camera with a decent quality picture and zoom function, various games including monopoly, a wide range of ringtones including mono and polyphonic as well as real tones and a nice compact shape. It also has 3 different connectivity options... Bluetooth, IrDa and cable. However as to press on writing this I still have had no joy in connecting this phone via Bluetooth. Overall the phone looks and feels nice to use and has some very funky flashing lights on the front and for a user who doesn't need Bluetooth to transfer data would be the ideal phone, however if you are wishing to transfer data to a laptop I would have to go with a nokia. PS The bluetooth does at least work with a headset.
After having my Motorola T720i for coming up to a year I started looking around for a new phone to upgrade to. There were a few that caught my eye, namely flip phones as I prefer these and a few different makes as well. Weighing up all the different models I ended up sticking with motorola (also having a C350 at home) and decided to go for the V600. What a good decision!! Granted, I have only had it for a week, but so far it is much better than my T720i. The screen is so much clearer, the sounds so much better and there is stacks more memory than the old phone so you don't have to delete things before you save something else! One downside i found is that (on orange at least) you only get a couple of bog standard wallpapers and screensavers so you have to invest in a few decent ones off the net or go round taking photos of everything so you can change it! The menus are the typical Motorola format and the itap predictive text has been improved so that now you don't even have to finish typing and it tries to guess what you are wanting to write. I can't really comment on battery life, etc at the minute as I have only charged it once but it is still going and hasn't run down yet so it can't be that bad! The bluetooth is a good idea but haven't used it yet, am waiting to get a call in the car so i can look cool!! The price isn't a factor in this phone as on many networks you can get it for free (even though they are all trying to say its a special offer that you get a bluetooth headset even though it comes standard with the phone!!). Overall, i am well chuffed with it and am really glad i decided to stick with Motorola.
I've been using my V600 regulary for about 2 weeks now. PLUS POINTS: Decent weight and not a flimsy flip! Great styling/looks. Texting is not unlike Nokia - easy to use! Simple enough to navigate thru features in all but phone book. A good looking flipfone for us guys! Decent camera. Decent memory - 5MB. NEG POINTS: Antennae could be just a wee bit shorter - gets caught often. Phone Book has different categories - personal, business, etc. but aren't quick to nav thru. Does not have facility to search all by letters. Left to scroll thru WHOLE book to find names!! No infared. Video playback but no record - what's that about then. Drop the video and increase other features.
Well, i had a P800 PDA based phone while at uni now no longer in uni i wanted a smaller phone. i started my look and stumbled on the motorola website i have had a motorola phone before the V66i and it was a very good phone. The new V600 looked just like it so i have to have a look. The V600 is a Super sexy phone it is small and rounded light and did i mention sexy. This phone has all the bells and whistles you would expect to find on the new phones colours screen but i very high resolution on 65K colour very sharp. the 4x zoom camera is not a bad one there are better but then there are allot worse there is nice little mirror just the left of the camera so you can take your own phone and if you was out on the town your group phone. It has bluetooth with is good no need for wire and mean you can use your phone while driving. there is a second display screen that shows the time signal strength battery and when you get a call or a text the name comes up. when the phone rings or you get a text there is nice flashing light that goes on and off which i though was good. You can use Midi files (Polyphonic) or even better which i just love is the fact you can up a MP3 on there a your ring tone very cool. there is a 5meg inbuilt memory. there is no ifared which is a shame. it is Java enabled and you get to good games monopoly and stuntman (ps2 game) there is wap v2 this phone is just great and well worth looking to it more i have only scratch the surface of it well worth getting
Currently I have a Siemens SL55 and it?s a great phone apart from that I dropped it and scratched the whole screen. Since then I have been searching for a new phone with one of those new technologies such as bluetooth and an inbuilt camera. I first heard of this phone in a magazine called T3. Since then I have been checking out this phone and seeing when it is released. The thing I like most with the phone is the looks and the style, and although it might not have the picture quality as the Shape gx20i I still liked most of the features that comes with the phone. I have been searching for the V600 ever since I heard it was out in high street stores and after spending loads of weeks of getting the answer ?the product is currently not out? I soon got a favourable answer. I got this phone from CarphoneWarehouse in Manchester for around £299 sim free and I believe this is one the of cheapest places you can get this phone, as other shops such as the Link was looking for around £400. I will be talking more about the phone in the following opinion. **Features** The features you find on this phone is like any other phones you can currently get for example alarm, clock, wallpaper, screensaver, calculator etc. So therefore I wont be talking about these as most of you would already know about it, and only some of the new main ones I find with this phone 5MB inbuilt shared memory ? The phone comes with an inbuilt memory of around 5MB when compared to the mere 1MB that I use to have in my Siemens SL55. This is great as it means I could store more photos, games and ringtones than my old mobile. Quad band (900/1800/1900/850MHz) ? This option means that you can use the phone in most countries. Polyphonic Ringtones ? These are better quality ringtones than the original ones that you get on old phones. The phone comes with around 22 embedded ringtones with different versions for the popular ring ring. Also you can
download other ringtones via wap or other services such a certain ringtone for £1.50 when you call this number. Java Games ? These are games that you can download via wap onto your phone. There are around two inbuilt games that come with the phone that includes ? Stuntman and Monopoly. I find the monopoly game quite good, as it is really similar to the one you can get for your computer and it is also very easy to play. However the only problem I found with the monopoly game was that when your opponent owns you money it offers you the debt in exchange for a property. You can reject but however it just offers you it again, this goes on forever and ever unless you accept and I can find this a bit annoying. Video Clip playback with sound ? The phone comes with 3 to 4 embedded video clips in which you can watch. However I find the quality very poor and that the details are very hard to see. Despite this the phone still have this feature when you compare that other phones doesn?t. Bluetooth ? Although this phone doesn?t come with infrared it comes with bluetooth. Bluetooth means that you can connect your phone with any other bluetooth device and also to have one of those bluetooth headsets that you can get. I heard that currently if you get this mobile with an orange contract you can also get a free bluetooth headset, and unfortunately I got mine on sim free meaning that I didn?t get one. Camera ? Like most new phones this phone also comes with a built in camera to take pictures that you could use for the handset wallpaper, screensaver, assign to number and also just to store onto your mobile. When assigning to number I mean that when you view your contacts on your phone you can also input so that you have the person?s picture next to it. I find that this is a good feature as sometimes you may have contacts with the same name, and having pictures could help you see whom you are calling. When taking the picture usin
g the camera you can select the brightness, and adjust the zoom on it, which I believe to be 4x max. You are also able to select an auto timer for example to take the picture automatically in 5 seconds. In the settings menu you are also able to adjust the resolution depending on the quality of the picture, however the more resolution you pick the bigger the file size, therefore meaning the less the amount of space you will have in your shared memory. You can also change the sound it makes when you take a picture depending on your type on sound. I find this quite useful as sometimes you may want no sounds or even a different one as you may hate the pre set sound for whatever reason. Wap - Although I got this phone sim free meaning it didn?t come with any specified network, it came with pre-settings for wap on most networks for example orange, t-mobile and vodafone. SO this meant that I didn?t have to worry about inputting the settings myself for wap as all I needed to do was to set the web session to the current network. Colour styles ? You can select different colour styles to suit your needs for example, I set to Moto as I find blue my favourite colour. The options you can select are as follows ? Solar, Tangy, jade, Midnight, Silver or Moto. Wallpaper ? The wallpaper is the background of your phone screen. A good thing is that you can obtain wallpapers by taking a picture using the phone camera or pictures just downloaded to your phone via wap or bluetooth. I find this feature quite good as therefore you can decide what to have as your background instead of having one fixed plain colour like you use to have on your own phones. *Prices* All these prices are approx, sim free and correct at time of writing. The Link - £400 CarphoneWarehouse - £300 Expansys - £476 O2 - £315 I got my phone from CarphoneWarehouse for £300 as stated above because it was the cheapest I could find. Although you could
try bidding for this at EBay I found that I rather have the guarantee from buying it from a shop. *Specifications* Design: Clam Finish: Metal, Crome Internal Memory: 5MB Colour silver Dimensions: 88.1x 47.6 x 23.6 Weight: 116g Display: 65k Colours Resolution: 175x200 Standby time: up to 240 hours Talk time: up to 450 mins *Advantages* The main advantages I can find with this camera is that it has most of the new features you find on phones such as a camera , bluetooth, polyphonic ringtones, video, java games etc. I also quite like the design of it as it looks very stylish and a decent screen. The internal memory of around 5MB is quite good and the phone is generally a good all rounder. *Disadvantages* The obvious disadvantage you can say about this phone is that the picture quality isn?t that good when compared to other phones. Also the camera doesn?t have a flash for dark conditions but when you consider it is a phone and not really a camera to take professional photos with. Also there isn?t infrared but however the bluetooth makes up for it as you can use that to connect to your headset or a compatible device. *Conclusion* Although you can get other phones with better camera and picture quality such as the shape gx20i I still rate this phone quite highly. I quite like the flashing circle light around the Motorola logo on the phone cover. This is where the phone lights up according to different modes, for example when you are charging your phone or when someone is ringing you. You can also change the colour of this is you don?t like the one for example aqua. The phone is also stylish and new for example you get most of the new features that you will find with new phones like the camera, video, bluetooth and java games. Waz I will also be posting this op on ciao as my username over there is wazlee
We were thrilled when we first heard that Motorola was going to build the V600. Up until that point, the high-end Bluetooth handset market was dominated by Sony Ericsson. Nokia certainly had a few models out with Bluetooth, but they all had enough troubles to often rule them out for a real Bluetooth fan. So when I was told last August that Motorola would be sending me a review unit, I could hardly wait. Yet wait is what I did. For months. Seemingly Motorola hadn't planned on the popularity of the new series of phones (which includes the less expensive V300 and V500), and that they were running low on parts. Particularly the parts for the camera. So I waited. For months. And here we are over 6 months later, and Motorola is still having major problems getting the V600 to market. Luckily, I didn't have to rely on Motorola for the review unit, and instead was able to get one of the limited edition Aston Martin V600 handsets courtesy of my friends at ACS. Only 1000 of these babies are being made, and most are going to Aston Martin owners. They are also priced for the person that can afford such cars, going for well over $1,500 as of the time of this writing. For those curious, the Aston Martin edition V600 comes in a nice aluminum box with a wood inlay top, and includes the HS810 Bluetooth headset. Additionally, there are Aston Martin logos on the inside and outside of the device, and it is packed with cool Aston Martin ringtones, screen savers, and pictures. Sizing it up While physically it is relatively compact (88mm x 47mm x 23mm), especially when compared to a Sony Ericsson Z600, the V600 is not exactly a lightweight handset. Our test unit came in at 127g, about 15g heavier than the Sony Ericsson. Some people will be bothered by the external stub antenna, too. I am not one of them. I don't think that the antenna adds that much bulk to the handset, and the fact that the V600 is a Quadband GSM device more than ma
kes up for it. The rest of the exterior of the V600 is quite nice. The front and rear covers are metal with a satin finish that seems pretty scratch resistant. There are tasteful chrome accents, and a highly polished bezel that covers the small 96x32 monochrome sub-display and the digital camera. In terms of external controls, we have the up/down volume rocker on the left side of the handset. Directly below the volume control is the smart-key, a multi-purpose key that generally acts as the right softkey. It can also be used as the camera shutter when the V600 is closed. The volume and smart-key can be used together to switch ringer profiles, too. On the right side of the handset we have the voice command key, used for accessing voice dialing tags and voice menu shortcuts. The top of the V600 has a small loop for a lanyard, for those that prefer wearing their handsets, and a 2.5mm jack for wired headsets. I like the fact that even though the V600 supports Bluetooth, Motorola though enough to leave the ability to use a wired headset. The bottom of the handset has the same connector as most current Motorola devices. The back of the V600 has a small grill for the external speaker (used for ringtones and the speakerphone function) When opened, the V600 reveals a very attractive keypad and display. The main keypad has a nice gloss finish to it that is quite good looking, like the rest of the handset. Many people will not like the fact that there is no space between the keys, such as with the Siemens S55. I don't really find this to be a problem since the keys themselves are quite large. What I do find to be a problem is the V600 missing one of my key presses, or double pressing when I only wanted a single press. This didn't happen an awful lot, but it happened enough for me to notice. I had a similar problems from time to time with the other buttons at the top of the keypad, like the two softkeys. Between the two softke
ys is the menu key, used for accessing the main menu from standby mode or for accessing submenus when elsewhere in the system. Directly below the menu key is the directional-pad, one of the better ones I have used. It is responsive, easy to control, and has a center button that won't get accidentally triggered. On either side of the d-pad controller we have the two call control buttons, used for initiating and ending a call. Multimedia On the top half of the opened V600, of course, you will find the display. The display that Motorola chose for its new flagship is a real winner. It is a 65k color TFT transflective unit, meaning that the colors are bright and clear, and that the display works well even in direct sunlight. People will surely complain that it could be larger, but I would argue that for its 176x220 resolution, it is quite large enough and doesn't add undue bulk to the overall design. Since the camera was supposedly one of the main reasons for all of the long months of delays the V600 has incurred, it is probably worth talking about it next. The camera is located on the exterior of the top half of the clamshell, as we mentioned earlier. It is of VGA resolution (640x480), and is located next to a self-portrait mirror, but does not have the support of a flash or assist light. While the color balance and saturation of the photos it takes is quite good, the sharpness is not. The images look quite fuzzy, almost as if they were created through interpolation or digital zoom from a smaller image size. Speaking of digital zoom, the V600 has a 4x digital zoom system, and also has the ability to scale down images to the screen size and re-save them so that they take up less room. Unfortunately there is no real easy way to get the images off of the phone, short of sending them in a MMS or email. There is no IR port on the V600, and even Bluetooth can not be used to send an image to another phone. The Mobile PhoneTools softw
are that comes with the V600 is only a 30 day demo, so you won't be able to rely on that for long to download your photos. If you have a decent Bluetooth adapter on your PC, you should be able to use that to browse through the V600's file system and access the photos that way, though. [It should be noted that originally I stated that there was no way to send ringtones or photos from the phone. I have been told by many people that this is incorrect, but I no longer have the handset to verify this myself. While I can't imagine I would have missed this, the people have spoken. -editor] Another thing missing that is camera-related is video capture. The V600 is only capable of playing back downloaded video clips, not recording them. This is a shame since there would be plenty of room for storing captured clips in the V600's 5MB of internal RAM. One thing that did live up to expectations was the 24 voice polyphonic sound system. The ringtones, especially the cool motor-revving Aston Martin ones, were pretty cool. There was a good assortment of generally loud and noticeable utility ringtones, too. Sirens, alarms, etc. User Interface The V600's UI will be familiar to anybody who has used a Motorola phone in the past couple of years. It is similar to that found in the T720, for example, but quite a bit more refined. But before I get to the good parts, let me deal with the bad. The UI is too slow. It seems that either the code needs to be streamlined, or that the V600 just needs more motor under the hood. It simply is not possible to quickly scroll through a list of items on the screen, such as contacts or emails. I hope that this can be fixed in future firmware revisions, but I wouldn't hold my breath. So with that out of the way, the good stuff. Overall, I like the UI quite a lot. It might sometimes be a bit hard to find the settings you are looking for when first getting familiar with the V600, but the lo
ok and feel of the UI is very consistent and makes good sense. For starters, the main menu can be shown as either a list or a grid of icons. In both cases they can be reordered to your liking, which is nice. And while you can't skip to a main menu item by pressing the corresponding keypad button, you can program those keypad buttons to do that if you like. Otherwise you can program the buttons to go right to particular functions deeper in the menu structure that you frequently access. To do that you simply highlight the menu item on the display, and hold the menu button down for a couple of seconds. You will then be prompted to create a shortcut, which can be either a keypad shortcut, as we discussed, a voice tag shortcut, or both. This is really handy. On top of that, you can program the 4 directions of the d-pad controller to go to where you want, for even faster access. Another nice thing with the UI is that it is consistent. The right softkey (or the smart-key on the left side of the device) is always the select button. The center button on the d-pad also acts as a select button, which is the only logical use of the button. It is not wasted on calling the web browser, as is the case on so many Samsung phones. The left soft-key is back, exit, or cancel - which makes sense. Whenever you see the menu key icon above the menu key on the display, it means that you can bring up additional options with the menu key. Everything makes sense. Last up are the themes. My V600 came with 6 themes pre-installed. There does not seem to be a way to add more, or to edit the existing themes. I don't know if this is because of the Aston Martin themes that come with this version of the V600 or not, but I suspect there is no way to add or edit themes on the regular V600, either. A phone is a phone is a phone At the start of this story when I was discussing the external appearance of the V600 I said that I didn't mind the antenna, that
I thought it was worth it. The reason for that is the V600's performance as a regular phone. Not only does it support all 4 GSM bands in widespread use in the world, but it seems to do it quite well. The V600's reception abilities on our local 1900Mhz band were on par with those of the recent Nokia devices I have tested, which is great. The more bands a phone supports, the harder it is to design a good antenna that works well. That's why I think the stub antenna is well worth having in this case. Audio quality also seemed quite good to me. Everything sounded clear, and loud enough. Even when used with headsets, Bluetooth or otherwise, the audio quality was very good. The built-in speakerphone also worked pretty well. I think it is a bit strange that the speaker is located on the back of the device, and the microphone on the inside. This means that unless you sit the device on its side, opened, either the speaker will be facing the table top or the microphone will be facing away from you. Overall the speakerphone worked well, though, and was loud and clear enough to be usable. The profiles system was a little less impressive, though. While still quite workable, the lack of being able to change every aspect of the pre-defined profiles (or "styles", as Mot calls them) was a bit of a hinderance. For example, when you select the "vibe" style, you can only change the type of vibration pattern that is used. I would rather full control over the profiles. But considering that there are 5 pre-defined profiles that cover a decent range of situations (Loud, Soft, Silent, Vibe, Vibe & Ring), it really isn't all that bad. Just a wee bit restrictive. One nice thing is that you can quickly switch styles by using the volume keys. Lower the ring volume to 1, and then hit the down volume button again to switch to Vibe, down again to go totally silent. Raise the volume to go back to the Loud profile. The contact system in t
he V600 is weird, as with all Motorola handsets. It is hard to tell if there are really multiple numbers/address in a single contact, or just a series of separate contacts that all share the same name. When you are viewing a contact you can only ever see one piece of information (name or address) at a time. If you wish to see another number, you need to press up or down. This makes it feel like separate contacts to me. The fact that a voice dial tag is assigned to a particular number, not to a person as in Sony Ericsson handsets, furthers this thought. Yet in spite of that, it all works well enough, if a bit slow. As I mentioned in the UI section, navigating through lists quickly is simply not possible. You will need to use the keypad to skip ahead in order to find a number with any speed. It is also worth noting that there appears to be no way to send a contact to another phone via SMS, Bluetooth, or otherwise. I find that a bit strange. I mentioned the use of voice dial tags a moment ago. The system seems to work pretty well from a voice recognition point of view. I find being forced to use separate tags for "Jeff Mobile", "Jeff Home", and "Jeff Office" to be quite annoying, though. In these cases I think it would be easier to just assign the most commonly dialed numbers to the keypad, instead. That way they can be dialed just by long pressing the appropriate keypad digit. But if you are going to be dialing from a headset, Bluetooth or otherwise, you are going to want to use the voice tags. Last up in this section is the battery. The V600's battery seemed to last decently long considering my frequent Bluetooth usage. I would imagine that it could get close to Motorola's claim of a week of standby time if the Bluetooth system were off, and I wasn't sitting here playing with it constantly. The claimed 6.5 hours of talk time seems a bit more suspect to me, though. Look ma, no wires As you m
ight have guessed, the big draw for me to the V600 was Bluetooth. I use Bluetooth all the time. I use Bluetooth headsets, I sync my phones with my PC, I use Bluetooth to connect from my PDA to the phone for GPRS data when I am on the road. Basically, I live off of Bluetooth. That is why I am so pleased to say that the V600's Bluetooth system is top notch. I have not run into a single compatibility problem with either PC, PDA, or headset. The signal strength seems to be quite strong, and the minimal amount of configuration offered is intuitive. From a headset perspective, I tested the V600 with the Motorola HS810 headset, and the Sony Ericsson HBH-65 and HBH-30 headsets. The audio quality was clear, the connections held up with moderate distances and obstacles quite well, too. Overall I was very pleasantly surprised. Both the Headset and Hands Free profiles are supported. No muss, no fuss. Using the V600 with a PDA can be a bit more complicated, though. For one, you need to put the phone into discoverable mode, just like you do with a Sony Ericsson T68i. This will be of interest to you if you have suffered the annoyances of Bluejackers in the past. People can't send you a contact if they can't see your device, after all. Setting up the connection from my PalmOS device (a Sony Clie UX50) was a bit complicated, as I could not use the V600 as a normal modem connection. Instead, I had to set up the V600 as a "Local Network" connection and then use a script to do the GPRS APN designation and dial the normal GPRS access number. That took some digging on the net to find, but once I did it was smooth sailing. I didn't have time to try the V600 with a PocketPC device, though, so your milage may vary. As mentioned earlier in the story, there is no way to send a photo or contact from the V600 to another device by using Bluetooth (or any other means). The reverse is not true, however. I was able to receive photos and such
from various other Bluetooth devices without problem. One thing that I did miss in the Bluetooth system, though, was the Synchronization profile. I like the fact that my PC (Linksys Adapter) and my Sony Ericsson Z600 can sync directly with each other, without the need of third party software. This would be particularly nice since the desktop software that comes with the V600 (which includes synchronization) is only a 30 day trial. Speaking of that software, it is kind of a mixed bag. The initial setup was very nice. It used my Bluetooth adapter to search for the phone, pair with it, and create the connections needed to use it as a GPRS modem and to use it with the PhoneTool software. Now I just run the software and it automatically connects to the V600, unlike the software supplied with Sony Ericsson handsets. Once connected you can either copy over contacts to/from Outlook and the V600, or synchronize them. I recommend the copy method, as the sync seemed confused by the various phone numbers for a single contact in Outlook (it kept prompting for number type). Additionally, it always seems to mix the SIM and main memory contacts of the phone together. I certainly don't want the SIM numbers in my outlook, especially since most all of them are duplicates of the regular numbers that I keep for one I need to put the SIM into a phone that is not mine. The system just doesn't work all that well for sync, so I would just stick with the copy function. The other features of the software work well. The phone browser is very nice and makes it easy to fetch photos or ringtones from the phone. There is support for creating SMS or email messages on the PC, too. You can also connect to the Internet with the phone's GPRS system using this application. It worked well. If you are using the GPRS system just from the phone, you might find it a bit complicated to setup. But once you figure out that you have to define a "Web Session"
in order to use GPRS, you are fine. The GPRS system worked well, and seemed relatively speedy. No real complaints. As mentioned earlier, there is no IR port on the V600. I find that odd. You can use a cable, though. The V600 is compatible with the same cable used on the T720 series. iTap or T9? It has been interesting to watch the development of Motorola's predictive text system over the years. iTap, as it is known, has never really been a contender when compared to Tegic's T9 system. T9 is almost universally used by all of the manufacturers except Motorola. But with the current version of iTap, Motorola has gotten very close to not only offering a system that is "as good as", but very close to offering one that is better than T9. Our V600 included iTap support for English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Turkish, and PortugueseOne of the best new features of the current iTap system is word completion. When you are entering a word, just as you would with T9, iTap will try to complete the word for you by showing the suggestion as gray letters after the cursor. If you see the word you want, you just hit up on the d-pad to accept the word and move on to entering in the next word. This is a great idea, truly. Imagine my delight when I was configuring the email client and had to enter in the POP server's name and saw it pop up as a suggested word because I had entered it once already as the SMTP server. That saved me a lot of effort, and I really appreciated it. But the system is good for regular messages, too, if not quite as useful all the time. You can also define your preferred primary and secondary input methods. In my case, I like that I can define iTap English as primary and iTap German as secondary, and quickly switch between them. But iTap has its faults. For one, pressing the 1 button defaults to putting the number 1 in the word instead of putting a period. If you enter a space af
ter the word, the 1 key will default to a period, but not if you are at the end of a word. This is real annoying, as you either have to waste a character at the end of each sentence, or you need to waste a keystroke to select the period instead of the 1. What were they thinking? The other problem is the input speed. As I mentioned in the UI section, the V600 is a bit sluggish in general. Fast texters will be disappointed. The rest of the message system is pretty standard. SMS is simple, and includes no templates or profiles. MMS allows inserting of ringtones and pictures and such, supports templates, but does not allow you to create multiple slides within a message. The email client worked pretty well, and dealt with attachments nicely, but was lacking configuration options for things like downloading only headers, though it does allow for a maximum message size. A few different font options would have been appreciated, as well. Apps and Games The V600 comes with a few less applications than most high-end handsets these days. For example, there is no Task/ToDo list, no stopwatch or countdown timer, either. But the applications it does come with are quite nice. The Calendar, for example, is very pretty and very easy to use. Navigation is a piece of cake, and there are plenty of options for appointments - including multi-day durations and auto-repeat. I did find it odd, though, that there seemed to be no way to cancel a new appointment once you started entering in data for it. I had to resort to using the red end-call button to get all of the way out of the system. But otherwise it was quite nice. The calculator application was also nice. Very nice, actually. It made very good use of the d-pad controller and was very intuitive. I think it is probably the best calculator I have used on a mobile phone. The alarm clocked worked well, too, and allows for multiple alarms to be defined. SMS Chat/IM support is also included,
but I can't really understand why anybody would pay to use this with SMS messages costing what they do. The two included games were Stuntman and Supreme Snowboarding. Stuntman puts you as a budding stuntman trying to land a job in a movie. You must drive your car through a series of movie sets, avoiding death, all the while doing what the director wants. Supreme Snowboarding is a fairly straightforward boarding game, and it was fun to play. The Verdict what can I say? The V600 was worth the wait. It does just about everything well, or really well. There are not many handsets that can make that claim. It does have its Achilles Heel, though, and that is the menu and text input speed. It is annoyingly slow at times, which is a shame because it tarnishes an otherwise very impressive handset. I still find it to be quite usable, but I know many of you will not, which is a shame. If you live on the speedier side of the world, you might want to consider a Sony Ericsson Z600 or, if you want something smaller, a Panasonic X70. But for me, I think I would prefer the V600 to both of those. Thank You for reading this review. prodigy_techus
I've being buying Motorla for two years now and finally i purchased the motorola v600 only last week. This phone has been brillant so far Apart from the great style is comes with, great features are also included which tops it off with a 65,000 colour screen which will make your day. Bluetooth is also available on this phone so people can chat when driving dont worry its legal. The phone has a great style or shape to it making look so attractive and not to big or small Overall great all round and would recomend it to people who are looking for a phone at the moment.