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I had one of these in the pre-colour screen days. It was a hand me down from my Dad, who got a new phone on upgrade every year and therefore distributed his old ones amongst the family. I got this one when it was brand new, because his new car didn't support it; this was the time before Bluetooth, and the car came with a plug for a different Motorola, although because it was Tri-band where his wasn't, we swapped over again for when he took trips to the USA.
This would have been around 2002, and back then flip phones were all the rage. I loved it, despite it feeling a bit less complete as a package than the Nokia 3210 it replaced (which was passed onto my sister). But it was very simple to use, it did calls and texts, there were a couple of games on it, it had some good and some awful ringtones, and that was about it. But back then it was amazing, and the best phone out of all my mates, which at age 12 is what mattered most.
There was one trip to America for my dad that ended in disaster. He came back and told me that he'd washed his coat at the hotel laundrette, with the phone still in the pocket. I was pretty upset, but the phone still worked extremely well, it must be said, although people on the other end used to say that the quality of my voice on their phone dropped a bit.
This lasted me until 2004, when dad upgraded again and I ended up with a Sharp GX30, which at the time felt like the dog's dangly bits, but I soon found out it was far from it. But that's another story.
All in all, I loved the 2 years I spent with the V66, and if it weren't for dad constantly upgrading, and the shift in technology, I'd probably still have it.
I searched for the V66e - but Dooyoo didn't want to oblige! - what's the difference between phone with the 'e' suffix and one without? Nothing with the phone itself, its just that as I discovered, phones with an 'e' suffix are solely for use on the Orange Network. The time had arrived change my phone AND network. Having suffered with BT Cellnet for around 11½ months (subsequently O2) I hated them - signals in the depths of mid-Wales were something the police did in the middle of the road whilst directing traffic and I used to open my bills with all the confidence of someone expecting the bailiffs as they were horrendous - the costs of running a phone on a similar contract to Orange had doubled . I had been conned at the outset by not realising that calls to other networks were not included in my free minutes - so I was spending my money calling my daughter, dad and beloved whilst losing my free minutes every month, as they are not rolled over with O2 as they are with Orange. I fell out with Orange but now it was time to go back, but what were my choices? Pay as You Go, Some form of Orange pay up front for line rental and just pay for calls or a good old-fashioned 'where have you lived for the last 10 years?' contract. After a lengthy conversation with my friend Stephen at the Carphone Warehouse I opted for a Talk 200 contract - now, which phone? A quick glance through their myriad of selections on the wall saw my eyes fall upon the Motorola V66e, a very sexy dinky little silver number with a small black covering on the front, carrying the large 'M' significant of the Motorola Brand - well they are a good company aren't they? How could things go wrong? The small black covering is easily removed and hides the SIM card; other colours and patterns for this covering are available from all good telephone stockists - but I do like Black, it gives it a rather sexy and business
like feel. The phone also has a rather sizeable and static aerial. Everyone who sees this phone wants a closer look; it oozes finesse and sexiness as far as it is possible for a phone to do so, it has a flip-over lid with the buttons and the mouth-piece on the bottom part and a surprisingly large display and the ear-piece on the top half. It is very comfortable to use and conversations are usually very clear providing geographic reception is OK. THE COST? Well I am sure this varies between shops, but in the Carphone Warehouse in early June 2002: · Pay as You Go - £199 · Orange No Line rental - £149 · Contract - £30 Although the Carphone Warehouse had an offer on during the Jubilee weekend of providing it free, so it didn't cost me a dime; incidentally if you buy through the Orange website at the moment you will get this phone free and £149.99 for the Pay as you Go version. USAGE This phone is a tri-band, which I understand means you can literally use it anywhere (subject to your contract arrangements and network availability) including the US. WAP ENABLED You can 'surf the web' using the phone, loosely interpreted from my limited experience with it, that you can obtain a dearth of information on latest news stories, share prices and hot gossip on your favourite football teams and stars, although with the wide use of the internet I don't really see that much benefit from this function at a cost of 5p per minute, but hang on - this phone also has another feature which I was really excited about, but haven't actually had reason to try out yet, it doubles up as a modem and the relevant cables and discs were supplied to allow you to use your laptop to surf the internet whilst travelling in cars and trains (make sure you are not driving at the same time with the former). VITAL STATISTICS o Length 84mm o Width 44mm o Depth 21mm o Weight 73g As you can see it really is small and lightweight, so small in fact that when it gets into the depths of my handbag I can never find the damn thing even when it is ringing. RING TONES All boring stuff I'm afraid, no Jingle Bells and Robbie Williams received tones here - it is all classical, although it does vibrate in 5 ways, great for those guys and gals who keep their mobile in their trouser pocket and enjoy a cheap thrill. Unlike Nokia, it doesn?t vibrate and ring at the same time, it either simply vibrates, or vibrates 5 or 6 times and then rings and yes it is a very noticeable vibrate that has seen my bag shaking and me desperately looking for it. There is also a little light at the top which flashes red intermittently when the phone is active. MESSAGE TEXTING Yes, why shock horror you can send text messages from this phone. The reason I mentioned it separately is because whereas with the Nokias and other phones I have used you can just press the appropriate button until you get to the required number of letter; with this phone you have to use the backward and forward arrow keys to select your character - gone are my discrete days of quickly wapping out a text message to my nearest and dearest whilst travelling. In addition the buttons are very small and trust me you need very nimble fingers to use it. My other half gave it back to me in disgust the first time I asked him to make a call on it. The Message centre on the phone has boxes for Voicemails, Text Messages, Quick notes, Outbox and saving Draft Messages (if your sending a long message this could some in very handy - I have found that if you accidentally press the wrong button whilst texting you will lose the whole thing and have to start from scratch. Using this phone for texting has become akin to the same chore that my thesis is going to be in the coming months, hence I am sending far less text messages ; result, increased phone bills. TALK-TIME AND LONGEVITY Yes I am a woman, but I do not spend hours on my mobile, using it just for work and family related quick calls - so can't tell you whether it lives up to its claim of 2.5hours, but I do use it regularly and seldom charge it. Standby is stated as 4.5 days, although I haven't run the battery down at all yet as I need to keep the thing charged sufficiently for when I am out and about travelling. I purchased an in-car charger at the same time as the phone which set me back £14.99 less 10% discount for buying it in the Carphone warehouse at the same time. It has different connections from the Nokia range and therefore I needed to literally start from scratch. OTHER FEATURES Calculator - numbers as expected are used off the keypad, actions such as multiply and divide are selected from a row of pictures using the navigation buttons. GAMES BlackJack - which is exactly what its name suggests - not mind blowingly exciting and the bloody thing nearly always beats me. MindBlaster - Haven't quite worked this out. Paddleball - Like computerised tennis from basic computers many years ago, you try to keep a bouncing ball on the screen and the game is over once you fail. The keys are so small, I find it quite difficult to move the cursors fast enough, plus again it is not exactly what I would call exciting, not like Pairs and Snake on the Nokia range which are slightly more stimulating. TELEPHONE BOOK This is a particularly pleasing feature of phone and I believe it can store up to 590 numbers, 90 on the phone itself and 500 on the SIM. When inputting numbers you are provided with a range of options to select whether it is home, work, mobile, fax or pager and you can store all five numbers under the one name, making them easily identifiable when browsing the phonebook. The keys are so small however that transferring all my numbers took a ges. In addition
, a speed-dial number is automatically allocated to every phone book entry and there is also a facility to use Voice Activated dialling. BEWARE Some of the V66e mobiles have a fault; I have had mobiles for nearly 7 years and have never come across it before. I tend to store ALL useful contact numbers on my phone, save me digging through diaries or scrappy bits of paper. I turned my phone on Friday to get a number I didn't ring regularly only to find the phonebook empty. After a couple of minutes hyperventilating, I controlled myself sufficiently to contact Orange, only to discover that there is a recognised fault which is being investigated and it does not affect all the handsets, therefore they didn't think it necessary to notify customers - aaaaaggggh. However, I was advised to remove the SIM, put the phone on, turn it back off and put the SIM back in and they would return - true to her word this worked, but I really could have done without the hassle and the panic. I have since been advised that Orange are not offering replacement handsets or refunds to those customers affected. This has already happened to me twice and it is quite nerve-wrecking. I have recently discovered however, that by using the data cables, the information contained on the SIM card can be transferred to your computer for safe keeping - this also apparently applies to downloading ring tones from the web although unclear as to how it works. STORED NUMBERS Your last 10 received and dialled calls will be recorded. DISPLAY The display light background can be changed to green, red or orange and can be set not to come on at all, or at 5-second intervals whilst in use lasting up to 20 seconds. For those with sight problems you can set the screen to zoom in or out, making it much larger and scrolling can be on a continuous wrap around or top-bottom. VOICE NOTES You can record and write in short notes when out and about on y
our travels and set yourself diarised reminders - although it doesn't work like a typical alarm clock like the Nokia range do (oh how I miss it) PERSONALISATION Is there such a word? The lack of ability to receive personalised ring tones, coupled with the inability to change the welcome greeting really frustrated me, funny how we get hooked to the silly things in life. You can also set the phone up for headset and in-car hands free use with the right equipment. PROS o It is very very sexy and petite and everyone will want to look at it (or maybe that's just in Wales as we have a fascination with small things and most locals still have the old fashioned great hulking Nokia and Bosch phones) o You don't need to buy a case as the phone is folded and therefore cannot accidentally be switched on/off or dial you local police station (which I did a number of times on my Nokia phone which for obvious reasons allows 999 and 112 calls whether the keypad is locked or not. o Nice large visual display o Can be used as a modem for the laptop in times of emergency CONS o The keypad is TOO small o Can't personalise it as much as I would like o No proper alarm clock o The fault with the phone book o Its accessories are not interchangeable with our other phones and are not cheap - hands free kits and in car chargers are around £15, the USB connection if you don't receive one with the phone are around £37, cases £10 and replacement batteries £45. o Very difficult to send text messages on SUMMARY I have had this phone for around 3 months now but don't think I have got the best use out it. Not a bad little phone, but think I will definitely be going back to Nokia when I can change for free/low charge with Orange.
The 1st thing you'll notice about the v66 is its size. Its tiny! No bigger than the palm of your hand when closed, but although it is small its not so delicate that you'll be scared of breaking it, it is very robust for its size (I've found this out after dropping mine!) The v66 has a clamshell design, which means it opens up, like a clamshell. This is what gives it its amazingly small size and it?s very comfortable to hold. The phone itself looks great, very stylish. Mainly aimed at the Yuppie/Business type but it's still cool if you?re a lowly student such as myself. The v66 can be personalised although its nothing compared to the Nokia?s X-Press On. The coloured triangular panel on the front can be changed to suit your tastes. Interestingly, under this panel is where the SIM card is inserted, rather than behind the battery like in a lot of phones, which makes swapping SIMs so much easier, and you won?t lose your clock settings! One drawback of the tiny size is the also tiny keypad which can make text messaging and dialling numbers a little tricky although with practice you'll get used to it. The screen is clear and it displays all the information you need. One cool feature is the ability to change the backlight colour on the screen! There are 3 colours to choose from, Red, Orange and Green although personally I would have preferred Blue to Red and its much the same as Orange. The menus are slightly harder to navigate than the more simplistic style of Nokia phones but everything is there for you, and there are lots of features there when you eventually find them, there?s WAP access, predictive text, games, 35 ring tones (and space for 35 more) and huge amounts of space for phone numbers on the phone and your SIM and also lots of room for text messages. If you're a businessman and you?re constantly on the move this phone is a must for you. It has tri-band technology so you can use the ph
one in nearly every country in the world! It is also GPRS enabled for data sending/receiving and has WAP internet access. Another cool feature is the True-Sync function for use with your laptop or notebook, and of course it serves a handy modem. Overall, this is the best phone I've ever had and I'd choose it over a Nokia any day. Designed for businessmen but equally at home in the grubby pocket of a student, although I wouldn't recommend it for young teenagers or children. Get it on contract to get the best of it! I love it!
In my local area, there had been a lot of hype and enthusiasm over the motorola v66. My pay check came and i went out and got it from a local store for £200. Everyone had been saying how good it was and that I should get it but i don't really think i should have done. It is a lovely little smart phone. It has voice activated dialing and you can make your own voice notes or even record a short song on there so that you can listen to it whilst you are travelling around but it only lasts for one minute. It has an excellent number memory so you can store up to 500 numbers on there. The ringtones are varied and it has it's own ringtone composer but I have found it slightly difficult to use and can't find any websites that have the combinations to put on the phone in order to create one but you can't download ringtones from the inernet or over the phone for it nor can you download screensavers which i believe you can do with other motorolas. It has 26 ringtones which can also be used to alert you of a text message or voicemail and has 5 different vibration details as well as the ring and vibrate combination. It has interchangable covers which is great if you can actually get them. I asked around in a lot of shops and none of them sold the facias and then I was told I had to get them directly from motorola. I hadn't tried buying one over the phone but I did try the internet. They come in packs of three when really I only wanted one and i couldn't even use my debit card to pay for them and even though they are just three pieces of plastic, they cost £12.99 for a pack of three which I first thought was slightly expensive but now i don't really think that that is too bad. The games aren't too bad. Paddleball, memory and blackjack are the three games that come with the phone and like the ringtones, you can't download them so you are stuck with those three and after a while you do get bored of them
. The phone is WAP enabled so you can use the internet although I think that it is a waste of time and money because it doesn't really give you the information that you are after and as I am sure with many phones, you don't realise how long you are on there for and how much you end up spending. The reception is generally very good but I'm not sure if that is the phone or the network. It has the standard messaging and stuff that you get on all phones and you can also use it in the USA because it is triband. I'm not sure what that means but I haven't tried it yet. However, I am going to New York in February so I'll have to see how that goes and get back to you. I also recently found it at £150 with the same network so I'm kind of disappointed that I lost out on £50 but that's the way it goes. Registering the phone was very quick and easy. I believe that Motorola have brought out the new V66i. Which is a bit more advanced than the V66 I think but I haven't properly looked at it so that may be worth considering. It is a smart phone and it's nice to flash around with a few good features but i wouldn't really advise people to get it.
The V66 was to become my third mobile, but only for a short while. I had admired its charm and form whilst browsing the local high street mobile merchants, and always wanted to actually own one. My feelings of this kind actually began way back when the Motorola 'Startac' models were around, (also then the smallest of their kind). I remember seeing the V66 prototype picture in the leading national press before it came to be. It really was like something out of Star trek perhaps, a mobile that could virtually be used anywhere in the world (even the USA and Canada, as well as Europe). A mobile that was so small, but that also had the power to browse the 'world wide web'. Motorola claim that whenever you want to communicate in style, then the V66 phone is the way to do it. I certainly say that the phone does look absolutely gorgeous. The first thing you'll notice about this phone is its smooth, silver or blue/black casing (It's supposed to be available in two colours, but I've only ever seen it in silver), that gives it an overall sophisticated look- especially with its interchangeable front cover inserts, some of which are absolutely stunning. This really is one hell of a sexy phone. The curvy lines are reminiscent of a woman's powder-compact but this is definitely not just a mobile phone for the girls. A nifty new addition to the classic curves is the removable front bezel, which reminds me of the Star Trek badge. It can be swapped for a bezel in different colours and designs. Also you don't have to fiddle about taking the battery off to load your Sim card. The cardholder is hidden beneath the stylish bezel or 'interchangeable cover'. These are a 'must have' with this phone, since it is designed around a showpiece high fashion statement. They can't cost more than 50p each surely? ? Whoops wrong again- they are sold in packs of three at about £15!!!!!!! So the
V66 is a very nice phone to look at and is remarkably small and thin, even by the standards of Motorola's seminal V50 flip phone. It's a nice touch, the arrow-shaped bezel on the front they supply, which covers the SIM holder. This is in fact really handy. It can literally be removed with your fingernail, but it won't fall off. It means that underneath this interchangeable cover, the SIM card can be replaced easily. Handy if you?re on a couple of different networks (as I am), and do have to change SIMS occasionally. Be warned though, the SIM holder looks extremely flimsy. At least the battery and back cover is a neat one-piece affair, even if it is fiddly to remove. Travelling and working around the world (now we all do that sort of thing, don't we?) should be easy then? The phone has tri band capabilities, so you can make and receive calls across five continents. There is also a currency converter and calculator to help you keep track of your money. And if you get a sudden flash of inspiration when you're on the move, you can even record a voice memo into the phone for up to three minutes or even a complete telephone conversation. (That's if you can hold the button that long). A clever designed leather case and belt clip is included with the phone. This enables unobtrusive storage and good security, since it seems difficult to snatch from ones belt, but still easy to remove by the user to accept calls. A great pose buckle! You even walk around actually feeling like Captain Kirk! The phone can also work as a modem with your laptop and is able to support the GPRS (Global packet relay service). With continuous access to the Internet, you can send and receive information when it suits you, but only pay for the information you download, saving time and money. Ok this is the same as WAP (Wireless application protocol), but it's always on, so, things happen much faster when you browse those stupid text lines they cal
l the 'mobile internet' ? (not a patch on the real thing is it?) There's an organiser too, with a Personal Information Manager to remind you about appointments, a 'TrueSync' function that allows for synchronisation between a PC or laptop, and voice activated dialling, so you don't have to lift a finger to make a call. (That's if you can get it to work). Just like the voice word processor, in the perfect world things really do work first time every time, of course. No such luck with computers though, so why should a mobile be any different? Great, an alarm clock! No Sorry its really part of the scheduler that beeps a few times to give you a reminder or two on a certain date you might go to all the trouble of setting. It will never ever wake you up. Arrrrrggh! OK so if you're looking for a phone that lets you communicate with style and advanced technology, this is certainly the kiddie to be seen with, and the features are in fact, really pretty surprising, I guess, considering its extremely compact size. It is certainly lovely, -the smallest 'clamshell' design on the market with a good sound quality, voice memos and voice dial, personalisable ring tones and more. Hang on a minute though there are a couple of ergonomic problems: the flip cover doesn't open enough to comfortably hold it to your ear, the hang up and answer keys are inverted, keys are hard to press and the function keys at the top of the keypad are too small and hard to reach. Or is it that my fingers are too big? One tries to blame this in ones heart on it's small size, but somehow it just seems like hurried design. Then there is that annoying bold stub of an antenna. Fortunately its a bit less obtrusive when the little phone is open, but when its shut it becomes just a sore thumb. Some aspects of the software are also deceiving. For instance, the melody composer is quite limited and the games
are just downright boring: paddleball, blackjack and, maybe the most interesting, mind blaster, a Mastermind type of game. But there are just three levels, so after 20 minutes, the excitement and challenge is gone. Along with its multitude of the latest features, the V66 responds to your voice and brings the 'Internet' to your fingertips with a fast-flow, five-line text display and animated graphics. (Sounds good doesn't it, -but all it means is that scrolling through lines and text looks smoother than a step scroll would). Its display is not brilliant either. Not really vivid or bright, more like the old LCD watches of days gone by. It seems almost inadequate by modern standards for WAP viewing. Not only is the display small?which can be excused by the small size of the chassis?but also it is difficult to see at the best of times. The backlight can be changed to orange or red, (now I could not see how to do this, - I think the software in my version was too old), - I got 'one to one' displayed when I should have got 'Virgin'. I couldn't even read the display at all in bright sunlight outside. The four-way controller had me whizzing around the screens in no time, in this instance, Motorola's designers don't seem to have taken full advantage of the available space. Despite this, up to five lines of text can be viewed at once, which is more than adequate for the majority of WAP users. Petite as it is, however, its wealth of features sit somewhat uncomfortably in what's best perhaps regarded as a 'fashion' phone. Although the instruction booklet is a nice handy size, and in one language, it is only fairly written, giving no real explanations of the technology or of what everything really means. The silver casing on the V66 looks like it is sprayed on. If you put it in your pocket along with your keys it will, without doubt, scratch and mar. (Perhaps one should choose the
blue/black model for this reason- I?m not sure if that one is sprayed). Best of all though the phone is not as chunky as its predecessors so there is no telltale sign when you slip it into your pocket. In fact you have to be careful it doesn?t slide out of your pocket without you noticing. In use, its tiny soft-keys and menu button seem too close to each other and the hinge of the flip for anything but the daintiest of hands. The innovative four-way navigation key arrangement would be great if only it was not so cramped. It is also under-utilised in most options and does nothing when the phone is in standby. This phone would have been useful as a GPRS modem for a handheld or laptop, given its restricted screen. But since it features neither infrared nor Bluetooth, you will need to invest in a data cable if you want to do this?network operators permitting. The sheer complexity of the WAP setting entry and the clunky Openwave browser implementation would put off even the most determined user. Even sending SMS seems more of a chore than on phones from Ericsson, Nokia or Siemens. When using the GPRS there is no clear indication that you are online or even using GPRS instead of a circuit-switched connection?a common failing in the first crop of GPRS handsets. Then you only have three lines of WAP page to view, with status information filling the lines above and below. On the plus side, I found the V66 particularly quick to establish connections and process pages under GPRS. Certainly buy the V66 for its physical design then (looks), but bear in mind its usability is heavily compromised by a poor key layout and unintuitive menu structure and lack of a colour screen, and infrared or Bluetooth connectivity. This should seal its fate for more serious use. Call quality indoors as well as outside is exceptional. You can be heard loudly and clearly whether you happen to be in a heaving bar or on a busy London street. To focus just on its classy looks, however, is to do the Motorola V66 an injustice. While it might be tiny (84x44x20mm) and tips the scales at a mere 79g, it is certainly no lightweight in the performance stakes It is the first mini-phone to support GPRS (general packet radio services) for high-speed WAP browsing. Connect to the mobile 'Internet', leave it on as long as the battery lasts and you only have to pay each time you transfer data. This has the benefit of cutting down on constant scrolling through screens. Simply download the information or page, for example that you want and go back as often as you like. Business users, for example, can leave their email open and check it throughout the day. So when you whip a quick email off to colleagues then it's going to hit you in the back pocket, otherwise you can stay connected for the whole working day in order to receive messages to your email account. So, overall the Motorola V66 is a mobile phone that, once you've got it in your hands, you won?t want to put down. Its easy to use, incorporates enough features to keep even anoraks (like myself) fairly happy and its really sexy as well. It's taken some time, but Motorola has come up with a classic union of form and function for this clamshell phone. It is certain to be near the top of everybody?s wish list. I think it really will become a classic museum piece. Sadly though, I have decided to return my sexy V66, in exchange for the Sony ericsson T68i, but that's another story!
Motorola V66 £199.99 Talk time (up to) 3hr 00 mins Standby time (up to) 120hr 00 mins Recharge time (up to) 2hr 30 mins Size (mm) 44x84x21 Motorola V66 Standard features Talk time (up to) 3hr 00 mins Standby time (up to) 120hr 00 mins Recharge time (up to) 2hr 30 mins Size (mm) 44x84x21 Phonebook memory 500 Dual band / Tri band Tri Additional features Bluetooth No Data compatible Yes Detachable fascias Yes EMS No Games No GPRS No Handsfree included No Internal modem Yes IrDA (Infra red) No Java enabled No MP3 player No Optional car kit No Personal organiser Yes Picture messaging No Picture messaging (MMS) No Predictive text Yes Ringtones - download and/or composer Yes Sync with PC Yes Vibrating alert Yes Voice activated dialling Yes Voice commands Yes WAP Yes well when i got this new phone on pay as you go four work i look like a very nice phone and it is easy to use it has no game on the phone but if it is four work then you do not need games not your phone, it can go on the internet with a easy to use internet part no the phone. and i has a good voice activated dialling which is better at you can use at i a nosie place and at will work but no with all mobile but with this one. you can also use the personal organiser on this phone so you can put info that you need right on your mobile phone all in all this is a good little phone
Motorola are an American company who have been around since the dawn of mobile phones so you would think they would know abit how to make them. Well in answer, yes they do know how to make them. The V66 is one of the smallest and stylish phones on the market that looks sexy and can fit into your coat or handbag. Its ultra light, lighter than Nokias 8310. The screen is about the same size at the Nokia 3330 so really its a combination of the Nokias. BUT, really this phone does lack alot. First up I would say this is for people that only want to use it for the WAP or making/receiving calls. Txting really is out of the questions because the text is very hard to see when in 'zoom out' mode (normal). The buttons are small and they are indented into the phone and don't stick out like the Nokias. It has an annoying habit that you have to wait a while if you want to select 2 characters on 1 key. E.g. AA so you type A then wait about 4 secs before you can touch that button again. Its also not that handy because the flip isn't at the right angle for you to write your txt, its to upright. You don't get reports back when you have sent a txt, can't send smiles or pics etc. Games, stick with Nokia because they games are pretty boring and simple. They have tried to copy Nokia with the changing faces at the front but it doesn't really pay off because the strip on the front must be worth like 10p but your paying about £8 to change it. Scrolling down a txt message, the phone doesn't like. Imagine you have a slow PC and when you want to scroll an email, it stutters abit and it slow, well its like that on the phone. The good thing I think is that the WAP browser works very well. I have never been able to log into Yahoo before on my Nokia 7110 but managed to do it with this. Its fast and simple to use. The screen, you can choose 3 colours (Red, Green or Orange). All 3 are pretty bad and not tha
t clear, infact its better when your in the pitch dark. For a phone that was released last year, its not got that much cutting edge equipment, the good think is that you can record notes on it but I don't know many people who would find that handy. I would stick to Nokia for personal use and if get a Motorola just for the calls. But I think the 8310 is a better phone than the V66 so I would pick that if I had the choice. Alex
This is a beautiful little phone, light, robust, stylish and guaranteed to make people go "Oooh! Isn't it cute!" But, but, but after having one for three months I've got to say that more attention has gone into making it pretty than making it efficient. It has an infuriatingly complicated system for sending and receiving text messages and calling up phonebook details - nothing that can't be learned but very clunky after my previous phone which was an Ericson and much simpler to operate. The flip lid looks great but means you cannot see who is calling. If you open it to find out you have already answered, so it's too late! The thing that really infuriates me though is that it has no alarm. I've always used my mobile as an alarm clock for the last five years and it never occurred to me that it wouldn't have one. It has a fiendishly complicated "datebook schedule" wich gives you a tiny little "cheep cheep" signal if you can figure it out and that's it. Grr!
The newest model from the motorola company the v series is the new project. I have got the v66 and have had it for 2 months. Unlike most mobiles the sim card is under a flap on the front which is easily accesabl and the battery at the back which can be popped out. To be honest motorola isn't the best company or have the best history but i think that they have really got something with the V series. With the v 66 on your hip you will definately turn heads. Unfortunately it cannot receive ringtones and logos from all web sites so it is much easier to go to your local motorola store and get them to download them. The v66 contains all of the new technology there is to offer.Such as GPRS, WAP, BLUETOOTH, TRUESYNC, FLEX VERSION, TRI-BAND. What you all want to know is what games they have, well they have BLACKJACK, MINDBLASTER, PADDLE BALL. And you can download games off the motorola fun site. On the phone you can txt, fax, e-mail, call and everything all phones can do. You can store 18 messages in you inbox and i haven't got to the limit in my outbox yet and i'm on 54. It can store 500 names in the phonebook. Contains voice notes, datebook, reminders,calculator ect A good buy!
The Motorola V66 is a very sexy great looking phone it follows on from the V50 design with its flip open. This design of Motorola can now be traced back quite a few years to the Motorola Startac if any of you can remember it. What I can tell you though is that Motorola have improved the phones a hell of a lot from their first efforts into flip design technology. The startacs used to be terrible for poor signal and battery performance this new V66 does not suffer from those problems. This phone really is feature packed for its small size and it must be a contender for the ultimate mini phone. With it weighing only 79g as well it really does qualify as a mini phone. The major addition to the software of this phone is its GPRS capability which will allow you to have high speed data transfer and high speed wap access thank god I here you all cry. Hopefully the GPRS system can give Wap a much needed boast. Another major feature for a phone so small as this one is its tri band ability which means as well as use the phone in the UK and Europe it will also work in the USA. The phonebook size has also been increased so that you can now store a total of up to 500 contacts this is in keeping with many of the new business aimed phones. This allows you to store home, mobile etc numbers for each person in your phonebook without having them all under separate headings. Some people may also find its voice dialling feature useful although I did personnel find it a little difficult to operate and found it sometimes dialled the wrong person. I have to question myself weather this feature should be removed from current phones until it works correctly. The phone also includes a recording facility so you can record a call you are having with someone, this can be very useful when someone is giving you directions and you do not have a pen and paper to write them down. Of course the people at Motorola hav
e not forgotten the child in us all and have included some great games to play when you are sat on the platform waiting for that delayed train. While using the phone I found it to have an impressive talktime and standby they quoted times for the phone are talktime 180mins and standby 120 hours. I would say the talktime is about 100mins and 80 hours on standby. Which is very good and the phone would always last me around 48hours which is very good compared to the likes of the SamsungA300 which was lucky to last 8 Hour. So overall I would say the Motorola V66 is a great phone and well worth the extra you might have to pay over the likes of the Samsung A300.