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      11.07.2003 05:15
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      *JUST FOR LOOKS - Now if you like a unique, cute little compact phone than this one can be considered. I've been given many comments on my phone just because it's so small and rather than the flip phone style, it's cover spins open 360 degress. This phone may not a have a colored screen, but I do not know of another phone that has a black background with a glowing blue text. I do not like the bulky flip phones so this tiny, lightweight cell is quite convenient since it can fit in my pocket easily. From my knowledge, this phone may be personalized with changeable rings that fit around the screen. This is definately an alternative to the Nokias that are overdone with the millions of different styled (and tacky I must admit) face-plates. There is a disadvantage to having this phone though. Although the phone may be appealing to the eye, if you look closer the screen is actually decreased by a black bordering that makes the screen of an oval/rectangular shape rather than the full circle. And being a forgetful teenager I have come to realize that this phone constantly needs charging. It consumes the battery at a quick pace which can be annoying. At the same time, I am not able to use this phone while it is being charged. The phone has 3 games, which isn't very fulfilling for entertainment. It includes PADDLEBALL, MINDBLASTER, and BLACKJACK. So as you can tell, this phones comes with the average repetitve boring games. The phone has a calculator, internet access, and voice dialing which I could care less about. This phone does allow you to talk to a person while someone else is on hold on the other line though. *I must explain that this phone was indeed a present. I believe that since I did not use my own money to purchase the phone, that I do not take into account the price. (which at the time I was told purchased, was about $300) So I say that this is definately a wonderful present to a teenager that does like a sophisti
      cated style in a phone. But to the demanding buyer that expects more from a phone than looks, I suppose this may not be the best purchase.

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        30.01.2003 12:26
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        After owning three mobile phones in five years, all of which resemble bricks, I have recently changed to a motorola v70. This is the first motorola phone I have owned. In the past I have had a Nokia, an Ericsson and a Philips Savvy. I am not one of these people that follow trends and I don't have to have the latest model, I just fancied having something that was smaller and lighter for a change. It was time for a little treat. **********************************SPECIFICATIONS*************************** Weight 2.9 oz Width 1.5 in Depth 0.8 in Height 3.7 in ********************************PHONE DESCRIPTION************************** This mobile phone is chrome, with a round screen and a rotating cover. The rotating cover covers the keypad and rotates all the way around the phone in a full circle. It rotates around the screen and because it covers the keypad, you do not have a keypad lock. This rotating cover is used as a keypad protector, to answer and end a call and as the ear piece whilst on a call. The screen and keypad are lit by a soft, blue electro-illuminisent light. This light is activated when the rotating cover is moved. Under the screen there are three small, silver buttons. These buttons are not covered by the rotating cover. If you press them when the cover is over the keys, nothing will happen. They only work when the phone has been activated, which is done by moving the cover from over the other keys. These three buttons are the main menu buttons. On the top of the phone, on the right hand side is the ariel. It is black in colour and is about an inch long. Next to this is the port for the hands free kit and at the bottom of the phone is the port for the charger. On the side of the phone (left) there is a small silver button. This is the volume control. The keys on this phone are a rectangle shape and are very small and silver in colour. The back ground that they sit
        on looks black, until the light is activated and then it glows a nice soft blue, like the screen. ************************************FEATURES******************************* *Phonebook- Here is where you store your names and numbers. You can add, delete or edit any of them from here. The phone has a seperate memory for storing names and numbers so you can leave your sim card free, if you want to. In total the phones memory will hold 500 names and numbers. Then of course there is the space on your sim card aswell. *Messages- Here you can access your voicemail, text messages, quicknotes, outbox and drafts. You can record you voice mail greeting, change it and switch you voice mail on or off. When texting, you can choose between four options. There is itap, which is predictive messaging, tap, which is normal texting, one letter at a time, numeric, which is number texting and symbol, which is symbol texting. You choose your prefered option and the phone will save that setting until you change it. The quicknotes is for writing yourself little notes and saving them. Your outbox will store all sent messages, until you manually delete them. The drafts flder is for storing unfinished messages so that you can go back to them later and finish them. *Recent calls- Here you can view all your recent calls, whether you recieved them, sent them or missed them. They will be stored here until you delete them. If you miss a call from a number that is not stored into your memory it will save the number in Notepad, so that you can see the number. If someone send s you a text with a phone number in it, it will also be stored in notepad sothat you can use it. *Calltimes- every call that you have recieved will have the time it was recieved stored in this flder, until you manually delete it. *Games- this phone has three games. Paddleball, blackjack and mindblaster. *Settings-Here you can set your phone to silent, vibrate, loud
        or soft ringing. There are 25 ringtones in this section for you to choose from and the phone allows you to choose a ringtone for when you recieve a text message. You can have one ringtone for text messages and another for incoming calls. There is also a composer, which allows you to create upto 32 more ringtones. *Call divert- this feature lets you divert a call, if you are unable to answer your mobile. When this option has been activated, anyone who calls your mobile will be diverted to another phone number, the one that you entered. *Phone staus- In this section you can view your battery life and personal phone numbers. *Datebook- This function allows you to set yourself reminders. It has an alarm so that you will never miss another birthday, meeting or appointment. *Quickdial- here you can assign phone numbers to keys for speed dialling. It saves you having to enter the number or look up the name. You simply press one number and it will dial for you. *Shortcuts- you can set any of the above functions to a key, for quick reference. *Voicedail- this function allows you to set voicedail on or off. Once you have set it to on, you have to record the names by speaking clearly into the phone. From then on, all you have to do to ring someone is speak there name into the phone and it will dial for you. *My services- this lets you view which network you are using. *Browser- This lets you set your phone up for WAP. ************************************EASE OF USE***************************** Flicking through this phones menus, when I first got it, was a little daunting. I hadn't owned a motorola before and they are very different to nokias, which was my last phone. There is so much to look through that it took me a while to familiarise myself with it's functions. Once I had mastered it though, it was simple to use. Entering names and numbers on this phone is simple. You
        just have to decide whether to store them on the phone,the sim or both. Texting on this phone was alittle awkward to begin with, The keys are very small and quite close toegther. I have quite small hands but little chubby fingers, so I found it a little fiddely to start with. Now I have got use to it, but there are still times I find myself hitting the wrong keys. If you have big hands, then I'm afraid you will struggle. The composer is also a little tricky, or maybe it's just me. For some reason, none of the tunes I have entered sound like they should. I am not familiar with a composer though as I have never used one in the past, so this could be just me. If you have used one in the past, you will probably get on fine with it. *********************************COMPARISONS****************************** Compared to a Nokia 3110. The motorola is half the width and length of this phone and there is a big difference in the weight aswell. The motorola has a lot more features and it is a lot more stylish. Texting on the Nokia was easier though, due to bigger, more spaced out buttons. The screen on the Nokia is also bigger than on the motorola. Compared to the Ericsson GA628. The motorola is smaller and lighter than this phone and again, is a lot more stylish. The ariel is smaller on the Ericsson but the sreen is bigger on the motorola. If you hold the Ericsson in one hand and the motorola in the other it feels like a feather and a brick! Compared to the Philips Savvy C15. There isn't that much difference in the weight, but the motorola has the edge. Again it is smaller and more stylish than the Philips Savvy and the motorola has the bigger screen. The philips savvy did have icon messages though and the motorola doesn't. Texting on the Philips was also easier, again due to bigger more spaced out buttons. ***********************************PRICE*************************
        *********** The price of this phone varies quite alot, depending on whether you buy it on a contract, pay as you go, with or with out sim and second hand or new. Prices start from around £79.99 through to around £149.99 It is well worth you spending a little time and having a good look around, as there are some places that are definately better on the price than others. ************************************MY OPINION****************************** Finally, I hear you all sigh, this opinion is coming to an end! I like my new phone, but there are features on my old phones that I miss and features on my new phone that I love. Like I said earlier, I have never owned a motorola before and so it was a big difference for me. It took some getting use to, but with a little time and patience I got use to it, in the end. There is a lot to look through when you first get it and it can seem a little daunting. I particularly like the games, as all the phones I have owned in the past haven't had any, but I miss my icon messaging that the Philips had. The menus are laid out differently and having three menu buttons threw me in the beginning. One is to access the menu, one is to choose an option and one is to go back a screen. In the beginning I kept getting muddle up, which was for what, but now I have it! Is it better than my old phones? Yes and no, is the answer. I like some of it's features but miss some from my old phones. Every phone is different and this is a good little phone. At the end of the day, it does what it is suppose to and it has a lot of extras. This phone also has a built in radio. I personally haven't used this feature yet, but if you like to listen to the radio whenyou are on the move, then this feature is for you. To listen to the radio, you have to plug the headset in, where the handsfree kit goes. It looks just like the handsfree kit, but it is for radio purpo
        ses only. ***********************************GOOD POINTS***************************** Stylish Small Lots of features Composer Large phone memory Radio Backlight Interchangable rings ***********************************BAD POINTS****************************** Small buttons Naff ringtones No icons Price Sticking out ariel ******************************THE CHOICE IS YOURS*************************** A small, stylish, lightweight phone, packed with lots of features and is great compared to some. OR A small, lightweight phone, with small, close together buttons, vast menus and a sticking out ariel. The choice is yours!

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          28.11.2002 18:30
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          I have for years been a nokia addict. I have had a 3110, 5110, 3210, 3330, 8210 & 8850. When my last one gave up the ghost, I fancied something with a bit more innovative design. The 8850 is still my favourite nokia - it is a very professional looking phone, and all the rest look like cheap teenager devices. So I shopped around, and looked at Samsung & motorola among others. I settled for the v70, because, for once, someone has put a lot of thought and design into the look and feel of the phone, without it looking like something a 14 year old wants! The titanium casing is 1st class, and the revolving bezel quite simply sex itself to use! The display is gorgeous - white lettering on a black background, and the buttons light up with blue LEDs. I've had the phone for nearly a year now, and unlike most of the Nokia's I've had, it does not switch itself off without warning, or crash intermittently. It is a joy to use whether in the car, walking around town, or at home. It gets good signal in most locations, and has a great array of features. My only gripes are that the games are a bit limited, compared with the nokia ones, and nokia's text writer is far better than the motorola one, although you do get used to it. Also, sometimes when you're talking, if you're not careful, the bezel can rotate slightly, and you lose the connection to the speaker! Also, the buttons are tiny, which means that it's difficult to text or dial while driving! However, you don't have to remember to lock the keypad, as the bezel simply rotates to cover them. I also have genuine motorola hands-free loudspeaker kit, which is excellent. As for price, you may get a good deal when taking out a package, but to buy the phone outright is not cheap. I'd well recommend you look on ebay, as there are plenty of brand new one's going on there for much less than retail. I saved about £100 on mine. You might also consi
          der getting a network locked handset, as they're easily unlocked for around £10-£20 at your local market! If you're looking for a rugged robust phone, this isn't for you. If you're looking for the latest wacky designs, with a huge array of interchangeable fascias of your favourite pop groups, this also isn't for you. If you want a piece of design, with an air of quality and a handset that will not look out of place in a business meeting, then this IS the phone for you, but remember, shop around & get a bargain!

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            18.10.2002 02:57
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            I?ve had a few mobile phones over the last few years. I?ve always liked the style and design of Motorola phones. The Motorola v70e is just as good. It?s different from the v66 with it?s compass style front. LOOKS It looks excellent. If you want to keep up to date then this is the phone to hand. It?s light weight easily fits into your pocket. Put it one way, when someone rings you on your mobile, you won?t be embarrassed by it. Very trendy looking and if your image conscious this is the phone for you. FEATURES The phone has an excellent range of features and it will take you a bit of time to get use to. But, on the whole it shouldn?t take you very long to get used to the v70e. With the v70e you can: -use GPRS for a continuos connection to access WAP services and only pay for the information you download -always be in the know with information via Voice and Text media services -plan your day and manage your time efficiently using Datebook -change your phone to suit your mood by composing your own ring tone -you can call your most used numbers by simply saving a name using voice dialling or by creating a fixed dial -you can distinguish between personal and business calls with the 32 built in alert sounds. There are 13 main menu?s each with their own set of sub menu?s. -Browser -Information-you can receive information on Sport, Lifestyle and Finance instantly. (Graet for finding out the football scores when you have missed them). -Messages includes, Voicemail, Text messages, Quick notes, Outbox and Drafts. I like the drafts section it saves you from writing out the same message again. -Settings includes Ring/Vibrate, Call divert, Phone status, Browser status, In call-set up, security and other settings like what you want to have on main menu i.e Phone book or messages. -Recent calls includes received calls, dialled calls, notepad and call times. If you have a contract phone, call time
            s is an excellent way of seeing how much free phone time you have left. -Phone book -Fixed dial -Quick dial -Calculator -Games includes Blackjack, Mindblaster and Paddleball -Voice dial With the v70e you can take two calls at once, you can make a new call whilst the first call is on hold. You can control your caller ID to control who you talk to and allows you to stop a person from seeing your number. If you have three phone numbers that you use very often, you can save yourself time by adding them to your Quick dial list. I like to send text messages, the v70 saves me time by letting me use the templates on the phone. The v70e has a WAP service so you can find out sport results, finance, news etc. The Orange GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a new service that allows you to remain connected all day long and you only pay for what you download. It?s a good feature to have. You can have direct access to your Orange mail. Only drawback is that you have to register with Orange.co.uk where you have to set up your free email account. If you want to listen you news rather than read it then call 177 on your phone and set it up, for text alerts ring free 277 on your mobile and set text alerts. You can chose from 32 ring tones, you can adjust the volume, frequency etc. The motorola v70e is a excellent phone. It took me a while just to get over just how good it looks. Stylish, sleek and has excellent features. It costs upto £199 on pay as you go but if you get an Orange contract you can get it free. Overall is you are looking for a mobile then look no further. The v70e is brilliant. Excellent battery stand by time, very good reception and is for me perfect. It?s different to the Motorola v66 and it will definitely stand out from the rest of the mobiles.

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              17.10.2002 12:21
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              A phones a phone right, WRONG. A Mobile Phone is not just a life line it's a status symbol and says a lot about the type of person you are.The V70 suits me to a T cos i'm slim, good looking and user friendly. I have recently purchased my V70 outright for 369.99 GBP from the Carphone Warehouse.It is available on pay monthly tariffs for a lot less but i preferred to just buy it. one of the first things that attracted me to it was the fact that it is the best looking piece of kit i've seen for a while.It has a sleek chrome body ind a distinctive round screen which you can see even when the keypad is not visible, so like the samsung A300 you only need answer the calls you want to. It has all the main features you'd expect from Motorola as well as some new ones. The fact that it has the capacity to hold up to 590 names and numbers is a god send. No more carrying scraps of paper around in my pockets which nine times out of ten end up totally unreadable or put through a cycle in the washing machine.The V70 has interchangeable lenses and bezzles so you can change the look of the phone to suit your mood. It also has a unique revolving front cover whinch rotates through 360 degrees to reveal the keypad which has a lush soft blue electro luminescent light. Easy to use, i'll say. The main menu functions on the V70 are customisable so you can make it even easier to use. And if like me you have a brain like a sieve the diary and calendar functions come in dead handy. This means you won't ever forget another birthday, special occaision or meeting again. With 32 ringtones and vibrating alert aswell as the option to compose your own you can make this phone not only look good but sound good as well. The WAP function is a good way to send and recieve information at the touch of a button and of course you only pay for what you download. The V70 has the usuall predictive text typing
              which you can turn on or off and the voice activated dialling means no more scrolling through the phone book to ring a mate or loved one. Some of the other main features come in just as handy, you can store voice memo's for future reference and the fact that it's dual band means you can use it abroad too. this is a very small and stylish phone and i would recommend it to anyone considering an upgrade from their old handset.

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                04.06.2002 15:07
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                The Motorola V70 catches your eye but not your heart. It looks nice. Cased in the nu-tech aluminium metal, it satisfies all our desires for high-tech materials. The watch-like shape of the screen draws your eye. And the novelty of answering calls by spinning the earpiece round the screen is unrivalled. But the novelty wears quickly. The glass screen looks huge, but contains a thick black border around it. The actual display is tiny - only five lines. The white text on black background looks interesting but is difficult to read. And the writing is so small, it will make anyone under 35 reach for their glasses and grasping tighter to their current phone. Of course, for under 35s, the phone is sure to appeal. Especially for the fashionistas who walk (and talk) amongst us. It's a small, metal, phone. The keypad even flashes in the electro-blue that seems to be the colour of standard for mobile phone manufacturers. But for me, the V70 has it's problems. Yes it's small, but the V70 is too small. It feels too delicate to touch. The rotating cover had a tendency to open while I was trying to pull the phone out of my pocket. This is because the latch holding the earpiece fixed in the bottom position is loose. By the time I extracted the phone completely from my jeans, the cover would have closed again. My friends would hear sounds from the inside of my pants, and then they would be disconnected. Motorola fans and fans of their fashionable style should seek out the V60. It's more solid and gives far better reception. The flip of the V60 means it can't open in your pocket and the earpiece is on your eye while the mouthpiece is next to your mouth. Because of the rotating cover on the V70, the moutpiece sits well short of your mouth which makes any conversation sound like you are having it from inside crowded bar on a Friday night. Plus the V60 has better functions than the V70. Why Motorola decided to
                leave the voice recorder off the V70 will remain a mystery. For these reasons, the V70 has been returned and my friends no longer hear noises coming from my pants. Except when they're sitting next to me.

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                Motorola V70 is simply amazing and amazingly simple. The sleek, micro-sized design of this phone, coupled with the incredible swivel motion of the blade, truly reflects an amazing attention to detail and passion for communications. The black, easy-to-read display allows you to view the screen even with the phone closed. Dialing in the dark is never a problem with the translucent Moto Glo keypad.