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screen keeps freezing, camera not very good

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I brought this phone about a year ago. I thought it was great and just what I was looking for.

It had the folowing features that I wanted:

It is small (103 x 44 x 20 mm)
It is light (85 g)
Alarm Clock,
Currency Convertor,
Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels.
Excellent reception

It also boasted the following features:

GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
Display 65k colors
Downloadable screensavers
Polyphonic (24 channels) and MP3 Ringtones, MotoMixer (customisable ringtones)
Memory Phonebook holds up to 1000 entries, Photo call,
1.5 MB shared memory
SMS, EMS, MMS, Instant Messaging
2 Games - Hungry Fish, Skipping Stones + Java downloadable,
Camera VGA, 640x480 pixels
USB port
Stand-by Up to 190 h
Talk time Up to 5 h

I paid £119.99 for it on the T-Mobile Network. The reception is excellent.

It has a colour screen (which is pretty cool). You can download wallpapers and screensavers, and you can use the pictures that you take with your camera as your screensaver as well. Because I got it on the T-Mobile network, the features like the Games, Multimedia Messaging, Text Messaging, etc were already activated.

It has some ringtones already on it, your can download more or even create your own with MOTOMIXER. You can group your phone numbers such as Freinds, Family, Work etc, and you can set a different ringtone for each group.

The games that you get are ok, but I never really play them. You get Skipping Stones and Hungry Fish. It also has Foto Fun Pack 2, which allows you to mess about with pictures.

You can also send text messages to either individuals, a few people at a time, or even a group, which I found really handy at New Year when I had to send out loads of "Happy New Year" messages!

The calculator is one of the handiest parts of the phone, along with the Alarm clock and Calendar. You can set events in your calendar daily (if you have something to do everyday like take tablets etc), weekly, fortnightly, yearly (like birthdays, anniversaries etc). I have found this to be an invaluable part of the phone as I'm absolutely useless at remembering things.

My experience with the phone:

I brought this phone for two reasons really:

Firstly as an emergency device and also because it has a camera, I have two kids and never seem to have a camera on me when they do something funny or cute, etc. So it was going to be really handy to be able to take pictures whenever I wanted.

The camera however isn't that good, although it has a 4x zoom and light adjuster, the pictures never really turn out very well, they are either too dark, too blurry or both.

On to the emergency device:

Like I said, I have two kids and a really old car, so I thought I will always have a phone on me incase of emergencies. This wasn't the case.

It first stared about 6 months ago. When I turned the phone on it would occasionnally go to a plain black screen with some kind of "exceptional error". Then about two months after that I switched my phone off over night. When I woke up in the morning, it was stuck on a "HelloMoto" screen. I tried to turn it off but nothing would work. In the end we had to take the battery off to reset it (which is in itself a huge task).

Well ever since then it has started to do this at least twice a week. I have found over time that if you just leave it (as you can't get the back off the phone easily), it will eventually turn itself off. It takes about 10 hours, but it does go off.

After it has switched itself back off, you can then turn it back on like normal. GREAT you would think, but because it has been stuck all night, the battery has drained right down to the "low battery" mark, so you can't use it again until it has been charged.

** The main problem being when the phone freezes I have to venture out without it because it wont even turn on, let alone allow me to make a call. So much for my emergency device. **

I am now trying to find another phone which has all the features I want but with a much better camera, and one that doesn't freeze all the time!

Easy to use
Quite a few handy features such as Calculator, Calendar, Alarm Clock


Cannot change keypad (but this didn't bother me)
Back Panel is nearly impossible to open, you have to push the latch, which is placed really tightly into the phone.
Phone freezes
Camera is not very good

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solamarie 08.09.2005 22:28

So many phones, your review gave me lots of info on this one, Sue

marcellep 19.08.2005 22:18


Bollinger28 19.08.2005 12:35

Nice to see you back on Ciao - Lexy

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Product Type Mobile phone
Form Factor Bar


Technology GSM
Band GSM 850/1800/1900 (Tri-Band)
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