"Worthy Successor to the V710"5.0 starson by bofis
Pros: improved keypad, beautiful screen, bluetooth, updated iTap, voice commands, EV-DO/V-Cast, more responsive GUI, well-designed, good speakerphone, picture and video msging
Cons: have to hack it to get OBEX and DUN working, but not hard to hack
Summary: I wrote a review on PhoneScoop not long after getting my phone, and it was almost not positive enough. I love this phone.
I had a V60 for years and Motorola won me over with iTap, which I find to be far better than T9 for typing out sms msgs (text messaging). The E815 features Motorola's updated iTap predictive typing software which now can learn new word automatically and also suggest a word after only a few letters so you don't have to even type it all out.
The outside screen on the phone, while small and not as nice as the inside screen, does show the date, time, battery, and service and can display photo-caller-id if you set that up. The inside screen is beautiful and works well for taking pictures, reading in sunlight, or playing games and v-cast videos.
One thing most people are complaining about lately with this phone is the crippled bluetooth features. Motorola shipped the phone being able to do OBEX file transfers and DUN internet networking with a computer, but Verizon, wanting more profit, disabled these features. Since I wanted to get my pictures off my phone without paying to send lots of picture messages, I modified my phone to be an E815m which Mobile Phone Tools now recognizes and can copy files off of and to. Also enabling DUN is as easy as dialing ##342587 (##DIALUP) quickly and you'll see a prompt saying "Dial Up Networking Enabled." So I won't hold any of those limitations against this phone, since now it all works.
But enough about all the bells and whistles, what do most people do with their cell phones...make calls. And the E815 does that quite well, reception is better than any phone I've used on Verizon and battery-life is great. Audio quality on speakerphone, bluetooth headset, or normally is great, people have said I sound like I'm on a land line.
Until a CDMA RAZR V3 comes out next year this is the Verizon phone to get/beat.