"Can't decide between LG 8100 and E815...Let me offer my advice."4.5 starson by mytobias
Pros: Reception/clarity/sound/camera /speakerphone/overall performance
Cons: Vibration/Earpiece a little bassy/Build?
Summary: I had the LG 8100 for 3 days and cashed it in for the Moto 815...'twas the right choice. All I can really say is not-so-great about the 815 is the vibration is so-so (not as bad as some make it seem...still okay), the earpiece is louder than the LG but could use some more high end treble, and I am not sure about the build...the LG felt really solid and tight...the moto feels pretty good but I will have to be a little extra cautious. Other than that the Moto out performs the LG for what a phone is supposed to do. Like get a good signal. My LG 8100 hovered between 0 bars and 2 (a common critique in 8100 reviews)...anything above that was wishful thinking. THe Moto is a constant and solid 4 with a few short dips into 3 ever now and then. The moto's menu setup gets a bad rap...i think it is just fine. If you can't figure it out within the first few times of using it then you need an extremely basic phone. I didn't get the 815 first because I didn't think the volume would fit my preferences but after having it for only a day I feel much better...not the loudest but still loud enough for sure. The speakerphone is much impressive. My girlfriend says she can't tell the difference between me talking to her the traditional way and when on speakerphone. Thats pretty cool. The camera kicks butt both outside and inside, high light and low light, and at night. The flash is much better than LG's 8100. The videos are pretty solid too. All around I think the camera is leagues better than the LG 8100. V-cast is solid...LG8100 might have been just a hair faster, but the 815 is still just fine (no probs with over-buffering or anything like that). The battery life of the moto 815 is just stellar (a selling point for me). I don't have to worry if I don't get to my charger for 2 or 3 days. Many people knock the charging port of Motorolas and say the LG's are so much better. I just don't get it...as long as you plug it in and it gets juice what is the difference?
The overall performance of the 815 is just consistantly great. Mainly, the signal strength, and clarity, you know, what a phone is supposed to do, is all around what sold me on it.
The LG had a lot about it that I liked. The liked its menu setup better. It was loud as heck (but sometimes not as clear) and had an awesome vibrate. The outside LCD was much better than the Moto 815's, but it was also so smallt that I really didn't pay a whole lot of attention to what was on it anyways. Some of the customize features were nice too. Like being able to make videos wallpapers, so whenever I opened up my phone it would play a short clip of my girlfriend blowing me a kiss. But I don't miss it too much because all it really did was just drain my battery faster. Also you could put different pics and vids on both LCDs...the Moto 815 can't put vids as wallpapers and whatever is on the inside is on the outside. Navigating through the LG was a little faster than the moto. The build on it was tight and felt like it could take a good amount of abuse. But other than that it just annoyed me too much.
The earpiece volume was not loud enough for my tastes, but on top of that it drove me nuts on how it was an audible rollercoaster (also commonly found by other reviewers). People on the line would go from a roughly comfortable volume, to near inaudible, to mid range, back down to near inaudible, back up, and so on. The fluctuating sound was pretty much the deal-breaker for me. My signal would brake up. It dropped a good 40% of my calls that were already staticy and muffled. The phone locked 3 times in 3 days. The battery life (another deal-breaker and a common critique by others) made me gag. Had to charge it 4 times in 3 days and I wasn't really using it a whole lot. It made me wonder why they even put a battery in it at all. As great as the camera was outdoors, inside it was painfully terrible. The slightest loss of light or odd angle produced pictures riddled with grain and blur. That made night mode virtually useless, and the flash as well. The speakerphone was nice and loud...BUT..useless. The party on the otherline would continually complain of background noise and distortions (as there were distortions on the speaker too).
In the end it came down to a choice of whether I wanted the best light show, gizmos, and inside entertainment goodies...or a phone that serves the purpose of why you go and by a cell phone in the first place...making and receiving clear calls reliably. The Moto 815 wins hands down. Thanks Motorola.