Pros thin, small,itunes,nice screen,good camera,very good cal quality
Cons keypad is a little small
Summary I would like to know what the people are doing that say it scratches easy....common sense...u dont mix your cell ohone with keys or coins in your pocket !
I went from a black razr to the slvr...was not a fan of bar phones but love this one...when u have the razr open and the slvr next to it the razr looks ancient...
Pros Looks, weight, interface, reception, features
Cons no megapixel camera
Summary All those Americans on CDMA who hate Motorola for making SLVR L7 for GSM - tell your operators to go for GSM leaving age old CDMA behind - the whole world really laughs at you!
We in India dont have much CDMA and have all featured GSM networks and really we in India and CHina provide more sales in cell phones to Nokia and Motorola than you can ever imagine - we make up the world. So listen to what the world likes and try to follow it for your own betterment.
The phone is superb in every way - the keypad lights will take your breath away, it is soooo slimmmm, and has still + movie camera and 260K color screen - Ohhh my gosh! The interface is so cool - it has skins, mp3 and video players, free 128MB external memory card that is expandable upto 512 MB, mp3 ringtones - I set all my fav music as my ringtones!
The one and only issue that I found with this phone could be asking for too much at such a throwaway price of only $250 (ya we get it in India for $250 and not $450 as you Americans pay for). The phone has VGA camera i.e. it take good quality pics but only at 640x480 resolution. It is not a megapixel camera. However, I dont expect my phone to take the best pics, I have a pro camera for that.
All in all - superb peice of work. Good job Motorola. Keep it up!
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Pros Create ring tones, play songs, videos, COPY YOUR ADDRESS BOOK TO YOUR PC!!!
Cons Buttons, sometimes it can be a little slow moving around.
Summary I have found the phone that I have always wanted. I wanted a phone that I could customize without having to pay someone. I have purchased the Motorola phone tools and now I can create my own ring tones, copy video, text message using my laptop all with this software! Do you trust your phone or SIM card to never loose your phone #’s? I personally don’t like the SIM cards. The address book on the Motorola’s can be customized, yet easily stored to my PC with the Motorola phone tools. Who says these phones have a lack of memory!!! You have a 512meg memory card. You can store all of the videos, ring tones, pictures you want plus you still have the phones memory. If I had purchased the Razr, I would not have had this option. I have 2 memory cards, one for music and the other for multi-media. But yes, who buys a phone for just the Ipod. It is a feature and a nice one and no it will not work as well as a stand alone unit.
I am very much a multi-task user and this phone is great if you just learn to use ALL of its features.
Pros Bluetooth, iTunes
Cons Ergonomics, Photo, USB Functionality
Summary I purchased my SLVR 4 days ago and it has failed to live up to expectations. I have to compromise the phone features when compared to other much less expensive phones in order to get iTunes and Bluetooth.
The things I do not like about this phone:
Too small. Difficult to use keypad compared to other phones. LCD screen gets dirty easily and is unprotected so when talking it picks up perspiration. Have not been able to find a protective case that fits this phone. Very poor instruction manual. Takes a long time to figure out such stuff as how to move a photo from this phone to my computer; Still unable to do this.
USB synch requires disabling blue tooth link temporarily and you have to remember to reset this link. When using with USB port, the computer recognizes the device, but I have been unable to upload photo files to the computer and the manual is no help. Camera is sluggish and very low resolution; just useful for a memory jogger; if I want useful low resolution photos I better take my real camera.
The iTunes works well and synchs well with the computer; if only the photo files worked as well. The sound quality is mediocre at best, but better than nothing and beats lugging a second device. Nice to know I can hear an incoming call signal while using the headphones.
All in all, a nice novelty, but I doubt this product has durability in the market.
I would not recommend it and I will most likely change to another phone when my contract runs out. But, I will visit the seller to see if they can help me figure out the photo transfer procedure. It is especially annoying that iTunes activates every time I connect via USB to try to copy a photo to the computer and do not wish to use iTunes; it causes delays.
Nice toy, but not a good tool for the momey.Updated
Now that I have been using this phone for two months, I find the following to be very good: Bluetooth, speaker (for conference calls), iTunes, works well with earbuds provided and with my Sennheiser headset, and I found a great case for it at Podsplus.com. I had a malfunction and the warranty was honored instantly. No complaints there either. It is handy to have a camera as you never know when you might need photos as for instance in an accident so I hope I can find out how to upload to my computer. I would upgrade my rating to an 8.0 now.
Pros Great Form factor, ease of use, expandable memory slot
Cons Poor documentation and missing functionality
Summary I have owned my SLVR L7 for over 2 weeks now and have had some good times and bad times. I put a lot of thought into this review so I hope everyone finds it helpful. I purchased the phone unlocked because I am a frequent traveller and switch SIM cards alot.
The phone has an excellent group of features. The picture and video recording quality are not great, but you get what you pay for. The expandable memory slot lets you install micro-SD flash cards which can be bought today for bargain prices. Connecting it to a computer is very easy as XP will automatically detect it and mount it as a drive. From there, moving files between your cell phone and computer has never been easier. Furthermore, it will charge through the computer's USB port so you do not have to carry the charger around everywhere you go! The speakerphone in the phone is excellent and a real asset. Playback of MP3s and videos over the speakerphone also delivers good sound quality.
That said, there are some very serious drawbacks to the phone and I feel that Motorola simply dropped the ball. Its a shame because this phone has so much potential:
1) Poor documentation. The manual that comes with the phone and Motorola's own website provide very basic documentation and is not informative when you run into problems. More of this will become clearer in the other points.
2) Video files (MPEG) moved to the correct directory on the memory card are not detected or playable by the phone. I assume only specific formats/codecs are supported, but the manual and online documentation do not tell which formats and codecs you should stick to.
3) Unlocked phones will not come with iTunes. Only those bundled with a carrier will support iTunes. Again this is not mentioned in their documentation and it took hours of trial & error and forum surfing to find this out. The reason that Motorola went this way is unlcear. You can still load and play normal MP3s from your memory card.
4) Audio playback: the phone comes with no 3.5mm audio jack. I bought a mini-usb to 3.5mm audio adapter and hooked up my headset, but music still plays back through the speaker phone. It makes no sense that this would be marketed as a MP3/iTunes capable phone and then provide no support for headsets. Bluetooth headsets will not play sound as the phone does not support music/MP3 streaming over bluetooth.
5) MP3s stored on the memory card cannot be used as ring tones. You must move the MP3 to the local phone memory to use it as a ring tone. This proves problematic because the phone only comes with 6MB of memory.
I'm no expert but it seems like a lot of these problems and missing functionality can be fixed by Motorola with a software update.