"Great Phone!"on by mixer014
Pros Great sound quality, decent camera, ring profiles, easy to navigate, long battery life, finally a phone that's loud enough!
Cons Nothings perfect, but I don't have any complaints yet.
Summary I've only had this phone for about 4 days, but I really like it a lot. I work in a noisy environment and this is the first phone I've owned that has a loud enough ringer and earpiece volume. Plus, not only can you turn the volume up, but it has a really clear sound which is easy to hear. My old Samsung suffered from a muffled sound and it was hard to understand callers. I've owned mostly Samsung and Nokia phones. The only "problems" I've had with this phone is getting used to the new interface and interpretive text mode for sending text messages. It's not any worse or better than the others, just different. This phone takes pretty good pictures for a camera phone. Granted the other two camera phones I've owned (Samsung & Nokia) have been pretty basic phones that had a camera thrown in for kicks. Don't get me wrong... you'll want to use a "real" camera for any important shots. I've never had phone with an mp3 player before, so I can't really compare it to others. To me the sound is pretty darn good for such a small speaker, and plenty loud too. It's easy to switch between different ring profiles and each profile can be customized. One of the things in a phone that is important to me is a reminder tone. For example, if I missed a call or text message, you get a beep every few minutes until you look at it. You can turn this feature off too. So, to wrap it up, I've had no problems with this phone. It is the best phone I've owned so far (since the mid 1980's).Updated
Having had this phone for over a week now, I've noticed that the face that the camera lens is on gets scratched easily. Over time, this will effect picture quality since it's hard to take good photos through a scratched lens. So my advise is to be careful what's in your pocket when you stick your phone it there and be careful that you don't lay the phone down on it's face. If it comes down to it, hopefully I'll be able to buff the scratches out. I am still extremely happy with the phone though.
Pros Expandable/removable memory (uSD). Plays multimedia. Easy to use
Cons No headphone jack (must use USB or bluetooth).
Summary I like this phone! It seems to be the right size for a "phone" when unfolded and the sound quality is pretty good too (but that also depends on the carrier). You can take videos or even just plain old pictures although the camera is "limited" to just 1.3 megapixels. Any video you catch is also stored in the 3GP format which may be a problem for some people. However, it does have an 8X digital zoom which seems pretty steady. But what I like most is the micro-SD memory slot. That's right! a multimedia phone that supports external memory and it's SD!!!
The bad part is probably the lack of any headphone jack. However, it does offer blue tooth as well as USB and does come with with a ear bud headset for the USB port. But unless you use bluetooth for anythning "stereo" then you're going to be limited to listening to your media using the phones built in speaker or some sort of USB device. The other bad (maybe not) is the micro-SD card slot is by the battery. That means you have to take the battery cover off to get to it but you don't have to remove the battery.
All in all, I really like the phone. It could be better as far as cameras go. The 3GP video format can be a problem for the novice, but for me it's not a big headache. If you know how to "trans code" your media and don't mind using bluetooth or USB for audio output then the W490 is probably a great choice. Frankly, I was considering a Razr but once I saw the micro-SD memory on the W490 and NOT one on the Razr, I got the W490.
I'm sure there are "better" more capable phones out there but you'll be hard pressed to find one in the same price category with all the features that the W490 has. What amazes me is why the W490 isn't more popular than the Razr!
"Great Phone!"on by amc0317
Pros Portability, Stereo Bluetooth, Music Player, microSD slot, 1.3 Megapixel Camera
Cons Sometimes won't connect to Pioneer P9800BT on first try
Summary I've owned about 7 phones now (unfortunately), and I must say this one is the best one yet. It feels rock-solid in my hand, and true to their roots, Motorola has styled this phone very well. The music player is great. I had a RIZR Z3 and it accessed the music much more slowly than this phone. The camera is what you'd expect from a phone; It has its good and bad points. The speakerphone is great on the W490. It is crystal clear with no distortion. It also plays music loudly. The screen is bright, with high resolution and cool preloaded backgrounds. The ONLY things I miss are the skins; the only skin available is the alkali. Overall, it is a solid product.
Pros Can use up to 2GB micro-SD card, MP3 player (read: iPod), excellent clarity, ease to install new images and songs, 1.3megapixel camera with 8x zoom
Cons Nothing really, but some minor comments below
Summary Love the removable micro-SD card option, but you can select to read card only when you plug up the USB to your computer, so it acts just like a card reader using your Windows explorer! Very convenient and easy to use. 1.3megapixel camera is excellent to see, and the 8x zoom gets you right in there. Customizing keys for ease of access. Reception has been great.
It's a little clunkier feeling than a RAZR, but thinner, so a good trade off. It's still new, so there's not many cases or skins available yet. Unlike the cheaper Samsung I had, I haven't figured out yet how to download new games to the phone without logging on to the website and sending it to the phone (of course, that can be good - less impulse buy). 90-second trial version of the pool game
"LOVE this phone!"on by LeslieRoe
Pros Size, Voice Clarity, Features, Camera, Battery life.
Cons Wish I had it sooner.
Summary I traded my Razr for the W490 and I never realized how crappy the voice clarity was on my old Razr compared to this one. I noticed a HUGE difference in my first call, everyone tells me how much clearer I sounded and I could tell also that I could hear better, This phone has all the features of a more expensive phone, I love everything about it and more! I got the Green phone it is a great color! If your considering getting this phone, you won't be dissapointed!