Pros Small, light, thin
Cons I was stupid enough to think Motorola would learn from the RAZRs shortfalls
I've carried a Motorola RazrV3c for over two years. Good phone, only real complaint was the battery life. Had to plug it into a charger almost daily. I bought an extended battery which defeated its most redeeming feature - thin - BUT I only needed to charge the phone about every 3 days.
Now to the W755. I return it Friday. Battery life? Fully charged, ONE ten minute conversation, one wake-up alarm and the charge me screen showed up barely 26 hours later. Charged again yesterday, dying this morning. One bar on the battery indicator. By all reviews the phone's supposed to have what, over FOUR hours talk time and 300 hours STANDBY? Can I sue for false and misleading advertising?
Screen is small but legible to these 51 year old eyes - I'm still young enough to appreciate technology, old enough to resent it. MAJOR problem is the buttons/click wheel. I have to use my fingernail to select functions and even THAT's iffy.
No software supplied for Windows XP and even when you DO register for and download the driver from the Motorola Developer's site (developer.motorola.com), using the phone as a peripheral device you STILL can't get the photos or phone book off the thing. You CAN transfer MP3 files however with Windows explorer. Rhapsody works but only for MP3s. Tried using bluetooth, I can SEND files to my computer, CAN'T push files TO the phone. Three hours of my life, gone, just like that.
Reception - even with max bars - is crappy. Kind of a weird dropout effect- none of our other phones has this special feature.
Having the same problem as reviewers elsewhere (also a problem with the RAZR): I get notices that I have voicemail or missed messages but the phone didn't ring. Sometimes I get the notice HOURS after the network's gotten the message in its system. Our LG phones don't have that problem. Or any others for that matter.
Oh, the 4GB limit on the microSD is a joke. As is the location (UNDER the battery). Who thought of THAT one?
Audio jack is 2.5mm, NOT industry standard 3.5mm and although the phone store will sell you a clunky (huge) dongle for the phone to plug into the USB port to use your 3.5mm plug, not only is it expensive ($12), but now your power/USB port is blocked so you can't use the phone as an MP3 player in your car with a charger. The little plastic plugs covering the USB and phone jacks are hard to pull out (you need good fingernails or a pocket knife) and very likely over time - maybe weeks - will break off which will make the jacks look like the original RAZR anyway so why the mfr even bothered is beyond me.
PROS: small, light, can change the displays and actually SEE the clock on the outside of the flip cover.
Upset? Yeah. Disappointed. I don't think this was thought out very well.
Oh, and why Friday? The LG Dare is back in stock. Verizon doesn't carry the iPhone, at least for the next two years I'll be using the Dare.
Pros Call quality, Outside controls to turn on and off bluetooth, price
Cons This Phone has none!
Summary First I was a big fan of LG Phones. Owned the LG8000 LG8300 LG8600 and the Envy. I upgraded my LG8600 with the moto w755 and my wife upgraded hers with the purple Moto W755.
The Phone itself is great looking and a very sturdy phone. It has all the features that I need like music, camera and of course making calls. The call quality is excellent and the ringers are loud as well as the speaker phone being clear. One of the many things that is great with this phone is the controls outside of the phone can turn your bluetooth on and off as well as control your music. The other great thing with this phone is the price. I highly would recommend this phone to anyone. Really surprise it only received a 7.0.
Pros Reception, speakerphone, music player
Cons battery life, EVDO signal
Summary After not really seeing any Samsung phones I like at the moment, I took a look at Motorola again. I saw the W755 at Verizon Wireless, and decided to try it out. I tried out the Vcast service, and that was one of my disappointments with this phone, and the service itself. I didn't like the content of Vcast to justify the $15 a month, and on top of that, even being near a tower with EVDO, my phone at trouble picking up an EVDO signal, while 1X was unaffected.
The phone as an updated music player compared to the one from my Samsung a930, which allows me to use mp3 files, and a better shuffle too. I use this feature a lot. The phone has a microSD slot that allows up to 4gb of expanded memory. Unfortunately, it's underneath the battery. So it requires taking the battery out to get to it.
Has a 2.5mm jack, just in case I have to go back to a wired headset. It also has full bluetooth, along with the new A2DP stereo bluetooth profile.
The other big gripe I have is the battery life. Like my Samsung a930, the Motorola W755 has poor battery life with the standard battery. I never came close to the specs. on battery life. I'm lucky if I get 2 hours for phone calls, and maybe 4 days of standby time.
I could careless about the camera. So no comment on camera.
While battery life isn't good, I have kept the phone, which I purchased on May 28th. The phone overall works for what I use it for. I plan to get an extended battery. I cancelled the Vcast feature, and don't use it anymore.
Pros Voice recognition dialing, controls, display
Cons Lack of flash, terrible user manual
Summary Moving up from an LG basic phone, I'm very pleased with the W755. Two friends with late-model RAZRs are jealous of the features of my new phone.
The voice recognition dialing is brilliant, not needing training but rather understanding various voice commands and names in my address book. So far I've been pleased with the results of pics taken outdoors (with pic controls and zoom available). A flash would have been a welcome addition.
The form factor and the controls available both when closed and opened are well thought out.
The Motorola manual is abysmal, though Verizon includes a "tips" manual that's almost an apology for the Motorola one, and helps.
And finally - and most important - the coverage (on the SF Peninsula) and voice quality have been everything I've grown to expect from Verizon over more than 10 years.
In summary, I really like this phone.
Pros Call quality, new menus, great speaker phone, loud ringers
Cons Doesn't have a cool name, weak vibrate, looks are average
Summary This is my third Moto. I use my phone for business and participate in a lot of long conference calls. I don't download music or care about the camera. I'm most interested in call quality, signal strength, and bluetooth connectivity. My previous phone was the Krzr and the W755 is a great upgrade. This phone is absolutely solid!
- Call quality
- Pairs easily with bluetooth headset
- Easy bluetooth on/off (touch controls)
- New menus (love the Vapor theme)
- Good battery life, but not exceptional
- Great reception
- Excellent speaker phone
- Loud ringers
- Good ringer selection
- Large fonts for digital clock
- Easy to text
- Nice size
- A lot of programmable features
- Doesn't have a cool name
- Looks are average
- Vibrate weaker than I'd like
With my old Krzr the features were a little quirky (most things worked as advertised, but not everything). I have not noticed this with the W755. This phone does virtually everything well and I have had no problems with it in the three weeks that I've had it.