"Truly Great Phone"on by anchor99
Pros Quality, Reception, Battery, Bluetooth, Voice commands
Cons size of output slot, Need to convert Itunes aac to Mp3
Summary This is a great looking phone that is light but still feels like you have a phone in your hands. The slider works smooth and the best part is you rarely have to use it because everything can be accessed with it closed, except numbers.
Most important to me is the sound quality and ability to maintain signals in fringe areas. This phone excels at both in fact it kept calls through areas all other phones would drop.
Blue tooth hookup is fast and easy to turn on/off. Worked with both of my Motorola and Jabra and voice controls were excellent without training.
I have an IPOD so I seldom use this for music, but it seems to have everything you need to do that.
Supreme battery life, clear colorful screen, loud ringer, good speaker and 2.0 pixel camera, with very fast voice commands make this the best Phone I have bought in 20yrs.
Some Cons: different size output, Not easy for a beginner like like me to figure out music xfer.
Overall: One excellent phone Highly recommended.
Pros Reception, voice clarity, controls very well thought out
Cons Slow Moto software
Summary I strongly support LG phones as their software is usually VERY good - actually the best of the Verizon phones. I have had the 8300, 8600 and recently the 8350 and 8550. All but the 8350 are very good phones. I was too quick to do a review on the 8350 and gave it a 9. If I could edit that, it would be a solid 6.
I changed to the 8550 as I wanted a slider and the 8350 is poo. Nice phone, not good FOR ME to have the touch buttons...accidentally hit them frequently and physically did not fit me.
Enter the RIZR. In person I saw the RIZR had wonderfully well thought out controls and design. I could not bring myself to getting it as it was a Moto - their software was usually poopy. But I really liked this phone...
I looked up many different sites and CNET. All good reports!!!! I called Verizon tech and was advised they get MANY Motos returned but the only reason a RIZR gets returned is to go to a PDA style phone. Interest peaked.
I went to three different V stores and spoke with in-house techs. All verified Motos are generally returned due to software issues but NO RIZRs yet!!
I have had this one for about 4 days. The LG8350, tho good phone has LOUSY battery life. W/RIZR I was able to go 1.5 days on the "factory" charge.
I want a phone to use as a phone and I text a ton. TV, music, & camera mean NOTHING to me. The mechanism/hardware is VERY well made. The buttons are easy to push even being flat. It is very easy to text with this phone.
The sound of hearing a person on a call makes, for me, this the best cell phone I have ever used. I can actually hear the caller's every word. The phone seems to fit my face where the 8550 Chocolate never did. This makes the speaker line up better for MY ears. This is important as I spent too many years playing drums in a rock band and being a law enforcement firearms instructor.
As mentioned, I like the way the controls are laid out. The buttons, like the keys, work very well and are easy to push. They respond very positively and are not sluggish - all keys. I have had no prob with reception or battery life.
BIG HUGE DOWNSIDE - some will say this phone is faster in software than the old RAZRs. I would agree, but it is still Moto software and is slow compared to LGs. Otherwise this would be the 1st 10 I ever gave to a phone...Moto? Please speed it up and update the software!!! It can be done...
This really is a very very good phone. If it fits you and you like the controls, stay with this one and put pressure on Moto to upgrade the software again for a little more speed.
Pros Size, call quality, features, ease of use, solid feel.
Cons Face smears on screen, (but you can just wipe it off!!!)
Summary I wasn't really looking for the TV feature so that really doesn't concern me as the TV service isn't offered where I am right now. The bluetooth feature hooked up the first time to my laptop and was able to transfer files with ease. Being able to do about 90% of the call functions with the phone closed is awsome! You only need to really open the phone to manually dial or speed dial. Screen colors are vibrant and easy to read even in direct light. I don't know what CNET was refering to when it came to the camera quality, but so far the camera quality is better than some of the digital cameras out there! The buttons are easy to use with no missed numbers. I'm 44 with huge hands and am able to use the number pad without any problems. The phone feels VERY sturdy and of high quality. The speaker phone is quite clear and when used, people are unable to tell that they are on speaker. The microphone is very sensitive so speaking un-naturally loud isn't necessary. Dropped called isn't an issue, but I think that is more Verizon than the phone since dropped called has never been an issue for me. Hope this helps... I love this phone!!!
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Summary Over the past 2 years I have had several phones from Verizon. The list includes:
-RAZR V3m (hated it, complete trash)
-LG Chocolate 2
My first experience with a Motorola phone (V3m) was such a disaster that I vowed never to own another Motorola product again. That was until I came across all the reviews about the e815 and how great of a phone it was, I purchased one off of ebay (refurbished) in hopes of my faith in Motorola being revived. It was an awesome phone and worked untill the charging port became defective so I decided to replace it with a Voyager. Overall out of all the phones I have owned, except for a few quirks here and there, this phone has to be one of the better ones.
The phone is 'just the right size' in my opinion and looks amazing. It weighs a little less than average, but is heavy enough to feel like its not going to snap in half (RAZR). Though the shiny black attracts fingerprints, it is a lot easier to wipe clean than the Voyager and isnt that big of a deal. As stupid as this sounds, I like the way the back of the phone looks as well.
Although judging a phone on its battery life and RF with change greatly based on user and location, I have to say this phone has great of both. Compared to friends phones, I usually have twice the bars they do at least for 1x (calls/text). Way better reception than Voyager, except for EV (data) which you would expect. The battery lasts me around a day and a half to 2 days with above average use (15 or so calls, 300-450 texts, 4 or 5 pics)
The camera is equal to the Voyager at 2mp but I really wish it had a flash and autofocus. This would make pictures come out better. On the other hand, video quality was suprisingly good for being recorded on a phone. Vcast is just as bad as it always is, quite pointless in my opinion. Mobile TV looks promising, but its not offered in my area or in 99% of the US.
VCAST: 2/10 (not phones fault)
Keys are easy to dial by feel, however texting is a different story. I consider myself a fairly high texter (5000+ msgs on average per month) and the keys are well laid out on this phone however, iTap really bothers me sometimes. I wish that they would have included T9 instead as I find it easier to understand and more consistant. Call quality was superb though and I recieve less static everywhere. Not as good as a land line, but close.
Call Quality: 10/10
This phone has the Verizon menu layout like every other phone which is annoying and really bothers me. I understand why they have it, but it takes any originality out of the phones. The least they could have done with this phone is give it some themes to choose from besides "Classic"
Had no problem sending pictures to my MacBook via bluetooth and had no issue sending them from the computer to the phone either. Have not used a headset though.
iTap is just flat out annoying. I've had the phone only shut off randomly twice (common on ALL verizon phones). Every once in a while (I mean rarely) Ill press a key and itll delay about 1/4 of a second. An alert pops up every time you do something (standard on all verizon phones) such as 'Master volume set' that can only be made go away faster by pressing the clr key. Also occasionally Ill press end instead of clear thus canceling out my whole text.
Other than the above, the phone is truly a great piece of work and should be considered by everyone.
Pros Strong RF receipt, excellent compact full feature phone
Cons None usless your a text or email fiend
Summary This is mostly the best cell phone Ive had seen e815.It gets awsome rf reception, the screen is bright, colorful and clear. With the slider closed you can navigate to any of the phones features with a real keypad (none of hit miss navigation with the spastic vx8550 touch sensitve non sense). with the slider open there a small but easy to use ten key pad (unlike the slick tiny keys on sony erickson's sliders). And unlike the ridiculously HUGE v9m broadsword, it easy to carry and use. Also advanced feature like the media player works well with videos and music (use window media player and you'll only need a usb cable to sink music form your pc to z6tv), bluetooth headset reception is excellent, 2.5mm headphone jacket, and it uses the standard mini usb so all your v3m or krzr acessorys will work with this phone (unlike the v9m). Also it has a keypad lock switch, a very decent 2.0 megpixal camera, it capable of taking 320x240 videos limited only but memory card size, the list of positives for this phone go on and on. Verizon FINALLY has a cool state of the art cell phone that can rival some of your friends cool gsm phones, but this little is more than a gloss work of art but is kick arse cell phone to boot