The VGA camera takes pictures in 640x480, 320x240, and 160x120 resolutions. As on most Motorola camera phones, a handy meter keeps track of how much storage space is left, but photo-editing features were slim. You get a choice of just six lighting conditions, an adjustable brightness control, a 4x zoom, an autotimer, and a selection of five shutter sounds as well as a silent option. The MPEG-4 video recorder takes clips with sound in two resolutions (176x144 and 128x96), and you can choose a lighting setting here as well. Video length is limited to 45 seconds on clips meant for multimedia messages, but you can record longer videos depending on how much memory is available. Internal storage is a tiny 5MB of shared space, so we suggest you invest in a memory card. Photo quality was pretty decent for a VGA camera; the lighting was dark, but colors were distinct and objects weren't blurry.
You can personalize the V365 with a variety of wallpaper, screen savers, color themes, and sounds. As always, more choices and ring tones are available from Cingular with the AP 2.0 wireless Web browser. Gaming choices are limited--just one title, Skipping Stones, and a demo version of Bejewled--so you'll have to buy more options for extended play. The V365 also comes with a rudimentary MP3 player, but the spartan interface and mediocre sound quality is a turn-off. We tested the Motorola V365 in San Francisco using Cingular's service. We enjoyed respectable call quality for the most part; voices sounded natural, and the volume was loud. We also never had a problem getting a signal and had no interference from other electronic devices. Callers said we sounded fine, though we had to speak close to the mouthpiece in order to be heard. There was a slight echoey effect to some calls, which was exacerbated by the speakerphone. What's more, the speakerphone wasn't loud enough, and the rear-facing speaker didn't help the situation.
The Motorola V365 has a rated battery life of 3.45 hours of talk time and 8.8 days of standby time. Our tests showed a talk time of 3.33 hours. According to FCC radiation tests, the V365 has a digital SAR rating of 1.51 watts per kilogram.
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