Pros Battery life, call quality, funtionality as a cell phone
Cons Unnecessary bling
Summary It's time for CNET editors to revamp the way phones are rated, and have a dual rating system - one for cell phone features and functionality, and a second one for all the bells and whistles that add nothing to a cell phone's primary function. Then you will have an honest rating system.
First, I'm not sure why any manufacturer thinks that thinner is better. IT'S A CELL PHONE, not a piece of paper. This phone FEELS like your holding a cell phone in your hand, not a toy.
You'd be hard pressed to find a phone with better call quality. Sound is clear, with no interference. And I've yet to go anyplace where the signal strength is less than three bars. 95% of the time it is a steady 5 bars. Finally, a cell phone that doesn't lose a signal.
Menus are easy to navigate, and the internal screen is bright and clear.
There are probably better PTT phones on the market than the V365, but at least the PTT button doesn't get in the way like on the Sony Ericsson Z525a. Pick up a Z525a once, and you'll see what I mean.
I don't need to see a picture of who is calling me. Not sure why anyone would. But for some reason, the CNET editors think that is important. Good grief, what's this world coming to?
Battery life is excellent, going almost a week with moderate usage before needing to be recharged.
If you're looking for pretty, look somewhere else. Remember that a phone doesn't have to be pretty to function well. As far as functionality and features for a cell phone, the V365 is top drawer, not midrange as the editors would have you believe. If you want a cell phone that functions like a cell phone, this is it.
Pros Superior reception, Bluetooth, all the features I need
Cons None that I know, maybe super tech nerds would disagree
Summary The C-net reviewer criticizes the phone for only having 'basic' features.
Let me tell you, I appreciate a phone where the basic features actually WORK.
Best reception I've ever experienced, extremely solid construction and enough bells and whistles to impress. MP3 capability, Bluetooth, camera and video options work great just to name a few.
Why complain about the outside video screen just being a LCD? This allows the screen to always be on without putting a significant drain on the battery. I far prefer that feature to the picture caller ID offered by lesser phones.
As to the phone's 'bulk,' personally, I love the solid feel this unit has. It's weight inspires confidence and the heft of the flip seems to promise that a few drops won't have you back at the Cingular store standing in line for a replacement andy time soon.
"Great Buy"on by mandypo
Pros Easy to use and can take a beating.
Cons So far there haven't been any problems
Summary I love this phone, it looks good and functions well. I've owned the Motorola V3 Razor and the Motorola L6 SLVR, both of these ended up breaking on me and the L6 provided horrible reception. I found the Razor to be to flimsy, I dropped it one time and it broke. The Motorola V365 gets great reception and I've dropped this phone and it still works just as great as the day I got it. I would highly recomend this phone to anyone who wants a sturdy phone that works and isn't looking to spend a fortune.
Pros Feels like a cell phone from 1997 (in your hands)
Cons Still can't decide what is wrong with it
Summary If you're seeking the latest rage in cell phones, don't purchase this unit. If you want a unit which just works great, well - you're looking at one of the finest units on the market, currently. I don't work for Motorola, but this phone tempts me to buy stock in their company. Owned a RazorV3 for right at a year, when it gave up the ghost on me (just outside it's warrantee life - go figure), bought this unit via internet (refurbished, no less) in May of 2007 and it's been perfect for it's intended purpose. The only dropped calls are when I'm speaking with a Sprint PCS using buddy or three. Buttons are raised just right to dial by touch if need be. Speaker is nice and loud. Display is perfectly bright. All the information anyone could want on a CELL PHONE and not an entertainment center - is placed exactly where you'd want to find it. Add the fact that it's 'bulky' or thick, so that those of us with larger than average hands don't find it slipping out of our grasp, and if it should by some chance fall to the ground/floor - it doesn't die off like one of those super skinny, microphones will. I love this MotoV365. I'm tempted to rate it a 10, but really if Motorola wanted a ten rating, they'd figure out a way to make this phone waterproof, too.
Pros amazing reception and voice clarity, more than enough battery life, maintenance-free bluetooth, loud and clear speakerphone, customizable navigation, solid feel
Cons a little chunky, menus could be faster
Summary I know that Kent German would die without a self-portrait mirror on his phone, but I really could care less about multimedia features. I just know that this phone, based on PHONE criteria, outperforms anything else I've used. I've been through three phones in the last two months looking for a good one, and this is it.
I had an L6 first, and it sucked. It dropped every other call. I almost didn't even try out another Motorola becauase this phone is so bad. If you like the way it looks, spring for an L7.
Then I decided to go for a real upgrade, and invested in an LG cu500. This website gave it a great rating, and I figured that it would get good reception (because it operates on GSM/GPRS, EDGE, and 3G). I was thrilled with this phone for about a week, and then I just couldn't put up with all the little annoyances (below-average battery life, spotty bluetooth, weird swells in volume during speakerphone calls, annoying little menu sounds that you can't turn off, increasing ring volume that gets loud enough at the very end to let you know that you just missed a call in the other room). Also, the cu500 doesn't have any option to turn on bluetooth during a call, which may not sound like a big deal but got old pretty fast. To be fair, I was happy with the LG's reception until I got the v365.
Although it doesn't work on 3G networks, the Moto v365 will make calls in places that the cu500 couldn't. It's amazing. I don't know about anyone else, but my number one judgement in phone performance is the ability to actually make and recieve calls, and in this department the v365 is king.
It's a little blocky but has a solid feel, and anyway I'm happy to trade some size for great battery life. This phone lasts about three days on a charge, with bluetooth enabled and moderate to heavy use. I don't know what the issue was with the LG, but this phone actually connects to my bluetooth headset when I turn it on without waiting 45 seconds first. Seems like that should be expected.. The speakerphone on this thing is beastly, and works with the phone closed unlike some flips I've seen.
I actually like the monochrome outer display on this phone, because it allows the phone to keep time and date info displayed constantly. Most color displays shut off to save power, and with my cu500 I couldn't even tell if the phone was on or not. I also like that the side buttons can't actually do anything when the phone is closed (apart from light up the outer screen). I used to have a Samsung with a camera button on the side, and after the 1000th picture of the inside of my pocket I finally physically pulled the button out of the phone.
My only real complaint about the v365 is that menu navigation is a little slow. It's still faster than my L6, and faster than RAZRs I've seen (altough they may have newer software now), but there's some delay when quickly scrolling through names, etc. Overall, though, this is a minor flaw in an otherwise amazing device.