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1. Motorola V710 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
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1. Motorola V710 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $399.99
our price: $174.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002W2H2K
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 28
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Motorola delivers Bluetooth, a megapixel camera, video messaging, TransFlash memory expansion and more in this flagship phone. Designed for Verizon Wireless users, all the tools and power a mobile warrior needs are packed into this premium tri-band clamshell.

Design

Click the image to get a closer look at the v710's features.
The V710's overall shape is similar in design to Motorola's high-end GSM phone, the V600. The V710 ups the ante in many areas, however. The internal 2.2-inch 176 x 220 screen sports more colors (262,000 vs. 65,000) than the V600. The full-color, 98 x 67 supplementary external display is another step-up feature from the V600. This screen displays incoming call information, picture caller ID, camera self portraits, signal strength, battery life, current time and more. The 1.2 Megapixels camera lens and LED flash is housed above this display. An extendable stub antenna is placed on the top right side of the phone. A TransFlash memory slot is located next to the antenna. A standard 2.5mm stereo headset jack is present, as is a combined charging/USB data port. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's control pad.

Calling Features
The V710 boasts some powerful calling functions that make it a perfect part of a mobile office. The office-quality speakerphone makes it easy to converse without touching the handset-- a big plus for car users. Enhanced voice dialing supports voice-to-digit dialing and name recognition for speedy dialing of contacts. The V710s voice recognition software supports voice commands from any user, not just a pre-programmed user's voice. Because the V710 is Bluetooth enabled, wireless headsets can be configured with the phone for total handsfree operation.

The V710's 10 MB of internal memory can be used to hold up to 500 contacts for quick access to email addresses and phone numbers. The phone lets you easily assign pictures to your most common callers. In addition to vibrating alerts, the phone supports polyphonic ringtones as well as MP3 ringers, allowing you to use portions of your favorite songs to alert you to incoming calls. A number of ringtones come preloaded on the phone and more ringtones can be downloaded from Verizon's Mobile Web service. The V710's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The V710 is a mobile messaging, email and Internet powerhouse. An included email client supports POP3, SMTP and IMAP4 email standards (when used with optional Verizon data service). The V710's support for multimedia messaging means that text, photos, video and audio can be sent with ease (Verizon messaging charges apply). When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. There's also a built-in web browser for Verizon Mobile Web downloads and mobile web browsing. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater. iTap text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the V710. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the V710 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator with currency converter, a calendar and an alarm clock. And you can use the V710's Bluetooth capability to set up a wireless link with your favorite Bluetooth headset accessory.

Imaging and Entertainment
Plenty of good times are built right into this handset, and that fun is expandable thanks to the V710's TransFlash memory expansion slot. The slot supports an additional 128 MB of memory in addition to the phone's embedded 10 MB of memory. The V710's 1.2 megapixels camera with flash bridges the gap between phones and quality digital cameras. Support for up to 3 minutes of video capture is also included. An MP3 player lets you load up your favorite tunes and use the phone as a portable jukebox. Embedded animated screensavers and full screen wallpapers are built-in so you can set up the V710 to suit your tastes.

The V710 is BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Games are available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola V710 weighs 4.06 ounces and measures 3.70 x 1.93 x .92 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.33 hours of digital talk time, and up to 150 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Motorola V710 handset, battery charger, lithium-ion battery, battery door, holster, user's manual, quick reference guide, welcome CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated 1.2 megapixel camera, video capture and playback
  • Integrated MP3 player
  • Integrated Bluetooth for hands-free, eyes-free talking
  • Integrated speakerphone
  • Buit-in 10 MB memory and SD-compatible removable memory slot

Reviews (77)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good phone with terrible battery life.
So I switched from T-Mobile to Verizon and am quite happy with the signal and coverage.
Verizon truly does have the best coverage around the San Francisco Bay area.
The Motorola V-710 phone stood out as a sleak and sexy piece compared to all other phones that Verizon carried. It has an amazing color screen and fantastic reception.
If you are looking for a great phone with basic features, I suggest you get it at this amazingly low price.
But I wanted something more.... Bluetooth and freedom.
The V-710 really is Verizon's crippled bluetooth phone. They have disabled all but 1 bluetooth feature.
You cant transfer images, ringtones etc to your phone. Bluetooth feature can only be used for the hedset. This really sucks.
Also I was forced to purchase the extended battery cause the 2 color screens at > 65,000 resoultion kills the available battery in under 1.5 hours.
The phone is heavy but thats normal for CDMA. It's also oversized to fit the screen and keys. Eventually you will get used to it.
There are pro's and con's....... But overall I am happier now than I was with my Sony Ericcson T-610 running off T-Mobile.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Phone is Awesome, but Nothing is Ever Perfect
Everything has its pros and cons.The V710 reception far outweighs the crappy camara any day!

Pros
-reception, reception, reception
-many little features that make it tick
-cool style
-it's a camara phone

Cons
-it requires a cell phone carrier to work
-the camara takes terrible pictures
-hard to find a case that doesn't interfer with opening and closing the phone (as with all flip phones)

I really like the Motorola V710 phone.I have had Verizon Wireless service for a few years now (word of advice, run if you haven't gotten stuck in with a contract) and this phone works the best on their network.I have a cronic problem of dropping calls around my house and this is the only phone that can hang on to the calls.In the past few weeks I have tried the LG VX7000, which dropped calls faster than a brick, and the Kyrocera (or however you spell it) which also drops way to many calls.I have been very happy with the V710, the camara sucks, as I am sure you have heard, but if you want a great camara, get a camara.The phone has some really niffty features on it and I am really starting to warm up to the menu, which can be just plain wierd if you are not use to it.Another thing that gives the Motorola a learning curve is the layout of the keys, but it can be a "what the heck is that" phone.All in all, I choose the Motorola because of the reception but I am finding all kinds of other features I didn't know I couldn't live without.The Motorola is an increadibly clear phone with great reception, but won't bring you the kitchen sink.The LG VX7000 is a phone that has increadibly crappy reception but does everything else with flying colors.But hey, the thing is a phone, not a butler.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone Cool Features
Recently upgraded from the v265, and wish I had purchased this in the first place. The 265 was a good phone but this phone has all the latest features, including BT. I resisted buying this phone due to the talk about limited BT functionality but realized it was just hype and I would not use anything more than the Headset or Car Kit anyway.

Beyond the features the quality of the phone take advantage of the great Verizon Network. I have had a few carriers and Verizon is the way to go. Not only is the quality much better but I actually pay less since most of my friends and contacts are on Verizon and such a high percentage of my minutes are covered under in calling. I take more advantage of this than I ever did rollover.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM
With a little more than two weeks my phone is dead with no apparent reason.I only wanted to charge but then now it's completely dead.I cannot even power on the darn thing.And with lousy verizon service you will be stuck like me.Please DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE I MADE.AVOID THIS PHONE BY ANY MEANS, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S OFFERED BY VERIZON.Terrible, Terrible, Terrible.There is no other way to describe how I feel.I have never come across an electronic product that went dead after two weeks without any damage.NEVER in my life.

One other thing about verizon: I went to one of the stores and this lady tried to give me a refurbished one but then guess what? that phone did not turn on either.I wasted good one hour and half.And she said please bring the box with you and we will exchange with a new one.Today I found out that she thought I bought at one of retail verizon store.So she can only give me a refurbished one.What am I going to do with a refurbished one without any power on?Maybe they think I can just carry the dead cell phone to tell everyone how bad the phone is and how bad service I'm getting.

Anyway, until I resolve my issue, this is the most horrible experience I ever experienced with electronics.I will never buy motorola and possibly avoid verizon but at this point I have no choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars this a good cell phone
this is a good cell because it is light, takes pictures, and has an mp3 player ... Read more


2. LG VX7000 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $299.99
our price: $174.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000659CF8
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 45
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This flagship phone from LG has it all: Twin, full color screens, a rotating camera with video and still image capability, and the ability to send videos to your friends via built-in messaging technology. The VX7000 is sure to be the star of the show as its improved, user-friendly interface means easier, faster access to messaging and other advanced features, so you won't miss any of the action.

Design

Click the image to get a closer look at the VX7000's features.
The phone features a sleek clamshell design with a very large 176 x 220 TFT color display with a stunning 262,000 colors. The outside cover of the handset sports a supplementary 96 x 96 color display that can display photos, images, time, call information, battery and signal strength, and more. A camera flash is located just above this display. The camera unit is located at the top of the phone case and features a unique swiveling design, making it possible to capture self portraits with ease.

Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's blue backlit control pad, which features adjustable brightness. Meanwhile, the top right side of the unit houses an antenna while the USB-capable data and charging port is housed on the unit's bottom edge. There's a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets on the left side of the handset.

Calling Features
The VX7000's built-in address book can store up to 500 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with 20 built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. There's also support for three-way conference calling support. The speed dialing feature allows you to dial up to 99 numbers virtually instantaneously. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear and the VX7000's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The VX7000 features cutting edge support for mobile-to-email video messaging, which allows you to send video clips captured by the phone to email accounts using Apple's Quicktime video codec. Instant messaging, as well as MMS messages that can contain text and pictures, are also supported. When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the VX7000, as well. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the VX7000. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

The VX7000 ships with a calendar and scheduler, a voice memo application with up to 4 minutes of record time, and a notepad. An alarm clock, calculator and world clock are also included, as is the very handy restaurant tip calculator. Never dine without it!

Imaging and Entertainment
The VX7000 is a digital imaging and mobile video powerhouse. The 640 x 480 camera features a digital zoom, color effects controls (normal, antique, black and white, negative), a rotating lens for self-portraits and white balance adjustment. The camera can be set to one of three quality levels (low, medium, high) and there's also a shutter self timer. The built-in flash with night mode makes it easier to get quality shots in low-light situations. The VX7000's video department allows it to capture up to 31 15-second video clips in Quicktime format.

LG didn't forget to include support for gaming on the VX7000. The phone is BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform and many games are available via the Get It Now service. The phone also features customizable fonts and built-in screen backgrounds so you can make your phone reflect your personality.

Vital Statistics
The LG VX7000 weighs 3.88 ounces and measures 3.69 x 1.89 x 0.98 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 198 minutes of digital talk time, and up to 180 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800 frequency. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
LG VX7000 handset, AC travel charger, standard lithium-ion battery, holster, user's manual, welcome CD, quick reference guide. ... Read more

Features

  • VGA Digital video/camera with flash and rotating lens
  • Send and receive picture messages
  • Record 15-second videos and send video messages
  • Speed dialing and voice-activated dialing
  • 20 unique default ringtones plus vibrate and silent alert

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Great phone and great Verizon service. I had t-mobile with a Samsung and dropped at least 5 calls a day. I have only dropped one call with this phone in the 3 weeks I have had it. Such an improvement. I dont have to worry if that business call will be dropped again!

The Great:
1) Reception, reception, reception.
2) Lots of neat gadgets including a cool phone.
3) Stays charged forever. The longest has been about 3 days and then it was only 1/2 uncharged.

The not so good:
1) I would like it if the front light would stay on all the time to show the clock. That is no real problem at all.

Overall, I am very happy with this phone and the extra couple of dollars for Verizon service is well worth it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Phone
Although the LG VX7000 is my first personal phone I could say it is one of the best I have ever used. I have had experience with pretty much all the verizon LG phones and this is pretty much the best in the 0-150$ price range. One of its best features is its crisp display. The display is signaficantly better than the LG 6100 which is primarily a camera phone. This phones has the basic verizon set up, contacts,get it now, etc. Its too bad its voice dial feature is pretty bad.The phone cannot tell the difference between Ned and Ted and only has voice contacts not settings, driving mode, etc. If you really want that then get the LG VX6100. In conclusion a great all around phone.

2-0 out of 5 stars VX7000 second thoughts
Think again before purchasing this phone.I bought it because the Consumer Report had it as #1.They were joking.It is bulky, display is for almost blind with font #46 letters, it has ugly graphics and limited features for programming our options.The reception is average, it doesn't work inside the house, but gets 3 bars on the driveway(?)(Friend's other phones work just fine inside).With the cover light, which is right above the front display you could control the traffic on the bussiest intersection in your town, it is really bright, ugly and tottaly not cool.I have never seen anything like this - what did they think off?But what pisses me off the most is that these lights flash to let you know that the battery is low - which I consider somehow stupid because it is draining your battery even faster.So I give it 2 at the most.

5-0 out of 5 stars >>> LG VX7000 Is A Magnificent Cell Phone <<<
I just got my LG VX7000 and I have to say that this cell phone is the best I have ever had.I am new to the Verizon network and I must say that getting paid $50 to get the phone is a nice perk.

The screen is really big and very, very vibrant and colorful.It looks like an LCD laptop screen of LCD TV screen.It is really bright, big, and awesome!Compare it to other color screen phones, from only a year ago and see how this phone's screen is so much better!

The amount of memory that it has is really great as well!I have about 15 MP3 ringtones on the phone (which I made with 160 bit quality) and the phone doesn't seem to be maxxed out of memory.The sounds of the ringtones sound really great, considering the phone has a small speaker to play them from.

I have been getting all of my ringtones and images from www.MP3Ringtones4U.com - it only has a one time fee of $12 and you get all of the ringtones and images that you want!And, if they are not on the site, the webmaster (Alex) will create the ringtones for you (in under a day), exactly how you request them.The site is really amazing and is like none other (customer service-wise) I have ever used.It is totally worth it and highly recommended!It also has tutorials and other little tricks that you can do with your phone.

I must warn people that the "3-Piece Accessory Kit" being sold on Amazon for the LG VX7000 comes with a car charger which is NOT compatible with the LG VX7000 (BLACK).I complained to Amazon and they sent me another pack - of the same thing.It is very frustrating and not recommended.

I only wish that the phone's alarm would work when the phone is off...

5-0 out of 5 stars A great phone with great service
I used to have a Samsung SGH-X426 phone with AT&T wireless and I really liked the phone because it was small, lightweight and looked pretty good.But I had horrible cell phone coverage with AT&T that continued even after the merger with Cingular.The bad coverage consisted of dropped calls, occasional garbled conversations and no/low service in some areas of California.Everyone that I talked to that had Verizon wireless really liked them as a provider so I decided to go with them and buy a LG VX7000BK from Amazon.

I'll go with the features that stand out to make me critique the phone (good and bad):

1.Great reception/coverage:
This phone excels at what I primarily need it to do: making clear phone calls.I have had it for almost a month and I have not had a single dropped call or garbled section of a conversation.My old phone/service would have dropped an average of 10 calls plus countless "garbles" during this same time and in exactly the same locations.

2.The phone is a little on the bulky side:
It's definitely bigger and heavier than my tiny Samsung but I carry it in it's holster (comes with it) on my belt so it's not an issue.I also found out that you're not supposed to carry your phone in your pocket because of the antenna being too close your skin and emitting radiation (I read it in the fine print found in the manual) so it worked out for the best using the holster.The larger size is actually a benefit when it comes to dialing and interacting with the phone menus because the keys are much larger than the old phone.

3.The outside and huge inside display screens:
The front display screen is nice showing picture id or the caller id so you don't have to flip open the phone to know who is calling you.I use distinct ringtones to identify some of my callers but the front screen is an added bonus.The inside screen is really large and high quality which is great for my photos that I use for backgrounds.The large inside display is also great for navigating through the menus, reading text messages and playing video games.

4.Voice dialing:
Using this feature, I don't even need my speed dial buttons and it's easy to program the voice dial function.When you're done setting it up, hit the button, say the name and it will make the call for you.One step nicer than trying to remember whether Joe was on speed dial number 7 or speed dial number 8.

5.USB Data Cable (not included) is great to transfer ringtones/wallpaper/phonebook info:
I bought mine off ebay for $15 and it was worth it.I use the free software program BitPim to transfer wallpapers/pictures/ringtones and phonenumbers between my phone and the computer.It's great for entering a lot of phone numbers at once on the computer (easier than doing it on the phone) and then transferring them to phone.Also great to back up your phone numbers in case you lose your phone.

6.No apparent missed call indicator once the outside display turns off:
This is my only true disappointment.A missed call will show on the outside screen but then the screen will shut off some time later to save power.To check for a missed call when it's off, you have to hit a key to fire the screen back up.It would have been nice if they would have programmed the flash indicator to flash when you have a missed call (I had that on my Samsung).

7.Camera/video option is ok:
The pictures are decent for a camera phone.That's not why I bought the phone and I really don't use it but I'm not complaining about an extra feature.

8.Decent game selection to download:
The GetItNow service from Verizon is great for downloading games.They're not cheap (around $6 for unlimited use of a game) but I've got Dig Dug, Downtown Texas Hold'Em and Impossible Mission and they're great when you have some down time.

9.Some accessories needed to be bundled with it as standard:
I recommend getting the following accessories for this phone: a good quality handsfree headset/earphone, a car charger and the USB Datacable.I wish they at least including a handsfree earphone but you can't win them all.

Conclusion:
All in all a great phone.I don't think it can be beat given its the performance, features and price.I gave it a perfect rating even though it has a few minor flaws because I've yet to find a single phone without at least a few flaws.I'm very satisfied with this phone and the service. ... Read more


3. LG VX6100 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $279.99
our price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006HHFDW
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 107
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With tri-band compatibility, enhanced voice dialing, a VGA camera with lens cover, support for Verizon's wireless Internet services, and more, the V6100 is a technologically advanced phone wrapped up in a stylish package.

Design
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a large 128 x 160 color display with support for a whopping 262,000 colors. The outside cover features a supplementary 96 x 64 monochrome display that can display time, call information, battery and signal strength, and more. The VGA (640 x 480) camera unit, flash, and lens cover are housed just above the supplementary display. A Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's blue backlit control pad. A USB-compatible data and charging ports are housed on the unit's bottom edge. There's a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets on the left side of the handset.

Calling Features
The VX6100's built-in address book can store up to 499 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. The VX6100's enhanced voice dialing supports voice-to-digit dialing and name recognition for speedy dialing of contacts. The phone's voice recognition software supports voice commands from any user, not just a pre-programmed user's voice. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear and GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. Finally, the phone's picture ID system allows you to assign pictures to your most common callers.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The VX6100 is a messaging powerhouse with support for Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), which allows you to send picture messages as easily as text and graphics. When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the VX6100, as well. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the VX6100. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

The VX6100 ships with a calendar and scheduler, as well as a voice memo application with up to 4 minutes of record time. An alarm clock and calculator are also included, as is the very handy restaurant tip calculator. Never dine without it!

Imaging and Entertainment
The VX6100 really shines in the digital imaging department. The 640 x 480 camera features a digital zoom, white balance and brightness controls, and a flash. There's also a shutter self timer for getting your friends, as well as YOU, in shot.

The fun doesn't stop with taking pictures. The VX6100 is BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform; many games are available via the Get It Now service. The phone also features customizable screen backgrounds so you can make your phone reflect your personality.

Vital Statistics
The LG VX6100 weighs 3.88 ounces and measures 3.56 x 1.90 x 0.94 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3 hoursof digital talk time, and up to 150 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
LG VX6100 handset, home charger, standard lithium-ion battery, holster, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in camera with zoom control and 3 resolution adjustments
  • Compact, attractive clamshell with full-color screen
  • 31 ring tones plus vibrating alert
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Large, 7-line 262K TFT color display

Reviews (30)

5-0 out of 5 stars great phone and features
i just got this phone and im completly satified with it . it has a big screen and takes great pictures. gets great reception, and comes with a lot of good ring tones. i only have 1 problem with it and it is that it is a bit on the bulky side but other than that it is an excellent phone. you can put it on manner mode so if your in school or at work it wont bother anyone. and you can record your self to a ring tone, i put it up aganst a speaker and record a song for free.

5-0 out of 5 stars great phone and features
i just got this phone and im completly satified with it . it has a big screen and takes great pictures. gets great reception, and comes with a lot of good ring tones. i only have 1 problem with it and it is that it is a bit on the bulky side but other than that it is an excellent phone. you can put it on manner mode so if your in school or at work it wont bother anyone. and you can record your self to a ring tone, i put it up aganst a speaker and record a song for free.

3-0 out of 5 stars lg vx6100 battery
is it just me or what? im satisfied with the phone itself, but i always seem to charge this phone every single day. so my only complaint is the battery life.

2-0 out of 5 stars Jazzy phone, but does not do the basics right.Do not buy.
All right, so this phone has all the jazz, camera, speakerphone and all. But it does not do the basics right.

1. the call quality is bad. period. people cannot hear me, I cannot hear people. What else is a phone good for?
2. Its got a camera, and plenty of voice dialing features which I never used. What a waste of space. For example, if you want to turn the volume of the ringer high, the display shows you 5 staks of colored bars to show you the current volume level. Why in the world would you need that? A good display is one thing, a misused display is another. Poor engineering.
3. standby time: 3.5 days
5. talktime, I did not talk too much on it to discharge it, so I do not know.
6. speakerphone is ok on the lowest volume. But as soon as you jack the volume up, the treble in the sound becomes unbearable.
7. Signal reception is fine.

I am returning this phone and getting a good old nokia.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great phone
I recently got this phone as a free upgrade (after a rebate) and am very impressed.For me it's greatest assets are it's voice command and speaker phone features.Properly mounted, it works great in the car as a hands free communication device.The fact that it can "read" all the names in it's phonebook, and dial the number at your request is amazing - no more scrolling around to find the number you want.Using the camera feature is easy, and the picture quality is OK for a 3x5 photo.FYI - you can purchase some nifty aftermarket software from Susteen called Datapilot that can get those photos off the vx6100 for free.I've used the software and it works well, but make sure to purchase the computer cable from Susteen also - I had trouble using another manufacturer's cable with the datapilot program.Reception has been great, as is sound quality.The speakerphone volume is good, but not great.
The only problem I've found with the phone are the side buttons, that can be accidentally pushed even when the phone is closed.This can activate the "Driving" (speakerphone) mode and result in an earsplitting event if you answer a call without realizing what mode the phone is in.
All in all, an amazing phone for the price. ... Read more


4. Motorola V265 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $279.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006HH7E4
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 78
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This stylish flip phone delivers urban chic good looks and a healthy dose of powerful features, including a VGA (640 x 480) camera and support for multimedia messaging. The phone also supports Verizon's mobile Internet features so you can harness all that the wireless revolution has to offer.

Design

Click the image to get a closer look at the v265's features.
The V265, which follows the traditional clamshell form factor, sports a 128 x 128, 65,000-color internal screen. A supplementary, 96 x 32 monochrome screen on the outside of the cover displays incoming call information, signal strength, battery life, current time and more. The VGA camera lens and self-portait mirror is housed above this display. Up/down buttons are placed on the left side for volume control. A five-way selection button above the phone's dial pad is designed to control most of the phone's menus and functions. The phone's extending antenna is placed on the top right side of the unit. A 2.5mm headset jack is provided, as are ports for AC charging and USB data connectivity. The phone ships in a standard black and silver configuration, but optional faceplates are available to dress up the phone's front outer cover and battery cover to suit your fancy.

Calling Features
The V265's speakerphone makes it easy to converse without touching the handset-- a big plus for car users. Enhanced voice dialing supports voice-to-digit dialing and name recognition for speedy dialing of contacts. The V265's voice recognition software supports voice commands from any user, not just a pre-programmed user's voice.

The V265's internal memory can be used to hold up to 500 contacts for quick access to email addresses and phone numbers. In addition to a five vibrating alerts, the phone supports 64-instrument polyphonic ringtones. The phone also allows you to assign ringtones to specific callers so you can know who's calling without having to look at the screen. A number of ringtones come preloaded on the phone and more ringtones can be downloaded from Verizon's Mobile Web service. Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the V265 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Verizon's digital network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas. Lastly, the phone's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The V265's support for multimedia messaging means that text and photos can be sent with ease (Verizon messaging charges apply). When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. There's also a built-in web browser for Verizon Mobile Web downloads and mobile web browsing. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater. iTap text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the V265. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the V265 including a voice memo recorder with up to two minutes of recording time, a calculator, a calendar and an alarm clock.

Imaging and Entertainment
Plenty of good times are built right into the V265. The phone's VGA camera supports resolution adjustment so you can choose the level of detail and memory space you want to use. Images can also be sent to your friends via MMS messaging, use them as a custom wallpaper, or use the phone's USB connection to transfer them to your PC. Embedded screensavers and full screen wallpapers are built-in so you can set up the V265 to suit your tastes. More graphics are available from Verizon's Get It Now service.

The V265 is BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Games are also available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola V265 weighs 3.77 ounces and measures 3.60 x 1.80 x .90 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.33 hours of digital talk time, and up to 150 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Motorola V265 handset, travel charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual, quick reference guide, welcome CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • Features VGA camera with self timer
  • Integrated voice-dialing
  • BREW compatible for great gaming
  • Slick clamshell design with two displays
  • Includes phone, charger and user documentation

Reviews (22)

4-0 out of 5 stars So far, so good...
None of the problems other reviewers have listed here have come up with my new phone (it has only been a week, however...)
Its a very cool looking phone with a nice, but smallish screen.
It keeps recording a terrible sounding message for the voicemail - but the people I talk to say that I sound perfectly clear on their end, so I don't know why that is happening.
As with most phones, the camera is kind of pointless - that's why you buy a camera.Phones are for phoning, cameras are for picture taking.Stop trying to get everything to do everything, and they'll work better.

1-0 out of 5 stars stylish exterior, but that's about it
I would like to say that cameras aren't important for cellular telephones, but clearly the gadget-factor is critical for phones sales nowadays and the v265 doesn't stack up to its competitors in any department (except for the speakerphone, the one feature everyone can agree upon). The battery life of the v265 is also appallingly short, as is the case with most Motorola phones, and the advanced graphics just slow the speed at which users can perform normal activities e.g. browsing the phonebook or any listfor that matter. The voice recognition is fairly good on the phone, and users don't have to pre-record voice commands in order to dial or access voicemail, but the phone's electronic integrity is questionable (the screen flickers, the exterior display goes blank e.t.c) and I do not recommend this phone for anyone but devoted phone gamers.

1-0 out of 5 stars Started off good, but 2nd one and its still a lemon
It was time for a new every two phone.Got the V265 from VZ as it was a trimode and looked cool... but the first one developed a major static problem and made it so you couldnt talk on it.. VZ sent out another new one and now only a week later it is doing the same thing.Thankfully its within the time frame of the satisifaction and VZ is changing me out to a different phone altogether.Hopefully the Kyocera will be better!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good phone, crappy camera
GOOD - Good, clear phone with easy to customize features.In addition, it has a very good speaker phone compared to similar phones, which gives you added option besides the earpiece.

BAD - Camera is absolutely horrible!Very few features, horrific resolution, and very limited brightness.Also, even if you have another motorola phone, you still can't exchange phone books.

1-0 out of 5 stars Reliability problems- do not buy!
had the identical problem as previous writer. The phone's exterior display does not recognize when the phone is closed, so it always shows "verizon" instead of the time/caller ID. This is a problem because when I open the phone, it does flicker on, then off, thus hanging up on the person! When I went to return it, the guy in the store confessed that another customer had a similar problem.
should be replaced soon. hopefully will get a good one. ... Read more


5. Samsung A670 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $299.99
our price: $124.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000659X16
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 84
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Samsung A670 handset combines video capture and still imaging capabilities with superior messaging and high-speed wireless connectivity, all in a light and compact wireless device. Picture and text messaging services are also included, as is support for Internet connectivity. It's a great tool for savvy users who want to get the most out of wireless technology.

Design

Click the image to get a closer look at the A670's features.
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a large 128 x 160 pixels color display with 65,000 colors. A full-color 128 x 96 pixels supplementary display on the outside of the cover displays incoming call information, battery life, signal strength, pictures, graphics and more. A VGA (640 x 480) camera with LED flash is located just above this display. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's backlit control pad. Meanwhile, the top right side of the unit houses an antenna while the charging port is housed on the unit's bottom edge. The phone also features a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets. Up/down keys are located on the left side of the unit for quick volume control.

Calling Features
The A670's built-in address book can store up to 500 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with 15 built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. More ringtones can be downloaded via Verizon's Get It Now service. Ringtones and pictures can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling. The A670 features speaker-independent voice recognition, which allows any user to dial a number by speaking the name of a contact from a phone book, or by speaking the digits of a phone number. GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The A670 features multimedia messaging with support for sending and receiving picture messages. The handset can receive messages with graphics and sound. When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun.T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the A670, as well. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the A670. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads using the Get It Now service.

The A670 ships with a number of handy tools including a calendar, a to-do list and a voice memo application that can record up to 4 minutes of speech. An alarm clock and calculator are also included.

Imaging and Entertainment
In addition to a 4x zoom, The A670's built-in VGA camera includes a flash-- great for getting good shots in low light situations. Three quality settings let you control how much of the camera's 32 MB of built-in memory is allotted to your photos. The camera also supports video capture-- two 12-second video clips that you can set as your screensaver or program to play when you turn the phone on or off.

The phone also features customizable screen backgrounds so you can make your phone reflect your personality. The A670 is BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Games are available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung A670 weighs 3.8 ounces and measures 3.30 x 1.80 x 1.0 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 175 minutes of digital talk time, and up to 170 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Samsung A670 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, holster, user manual, welcome CD-ROM, quick reference guide. ... Read more

Features

  • Full feature video capture and still imaging capabilities
  • Superior messaging and high-speed wireless connectivity
  • High-speed Internet access and built-in personal planner
  • Built-in VGA camera with Flash
  • Voice Quick Dial for fast, voice-activated calls

Reviews (27)

4-0 out of 5 stars Works Pretty Well!
I have a Samsung A650, and travel all around the country driving a truck. Works in most areas, except some with no population. Much better than my old Sprint phone.

2-0 out of 5 stars I'm going back to old phone! Terrible connections!
So I thought it would be good to trade-up from my old motorolla. Now I'm going back. Who needs a camera and video and color when you can't talk to anyone????

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this if a clear connection is what you want
AWFUL voice quality

My husband and I got these phones yesterday when we signed on with Verizon - a welcomed switch after six years with T-Mobile (and its predecessor).We were instantly charmed by its sleek appearance and style, and good basic features.That charm quickly faded.

We didn't even have the phones for 24 hours when we realized its HORRIBLE reception!When talking to each other, we were constantly saying, "What?Could you please repeat that?", "I can't understand you - will you say that again?", and of course, Verizon's own, "Can you hear me now?"ARRRRRGH!!Speech sounds garbled, and the sound constantly hesitates and goes out for milliseconds, making conversations stuttered and incomplete.

DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE is you want clear calls!!We're going back to Verizon, and swapping our phones for an LG-brand.This decision was based on DH calling me from nearly every phone in the Verizon store, and our comparing the quality of each one.

* TERRIBLE voice quality
* Phone heats up quickly - within two minutes - and just gets hotter, the longer you talk.
* I agree with other reviewers - the shutter sound on the camera is horrible.You can change the tone, but you can't adjust the volume.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this phone (and possibly Samsung)
-- terrible voice quality
-- ridiculously low battery life
-- phone becomes hot (yes, hot) after 5-10 mins use
-- can't remember if this phone ever finished a long (>10min) call without dropping signal.
-- one of our phones stopped working after 4 months of use. Verizon salesperson says this is due to "poor handling" on our part. How do you handle a cell phone poorly? We had to buy another phone.

Frankly this is my first experience with a "picture" phone, not sure if all picture phones are this bad. So I am not in a position to compare. My last Nokia with AT&T lasted 3 years without dropping a call, and Verizon signal strength is supposed to be superior to AT&T at least in the San Francisco Bay Area. My friends say Samsung clam shell model phones are best avoided, in general, i.e. unless you think screen saver is the most useful feature in a cell phone.

4-0 out of 5 stars not bad, could be better
Well, my first cellphone, and I chose verizon due to the good reception. And for the phone, I loved the look of this phone, and the size. I have had it for a little over a month now, and i am somewhat satisfied. Its not terrible, for such a teeny peice of technology, it's very advanced, but so are all phones.

My pros:
- is very nice/classy looking
- can download cool rings very easily (does not come with great ones)
- the picture quality is very nice in my opinion


My cons:
- cannot turn of [camera] shutter sound, but can change
- not as customizable as i would like (the menu, fonts, sounds etc)
- only 3 options for LED screen (1 digital clock, 2 analog)
- wish it had longer battery life. It lasts 2 full days and one night without turning off, at normal use. dies at about 9 or 10 on the second night.

Basically its a fine phone, i defiantly wish it had more options for customizing, like colors for the menu, optional clock displays, and such, but it works, and its fun.
I guess what I REALLY would want, is to be able to put my photos in folders, like to have a few folders, and you can have personal photos come up as the caller ID, and I wish it would transfer into their contact info, and not clutter up my album when I simply had the photo for caller ID

Its a niced, beautiful phone, and it functions entirely as a nice cell phone should. ... Read more


6. Nokia 6015i Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $129.99
our price: $49.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006HHH3K
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 153
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With a vibrant, full-color screen, support for SMS text messaging, a speakerphone and voice-activated dialing, the 6015i is an affordable, entry-level phone with top-level features. It's a great entry-level companion for Verizon Wireless users.



Click the image to get a closer look at the 6015i's functions.
Design
The 6015i follows the tried and true Nokia candybar style with an extendable antenna mated to a dedicated internal antenna. The phone includes a 2.5mm headset jack, a USB data port, and a standard Nokia charging connector. The 96 x 65 color display boasts 4096 colors. Detachable faceplates are available for the front and rear of the handset so you can dress up your phone to suit your mood.

Calling Features
The 6015i's built-in address book can store up to 250 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers. Choose from 30 built-in ringers, including MIDI ring tones with up to 16-chord polyphonic sound, as well as a vibrating alert. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. You can also speak up to 25 numbers with the sound of your voice. The 6015i's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the 6015i is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Verizon's digital network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
If you need basic messaging capabilities, the 6015i has you covered as support is built-in for sending and receiving SMS text messages (Verizon Wireless text messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit-- a plus for text messaging users.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the 6015i including a calendar, a calculator, a voice recorder with 30 seconds of recording memory, an alarm clock, and a to-do list. The 6015i lets you carry these tools wherever you go so you can create appointments and view your schedule at a moment's notice.

Entertainment
The 6015i is Java enabled, meaning it supports games written on the Java platform. The phone also features customizable colors and screen backgrounds so you can make your phone reflect your personality.

Vital Statistics
The Nokia 6015i weighs 3.87 ounces and measures 4.26 x 1.97 x 0.91 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 192 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Nokia 6015i handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Color LCD 96 x 65 display with changeable fonts so you can change your preferred view
  • Customizable profiles let you set ringing options, tones, volume, vibrating alert, message alert tone, keypad tones, and warning tones for all calls or caller groups based on your preference
  • Assign up to 500 entries with multiple contact numbers
  • Receive numeric and text messages in areas that offer messaging services
  • Includes Alarm clock, Calendar, Voice recorder (1 minute), Calculator, and Stopwatch

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars great phone !
I have had this phone sence Christmas and it is great! I have had no problems with this phone and i have droped it like 100 times and it still works great. It does not have very good wallpapers but the ringtones are ok. The battery life it sooo good it is better then any other phones i have seen. It would be the best phone if it had a camera. If you want a good phone for a very low price then you should get this phone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good basic phone
If you want a basic phone with good reception and battery life, and are not interested in cameras or MP3 capabilities (and other features), this phone could be a good choice for you.

The one "feature" this model does have is the speakerphone, which works very well IMO.And with amazon.com's rebate and 1-year (instead of 2-year) contract, it's a very good deal indeed.

The only drawback is that the rebate takes about 4 months to receive (you have to wait two billing cycles, then amazon takes about 8 weeks on top of that to process it).If you're patient though, it's hard to find a better deal than this.

But if you want a phone that will "impress your friends" you may have to look elsewhere.This is a very basic piece.

4-0 out of 5 stars Does Cell Phone Well
I upgraded from an AT&T Nokia (2years old) to the Verizon Nokia 6015i. The difference is amazing. I'm not sure whether it is Verizon or the 6015i or both, but service is clear in places I had no service before - including in my apartment house. On a car trip to very southern Maryland I had excellent service in some very rural areas. No static or breaking up or dropped calls. Works well in the METRO tunnels

I AM VERY, VERY HAPPY!!

PROs:

o Clear Reception with excellent voice quality
o Speaker Phone works very well
o Voice Dialing worked first time for all entries
o Light weight
o Contact lists easy to manage and use
o Good display visibility
o Works well with hands free devices
o Tri-mode
o Good battery life
o Good ring and vibrate options
o Cheap

CONs:

o If you are looking for games, calendars, fancy tones, pictures, MP3, etc., etc. - this is NOT your phone.
o Not as compact or as light weight as most clam shell phones

My choice was somewhat driven by the fact I already had Nokia wall warts in four homes spread across the country and cigarette chargers in four cars, also spread across the county - using those on the new phone saved a pocket full of money - BUT, I am happy with the quality of the phone when it is doing phone things!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone for the price.
This 6015 replaces my earlier Nokia phone.It seems to me that Nokia has got this entry level phone niche locked for me. This phone does everything I want it to do very well.Personally, I just need a wireless phone to make calls andorganize contacts logically without slowing me down.

The Good:
-Easy to use right out the box.I have never had to readthe instruction manual on this phone. Thoughful design...
-Decent talk time for the size of the battery
-Tasteful color screen
-Intuitive menus. Each contact can have mulitple numbers assigned in a good directory/tree menu. One touch dialing is very handy for commonly called numbers.


The Bad:
-Sometimes I talk too much on this phone.

Bottom line:You really cannot get a better phone with this set of features for the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars good phone
This is a good phone with all the basic features. However, it does not have any WAP browser. Also, Verizon & Nokia lock the Nokia PC Suites that you cannot upload ringtones using DKU-5 cable. However, an easy trick to get around it is to rename your .mid to some other extension and you can upload the ringtone the Gallery. Other than some stupid money making scheme and the lack of WAP browser, I recommend this phone. ... Read more


7. LG VX3200 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $179.99
our price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000659CEY
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 529
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Style, simplicity and just the right touch of technology. That's what makes the VX3200 from LG a fabulous choice for entry level phone users. It's the perfect companion to the Verizon Wireless service.

Design
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a 128 x 128 pixelss TFT color display with 65,000 colors. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's blue backlit control pad. Meanwhile, the top right side of the unit houses an antenna while the USB-capable data and charging port is housed on the unit's bottom edge. There's a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets on the left side of the handset.

Calling Features
The VX3200's built-in address book can store up to 300 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with 36 built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. The speed dialing feature allows you to dial up to 99 numbers virtually instantaneously. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear and the VX3200's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the VX3200 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Verizon's digital networks, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The VX3200 covers the messaging basics with support for sending and receiving text and graphics messages. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the VX3200, as well. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater.

The VX3200 ships with a calendar and scheduler, a voice memo application with up to 4 minutes of record time, and a notepad. An alarm clock, calculator and world clock are also included, as is the very handy restaurant tip calculator. Never dine without it!

Imaging and Entertainment
The VX3200 features customizable theme colors and screen backgrounds so you can make your phone reflect your personality.

Vital Statistics
The LG VX3200 weighs 3.53 ounces and measures 3.35 x 1.81 x .92 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 200 minutes of digital talk time, and up to 180 hours of digital standby time. It runs on It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
LG VX3200 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user manual, welcome CD-ROM, quick reference guide. ... Read more

Features

  • Text messages with graphics and sound
  • Polyphonic ringers and sound capability
  • Large, 65,000-color display (128 x 128)
  • Voice-activated dialing and speakerphone
  • 36 ringtones plus vibrating alert

Reviews (15)

3-0 out of 5 stars Difficult beginning
Amazon is one of the most trustable internet shop and Verizon is one of the most trustable vireless service provider. That is why I choose this. However, the beginning is really painful to me. It wasted me more than two hours to make more than 3 pnone calls to Verizon and 2 phone calls to Amazon to make my phone work. Maybe there are some problems for the communication between them. I do not know. But I just want the phone I bought work. It seems not easy. Therefore, if you would like to choose this a little complex method, prepare to pay your time. In fact,
my friend also bought a phone, but it works well. Anyway, I get it work now.

5-0 out of 5 stars the lil' phone that could!
Okay ----- so there are no bells and whistles on this phone - no camera, little data options, etc

However, it does what cell phone should do, which is ----- it has terrifc voice quality, both on the receiving end and on the outbound side

I am also very impressed with the phone's durability - it is made of plastic, but it would be very very very hard to damage this phone

and lastly, it does have a jack for headsets, and the headsets all seem to work excellently off of this phone

in some cases, you could even get this phone for FREE when signing up ---- anyhoo, if you need a phone on the cheap, then look no further than this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding affordable phone
This is the best compact flip-phone I have ever owned.I have had more expensive phones with additional bells and whistles, but this one blows them away.
Very durable.Have dropped numerous times.
Excellent reception.Good speaker phone (could be a bit louder, but not bad), Excellent text message capability.
Excellent for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy! Buy! Buy! Its tight
Buy,Buy,Buy! At least I am.Here's the plan I am going to buy it I am saving up $179 dollars to get a pre-paid one because I don't want my T-mobile phone anymore so I give that a thumbs up! Oh one more thing when I saw that phone in circuit city I fell in love with it and I said that I am going to save up my money even though my daddy has the money I am trying to be responsible because I'm spoiled I will never be unspoiled either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy! Buy! Buy! Its tight
Buy,Buy,Buy! At least I am.Here's the plan I am going to buy it I am saving up $179 dollars to get a pre-paid one because I don't want my T-mobile phone anymore so I give that a thumbs up! Oh one more thing when I saw that phone in circuit city I fell in love with it and I said that I am going to save up my money even though my daddy has the money I am trying to be responsible because I'm spoiled I will never be unspoiled either. ... Read more


8. palmOne Treo 600 PDA Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by PalmOne
list price: $549.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000659KW8
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 1245
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with Verizon Wireless service, the PalmOne Treo 600 offers all the functionality of a high-end PDA and a cell phone. Complete with a backlit QWERTY keyboard and a digital camera, it's the ultimate mobile office companion.

Calling and PDA Features
As a phone, the 800/1900 MHz Treo provides a built-in one-touch speakerphone feature, a mute button and caller ID, plus a few other snazzy features. For example, you can slide the ringer switch on the top of the phone, and it instantly puts the phone in silent mode, so there's no more wading through screen menus in the dark before the movie starts. And, by typing in initials or a name into the keyboard, you can dial anyone in your contacts list instantly. The keys have a special ergonomic dome shape, designed to be extra thumb-friendly. Plus there are tons of single and double key shortcuts you can use to launch Palm applications, up to 25 at once. But, if you're set in your ways with your PDA, you can always forego the keyboard and simply use the screen dial pad and stylus. Other calling features include vibrate mode, 16-channel MIDI polyphonic ring tones, and external volume buttons and ringer/silent switches.

For your PDA needs, the Treo sports 32 MB of RAM (24 MB user-available), plus a calendar and Palm OS organizer (version 5.2.1H), with the standard features such as Contact List, Memo Pad, To Do List, and more. You also get 24 MB of available memory to hold additional Palm OS software applications of the thousands that are available, such as MP3 players. When you sync up, the Treo 600 provides one-touch transfer of your Contacts to your PC's Outlook.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
"Blazer", the 600's color browser, gives you fast access to the Web, including sites not optimized for the mobile Internet, so you can lets you track your stocks, read headlines, and get directions, plus entertain yourself with downloadable ring tones and pictures. You can also download Palm OS software applications directly to your phone, and enjoy access to wireless email (Verizon Mobile Web email and wireless web service charges apply). Plus, you can send and receive SMS text messages to other phones or to any email address, and keep track of the conversation with threaded messaging.

You can even attach photos to your text messages. The Treo 600's built-in 640 x 480, 0.3 megapixels digital camera makes it easy to take and send the photos back to your PC, use them in text messages, or as picture caller ID by attaching the pictures to corresponding people in the contacts list.

Everything in the Treo 600 is integrated, so it's easy to perform multiple tasks like checking your calendar while talking on the phone or dialing calls directly from your contacts list. The handy design also provides a cell phone-like, 5-way navigation button, and the easy-access Favorites screen for the built-in Web browser. Other features of the Treo 600 include Contact List with Instant Lookup, a calendar, MMS/Picture Mail, Memo Pad, an Advanced Calculator, CityTime world clock, Palm Desktop 4.1 software for Windows and Macintosh, HotSync Manager, link to Microsoft Outlook (Windows only), IR capability, SD/MMC SD I/O-ready expansion, MP3-capability (with 3rd party software, SD memory card and headset adaptor).

Vital Statistics
This phone is rated with full charge at up to 6 hours talk time, and up to 240 hours (10 days) standby time. With an external battery pack (not included), you can add up to 3 hours of additional talk time and 180 hours of standby. It measures 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches and weighs 5.9 ounces. It operates on the CDMA 800/1900 MHz frequencies.

What's in the Box
Treo 600 handset, USB HotSync cable, ear bud headset, travel charger, pouch, user manual, synchronization software CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • Treo 600 combines a full-featured mobile phone and Palm OS organizer with wireless applications like email, text messaging, web browsing and even a digital camera
  • QWERTY keyboard makes entering text and accessing information fast and familiar-perfect for messaging and a must have for email
  • Built-in color web browser, Blazer, gives you fast access to nearly all the sites on the web-not just the ones optimized for mobile devices
  • Take a picture or share images with others via email-you can even attach a photo to a phone number so you can see exactly who's calling with Picture Caller ID
  • Because Treo 600 runs the popular Palm OS, there are thousands of applications you can download and use-like MP3 players, etc.

Reviews (13)

2-0 out of 5 stars Be sure to get Equipment Protection
I recently purchased this phone and everything was working fine.The phone was then accidentally dropped from less than one foot and the screen has gone black through the middle.If you do purchase this phone, be sure to buy the extra equipment protection with it as the screen cannot handle any pressure other than from the stylus or fingernail.Good luck.

1-0 out of 5 stars A REALLY EXPENSIVE LEMON
i am using this phone in India - not on Verizon - but could not find anywhere else to review this, and I feel so strongly about this that i had to write a review.

I was earlier using the Palm IIIC, and was very happy with it.Hence, when the Treo 600 came out, I was very keen to buy this.I believe than the Palm OS is the best Handheld OS and did a lot of research before making by decision.Reading the great reviews that the phone got convinced me and I bought it.Since then I have had major problems with the phone.

Phone:

One day, the ear piece just stopped working.When I make a call, the called person can hear me, but I cannot hear them.When I switch to speaker phone or hands free, then I can here them.

I checked with someone else who also bought the phone, and he is having the same problem.

I wrote to Palm Support, who wrote back to me asking me to do a hard reset on it - which I did but it did not correct the problem.

I wrote to you again, and was told to send the phone to USA, as there was no service center here.

I found someone who could repair it here - so got that done.Subsequently, the phone started acting up again.When the battery goes below half, there is some disturbance that starts coming on the phone, more on the other side, but also on mine.Also, the call gets disconnected often while on a call.The phone hangs often, while answering a call, switching from one call to another, and even when disconnecting a call.The screen freezes, and there is nothing I can do, except a soft reset, which I need to do more than 10 times everyday.Sometimes, the phone goes off on its own while on a call and restarts.I have tried multiple hard resets, and everything I can think of.

By this time, the phone was available in India, so I called their National Distributor, but was told that since I had not bought the phone from them, they could not repair it, even if I was willing to pay for the repair.That did not make any sense to me - after all it is their product.Anyway, they gave me the no of a firm who could repair the phone, so I contacted them.

When I started explaining the problem to them, they knew exactly what I was talking about - because according to them, there was a problem in the communication card, which was across the board.They told me that they could change the card and it would cost over $100.I went ahead and got it repaired - and for some time it worked fine, but after 3-4 months, it has started giving me the same problem again.

Now I really don't know what to do, as to keep spending money on a product with inherent manufacturing defects does not make sense.

I think this is a great product, in terms of design, software etc - but obviously only if it works.I believe I have bought a lemon, just did not expect a company like Palm to first make a product that doesn't work, and then not take responsibility and replace the defective part/parts when they are aware of the problem.


5-0 out of 5 stars More bang for your buck....
I looked long and hard before deciding to purchase the Treo 600.Keep in mind that when I bought the Treo 600 from Amazon it was only $150 after rebate, rather than $299.Anyhow, I definitely compared it to the 650 and decided that for the price it simply wasn't worth the extra money for a 650.Here's why:
Advantages of the 650 over the 600 (and in parentheses why it's not worth it):
-Replaceable battery (Read the manual: top your battery off often and replacing your battery won't be an issue)

-Bluetooth (great for wireless headsets and a few other things, but is it worth the extra $250 (with a new service plan!)to synchronize my contact list a few seconds faster and not have to plug it in? I think not!)

-Larger display (many people complain about the 600's "small" display, but keep it in perspective- it's a tiny cellphone screen!Will you really be watching full length movies on your treo very frequently? Be honest! Will you be using high-powered software to edit images? I think not.Many people who complain about this are simply used to a higher res screen.)

-Processor (Yes, the processor speed has tripled, however, consider if this is really necessary to, for example, play MP3s? or write memos? or respond to email? or to browse the web?It's really not a necessary upgrade unless you are a true power user.)

-Other minor upgrades.(There are certain fixes,etc to consider, but most are minor and many annoyances on the 600 can be fixed with software off the net.

In my personal opinion, get the 650 if you are already stuck on 320 x 320 screen resolution or are a bluetooth fanatic.Otherwise save your pennies and get the 600 which will deliver the most bang for your buck performance-wise.
Perhaps the 650 users need to justify their splurge and that is why they get so defensive of it... I want to be a voice for the budget-minded consumer - because not everyone relishes the idea of spending $400 for a phone!

3-0 out of 5 stars Get The Newer Treo 650 Instead
This is a friendly warning from a fellow consumer.

The Treo 650 became available for Verizon Wireless as of late May 2005.Even if Amazon doesn't have it, you can still order it via PalmOne or via Verizon Wireless.

The Treo 650 is far superior to the Tre 600 in so many ways that there is absolutely no reason to buy the old Treo 600 anymore.Please, consider the Treo 650 before going any further.

1-0 out of 5 stars Problems with audio cripple this product
Neither Verizon nor PalmOne provide any credible support for the features that are supposed to make this phone so useful. The audio output of the device is unstable.After performing several hard resets per Verizon's instructions and performing the painful task of reloading my address book, the audio jack works for a short period of time and then crashes again. Verizon provided a free rebate for Normsoft's Ptunes program and implicitly recommended this application, but ultimately, they deny any responsibility for the correct functioning of this application, and blame Normsoft.Here's Normsoft's reply from their technical support. "The issue with the output jack sounds more like a hardware issue. There is nothing Pocket Tunes does that controls the output jack." I recommend giving this product a pass and going with Samsung or Blackberry, who have developed a reputation for high product quality. ... Read more


9. Audiovox CDM8910 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $219.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006HHG1I
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 208
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With a VGA camera with flash, dual displays and a speakerphone, the Audiovox CDM8910 is one powerful flip phone. It also supports Verizon Wireless' mobile Internet services and content, making it the perfect companion for all your adventures.


Click the image to get a closer look at the CDM8910's functions.
Design
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a 128 x 160 TFT color display with 65,000 colors. The rear of the flip-up cover houses a camera that can snap shots at 640 x 480 resolution, also known as VGA resolution. There's also a small 95 x 64 secondary black and white LCD display on the back of the cover that displays incoming call information, network signal strength and more. Most camera features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's control pad. Meanwhile, the top right side of the unit houses an extendable antenna while USB data and charging ports are housed on the unit's bottom edge.

Calling Features
The CDM8910 has all the latest calling features folks have come to expect. The phone comes with built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. Ringtones can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling. The built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear and voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. There's also a built-in address book that can store up to 300 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the CDM8910 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Verizon's digital networks, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas. Finally, the CDM8910's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Messaging and Internet
The CDM8910 covers the messaging basics with support for sending and receiving text and picture messages. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the CDM8910. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the CDM8910. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

The CDM8910 ships with a number of handy tools including a calendar, a calculator and an alarm clock. A voice memo feature lets you record clips up to 60 seconds in length.

Imaging and Entertainment
The CDM8910's VGA camera makes it easier than ever to snap good pictures and share them with friends via picture messaging. The camera features a built-in flash for getting great shots in low-light situations, as well as a 4x zoom. The phone boasts custom graphics-- screen savers, wallpaper and menu icons-- that let you dress up your phone to suit your personality. More graphics, wallpapers and screensavers are available from the Get It Now service. The phone is BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Games are available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Audiovox CDM8910 weighs 3.18 ounces and measures 3.9 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.17 hours of digital talk time, and up to 140 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Audiovox CDM8910 handset, holster, AC charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in camera with flash
  • Dual displays
  • Buit-in speakerphone
  • BREW compatibile for great gaming
  • Includes phone, charger and user documentation

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone
I did a lot of research before getting this phone and it seems to have gotten a lot of mixed reviews. However, I've been extremely pleased with it. Here's what I've found:

Pros:
- The menu is easy to use and aesthetically very nice.
- Lots of convenient short cut keys.
- The camera quality is pretty good for a cell phone and has adjustable quality levels (Even on low quality, the picture is pretty good if you're keeping it on the cell phone as a background or something).
- Battery life is pretty good- I can go several days without recharging it.
- The reception seems to be pretty good, too.
- I've seen a few reviews of complaints that they kept taking pictures of their pockets accidentally, but there is a key lock, and even without that on, my phone won't take pictures while it's closed. Perhaps they've changed the way the camera button works since then?


Cons:
- It did take a little reading of the manual to find out how to use all of the features (speakerphone and key lock, for example) but once you figure it out, it's quite easy.
- The screen is a little hard to see in bright sunlight, but it's not really a problem unless you're trying to take pictures as it can be hard to see what details are in the shot.
- The built-in ringtones aren't great, but the ringer has good sound, so you can download something better for it.
- The external display alternates between "Verizon Wireless" and the time, which can be annoying when you want to know what time it is and have to wait 5 seconds before the clock comes back.
- No games.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ugly phone/Bad call quality/
I bought CDMA 9810 (AUDIO VOX) which is SUCKS - NO Question about it. I returned it and bought Motorola 710

I used CDMA 9800 (AUDIOVOX) earlier which was good. I liked it. CDMA 9800 is better than 9810 (which is higher version of 9800)which is quite surprising.

They just added few feautres to 9810 like

Camera zoom

4-0 out of 5 stars Really good phone for the price.
This phone has a lot of attractive features that make it worth buying, but there are also seveal caveats.

The Good:
- The dual display is very nice, allowing the external LCD to display either an analog or digital clock (the analog clock looks really sharp).The main screen is full-color, which is nice, though becoming standard on cellphones.
- The battery life is long.I can go two days without charging my phone and be fine.There's also an extended-life battery available, though I can't imagine needing it.
- The camera is OK by cellphone standards, but having a flash really helps.Also, the phone has overlay "frames" that allow you to take fun pictures.Another nice feature is the ability to take self-portraits with the external LCD.
- The MP3 ringtones are nice.Instead of a MIDI re-creation of your favorite songs, the real songs themselves play on your phone.There are free services on the web for making your own ringtones, but Verizon likes to combat them.

The Bad:
- The included belt clip doesn't allow the phone to open while holstered, so you have to unclip it to use any functions.
- Sometimes you'll take a picture of the inside of your pocket because the camera button gets pushed.
- The external LCD is black-and-white, unlike newer models with color displays.
- The phone takes a long time to turn on/off when compared to other phones.

1-0 out of 5 stars Are we talking about the same phone?
This is the worst phone I have ever used.I was a long term sprint customer but figured I would switch to Verizon about a week ago.I get a 22% employee discount so I thought I would switch.After reading reviews on the Audiovox CDM8910, I thought I would get an amazing phone.First off this phone is not user friendly.If you want to use the phone outside, forget about it.The screen turns black in the sun.The camera quality is terrible.The ring tones are horrible and very limited.Plus, there are no games, not even plain old freecell.I almost wish I had my old school LG phone, it may have been basic but at least it was easy to use.So beware of some of these reviews about how great this phone is.Or do what I did and buy the phone just to exchange it for something better.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Pros:(1) First tri-mode phone that would work inside my house.Don't know if that's due to upgrades in Verizon's network since the last time I tried to switch to a tri-mode orif it's that this phone has more range.I tried many tri-mode phones that didn't work and had to keep going back to my trusty Audiovox 4000 dual-mode phone for its better range.

(2) Good display for older eyes, except very difficult to see in a quick glance who the caller is when a call comes in on call waiting while you are talking to someone else.With my old phone, I could see the incoming caller's number in a split second and get the phone back up to my ear so I didn't miss much of the conversation I was in.On this one, the number of the person you are talking to is clear but it's hard for the eye to find and read the number of the person on call waiting, especially in high ambient light.

Cons:(1) Short battery life.Short car cord.Once the battery is dead, I try to keep talking by plugging in the car cord and hunching over close to the cigarrette lighter so the short springy cord doesn't pull the plug out, but after a minute or so, the phone shuts down even with power from the cigarette lighter if the battery is dead. Maybe my charger or battery is defective.

(2)Camera -- no way to get pictures out except by sending them to yourself over the internet, which costs money. But that's okay, because the picture quality is poor so why would you want them? No way to lock buttons, so you are constantly taking pictures of the inside of your pockets and especially of your shoulder as you answer calls and accidentally hit the shutter button.

All-in-all, a step down from my trusty, clunky old Audiovox 4000 which I used for years.I would still be using the 4000, except Verizon insists they will charge me $150/month for 2000 minutes with the 4000, plus charge for long distance, whereas with a tri-mode it's $99 and free long distance. Waaaa!

So now it's off to the Verizon store to return this phone and try another. ... Read more


10. Samsung i600 PDA Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $649.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000659OVK
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 240
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This small wonder packs lots of Smartphone power into a small package that can provide all your mobile office needs. Loaded with Microsoft Smartphone software, the handset features mobile versions of all the essential Microsoft applications you depend on, including Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. What's more, the software is designed to sync seamlessly with email, contacts and calendar information on your PC.


Click the image to get a closer look at the i600's features.
Design
The i600 follows the traditional clamshell form factor with an external antenna located on the top right edge of the phone. The large, 176 x 220 screen with 65,000 colors dominates inside of the cover. A smaller monochrome LCD screen, which displays incoming calls, current time, battery life, signal strength and other information is located on the outside of the cover. A five-way selection button allows you to navigate and control the Windows Mobile interface and there are also up/down buttons on the left side of the device for easy access to basic controls. A standard 2.5mm headset jack is placed just above these controls. An SD/MMC memory expansion card slot is housed on the right side of the unit. The infrared data port is housed on the top of the unit, while a universal charger/USB data port is present on the bottom.

Calling Features
The i600 has all the latest calling features folks have come to expect. The built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear. The call log makes it easy to retrieve the last 50 incoming, 50 outgoing and 50 missed calls. Vibrate modes and custom polyphonic ringtones can also be set to your preferences so you know who is calling without having to look at the LCD. Ringtones can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling. The i600 alsofeatures speaker-independent voice recognition, which allows any user to dial a number by speaking the name of a contact from a phone book, or by speaking the digits of a phone number. GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. The included Pocket Outlook software features a contacts list that is cleverly integrated with the phone's dialing functions.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
Designed as a complete solution for people who want to bring their office with them, the i600 comes packed with pocket versions of Outlook and Internet Explorer. In addition to keeping track of contacts, Pocket Outlook features integrated calendar and email functions. Microsoft's ActiveSync software keeps the device synced with all of your PC's Outlook information (via USB or IR connection). Users who want Internet connectivity on the road with their laptop or PDA can tap the i600's wireless modem capabilities (Verizon data plan charges apply). The phone also supports Verizon's "wireless sync" technology, which enables i600 users to sync data (calendars, contacts and email) with their Internet-connected desktop PC while they're on the road.

You can use the i600's built in Internet Explorer browser for Verizon Mobile Web downloads and browsing. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater. Traditional text messaging is also supported by the phone. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the i600. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads using the Get It Now service.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the i600 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator, a to-do list, and an alarm clock.

Imaging and Entertainment
The inclusion of Windows Media on the i600 means that you can use the handset as a video or MP3 player. The amount of music and video you can store is only limited by the unit's memory, and the included stereo headset is designed for multimedia enjoyment. Personalize your i600 with customizable wallpapers and home screens. If you're into mobile gaming, the i600 supports those, too. As mentioned, many games are downloadable via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung i600 weighs 5.0 ounces and measures 3.54 x 2.1 x .92 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 250 minutes of digital talk time, and up to 240 hours of digital standby time. It runs on theCDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Samsung i600 handset, standard lithium-ion battery (900 mAh), extended lithium-ion Battery (1700 mAh), hands-free stereo headset, leather case, sync cradle/charger, user guide, hand strap. ... Read more

Features

  • Powerful 200MHz Processor w/ 32MB RAM
  • Runs Microsoft Smartphone operating system
  • Includes Pocket Outlook, Windows Media Player, and Internet Explorer plus ability to sync directly with your desktop.
  • Internal and external LCD display with time/date and caller ID
  • Voice-activated and predictive dialing

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Phone I've Ever Used
If you're looking to unshackle yourself from carrying a mobile phone and PDA and don't want to replace them with a brick, then this is your phone.I've been using the phone for about a year and love using the calendaring, email, contacts and tasks that make this phone so functional.

Synchronizing with my PC is as easy as putting the phone into the included USB cradle -- Immediately all my contact, calendar and task information is synch'd.Using Verizon Wireless' Mobile Synch service, my e-mail is delivered directly to my phone in addition to my desktop PC.I can easily reply to e-mail by recording a .wav file that gets attached to the e-mail message and sent to the recipient without ever having to type a letter.

Microsoft's ActiveSync software makes storing documents, spreadsheets, even .pdf files easy and convenient.There are many third party software programs that are also available for the SmartPhone 2003 platform adding to the phones productivity.

Reception and clarity is better than any other phone I've used.One handed operation is simple and part of my everyday use.Turning on silent mode is done with just three key strokes.My advice is that you not waste anytime with the standard battery, but upgrade to the extended battery at the outset.I get two full days worth of usage -- on average -- using the extended battery.

The iPaq and Treo type phones have great features as well, but I don't want to have to carry around something that big and clunky.I love my i600.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this phone
I like the small size of this pda phone.I use Microsoft software all the time so it only made sense to get a pda phone that works off of the same platform.I used to have a cell phone and a sony clie pda.It was annoying carrying both around.I sold my clie and upgraded my cellphone with Verizon.It is definitely worth the money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor design means many lost calls
Good concept, but so many problems. For example - if you are on a call, it is nearly impossible to pick up another or to put the person you are talking to on hold; when you open the shell to answer a call, if you so much as touch the buttons on the side of the phone (and it is nearly impossible not to), you won't be able to pick up the call. I am unable to pick up approximately 30% of all of my incoming calls and that is simply unacceptable - and I know it is not a problem handset because they have replaced it once and other people I know with it have the same complaints. A total waste of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW- what a phone.....
Being in sales, I'm one of the few damned to spend eternity on a cell phone. I'm a certified road warrior. In the past 5 months I've owned a total of 5 cell phones. the v600 from motorola, a few nokias, heck I even tried the N-Gage to entertain myself in the airports. So I am very demanding when it comes to phones. Most importantly, I want a phone that's a good phone.

The i600 blew me away. It continues to blow me away. the microsoft OS is perfect, it sychs with Outlook, and lotus notes via intellisynch software. It keeps scads of contacts, and has an option slot for the SD Memory cards.

If you;ve used an ipaq, or a CE based PDA and liked it, you'll love this phone. Best of all the phone comes with the important things. A spare extended battery, and a charging docking station that lets you charge not only the phone but the spare battery also.

Very well thought out phone, with function, and performance in mind. You cannot go wrong with this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good if you want a phone w/ pda functionality
I initially bought the treo 600.But, I returned it to Verizon after a week because I couldnt get used to the form factor (In my opinion, the treo's ridiculous tiny buttons are a pain, and I am not a fan of devices that require use of a stylus).

The Samsung seems to be a phone that has added features of a pda and NOT a pda that has added features of a phone.I think this is the primary reason I like it so much more than the treo.

I had zero problems syncing with MS Outlook on my laptop when I used the cable.I had to monkey around a little to get the wireless IR sync to work, but eventually figured it out and it works BEAUTIFULLY!I have been waiting a long time for a PHONE (not a PDA) that can by easily sync'd with Outlook for calendar and contacts.This phone does that.I dont plan to sync e-mail with this phone at the time, but I understand that can be done also.This phone solves my most critical need - to have my updated calendar and contacts while I am out of the office.I also like the fact that the MS Windows Mobile O/S is intuitive and very easy to use.Overall, I am happy with the phone.

Cons - Expensive, does not include a camera (doesnt bother me too much, but it seems that it should at this price), a bit slow to "boot-up", internet performance is not as good as my 18 month-old LG from Verizon, small and poorly lit secondary lcd display, the phone needs a simple, hard-plastic belt holster (I'm not a huge fan of the bulky leather carrying case). ... Read more


11. Audiovox XV6600 PDA Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $699.99
our price: $549.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007Q3TNW
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 836
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Powered by the Windows Mobile 2003 operating system and with support for corporate email accounts, the XV6600 is designed for maximum efficiency, wherever you are. A full color display slides down to reveal an integrated QWERTY keypad, while integrated Bluetooth keeps you on the cutting edge of connectivity. It's the ultimate power tool for mobile professionals.



Click the image to see the XV6600 in action, or take a closer look at the phone's features: page one - page two.
Design
The XV6600 follows the standard form factor of the latest Pocket PC devices, with one major addition; as mentioned, a sliding QWERTY keyboard is hidden below the screen. A generous, 240 x 320 full-color touchscreen display dominates the face of the unit. Just below the display is a five-way selection button that allows you to navigate and control the Windows Mobile interface. Meanwhile, shortcut buttons positioned both above and below the screen offer quick access to your Outlook calendar, contacts, messaging, Internet Explorer and more. Alternatively, the device can be directly controlled with an included stylus that slides out of the rear of the XV6600's case.

Under the hood, the XV6600 sports a 400 Mhz Intel PXA263 CPU with 128 MB of RAM and 64 MB of embedded flash memory storage. The unit's SD IO memory slot supports additional flash-based memory so you can expand available storage. The Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC operating system is completely touchscreen-enabled and features advanced handwriting recognition that is compatible with all of the device's applications. There's a standard stereo 2.5mm headset jack, while USB data and charging is handled by the XV6600's docking ports on the bottom of the device.

Calling Features
Many of the XV6600's calling features are integrated with the Windows Mobile operating system. For instance, the included Pocket Outlook software features a contacts list that is cleverly integrated with the phone's dialing functions. Meanwhile, the phone's handwriting recognition software can be used to dial numbers and enter contact information. The XV6600's built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear. Polyphonic ringtones are available, as is a vibrating alert. Caller ID and call waiting are also supported. Lastly, the XV6600's Bluetooth connectivity makes it easy to sync the unit with a wide range of handsfree, wireless headsets and car kits.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The XV6600 is designed as a complete mobile office solution, so Internet and messaging capabilities are robust. The unit comes packed with pocket versions of Outlook, Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger. In addition to keeping track of contacts, Pocket Outlook features integrated calendar and email functions. Microsoft's ActiveSync software keeps the device synced with all of your PC's Outlook information (via USB, IR, or Bluetooth connection). Users who want Internet connectivity on the road with their laptop or PDA can tap the XV6600's wireless modem capabilities (Verizon Broadband Access data plan charges apply). Verizon's next generation EV-DO broadband wireless network is compatible with the unit, meaning you can tap into blistering Internet speeds in areas where EV-DO coverage is provided (see below). Meanwhile, the unit fully supports basic text messaging, as well as multimedia messaging (MMS).

A generous toolset ships with the XV6600's Windows Mobile 2003 software. Pocket Outlook includes to-do lists while pocket versions of Word and Excel are included so you can review and edit documents on the go. A calculator, alarm clock and voice memo recorder round out the tools package.

Entertainment
The XV6600 delivers the ultimate music experience. You can store MP3 files and easily exchange them with your PC or stream them from the internet. The included Windows Media Player application can also play videos for even more mobile entertainment. The XV6600's wallpapers and screensavers can be customized to suit your tastes. Windows Mobile and Java-based games are also supported.

EV-DO Wireless Broadband Coverage
Covering over 75 million people in 30 markets:
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, Milwaukee, New Haven/Hartford, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, San Diego, Tampa, W. Palm Beach, and Washington, DC.

Expanding markets in 2005

Vital Statistics
The Audiovox XV6600 weighs 6.8 ounces and measures 4.9 x 2.7 x .7 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.6 hours of digital talk time, and up to 144 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
XV6600 handset, USB Sync Station, lithium-ion battery, headset, spare stylus, travel charger, 22-pin DC jack converter, carry case, user manual, quick start guide, companion CD. ... Read more

Features

  • Fast Intel Dalhart 400 MHz Processor with 64MB ROM / 128MB RAM of internal memory with a large 2.1 inc x 2.8 inch 64K color TFT LCD Touch-Screen
  • Increase your productivity with Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PC - Includes Pocket versions of Microsoft Office Applications like Word, Excel, Outlook, Calendar and more
  • Take pictures while on the go with built in camera and flash
  • Talk wirelessly with built-in Bluetooth or handsfree with the built-in Speakerphone
  • Save and store all of your images and files with a removable SD Card Slot

Reviews (14)

3-0 out of 5 stars Bluetooth?
I'm looking to see if anyone has any possible advice or suggestions on a Bluetooth headset? I currently have tried the Motorola HS820 & Motorola HS850 (while the volume sounds perfect to whoever you are calling, you can't really hear anything on both of these). Do Not Buy Motorola Bluetooth Headsets for this phone! I have tried the Jabra 250 which gives you perfect sound due to the eargel being inserted in your ear. However, you almost have to keep the phone and the headset right in front of each other to prevent static. Can anyone help me? I was thinking of going with Plantronics or Sony Ericson. Any Advice or suggestions?

2-0 out of 5 stars Features good - battery bad!
As a network admin, I was asked to provide 15 of the bosses and administrators with smart phones.After much investigation, we settled on the Audiovox xv6600.We've been using them for two months now and the results have been mixed...

The good -

Wireless sync works great with Exchange server and does provide a nearly real time connection to the office and critical data from Exchange. The internet (which goes full broadband in about 4 days in my area) is also a very useful function.The ability to read Word and Excel docs has been well received.Finally, the bluetooth function is useful but buggy.

The Bad -

The battery on every single one of these units will not make it through the 8 hour work day - even if the unit is never removed from it's pouch and used.In fact, about 7 of them will not make it past 2.5 hours!The functions are great, but when the unit is unuseable due to poor battery performance, you have to question it's value. Incidentally, Audiovox still has no enhanced battery available.

Additionally, my users have to perform resets (sticking the stylus in the reset hole) at least once a day as the phone function 'hangs'.Sometimes the unit times out while trying to dial out (even with a full signal).The unit will then not receive or send calls at all until you reset it.This problem is probably more attributable to the phone software operating on a Microsoft based operating system or possibly due to the wireless sync function.

Finally, the Bluetooth wireless headsets are great while they are working.In fact, mine works great on my regular (nonsmart) phone.But the xv6600 often needs the headset to be reinstalled or randomly chooses not to allow it to answer calls.But I attribute that to the burden of the Microsoft operating system it resides on.A challenge my nonsmart phone does not need to overcome.

Finally -

The xv6600 is a good idea, but it has a lot of bugs and creates a ton of support tickets for us.All in all, I'd be satisfied with it if the battery could just last all day.The other issues are ones that Windows users get used to after a while and learn to live with (freeze ups, nonreponsive programs, etc).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone, great PDA
I've had my Verizon VX 6600 for about three weeks now, and I am thoroughly satisfied with it.
Since many issues are covered in other reviews, I'll just jaunt some quick thoughts.
Battery life: I have absolutely no complaint in this area, and I was actually really impressed of how long it could stay up when I've actually been using the data, calling and PDA features quite a lot. Considering the quality of the colour screen, this is all the more impressive. I move about quite a bit and get stationed in different places on the way, so I've always expected to be charging my cell on and off as much as possible. The extremely compact charger which comes with the phone makes this a breeze, unlike some of those entry-range LXs from Verizon, which have a huge bulky charger. Moreover, the battery seems to handle partiel charges very well so far.
Sync-wise, things are as smooth as can be. I'm also using a Mac, and when I bought the phone I was told that I couldn't sync with a Mac, but all you need is to do the initial physical sync with a PC, and then you can sync online with any computer (I'm pretty sure there's a way to physically sync with a Mac, but with online sync I haven't even needed to look for it). Automatic sync also means you get a data backup and don't risk losing data (I'm duplicating on a card just in case, but I haven't needed to access it to retrieve anything so far).
The sound is great, much better once again than on the Verizon LX phones. I'm not convinced that the Motorola Bluetooth headset that I'm using is the best, but the hands-free kit which comes with the phone, though wired, gives excellent sound quality (and in both ears, so even you're very hard of hearing you should have no difficulties with it).
The apps are great, though I've switched to Apple for my laptop, Pocket Windows is still really useful and Office-compatible.
The only thing I still need to get and which they should include in the package is a transparent cover for the screen -it hasn't been damaged at all so far despite bad treatment, but I'm a bit worried it'll eventually get scratched if not protected adequately.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the bunch so far...
As head of IT for my company I was subjected to the brutal testing of all the new "convergence" devices. We needed something that combined the features of a Blackberry with a camera (If only RIM would make one!!!).After going through 5 or 6 devices, I thought for sure the technology just wasn't there yet.When I got the Audiovox I felt I finally found something ready for primetime.The camera is good - not great - but good enough for what we needed it for (punchlisting damages and relaying that info via email) and better than the other devices I tested.The phone is by far the loudest of all of them.I can actually hear the caller.Throw in a Motorola bluetooth earbud and you're really in business.Again, I'd love more volume, but this is very acceptable.The Microsoft Active Sync works!If your organization is running Exchange 2003 w/ Mobile Services make sure you install SP1 for Exchange2K3!It fixes a bunch of bugs with Mobile Services.Although not as fast as my Blackberry server, I get my emails within 3-4 minutes.
The battery life is not the best, but that seems to be a characteristic of all the Pocket PCs.As most people know, Blackberries will run for days - this thing needs to be charged every night!There are some tweaks to help conserve power...turn off the IR and the Bluetooth if you're not using it.And save critical info to a card using the backup utility - it avoids a lot of anguish if you're out-of-town and need to restore all your settings should you "forget" to charge it one night.And the "slide-out" keyboard is very functional.
I gave it 5 stars only because I found it to be the best of similar devices, although there are certainly still some areas that could use improvement (especially battery life).But if you need the functionality and can't wait for the technology to improve, this is the device to go with!! (They even have a Citrix client for it!!)

3-0 out of 5 stars Poor Battery Life on XV6600
I'm returning my XV6600 today.As a PDA, it has plenty of nice features...Pocket PC is great, and the compatibility with Windows applications is nice.HOWEVER, as a primary phone, it leaves a lot to be desired.The battery life is awful.I charged it to full capacity, and less than 10 hours later, it was at 33% only from a few phone calls.I wish I would have read these reviews before making such a pricy purchase! ... Read more


12. LG VX4500 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $209.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00065982U
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 778
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

If you're in your car a lot, this is the phone for you. The all-digital LG VX4500 from Verizon Wireless offers speaker-independent voice recognition, which allows any user to dial a number by speaking the name of a contact from a phone book, or by speaking the digits of a phone number. When this voice technology is used with the two-way speaker phone the VX4500 allows for true hands-free operation.


Click the image to get a closer look at the VX4500's features.
Design
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a large TFT color display with 65,000 colors. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's blue backlit control pad. Meanwhile, the top right side of the unit houses an antenna while the USB-capable data and charging port is housed on the unit's bottom edge. There's a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets on the left side of the handset.

Calling Features
Robust calling features are at the heart of the LG VX4500. Speaker-independent voice recognition allows you to make calls and access other essential features, all without ever touching the device. Simply place the phone in driving mode and voice commands for contacts, digit dialing, redial, voice mail, driving, schedule and time are all made available so you can control all of the phone's basic functions with the sound of your voice. The VX4500's built-in address book can store up to 499 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with 36 built-in ringers that can be associated with 36 different callers so you can easily identify who's calling you. The speed dialing feature allows you to dial up to 99 numbers virtually instantaneously. A built-in 2-way speakerphone makes it easy for you and others in the car to talk handsfree. The VX4500's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The VX4500 covers the messaging basics with support for sending and receiving text and graphics via messages.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the VX4500, as well. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the VX4500. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

The VX4500 ships with a calendar and scheduler, a voice memo application with up to 4 minutes of record time, and a notepad. An alarm clock, calculator and world clock are also included, as is the very handy restaurant tip calculator. Never dine without it!

Imaging and Entertainment
The VX4500 features customizable theme colors, screen backgrounds, fonts and caller ID graphics and pictures so you can make your phone reflect your personality. Games and other applications are available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The LG VX4500 weighs 3.7 ounces and measures 3.46 x 1.92 x 0.94 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 189 minutes of digital talk time, and up to 110 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
LG VX4500 cell phone, desktop charger with adapter, standard lithium-ion battery, holster with belt clip, user's manual, welcome CD, quick reference guide. ... Read more

Features

  • Voice command capabilities for dialing and accessing other features
  • Large, 65,000-color internal display
  • 26 ring tones plus vibrating alert
  • 2-way speaker phone
  • GPS capable for E911 emergency location

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Screen Breaks
This phone was fine for about month, when both screens began blanking out. I took it back to the store and was advised to simply remove the battery for two minutes, then the screen would come back. I did this and it seemed to work. After another month, the screen began blanking out more and more. Finally, after about 5 months of use, the screen would blank out continuously - maybe 15-20 times a day.

Several people I know have the same issue with this phone - it is clearly a defective model. The people in the Verizon store all know this too, since any one of them will tell you the battery trick to get the screen working again. Don't bother with this phone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad...
First of all, I totally agree with the one reviewer about the manual...IT SUCKS. That is the first thing I noticed. The manual does NOT help at all...it's absolutely worthless. I had to call verizon 3 different times just to get my questions answered. Come on guys....get with the program and put together a decent manual. I agree with everything that the other reviewers said, the phone is really nice but now I am worried about dropped calls being a problem...that is probably going to annoy the heck out of me. The only other thing I have a problem with is that my last phone, a motorola, all I had to do was push the button on the side and say the name of the person I wanted to call and it would automatically dial because I taught it the name. This phone, you hit the button on the side, then you have to say call someone, then you have to say their name, then you have to wait for it to come up with the right one, if not, you have to choose the right one...crap, by the time I do all that, I mind as well just go to my phonebook and get it myself!! TOO MANY STEPS. I would much rather take a half hour and teach it all my contacts and just hit a button and go!

4-0 out of 5 stars LG VX4500
Very good basic phone, Clear sound and solid for everyday use. Not fancy with bells and such but gets the job done. LCD screen difficult to view in bright light and side buttons can be pressed accidently at times. Overall a very basic but very good phone with some nice features.

4-0 out of 5 stars LG VX4500
Nice phone, especially without the camera. I've had mine for about two months now. The best feature is the loud and clear signal. The ringer is loud, the voice is loud, and I sound clear to the other end of the line.

The "say something" feature really works well, and it doesn't waste your time learning how to pronounce "Mom," "Deli," "Job" or "Voicemail." It just knows all by itself out of the box.

An annoying feature at first was that if you don't pay attention, it is easy to think you are saving numbers into the memory but you are not. I found that I need to pay close attention to how you are adding the number and to hit "Done" twice when I'm finished.

Keys are large, good for big-fingered individuals like me. Outside LCD display tells you the time or, if you have a new message, how many there are. On the main inside display, you can adjust the font size so the names and numbers are easier to read. The battery charges quickly and doesn't seem to wear down as much as other phones I've had.

Nice phone, excellent for medium to heavy users.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great phone, especially considering the price
I've had this phone going on 6 months now and usually wait that long before reviewing any electronics product.Ergonomics and design flaws aren't immediately evident until after you've used the item for quite some time.I'm glad to note that the LG VX4500 is an outstanding product with virtually no problems that I've noticed.

The most fantastic thing about the phone is the outstanding battery life.I never actually measured the total talk time I get on one charge, but I usually go 2-3 days between charges and I make many calls in an average day.Also, there's NO CAMERA (a must for me -- if I wanted a camera, I'd buy a camera . . . not a phone), plenty of scheduling/alarm/calender features, and an amazingly loud and crisp speaker phone.

The Driving Mode on the phone has become indispensible to me as I drive around a lot.You can say any name in your addressbook and the phone will dial it.There is no need to sit down and store the voice recording of the names so the phone understands who you mean.You can even say the phone number you want to dial and the phone does that and on incoming calls it'll say the name/number that's calling.

There are a few minor drawbacks.First is the reception.The phone still gets a great signal considering the extensive verizon network out there, but it doesn't receive as well as some of the other verizon phones.A few times, I've been on the phone next to friends who're on verizon as well and I've had my call drop while theirs stayed connected.Even putting this cell phone next to another, you'll at times see this phone with 3/5 or 4/5 bars while other verizon phones will have 5/5 bars.

Second, in Driving Mode the phone will only dial the first number associated with each name.An easy way to get around this is to just put in separate entries for someone's cell, office and home lines if you'll be calling them often using the Driving Mode.

Overall, the phone is great.It fits well into the palm of your hand.It doesn't feel clunky or heavy and has nice rounded features so as to feel unnoticable when in your pocket.It's a great phone at a great price. ... Read more


13. Samsung i700 PDA Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $749.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000659Q68
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 595
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Camera phone meets Windows Mobile PDA in Samsung's CDMA-based incarnation of the Pocket PC platform, the i700. The phone includes pocket versions of all the Windows software you need to keep working on the go-- Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and Microsoft Reader. It's a total mobile office solution with advanced calling features and powerful PDA functionality.


Click the image to get a closer look at the i700's features.
Design
The i700 follows the standard form factor of the latest Pocket PC devices. A large, 240 x 320, touchscreen display dominates the face of the unit. Just below the display is a five-way selection button that allows you to navigate and control the Windows Mobile interface. Alternatively, the device can be directly controlled with an included stylus that slides out of the i700's case. The Windows Mobile for Smartphones 2002 operating system is completely touchscreen-enabled and features advanced handwriting recognition that is compatible with all of the device's applications. The VGA (640 x 480) camera unit on top of the device features a unique rotating head-- great for getting self portraits. Adjacent to the camera are the external antenna and the infrared data port. The rear of the i700 houses the speakerphone unit, just above the battery door. There's a standard 2.5mm headset jack, while USB data and charging is handled by the i700's docking ports on the bottom of the device. A slot for MultiMediaCard (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) cards is placed on the left side of the unit. The i700 ships with 64 MB of internal memory, which is expandable via the memory card slot. The device features a 300MHz Intel StrongArm processor.

Calling Features
The i700's built-in speakerphone with support for 3-way conference calling makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear. Nine ringtones are available, as is a vibrating alert. The i700 also features speaker-independent voice recognition, which allows any user to dial a number by speaking the name of a contact from a phone book, or by speaking the digits of a phone number. Caller ID lets you see who's calling and GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. The included Pocket Outlook software features a contacts list that is cleverly integrated with the phone's dialing functions.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The i700 is designed as a complete solution for people who want to bring their office with them. The unit comes packed with pocket versions of Outlook and Internet Explorer. In addition to keeping track of contacts, Pocket Outlook features integrated calendar and email functions. Microsoft's ActiveSync software keeps the device synced with all of your PC's Outlook information (via USB or IR connection). Users who want Internet connectivity on the road with their laptop or PDA can tap the i700's wireless modem capabilities (Verizon data plan charges apply). The phone also supports Verizon's "wireless sync" technology, which enables i700 users to sync data (calendars, contacts and email) with their Internet-connected desktop PC while they're on the road.

You can use the i700's built-in Internet Explorer browser for Verizon Mobile Web downloads and browsing. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater. Traditional text messaging is also supported by the phone. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

For complete functionality on the go, the i700 includes pocket versions of Microsoft Word and Excel. Open, view and edit documents and spreadsheets right on your handheld, then send them to associates. A number of additional handy software tools are bundled with the i700 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator, a to-do list, and an alarm clock. Microsoft's Reader application, which allows you to read eBooks on your i700, is also included.

Imaging and Entertainment
The i700 can view and send images and graphics in JPEG, GIF, BMP and PNG formats. The included camera features resolution and quality settings, white balance, exposure settings, a timer, thumbnail and slide show views, and a picture zoom. The inclusion of Windows Media on the i700 means that you can use the handset as an MP3 player. The amount of music you can store is only limited by the unit's memory, and the included stereo headset is designed for music enjoyment. Personalize your i700 with customizable wallpapers and home screens. If you're into mobile gaming, the i700 supports Pocket PC-compatible games.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung i700 weighs 6.9 ounces and measures 5.2 x 2.8 x .8 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 250 minutes of digital talk time, and up to 240 hours of digital standby time. It runs on theCDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Samsung i700 handset, standard battery, extended battery, desktop charger (sync cradle), travel charger, leather portfolio, 2 styli, stereo headset, companion software CD. ... Read more

Features

  • Mobile versions of Microsoft applications
  • Built-in digital camera with rotating camera lens, multiple resolution and quality settings
  • Breakthrough voice recognition software
  • 9 ring tones plus vibrating alert and speakerphone
  • Image Support - JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Pathetic as a phone
If you want to use this primarily as a phone, do not buy it! The voice quality is poor and it is difficult to use. It has no keypad, only a touch screen, so you cannot dial it while driving, walking, etc. You cannot see the screen in daylight. It is too big to fit into a shirt pocket, so you end up carrying it around in your hand.

Now the worst part - apparently Samsung does not understand the concept of non-volatile memory. On 2 occasions my battery has run down, and both times the phone dumped all of it's memory. Contrast this to my old Nokia phone that I have not used or charged in a year - it still has all of it's memory contents.

The PDA functions are difficult to use and master, and there is no manual to help. I have colleagues that have had their e-mail connections dissapear for no reason. There are intermittemt problems sending e-mail to addresses outside of my company's domain. The MS Office functions are worthless, since you have to constantly manipulate the screen - you cannot rescale the image on the screen. The web access is 10 times worse than dial-up.

In short, stay far, far away from this phone - look at a Treo or a Blackberry if you want a Smart Phone.

5-0 out of 5 stars best pda,phone ever
i am a gadget freak...and believe me i had my share of the latest phones and pdas including the dell x50v.now i can toss the man bag which i used to carry the dell 700m laptop, axim x50v pda and the lg 3mega pixel camera phone.i never realized the how versetile this thing was until i used the samsung i700 for 4 months.now i can't be without it.1st of all its top quality stuff...i even dropped it several times and its still functioning.its probably the most user friendly pda or phone u can buy.and the batt life is exceptional..for an all in one unit.its just an amazing machine and the display is clear and bright..even better than my axim with 16mb graphics card.i wish i had known about this unit earlier.now my beloved dell axim and the lg phone will retire.hope ebay can find them a good home.i will hold on to this for years...thank u samsung.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best phone/camer/ voice recorder/ date book I ever had!
This phone rocks!I have had it for about a year now.I have never had a problem with it.The sync works like a dream so it saves me from carrying a pda, pager, and separate phone.Now I have them all in one good-looking package.Don't wait, get one today!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I've had mine for over a year now and it has been outstanding.
PDA - I wouldn't know what to do without it. Synchronizing is not a problem and I even have desktop themes that changes from every 30 seconds to daily and it can handle it. Organizing is a breeze due to operational ease of the calendar and contacts.
Internet - we moved cross country and used the internet for weather and hotel lookup. It was incredible and it still is.
Email - it comes handy since we took a lot of pictures during our trip, even in the Sequoia National Park. Just take a picture and send.
Phone - I use it everyday with and without the earphones. Conversations are crystal clear even on a cloudy day. I even used it during the hurricanes that came through Florida. No problem.
Durability - I have dropped this PDA/phone a few times and it's still working. I even have the scratches to prove it.
Summary - It was a Valentine's Day gift from my husband and it has been very helpful. I don't have to go walking around with a phone, PDA, and or laptop. I intend to take good care of it so it will last a while because I am not rich and can't afford to buy one everytime I can't figure out how to work it. Thanks Samsung.

1-0 out of 5 stars Okay PDA, Non-working phone
The PDA part of the i700 worked fine and synchronization was relatively easy.However, the phone part only worked for about two months.First the speaker quit, then the microphone, and finally the headset part.Since I bought it primarily for the phone, it did not meet my standards for usage.A co-worker experienced similar problems having gone through 3 phones in six months, all due to the phone not working. ... Read more


14. LG VX8000 EV-DO Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $499.99
our price: $349.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007N7IP0
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 321
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Hands-On Review

In 2004 Verizon introduced their EV-DO 3G data business services to select markets in the US.Months later at the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show, they finally rolled out their first 3G consumer offering, named VCAST.For $15 per month, Verizon's VCAST service offers an unlimited number of streaming video clip downloads over their high-speed EV-DO network.The user gets access to daily updated content from news organizations such as CNN, CNBC, and ESPN as well as entertainment content from the likes of Comedy Central and others.If you live in one of the markets covered by their EV-DO 3G service, then you can get this on your mobile phone.


Click image to see full-size photo shot with auto white balance and macro lens setting.

Click image to see full-size photo shot with manually set white balance and the normal lens setting.

Of course, you need an EV-DO cell phone such as the LG VX8000 to view VCAST content.The VX8000 was the first handset to be launched with the VCAST service, and was the star of Verizon's VCAST launch event.It is a somewhat large clamshell handset that comes equipped with a 1.3 megapixel camera with a macro lens setting for close-up photography.The camera takes photos that range anywhere from decent to very good in quality, depending on lighting conditions and settings (try out the manual White Balance settings).The VX8000 can also record 14 second long video clips that are also typically quite nice.Photos and videos can be painlessly uploaded to Verizon's PixPlace website, though the photos will be greatly reduced in resolution, or they can be easily sent to any internet email address.Sending a photo to an email address is the only way to get a full resolution 1.3 megapixel photo off of the VX8000, since it has no IR, Bluetooth, or data cable.

The photos and videos you take will look great on the VX8000, thanks to its dual 262k color displays.The main 2.2" display is very colorful and clear, and the unusually large 128x160 pixel external display is equally nice.The external display serves as the camera's viewfinder when you have the phone closed, allowing you to record perfectly centered photos and video clips of yourself.The controls under the display and the volume rocker allow you to navigate through your photos with the phone closed, which is handy.

The VX8000 has a very well laid out keypad, with large buttons that are as easy to read as to use.The 5-way directional-pad controller is also large, and has a nice big OK button in the middle for selecting things in the VX8000's menus.The user interface is consistent and simple to use, but has some organizational issues thanks to Verizon's desire to drive people towards their Get It Now download services (which typically costs extra).In their defense,Verizon does offer a wide selection of ringtones from various partners, and has some of the best 3D games I have seen on a mobile phone to date.

As far as doing normal phone things go, the VX8000 has pretty good reception, decent audio quality, and a simply fantastic speakerphone.The speakerphone is probably the best I have ever tested.Battery life is probably going to be an issue for most people, though. 4.5 hours of talk time is decent, but the standby time is rarely much more than two days with no calls being made, and that is unacceptable.Best to opt for the extended battery, which will provide 50% more power.

The VX8000 is a solid phone.Verizon's VCAST service will provide you with timely news and some entertainment, but might be a bit expensive for most people at this time - though it is sure to get cheaper eventually.The VX8000's camera is very nice, as are its dual displays.If nothing else, the VX8000 will let you be the first kid on the block with a 3G phone.

Pros:

  • 3G Service
  • Nice 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Dual 262k color displays

Cons:

  • Bulky
  • Short standby battery life

What's in the Box:
VX8000 handset, standard lithium-polymer battery, home charger, stereo headset.

--Reviewed by Michael Oryl, editor in chief of www.MobileBurn.com

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Features

  • Supports EV-DO high-speed data
  • Ultra smooth streaming video
  • Megapixel camera w/ Flash
  • Dual high-resolution TFT color displays
  • Built-in stereo sound

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect in almost every way.
Great phone.Yes it's a bit large, but it has a great feel in your hand.The speakerphone is the best yet.People don't even know I'm on it.The camera takes superior pictures outside and acceptable inside with moderate light.Call quality is excellent.I had an old lg and could not get a signal in my house as well as other remote places.Now I have never not been able to make a call.Even when I have 1 or no bars (near wooded areas) I still get a call through.Videos are a bit weak, but easy to use.

The contacts and menus are extremely well organized and easy to use.

My only complaint about this wonderful phone is that the only Verizon supported way to get pix or flix off of your phone is to email or message them.However, you can buy unsupported software with a USB cable and upload/download to your PC for ~ $35.It certainly beats emailing yourself a picture at .25 cents a pop.

4-0 out of 5 stars I know it is my fault, but this phone is HUGE
I knew when I looked at the sheer enormity of this phone on Feb 1st, the day it came out, that this phone was too big. I bought it though, because I had been reading about how great it was going to be for several months. I had the LG 6000 and loved it, it made me a convert from my many years as a devout Motorola disciple. I loved my vx6000, great phone, simple but great. Then I became intrigued by the camera in this phone and the EVDO capability. Well that lasted about a week. VCAST is great if you love watching things on a 2" screen. I personally found it to be a nice gimmick, but with little practical value. The web browser was nice and easy to use, but personally it doesn't really excite me. Now for the phone itself, the camera takes nice pictures, the phone gets good reception. The bad parts, is I believe the phone is feeding itself, because it seems to get bigger everyday. It is just a brick compared to my previous phones (Moto V60, LG VX6000). Take this into consideration when buying, I know that VZW's selection of phones leave something to be desired, but it may be worth waiting it out a little longer, than being anchored down by this phone.

P.S. The battery is getting worse daily. I was careful to properly charge and discharge the battery correctly when I first got the phone. It seems like I am running out of battery now almost daily.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only phone better isn't out yet
I've been selling wireless phones for about five years and remember when LG first became competitive.I made it a point to let every customer interested in an LG phone that I would not be held responsible for anything they encounter.LG simply left a bad taste in my mouth.

Then they came out with thLG 6000 and then the 6100.I started to notice LG Phones became more popular and reliable.I then turned my skepticism of a solid phone to the Audiovox phones (and Kyocera phones).

I got hired at VerizonWireless and started playing with the LG8000.Why not, I asked, and purchased it to see what they hype was and if I could get the memories out my mind...

This phone has everything, but the Bluetooth I wanted.The VCast feature is unmatched by any other carrier.Never really one for all the bells and whistles, I find myself checking out the latest news and sports from my handset with video instead of reading text from the traditional mobile web sites.I missed having a speaker phone from my Sanyo days.LG8000's speaker is actually a lot better than I thought it would be.Pretty loud and clear.

The DSL connection makes IMing from the phone a breeze.No one realizes I'm IMing from a cell phone.I IM with MSN, AOL and Yahoo.The menu, something LG was been terrible at, is extremely user-friendly and too easy to learn.

The feature I like most about the phone is being able to answer the phone while wearing an earpiece without having to open the phone, press send, then close it.INstead, I press a button below the huge external display.I end my calls like that too.I read my text messages from the huge external display.

For those into camera phones, the 1.3Meg camera is crisp.And the macro feature allows me to take pictures of extremely small details, like the writing on a coin, without it being blurry.

I could go on and on, but you just have to go check it out yourself.The only phone I can think of that even competes at this level (and no, the Razr has nothing on this phone) is the LG8100 which isn't out yet.Only because it has Bluetooth.

If you're serious about having a solid phone that's easy to use, has big numbers to make it easy to dial compared to some of these phones with tiny buttons, a huge external display that is interactive and the streamline video that is crisp, this is the only phone available.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great phone for now
I switched to LG phones from being a long-time Nokia user because I wanted a flip phone and all of LG's phones seem to offer so many more options, and picked up the VX8000 because it's currently the best LG has to offer.Fortunately, I was not disappointed.While this phone does have some flaws, it has proven to be the best cell phone I've ever owned.

Reception - After two months I have never had a dropped call or poor reception, ever.I've never even had to extend the antenna.I didn't receive too many dropped calls with my Nokia, but with Suncom, there were several "dead" areas in my city where my phone just wouldn't work.I haven't found one yet with Verizon.

Features - This phone has just about every feature you could want.The contact list is extensive and holds 500 names.It provides one entry per name, and within that entry you can assign two mobile numbers, two emails, and a work and home number.You can also assign picture and ringer ID by caller.It would have been nice to have a space for notes such as being able to store an address for contacts but this isn't available. Pressing the SEND button brings up a list of recent calls, and shows all calls received, missed, and dialed, so no more clicking on "call log" then selecting "dialed calls" etc.The recent call list clearly shows the type of call.I find this very convenient.

Alarm - The phone has an alarm that is integrated with the calendar.The alarm is great because you can set a recurring alarm by day. You can set a weekly alarm that will go off Mon-Fri, and then set a separate alarm for the weekends, and never have to set it again. With my old phone, I had to set the alarm every night.The only problem is there is no snooze feature, which would have been nice.You can also set an alarm to go off every Third Tuesday of the month if you want.

Camera - I didn't really want a camera phone at first, but I find that I really enjoy mine.This phone comes with a 1.3 Mega pixel camera, which is the highest resolution currently available.This thing takes incredible pictures for a camera phone.You canincrease the resolution all the way to 1280x960, which are huge pictures.Outdoor shots look great even at that resolution. Night shots don't look nearly as good.The phone comes with a built in flash, but it's just not powerful enough to take shots in dark areas such as a bar.Pictures come out grainy and out of focus.The camera does have numerous built in settings you can change for night mode and to adjust the gamma and brightness, so it's possible I just don't have it configured right.But if you're looking for a phone with a good camera, this is the way to go. An additional problem though is that it's very hard to take a good self-shot.Trying to photograph yourself while holding the phone shows a full-resolution picture on the front LCD, but it is hard to hold the camera far enough away to get a good shot. I haven't really found a good use for the video camera other than novelty since it only captures 15 seconds, but the quality also appears great.

Ease of use - One of the best qualities of this phone is how convenient everything is.There is a beautiful full color LCD on the front of the phone to show calls without having to open the flip.You can also turn on the flash from a side button, activate voice dialing and the camera from convenient buttons on the side.Vibrate mode and the speaker phone are very easy to turn on by holding down a button on the phone, and adjusting the phone to silent or vibrate mode takes less than a couple seconds. Most of the phone's features can be activated by simply 1-button shortcuts, and I rarely have to navigate through menus to reach any of the more important features.

Extras - The ring tones that come with the phone are fairly limited, but sound great.The speaker on this phone is also the best I've ever heard.There is no need for a car adapter kit, since you can simply turn on the speaker phone and put the phone in the seat beside you.No one can ever tell when I'm talking to them on speaker and you can turn up the volume so high it sounds like they're sitting next to you.

I definitely recommend the web access for $5 a month.It's hard to navigate sites that aren't designed for mobile phones, but the screen is so huge that Verizon's built in web access comes out great.They have all of the top stories and built in areas to access Yahoo and AOL mail.The phone comes with no built in games, which would have been nice, but you can download some from Verizon for around $6-$10.The quality rivals a Game boy, although the controls on most of the arcade games is difficult. The main feature of this phone is the EV-DO VCast network from Verizon, which lets you download sports and news clips for $15 a month.However unless you live in a very large city (like Atlanta or New York), this network most likely isn't available to you.

If you get this phone and you're into the tech side of it, you should definitely get a USB data cable for it.I can transfer all of my pictures, wallpaper, ring tones, and Mp3s (it has a great MP3 player) directly with it and free software you can find on the web.Just make sure your data cable is made for this model and can charge the phone while plugged in.Battery life is great already however.

My one main concern with this phone (and the reason it only gets 4 stars) is the size.I'm used to very small phones and had heard this thing was a brick.It's not as big as made out to be, but it is definitely a large phone.I've gotten used to it and it doesn't bother me, but if you can, I would hold out for the next model, the VX8100, which will be much smaller and contain Bluetooth support.I will most likely pay a few hundred to upgrade to that model when it comes out just for the size alone.The phone also scratches rather easily so you have to be careful with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great phone
I think this is a great phone. it has two large color lcds. this phone has camera and video. there is IM and downoadable features with get it now. also there is vcast which alows you to stream broadband videos like cnn weather E!, music videos, movie trailers sports and 3D games. and you can change the menu color to tropical, blue, busines, or default. It is also thin not razor thin but thin and not bulky. ... Read more


15. Samsung A650 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $179.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000659WOE
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 1013
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This stylish, tri-mode clamshell kicks the fun up notch with enhanced messaging capabilities that let you send graphics, animation and sound with your text messages. It's also compatible with Verizon's wireless Internet services, making it a great mobile companion.

Design
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a large and vibrant 128 x 160 pixels color display with 65,000 colors. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's backlit control pad. Meanwhile, the top right side of the unit houses an extendable antenna while the charging port is housed on the unit's bottom edge. The phone also features a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets. Up/down keys are located on the left side of the unit for quick volume control.

Calling Features
The A650's built-in address book can store up to 500 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with 15 built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. More ringtones can be downloaded via Verizon's Get It Now service. Ringtones can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names (up to 20 voice dialing contacts supported). The A650's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the A650 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Verizon's digital networks, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The A650 features enhanced messaging with support for sending and receiving text, sounds and graphics in messages. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the A650, as well. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the A650. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads using the Get It Now service.

The A650 ships with a number of handy tools including a calendar, a to-do list and a voice memo application that can record up to 4 minutes of speech. An alarm clock and calculator are also included.

Imaging and Entertainment
The A650 features customizable screen backgrounds and screen savers so you can make your phone reflect your personality. The phone is also BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Games are available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung A650 weighs 3.6 ounces and measures 3.30 x 1.80 x .90 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 2.8 hours of digital talk time, and up to 168 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Samsung A650 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, holster, user manual, welcome CD-ROM, quick reference guide. ... Read more

Features

  • The Samsung SCH-a650 phone is compact, easy to use, and loaded with features.
  • The a650 speaks your language with stylish messaging and download features that can’t be beat!
  • Make a call with just the sound of your voice.
  • Always be in touch when on the go with the built-in organizer that manages your calendar.
  • With Enhanced Messaging Service you can send animation and sound with text messages.

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars TOO HOT TOO HANDLE
I got this phone the other day, thought it would be a good basic phone, and the first problem was the volume settings. Just because you use the volume control on the side, it does not adjust all of the settings with sound; like you have to individualy set the ringer volume, than the speaking volume, etc.

Another major problem was that it would burn up when talking on the phone about 2 min in the conversation. It would heat to about 100 degrees F. It was hot enough to cause burns to the cheek and chin. Doing research, I relieze that all Samsung models (a610, a650, a670, etc.) have this same problem.

The phone is not pre-loaded with any games, nor any good ring tones, except the 10 pathetic tones and bells.

One more thing, the reason Verizon is offering the "Buy 1, Get 3 Free" is because they know there are flaws, plus this phone has been availible on the market for years and they need to deplete their supply for new models.

I recomend the Kyocera KX1v!

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Model...
Initially the phone worked fine until 5 months later.Without dropping the phone (which Verizon accused me of) the screen turned black.For $50 I received the same model replacement phone. This 2nd phone gave me problems 6 months later with call reception.I either couldn't hear the caller or the caller was coming in and out.After much complaints to Verizon, they exchanged my phone with another one (same model).Now this 3rd phone is giving me problems also.The reception is fine, but now no one can hear me.My voice comes thorough very low, faint, and with the complaints from my friends that I sound like I'm far away.I have had it with this phone and with verizon.Very poor customer service and handling of this problem.I can't wait for my contract to be up.

3-0 out of 5 stars Many Features Yet Average Satisfaction
This flip phone replaced a non-flip phone.The smaller size is convenient but comes at the price of losing almost an hour of talk time compared to larger phones.(The A650 gets about three hours.)It performs well and Verizon service is very reliable.

The color screen is sharp and there are a lot of nice features like a monthly calendar display and easy to set reminders and alarms.The voice dialing is easy to set and use.Entering text is easier than my old phone.Unfortunately, Samsung's taste in graphic styles is not very svelte (a la Nokia).The fonts, colors, menu layouts and background pictures are not as attractive as many other phones I have seen.

Two very irritating things about Verizon's treatment of customers using this phone: First, Samsung's website shows the phone is capable of accepting messages with photo attachments that can be used as screen savers or backgrounds and Kodak's oPhoto site offers an easy way to send such messages but Verizon restricts this feature to camera phones.Second, the generic black ear bud offered on Verizon's web site is terrible.I had one like it for my previous phone and it fell apart a week after I started using it.Again, Samsung's website shows how far below potential is the service Verizon is offering by selling a Samsung ear bud in silver that matches the phone, adds a send/end button on the cord feature and costs almost ten dollars less than Verizon's inferior offering.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good and reliable phone.
I've had the Samsung Sch a650 for about 10 months and my service is with Verizon Wireless and it's really a solid and reliable phone. Ijust use my cell phone for talking and nothing else...no Internet, videos, organizer...etc. And I've owned a Samsung cell phone before and I really liked the previous phone I had with Sprint. I think Samsung phones are well designed, sturdy (dropped it a few times) and provide good quality voice.This phone is no exception.What I liked was that it's relatively slim and compact. Has excellent audio quality. Samsung's UI is also really simple and easy to learn. Talk time is good. And combined with Verizon Wireless service -- it's the best cell phone/plan I've ever had. What I don't like is the way Samsung designs the charger port at the very bottom of the phone.This port is relatively unprotected and can get very dirty and wet (which destroys the phone). My wife has destroyed 2 of these phones b/c our 12 month old son decided to use it as a teething toy (her own fault). It initially comes with a plastic cover which you can place there but it's really impractical. I wish they designed a plastic pieces that stays attached to the phone. For me, I've had no problems since I keep in my pocket and pretty dry.If you're looking for a solid basic phone with easy to use features and good quality...get this one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't quit your day (or night) job
This phone has 2 problems: 1.) The screen is impossible to read in daylight, 2.) The keys are not back lit so you can't dial in the dark.

If you make all of your calls from indoors under non-natural lighting, this phone is a good basic model.I use it as a calculator and an alarm and there are tons of other features I don't use.Supposedly you can download games using the Get It Now feature - I saw another reviewer complaining about lack of games.

I do like the ability to set multiple phone numbers for a single entry, the speed dial options, and the voice options which are mostly accurate when I don't have road noise in the background.

The only other complaint I have is that there seems to be no one way to universally set the volume of all the sounds the phone makes.When you want to turn it to silent, I found I had to not only set the volume of the ringer, but the volume of the voice mail notification, the alarm, and the service area indicator all separately.But maybe I just couldn't find it on the menus.

I ordered a leather case with the phone.The clip spring quit working within 2 weeks and the car charger quit within 2 months.

In summary, for a basic phone that you are not playing games on or taking pictures with, you are better off with a high-contrast monochrome with backlit keys. ... Read more


16. Kyocera KX2 Koi Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006PLLUM
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 2433
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The elegant, swiveling design of the Kyocera KX2 is enough to turn heads, but the potent technology inside is enough to turn you into a believer in the power of wireless technology. With a megapixel camera, video recording capabilities and support for Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web services, the KX2 is a top phone with some of the best features on the market.

Design
The elegantly simple KX2 features a unique swivel design that allows you to see the large, 260,000-color, 132 x 176 screen at all times. Simply swivel the keypad open to reveal a five-way selection button, number pad, and quick selection buttons. The megapixel camera (1280 x 960) and flash are housed on the rear of the phone behind a protective sliding cover, while an up/down toggle for quick menu navigation is located on the left side. A 2.5mm headset jack is provided for handsfree talking. An AC charging port is placed on the bottom of the phone.

Calling Features
The KX2's speakerphone makes it easy to converse without touching the handset-- a big plus for car users. Enhanced voice dialing supports voice-to-digit dialing and name recognition for speedy dialing of up to 40 contacts. The KX2s voice recognition software supports voice commands from any user, not just a pre-programmed user's voice, and many of the phone's features can be controlled by voice.

The KX2's 16 MB of internal memory can be used to hold up to 200 contacts for quick access to email addresses and phone numbers. The phone lets you easily assign up to 200 pictures to your most common callers. In addition to vibrating alerts, the phone supports polyphonic ringtones, a number of which come preloaded on the phone. More ringtones can be downloaded from Verizon's Mobile Web service. The KX2's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911. Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the KX2 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Verizon's digital network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The KX2 is a robust mobile messaging and Internet tool. The KX2's support for multimedia messaging means that text, photos, video and audio can be sent with ease (Verizon messaging charges apply). When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. There's also a built-in web browser for Verizon Mobile Web downloads and mobile web browsing. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater. eZiText text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the KX2. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the KX2 including a voice memo recorder with 60 seconds of voice memo capacity, a calculator with tip calculation, a calendar and an alarm clock.

Imaging and Entertainment
Perhaps the most compelling feature of the KX2 is its powerful megapixel still and video camera. In addition to a flash, the camera features a 5x digital zoom, a self-timer, multi-frame shooting capability and white balance functions. The video camera can capture clips as long as 15 seconds in MPEG-4 format. The phone's built-in 16 MB of memory lets you store up to 40 megapixel photos (1280 x 960).

The KX2 ships with a number of wallpapers and screensavers, plus a simple graphic editor that lets you make your own designs. More are available via the Get It Now service. The KX2 is BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Additional games are also available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Kyocera KX2 weighs 4.02 ounces and measures 3.94 x 1.97 x .98 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 100 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Kyocera KX2 handset, power adapter, lithium-ion battery, holster, literature kit, quick reference guide, welcome CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • Buit-in 1.2 megapixel camera with flash and digital zoom
  • MPEG-4 video record and playback
  • 16 MB memory stores up to 40 full resolution pictures
  • Large, 2-inch 262k color screen
  • Personal organizer

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars cool design - lo battery life/many clicks
did my homework & this phone had very high reviews on cnet...disappointed by battery life and speaker SO sensitive that it seems poor quality.hard to pick up accessories - have to say it's a FUN phone and I haven't been anywhere yet where I can't get a signal.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cool Phone
I've had the KX2 for about 6 months now and I'll say that it's a cool phone that impresses everyone, including myself. However there are a few things making me consider a different phone. To begin, the swivel design is awesome. But when people ask me to use the phone, I assume they already know it swivels, and freak out when they try to open it like a filp phone, fearing they'll break it. Another thing is, since the screen is always exposed, I'm always afraid that I'll drop it and break it (I've already chipped the screen), but I'll admit that it hasn't shown any scratches. Third, the signal seems to be weak and this phone doesn't get the clearest sound where I live (suburbs). Fourth the battery life is pathetic. You're likely to see battery "bars" reduce after one call- I have to charge it every night. Also some annoying things are that the antenna is extremely long, and the speakerphone quality is pretty pathetic. "Superphonic" ringtones (real music) sound really crackly and bad, as well. Also, as a Kyocera phone, there are not as many accessories that work with it. For example, it isn't Bluetooth enabled like Motorolas, so no wireless headsets.

But after saying all of that, I admit, the cool features balance these out. Indeed, whenever I make a phonecall in public, people come up to me and ask to see it. If you like attention and cool features, this phone is for you. If you like a quality phone, maybe a Motorola or Samsung, which is what I'll probably do next.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone
I did a ton of research b4 buying this phone. Only had it a week so still getting familiar with it. But so far it's great was highly rated on cnet by both editors and users. all features are great. couldn't believe only 2 customer comments on amazon so decided to weigh in. people initially put off by the swivel and maybe the size but v light carries well in your pocket. Verizon store told me when it first came out they didn't sell any but now they can't keep in stock. People discovering it. Only prob is short battery life may be I have a faulty battery will check this out. Seems to be a common complaint with lots of phones.

5-0 out of 5 stars great new phone
I got this phone as soon as it came out in the Cellular South store.It swivels open--which makes it stand out against all those flip phones.It has a lot of battery life, great voice activated programs, and amazing graphics.Not to mention that it's a camera and a video recorder.(You can even take photos when the camera is swiveled shut!)Everyone loves my phone, and so do I!

4-0 out of 5 stars I love it
This phone is cool. The only downside to it is that when its open (it swivels open by the way) its kind of big. Otherwise its great. The camera takes very good pics and it has a flash. It also has a 15 second video recorder. The sound is great too. Its got a whole bunch of cool features. Everyone I know wants my phone now. ... Read more


17. Audiovox CDM8940 EV-DO Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $399.99
our price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007Q3TNC
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 878
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get ready for the power of Verizon's exciting V Cast service, which allows you to download or stream full motion video and 3D games, all on your handset. A service like that requires some horsepower, and luckily, the Audiovox CDM8940 is up for the task. With support for Verizon's EV-DO high speed data network, a megapixel camera with video capture, dual color displays, and expandable memory, the CDM8940 is the perfect companion in a new era of high-speed wireless content.

Design
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a very large 176 x 220 color display and support for a whopping 262,000 colors-- plenty of room for V Cast content. There's also 64 MB of memory built in, so you'll have plenty of space to store your videos and photos. A miniSD memory card slot is located on the left side of the phone, so you can expand available storage. A generous, full-color 128 x 96 supplementary display on the outside of the cover displays incoming call information, battery life, signal strength, graphics, photos and more. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's backlit control pad. The CDM8940 also features a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets and up/down keys are located on the left side of the unit. The megapixel (1280 x 960) camera unit is housed on the rear of the unit, and USB data connectivity is available via an adapter cable.

Calling Features
The CDM8940's built-in address book can store up to 300 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. More ringtones can be downloaded via Verizon's Get It Now service. Ringtones can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling, or you can match pictures with callers to identify them. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names, while a speakerphone makes it easy to talk handsfree. The CDM8940's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, the CDM8940 is fully compatible with Verizon's V Cast service. With V Cast, you can download and stream high-quality video. Need news and weather? Get the latest Accuweather forecast delivered right to your handset, or stream CNN news headlines. ESPN sports updates, entertainment news from E!, and even Sesame Street content for the kids, are all available. V Cast also serves as a portal for enhanced 3D games. Have more fun with a new breed of realistic games.

The CDM8940 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging, with support for sending and receiving text, picture and video messages. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the CDM8940. Verizon's Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater. Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the phone. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads using the Get It Now service.

The CDM8940 ships with a number of handy tools including a calendar and a voice memo application. An alarm clock and calculator are also included.

Imaging and Entertainment
While the CDM8940 is a great platform for watching V Cast video content, it can also capture video that can be shared with your friends and associates via video messaging. The video unit can capture clips up to 15 seconds in length. Of course, you can also use the camera to capture still pictures, too. In addition to megapixel resolution, the camera features an LED flash, macro shooting, a self-timer, and brightness and contrast controls.

The phone supports V Cast 3D games, as well as other 2D-based games, which are available from Verizon's Get It Now service. You can also customize the phone's wallpapers and screensavers to give your CDM8940 a look that suits your style.

Where It Works
Covering over 75 million people in 30 markets:
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, Milwaukee, New Haven/Hartford, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, San Diego, Tampa, W. Palm Beach, and Washington, DC.

Expanding markets in 2005

Vital Statistics
The Audiovox CDM8940 weighs 3.89 ounces and measures 3.56 x 1.82 x .92 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 190 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
CDM8940 handset, lithium-ion battery, home charger, stereo headset. ... Read more

Features

  • Beautiful clamshell handset with dual color displays
  • Crystal clear megapixel camera with video capture
  • Enjoy entertainment or stay up date on the news and sports with streaming video playback
  • Utilizes miniSD memory card slot to store all of your pictures and video
  • Go handsfree or conference call with built in speakerphone and voice dialing

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Could have been Better
I've had this phone and verizon for a week.
Pro:Very sharp screens, Good battery life, Good reception.
Cons: Speaker phone is useless.

VCast isn't available yet in my area.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone!
I was a little hesitent about ordering this phone but I have not been disappointed.The camera and mp3 player are pretty good, particularly when you consider that these are bonus features of a wireless phone.RF performance seems respectable.The unit is nice and compact, the keypad and screen are very good, and the menus and displays are excellent.Navigating through the icons and setup options is very intuitive, I've hardly needed to look at the manual.

The miniSD card is somewhat "crippled" but this is easy to overcome.mp3 files can be transferred to the card via a PC reader.The built-in reader of my HP OfficeJet 7310 works just fine, as the miniSD card shows up as a separate drive to which I can copy or delete files at will.The pictures are a little more work to move off the card, but a $23 Radioshack cable (part #17-760) and a free driver download will do the trick.There is a post on the Phonescoop.com forum for the CDM-8940 that explains the process in detail.Ringtones can be transferred in the same manner as pictures, I believe.

The negatives of the phone are the quality of the speakerphone and lack of Bluetooth.I don't use either feature so these are no matter to me, but if you rely on one or both a lot this isn't the phone for you. ... Read more


18. Samsung A890 EV-DO Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $499.99
our price: $349.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007N7IPU
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 1369
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get ready for the power of Verizon's exciting V Cast service, which allows you to download or stream full motion video and 3D games, all on your handset. A service like that requires some horsepower, and luckily, the Samsung A890 is up for the task. With support for Verizon's EV-DO high speed data network, a swiveling megapixel camera with video capture, and dual color displays, the A890 is the perfect companion in a new era of high-speed wireless content.

Design
The phone features a traditional clamshell design with a very large 176 x 220 color display and support for a whopping 262,000 colors-- plenty of room for V Cast content. A full-color 128 x 96 supplementary display on the outside of the cover displays incoming call information, battery life, signal strength, graphics, photos and more. A speaker for the phone's speakerphone capability is placed just above this display. A swiveling camera head is integrated into the phone's hinge, allowing you to point the camera towards or away from you. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's backlit control pad. The phone also features a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets and up/down keys are located on the left side of the unit.

Calling Features
The A890's built-in address book can store up to 500 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. More ringtones can be downloaded via Verizon's Get It Now service. Ringtones can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling, or you can match pictures with callers to identify them. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. Voice features are speaker-independent, so there's no need to train the phone to respond to any one person's voice. The A890's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, the A890 is fully compatible with Verizon's V Cast service. With V Cast, you can download and stream high-quality video. Need news and weather? Get the latest Accuweather forecast delivered right to your handset, or stream CNN news headlines. ESPN sports updates, entertainment news from E!, and even Sesame Street content for the kids, are all available. V Cast also serves as a portal for enhanced 3D games. Have more fun with a new breed of realistic games.

With support for sending and receiving text, picture and video messages, the A890 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging, too. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the A890. Verizon's Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater. Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the A890. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads using the Get It Now service.

The A890 ships with a number of handy tools including a calendar, a to-do list and a voice memo application. An alarm clock and calculator are also included.

Imaging and Entertainment
While the A890 is a great platform for watching V Cast video content, it can also capture video that can be shared with your friends and associates via video messaging. The video unit records in MPEG4 format and can capture clips up to 15 seconds in length. Of course, you can also use the camera to capture still pictures, too. And with megapixel resolution (1280 x 960), a flash and brightness controls, your shots will look better than ever.

The A890 supports V Cast 3D games, as well as other 2D-based games, which are available from Verizon's Get It Now service. You can also customize the phone's wallpapers and screensavers to give your A890 a look that suits your style.

Where It Works
Covering over 75 million people in 30 markets:
Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, Milwaukee, New Haven/Hartford, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, San Diego, Tampa, W. Palm Beach, and Washington, DC.

Expanding markets in 2005

Vital Statistics
The Samsung A890 weighs 4 ounces and measures 3.50 x 1.97 x .98 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 275 minutes of digital talk time, and up to 348 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
A890 handset, standard lithium-ion battery, home charger, stereo headset. ... Read more

Features

  • Supports EV-DO high-speed data
  • Ultra smooth streaming video
  • Megapixel swivel camera w/ flash & video capture
  • Dual-color displays
  • Speaker-independent voice control

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great phone
I don't know what the guy before me is talking about with this phone...I have had NO calling problems whatsoever.I sold cell phones for years, and usually it is USER error, not the phone.This phone is far from being bad.I have had the occasional dropped call, but that is usually not the phone.Call quality is good, but not great.The phone can do a lot, my main complaint is that you can't customize the menus like you can on some other phones.I have gotten good battery life and like the ringtones you can download.Time will tell, but overall I like this phone.

5-0 out of 5 stars awsome
best pics and video phone ever the tv is great best phone i have seen on the market for a small price

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst phone I ever owned
I don't know, and maybe it's just me, but this is the worst cell phone that I have ever owned. I waited several months for this model to come out. I should have waited a few more weeks to read reviews written by consumers.

First of all, this phone does everything. It's like the Swiss Army Knife of phones. Unfortunately, the main purpose that it was designed for, BEING A PHONE, it does poorly.

This phone is 100% digital. And wow, can you tell! This would be the perfect phone for Jacques Cousteau. Yes, you guessed it, half the time people sound like they are underwater. They should sell this phone at Dive Shops, right next to the flippers and air tanks. Worse still, entire words and parts thereof simply fail to be transmitted and received properly. This makes it almost impossible to carry on any kind of conversation without having to repeat entire sentences. Half the time you are trying to piece together what you heard with what you think the other person actually said. It's like doing a crossword puzzle! Oh, and forget about checking your voicemail. It seems that the sound quality of recorded phone messages just doesn't carry well and are especially difficult to understand.

When I walked into the Verizon store, I asked the salesperson about the phone. He claimed that it was the best phone in the store. He said that it did everything and that it did everything well. Well, he was half right. I first purchased this phone a little over two months ago and I've had to have it replaced three times already! If that wasn't bad enough, the leather carrying case that I bought was also defective and broke within 30 days. And don't let me forget about the defective battery that came with the first replacement phone.

Verizon won't refund my money and instead insists on giving me replacement phones until the problem goes away. I'm tempted to disconnect this phone and reactivate my old LG. Now that was a great phone!

Buyer beware. I'd wait until the bugs are worked out of this one.
... Read more


19. Samsung A610 Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $199.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000659UUK
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 1011
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With a unique flip cover that lets you view the screen while the phone is closed, a VGA camera, advanced voice dialing and speech recognition and much more, the Samsung A610 is a powerful, yet affordable, mobile companion. It's the perfect complement to Verizon Wireless service.

Design
The phone features a unique swiveling clamshell design with a large 128 x 160 pixels color display with 65,000 colors. The screen can be oriented to face outwards when you are snapping pictures, or to view caller ID pictures. Most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button on the handset's backlit control pad. A swiveling VGA camera (640 x 480) allows you to orient the camera to get the best shot and to point it at yourself for self-portraits. The top right side of the unit houses an antenna while the charging port is housed on the unit's bottom edge. The phone also features a standard jack to accept universal hands-free headsets. Up/down keys are located on the left side of the unit for quick volume control.

Calling Features
The A610's built-in address book can store up to 500 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in polyphonic ringtones plus a vibrating alert. More ringtones can be downloaded via Verizon's Get It Now service. Ringtones can be assigned to specific callers so you don't have to look at the phone to know who's calling, or you can match colorful pictures and photos with callers to identify them. The A610 features speaker-independent voice recognition, which allows any user to dial a number by speaking the name of a contact from a phone book, or by speaking the digits of a phone number. GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The A610 covers the messaging basics with support for sending and receiving text and picture messages via the MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) protocol. When used in combination with the phone's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the A610, as well. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the A610. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

The A610 ships with a number of handy tools including a calendar, a to-do list and a voice memo application. An alarm clock and calculator are also included.

Imaging and Entertainment
The A610's built-in swiveling camera includes a self-timer and a flash-- great for getting good shots in low light situations. The phone also features customizable screen backgrounds so you can make your phone reflect your personality. The A610 is BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Games are available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Samsung A610 weighs 4.23 ounces and measures 3.50 x 1.90 x .90 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time, and up to 216 hours of digital standby time. It runs on It runs on the CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Samsung A610 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user manual, welcome CD-ROM, quick reference guide. ... Read more

Features

  • Rich color quality, multiple camera functionalities and photo caller ID,
  • Animated, icon menu provides a simplified visual user interface
  • Voice memo, voice dialing and voice recognition
  • 128 x 160 graphic display that doubles as Caller ID screen and camera display
  • Unique flip display design

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Just another cell phone...
The reasons people are giving for not liking this phone are all problems that seem to be with the provider not the phone (service in certain areas etc)! The phone is a bit larger than other phones on the market but has great battery life. While the flip around screen is cool, it is annoying after a while to have to keep flipping and such. It would be such a better phone if it had a caller ID window on the other side in addition. The camera does what it is supposed to do i suppose.. let's face it: it's a camera phone, not a nikon. All and all it's just another cell phone in my humble opinion... just a matter of personal preference. It does everything it is supposed to do. I have had no problems with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to get it fixed a lot
I have had major problems with the one screw holding the flip together withe the rest of the phone.It loosens up and your flip is no longer stable you have to go get that screw tightened or do it yourself.If for some reason you don't get it tightened in a timely manner the the ribbon cable will get damaged and your phone will break in one fashion or another.I am on the third of this phone.First one lost audio, second lost the screen.Verizon refuses to do anything about my dissatisfation with this phone.They will just keep replacing this one.I have had one nice manager say he would let me void the last year of my contract so that I could buy a new phone and sign a new contract with him.Not biting.I have been with Verizon 8 years but, I am going to go to Verizon corporate, and if they can also do nothing for me I am finishing out my contract and going to another company.All this over one phone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun Phone
I love this phone. I live in an area that is essentially a blackhole for wireless service & I can usually get at least 1 or 2 bars.Service inside the 'big box' type stores is hideous, though.
The specific reason I chose this phone is the photo caller ID which I have found emmensely helpful & fun to play with. I find it much easier to look at a picture rather than trying to read the name & number.My only difficulty so far has been sending pix messages, but that may just be me & not the phone. The battery lasts a long time & finding my way around the phone was a fairly simple process given my track record with electronics.

5-0 out of 5 stars great phone
great reception, great screen, good sound, long lasting battery,
attractive, always 5 bar service, previous reviewer on drugs.
5 stars or 6 if were possible.

1-0 out of 5 stars do not purchase
Terrible phone.It is bulky, has terrible operating software (constantly crashes), and worst of all it has roten reception.I live in a major metro area and get at best 1 bar of reception (an I regularly update the antenna setting).I replaced an old motorola flip flip-phone with this.Now I am trapped in a 2 year contract and cannot upgrade for a while.AVOID My Mistake. ... Read more


20. Kyocera KX1v SoHo Phone (Verizon Wireless)
by Verizon Wireless
list price: $399.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0009DYVMQ
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Verizon Wireless
Sales Rank: 429
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now here's a phone that not only gets the job done, it looks cool doing it. Featuring an external caller ID, large color display and a unique flip phone design, the SoHo/KX1 has got you covered.

Design
SoHo/KX1 features a unique asymmetric clamshell design with both internal and external displays. The internal display sports 128 x 128 resolution with support for 65,000 colors. Meanwhile, the monochrome external display shows caller ID information, as well as time, date and signal strength information. The SoHo/KX1's control pad features a five-way selection button, a number pad, and quick selection buttons. In addition, A 2.5mm headset jack is provided for hands-free talking. Optional colored faceplates are available for the phone, so you can dress it up to suit your style.

Calling Features
SoHo/KX1's speakerphone makes it easy to converse without touching the handset-- a big plus for car users. Voice dialing supports name recognition for speedy dialing of up to 10 contacts. The SoHo/KX1's internal memory can be used to hold up to 200 contacts for quick access to email addresses and phone numbers. In addition to vibrating alerts, the phone supports polyphonic ringtones, a number of which come preloaded on the phone. More ringtones can be downloaded from Verizon's Mobile Web service. GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911, and perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the SoHo/KX1 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Verizon's digital network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The SoHo/KX1 is a robust mobile messaging and Internet tool. The phone's support for the enhanced messaging service (EMS) means that text, graphics and audio can be sent with ease (Verizon messaging charges apply). There's also a built-in web browser for Verizon Mobile Web downloads and mobile web browsing. Verizon's optional Mobile Web package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater. eZiText text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile text messaging users.

Verizon's Get It Now wireless download service is also fully compatible with the SoHo/KX1. This pay-per-download service features application downloads, games and productivity tools. You can also personalize your handset with ringtone downloads and digital photo-sharing tools using the Get It Now service.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the SoHo/KX1 including a calculator, a calendar and an alarm clock.

Imaging and Entertainment
The SoHo/KX1 ships with a number of wallpapers and screensavers, and more are available via the Get It Now service. The SoHo/KX1 is also BREW enabled, meaning it supports games written on the BREW platform. Games are available via the Get It Now service.

Vital Statistics
The Kyocera SoHo/KX1 weighs 3.40 ounces and measures 3.46 x 1.73 x .94 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 180 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 850/CDMA 850/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Kyocera SoHo/KX1 handset, power adapter, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Large color display
  • Unique flip phone design
  • Secondary external caller ID
  • Speakerphone
  • Enhanced Messaging Service (EMS) capable

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent basic flip phone
My primary concern is the quality of my voice on the other end of the call. This phone's as close to land-line quality as I've ever heard from a cell phone. Most people don't even realize I'm on a cell. The voice quality at my end is OK, but unremarkable. The KX1 SoHo is a little smaller than most and the display is also a little small but the resolution and brightness are both very good. Signal strength is good, at one point on my ferry commute, when I see other people give up on a call, I have 3 bars. Battery life seems as good claimed, 1 week stand-by and 2 1/2 hours talk. It has an asymmetrical physical design that may or may not be your cup of tea. ... Read more


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