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1. Motorola V66 Phone (T-Mobile)
by Motorola
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00006LIQC
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1496
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Overview

Compatible with T-Mobile cell phone service, the Motorola V66 features an Internet browser, GPRS data service, two-way SMS messaging, and more--all displayed on a 96x64 pixel, backlit screen with a customizable main menu. You can even get additional bezel inserts (sold separately) to personalize your phone's appearance. The phone runs on GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz service.

Calling Features

Used simply as a phone, the V66 features a popular, clamshell design and a host of calling features, including caller ID with time/date stamp, vibrating alert, one-touch and voice dialing, a phone book of up to 500 entries, voice message waiting, and call restrictions, as well as last numbers dialed and calls received memory.

Messaging and Internet

The V66's WAP 1.1-enabled microbrowser provides access to the wireless Internet for up-to-the-minute information on stock prices, news, sports, and more. You'll also enjoy basic SMS text messaging service, so you can send, receive, and store short alphanumeric text messages on your phone and with other compatible phones or PCs. There's a text-message waiting icon, and built in iTAP software provides predictive text assistance in e-mail, short messages or other edit modes.

Organizer

Minimal organizer features include a voice recorder, calculator with currency converter, and a clock.

Fun and Games

For fun, the V66 includes a few games--Paddleball, Blackjack, and Mindblaster--and an FM stereo radio with an integrated headset jack.

Vital Statistics

The Motorola V66's security features include call restrictions, phone lock, application lock, and new password capability. The phone weighs 2.79 ounces and measures 3.3 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 180 hours talk time, and up to 120 hours standby time. The package includes the phone, plus a battery, mid rate charger with UK and Euro plugs, headset, onyx bezel, user manual, and a one year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Voice activated dialing
  • Internet ready with optional T-Zones service
  • 32 different ringer options
  • Phone Book holds up to 500 entries
  • Includes phone, AC charger, and earbud

Reviews (41)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best phone I've ever used!
I have been using V66 for 2 years. It has been the best phone I have ever had.Although I have just received a new V188 I am still using V66.I have not had any problems with this phone. It is small for pocket and easy to operate. It also has a nice loud tone which is a bliss in crowded areas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding workhorse
I have owned this phone for over 2 years. It has taken every kind of abuse I can imagine, including being dropped and kicked 30 yards down a concrete Chicago subway platform. This is not a fragile cell phone.

I have large fingers, and have never had a problem with the size of the dialpad. I have never mistakenly dialed a wrong number. I have never jumped out of a menu by hitting the wrong button.

This is not the phone to own for bells and whistles. If you primarily use your cell phone to talk, this is an excellent choice. I charge my phone perhaps every 4 days and have never had to replace the battery.

I have consistently been surprised by the resilience of this phone and would not hesitate to recommend it to someone looking for a solid, single-use cell phone.

1-0 out of 5 stars worst phone ever - almost
This phone is almost the worst phone I have ever owned.It _is_ small,and thats its only saving grace.The simcard cover pops off regularly on both phones ive had, the hinge is flimsy and has already caused me to replace the phone once.The mic stopped working after 8 months, and reception was horrible when i used the phone open, so I had to start using it with the earpiece exclusively.That broke after another month, forcing me to get a complete replacement.Battery life headed south starting around the six month mark.

not recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works!
Small functional phone.
Light, good battery life, easy to use and good reception!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone
Easy to use, good keypad, clear sound, good reception.
Droped 3 times, but still in great working condition!
Loved it! ... Read more


2. PCS Phone palmOne Treo 300 (Sprint)
by PalmOne
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00006IRI7
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 1332
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Combines a PCS Vision mobile phone with a 16 MB Palm OS organizer
  • Full color display with backlit keyboard
  • Send and receive e-mail and access the Web wirelessly with easy-to-use keyboard
  • Synchronize data with your PC or Mac in seconds with USB connection
  • Includes travel charger, stylus, and hands-free headset

Reviews (29)

1-0 out of 5 stars never use sprint again
This review has nothing to do with this phone. I am very unhappy about their service.
1. You have to pre pay for a month of service and they are rude enough to refuse to prorate you last month service. You are definitely going to be ripped off on average of half month of your service fee. (about $45 for me, could be more)
2. Their coverage is bad. Constantly drop signals. I came to a sprint shop, they said I need to upgrade my software. After that things are not improving ...

4-0 out of 5 stars Treo 300 Review
The item looks more like "used refurbished" than "like new" as described, but works good and came with lots of accessories. Overall great value. Thanks.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs, overall great economical PDA/cell
The keyboard format is awesome, because I can't stand graffiti.My cover has never broken, but I would advise anyone to purchase a case for this phone.The battery isn't easily replaced, but a little googling and you'll find websites that sell replacement batteries for $25 and include instructions for installation.It's not rocket science, trust me.Otherwise, some people get their undies in a twist over the lack of voice-dialing, but I don't mind.I just use the shortcut keys for the speed dial option.It's not a great driving phone.If you're a commuter cell-phone chatterbox, this is not your phone.If you're a professional or a student with PDA experience, a little patience, and a budget, this would be perfect for you.Don't buy it new...MAJOR RIPOFF.Get it used here or on ebay.

1-0 out of 5 stars It is a prototype not a real consumer product
This phone is a great concept but a terrible implementation. I've owned this phone since it first came out. First, the cover breaks so easily that I had it replaced three times before my insurance provider canceld my insurance. I'll qualify this with saying that I'm an above avarage careful person and have never broken a phone before. The cover is a well documnetd issue in other reviews but this is only the least of my dislikes. For instance, the battery is built in and after a couple of months of use the average battery life goes down to about 20 minutes of talk... I do not believe that this phone is allowed to be sold as a $450 real phone and not a prototype?
I hope the Treo 600 has gone through some phenominal improvements to rise up to an acceptable level.
I've owned a Keyocera 6500 5 years ago and I loved the intelligence and careful thoughts that were put into that thing so early on in the PDA evolution days. If I have to guess, their newer PDA phones must be way better, although I have not owned it myself. I've also heard that the Samsung i500 is a hot product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Did not like it at all !!!
I returned the item the same day I received it. The company Performance PDA was not very helpful with the money back warranty. I am still waiting for my credit. The phone its to big, and difficult to manage. ... Read more


3. Motorola V60g Phone (T-Mobile)
by Motorola
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006LIQE
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1647
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with T-Mobile cell phone service, the durable V60g provides you with Internet access, text messaging, high speed data download, and more, all displayed on a 4-line, backlit, 96 x 64 pixel, black and white screen.

For calling, the v60g includes voice mail and a dedicated voice mail button and icon, plus call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, any-key answer, auto-answer, auto-redial, speed dial, mute control, no-answer transfer, one-touch 911, vibrating ring, differential ring, ringer profiles, and a phone book capacity of 500 entries. There's also 32 different ringtones and a built in ring tone composer. When you get online, you can enjoy SMS two way messaging, text messaging and text templates, and iTap predictive text assistance. High speed data download is accomplished via GPRS, and a PIM is include for getting yourself organized. Games built in to the phone include Blackjack, Mindblaster, and Paddleball.

The v60g weighs 4.3 oz. and measures 4.11 x 1.81 x 0.83 inches. Its batteries are rated at 160 minutes talk time and 120 hours standby time.

What's in the Box
v60g phone, battery, phone, travel charger, holster, user documentation ... Read more

Features

  • External caller ID
  • Solid, sleek flip construction
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Up to 4 hours' digital talk time and 6 days' digital standby time
  • Includes battery, charger, and headset

4. PCS Phone Samsung A460 (Sprint)
by Samsung
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B000068ULO
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 1572
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

If you liked the Samsung A400, you’ll love the A460. With the A460, Samsung has kept all the great attributes of the A400 while adding a few polishes that make the A460 one of the sleekest phones on the market. Like it’s predecessor, it’s packed with easy-to-use features, such as voice-activated calling and one-touch Web access. It also retains the elegant two-tone silver finish. But it’s both lighter and more compact and includes an outside LCD screen, which allows you to see the time, date, and battery life without opening the phone.

About the size of a deck of cards, the phone weighs 3.4 ounces and measures 3.4 inches by 1.81 inches by 0.83 inches. Despite its size, the phone has a solid construction and opens and closes easily without feeling flimsy. The extendable antenna seems a bit fragile and thin, but with a bit of care most callers should have no problems with it. Also handy are the volume and ringer controls on the side of the phone, which let us adjust the phone volume instantly while waiting in line at a coffee shop.

When we opened the phone and switched it on, we were pleased to see that it powered up and was ready to use in about 10 seconds--an impressive feat given the graphic-rich content of the start screen. The keypad is practically flawless, leaving enough space between keys for error-free dialing for those with bigger fingers. The directional key, situated top and center, is a bonus, letting us browse through the phone’s many menus and options without a hitch, which was especially handy while using the wireless Web. The eight-line screen is nicely proportioned and easy to read, both in text size and image clarity, and the four-color gray lends depth to the screen images, giving them a polished look. The soft electric-blue backlighting made dialing a taxi a breeze in a dimly lit lounge. Changing the phone’s ring tones was simple too--the hard part was choosing one of the 23 tones offered. Eventually we settled on a rather psychedelic version of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Fuer Elise. Ringer volume is also easily adjustable, with eight levels of sound and a vibrate mode that ensures you won’t miss a call. The phone is also equipped to work with downloadable ring tones, available from Sprint for a minimal fee.

One of the best features the SPH-A460 offers is its one-touch wireless Web access. The OpenWave Mobile Browser connected quickly and information from the phone’s preprogrammed news, weather, and entertainment sites loaded smoothly and were easily navigated. Built-in GPS technology lets the phone access location-based and 911 emergency location services (where available)--handy for accessing driving directions or pinpointing where you are when lost. Best of all, the phone is enabled for voice dialing, and we were able to program and call numbers within minutes of picking up the phone. Voice-activated dialing worked well whether we whispered or yelled into the phone, but understandably, it did seem to have a slight problem with our commands as a garbage truck rolled past. Calls were clear and a bit on the loud side, even with the volume turned to the lowest level, but we’ll take too loud over too quiet any day.

Besides the excellent calling features, the e-mail, voice-memo recorder, fax, address book, calendar, and two-way text messaging make the phone an ideal tool for business trips, keeping you connected in more ways than with just a phone call. Or, if you find yourself stuck in an airport or on the train, you can pass time trying to master one of the three rather enigmatic games: Push Push, Fly Ribbon, and Spider Hunter.

We were quite happy to see the battery life exceed Samsung’s guidelines in our testing. The phone held a call for more than 3 hours, and remaining on for 180 hours in standby mode, as compared with its manufacturer rating of 2.4 hours digital talk time and 170 hours of digital standby time.

Once again, we’re thrilled with this solid new addition to the Samsung legacy, and can only look forward to what they’ll come up with next.

--Steve O’Neil

Pros:

  • GPS technology for access to location-based services
  • One-touch Web access
  • Graphic-rich 8-line screen
  • Voice-command capability
  • Sturdy flip design

Cons:

  • Call volume a bit loud
  • Games simple, somewhat confusing

How We Tested Battery Talk/StandbyTime

When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phone battery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables,including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency (including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, and battery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handset manufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings, they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer to the times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery life ranges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience at least the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital and analog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, as analog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

Our Tests: We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone. Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to the manufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phone on, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and,when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook. When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when the phone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped the calls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately and continued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged the battery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength, this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting that several phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers' ratings.

To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established a carrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone everyfew hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out. Since no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because thephone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, again assuming consistent carrier signal strength.

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Features

  • External display shows incoming call phone numbers
  • Compact design with slim profile
  • Large screen displays up to 8 lines of text, 4 shades of grayscale
  • Supports downloadable ringers, images, and wallpapers
  • Full width keypad supports larger buttons, allows easy operation

Reviews (11)

3-0 out of 5 stars Loved it until it died.: (
Loved, loved, loved this phone - cute, lightweight, easy to navigate, well-lit display, good reception, good audio, good battery life - until the external display and then the internal display died.From what I've heard, this is a VERY common problem with this phone.So buyer beware.However, if you can get it with an extended warranty, I'd say buy it.It's that good, when it works.

3-0 out of 5 stars Screen problem
Although 2 or 3 years old, this is a very nice phone, and with phones today having cameras and walkie talkies and whatnot, this phone is actually smaller than most of the phones on the market today.

The problem is that the screen does go dead. Just like the other reviewers, I lost my screen after two years, and I have to turn the phone all the way off and all the way on again to get it back.

But that's not the worst part. The worst part is that you then have to deal with Sprint customer service. I called their independent insurance provider, who told me they couldn't replace the phone unless I went to a store to have it repaired first. After waiting two hours I finally got them to put in a new screen. Three days later, the screen died again. I fully expect to get the runaround again from the insurer.

Ugh.

3-0 out of 5 stars pleased, but time to upgrade though
I know I might be a bit late with this review.however this phone has served me well over the past 2 years.I see that other have had screen problems but mine never had an issue.there were a few times however that the phone did erase my entire phonebook and that is why I gave it 3 stars. the reception was always good, the sound was nice, the clarity of calls was always excellent.I have no complaints about this phone other than the phone book being erased, and that is a big deal.

The ony thing I really hated about this phone was having to be tied into sprint PCS.Because that is part of the phone I will just quickly put out my experiences with sprint.Horrible customer service, several times my phone was shut off by accident.I was told that a customer in my area had a phone number just 1 number different from mine that kept forgetting to pay their bill and that was the reason.No compensation for the time I lost however.Also if you sign up for their optional services be prepared to have them for the duration of your contract.I have tried over 20 times to cancel a minutes reminder I signed up for, as a free trial for 3 months, that now I have been charged $1.50 a month for 2 years because they won't cancel it.I have talked to customer service reps, managers, even tried to cancel online through the sprint website, with no success.Sprint modifies it's plans without warning or notification to you.I also found it hard to obtain new ringers or wallpaper for the phone.It's not neccessary but it is promised by sprint to be easy.the only good thing about the service was the clarity of calls and the reception was decent in my area.However this doesn't outweigh the negatives and I'm switching to T-mobile, who also has good clarity and reception here,my wife has been using them for 4 years now with no problems.My contract is up at the end of this month and so is my time with sprint.

I am however buying another samsung phone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Phone - screen goes dead after a year
Like the other reviews on here, I too love this phone.

It's small (small enough to fit into your pocket), has a loud ringer and the call volume is amazing. I'm never saying "What? What did you say?"

I received this phone for free for a replaecment of my previous cell phone from Sprint. I was pleased.

About a year and a half after receiving the phone, the display went blank. This included the display on the outer side of the phone.

I took it back to my local Sprint store to find out that it was a defect in the phone and could be repaired for free.

The panel was replaced and worked again for another two months before it went blank yet again.

Sprint was good on replacing the phone and I received a new one.

I have no complaints on the phone itself, only that the screen is defective.

4-0 out of 5 stars Standout in the second generation phones
This phone is now sitting in the closet of my home.It worked for a little more than two years before it had display problems.I had to turn it off and on again in order to retrieve my phone book entries.During its prime, the phone worked well for me.I will miss it! ... Read more


5. PCS Phone Samsung N400 (Sprint)
by Samsung
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006H31O
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 1907
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

Similar to Samsung’s much-hyped A500, the N400 has an amazing 128-by-128 color screen, an easy-to-view menu, and all the multimedia features that come with the Sprint PCS Vision network—wireless Internet and e-mail access and downloadable Java games and apps, ringers, and screen savers. All that, and it has a speakerphone function, too.

The N400 fully charged in about 4 to 5 hours and powered up quickly. Unlike its cousin, the A500, this phone does not have an external LCD screen; however, we didn’t miss it. When the earpiece to this flip phone is closed, it frames the main screen so your display is still exposed for screening your calls. We also loved the elegant placement of the navigational buttons, which we found much improved from the A500’s tightly clustered button layout. With the flip phone closed on the N400, you can still access the Menu button on the left and the Back button on the right so you can do everything but use the phone features while the top is closed. A joystick between these two buttons makes scrolling up and down through menus or left to right during messaging fast and easy. Opening the flip top gets you to the phone keypad and Talk and End buttons, so there is no danger of accidentally hitting a button and calling someone with the top closed. Cool blue backlighting on the keypad buttons made dialing from a dark office a piece of cake.

As a Sprint PCS phone, the N400 supports all the multimedia extras and we tested them out. We used the standard aquarium screensaver, which looked amazingly crisp and bright on the full-color screen. The standard polyphonic ring tone--a maniacal clucking chicken sound—was far too realistic. As for games, the N400 is loaded with Space Invaders and demos of Cybiko’s CyRace and Sega’s Monkey Ball, which all look great on the color screen and are easy to maneuver through with the joystick controls. Other fun screen savers, ringers, games, and applications are downloadable through PCS Vision, but you should expect to pay a buck or two for each one. The N400 also joins the picture-taking craze by offering the ability to download photos from a Sprint PCS camera and e-mail them to friends. This is more of a frivolous feature, but can be valuable for e-mailing photos immediately when vacationing or house hunting

We expected an amazing Internet experience on the N400 with its color screen. While the experience was good, we were surprised that Internet surfing on this phone mainly uses a text-based menu so the great graphics aren’t always utilized. In addition, we found connection and page loading times to be fairly slow (about 1 minute average). Still, the superior contrast and 10-line screen made reading a CNN article much more pleasant than on most competing cell phones, and we think that the interface would entice most consumers to access news, weather, and sports scores pretty regularly via the Internet connection. E-mail and text messaging (among other Sprint PCS-enabled phones only) were also slow in terms of load and send time. Text input was a bit tedious but you have the choice of T9 input, which speeds typing up a bit. We did find the character count of 128 characters per message to be limiting for anything more than the simplest correspondence.

And what about the standard phone features? They may seem almost secondary on this phone with all the other awesome facets attracting your attention, but they are actually quite good. The phone book only holds 250 entries but features multiple phone numbers and the option to set speed, voice, and/or group dialing and a special ringer or image for each of your contacts. Unfortunately, the name field only allows 12 characters and can’t fit a first and last name for most contacts, which is a real drawback for business use. Another disadvantage to the N400 is that it doesn’t let you assign the same number to two contacts (i.e., roommates or co-workers with the same work number).

The N400’s voice quality was adequate and the speakerphone was loud and crystal clear. We found it convenient to shift into speakerphone while on a call by pressing the small button on the upper left side of the phone and liked that we didn’t have to be using an earpiece to activate it. The ringer on the phone is also on the loud side. If you like to have the alert sound for tasks or meetings scheduled in the N400’s planner, we recommend you turn the sound way down during quiet meetings so you don’t startle everyone around you. Our tests of voice dialing on the N400 found that voice recognition worked perfectly. One final and unusual bonus on the N400 is its airplane mode, which allows you to access some of the phone’s features, such as games or the planner, during air travel without interfering with the aircraft’s electronics.

The phone fell just short of its rated standby time, making it through 5 rather than 7 days.

Overall, this phone is on our list of favorites, and we would recommend springing for the N400 if upgrading from a basic phone to one with a high-quality color screen. We think the flashy aspects of this phone will appeal to techno-geeks who want to wow their friends with the latest and the greatest. The multimedia features are more focused on fun than productivity so the N400 is probably best for light business users. --Cristina Vaamonde

Pros:

  • Amazingly crisp graphics on color screen
  • Great button layout
  • Supports PCS Vision multimedia features and downloads
  • Optional digital camera attachment
  • Speakerphone for safer phone use while driving
  • Airplane mode

Cons:

  • Slow Internet connection/loading
  • Limited character count in text messaging and phone book
  • Can’t assign same number twice in phone book

How We Tested Battery Talk/Standby Time

When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phonebattery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables,including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency(including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, andbattery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handsetmanufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings,they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer tothe times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery liferanges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience atleast the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital andanalog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, asanalog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

Our Tests: We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone.Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to themanufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phoneon, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and,when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook.When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when thephone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped thecalls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately andcontinued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged thebattery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength,this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting thatseveral phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers'ratings.

To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established acarrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone everyfew hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out.Since no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because thephone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, againassuming consistent carrier signal strength.

... Read more

Features

  • Color display, visible when phone is closed for easy caller id
  • Custom ringers and images available via download
  • Built-in speakerphone
  • Phone book stores 250 entries
  • Includes battery and user documentation

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars This phone is crap
Everything that the reviewer below (Sarahnoid) said is accurate.

This phone offers a lot of attractive options - surf the wireless web, speakerphone, slim design, nice phone book, etc.

Of course, on the negative side, IT OPERATES HARDLY, IF AT ALL.

I have owned this phone for almost two years. In those two years (my service plan is thankfully almost over), this phone has repeatedly dropped coverage in the midst of calls. Never mind that I have been standing in the same freakin' room, in the same POSITION.

The battery, fully charged, is good for a hour, maybe two tops, of sporadic use. If you don't use it at all, it might stay powered three hours. This model also likes to shut off once you plug the charger into the phone. As if plugging in the charger is injurious.

So, if you don't mind a weak antenna, a worthless battery and the always-fun propensity for shutting down in the midst of operation, then this is the phone for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars I wish it were possible to give 0 stars.
This phone was sent to me as a replacement when my fabulous Sanyo lost an argument with gravity.It is, quite possibly, the most worthless piece of crap I've ever owned.It's so horrible that I've called Sprint on several occasions trying to get a replacement for this phone, as it doesn't work very well, if at all.I'm always told that since it was issued to me through the insurance policy I took out on my plan, I have to go through the insurance company.The insurance company then tells me that if I get another phone via the insurance, they will cancel my insurance, as two phones in a year is some sort of red flag--nevermind that the one they sent me is worthless.

If you're lucky, it won't suddenly die when you're talking."Three hour battery" when talking is generous.I'm lucky to make it an hour.I feel I'm constantly charging the damn thing.The voice dial that comes with the phone dials the wrong numbers, if it recognises your voice at all.If you can move two inches to the right or left without dropping the call you're on, it is an act of God.Connecting to the internet to text or get email?Don't even bother.You'll never get on, and if it does make some sort of connection, it's simply to tell you there was a connection error and to try the entire 15 minute process again.

But the best part?The phone jams up.It freezes like a bad computer.You could be mid-dial and the screen will freeze on whatever number you just punched.Nothing will get you out of the freeze except removing the entire battery and starting up the phone again.This will happen whenever you most need to make a call.And it will happen repeatedly.As in, 5 times in a row.

That this phone is still sold is practically a crime.It is a complete rip off.The reception is horrible.It jams.You cannot connect to the internet.You can put in 12 characters for a phone book entry.12.Got a first name longer than 12 characters?Tough.Don't even waste your time thinking about putting a last name in.

And just to further my point:I am stopped at least once a week by someone who recognises my phone.They always ask me how much I like my phone and when I tell them I hate it, they immediately go off on a tirade on how big a piece of junk this phone is.That it jams.That it drops calls.That it doesn't connect.That it's about as useful as a cup of sand in the desert.

I believe the phone is now discontinued on amazon.com.If I ever saw anyone buying this phone in public, I would do everything in my power to convince them to do otherwise.Do yourself a favour and do not waste your money on this p.o.s.Get yourself a Sanyo.Just don't drop it like I did mine.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good little tank of a cell-phone...
Samsung is a good phone company because in the two years I have owned their products, they still work for me just as well as they did when I first opened the box up.

I had this phone's older brother first. The N200 seemed to be invincible. I could drop it and it would take a licking and continue ticking. The decision was easy once it was time to upgrade. I had heard not-so-good things about the new Sanyo 5300 and found a heavily-discounted N400 at the Radio Shack near my house.

A year or so later, this phone has done me well. It has a few dings and scratches but so far, has been there for me whenever I need it. If you DO pick one up, I would recommend going to a Sprint Store to get the firmware flashed and updated.

The phone has the ability to screen calls thanks to an ingenious flip design that enables you to still see the call-screen even with the lid down.

It features a speakerphone...however, the speakerphone does not work as well as one would like it to. I never got the idea of a speakerphone on a cell-phone since you could do a hands-free headset and get better voice-quality. It works just well enough but I would advise against using it in a car since the noise in a car just adds to the break-ups and already-hollow sounding voice quality.

The battery has about a week's worth of standby-time and about three hours worth of talk-time, which I don't like very much. A three-hour battery is pretty worthless. What's more, you need a car-charger since it's horrible on the go and the car-charger doesn't come with it, only an A/C Adapter is found in the box.

It supports polyphonic and mp3 ringtones as well as color-photos (you can even take photos using a Sprint-manufacture digi-cam) and the ability to take them. It doesn't support mono ringtones but really does not need to since polyphonic and mp3 ringtones are better. Sprint also CLAIMS that the N400 does not support animated screensavers but the default Aquarium screensaver is animated, so I don't understand why Sprint says this.

You can save up to about 250 contacts with about 6 numbers per contact and a calendar/organizer. You can e-mail, surf the Wireless Web (which is a lot different than the actual Web seeing as how the phone doesn't have the ability to read HTML) and use text-messages. It supports voicemail, 3-way calling and voice-command dialing.

You can also play a ton of basic games...and, oh, by the way, you can make phone calls, too.

I am looking to upgrade soon but this little phone was a godsend. It's durable, light, and compact.

Nice product.

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6. Motorola V60i Phone (AT&T)
by Motorola
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006L9GQ
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1604
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

Sporting a silver aluminum casing and a sturdy flip design, the trimode Motorola V60i combines an intuitive user interface with handy features such as caller ID, voice-activated dialing, and SMS messaging, making it an excellent choice for basic day-to-day business use. With theV60i, Motorola kept all that was good with its predecessor, the V60t, and added some impressive upgrades such as interchangeable faceplates, the option to download ringers, as well as a few new games.

Tiny is the trend these days, and the V60i fits right in, measuring a minute 4.11 by 1.81 by 0.83 inches, and weighing only 3.4 ounces. Once the phone is flipped open, it feels quite small, but still is remarkably comfortable to use, regardless of the size of your hands.

At first glance, we were struck by the phone’s stylish exterior. Constructed of a lightweight aluminum, the casing feels solid, but not clunky. The casing is also highly resistant to scratching, unlike the plastic design of similar counterparts, and held up very well when we dropped it on an office floor.

The external LCD screen is another welcome feature, with caller ID alerts that did not require flipping the phone open. The headset jack is on the very top edge of the phone, a nice touch that keeps the headset cord untangled during use. With a special stereo radio headset from Motorola (sold separately), the phone can access FM radio. Compared to other phones this size, the V60i’s stub antenna did seem a bit large, making it difficult to slip the phone into a pocket comfortably.

Once we flipped the phone open and hit the power button, it took only six seconds for the phone to power up completely, the oval-framed four-line screen revealing improved graphics and quick access to the phone book and message menus. The keypad is comfortably designed, with the keys nicely spaced and just slightly raised, making for fumble-free dialing, while still maintaining the phone’s thin profile. Some phones tend toward top-heaviness when open, but the V60i is nicely balanced--a definite bonus for the thumb-dialers out there. Such balance is also important for accurate use of the phone’s side panel buttons. The buttons on the left side of the phone control call and ring volume, including the ability to discreetly silence a call or switch the phone to vibrate during a meeting. The button on the phone’s right side controls two different voice features. A quick press of the button activates voice dialing, while a press-and-hold move activates the voice recorder.

Three buttons below the screen and just above the numeric keypad basically control the phone. The key under the left corner of the screen gave us quick access to the phone book, and pressing the right key brought up the phone’s message menu, which keeps a listing of voice mail, text messages, and e-mails close at hand. The centrally located Up/Down key made scrolling the phone’s menu simple, and we were able to choose from a list of seven options fairly easy. That said, browsing the menu is not overly intuitive, and while this new interface was designed to give the user the ability to customize the menu to his or her needs, it could still use a bit of improvement. It took us quite awhile to figure out how to set up the voice-activated calling and short-cut features. How to delete a name from the address book was a mystery for longer than we’d like. Once we got voice-activated dialing set up, it was fun to use, and the sound was crystal clear, allowing us store up to 20 names for voice-activated dialing. The shortcut feature was new to us, and involved preprogramming a number or voice command that connects directly to any item on the phone’s menu, such as the date book or phone book. We were able to create a shortcut after some practice, programming the "1" key as the hot key to access the date book. We also recorded the word "date book" as a voice command to reach the same feature. By taking the time to sit down and preprogram the phone with similar shortcuts, and combined with the use of a headset, the V60 becomes almost completely hands-free.

The V60i also features a handful of other tools tailored for the business user. Besides text messaging, voice mail, and e-mail, it also works as a memo recorder. The voice-notes program lets you record notes to yourself, and the notes are saved for your aural perusal whenever you need them. To record a voice note, we pressed and held the button on the right side of the phone, and we were able to record a 20-second message. The phone is can hold about two minutes of voice notes, which is fine for recording ideas on the way to the office. Many of the phone’s personalization features, including the short cuts, quick-dial programming, date book, and even the ring settings, seem ideally suited for use in the business world. Our phone included 26 different ring tones, ranging from beeps, to sonatas, to funk (we were fond of the Uh-Oh ringer), along with five vibrate patterns to help you silently differentiate between voice mails, text messages, and calls. The V60i includes PIM functionality, and you can buy the TrueSync software and cable from Motorola to synch info on your phone with the calendar and phone book on your Windows PC. The one major business tool missing from the V60i is a wireless Web browser.

The V60i’s battery life was consistent with Motorola’s guidelines of 240 minutes of digital talk time, and 190 hours of digital standby time--good battery usage for a phone of this caliber. With no games or Web browser to drain the battery, charging the phone is a pleasantly rare occurrence.

On the whole, we find the Motorola V60i a solid, practical phone, ideal for the business user, and a refreshing addition to the AT&T Wireless phone family.

--Heather Campbell

Pros:

  • Stylish, yet sturdy design
  • External LCD screen with caller ID
  • Menus customizable to suit user
  • Voice-activated dialing and shortcut features
  • Capable of e-mail and SMS messaging

Cons:

  • No wireless Web browser
  • Bulky antenna

How We Tested Battery Talk/StandbyTime

When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phone battery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables,including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency (including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, and battery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handset manufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings, they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer to the times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery life ranges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience at least the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital and analog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, as analog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

Our Tests: We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone. Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to the manufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phone on, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and,when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook. When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when the phone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped the calls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately and continued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged the battery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength, this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting that several phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers' ratings.

To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established a carrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone everyfew hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out. Since no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because thephone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, again assuming consistent carrier signal strength.

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Features

  • External display allows you to view text without opening the phone
  • Voice-activated dialing lets you dial a number without touching the keypad
  • Interchangeable metal housings
  • Up to 4 hours' digital talk time and 6 days' digital standby time
  • Includes battery, charger, and headset

Reviews (13)

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this phone
This V60 joins a long line of very bad Motorola handsets I have had the displeasure of owning. I will no longer be getting any Motorola phones.

Bad:
1.Very low battery life. This phone needed to be charged at least every other day and I didn't talk too much on it (60min/day).
2.Not intuitive.Menus were not where you would think they should be placed. The SELECT and CANCEL buttons changed places depending on the menu. This was very annoying.Either keep the button on the right or the left at all times.Contacts were poorly organized. Most people have several numbers that could be organized under one entry, i.e. John Smith.Mobile, Home, Work, etc. This phone had a different entry for each type of number. Why not use a regular directory tree like Samsung or Nokia!?!?!
3.B/W screen for the price of a color...What a deal? This phone costs the same as the Nokia 6015, but gives you a state of the art (1990s) two color screen!What a deal!


Good:
Replaced the phone with a Nokia 6015. No problems since.

Don't walk away from this phone, run!It seems like this phone was designed as an afterthought....

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent phone, never had a problem
I've owned this phone for over a year and never had any problems with it. Good reception too.If you have bad reception then its the provider not the phone.And if you wanted all the bells and whistles (mp3, color etc.) then you shouldn't have bought this phone in the first place.

1-0 out of 5 stars zero customer service when things go wrong
After 2 antennas I called their customer service looking for an explanation and/or warranty consideration.I should have just talked into the phone before dialing....for all the good it did.This phone was not used as a football.It was treated like a $400 jewel.Yet, just using the phone gently seemed to break antennas, I think due to the property of most metals called "work hardening" - ie when you use a metal (antenna) too much, it eventually becomes brittle and then breaks.So I built my own.Take a piece of speaker wire about 4 inches long, expose some strands at one end.Remove the old antenna base. Jam the wire into the hole and secure it by snapping the back case over it.It's work fine that way for me for a couple of years now, better than the original antenna(s).

1-0 out of 5 stars Dissappointed
for $145 this phone should have color, web browsering, and mp3 tones. The antenna broke on my phone and everyone else who who bough this phone. Even with the antenna i had a hard time getting dignals anywhere, while my friend's samsung worked fine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best product for use as a comunication device
The Motorola V60 cellular phone is the best phone i have ever owned. It is a very simple to use phone, yet for the more advanced users, you could get it to do almost anything you wanted. The phone always had a great signal in comparison to other phones i have owned with the same service provider. The phone was very compact, and its best feature of all was the battery. It would fully charge in only 3 hours, while it would last up to ten days on standby. During periods of normal use, i could get by with only charging the phone every 6 days or so. I really hope the new Motorola color phone that is taking the place of the V60 lives up to its predecessor. ... Read more


7. Samsung S105 Phone (T-Mobile)
by Samsung
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006LEN2
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 879
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Impressive in terms of sheer design, this little flip phone approaches perfection. A combination of equal parts efficiency and flash, the Samsung S105offers a comprehensive package of standard features and fun, useful extras. When closed, the phone appears alluringly hi-tech with its silver finish, rectangular body, and external LCD display, which shows date, time, battery level, service icon, and caller ID. And, even though the phone only weighs four ounces, it still feels substantial. When flipped open, the S105 doesn't disappoint. Its brilliant full-color LCD with its animated menus, uniquely shaped buttons, and blue backlit keypad numerals dazzles the eye. The folks at Samsung certainly know the power of symmetry, form, and color.

But what good is a cool-looking phone without practical features? The S105 is loaded with them. Extensive call records allow you to view missed incoming and outgoing calls, and the length of total and individual calls. The organizer contains a to-do list, calculator, alarm, currency exchange estimator, and calendar, in which you can write yourself memos for any given day. You can also read and write messages in text format (with SMS support from T-Mobile). The S105 also provides nine precomposed, time-saving templates for simple messages you can send in lieu of typing them yourself. Late for a date? Simply scroll and choose, "I am late and will be there in ___ minutes" and hit Send. These templates can of course be edited and saved. You can also attach sound or graphic objects to messages.

The phone book in the S105 allows for 500 entries in phone memory, and another 250 in the SIM card. Contacts can be organized in up to 10 groups, with each group having its own ring tone and graphic display. You can store up to nine speed-dial numbers.

When it comes to the ring tone, you’ve got many choices. In fact, customizing these settings might bring up unusual quandaries, such as deciding whether or not the phone should play "Carmen" or "Valse des Fleurs" when you get a call. If you’re feeling retro, you can just set the phone to ring like an old-fashioned rotary dial. There are 20 of these polyphonic ringer options to choose from. You can also set your alert to vibration, vibration plus melody, or display light only. Speaking of light, users can even change the color of the service indicator light (eight options), alter the contrast of both LCD displays, choose from 12 full-color animated wallpaper displays, and select menu colorthemes.

Changing the appearance and sounds of phones is great, but whatabout mission-critical features?In our tests we found the voice quality to be excellent. A long-distance call from a busy downtown Seattle street corner was successful. The answering party did not hear a huge truck rumble by, thanks to the phone's microphone noise-cancellation properties. The phone’s network services menu allows broad control over call waiting, call forwarding, and caller ID, as well as network selection (automatic or manual), and band selection (GSM 900/1,800 orGSM 1,900) for travel in foreign countries. Users can manipulate and storesettings such as the SMS service center used for sending messages, and thechannels on which broadcast messages are received. Depending on your serviceplan, the WAP-enabled browser allows access to mobile-friendly Internetsites. You can store URL favorites and set a home page, as well as downloadJava-enabled games and additional sounds for your phone. An infrared portlets you beam data to other IR-equipped units.

All of the many features of the S105 are easily accessed via the phone’s simple navigation interface. An oval-shaped four-position button is used for scrolling, and soft keys to the left and right allow for selection or cancellation/return to a previous menu.There is also a volume button on the side and a headphone jack for thehands-free ear microphone (included). For those times when you’re stuck at the airport, there are three full-color games loaded on the S105. Of these, we like My Pet (you have to see it).

Many of us want, even crave, the most futuristic devices, even ones that will provoke the curiosity and admiration of friends. To this end, the Samsung S105 should be the perfect choice. It’s a spectacular instrument that does the basic work of a cell phone--and much more--in grand fashion. The S105 has it all and never disappoints. --John Bosch

Pros:

  • - Overall design
  • - Large, color LCD screen
  • - Variety and functionality of features
  • - Animated graphics

Cons:

  • - No light on external LCD

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Features

  • 65,000 color, 128 x 160 pixels display
  • External caller ID
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • High-speed, GPRS web-browsing
  • Standard battery, additional extended battery, headset and AC charger included

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for 12 months of performance
************Samsung in general: the speaker quit working on the first Samsung I owned (with Sprint)after about 1.5 yrs.(Sprint refused to sell me another phone at a good price without resigning a contract, so I switched to T-Mobile.)The LCD quit working on the second Samsung (my S105 through t-mobile). I dropped the 3rd one into my swimming pool on accident (e315), so it was too soon to know if it was going to be a good phone!**************The Samsung S105 was a pretty good phone overall.I switched from Sprint to T-Mobile when I purchased this phone, and the call quality was much improved - so I don't know if it was the phone or the service provider.The battery was great,the interface was easy to use.The phone felt solid, but was still dainty.Sometimes when I would try to access the phonebook it would stall out, but not very often.After about a year of solid performance, the LCD displays on both the inside and outside went blank. (To be fair, I should add that I live in FL and often had the phone clipped to my waist when working outside - so it could have been the heat.) If this phone has lasted 2 yrs I would have given it a 4 star rating.Maybe a year is more realistic?(Astonishingly enough, the LCD on the e315 phone still works after a dip in the pool, but it won't stop vibrating when I put the battery in and the keys won't work.)My advice - think about buying the insurance or paying less for a phone! ... Read more


8. Sony Ericsson T68i Phone (T-Mobile)
by Ericsson
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006IZBP
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Ericsson
Sales Rank: 1064
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

The T68i has the same slick features as its predecessor (the T68)--most notably Bluetooth technology and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) for mobile Internet connectivity. However, this upgraded version offers more memory and is the first phone to support MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service), allowing you to send images, animation, and sound clips in your messages. The advanced T68i also maintains the revolutionary PC-like 256-color graphic interface, making it easy to program most settings without even glancing at the manual.

Weighing in at about 4 ounces, the compact Ericsson T68i is substantially built and sports a sleek silver-on-gray exterior. A volume button on the phone’s side allows for adjustments, even during conversations. The keypad design has enough space between buttons to prevent misdialing, and the large screen enhances the color display. Rather than up-down buttons for scrolling through menus, the T68i has a joystick that allows both vertical and horizontal scrolling. After a short adjustment period to the joystick, we found it easier to use than directional buttons. We had to consult the manual to learn that pressing the top of the joystick gets you to the amazing desktop menu that this phone is famous for; however, once at the main menu, navigation is highly intuitive and users can access every feature via one of the nine icons: phone book, messages, calls, fun and games, settings, Web services, organizer, connect, and shortcuts. All subsequent menus are text-based and the seven-line screen makes it easy to read your options.

After the initial four hours of charging, the phone powered up in about five seconds and we could immediately start making calls and adjusting our settings. We chose a groovy daisy background as our screen saver, although uploading a digital photo is also possible. We tested the vibrating alert, which worked wonderfully. We also set "What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor?" as our ringer alert, one of 17 different prerecorded melodies.

Next, we programmed several numbers into the T68i’s phone book, which can hold a whopping 510 contacts. Rather than having to list one person several times for each of his phone numbers, the T68i let us create one record that lists home, work, and mobile numbers for that contact. This is a simple improvement, but it’s so handy it made us wish that all cell phones offered this feature. Additionally, the upgraded T68i offers the capability to upload a photo of each contact into his or her record so you can see a picture of who’s calling rather than just a name. The voice-dialing feature is much improved since the T68, which was a bit finicky on recognizing and accepting our prerecorded commands. The T68i presented no problems when dialing via voice commands.

The gem that puts this phone in a class by itself, though, is Bluetooth wireless connectivity, enabling users to link to the Internet and exchange information among other mobile phones, mobile computers, and handheld devices that use the technology. The T68i also uses GPRS, which offers the fastest Internet connection and data transfer currently available and allows users to simultaneously make calls and receive e-mail messages. Users must first set up a phone subscription that supports data transmission, and they will be able to send text messages, multimedia messages (via MMS), and e-mail to individuals or group lists. Bluetooth also synchs up your to-do lists and daily, weekly, or monthly schedules on the T68i with your PC calendar.

We were able to locate favorite Web sites and look up search terms on the Internet fairly quickly on the T68i. The seven-line screen gets a little more information into view than the former five-line screen on the T68 does. However, we still would prefer to save our surfing for the PC or laptop whenever possible.

The calling and messaging features on the T68i make it an ideal business tool for users who log a lot of travel time. Besides all the aforementioned diversions on this phone, the T68i also includes eight basic games for play during long flights or boring meetings.--Cristina Vaamonde

Pros:

  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity for data exchange with PC and other mobile devices
  • MMS messaging enables you to send and receive animation, images, and sound clips
  • GPRS for high-speed and constant Internet connection
  • Intuitive 256-color graphic icon desktop
  • Multidirectional joystick for easy menu navigation
  • Phone book allows multiple numbers for each contact under one entry
  • Can upload photo for each contact to display on screen during incoming call

Cons:

  • Surfing Internet is tedious on five-line screen

How We Tested Battery Talk/Standby Time

When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phonebattery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables,including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency(including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, andbattery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handsetmanufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings,they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer tothe times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery liferanges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience atleast the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital andanalog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, asanalog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

Our Tests: We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone.Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to themanufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phoneon, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and,when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook.When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when thephone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped thecalls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately andcontinued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged thebattery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength,this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting thatseveral phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers'ratings.

To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established acarrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone everyfew hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out.Since no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because thephone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, againassuming consistent carrier signal strength.

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Features

  • GPRS connection for quick Internet access
  • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless data transfer between other Bluetooth devices
  • Color display with customizable screen savers
  • Easy operation and menu navigation with joystick
  • Includes battery, rapid charger, and handsfree headset

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but can be Better
This phone is good :
Good Points:
very high volume
voice dialing
pocket size
High quality signal
Bad Points:
slow
small battery
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9. Motorola V70 Phone (T-Mobile)
by Motorola
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006LEN4
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1700
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Features

  • Unique, swivel design
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Large, 500 number phone book capacity
  • Up to 2 hours' digital talk time and 5 days' digital standby time
  • Includes battery, charger, belt clip and headset

10. Motorola i90c Phone (Nextel)
by Motorola
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000067BEY
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1149
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With a speakerphone, email and text messaging support, as well as support for Nextel's wireless web services, the i90c is the perfect companion. And of course, it supports Nextel's legendary Direct Connect walkie-talkie functions so you can connect with people in your work and personal network at the push of a button.

Design
Like other Nextel phones, the i90c is built tough for construction and utilities industry users. The inside of the phone's flip-up cover phone sports a grayscale LCD color display. Meanwhile, the outside cover features a supplementary monochrome display that can display time, call information, battery and signal strength, and more. The trademark Direct Connect and menu scrolling functions can be controlled from the side of the phone. A standard 2.5mm headset jack is provided on top of the phone. The phone's software features one-touch shortcuts to phone features and easy, icon-driven menus.

Calling Features
The i90c's built-in address book can store up to 250 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in ringtones plus a vibrating alert. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. The phone supports up to 20 voice dialing contacts. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear.

One of the key features of any Nextel phone is support for Nextel's Direct Connect walkie-talkie technology. The i90c fully supports the service, which allows for one-touch conversations with anyone else on a Nextel phone. It's like a having a CB radio with enough range to cover all of North America.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The i90c features support for two-way mobile-to-mobile or mobile-to-email text messaging (Nextel messaging charges apply). 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 i90c, as well. Nextel's optional Nextel Online package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. Nextel Online also features games, ringtones, realtime news and sports updates, virtual address books, and more-- all delivered to your Nextel phone.

The i90c ships with a calendar application that lets you book meetings, plan events, and set alarms that will automatically turn on the phone if needed. In addition to a Java-based calculator, there's also a voice recording application that lets you record up to three minutes of audio. A time and date clock are included, as well.

Entertainment
For those who want a little fun with their phone, the i90c ships with some built-in games from Sega. More games can be downloaded from the Nextel Online service.

Vital Statistics
The Motorola i90c weighs 5.33 ounces and measures 3.50 x 2.00 x 1.10 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.33 hours of digital talk time, and up to 75 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the IDEN 800 frequency. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Motorola i90c handset, lithium-ion battery, AC travel charger, belt clip holster, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Speakerphone function for hands-free calling
  • Includes Java-powered applications
  • Wireless web enabled
  • Includes 750mAh lithium-ion battery, travel charger and holster belt clip

Reviews (140)

4-0 out of 5 stars It has games and a calculator
The previous reviewer said i90c doesn't have a calculator or games, that's incorrect. Under "Java Apps", you can find a calculator, a small utility to help calc the tips, and a few games. I've owned this phone for over a year, the quality has been great, but it looks kinda too bulky now so I replaced it with A630.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great quality, but very outdated
This was a fantastic phone 3 years ago, and while it still has that high level of quality that makes Motorola so great, it is very outdated at this point.Without a color screen, a camera, a calculator or calander, this phone isn't good for much more beyond calling people.It has a strong signal with great audio quality, but it doesn't even have any games (oh no!)So while I wouldn't be too hasty to get rid of this phone if it still serves you well, I also wouldn't run out and buy this phone new.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst service on the planet
If you want the highest monthly bill for the worst service, buy Nextel. I've had Sprint, At&T, and Verizon, all better and cheaper.Bought Nextel for the Direct Connect, what a mistake.Verizon MUCH better. (New York metro area).

3-0 out of 5 stars Phone is ok for typical users...
In my area, Nextel is the preferred carrier for construction companies.As a person who has 50+ nextel phones on my account, I know alot about the quality of these phones.I have seen them dropped in everything.The i90 is weak in the flip.The flip will fall off at the hinges or it will become disconnected inside the housing and quit working.Also the design of the keypad is weak.It is raised so that after using the i90 heavily for a year, the big round button near the top of the keypad begins to wear an imprint into your flip display.

5-0 out of 5 stars Motorola i90
I bought this phone after a very bad experience with Nokia - not the phone but the service offered in our area (Collegeville,PA). Infact, I bought two of these phones - one for myself and the other for my husband. I simply LOVE this phone. The two best features of this phone are: the walkie talkie that is never out of range and so prompt and the speaker which is so clear and as good as any land line. Also, there is a display window on the phone and you don't need to flip it open to see who's calling.
LOVE IT!!!
[NEGATIVEs]
The phone is a little bulky compared to the other ones available in the market; but I would never trade it for anything else.
I had to call the customer service @ Nextel once and they weren't the most pleasant people.

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11. Motorola i95cl Phone (Nextel)
by Motorola
list price: $329.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006J9HH
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 1243
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Based on Motorola’s i90c phone, the i95cl offers some valuable upgrades that increase the functionality of the phone significantly. The new highlights include a full-color display with an eight-line screen, plus more memory to handle Java programs.

The phone is quite sturdy, but it sacrifices compactness for rugged design. Since it’s too big to fit in most pockets, the i95cl has a belt clip, but at almost 5 ounces it can weigh your belt down a bit. The retractable antenna has a durable feel, and the rubberized volume control and push-to-talk buttons on the side and speaker buttons on top are unlikely to break if the phone is dropped. Buttons on the i95cl’s interior are fairly flat but are spread apart so misdialing is not an issue. An LCD screen on the outside of the flip top is helpful for quickly checking time and date or for screening callers.

The phone was slow to power up (about 40 seconds), but considering the rich graphics, that’s to be expected. Upon start-up, the i95cl put us immediately into the message center. We had no text messages, but a voice mail from a colleague sounded crisp and clear. From the main menu, we easily accessed all of our settings without referring to the manual. The long eight-line, high-contrast screen with a large text and mellow, white backlighting made it easy to read our options from several feet away.

We set our background display to the American flag, (which looked impressive on the color screen), personalized our keys, and adjusted the ring. The i95cl has nine selectable ring styles—the usual tinny electronic-sounding rings--and 10 polyphonic musical files to choose from that sound almost orchestral compared to ring choices on most cell phones. After enjoying Pachebel’s Canon in D Major and Tchaikovsky’s "Waltz of the Flowers," we eventually settled on the "Star-Spangled Banner" for our ring.

The phone book holds multiple numbers for each person, and we had no problem entering a few friends. We set up voice-activated dialing for a few numbers as well, but found that giving a command with even a slight change in tone from the original voice recording caused the i95cl to reject our dialing request.

The i95cl’s Internet connection is one of the faster ones we’ve experienced, and Motorola has bumped up the memory and improved the processor and connectivity speed in this model. In addition to preset weather, financial, and shopping links, the phone lets users do Internet searches and send and receive two-way messages and e-mail (including instant messages with AIM).

The Java apps feature combined with the rich color screen was amazing to behold. Preinstalled apps include a calculator and two fairly sophisticated games. We found that Tiger Woods PGA Tour Wireless Golf has great graphics but is fairly slow and easy to win. The action-packed MotoGP motocross racing game played so well it felt almost like we were on a GameBoy. Subscribers to Nextel Wireless Web service can download additional Java applications from Nextel’s Web site or install custom apps from the Internet.

Motorola has increased the memory in the i95cl (since the release of its predecessor, the i90c) to handle robust Java applications—and it is a significant improvement. However, users still won’t be able to pack a whole lot of apps in there if they want to download a bunch of animated 3-D games. Each of the preexisting games takes up about 700-800 KB of data space and our phone comes with 1,479 KB of free space for new applications. That leaves room for only two additional games or several other business applications. In addition, Java apps share memory space with ring styles, wallpaper images, and voice records, so once users run out of space, they’ll have to start deleting some of these files. Still, this is a fairly recent breakthrough in cellular technology and the fact that Java apps can be stored at all is remarkable.

The i95cl also has the ability to function as a walkie-talkie, through a technology that Motorola and Nextel have been offering for years. Using Nextel Direct Connect, users can communicate with one person or a group via two-way radio. A PTT (push-to-talk) button on the left side of the phone, below the volume buttons, lets users talk without opening the phone or even removing the phone from their belt loop. The best part is that users don’t pay for minutes using the radio.

Overall, the slick features and conveniences on this phone far outweigh the issues with the bulky design. The multitude of communication options make the i95cl an ideal phone for business users who are communicating with employees both on site and long distance. --Cristina Vaamonde

Pros:

  • Supports Java applications, including 3-D games
  • Large full-color display with high-contrast screen
  • More memory and faster processor than its predecessor (Motorola i90c)
  • Fast Internet connectivity
  • Doubles as two-way radio without using minutes

Cons:

  • Bulky design
  • Voice-activated dialing doesn’t always recognize commands
  • Java apps share memory space with ring styles, wallpaper images, and voice records

How We Tested Battery Talk/Standby Time

When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phonebattery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables,including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency(including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, andbattery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handsetmanufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings,they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer tothe times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery liferanges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience atleast the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital andanalog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, asanalog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

Our Tests: We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone.Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to themanufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phoneon, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and,when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook.When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when thephone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped thecalls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately andcontinued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged thebattery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength,this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting thatseveral phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers'ratings.

To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established acarrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone everyfew hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out.Since no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because thephone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, againassuming consistent carrier signal strength.

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Features

  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Speakerphone function for hands-free calling
  • Includes Java-powered applications
  • Wireless web enabled
  • Includes 750mAh lithium-ion battery, travel charger and holster belt clip

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars i loved this phone
i had this phone for over a year, i loved it best phone i ever had, the only negative thing i can say is that the case is kinda weak and the holster holds the phone backwards so it doesnt break the external caller id if dropped, this means you have to take the phone out of the clip to answer the phone, unless you use speaker phone, id recommend this to anyone that wants nextel, best phone they had

5-0 out of 5 stars Great color phone for Nextel users
I've been a Nextel customer for years for both business and personal use. I've used almost all lines of phones. The i95cl was my favorite until i830 came along. The i95 is good for casual and especially heavy business users. The color LCD screen is huge compared to i730 and i830. Apparently Nextel had to reduce screen size in order to reduce phone size. That is one thing I miss in i830. I never had a problem with i95 size since it weighs about 5 oz. Great phone and I could not believe Nextel would discontinue it. *Note: I have an extra i95 for sale. It was my personal phone and in very good condition with some scratches. It is fully operational, travel charger and holster, shipping in USA included for flat $120.00. I will accept paypal only. Please email me if interested at leel1@netscape.com.

4-0 out of 5 stars nice phone
Great phone alot better then sprint! Setting it up with the 800 # Well let's say pack a LUNCH! It took me 4 hours on the phone, and six different people to get connected! They need alot of work on that! After all said and done great phone, great coverage, walkie talkie feature breaks up now and then, but is really quick talking back and forth.No alarm clock? would be nice! if had to activate again would take it to a nextel dealer to do it instead of calling it in! nice pic on colored screen, games look nice.thinking of an upgrade to the i730, GPS but no alarm clock? a full feature phone with GPS to take you anywhere but NO alarm clock to wake you upwhen your there? I go camping and 4 wheeling where the GPS would come in handy and so would the ALARM CLOCK! think they might get the message and make it a downloadablefeature! HOPE THIS HELPS!

4-0 out of 5 stars very solid phone
first, this phone feels huge.I carry it in my pocket every day, but I wish it was half as thick.That said, I've had the phone for a little more than a year and it works perfectly.I've dropped it several times, left it in a hot car, etc and never had a problem.I did buy a second battery when I purchased the phone, and one of the two batteries died after about a year.I just charge it every 36 hours or so and I've usually got plenty of power.I use the Java apps, I use their browser, mostly to check movies, and I use it with a short cable to connect to my iPaq.Everything works great.But it still feels like a brick -- I heard a comedian say that cell phones are the only thing men will brag about theirs being smaller...

5-0 out of 5 stars THE MOST PRACTICAL PHONE EVER...
...IS THE I95CL...I BOUGHT MINE FROM A NEXTEL STORE...THE PHONE IS AWESOME...THE CUSTOMER SERVICE, HOWEVER...IS HORRENDOUS...I ACTUALLY WAS ONLY ABLE TO SPEAK WITH ONE REPRESENTATIVE IN AMERICA FOR A DISCREPANCY IN MY BILL...OUT OF 4 CALLS...AND THE AMERICAN CUSSED AT ME AND TOLD ME THAT SHE HAD THE ABILITY TO SHUT OFF MY SERVICE...THATS FINE...NOW THAT I BOUGHT THE DATA CABLE IM ABLE TO TRANSFER MY NEXTEL SOFTWARE TO BOOST...VIVA LA REVOLUCIONE!!! ... Read more


12. Nokia 3390 Prepaid Phone with AOL (T-Mobile)
by Nokia
list price: $74.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006LIQG
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 1980
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with T-Mobile prepaid cell phone service and pre-loaded with AOL Instant Messenger service, the Nokia 3390 also features Internet connectivity, picture messaging, voice-activated dialing, and more, all displayed on a high quality backlit black and white LCD screen.

For calling, you'll enjoy call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, any-key answer, auto-redial, speed dial, mute control, one-touch 911, usage alert and a phone book capacity of 250 entries. Nokia also supports TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) compatibility with phone adapter (adaptor not included).

Get online with AOL, and in addition to access to stock quotes, weather, movie times, and more, you'll also enjoy instant text messaging and numeric paging, downloadable ring tones, and four games included with the phone: Space Impact, Snake, Bantumi, and Pairs II. A PIM is included along with a calculator to help you manage time and finances. The 3390 weighs 5.3 oz. and measures 4.5 x 1.94 x 1.02 inches. Its batteries are rated at 300 minutes talk time and up to 360 hours standby

What's in the Box
Nokia 3390 phone, battery, AC charger, hands-free earbud headset, user documentation ... Read more

Features

  • Phone comes with a $15.00 airtime refill card, hands-free headset, battery, and charger
  • Changeable faceplate
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Up to 160 minutes' digital talk time and 7.5 days' digital standby time
  • Includes vibrating ring and differential ring

Reviews (11)

2-0 out of 5 stars good but could be better!
The phone is good its just that you cant really doewnload anything to it, like ringtones or screensavers but other than that is is a 2.

4-0 out of 5 stars Its nice
I've had this phone for about 4-5 months. Its a nice phone but I want something up to date like the audiovox 8610. I think it can have better reception though. The games are kind of boring also. I recommend it to people getting their first phone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Try to find out what the minutes cost on the website
I considered purchasing a T-Mobile phone but after going to the website and looking under the prepaid phone section under the heading important information (which was on the left side of the screen) I saw that each domestic minute cost $.30 - .50 a minute. I wasn't so sure after that, even if the phones do look nice. I settled on a virgin mobile phone $.25 a minute for the first ten minutes and then $.10 for the rest of the day.I mean if you are looking for special features you should consider

T-mobile, but that wasn't my main focus in looking for a cell phone.

5-0 out of 5 stars This phone is really good.
This phone is really good if you are looking for a phone with nationwide coverage. Only with T-Mobile you can send Text messages all around the world. I am using it to send messages to my friends in Europe and it works (you get even a delivery report)!!! You dont need to sign anything. Just buy it and use it without any restrictions. No monthly payments with this phone. And NOKIA is best brand in cell phones.

3-0 out of 5 stars the phone is confusing
I do not know how to use the phone card feature on my phone and I have been looking for info on it for a day now! ... Read more


13. Nokia 3361 Prepaid Phone (AT&T)
by Nokia
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006SEZZ
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Nokia
Sales Rank: 2084
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Features

  • No prepaid minutes included. Comes with hands-free earbud headset, battery and charger.
  • Simple-to-use navigation buttons and graphical screens, easy-to-read, large 5-line screen
  • Changeable faceplates allow you to customize your phone
  • E-mail and wireless business-card capabilities
  • Allows you to migrate to a postpaid plan (credit check required)

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