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    Motorola V710
    Author: Talon
    Date Posted:05/09/2005 12:44.45
    SLRating: SLRating: 7/10
    Bottom Line: The eagerly awaited Motorola V710 has a sleek design, large screen and expandable memory, its a nice phone but is it worth the $300 price tag?

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    Motorola touts the V710 as a comprehensive multimedia solution. With advertisements bearing phrases such as "MotoPhone?...or MotoTheater?" (note the characteristic creation of a new word by the placement of "Moto" in front of an existing word) and "Groove at your own pace" Motorola hyped the V710 like none other. And with all the buzz about bluetooth support and mobile browser, the V710 was certainly one of the most anticipated phones of its time.

    So imagine my frustration as I tried to actually make full use of these features, realizing that many of them were sub-par in reality, and then re-reading the V710 press releases and their promises of a full-fledged "totally-connected device." I'll just say that overall, the phone was a dissapointment feature-wise. But lets start out with the good things first.

    First, the TFT screen is pretty big, 2.2 inches of viewable display. Color production is also strong at 176x220, and contrast is superb. As for the keypad, keys are easily accessable and you won't have any problems with tricky keying or hitting multiple buttons. The addition of movie playback capabilites is also a plus in the functionality department, and a Transflash expansion slot allows for an optional upgrade to 128mb. Oh yeah, taking calls with a compatable Bluetooth headset proved to be hassle-free, although keep in mind that this drains battery life like none other.

    However, where the V710 has several features going for it, other supposed "features" are mediocre or crippled. Take, for instance, the 1.2MP camera. By now most people have begun to realize that megapixels do not equate to quality, and in the case of the V710, this is painfully obvious. Pictures I took with the V710 were covered in a sickly blue cast, and many times were washed out, grainy and generally ugly. The digital zoom is a joke--basically an in-camera crop--and actually getting the pictures on my computer requires a subscription service and/or a hassle with uploading and transfering files. Where's the Bluetooth to PC connectivity in all this? The obvious answer: Crippled by Verizon so that they could make a few extra bucks by forcing users to pay for their online multimedia swapping service.

    Another minor complaint is the V710's web browser, which is horrendously slow. But web browsing features on the CDMA network have never been exceptional, so theres no big surprise here. Finally, my absolute biggest gripe with the V710 is its battery life. Perhaps the review unit Motorola sent me just happened to have an old battery, but I am guessing that this isn't the case (after all, wouldn't Motorola make their best effort to send reviewers a phone in optimal condition?). At best, the V710 lasted 30 hours on standby. Compared with Motorola's projected 160 some-odd hours, battery life is a huge dissapointment.

    I have no major qualms with voice quality; I can hear others clearly on the V710. However, some have told me that there is intereference on my end, despite the V710 showing a full signal. As for text messaging, it is easy to use and customizable as well. Messages that a user would send often are stored as "quick notes" that can be sent within seconds.



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