Motorola V600 Review

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Motorola unleashed the V600 upon eagerly awaiting consumers—but upon release of the phone, many people were upset by the software glitches that seemed to plague the device. Turning off without warning, ringing when no one was calling, and lost MMS were just a few of the complaints.

Although I did experience a few oddities during my test of the phone, I did not have it long enough to experience the above problems. I will, however, describe my thoughts and reactions to the features and user interface.

From the outset it was clear that Motorola’s design team had done it again. A sleek, curvaceous body with a two-tone external display and a camera lens and flash were all brought together in a very pleasing layout. The black-on-chrome color scheme fits in nicely with the Motorola trend, and I was excited to take a peek under the hood.

Once I opened the flip I could see the 65,536 color internal display, which is very vibrant. The menu led me quite easily to various customizing programs, and I could quickly change the wallpaper, screen saver, and ringtone to some of the embedded files on the V600.

The digital camera was easy to manipulate, but sometimes slow to respond. I thought that the picture quality was decent, but of course not as good as a devoted device (they haven’t figured out that trick yet). With 5 MB of memory I was capable of saving some pictures onto the phone, although if it were mine I would see about purchasing some external memory cards, so that things don’t get too tight.

The keypad was fairly easy to manipulate, especially the 4-way directional keypad. The alphanumeric buttons were somewhat more difficult to maneuver, but this is the way with small flips like these.

With Bluetoothä capability engaged, I was able to use the included Bluetooth headset as I drove to the store and back. Setting up the MMS wasn’t exactly intuitive, but after some tinkering I got it to go. Adding contacts was a somewhat arduous process, and in my opinion, that is one of the main detracting points form this device.

All the complaints that I have read led me to be somewhat wary about recommending this flip, but after testing it I found things to be not as bad as I had heard. Things may get dicey after a few drops to the floor, but I did not have enough time (or the inclination) to test that theory out.

The main features of the Motorola V600:

  • Quad Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speaker Phone
  • Digital Camera
  • Javaä Games
  • 32-Tone Polyphonic and MP3 Ringtones
  • Bluetoothä Connectivity
  • Predictive Text
  • E-mail
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • 65,536 Color Internal Display
  • External Display
  • External Antenna
  • Flip Form
  • Javaä Games
  • Organizer

Technical Specifications of the Motorola V600:

  • Weight: 116 g.
  • Talktime: 4 h.
  • Standby time: 210 h.
  • Battery: 750 mAh
  • Memory: 5 MB
  • Height: 88 mm.
  • Width: 48 mm.
  • Depth: 24 mm.
  • Internal Display Width: 176 pixels
  • Internal Display Height: 220 pixels

The features that the Motorola V600 is missing:

  • Video Recording
  • MP3 Player
  • Infrared Connectivity
  • FM Radio
  • Touchscreen

Accessories available for the Motorola V600:

  • Extended Capacity Battery
  • Handsfree Device
  • Car Cigarette Lighter Charger
  • Desk Speaker Stand
  • Memory Attachment