A wise man once told me to be wary of things that seek too hard to advertise themselves. It’s with this in mind that the Motorola V80—with its flashy rotational opening—merits a wag of the finger.
When Motorola released the V80, they were, in a sense, releasing a fashion-oriented phone without too much in it. Basically a redesigned version of the triplets (V300, V500 and V600), the V80 added a novel opening mechanism—with a slight push to the left, the front screen section automatically swing open—without changing much internally.
Because the phone is so close to other phones in the V-series, it’s important to point out some of the differences. First of all, when the phone is rotated halfway, or 90 degrees, it turns into a landscape camera that reverses the pixel dimensions—pictures are 480 X 640 pixels instead of vice versa.
When closed, the phone is basically just a screen with a directional keypad. Opened, an alphanumeric keypad sits below the screen. The keys are spaced reasonably far apart, making them easy enough to use.
Just like the other V-series models, the V80 houses an integrated digital camera with a 4X digital zoom, and the pictures it takes are not bad by the standard of the day, but seem dark and murky compared to more recent phones.
With embedded and downloadable games, the V80 is a good device for gameplayers. 24-tone polyphonic, MIDI, and MP3 ringtones can be used, but the phone does not have an MP3 player.
WAP 2.0 lets you surf the web, while MMS, SMS, and E-mail are all available for sending text. With 65,536 colors and 176 X 200 pixels, the display screen can show up to 5 lines of text, and is bright and clear, using TFT technology to keep the colors bright in direct sunlight.
The rotational opening format is what distinguishes this phone from other Motorolas of similar price and size. If you are interested in the features of the V300, V500, or V600, but do not want to own a flip phone, then the V80 presents a somewhat novel alternative.
The main features of the Motorola V80:
Technical Specifications of the Motorola V80:
The features that the Motorola V80 is missing:
Accessories available for the Motorola V80: