Motorola A835 review
| ||Review: July 2003
In a nutshell: The A835 is Motorola's follow up to the A830, the company's first 3G phone available in the UK.
The A835 does address many of the problems present with the A830. The new 65k colour screen is much higher quality, video calling has been added, the memory is now a useful amount (generous even). The addition of haptics and a new navigation key are minor additions. The A835 retains the features that made the A830 useful: video recording and playback, MP3 playback, downloadable Java applications, Bluetooth wireless connectivity. However, the biggest bugbear with the A830 was the terrible battery life. So has the A835 fixed this problem? Well, on paper at least, the battery life of the A835 has been improved, but in practice it is still dire, needing to be charged every day if you use the phone a reasonable amount.
Motorola A835 features include:
- 65,000 colour hi-res display (176 x 220 resolution)
- Integrated digital video camera
- Video calling
- Voice recorder
- MP3 player
- Polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
- Java applications
- SMS, EMS, MMS
- Predictive text input (iTap™)
- E-mail (POP3)
- In-built hands-free speaker phone
- Integrated Stereo Headset Jack
- Bluetooth™ wireless connectivity, Infrared data port, USB port
- Voice Activated Dialling
- User customisable softkey functions, main menu and shortcuts
- Organiser: Calculator and currency converter, date and clock, datebook with reminder alarms
- PIM functionality
- Picture phone book
- Internal memory - 64 Mbytes
- WAP, GPRS
- Vibration alert
- Tri-band (GSM 900/1800/1900)
- Size: 137 x 56 x 27 mm
- Weight: 155g
- Talktime: up to 2 hours
- Battery standby: up to 9 days
Motorola A835 user reviews
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Average rating from 150 reviews:
Reviewed by Sinfield Ben
on 1st Nov 2010
This phone is da bomb, it is all you could want from a phone, omg this is da best da da da da best best. everything you could ever need, great memory,just u no x-ellent and for 29.99 WHAT A GREAT PRICE wowowowowowowwoow3roflcopter
Reviewed by Azhar Nazir from Pakistan
on 21st Sep 2010
it is very good phone. Many good function on it. I still used it. Some function is very low. Memory is only 65 MB. It must be 128 and heigher. second i am very surprized to know there is no Alaram facility on the mobile phone. I still used.
Reviewed by dr darryl mark dewar
on 11th Sep 2010
love the phone great size im enjoying it
Reviewed by James
on 29th Apr 2010
This was my first 3G phone from 3 UK when it first came out 2003/2004. I went from a tiny Nokia 8830 etc matchbox to a suitcase lol. Downside-it was huge! like a full size home phone. Plus: It had a great menu, apps, camera, speakerphone, AGPS, bluetooth, ease of use and 3G calls were awesome. Reliable! Belongs in a museam now or use unlocked when on holiday in developing countries. Replaced with nokia 6630, N70, N95 etc and things got smaller thank god and advanced...now touchphones are huge...lol it's happening again.
Reviewed by robert england
on 20th Jan 2010
I have had my Motorola A835 for 6 years, I have had no problems using it. The speaker works well in the hands free mode when driving , which I do a lot of in my work. One problem I find is that I can not access facebook or any other internet related sites, due to the processa being too small. but apart from that a good and reliable phone.
Reviewed by moez majdoub
on 22nd Nov 2009
i have one now and it is well
Reviewed by Joseph
on 31st Dec 2007
This phone was hand me down from my fincee has a great Camera for a VGA camera a great look and feel to it all round , perhaps a bit heavy but easy to use and easy to text and still use it today !! sometimes ! I would certainly prefer the quality of this phone to any of the countless nokias I have owned the only bad things I would point out is the Battery Life and the Data Cable doesnt Transfer images that easily this is however down to mobile phone tools bunled with it
Reviewed by Harpreet singh
on 2nd Aug 2007
I have moto a835. This is realy lovely phone. I feel it the part of my body.
Reviewed by smarty
on 30th Jul 2007
this is an excelllent phone nd its output result is also awesome...
Reviewed by Me
on 18th Jun 2007
the most disgusting fugly phone in the whole wide world!!!!! don't ever buy it you want something that is worse than a dead infected filthy stinky rat! it is awful. especially on three network. [Editor's note: you really don't like it, do you?]
Reviewed by Darren Forster
on 13th Jun 2007
I bought this phone of eBay for £15 as a replacement for when my NEC phone died suddenly. It's the best £15 I've spent and it's a shame I didn't spend it before when I had the lame NEC phone. It's got everything I could want, Bluetooth, AGPS, etc and is a really nice phone. It reminds me of my other two Motorola phones I've had the A920 and the A1000, the A920 I lost the battery to and the A1000 got stolen. I'm now changing to a V3XX hopefully that continues with the superb quality I've come to expect from Motorola's 3G offerings. One other handy thing is that with it weighing a ton you quite quickly notice when you've dropped it! and it takes being dropped from a bike quite well!
Reviewed by Rebecca
on 12th May 2007
Reviewed by ZZZZZZZZZZZ
on 11th May 2007
Now i am using it is very good
Reviewed by gbubemi
on 12th Feb 2007
i really love the phone,i have two of it,pls motorola keep it up,but i still have some problems with it,here is my e-mail address,email@example.com
Reviewed by Lemz
on 8th Feb 2007
the speaker of the motorola a835 is good. the mp3 songs sound better than those with other 3g phones. the headset is a bit big for the phone and the accessories are not that available in the market. but the phone is very handy and i hope the mp3 songs can be used as ringtones or message alerts.
Reviewed by Robert Holligan
on 24th Jan 2007
I loved this phone for it's cappacity alone, no need for a Memory stick at all, camera a bit of a let down in dimley lit areas but in general not bad, it may be big but it's robust
Reviewed by justaman
on 14th Jun 2006
Camera = 0 quality
Speed = 0,00...001 kb/sec
Battery = 3 hours
Charging Battery = 24 hours if it is possible
Call waiting = No way
Sound quality = Very good
Menu = Attractive
With this phone you can talk 5 minutes and to hear a song ( 64mb memory ). If you want to take a picture you will need a "web cam" with you because with it;s own camera you don't have any chance. You will have to wait 3 minutes to open it and another 3 minutes to go in Contact List. It is working very very slow event if you have all memory free. With the battery is another story - 1 day if you don't talk and 1 hour if you talk 5 minutes. In my opinion Motorola = 0.
Reviewed by kea
on 2nd Mar 2006
well it has video..mp3?...camera....fair bit of memory as well. but id have to say if it wasn't for the actual calls still working, this phone deserves a zero. you'd have more room in your pocket carrying a- still camera, video camera, ipod, and a landline phone around with you! none of these accessories actually work, txt msgs never send, battery life is pathetic, cameras seem to work but when you go to the view them..their gone, the same thing happeneds with mp3. basically this phone is left at home and i resort to taking out a nokia 3310 (which has three times as many features that actually work)
Reviewed by deadrobert
on 26th Nov 2005
We are living in a 21st Century, known as a Century of minimalisation. This phone is paddle.If you have a canoe, U know, how U can use it. Its features, does not beat its disadvantages. BIG, poor battery life, really bad menu...How do U switch off keyboard soud, for example? Or what about a number search? I have found an old Motorola C350 in working order, and few months ago, I was given a MOTOROLA A835. What a suprise? Neither of them can help you to find a number U are seeking. If you have 3000 inputs in your CONTACTS, you have to go through ALL of them.
Are U an idiot? Are U, REALLY? So buy this phone. Man, who designes MOTOROLA phones, does not use them, I am sure of it. After having NOKIAs for years, this Motorola phone is few steps back for me, despite all of 3G technology packed in it. Remember: GOOD reviews for this phone MUST be writen only by phone retailers, driven by desperate desire to get rid of hundreds unsold unnits called Motorola A835. I would not pay a penny for it. This is a biggest and most USLES phone I ever had.
Reviewed by ahmed abdelhafid
on 8th Nov 2005
Reviewed by JS
on 27th Aug 2005
THIS IS THE WORST PHONE EVER EVER EVER MADE. LAST XMAS WHEN CPW SOLD THEM FOR #20 WITH A #15 TOP UP EVEN THAT WAS TO MUCH. DO NOT GO NEAR THIS AWFUL BRICK. NO WONDER THREE HAS DITCHED THREEPAY.
Reviewed by Enaruni Ifidon from uk on 22nd Aug
Possesses everythin that could possibly fit in a handheld device...
and believe me, this is not a light weight gadget... virtually weighs
a ton. Has a good camera and relatively large internal memory...but
sadly, it is prone to system failures, the camera has a mind of its
own and of course, the battery life is laughable for a phone packed
with so much functions. More suited as a back up phone in the office...
Reviewed by matty from uk on 17th Aug 2005
this phone is rubbish ok, the phone itself is huge, maybe it does have
a few good features on it but it is still rubbish the camera is not
at all that good and neither is the video, the phone alweays seemed
to crash for me i had thi sphone quite some ago but i still reccomend
that knowbody buys it unless they are not bothered about the camera
or the video feature or the actual size of the phobne, but as far as
i am concerned this phone is not at all one to buy
Reviewed by Tamika Wilson from Australia on 7th
This phone is extremley embarasing and the only people i would recomend
the phone to is brick layers. The camera is garbage makes me look fuzzy
and battery life last for about a day and takes forever to charge. Thank
God for ebay (i cant belive someone is goin to buy it from me hahaha)
Reviewed by sapphire from USA on 3rd Aug 2005
I dont understand why you think this phone is 'rubish" or whatever you
said... I have had this phone for 7 months and it has worked amazingly.....
I have dropped it twice (nothing major though) and I have let my sister
use it and she has dropped it multiple times and it still works great.
the memory capacity is awsome I have well over all of the following:
300 pictures, 20 videos, about 10 costum ringers (which the phone had
to be Hacked to have put on), and 8 costum wall papers. the only problem
with the multimedia that I have found is that it does take a bit longer
to load than most phone do, but then again I have alot more photos on
my phone than anyone I know.... as for the battery life, I have had
this phone been fully charged and USED quite a bit and still had it
last for 4 days so this bad batterie life is junk It works beautifully
so maybe its just the battery you have....and on top of that, this phone
has been complimented on my every person I have met and they people
say it is better than there phone which include Blackberry's, slidders,
Razors, and many otheres.... so what if its big. it is big because it
has more features....so I think its a great phone and it is a great
phone but not for someone that more concerned with taking high quality
photos.... If you want hi quality photosm, bye a camera you idiot!!!
Reviewed by manuel from portugal on 31st Jul 2005
Reviewed by james from Australia on 13th Jul 2005
this Phone IS sHOCKING!!! where do i start, put simply do ot bye this
fone, unless you want am always dead brick that does not fit in your
pocket or if it does, looks like you have your office sqeezed in there.
Reviewed by Sc4n from Melbourne on 2nd Jul 2005
Umm, I dont know what to say to the people who said this phone is a
rubbish, etc. For me personally this Phone, well it's not that 'rubbish'
it's ok. The fone, it has quite a good network and have quite a lot
of features in it, and I can make sure this fone is really strong (trust
me, it really is. Why, well... think about this, i accidently dropped
this fone twice from my 2nd floor house stairs when im playing with
it and it hit walls and the stairs couple times until i get my hand
on it on the middile of the stair floor, it wasn't broken at all and
it's still working as before, and to make its day, that was not the
only thing this fone got 'hurts' by my hand). But yea, the down things
of this fone is, It's quite big, and the camera is not that good, especially
when you take a pictures off in the evening, it's blurr, and the Battery
life was not good too.. it's just hold on about a day with minimal use,
Half day with many uses. Other than that, this fone is ok. Suggestion:
Dont buy this fone IF there are better looking fones and features.
Reviewed by Elliot from England on 29th Jun 2005
Completely rubbish phone, its absolutely massive, (more like a bomb
than a phone) Camera - rubbish Battery life - can last less than a day
(or worse) Bluetooth/ir - very hard to connect Navigation - hard to
navigate Network - Expensive, with hidden traps Its really not worth
getting this phone, the phone is rubbish, the network is rubbish and
its too big!
Reviewed by Jonathan Bond from England on 28th
This phone had 3 faulty items that were the reason for buying the phone!
The MP3 player wouldn't work, the e-mail didn't work or the "3 triangle"
key button. It is being sent for repairs now, so hopefully it should
work EVENTUALLY... =(
Reviewed by BOB from UK CHELMSFORD on 26th Jun
I GOT THIS PIECE OF RUBBISH 10 MONTHS AGO AND JUST SOLD IT TO MY DAD
FOR A TENER. IT IS A PIECE OF RUBBISH THE FIRST DAY I GOT IT. ON 3PAY
PAY. I PAY I £50 FOR IT. ITS A BIG PIECE OF RUBBISH FOR £50.THANKS DONT
Reviewed by Donald Barclay from Scotland on 18th
This phone is fantactic! I've had the A835 for 8 months now and nothing
has ever gone wrong with it. Firstly the camara/video quality is brilliant
and if your video/picture memory is full you can easily transfer the
videos or pictures to your computer! BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Ben Sinfield from England on 8th Jun
This fone is brill, it has a gr8 camera a 5x zoom and all da features
that you need, the only downside is that u cant expand da memory, but
this fone haz mp3 bluetooth digicam email WAP Gr8 games and it may b
good but 4 £29.99 (www.three.co.uk) it is amazing!!!
Reviewed by Richard
on 2nd Jun 2005
Hmm. Nice lot of features -- Bluetooth, USB and infra-red for example, but prone to crashing. I've had to send it in twice for repair and could have sent it in for a third time due to fault with text messaging. All since less than a year ago. Decided not to pending an upgrade. Camera quality isn't that great either. That said I've not had many dropped calls. The 3 tariff is very good -- virtually incomparable -- but hopefully the handsets are improving. May now go for for an E1000.
Reviewed by hayley
on 17th May 2005
i have now got an Lg, but my motorola was great, sure, a bit bulky, but i really grew to love it, 3 mins recording time, easy to use, really great fone, weight and size a prob, but get over it.
Reviewed by Leebzie from United Kingdon on 14th
This phone is not as bad as most people are saying, for its flaws it
was a damn cheap phone with a lot of functionality throughout most of
its life on the market. I bought it when it was 75 GBP (Around 13 Months
Ago), and I do feel I've had my moneys worth (75 is/was cheap for a
phone of its functionality then), however sadly the central naivgation
joystick is ruined and i'll have to get a new phone now. Screen : Quality
is great. If you know what your doing with PaintShop/PhotoShop you can
make some incredible backgrounds. Navigation/Menu System : Perfect,
you'd be hard pressed not to understand this. Communications (IrDA/Bluetooth/Email):
No problems detected, however dont like 'having' to reveal urself, there
needs to be an always on facility Battery Life : Pretty pathetic, but
not as bigger problem as everyone makes out, I charge every night, or
other night. My phone goes dead for around three days a month due to
battery life. The biggest problem I have found is the INCREDIBLY annoying
beeping 'beepboop' when the phone goes into low battery mode, and it
does that an awful lot ! I have actually become well known for consistently
beeping around people :/. The charger lead etc is complete junk because
the pins on the bottom of the phone are way too exposed, and the pins
on the charging plug are way too exposed too, resulting in black grimy
buildups that act as insulators. Often you wake up in a morning to find
the damn thing hasnt charged after casually plugging it in the previous
night. Regular contact cleaning with alcohol/solvent is required. Memory/Music:
A pretty generous amount of memory to store a good amount of MP3's ,
Pictures, etc. Sound playing quality is pretty nice, and pretty loud.
Camera/Video: Good but has a major, major flaw, If you do not persistently
lock your phone (I dont 'always') if the 'easy use' camera button on
the side gets pressed down a few times in your pocket this thing goes
insane and takes loads of blank pictures, which soon cripple the loading
of your 'pictures' folder. A problem which has so badly crippled my
phone I never use the camera for pictures. Network : I find 3 is a fine
network if you use your phone a lot. When using my phone just around
enough to burn a £15 a month top up I felt I was getting a reasonable
deal, I am not up to date on this topic though, so Ill have to check.
3 Has got a lot better over the year ive used it, and improves a service
or so every week - fortnight. Size : Large but quite satisfactory. Small
phones get on my nerves though because of the tiny buttons. Weight :
Who cares ? How on earth does the difference between a 50g phone and
a 250g really infulence purchasing, what, afraid to carry 200g more
? oh no ! Thats the majority of main categories, there are a few things
ive never understood about this phone tho, the 'haptics' function is
described as your phone making light and sound to attract your attention.
From the description you'd expect flashing or patterns. Actually, can
you say a phone has 'haptics' if all it does is light up when its ringing
(screen and buttons are lit, do not flash or anything), because thats
all this phone does. If I were to buy a phone a year ago, I would still
buy this one, however, I would not now, as there are far better deals
available far more easily, this phone has had its day.
Reviewed by david from uk on 12th May 2005
the a835 is rubber phone it got a useless battery life,only 1 thing
its good on the phone it had 64mbs of memory,its on a rubber network,
the camera is rubber, had it for 10mths and it rubber phone now i got
a 6230 and its got one of the best camera i have seen on the market.
its rubber phone dont buy it.
Reviewed by A_man from UK on 10th May 2005
I think its the network rather than the phone that overall spoils the
phone. The 3 network is poor, which means the signal is bad sometimes.
The battery life is very poor and it makes that annoying sound. And
when the battery is finally dead...BOY it is dead. I got the phone when
it came out last year January but i regret it. The phone is big, the
video quality is ok when the phone is still but the moment you move
it gets blurry. The bluetooth is excellent but no radio and yet another
disater from Moto. The fact that the phone comes on three only makes
Reviewed by umairalisiddiquiinlondon from england on
7th May 2005
none of the functions are working. the bluetooth does not even work
neither does the video or camera
Reviewed by David from Australia on 21st Apr 2005
This Phone is AWSOME, It is one of my favourites and has great features!
Reviewed by JUNAID MIRZA from PAKISTAN on 13th
I like this mobile because it has a very professional look and outstanding
Reviewed by bob from usa on 10th Apr 2005
Motorola a835 is a fantstic mobile phone.I am really satisfied with
this great phone.
Reviewed by Andy from England on 9th Apr 2005
sadly the phone is TO technical and the software cant keep up, its too
big and can be to complicated to use. i had 2 phones in less than 7
months and the 2nd phone kept going wrong and the repair department
couln't fix it so i cancelled the contract. i've known a lot of people
with the same problems. not very good for a phone with so much hype....my
thoughts....make your own mind up
Reviewed by David Hillier from England on 30th
When I bought this phone, I looked at the features for quite a few phones
and the prices for them. To be fair to the poor old A835 it is an impressive
phone on paper. The battery life isnt as bad as it was, there is a good
camera (tho this is looking quite dated now with the release of many
1.3 megapixel camera phones) and the ability to use video, MP3 and Bluetooth(TM).
The problems are present however. For the style concious amoung us,
having a phone that is the size of a small blue whale and heavier than
your average American trucker is a bit of a no no. There are also the
technical problems. Mine for instance has a tempremental camera. Trying
to use it results in the rather comical response of "Busy, try again
later". At least the engineers have a sense of humour. It is also a
shame that the battery isnt as good as it could be. While on paper it
is a significant improvement over the previous model, the realities
of life paint a different picture. If you get the A835 to stay on for
more than 36hrs then you dont have enough friends. Overall, it is worth
the 3 stars thanks to the low price and good tech specs but there is
certainly room for major improvements.
Reviewed by jimbo from uk on 20th Mar 2005
AVOID THIS PHONE AT ALL COSTS. Mustaghees, you said this phone was 'a
good phone' My only explanation for this is that either a) you are a
fool or b) you are a phone salesman trying to shift the hundreds of
these phones left collecting dust in your horrible little phone shop
I am not an idiot. This phone is rubbish. Goodnight
Reviewed by - from England on 19th Mar 2005
The phone is alright but not great. It has great features but The receptions
poor unless you live in a major city.
Reviewed by mustaghees from rochdale on 12th Mar
Really good phone it is quite chunky and dont beleive the idiots that
gave it 1 star it is truly a good phone it has all the ffeatures what
else do you need. dont get put off from the other reviews. they are
all mainly rubbish. GREAT PHONE !!!!!!!!
Reviewed by jimbo from uk on 9th Mar 2005
terrible terrible terrible phone, worst i have ever owned by some distance.
how this phone averages 3 stars i dont know. the chumps who gave it
4 or 5 stars are really having a laugh, pathetic. i agree with one review
i read saying it was the worst telecommunications device ever. alexander
graham bell is turning in his grave.
Reviewed by Pete from UK on 8th Mar 2005
This phone should never have been released. Even 1 star is giving it
too much credit. Poor coverage, poor quality, poor durability all in
a brick that'll cost you a nice bite once a month. I'm sure someone
out the there has built a house from the number of these phones that
have broken and been sent back! After a 1 year prison sentence of owning
this phone, all I can say is don't do it to yourself.
Reviewed by Gianfranco Motorola from England on
2nd Mar 2005
Where does one start with the A835. This phone and it's enormous mass,
instantly attracted me via it's own gravitational pull. The A835 sports
many subtle, useful and inventive functions. A particular favourite
was the A835's ability to reduce my monthly call charges. It ensured
that I could keep my daily calls at a minimum at around three calls
a day and loudly and proudly warned me that my three calls were at their
end. Rest assure this is a force to be reackoned with. During my 14
month relationship with the A835 however, I have sustained permanent,
although minor, knee problems carrying the A835 in my pockets. This
is possibly the only major flaw i can think of, and a small price to
pay for this otherwise fantastic piece of modern equipment. The phone
is highly economical and requires only 2 hours to fully charge for those
with a fast lifestyle. This, in turn, promotes physical exercise on
the users part, carrying around the generator/charger with them. This
highly fashionable and sophisticated communications device proved to
be of upmost rigidity and strength. Approached one night by two youths,
obviously attracted to this fashionable, expensive and obviously, much
coveted device, I nearly had to part with my Motorola. The A835, however,
proved 100% successful in rigidity tests against bone. There was, of
course, mess, but the A835 was an unscathed success. The phone has an
air of independence about it and, when sporting it, gives the user a
sense of identity. People most certainly know who you are with this
phone. Of course, to a human, unappreciative of sarcasm, this may come
accross as an astoundingly positive review. The harsh reality is that
the Motorola A835 is almost certainly, the single worst communicator
in universal history. It's recent demotion on the pay-as-you-talk range,
with an impressive shelf value of...10 whole english pounds!!!!!!!???!!!,
would signify that the A835 is far from Tesco's best and very much on
the 'blue & white' range. Rest assured, this is a rank phone and should
be avoided at all costs. On the plus side, It makes for a fantastic
doorstop! Yours faithfully.
Reviewed by MARK from ENGLAND on 26th Feb 2005
The worse phone I have ever had the misfortune to use. It spends most
of its time being charged up. When it is charged up it either cuts out
in the middle of calls, goes to emergency use only or the whole thing
freezes and the all it will let me do with it is switch it off. Utter
rubbish!!!!! Got so sick of it, threw it at a wall yesterday and smashed
it. Best thing I did.
Reviewed by Marsha from England on 26th Feb 2005
I have gave this phone 1 star because I have had to. I don't know which
is worse, the 3 network or this phone. Where do I begin:- 1. Needs charging
almost after every time you use it. 2. Took some photos which are now
just black. 3. Spends most of its time on emergency call only. 4. If
it's not on emergency call only, it's locked itself so I have to take
the battery out to turn the damn thing off. 5. It's huge! 6. The button
in the middle don't work. 7. The quality of the photos are rubbish.
8. Cuts out in the middle of calls. 9. Comes up call failed regularly
even though reception is good. The list is endless. Just got to say
though that it is the worse phone I have ever had.
Reviewed by CALVIN HONEY-JONES from UK on 21st
THIS FONE IS HEADING FOR MY WINDOW, I AINT HAD A BAD PHONE EVER IN MY
LIFE, I SHOULD COLLECT LOADS AND BUILD A HOUSE! STUPID BRICK, I PULLED
IT OUT IN A CLUB AND I NEARLY GOT THROWN OUT! BOUNCERS THOUGHT I HAD
A BAT WITH ME, LOL (JOKE)
Reviewed by dave from england on 20th Feb 2005
THIS FONE IS A BRICK
Reviewed by James from England on 18th Feb 2005
Wow! Never realised there was so many people out there for who, like
me, this phone has just been a nightmare! Where do I begin?! 1) Battery
life is horrendous, that low battery "bu-du" noise haunts my dreams,
why does it still do it even when the phone is on silent! Not good when
your in lectures... 2) Why does the backlight just not turn of sometimes?!
Normally at night so it keeps you awake! 3) Why does it say 'call failed'
when I apparently have full signal! 4) Why does it just lock up everynow
and again? 5) Why does it take ages to sodding boot up when you turn
the thing on! 6) Why didnt I read this website before I bought it!?!!?!?!
Could go on forever but won't, got new mobile phone last week, a samsung
D500. Thank the lord, the brick will be consigned to the bin now.
Reviewed by nATHAN tESSLER from UK on 18th Feb
This phone is the worst i've ever bought. It's too big and 3 is rubbish
Reviewed by Jummy from London on 16th Feb 2005
The only reason i gave this star a rating of 1 is because im feeling
a little happy today. When i gpt this phone i thought it was going to
be really good but boy was i wrong i charged it to the fullest the next
thing i knew it was on 2 bars. The phone is a brick and i knew it was
going to be big but i thought that with all the things it could do it
was worth it the phone is big for nothing! when i record clips it takes
like 10seconds before it stops taking a picture is a nightmare the screen
is blurry i thought it was just because it was night time but it was
like that in the morning aswell its hard to get the back cover off and
bluetooth keeps on playing up. By the way i got the phone a few days
ago and it still has not been activated so only God knows how messaging
is like. I have to many things to say about this phone so i don't want
to bore you i can't wait till i go back to the shop tomorrow to see
if am going to get a refund or replacement, p.s my dad spent almost
half the petrol on going up and down to the shop and 3 is useless.
Reviewed by Funke
on 16th Feb 2005
fOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BUY THIS PHONE PLEASE DON'T, THIS IS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. i BOUGHT THIS PHONE CAUSE IT HAD ALL THE FEATURES. AND IT LOOKED WICKED.BUT ON THE DAY I GOT IT I COULDN'T MAKE ANY CALLS, EVEN THOUGH I HAD GOT AIR TIME WITH IT.WHEN I TRIED TO ACTIVATE IT THE OPERATOR REAPEATED IT TAKES 24 HOURS , SO I WAITED TILL THE NEXT DAY WHEN 24 HOURS HAD ARRIVED BUT THER WAS STILL NO ACTIVATION. SO KNOW I AM GOING TO RETURN THE FONE WITH ITS WIRELESS BLUETOOTH AND SWAP FOR ANOTHER PHONE. bY THE WAY THE FEATURES ARE PATHETIC, WHAT SORT OF CAMERA DOES THE PHONE HAVE ,THE PICTURES AREN'T EVEN CLEAR.WEN I'M IN THE DAYLIGHT IT IS JUST AS BAD AS WEN I AM IN THE NIGHT. VIDEO RECORDING LAST FOR A MISELLIE 10 SECONDS AND YOU CANT EVEN RECORD MUSIC UNLESS YOU ARE RECORDING A VOICE MESSAGE FOR A TXT MESSAGE. OVERALL THE PHONE IS A WASTE OF MONEY AND THE DEALERSHIP I GOT IT FROM IS NO BETTER!!!!! IF YOU INSIST TO IGNORE MESSAGES ABOUT THIS PHONE THEN MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ON BUYING IT.BECAUSE THATS WHAT HAPPENED TO ME I INSISTED ON BUYING IT AND NOW LOOK AT WHOS WRITING THE BAD MESSAGE.
Reviewed by dave from uk on 15th Feb 2005
its not even worth 1 star, its a pile of junk, it would be more useful
being used as a brick or a weapon because it hurts when you get smacked
over the head(so i've heard). its really slow, keeps crashing, and the
camera is all blurry. so if you get angry with the fone just throw it
at someone or something, it doesn't break the brick.
Reviewed by matt h from england on 10th Feb 2005
THIS IS A BRICK , I KNOW PEOPLE SAY PHONES ARE BRICKS WHEN THERE QUITE
BIG BUT THIS FONE IS THE SIVE OF A BRICK STAY AWAY
Reviewed by mike from england on 9th Feb 2005
fones rubbish .dont bother byin it. cameras all blury and you know what
three phones are like.just one word to explain it, rubbish.
Reviewed by Arun Mandalia from England on 28th
Great fone. brill
Reviewed by Sim from England on 22nd Jan 2005
Hello, I would like to just point out a couple of things about this
phone...... It's RUBBISH!!!!!! I can't wait to get rid of it! It Freezes,
doesn't send messages when I want it to, the charger socket is really
badly designed - started to go wrong after the first three months, Cut's
off calls, hardly ever picks up a good signal, the joystick thing just
about works, and I have looked after the phone, there are many moments
when I have wanted to run over it in my car or get a baseball and smash
it, but nevertheless have restrained myself! The main reason though
for my absolute contemptment for this phone is the awful, and I mean
awful battery life, made even more irratating by the really loud battery
warning noise that you can't turn off, in fact it's doing it right now!!!!!!!!!!
Only a few more weeks and the contract runs out, wwwwoooohhhhoooooo!!!!!
I strongly reccomend NOT getting this phone. I suppose I should find
something good about it and that would be the free memory space, which
is a lot! and the size doesn't bother me, you don't lose it that's for
Reviewed by clifton from australia on 21st Jan
Price of the phone was cheap and it is an improvement on the A830 however
the battery life is still poor, and when the phone is connected to a
bluetooh headset, the phone will only ring via the headset. If you remove
your bluetooh headset you can't hear your phone ring. The phone is very
sensitve if your are carrying it in your pocket or the case and have
to put the phone on lock to prevent your battery from running low.
Reviewed by Jeff from UK on 19th Jan 2005
Not sure which is worse, the phone or the '3' network. After 8 months
the battery now lasts about an hour from full charge (if you can actually
get a signal to make a call in the first place). Drops calls & frequently
hangs. Only phone/network I've known where you can't get a signal in
Central London ! If you've any sense and intend to actually use the
phone to make calls, avoid like the plague. There's a reason they're
available on 'cheap' deals. In 4 months it's 'Farewell to our Network',
roll on April !
Reviewed by Caz from Uk on 18th Jan 2005
I recently brought this phone UNLOCKED on ebay.<<
Reviewed by mike from uk on 18th Jan 2005
I bought this phone because it had everything. I t was also cheep. £75
at the time. The reason it is so cheep is because 3 make their money
from calls. Out of the £15 minimum credit you can only spend £1.50
on stuff you really want. That means if you want to make a phone call,
a text and download a game on most networks you could do that for £6
but on 3 it will cost you £20 as you have to buy add ons at £5
My message is dont buy this phone just because its cheep. Do you really
want to spend £20 a month?
Reviewed by Holmesy from uk on 15th Jan 2005
The worst phone i have ever had the misfortune to use. Camera pathetic,
keeps loosing signal and needs charging every day.
Reviewed by davisw
on 12th Jan 2005
the fone is ard 2 use at da start but i find it easyer now but threr can be probs wiv da usb conectio and the bluetoof ead set but da fone is great value for money
Reviewed by aj from nigeria on 11th Jan 2005
i just bought this phone and its wonderful! its got quite a lot of features,nice
camera(better than sony ericssonT610)4 sho!Video cam! thats off the
hook!just the battery life!wel thats normal with all moto phones..get
a spare battery at all times
Reviewed by richard thorne from uk on 11th Jan
Thank god my contract is up.worked fine for 1st 3 months then down hill
from there.Very poor reception.Battery life needs charging twice a day.Been
for repair 3 times.phone reads battery unable to charge.3 said new charger
on its way.28 days with out phone. rang up every other day 15 times
in total.Each time they said lost in post we will send you a new one.
not one arrived.with 1week to go they have sent lg8120 replacement.my
wife has lg8110.brilliant phones.have just taken out 2 new contracts
with 3 have i done the right thing
Reviewed by andrew from england on 9th Jan 2005
very good loved it, best phone inda world
Reviewed by ali from UK on 3rd Jan 2005
i am so happy as my contract is coming to an end, YES.. this phone was
a big mistake, reception is very poor, you miss half the other side
speaking, battery is 1 out of ten. and it feels like a brick in your
pocket. good buy to 3 soon, and i can not wait.
Reviewed by Karl from England on 17th Dec 2004
Absolute Junk, DO NOT TOUCH this phone on 3 about to get my solicitor
to write a letter to them! Been back 4 times now not been able to use
it in 3 months. DO NOT TOUCH THIS PHONE or 3G
Reviewed by matt from england on 16th Dec 2004
I would have actually given 0 stars if it were an option, the phone
itself crashes very frequently and is also far to big to fit in your
pocket, the real prob lies with the network however, it drops calls
more than i have ever experienced in my whole life..as a courier i explained
this to 3 they were not interested in the shameful way their network
operates i boxed it back up after a month or 2 and sent it back to them
they returned it to me , it sits here in its box worthless, i have been
on the O2 network ever since then with not a sniff of a problem on a
V600....avoid this phone but more importantly avoid 3 like the plague.
Reviewed by Thomas from England on 15th Dec 2004
i got this phones a few days ago and its great, by far the best phone
for its price (£30). it does absolutely everything and the size
is brilliant as well as the size of the screen. a good camera, 3 minutes
video, 64 megs memory, blue tooth and mp3 is not found of any phones
under at least £100 apart from this one. is has unfortunately
been discontinued in the shops and replaced by the motorola c975 which
has no blue tooth a fraction of the memory and a smaller screen; great
replacement! you will have to order it over the phones but its worth
it anyway i highly recommend it.
Reviewed by myfa from Poland on 13th Dec 2004
It's OK. The battery could be better, but in general it is a realy good
phone. If you are not affraid by it's size surely I can recomend it.
Reviewed by Paul from newcastle on 11th Dec 2004
Absolute rubbish! Very poor quality ringtones. Bad screen. Although
its very cheap to buy as are most 3g phones. I find 3g VERY unreliable
and have since moved on to orange with the new samsung D500 which i
get on monday. If anyone is looking for a phone with an EXCELLENT camera,
look no further than the SHARP GX30!!!! AMAZING. Infact, I doubt I will
be happy with my samsung d500 now ive tatsted the sharp gx30. Might
be going back to it. Only problem is that its exclusive to vodaphone.
Yes its unlockable. Fair point!
Reviewed by Paul from UK on 10th Dec 2004
One word - don't. Thank God my contract expires on this phone in the
next few weeks. If someone offers it to you "Just say no". The phone
exhibits some of the most bizarre behaviour I have seen in a mobile.
The navigation is always a few seconds behind, and the logic of the
Motorola software is simply...American at best. 3 as a network is (as
you may have guessed from other reviews) pants. No disrespect to the
no doubt hardworking helpdesk operators, but you are never going to
get swift resolutions to problems (which you will get) if neither party
can understand each other are you? Stick with a Nokia phone on Orange
for your sanity.
Reviewed by sutty from england on 8th Dec 2004
dis fone is phat me n mi homies always rave 2 mi bangin tunes on it
dis fone is wikid
Reviewed by SUPER SEXY7 from THE WORLD on 6th
dis phone is wikid eathen da bulk is cool because it carrys a big screen
with it!the mp3 is da bomb and so am i of couse and the camera is of
the hooosie man i tink the price is wik aswwell shame for 3g though
£15 30 days naaaa
Reviewed by daniel
on 29th Nov 2004
the phone its self is good. but on three network it is rubish. stay well away from three they take all the credit left in your acount at the end of the month. i had a problem with mine so i tried to phone up three and tell them but i couldnt get through and when i did they were very rude to me. the camra on the phone could be a bit better but it is not worth losing all of your credit at the end of the month!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Jean-Paul from UK on 28th Nov 2004
1 star is too generous for this phone and the 3 Network. They are a
complete joke. First of all, the user interface is not intuitive at
all. The phone also takes about 20 seconds to boot up!! On the 3 network,
making outgoing calls is OK, although voice quality is substandard with
this phone, ie, I can't hear the other person's voice clearly. However,
I only receive 50% of the calls others make to me immediately without
errors. My friends always complain that they can't get hold of me. I'm
glad my minimum contract is coming to an end. The 3 Network can't even
get the basics right... sigh.
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 26th Nov 2004
Message to whose people who complained about the size and weight of
phone: Did you not see the phone before taking a contract out on it?
Whats the point of complaining NOW that its too big and heavy! No one
forced you to buy such a bulky phone.
Reviewed by Rob from uk on 22nd Nov 2004
I love this phone for its great mp3, with a loudspeaker on the back
so you can play it without headphones, great out on a picnic, on the
beach etc - you dont get that with dedicated mp3 players. Also the photos
are pretty good and it comes with the pc software and cable you need
to load the pics/mp3s. I don't like the 3 network (poor reception even
in London, high cost, only access to 3's dull wap service - all else
blocked), so got the phone unlocked and use a Virgin sim card, and it
works much better like that, with crystal clear call quality and with
Virgin its good value for money. I hear alot of complaints about its
size, but i find the extra size pleasant to use and i love the big screen
and how the phone looks. The infrared and bluetooth are very useful
and work extremely well, very powerful. My only gripe is the unnecessarily
small text on such a big screen, and i find texting rather slow and
painful compared to how it is on my other phone, the nokia 3200.
Reviewed by JON PRITCHARD from UK on 21st Nov
WORDS CAN NOT DISCRIBE THIS PHONE. THE WORST PHONE I'VE EVER HAD IN
MY LIFE. I PURCHASED THIS PHONE FOR MY NEW BUISNESS THAT I HAVE SET
UP,I CAN HONESTLY SAY ITS COST MY FIRM ALOT OF MONEY. VOICEMAILS COME
THROUGH DAYS AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN SENT,THE E-MAIL HAS NEVER WORKED THE
PHONE CRASHES CONSTANLY. I AM CONSTANTLY APPOLOGISING TO MY CUSTOMERS
WHICH IS'NT GOOD FOR A NEW VENTURE. FORGET IT DONT BOTHER WITH THE PHONE
OR THE NETWORK
Reviewed by Barry from UK on 18th Nov 2004
I was very pleased when I got this phone. It seemed to have everything
you could want, and although it's a lot bulkier than most others, the
size of the screen, the video and mp3 features and large memory make
up for it. But after just four months, it started playing up. It seems
to have worn out - particularly the navigation key. It does have a tendency
to crash when online or running some Java applications. Also, the bulk
can no longer be justified in relation to newer phones coming out now.
A phone that had a lot of potential, but was rapidly overtaken by competitors.
Still, with 64Mb, it can function as a basic mp3 player if nothing else!
Reviewed by Mark Underwood from Plymouth,UK on
17th Nov 2004
Got this phone as part of the 3G contract. Crikey its like a brick in
terms of size. Original battery was useless so got the extended battery
which greatly improved battery performance. Then my troubles started!
Go out of signal and then the phone wants me to enter my pin on re-entering
a signal area! What a nightmare. Also the phone has frozen several times
and the software seems to have a mind of its own...like I get about
40 messages in the inbox instead of one!The phone has been sent back
via the retailer 4 times in 6 months. On getting the phone back the
last 2 times either 3G or Motorola have failed to fix the faults that
it wernt in to be repaired for. There in the shop the camera would not
work nor the video plus when the phone was taken to the back of the
shop, it lost the signal and then when in signal it asked for the PIN!
This all despite my retailer (JAG Communications who are excellent by
the way) having asked to ensure that the phone go thru Quality Control.
I was even shown the QC sheets....what a load of waffle....my 8 yr old
could have done better. 3G finally agreed to providing me with a NEW
phone (LG u8120) but als after 9 days they are having difficulty in
sending one to me!!!!!!! I have now decided that it is time to go back
to Orange and get a simple plane jane phone that I know that will work
and will last. Good ridance 3G and Motorola A835
Reviewed by lil stew from England on 17th Nov
I was looking forward to get this fone for ages, the specs are brilliant
and so is the price, but when i got it i was so dissapointed. Firstly
the phone is so bulky you cant even fit it in your pocket and the network
(3. To anybody who is finking about buying this phone, DONT
Reviewed by phil from cornwall on 14th Nov 2004
had the phone for 9 months now, although its never let me down be prepared
to place it strategically on a cup to get it to charge, expect "unable
to send message" when you try to txt, the most annoying bleep which
carries on forever (even in silent mode) to inform you of low battery
which is every day. but the good thing; if your ever attacked you can
use it to beat off the assailant!!!!
Reviewed by matthew from england on 12th Nov 2004
Reviewed by Aaron from Andrews on 5th Nov 2004
I love this phone, it has everything i want but it is a bit bulky but
it needs to be for what it needs to do.
Reviewed by Michael from Australia on 2nd Nov
I bought this phone before the good 3 phones came out and before 3 offered
pre paid phones so i feel really ripped off seeing as this phone is
a brick and i am locked into a contract with about 14 months left on
it, it has failed on me once and they sent me a "refurbished" one which
just means that it is someone else's old one that they fixed up and
i think this one is about to fail on me again, i hate this phone and
i am currently pondering whether i should get a nec e616 for AU$195
or a LG U8120 for AU$324, what do everyone think i should get?
Reviewed by Nathan Preece from Wales, UK on 31st
I personally think that this phone is great; it has many advanced features
that many phones lack. However, the 3 network is a huge rip-off and
really brings this rating down. Shame on 3! (But you can still get this
phone unlocked in your local phone shop for about a tenner, and put
your Virgin, etc SIM inside!)
Reviewed by clive from uk on 31st Oct 2004
have had this phone now for about 8 months.It may be a bit of a brick
but look at the features that you get-large colour screen,polyphonic
ringtones,reasonable camera,good on board memory & bluetooth.the mp3
player is excellent and also the video clips.The battery life is reasonable.
The only thing that lets this phone down is the sketchyness of the 3
network and the total lack of customer support but then that is not
a problem with the handset.overall a good solid workhorse of a phone
Reviewed by steve from england on 29th Oct 2004
I have owned this phone now for 5 months and know it inside and out.
First off, battery life is poor and does have to be charged everynight
just make sure you have the backlight turned on for only a minute and
forget the screen saver. Picture quality from the camera is poor as
well, even if the resolution is turned up to the highest. The phone
does lose calls and sometimes resets itself. To fix the signal coverage
of the phone go into settings network avail networks let it search and
pick an avail 3 network and all of a sudden you have full coverage again.
Good points with the phone are, lots to do with it, the gps works fine,
as does the mp3 player, its external speaker is great for picking up
messages while the phone is not at your ear. The internal memory is
second to none, my email works fine as does the computer generated voice
at telling me my message contents of the email. I have downloaded lots
of ring tones videos and so on and still have lots of memory left...It
com es with the hands free for driving and the mic seems to work fine
while driving. Over all if you want a phone with all the goodies lots
of memory have a charger near by everynight and you are in a good area
of coverage I would recommend the phone.
Reviewed by Outcast Aussie from Uk on 21st Oct
I am a long distance Truckie, when I first got the phone I found it
received MUCH better than my works Nancy Nokia .. (Everyones got one),
receiving a good signal in Northrepps (Cromer to you Lamers) So I was
quite impressed. I quickly setup email addies and was very happy with
it ... Excepting, of course the pathetic battery life. Things change
!! First thing to go wrong was if you selected "Delete All" from the
txt menu the phone would lock up. Only removing the battery would free
it. Signal. All of a sudden it started to get rubbish ?? So off I went
to Superdrug (Where I got the phone & contract) and handed it over for
repair. Stating the above problems. One week later and I get it back
.. Software problem cured, Although for the life of me I cant get email
working again ? (Complete software re-install wipes all your settings).
Signal. If I go one mile out of Peterborough (Where I live) I get "No
Service" or "Emergency Only" on the screen. In fact, Sitting here in
my house in Westwood (P'boro) I hardly have a signal .. WTF ?? I have
been getting so angry with it lately !! I am going to cancel the two
£5 extra services I have on top of the £25 base package and just sling
it in a cupboard. Contract can't end soon enough (Still got six months
to go). AVOID THIS PHONE AT ALL COSTS. Asking around ... (Thats why
I'm here) Everyone who has this phone is having problems. Says it all
really !! Paul Peterborough
Reviewed by Andrew from UK on 20th Oct 2004
Well what can I say about this phone, Thank God my contract is up, 12
months of hell. This phone has been returned more than once, is super
huge and weighs a ton. The Batterie life is so bad. And the picture
video quality is so very poor. Can I also say that 3 Customer services
was poor and would never go back with them. All in all I have told all
my friends and family never to buy from them. If you own this phone
you have my sympathies.
Reviewed by Gordy from Scotland on 19th Oct 2004
Ok let's start with the postive aspects of this phone. It has lot of
internal memory about 64Mb of storage. If you use Nokia Media Converter
2.0 on a PC then you can shrink AVI.files to become MPEG4 (3GPP) files.
you can then stick on a 2 hr movie or 4 Episodes of The Simpsons as
I had. Very good for boring train jorneys. It also comes supplied with
a 2 ear headphones which is useful and all the leads,and most software
comes supplied. Now for the bad 3G have locked the phone so any content,movies,ringtones,wallpaper
etc you have to get from 3G. Pretty unfair. I have heard a lot of moaning
about the lack of signal,I have figured out that this is caused by the
phone switching from 3G to 2.5G in areas of poor signal strength. So
not really the phones fault. 3G's call centre is in the back of nowhere
in Asia(good luck there).Now to the phone itself. It weighs a ton, the
camera and video recorder are pretty poor and the battery life is absolutley
shocking!! I have the phone fully charged and after a 5-10 min call
its knackered. I kid you not this is a terrible battery. I have to charge
the phone nightly.The phone annoyingly cuts out for no reason and half
the 3G services dont work. Oh and the email has never worked. So do
the positives outway the negitives? no. save your cash for when a decent
3G network and moblie phone maker get the act together!!
Reviewed by dave from united kingdom on 19th Oct
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the phone is ok because it has blue tooth and infered and the phone
does loads of things