Motorola A835 Review
Review: July 2003.
The A835 is Motorola's follow up to the A830, the company's first 3G
phone available in the UK. The main enhancements are an integrated camera
(instead of a detachable one), video calling, a 65k colour display (instead
of 4k colours), larger internal memory, "haptics" (lighting
and vibration effects), and a 5-way navigation key. The A835 also weighs
a full 55g less than its predecessor!
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
Features of the Motorola A835 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 100 reviews:
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 nene from - on 31st Jul 2005
oh come on!!! this phone is just disappointing....the camera quality
is so poor it may as well not be a flipping camera.......there are no
games....its the BIGGEST BRICK YOU HAVE EVER SEEN!!! i hate it...i cant
bare to be seen with it in public
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Caz from Uk on 18th Jan 2005
I recently brought this phone UNLOCKED on ebay.<<
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
the phone is ok because it has blue tooth and infered and the phone
does loads of things
Reviewed by Hannah Treweek from England on 18th
I hate this phone, it's big, heavy and the picture and video quality
is rubbish. It is never fully charged and the battery goes down so quick.
It cuts out half way throught convosation s and text message. One good
thing you can record for 3 minutes, which is good. But in all i would
tell no one to buy this phone.
Reviewed by Glenn from England on 18th Oct 2004
I brought this phone on contract in April and didn't have a problem
with it until now. 6 months seems the average life span for this phone.They
have claimed they have fixed it but no such luck. I have sent it back
three times to 3. They are now going to replace this phone with a Motorola
A925 which I'n hoping will be a lot better. The customer service needs
more attention as they lack the skills. I'm not sure if I'm calling
England or India. Overall I am pleased with the 3 network. My friend
has the same phone and again it lasted around 6 months.
Reviewed by Debbie Miller from UK on 17th Oct
Once I'd found my way round the many features on this phone it was pretty
impressive, however, the battery life is awful, and I've started having
problems charging it up. The phone says it's charging even when you
unplug the charger, and then it starts to overheat because it's been
on charge so long and the battery is still flat. I contacted 3 customer
service - what a joke! The guy couldn't understand a word I said, asked
for the password for my account but couldn't spell it, couldn't pronounce
it, then told me to call back during normal hours - who's normal hours,
UK or India?? Motorola need to take up the state of customer service
with 3, otherwise they're going to lose customers - guilty by association,
I'm afraid. I'm going to attempt to contact 3 again this week, but if
I don't have any success I'll follow the example of another reviewer
and cancel the direct debit, maybe then they'll understand me!
Reviewed by Darwin from England on 16th Oct 2004
had the phone for a couple of weeks, and despite the battery life, which
is fine if you keep the screen off when not in use its a great bit of
kit! I hav never got credit for it, so the cost doesnt bother me, you
can use the email service to email messages to your family, friends
and everyone and send video free also if you att the file:) A good gadget,
but not a great phone!
Reviewed by Ryan Henderson from UK on 16th Oct
Would have got 5 stars but the battery life IS awful,unfortunately.Despite
that,it has some fabulous features such as an effectively loud speakerphone
and a side button to instantly switch to camera mode to take pictures.The
MP3 facility is excellent and can store quite a few songs.Voice dialling
and blue tooth,together with infrared are all present.The size is acceptable,but
it would be nice if it could be as small as the NEC e228.
Reviewed by Mike Burgess from England on 11th
If i could give this phone a 0 star rating i would. The picture quality
is rubbish, the battery is short, it's too big and heavy to fit in my
pocket, text messages don't send, it never has a signal and when on
the rare occation it does it cuts out before the end of the phone call.
Reviewed by lewis from england on 7th Oct 2004
iv got this phone and the memory has crashed and it is toooo big!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Duncan Maile from United Kingdom on
30th Sep 2004
ok this phone has great features but this is now the 5th replacement
i have had! prepare for "unable to charge" messages. Latest fault: my
charger literally blew up!!!!!
Reviewed by Steven Archer from England on 27th
I have had my phone since April..first bought it cos it was only £75
on pay as you talk. i has loads of good features- football and other
downloads,decent camera and screen but has many many problems. the battery
life is totally rubbish...has to charged up every night and some times
more.whats the point in having all these features when they run down
the battery so much. after the first month the phone started causing
problems...would turn off and back on during a call and now only sends
one or two txts before stopping..only solution turn off and on again.
as for the network...signal is terrible and always drops calls!!! you
can be stood next to a friend with the same phone and they will have
full signal and you have nothing. plus what they dont tell you about
all these advnaced internet and download features is you can only use
in a "3g area" which means more often than not. if you plan to use the
phone to send mms to another network dont bother..spoke to customer
advisor from half way across the world who informed me this has not
yet been set up on the 3 network. customer services are awful to get
through to and then when you do they cannot help...all they can do is
read from a manual AVOID!!!
Reviewed by Jason from UK on 24th Sep 2004
TOO BIG,TOO COMPLICATED,TOO MUCH OF A DISSAPOINTMENT!
Reviewed by jamie713 from England on 18th Sep
this phone is da best phone ever da mp3 player is brilliant u cant buy
a better phone than dis...
Reviewed by JJ from England on 17th Sep 2004
this fone is bludy amazing i mean itz got evrything a paerson can wish
4 and at a good price too. Who could go wrong!! MP3 is wikid amazing
cyrstal sound an da camera is more then average. It mite b ab big fone
but hu cares 4 Godz sake ppl r soo stupid wen they say oooo u got a
brik!! i h8 that itz A goood fone simple as that!
Reviewed by Michael from USA on 18th Aug 2004
I am giving the A835 the higest rating and now I'll tell you why. Even
though the size is a bit larger than many other models...who cares.
How much of a wimp can one be to complain about size? It's not like
one would be using a spoon to eat soup and also be holding the phone
in the same hand.So who cares about size for pete sake. What I care
about are the features and the quality therein. This phone is so good...I
bought two of them. With the tri-band technology I can use it anywhere,
which by the way I do.Here in the USA and also in Australia. The video
to video part works well providing that #1 you have purchased a service
to support it. and #2) that you are not much further away than the sercvice
area. Which brings me to service...3G sucks. I'm not sure what their
problem is but it borders on being a monopoly. Forget that company and
seek out one that is reasonable. People on here complaining about button
locations and not being able to download assorted ring tones or use
the cam or figure out their way when using the software or whatever
other lame-O things they can come up with...well, all I can say is...you
should have stayed in school and not dropped out in the 5th grade. This
is the 21st century people and most of this stuff is quite elementary.I
notice that most of the people with complaints are coming out of the
British Isles and parts of europe. All I can say is that all of you
may want to consider just forgoing anything resembling high-tech and
just use a land line. Do more drugs and fantasize about Pamela Lee or
whatever it is you people do over there. Obviously you don't understand
the particulars of telecommunications.
Reviewed by salman sheikh from uk on 18th Aug
this model is excelent i hav had this phone since april 12th 2004 and
i think its superb camera quality is good its got high technology real
music as tones an mp3 cheap service high colour qaulity nice slee look
Reviewed by Steven from Scotland on 14th Aug 2004
Earlier in the year I reviewed the phone and gave it 4 stars but now
I have different aspects on this phone because it has broken twice and
when I sent it to three they just sent it back again!!!!!!!!I went mad
at three on the phone and they've finally decided to send me a new LG
U8100. It's arriving on Tuesday and I can't wait because people I know
who have the LG say it is EXCELLENT!!!!
Reviewed by Will from England on 14th Aug 2004
I have had this phone for six months now and i have to say as a phone
it is very good it is jam packed full of useful features, camera, video,
mp3s, bluetooth, infrared... the list goes on. I haven't had any problems
using this phone everything has worked as it should, but the reason
i am choosing not to keep it is the big issue of its size. Compared
to most other phones it is usually twice as big, not to mension a lot
heavier, i am always wary of scratching the large screen. this phone
leaves little room in my pocket for anything else. if it was only a
little smaller and lighter then i think this phone would be unbeatable.
To say the user interface is complicated is ludicrous some people are
just used to the usual nokia menu system. if u dont mind the size and
are willing to wear a belt this phone will keep u entertained. <('-')>
Reviewed by jonathan levine from united kingdom on
11th Aug 2004
terrible phone . i know i have three and they all have terrible battery
life, only solution is to get a car charger if your main use is in car.
totally agree 10 minutes of use and its dead.Should be a trades description
Reviewed by Steven from Scotland on 31st Jul 2004
Good camera. Video Quality is ok and it can record up to 3 minutes!
Three service is rubbish in Scotland and so are their ringtones (but
they are only £2!) Wallpapers are great because they fit the full massive
screen on the A835 and are also only £3! But my favourite feature on
this phone has to be the mp3 player. ITS GREAT!!!!!!! The sound quality
is excellent and it can go quite LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Chris(sooty) from UK on 25th Jul 2004
I have owned my a835 for about 5 months now and I still think it's a
great phone, the only problem I had with my first one was that the joystick
came loose but the replacement handset has been fine, yes...it is quite
a big phone and it does eat battery life, I leave my phone on overnight
& on standby it lasts 2 days without re-charging, but when using the
phone on wap or talk, re-charging is needed every night. Other than
these two niggles, it's a great phone. The MP3 & ringtones are excellent,
record video for 5/10 seconds or 3 minutes, short video's can be sent
over MMS but not the 3 min ones. I bought this phone new for just £75,
an absolute bargain, no other phone for this price has the features
of this phone, the one down side is the 3G service, it's ok but u are
locked to 3G & cannot use any other wap sites, u also have to top-up
with a minimum £15 a month & any credit left @ the end of the month
is lost, unless u know someone who has a video messaging phone this
feat ure is useless so I had my phone unlocked
Reviewed by matt from wales on 20th Jul 2004
Don't bother, the worst phone ever!
Reviewed by bob tomlinson from uk on 18th Jul
theri s nothing you can say about this brick well nothing nice
Reviewed by Robin from UK on 15th Jul 2004
A battery eating brick!!! Oh, one star for a good camera and screen
Reviewed by Matthew from england on 14th Jul 2004
I got the phone recently and i think that it is really good, It as not
as big as every body makes out. so if u r planning on buying on but
you are put off because every body says that it is big, Please get 1
because they are a tiny bit over sized but the things they do are amazing,
-Built in digital camera (exellent quality) -Built in video camera (exellent
quality) -mp3 player (exellent) -Quick Map (Good) - and lots lots more....
And when you are down loading rintones or logos from the internet, you
can listen to them or if they are logos u can view them before you purchase
them, This is the phone for everybody.....definetaly a 2 thumbs up!
Reviewed by Jan Newmarch from Australia on 9th
This is the worst phone I have ever bought. Loaded with features and
almost unusable. The central navigation button (up, down, left, right)
has an accuracy rate of about 25% to my fingers, which means that I
can never successfully scroll down a list of 4 or more items without
a detour to somewhere else (left, right or up). That in fact seems to
be the phone's major feature: the ability to take you somewere you don't
want to go, you don't know where it is and often it can be hard to get
back to where you want to be. Some tasks are simple; others that should
be simple take an excessive number of keys. There is a big button on
the left that does something strange - I haven't figured out what, or
how to turn it off, but I know that I keep hitting it by mistake. Even
sending text messages is hard: to enter a '0' I tried pressing the zero
key - no good. There is a table in the user manual that I need to stick
to the back of the phone for such "funny" keys. Usable? Altogethe r,
there are 8 keys that control actions, and the sequences to do anything
seem to be almost random at times. I am seriously considering going
back to my pre-3G phone that is much more user-friendly!