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Motorola SLVR L7 review

 Review: February 2006  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: An ultra-slim "candy bar" style phone with video camera, music player, memory card & Bluetooth™.

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Motorola's 4-letter nickname Department strikes again! After the RAZR and the PEBL, here comes the SLVR ("sliver"). It's just a sliver of a phone, geddit? In fact at just 11.5 mm it really lives up to its name, being even thinner than the V3 RAZR (though not quite as thin as the Motorola L6.) The SLVR is much like a RAZR for people who prefer conventional candy-bar shapes. It features a similar chemically-etched metallic keypad to the V3, and also uses toughened glass to protect the display. The design, materials and thinness of the device makes for a striking appearance.

Functionality of the SLVR is greater than the RAZR, in fact it almost matches the performance of the more expensive V3i. The display is a high quality active matrix display with 262k colours and high resolution. The camera is a low resolution VGA camera but with the benefit of a video recorder, and there's a built-in MP3 player that can handle both MP3 and AAC format. Ringtones are good quality and support MP3 format, and there's a good range of additional features including a handsfree speaker, email and quad band.

Connectivity is good, with full support for wireless Bluetooth connections, as well as USB, although infra-red is not supported. The SLVR accepts Transflash™ memory cards, so the memory can be expanded up to 512 Mbytes - very useful for storing MP3 tracks and videos. Battery life is good.

There really isn't anything to complain about, although menus are typical Motorola and may confuse or frustrate those not used to them.


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Reviewed by Gurmeet from India on 25th Jul 2013
Very nice phone. Good in look.
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Reviewed by kudakwashe manyika gomwe from zimbabwe on 25th Mar 2012
its so good and i lov it
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Reviewed by sophonia from south africa on 19th Mar 2012
i love motorola l7 more than the word
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Reviewed by brett from uk on 2nd Apr 2006
for a small phone its the best out, hardly notice it in ya pocket so if you dont like bulk its perfect...! Iv'e Put itunes on the unit and its good no more restrictions to only 128mb mp3s. and its start up time is fast....! This requires some software (RSD lite & MotoMidMan) Plus the itunes .JAD file........ worth the hastle....? yes Done.
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Reviewed by doug from UK on 1st Apr 2006
Screen not visible in daylight as led screen not that bright. Where as the lcd screen of the Nokias means daylight hits the clunky bits of liquid crystals so has high contrast in all light conditions. The SLVR is much like a laptop display - indoor use only. The snag with a mobile phone is that you might want to take a call in the street, or look up a phone number. Likewise access to a number is far faster in a Nokia than with the Motorola SLVR L7. In a Nokia menu system, you press arrow down to get to the first in the list, then the Letter to get to that section in the list then press Green phone to call or button to text. With the Motorola SLVR L7 there are far more steps one additional step is what sort of message do you want to send (that one is missing in the Nokias). There are no short cuts unless you assign a speed dial sequence (which both have). Seems Motorola SLVR L7 is designed to be hung around your neck as art, not to be used. It is as good as not having MP3 player because it is not is a usable form (compare iPod and getto Blaster). The best place for this phone is in a visual design magazine not your pocket.
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Reviewed by topdog1 from UK on 30th Mar 2006
==More Show than function== True cost ~£160 (with O2 chip, 512MB). This is a georgous phone but if you are used to Nokia's you wont like it. The menus are a bit aultistic but pretty. The ring tones are poor except for the 'HelloMoto' one or any other MP3 you want. High quality VGA display. Battery lasts 5 days between charge. The speaker plays the music well. 3.5mm headphone support is a joke - but BlueTooth headphones due out 'soon'. It pulls in a signal just as good as my old Nokia workhorse. You have to buy a memory card for it (£30 for 512mb) as the internal one is only for ring tones. The Phone at CarPhone Warehouse cost £90(+£30 1year cover otherwise £116) with the BlueTooth earpeice. Everything is done via the miniture USB connector, even the charger. It has Anti Hacking on the BlueTooth unlike many other phones - which means other beople cannot look at your private photos etc. The Cam has 4x zoom but no flash and is not that good in poor light. The case is made of black scratch proof titainium, so it is back pocket proof when you sit on it. The guy in the shop tried to fold it in half and it was not having it. Everything is scratch proof. The key pad is only suitable if you have fingernails and unsuitable if you have stubby fingers. A nokia is better for high speed texting, This has its own version on T9 and seems to be better with chooing words - like it shows a list versa hitting the 'next' key on a nokia. You cant get away from the fact that Nokia are world leaders for a good reason. This phone is a work of art, but not that usable. A Nokia would be balanced in your hand so you can operate on the key pad at speed. The SLVR is not balanced so you are both dealing with correcting the balance and pressing the weird keys. The 'screensaver' are hi-res and nice animation. The phone has 3 skins 2 of which are ace. The manual is poor. It covers the basics only. The phone can connect to an email server and you can connect to a POP3 or MAPI4 server such as a Corporate Exchange server - this is not documented anywhere. You can syncronise your diary and folders as well - also is not documented anywhere. Corporate buyers would not dream of getting Motorola phones, for sure not this one. But on the other hand for me, it is VERY thin, Strong, lasts forever on a charge, can play my MP3 and is recognised in WinAmp5.2 as a device to rip CDs to. When you plug it into Windows it is recognised and is just a removable drive, just like a USP data Key. File Transfers are very fast. When I go out on my Bike is will fit into my leathers and I wont noticed it or get damaged. It is a third the thickness of my Nokia. It connects easy in the differnt world zones. Funny how Brand image can over ride product quality and innovation. This is a real nice phone which has more to do with style that usablity or functionality. There are no games with it. Get used to the idea of buying all the basics. The true price of this phone so far was £90 for the phone, £30 for the 512mb SIM card, and £39 for the years full protection. The headphone addaptor was unobtainable. I love it and forgive its failings.
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Reviewed by Rog from UK on 28th Mar 2006
Contract Upgrade that was sent back within 3 days. There are two common themes with this phone : The handbook is rubbish and skips major parts of the phones menu. Headphone support is weak for the MP3 player. Half the USB to 3.5mm adapters dont work and Motorola dont even list headphones on there website shop. I went back to Nokia where they provide 3 basic things : Website support ( Motorola make it hard for you to contact them ) Third party add-ons for Nokia that dont exist for Moto. A Decent Phone
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Reviewed by FESTer from Scotland on 27th Mar 2006
Having had the phone now for a month, all I can say is amazing, I knocked a star star off as I am with Orange and whilst the customer service is great their software adjustments tend to suck a wee bit, back too the phone. Having come from the V3, one of the first things I did notice was the speed increase in the response to menu selections, texting and call answering, the memory card is great having full length music on that for the iTunes bit (not used daily but used) this also shows off what is a fantastic speaker setup lovely rich tones, I have used the phones memory for cropped mp3 tunes (20-30 sec clips), have now gotten plenty of tracks assigned to different groups of people and individuals, this is where a nice function has been added with previous Motorola phones you could only use the first letter for searching the phone book, now you can search using the first few letters if you so desire, so useful when there is a couple hundred entries; still of slight annoyance is the fact you cannot store landline\mobile\email address under a single name entry still shows as multiple which make the phone book bloaty (suppose thats what the catagory options are for though). I would say the keypad is good and nicer to use than some of the nokia's and sony offerings of late, still if you come from a V3 it may seem small as that was a huge pad. Battery life I haven't managed the claimed 14 days, with limited daily use at the start, with home and work being in a low signal area did manage 10 days so have been more than happy with that, to get rid of the annoying low battery bleep that definitely needs a longer interval it is a quick change of ring style to vibrate or silent until you can get it too the charger but like I said with a 9/10 day interval your not gonna hear that too often. Motorola have again given plenty of customisation options for the button allocations so you can get quick access to the most often used features, very useful as I tend to used mine almost like a PDA. Finally I think is how this phone feels, the V3 and too an extent the V600 all felt a touch delicate\fragile, this on the other hand for a small phone especially feels solid and weighty, as for the screen thrown about in the car and a rucksack the screen doesn't have a single scratch so I can only assume that the folk who have complained of scratching must give it real hard time. **footnote ~ not of much use up here (top scotland) anyhow but I aint sussed the push to talk or IM on this phone (orange software?)**
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Reviewed by Boaby from Scotland on 26th Mar 2006
Lovely designed phone that is slim enough to keep in your pocket without drawing admiring looks. I am on my second handset as the first had a fault which silenced the ring and text alerts after being switched on for a few hours. Phone was alledgedly repaired by Carphone Warehouse but was returned with same fault and several scratches on the case. Phone does everything that I need and does it well. Loud and clear earpiece, sensible ringtones, clear screen,long battery life. Buy the Motorola Mobile Phone Tools and you can even edit and import Mp3 ringtones easily. A (much) better camera for the L7i whenever it appears would be welcome.
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Reviewed by Krista from UK on 25th Mar 2006
POSITIVE Looks – beautifully slim, which apart from looking striking also has benefits in that there are no unsightly bulges in pockets when stowed. The metallic materials used make it look very sleek and smart. I have the silver version that has a benefit in that it doesn't show fingerprints like the black version except on the screen. Weight – despite being slim it still has a satisfying weight which gives the impression of good quality build and material. Keypad – the etched keys are a pleasure to use with great response and a very satisfying press smart keys – 1 at side of phone that starts the camera, which is handy for a quick photo opportunity. And another that gives quick access to ring style selection eg soft or loud Screen – is beautifully clear and crisp at 262,000 colours. Camera – a lot of people complain because the cam is only vga and not megapixel but you will not find any phone with a megapixel cam in this price bracket. For a vga cam the pictures are sharp and clear and it has a useful night mode in lieu of a flash. Shortcuts – can be personalised and motorola phones can show icons on screen that remind you of the newly programmed shortcuts. Voice Activated Dialling – i find this handy as it means i don't have to go through the process of finding a contact in my address book. Note this can only be used when contacts are saved in phone rather than sim memory. NEGATIVE iTAP – takes some getting used. it is unlike t9 predictive text where, if introducing an unknown word, then you can spell it out letter by letter. with itap you have to spell part of the word, accept it then spell the remaining parts in turn. It's slightly long winded but the new word will go into the dictionary so you don't have to repeat the process and you do get used to it. Keypad Backlight – this blue light only comes on when ambient light is low. Unfortunately without this light it is hard to see the key symbols which can become a pain when texting. If there is a way to force this backlight on, apart from placing your hand over the sensor on the top of the phone, then i would be pleased to hear about it. Memory – is low at only 5mb. If you only wish to add one mp3 to personalise a ringtone and store few pictures then you're fine. But, if you want to use the phone as an mp3 player/digicam then you WILL need to expand memory with a transflash card. I have a 128mb card that cost £10 from ebay. Memory is expandable upto 512mb. Software, Headset and Data cables – none are supplied with the phone but the handset manager software can be downloaded from various websites, a data cable can be bought for £5 and a moto headset for £10 from ebay (a headset adaptor can also be purchased for £5 that can be used with your usual headset) Video – you can only record 30 seconds which i figure makes this facet of the phone quite redundant games – all 3 games supplied are only trials that allow only a minute of game play before asking you to upgrade to the full version. Contacts – you cannot enter more than one number under one name. A mobile, work and home number wil all have their own entries. Personally though i prefer this because it means one less button press but moto should have at least given the option. OVERALL i really like this phone. A lot of complaints are made about things that will only take getting used to after a brand change eg the moto menu so please discount them unless you don't have the time to learn a new way. Admittedly i often choose my phone on looks rather than features. I have a dedicated mp3 player and a digital camera with video recording and therefore do not need these things in a handset. If all you're interested in doing is texting, calling and admiring looks then purchase this phone.
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Reviewed by GerBot from UK on 23rd Mar 2006
following on from my previous review.... purchased the bluetooth headset but it seems that the MP3s will not play through it. I don't know if my headset is cheap or a bad match but it seems like I should have purchased a usb headphone set. Does anyone have a bluetooth headset that worth with this phone and MP3s? or do I have to buy a usb headset?
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Reviewed by Miggy from Scotland on 22nd Mar 2006
Really liked the phone which I got as my upgrade phone. The only problem being I send two back as I thought they were faulty handsets as the key light only came on now and then. It wasn't until I read these reviews that I was informed there was a light sensor...oops! Great phone! Enjoy!
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Reviewed by Sam from UK on 21st Mar 2006
Hey! Did anybody else not get a software CD with this phone? Apparently there is a motorola software CD which allows you to crop parts of songs to use as MP3 ringtones, thus eliminating the STUPID design fault which only lets you store one MP3 as a ringtone (because it has to be stored in the phone memory!!!! WELL DONE MOTOROLA!!) If anybody knows where to get hold of this CD I, and im guessing alot of other people, would greatly appreciate it! Thanx!!!!!!!!!!1
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Reviewed by Donna from UK on 21st Mar 2006
Awful!! I am a Motorola Fan, but this phone is bad. Got this phone as an upgrade from Vodafone, was sold as an all singing all dancing super phone. It came with NO software, manual does not appear to be for this phone, as hardly anything in manual corresponds with the phone. Cant use Mp3 player unless you buy a £80 bluetooth headset, cant plug in normal headphones. Memory cards expensive. Had a Motorola V550 flip fone and have gone back to that, much better to use and hold. I absolutely hate it, sorry!
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Reviewed by Icaru from Turkey on 20th Mar 2006
Got this phone after my Nokia 6310i was stolen. I am disappointed in the Motorola phone as it has poor signal reception compared to my former Nokia. Also find myself constantly having to recharge the battery and worse, when it needs charging it beeps. That beep has woken me up in the middle of the night several times now. To the point that one night my husband wrapped up the phone in a towel and put it into the microwave oven so we wouldn't keep hearing the beep. Have not found any way to turn off this beep warning. Key pad very slow and difficult to use due to very flat letters/numbers. In summary, if I could exchange it for a Nokia, I would.
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Reviewed by pHONE EXPERT from UK on 18th Mar 2006
I got this fone on saturday and its the best ever! It WON the award for the most stylish fone of the year!!!! Love it has everything!
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Reviewed by justawelshguy from uk on 16th Mar 2006
only had the phone a few hours but i tend to trall through them to see wots wot....a lot of things said in some of these reviews are incorrect probably simply due to oversight......however unfortunatley the reviews telling of bad signal tracking seems to be correct , and as its obviously THE main issue sorta spoils the whole phone.motorola STILL seems to have not sorted out the issue of attatching a ringtone to a specific name.....you can do this however your alerted with the selected tone not only for a call but also a text message so you HAVE to check if its a call or a text as theres no other way of telling which it is....silly oversight,though if im wrong and somebody knows of a way to have an attatched tone for a contact and still be alerted to a text in the same way as every other text id appreiciate the help...other than this so far phone looks good feels good.....but spoilt yet again by a nicely priced phone being supplied WITHOUT software data cables or a memory card ....which to purchase sepertely would cost around an extra £60 so a nicely priced phone turns into a rather over priced peice of technology way behind the competition at a simular price range.....NICE TRY !!
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Reviewed by Gerard from UK on 16th Mar 2006
Great phone - you can feel the quality build when you hold it and it's thin build means no unsightly bulge in your pocket. I've just ordered a blue-tooth headset so I can list to MP3s on it. I was surprised to see it didn't come with a headphone socket. While I think the concept of blue tooth headphones is great it is so new there is very little choice and I fear the quality my be low. Other than that I'm really happy.
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Reviewed by didi from malaysia on 16th Mar 2006
Got it for my wife last saturday. I'd hv to say dat it's an awesome phone with all the functions that u'd ever nd from a cellphone, though the camera is pretty crappy for such a nice phone. The best part about this phone here is, it's cheap considering the class that it's in.
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Reviewed by georgmora from Puerto Rico on 16th Mar 2006
This phone is out of this world.
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Reviewed by Ross from UK on 15th Mar 2006
We're with Ricardo of UK - cannot get music to play through headphones using mini usb to 3.5 - HELP!!! when i bought the slvr i liked it. it had good recording but i had to get a memory card 512mb for £30 and then i realised it had no headphone jack. so i had to buy an adapter £10 and it still came out the speakers dont get this phone get sony walkman phone but plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help us
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Reviewed by bev from England on 15th Mar 2006
The L7 is absolutely fantastic to look at, but for me that's where it ends. Having had a Samsung previously the camera on the L7 is so amazingly poor compared to it No flash and the video lasts all of 3 seconds. The instruction manual was rubbish, ive had to learn through trial and error. Although the sound is amazing, i still havent a clue how to get mp3's on it, where is the cable?? Would've much preferred a good set of instructions and usb cable instead of a cheap bluetooth headset. Next phone will definately be a Samsung.
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Reviewed by linc from australia on 12th Mar 2006
great phone best ive had great if you have to travel by train to work phone and mp3 player awsome but can you watch movies on it i dont mean home movies i mean new realease movies. please reply thanks.
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Reviewed by Grant from UK on 11th Mar 2006
What a fantastic phone. I've had it for just three days and cannot put the thing down. The screen and call quality are excellent as is the build quality. I score this 10/10.
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Reviewed by Devilgate from UK on 10th Mar 2006
i have just upgraded from a sony ericsson 610 which was my first camara phone, the controls for this new phone will take a lot of getting used to but i do like it as the ring tones are very load unlike the 610, i used to miss calls all the time with that, one thing you must relise when changing to another phone the controls are not the same so it will take some getting use to, i hated the 610 controls, i am not all that keen on these controls yet but i will get used to them i use to be a nokia man think i might go back there
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Reviewed by Motorola Hater! from UK on 10th Mar 2006
Please don't buy this phone! There is no point in the extra memory card as you can't connect anything stored on there to the phone, such as ringtones. The reception is awful. The menus are just so random that you never know where to look for things. If you want to enter someones mobile, home and work numbers you have to have 3 separate entries, just crazy! It also scrathes really easily despite the fact that they say they have used toughened material. Undoubtedly the worst phone I have ever had, and my last one was a Samsung so that's saying something!
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Reviewed by Hillybilly from Singapore on 9th Mar 2006
Bought 2 Love the excellent flashy design
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Reviewed by Miss Annoyed from England on 9th Mar 2006
What a rubbish phone. I got it on contract and after only one day I sent it back. Did you know that in America this phone has itunes! Well looks like motorola dont like us too much here. Also I was told it would come with a USB cable, but it didnt and even if it did the camera is so appalling that I doubt I would ba able to see the pictures anyway. My old nokia that I've had for over a year can have 10mins of recording- why oh why does it only have 30secs?? And the menu is just rubbish, the settings are useless and the contact list looks like a jumble. Overall I would severly tell people not to buy this phone.
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Reviewed by Carl from England on 8th Mar 2006
Excellent phone just a few drawbacks... The video length is a lil rubbish, maximum of 30 seconds, and i cannot find anyway to increase it, except for lowering the resolution of the video, but then its too small other than that the phones brilliant and i recomend you buying one!!
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Reviewed by Chris from UK on 8th Mar 2006
Got it 2 weeks ago, amazing phone. Recomended to everyone. Couldn't fault it!!!!!
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Reviewed by Ali from UK on 8th Mar 2006
Always had nokia, but this is fab. good lokks, good shape, nothing to break as it is one complete units, can't cope with phones that clip, slide or do those other things. Best phone ever
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Reviewed by Sharon from uk on 8th Mar 2006
Lovely phone, smart to look at and easy to use, only one niggly i have is that u are constantly wiping the screen of fingerprints, but with a phone that looks this good who cares lol
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Reviewed by Ritchie from UK on 7th Mar 2006
Had my L7 for a while, and had the V3 RAZOR before. I have to say that this is about my 20th mobile phone owned, and certainly is on a par with the V3. The menu's have the same tree as do the options. However, the circular directional control on the centre feels better than my old V3. This phone has the optional memory card which my V3 didn't. Not sure how mlong it will take me to get use to locking the keypad again after having a flip phone for so long!! But the phone could have had some more features - maybe a radio built in or some headphones in the box (this had none).
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Reviewed by Ian from UK on 7th Mar 2006
Have used mobiles for 10 years and this is the worst yet for reception! I know that I live in a low signal strength area (typically 2/5 bars on Vodafone) but this phone can't seem to cope with poor reception. Even in cities it drops the connection and I have to switch off and on again to re-establish the link. In the USA, same story it works where the signal is good but fails in places where my earlier phones would have continued to operate. The accessories for downloading pics etc are all extra and expensive. This is a work phone -I certainly would not buy one myself! As I have to be contactable outside working hours this phone is a disaster from a work pov or perhaps it's a blessing as I can't be reached at home! Motorola - forget the features get the basic phone to work.
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Reviewed by daniel jones from uk on 6th Mar 2006
it is a great phone much beter than the razor, if you were to buy it i would insist in buying a memory card because if you dont your memory will run out fast, overall great phones.
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Reviewed by lee bedwell from uk on 5th Mar 2006
You can attually set mp3 as ringtones so every1 that says ya cant is wrong, the only problem is you can only put one mp3 in your tones list !!
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Reviewed by liam from uk on 5th Mar 2006
IT IS VERY HIGH TECH BUT BAD OVERALL SO DDDDDDOOOOONT BUY IT
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Reviewed by Elaine from England on 4th Mar 2006
I have had Nokia phones since 1999, but was attracted to the SLVR simply by its looks! Having used it for a week, I think it is excellent. Even though I am used to the Nokia menus, this phone is very easy to use and I love the keypad. The battery life is good too - better than I anticipated, although I do only use my phone for calls and texts. All in all, great and thorougly recommended.
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Reviewed by danny from england on 4th Mar 2006
fantastic phone exellent camera exellent features but the memory was a real let down
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Reviewed by Joe from England on 4th Mar 2006
Very pleased with this phone so far, it looks great, but mainly because it doesn't annoy me when it's in my pocket! It feels heavier than it looks which is nice because it stops it feeling flimsy too. I don't know why people say the menus are hard to use, if you can read you can use them, what's the problem? But where do I get some headphones for it to use it as an mp3 player?
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Reviewed by Raidh from Maldives on 4th Mar 2006
Outstanding What a nice keypad First of all is the most eyecaching phone next to one of the Samart I-mobile Cemera is outstanding
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Reviewed by Sam from England on 3rd Mar 2006
Just got this phone and i love it! Its so slim and is the nicest phone to have in your pocket, you can't feel it. The keypad is one of the best parts of the phone with a great blue backlight. The camera is good as long as you aren't looking for digital camera like quality. It's my first motorola and despite warnings from friends, is very easy to use. Great phone, recommend.
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Reviewed by Matt from England on 27th Feb 2006
This phone is pretty good in its looks, but the software is appalling! I recently bought a 512MB memory card, and now the phone refuses to take photos! plus, all you people who think it might be a good idea to buy one of these cards to have lots of mp3 ringtones, you can forget it! any songs stored on the card can't be used as as ringtones! I cant believe that motorola brought out this phone with such huge gaps in their software
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Reviewed by luke from uk on 26th Feb 2006
it is a quality phone trust although it dosnt cme with much memory u can buy cards from as much as £60 nd trust it is worth al ov the money
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Reviewed by Tarik from England on 25th Feb 2006
THIS PHONE IS ONE OF A KIND A YU WONT GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. I AM ONLY 12 AND THIS IS MY SECOND PHONE BUT IT IS THE BEST IN THE FAMILY. THE GRAPHICS, THE CAMERA AND VIDEO ARE ALL OUTSTANDING. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PHONE TO ANYONE SO GO OUT THERE AND BUY IT.
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Reviewed by --- from england on 25th Feb 2006
had this phone for a week no problems.mp3 wicked.quility phone,well done motorola
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Reviewed by Raghu from India on 25th Feb 2006
This phone is excellent. All you guys in India, you are not going to get 3G for the next 2-3 years anyway so why throw away money on a N Series or 6680? If you want a 1.3 plus camera go for a digital camera not a camera fone. as far as this momma goes, it's gets 5 stars. Comes with bundled 128 mb of micro SD memory (you can upgrade to 512 at $30 only), stereo handsfree headset (Music + answer calls on the move), and MPT 4.11 sync software(You can tarnsfer your outlook data as phone book entry). The phone looks drop-dead gorgeous-sexy, and comes for less than Rs 12000. Dont believe any of the cribs you notice in prevoius reviews abt slow bluetooth or freezing. I jus fell in love with this phone. The only things needed would be a FM tuner and EDGE. (Motorola, Pay Attention!!). My Advice? jus' go and get one. You will look cooler with the phone on you!
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Reviewed by girder from uk on 24th Feb 2006
Does anyone think the camera is not as good as the razr or is it just me?
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Reviewed by @lvin from Malaysia on 24th Feb 2006
Purchased this phone about a week ago & think its a really solid phone. It took me a couple of days to get used to the menu & texting cuz my both of my previous phones were nokia's. It gets full marks in the looks dept. The features aren't that bad either. Great value for money !! Provided you do get a T-flash memory card included in the package. Would recommend this phone to users who want something that's classy without compromising on features & functionality.
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Reviewed by Donna from England on 24th Feb 2006
Wow - what a lovely phone - so pleased with it - cool and slim, easy to use, not sure if there is a text msg counter to keep track of outgoing texts - if anyone can advise would be grateful !!! Really cool phone - go get it guys!!
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Reviewed by Glen from England on 24th Feb 2006
Hi, just purchased this neat slim little mobile but not sure how to set up to receive a delivery report on a text msg and having a problem setting up speed dial - can anyone help me with this please? Other than those two probs a brilliant phone , I have used Nokias and Sonys in the past and find this just as user friendly with a nice bright colourful display, nice and slim to fit easy in any pocket - would recommend to anyone and everyone.
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Reviewed by Jon weatherill from england on 24th Feb 2006
fantastic design and striking apperance really make this fhone a desireable piece of kit. great for teenagers with fun feture such as mp3 audio and digital camcorder with 4x optical zoom. good overall speed and functionality but the menus will annoy at first. overall a definate 5 star phone and a superb buy!
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Reviewed by billy from UK on 23rd Feb 2006
this fone is incredible duuuuuude. it is so thin , its like victoria beckham on a diet!
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Reviewed by jim from UK on 23rd Feb 2006
this fone is absolutely incredible. i recommend it gr8tly! i chose between this and the pebble and i couldnt be more happy. p.s. the camera is sooo much better than i expected
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Reviewed by Dick Hertz from UK on 23rd Feb 2006
What a phone. Had it now for six days and the only problem I have found is; I can't put the dam thing down! Well done Motorola - a well deserved 5 stars!
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Reviewed by Jack Yeomans from Wales on 22nd Feb 2006
When i first got this phone I thought it was great .But I have had it for 2 weeks and now i can't recive texts, it says i can't download them.Also when i send texts it takes the money but i ask the people if they have had them but they don't. it says this phone has a mp3 player but you can only fit 1 song on it because there is not enough memory and it will cost you an extra £58 to buy more memory. This phone looks great but thats about all this phone has got.
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Reviewed by Sam from Uk on 21st Feb 2006
Hiya! Does anybody know if you can download a new skin to this phone? I really want a pink one, but after having all the trouble with only being able to have one mp3 as a ringtone saved on the phone, im very doubtful! Apart from its looks, this phone is becoming more disappointing by the day! Sorry Motorola but I think you could have made this phone A LOT better than it is! :(
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Reviewed by daniel from england on 21st Feb 2006
this phone is good, nice features and all works fine, but i think all of these slim phones are too slim and too wide, a phone being slim isnt too bad but when they are this wide, it feels uncomfortable in your palm. but other than that this phone is excellent.
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Reviewed by Amira from United Kingdom on 21st Feb 2006
Excellent!..I really do love it! it's so chic and look so handsome! Brilliant! top among its standard...It's a must have this season!
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Reviewed by Claire from UK on 20th Feb 2006
Am just getting used to the phone and really like it so far, but I wanted to ask whether anyone else is having problems with the sound quality/reception. When using the phone friends have said that they can't hear me all that well, or that there are strange noises in the back ground. There is also a lot of echo on the line sometimes. Can anyone help?
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Reviewed by Ben from United Kingdom on 19th Feb 2006
I find this phone is great for what i need it to do. It has the facility to add additional memory. The problem I'm having, if someone can help? Is the USB connection using the Motorola software. It won't connect to my phone, I have not got the original CD and have installed the software that came with a Motorola V3 phone. Other than that the phone is great.
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Reviewed by adam from England on 19th Feb 2006
Very, very good phone. Nothing to complain about!!! A word of warning though, it seems be on sale with two batteries. I bought mine from the orange website (Battery life quoted as 14 days/ actually more like 6 days). However in an orange high street shop, the phone comes with a battery that only last 5 days (more like 3 days in the real world!!!). So watch out!!!
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Reviewed by jonnyd from uk on 18th Feb 2006
this phone is brill the camera is just like the samsung d500 i dont no y sum ppl think its slow its faster than my razor and my frends l6. ive had no problems wiv it for now n ive had it 2 month and the memory is outstanding
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Reviewed by Arif from Tanzania on 16th Feb 2006
Awesome buy! Nothing is perfect but one of the best buys out there in the market. Those who don't have it, get it.
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Reviewed by Shai from England on 16th Feb 2006
Firstly, yes Sam, there is a light sensor. You see on the top side of the phone at the right there is a hole for a carry strap? Immediately to the left of that is a small light-grey-ish colour square - that is the ambience sensor. Put your finger over it and the backlight will come on when you press any keys! I notice that some of the earlier reviews complain a lot about this phone - I really have no idea why. This is my first Motorola, and I am finding it about as easy to use as my previous Sony Ericsson! It actually has a lot of very intuitive features, you just need to spend a bit of time discovering them. I had concerns about iTAP - it sounded much worse than T9 (predictive) which I was currently used to - but it is actually amazingly efficient! 5 minutes getting used to it and you will love it. I think this is a fantastic phone, best one that I have ever seen both aesthetically and functionally. I have absolutely no complaints.
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Reviewed by Rich from UK on 16th Feb 2006
A quick message to Sam. Thanks mate. I think u are right. The keypad is light sensitive so it does not come on when it registers light. I've just been testing it by going from light to dark places and it does work. These phones are just getting too clever. Anyway thanks again. Rich
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Reviewed by Sam from Uk on 15th Feb 2006
Hey! Just a comment for rich, the keypad doesn't come on in daylight! I think there is some sort of light sensor on it so it conserves battery during the day! Go from a light room to a dark one n press the keypad n you'll see what i mean! My god ive turned into a phone nerd!! HAHA!!
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Reviewed by Ricardo from UK on 15th Feb 2006
Cant really fault too much about this phone. Has plenty of nice features and with a 512mb sd micro installed I have 13 albums on it. My only issue is around the headphones. I bought a mini usb to 3.5 mm jack converter, however I cannot get the music to play through the headphones. The music still plays through the phones speaker. The manual for the phone isn't the best and I cant figure out what I am doing wrong.
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Reviewed by Anon from England on 14th Feb 2006
BEST PHONE! I had the n90, 6230i, 7610,6610, 8310 before. This is the best. You can even watch full length movies on it. The only problem is that in the uk version, the box does not come with any software or data cable. You should buy this separtely. Slim, good looking and great screen. PS. the camera is better than expected. The image are similar even when printed to a nokia 7610 (1.3 megs). They are not as good as the amazing cameria n90. However, a great phone to buy.
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Reviewed by Rich from UK on 14th Feb 2006
Always had nokias before but fancied a change. The menus are a little difficult at first to get used to but who cares when the phone looks this cool. The camera vga quality is much better than I thought it would be and much better than my last nokia 6230. Cameras on phones are a little pointless in my opinion as most people have a digital camera for decent photos and those you do take on a phone generally get deleted after a while anyway. I do have one little problem tho. The blue backlight on the keypad is not always coming on. I guess it must be a fault so will look to get it replaced. I would definately get one if your considering it.
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Reviewed by Sam from Uk on 13th Feb 2006
Just bought this phone today! Looks gr8! Im sad because little things like the blue light of the keypad sold it to me! Im just having a little trouble with putting mp3's onto it to use as ringtones? Im trying to send them via blutooth from my computer but i keep getting an error transfer message, i think it may have something to do with the size limit? Anybody no another way of transfer? Any help would be GR8!
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Reviewed by Goldielocks from England on 12th Feb 2006
The L7 is wicked, its amazing. The design is fantastic, it's so slim and the call quality is the best I've ever experienced. Get one !!!
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Reviewed by Kumar from India on 11th Feb 2006
A great fone overal. bluetooth n mp3 are hit. Was using a 6600 previously, L7 doesn't have a voice recorder. Manual does not help in instructions for installing games, ringtones in mem card. The phone does not ring through the head set for an incomeng call. I miss that feature.can anyone help me with my problems, mail me to kumar@rudramindia.com display and camera are superb.
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Reviewed by DANIEL from ENGLAND on 9th Feb 2006
Just brought this phone and it is exellent!Last mobile i had was v3 razr!This is even better with video camera and mp3!In my opinion i think it lookes even better than the v3 slim and its not even a flip top! This phone is the best on the market GET ONE!
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Reviewed by Ping Pong Ehh from China on 8th Feb 2006
Brilliant phone
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Reviewed by ted failon from philippines on 8th Feb 2006
i bought motorola slvr L7 several weeks ago. my girlfried find it a great phone but i do have some reservations. the menu is hard to comprehehend compare to a nokia phone.
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Reviewed by GMan from UK on 8th Feb 2006
I picked up the phone yesterday. I have previously had Nokia or Sony phones. In general this is a good, stylish phone. What really lets it down for me though... is the fact that the screen always goes blank / black, when you lock the keys, or even when you set a screensaver. Even the most noddy Nokias / Sonys have a basic dimmer function to save the screen, or a clock-type screensaver; basically you can't tell whether the phone is on or off when it hasn't been used for a while.
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Reviewed by Wang Pang Eh from China on 7th Feb 2006
S L O O O O O O W.........
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Reviewed by Neil from England on 6th Feb 2006
I have a huge apology to make following my earlier review; it IS possible to program shortcuts for functions such as the calculator and calendar. Hurrah! This phone has rapidly gone up in my estimation, I'm even getting to grips with the predictive text.
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Reviewed by Neil from England on 6th Feb 2006
I'm used to Nokias, had Nokias ever since my first mobile phone 10 years ago: This is the first Motorola I've had and after seeing it advertised during the Big Brother commercial breaks I upgraded my Nokia 6230 to it. Personally I don't like slide or flip phones so I chose this instead of the V3i. I think it's a great looking phone, it's lightweight and it's got a lot of good features. I really like the colours used to produce the case and the keypad. Sure, it's a vga camera but I've already got a 4Mp digital camera so I'm not too worried about this. I've also got an ipod so I'm not going to use it as an MP3 player. Predominantly I want something I can call people from, text people from and pick up my e-mails on. This is where my problem lies: I don't find the menu as easy to use as Nokias and I don't find the predictive text as easy to use as Nokias version. Also there's no option to re-program the soft keys, for example so you can access the calendar or calculator by pressing one or two buttons. I realise these are things I'll probably get used to but I felt it worth mentioning. So overall I feel it's a good phone but not as easy to use as a Nokia.
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Reviewed by George from UK on 5th Feb 2006
This phone overall is stunning. It looks great, light and has brillant extra features. Several factors let it down...first of all the buttons can be a bit fiddly at times, but nothing to get worries=d about. The biggest desigh flaw however has to be the bluetooth. This is pretty poor as whenever anyone has tried to send pictures it has often taken so much time it was cancelled. To be honest tho...it doesnt actually effect me as im only missing out on porn! (Joke!) Anyhoo now that all my credibility has gone... i would highly recomend this phone to my best friends. You would b a fool to buy anything else! Its a class act!
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Reviewed by Leon from uk on 5th Feb 2006
dont get me rong i love this fone but ive only had the fone for a week now and jst find it well annoyin how i have to buy the software aswell as a memory card. i wud of at least thought you would get the software free but im rong. the cameras good, the music sounds great (dont appreciate the lack of memory got told there was 10mb memory that was a lie) the pics look great. another thing i dislike about this fone was i have to use those cloths for glasses to keep wiping the screen as finger prints are easily left. im ready to take this fone back and get a d500
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Reviewed by MasterMind from England on 4th Feb 2006
I have had this phone for a week now, and think that it is OK. However, one of the things I have had three problems with this phone, the first being the keypad, I absolutely hate it! Seriously, what are motorola doing? Go back to buttons motorola. Second of all the headphones crackle a bit, maye its just my headphones, i'll try it out with a different headset. And last of all memory, the transh flash cards only go up to 512mb, I need a minimum of 1Gb. In conclusion I would say this is a phone for an average user, NOT for a buisness user.
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Reviewed by brett from uk on 4th Feb 2006
This is ok, quality build......! you can get a mini usb to 3.5mm sterio headphone adapter for only £3 ...... But it has issues with default gain table settings, u can only just hear the sound through the headset, slight modification required.
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Reviewed by Jason P from US on 2nd Feb 2006
I found the phone to be very easy to use and a lot more functional than the RAZR V3. I thought I wanted a flip phone, but after getting the RAZR, I found it difficult to open with one hand, something I'm constantly doing when my other hand is tied up. This phone solved that problem and many more. The camera's better, it plays mp3s and it connects to a computer without any problems. Bluetooth has been working fine for me, as it didn't go so smoothly on the RAZR. I love it and you will too.
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Reviewed by Jack from England on 2nd Feb 2006
This is one of the best phones ive ever had and its perfect...video camera and stills camera are great, the phone in general is just perfect....but does anyone know if it can connect to other phones via bluetooth so i can take their music onto my phone like every other bluetooth phone can???cant figure it out and the book doesnt help
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Reviewed by Gurmit from UK on 2nd Feb 2006
I had this phone for 2 days, and i have to admit...overall it wasn't a bad phone. I think Motorola could have done more in regards to the metallic finish, as although the phone has a metal casing it does not feel like that, and the back of it is just plain black, so for exterior style, its not too bad overall and can be lived with. However, with so many phones out there that are small, i felt this phone was bulky, Yes its slim, but its still a large phone. Personally i would prefer the V3i over this. As although its a razor and the razor has been out for ages, its a better looking phone..and you do get a better mettalic finish to it. The Menu i found difficult to use, and i use 2 lines on my Sim so i bought the L7 as a generic handset, the phone did not support this capability, so i returned it. Overall i did think it was a decent phone, has a decent set of features, but there are many other phones out there that are smaller and are more feature packed. The Bluetooth is a waste of time, a serious design flaw as cannot reliably connect to a Bluetooth headset, and to transfer numbers together is not possible, so i had to go through my entire phone book one by one to transfer. The type of people to buy this are the style conscious user...but would like a good set of features, and have a phone that looks good. For this reason alone, i advise not getting this phone, opt for the V3i, or if you can afford it the 8800. Nokia also have their new l'amour range, which is worth checking out.
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Reviewed by john from england on 1st Feb 2006
This is a outstanding phone and i recomend you get one
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Reviewed by Dave from UK on 31st Jan 2006
Great looking phone, best on the market by far, although the Motorola software lets it down but hey I was expecting that, as I have always used Nokia's.
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Reviewed by Waka from United Kingdom on 30th Jan 2006
Im a big fan of the phone except for one major flaw. I bought a 512mb trans flash card for the extra memory, put some mp3s on the card, realised I didnt have earphones, started the online search, and 3 days later I still have no earphone?? Where are they??
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Reviewed by Mohib from Dubai on 29th Jan 2006
Its a cool phone
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Reviewed by Lord Bacon from England,Chesterfield on 28th Jan 2006
Can only hold 1 mp3 tune, as i have tryed to put 2 tunes on but it just wont hold it.when locked it some times unlocks itself.Over all i think its ok.
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Reviewed by jamster from UK on 28th Jan 2006
Had this phone fo 3 weeks now. No problems. Mp3 Sounds great. Camera is amazing I compared it to a D600 It was the same quality Buy Now
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Reviewed by Magic Weaver from Malaysia on 27th Jan 2006
I have no idea the rubbish about this phone being junk (they're probably nokia/sony lovers) but this phone is almost excellent in my books. It has all the features a decent mobile phone should have, it came with the proper software AND cable to synch with (if you didn't either you're tied in with a service provider which doesn't give it to you or you got gyped). While this is a 3G phone so don't expect to connect to 3G networks with it you do get 2.5G connectivity (provided your service provider has it), with a twist that it stores video in 3GP format and plays it back too. While comparing it to my old Nokia 6610, the menu interface leaves much to be desired, but you'll probably get past the diffrences very quickly. The camera is somewhat on the lousy side, but then again if you wanted a good camera go buy a digital camera; and it seems to have some issues with it's bluetooth module locking up (requiring me to power cycle the phone every once in a while). Feature packed and highly reccomended for NON 3G phone users.
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Reviewed by Mo from uk on 25th Jan 2006
get a life!!!!!!! this phone does what you want it to do...its a phone you idiots..pics are perfect texting is a bit strange at first but great when you get used to it and it looks better than anything out there .....small, slim,and great.
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Reviewed by exxentrixx from uk on 24th Jan 2006
Yeah I luv this fone, the bluetooth is a flaw, i mean its slow, and the headphone crack is bad, but btw u can ansa calls with the keypad locked just like a nokia etc. the call comes up and it says wether to ignore or ansa the keypad flaw wos on the L6 but not the L7. ***** 5 stars, QUALITY.
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Reviewed by Farshad from england on 24th Jan 2006
i brought this phone and i luv it cause i reckon it is one of the best phones ever made!!!!!!!! it has everything u can ask for simply the best phone fullll stoppp ha!!!
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Reviewed by Justin from UK on 24th Jan 2006
Total Junk. Bulky, ugly and difficult to use.
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Reviewed by Shaun Barnard from UK on 20th Jan 2006
The worst phone ive ever had. The Motorola v3 Razor phone is better than this, and thats saying something! I honestly do not want a motorola ever again!
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Reviewed by Ian D from England on 20th Jan 2006
oh dear! This is a lovely looking phone, and I talk as someone who owns a nokia 8910i, so I know a bit about style over substance, but after getting one yesterday I have three observations. Firstly, you need to PURCHASE some software to syncronise the phone with your PC contacts etc. (with nokia and sony this has been free). Secondly, the phone supports mp3 playback but there is no headphone socket so you have to buy bluetooth compatable headphones. These two points I can live with since the phone is primarily a phone, but the third point is the killer (and the reason mine is going back). YOU CANT LOCK THE KEYBOARD AND STILL ANSWER CALLS!!! This is a serious flaw in any candy bar style phone. Its got to go! If you never put your phone in your pocket or handbag then get one they are beautiful, otherwise expect some interesting bills! ADDED LATER: Just been back to the shop, apparently you can lock the keypad, it just doesn't mention it in the documentation!
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