Motorola V1050 review
| ||Review: September 2005
Last updated March 2006
In a nutshell: The Motorola V1050 is an upgraded version of the V975/V980. It's a 3G clamshell phone with plenty of high-end features.
The V1050 offers everything that you would expect from a 3G phone: video calling & video content downloads, integrated mp3 player, integrated speakerphone, a very high quality display, and an expandable memory. The expandable memory is a very useful feature, enabling you to store content like video clips and MP3 tracks on a TransFlash card (up to 512 Mbytes), although you shouldn't expect to be able to store as much as a dedicated mp3 player.
There are two cameras on the V1050. The first points inwards and is used for video calling. The second faces outwards and is intended for taking pictures of people or scenes. The outward facing camera has 1.3 megapixels and an 8x digital zoom. A camera light is available for both still and video photography. The V1050's screen has been significantly upgraded, making it as good as any of its competitors. It's an exceptionally good screen, combined with an excellent camera.
The V1050 is a top-notch 3G phone, and the only thing missing is Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Instead, the V1050 relies on a USB connection. The only other downsides are its relatively high weight and poor battery life, although these are both average for a current generation 3G phone.
The V1050 competes directly with the LG U8330 and the Sony Ericsson V800. The Motorola has the highest quality display of the three, although it loses out on weight and battery life considerations. The Sony Ericsson also has the advantage of a Bluetooth wireless connection. Still, the Motorola is well worth consideration if you're looking for a high-performance 3G phone.
Motorola V1050 features include:
- 1.3 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom and LED light
- Second internal camera for video calling
- Video recorder
- Full screen video playback
- Display: TFT, 260,000 colours, 240 x 320 pixels (2.2")
- MP3 player
- Voice recognition
- Messaging: SMS, EMS 5.0, MMS, Instant Messaging, email (POP3/IMAP4)
- Java games - embedded & downloadable
- Picture caller ID
- WAP 2.0, GPRS
- Connectivity: USB
- Memory: 16 Mbytes plus TransFlash™ card expandable to 512 Mbytes
- Triband (GSM 900/1800/1900) plus 3G (UMTS)
- Size: 94 x 49 x 27 mm
- Weight: 136g
- Talktime: 130 minutes
- Video calling: 70 minutes
- Battery standby: 145 hours
Motorola V1050 user reviews
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Average rating from 60 reviews:
Reviewed by hmfasmi from sri lanka on 14th Oct
this is phone 3g very performence but computer usb charger not work
this problem whats a reason
Reviewed by hmfasmi from sri lanka on 20th Apr
this phone usb charger not work motorola L7 usb cgarger very performance
but v1050 model phone very perfect but usb charger not work original
usb charger charger enable have you all problem what is reson?
Reviewed by GEORGE LEVY from USA on 4th Jul 2008
You will be taken with the rubberized body, huge bright internal screen,
and well designed keypad. You will be dismayed by the absence of user
friendly features. For example, want to verify your speed dial contacts.
No way to do it except manually go thru the entire phonebook. Want to
see who is on voice dial? Forget it. The v1050 may be a nice internet
tool, but is primitive as a cell phone.
Reviewed by Kriss from France on 10th Dec 2007
I had the phone since 2 years and it's a good phone... but i regret
the missing bluetooth & infrared connectivity...
Reviewed by pig from usa on 6th Oct 2007
i had the phone for 6 weeks it worked ok util i droped it down the bog
i wood not put my hand down to get it so i ended up flushing it down
but i was on a contract with vodafone so i went back to the shop and
got it agan but ween i got this one home the screen was cracked so i
went back to the shop and got anuther one this one was ok for 4 weeks
and a bit antil i lost it ...........no no no no no no no no no but
most of it was my folt the phone was good but dident have blue tooth
plus the batt life sucks
Reviewed by Joanne from Australia on 29th Sep
well i think the phone looks great, it has a great camera/video, but
it does not have blue tooth and i think if it did it would be great.
And to the people who say that the phone sucks well i think..............U
SUCK!!!!! To the people who would love to buy this phone go ahead coz
its tha bomb wazzzzaaaaaaaaaa ciao xxx
Reviewed by jay from us on 23rd Jul 2007
no blue tooth, batt life sucks, reception sucks, cheap phone many better
save a few more bucks and get what you really want. stay away from this
model of motorola, i wish i read these reviews before purchasing.
Reviewed by Hi from Hi on 19th Jul 2007
There are much better phones out there. Consider them all before going
for this one.
Reviewed by mSs AnOnYmOuSs from NEW ZEALAND on
7th Jul 2007
MOTOROLAS SUCK ALL TOGETHER!! ive got one of these and its dUm No bLuEtOoTh!
Reviewed by Jazz from RP on 15th Jun 2007
The only reason why I still have this phone is because of the videos
of ny girlfriend stored in the phone memory which cannot be transfered
to my Transflash card. We deserve Bluetooth, Motorola! And battery life
sucks too albeit design and build quality is pretty perfect.. i STILL
CANNOT FORGIVE YOU. If i found out a way to send those videos to my
PC or Card, then this phone will be bin some elses hands.
Reviewed by dharo from peru on 31st May 2007
Reviewed by Robbie from England on 12th Apr 2007
I love it. The picture quality is class, the film playing is pixel perfect,
and it fits in any pocket. What every one has against this phone, is
just beyond me. I'm 17, I have had this phone for exactly 1 year now,
And I still love it. Parents, this cheapy is a goody. It's an ideal
present for your kids that are hinting for a mobile. Heavy? Go to the
gym weaklings, you must be jelly in the bicep department for this to
be considered heavy. If you pick up a razer, I have actually seen those
get blown out of my girlfriend's hand. To each his own I guess, but
seriously, it's not that heavy. Great little flip phone here. No dissapointment
of any kind from me. Two thumbs way up, and 5 stars! No this is not
my first phone. My first was a Nokia 6010. It was a decent little phone,
but it is so expensive to get them to run in the UK, so I got this one.
Great buy, plus I can swap sim cards when I go back to canada
Reviewed by Marsha from Ireland on 26th Mar 2007
Very heavy and bulky, not very user friendly, and the biggest disappointment
of all is that whenever it feels like, the alarm doesn't go off!!! I
have met a few more people who have the same problem. NO BLUETOOTH!!
The reception is really bad too.
Reviewed by vannie from US on 17th Mar 2007
there is definately a good reason why this phone is cheap. has both
disadvantages n disadvantages. k good things about it. - greeat wonderful
loud speaker sounds like a radio - pretty good camera for a 1.3 mp -
external pic caller id - ive dropped this thing 50 times but the screen
is still awsome no scratches either - you can record video on memory
card for as long as you like now the bad - too heavy - battery life
sux - no real mp3 player you have to choose a song to play it n thats
it. - the thing goes crazy on you if you use a different charger this
includes even car chargers - recorded video quality kinda sux -no bluetooth
def.. i had this fone for less than 5 months then slowly it started
slacking while charging and finally the damn thing will not charge even
with a new/different battery.. i got made fun of too cuz the thing is
big so it was nicknamed a walkietalkie.. im dun with it now im gon try
a moto z3 n if this one sux then bye bye motorola..
Reviewed by bishal chhettri from Nepal on 5th
So and So! It was the best 3G kind for an affordable price in my country.
Reviewed by Steve from New Zealand on 20th Feb
This phone is aweful! At first glance it was great value for money but
the predictive text is anything but predictable, unlike the far superior
Nokias, and the MP3 player only plays one song then stops... it would
be more useful if it just played them all one after the other. The phone
is heavy, clunky and the camera lens is too hard to clean when it gets
dust in it (which happens all the time). Connectivity is garbage, and
the USB cable doesn't charge the phone... which since the battery is
less than 5V and USB has 5V available by default is a very hard-to-figure
ommission. And the reception? Its a joke... right in the central business
district its fine, but get into the suburbs and it fades fast... and
when 3G fades out it waits too long before switching to normal reception,
so you lose calls when it really could just keep going... and yet I
can't seem to turn off 3G to avoid this problem. Shame this rating system
can't have NO stars... I won't buy another Motorola...
Reviewed by ivan from bulgaria on 9th Feb 2007
I think that the phone is cool extremely cool for its prise.Cool camera;
very cool screen and awesom design.Well it vaven't blutooth but thr
prise is cool.COOL PHONE *****
Reviewed by UNreaL from Ireland!! on 19th Jan
Wat an unreal fone...hav mine 4 nearly 2 years and by far da best fone
ever...no bt who cares ya jus reck da fone by filling it up wit stuff
neway!!!! Buy this fone!! DEFO!!
Reviewed by Kayuga from Poland on 8th Dec 2006
OMG WTF! What's wrong with all those super LAME reviews... It's bad
coz of no BT? LOL Or one star because built in memory is too small -
please tell me it's just a joke! V1050 is a relly good phone, with basically
all functions you might need. All used meterials are top class. Software
also works pretty nice and smooth.
Reviewed by jjuliebolts from newzealand on 7th
this phone is bull sh** yea it has a great display and camera but trying
to conect to your computer is a mission there is no bluetooth and it
has a very cheap feel to it. If you want a good 3g phone dont go anywhere
near this phone
Reviewed by leanne from england on 22nd Oct 2006
OMG!!! the best fone evr evry1 buy it!!!! it has good quality n im very
happy with it!! im gna keep it 4 the next 4 years!!
Reviewed by Dean from South Africa on 8th Sep
Dont listen to these dough bags! For the price this phone is excellent
with a capital E! I think its the cheapest 3G phone there is. Only downside
are the weight and battery life. Mine dies after 3 and a half hours
of being used as a 3G modem. Mp3's are wickid and the picture quality
is awesom! My last complaint is the the phone doesn't charge while its
connected to the datacable. Ive imported 2 other cables, Mobile Action
and a Gromada cable, and neither did the required. They charge the phone
but put it in like standby mode so u cant charge and use it as a modem
at the same time! Other than that this phone is really a good buy! 5
Reviewed by Artful Dodger from UK on 23rd Jul
Don't even think about buying this mobile. It suck so bad that everytime
I lokk at it I feel like I am falling from bed.
Reviewed by adrian from ireland on 17th Jul 2006
pictures good. camera good. but its a disgrace for reception. what good
is a phone if u cant send messages or talk to people? its the only phone
ive ever come across whose reception bars disappear when you try to
ring someone, then re-appear when u hang up. A rubbish phone, dont buy.
Reviewed by Leigh Ann from Eire on 9th Jul 2006
Gt it for €250 - worst fone ever! What a waste of my money! my
game stoped workin n i turned of n bak on an EVERYTING was gon xcept
my mp3s - an i can only stor 3 songs at a time! don even tink its sold
nymor...bt i cud b rong...?
Reviewed by - from - on 2nd Jul 2006
crumbled like a cookie want a hint dont buy.
Reviewed by from ireland on 28th Jun 2006
this is a great phone the camera n mp3s r deadly but it needs bluetooth
Reviewed by vannie from U.S.A on 15th Jun 2006
i have the motorola v1050 and just to try out i bought a 1 gig memory
card for it WORKS PERFECT only issue i have seen sofar is if you try
to save music videos on the card, playback freezes sometimes or pauses
a couple of times otherwise everything else with the card size is fine.
Reviewed by Sandrock from Colombia on 26th May
OMG..... No bluetooth...this phone is excellent except for a missing
bluetooth or infrared conectivity
Reviewed by Shaun from England on 22nd May 2006
First impressions were good. Upgraded from the v500. 1.3 camera is on
par with samsung d500. External light only effective if your really
close to the subject. 3 minute video capture with a 32mb card is decent.
Phone a little on the heavy side but it feels well constructed (unlike
the v3x). Large display screen is not to shabby. Stores plenty of mp3s
with an upgraded memory card. Thinking of expanding to 1gig but the
man in the shop told me about other phones, mostly nokias, being brought
back in cos the phone couldnt handle memory size that big. If anyone
has a 1 gig card in their v1050 and had no problems, let us know. Lack
of bluetooth is a letdown. I was one of those that read it had this
feature when i first purchased it. Im not very keen on the fact that
the battery cover muffles the speaker by covering 3 quaters of it up.
Its not a bad phone but its not a great phone either. if your not bothered
about the 3g, i would opt for the motorola v625. The screens smaller
than the v1050 but the camera quality is roughly the same and it has
bluetooth. I'll keep this model for a while untill motorola brings out
an upgraded version of the v3x.
Reviewed by Richy Rich from England on 7th May
THIS PHONE IS WIKED GET IT NO MATTER WHAT GOD I LOVE IT THE PITURES
ARE PURFECT AND VIDIO MY FRIEND JUMPED OF A ROOF AND I RECORDED IT WOW!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by andrew
on 26th Mar 2006
the fone is gud but it freezes sumtimes i must say it has a great camera
but only in day time.. motorola u shud av put blutooth on it. i was
exremly dissapointed with only 3 mins video recording and no voice
recording :( other den dat its a great fone
Reviewed by anna from ireland on 11th Mar 2006
i think this fone is very good and easy to use but is very diffucult
to find the mp3 player and connectivity where the usb cable is.
Reviewed by daniel from england on 21st Feb 2006
this phone is good, although it is big, chunky and the battery life
is dreadful so if you like this phone, goe for the new motorola e1070
Reviewed by cool from ireland on 18th Feb 2006
this phone is cool. it has a good camera a good mp3 player and lots
of memory. the memory card is cool. the videos are good as well. da
only thing missin is bluetooth and infrared but u can get a bluetooth
attatchment 4 it but its the best fone i ever had.
Reviewed by JH from SA on 12th Feb 2006
Extreemly good fone,BUT...NO INFRARED NOR BLUETOOTH!!!NOOOOOOOO
Reviewed by paulo from portugal on 5th Feb 2006
fantastic phone, u can put a trans flash card with 1 mb and listening
a lot of mp3 musics charged by your pc... the video-call and the size...
the disign... all is perfect... except tha bluetooth...
Reviewed by Mike from England on 1st Feb 2006
Although a P.A.Y.G user,I use Vodafone network, and use their site mainly
to revue the phones, the V1050 looked good, good revues etc, and according
to their site the phone had Bluetooth? Bought from Arg--, you know where,
cheeper, but couldn't take it back !!! Digested the manual and oh look
no Bluetooth, check back with Voda-- and yes still there, and got them
to check with their people and yes I got them to change the discription,
Motorola site directs you to a shop that says it's got and attachment
to make it Bluetooth, bought on December30th arrived Jan Monday 31st
and it wont pair up with Car Bluetooth or Sons Razor Phone !! 2 nice
flashing lights though. Still at least I can take and make calls.
Reviewed by cara cheshire from england on 31st
I just love it! the screens just the right size and has a good picture!
i would recommend it to anyone! buy it now!y
Reviewed by Mike from Scotland on 21st Jan 2006
I got this phone for £134, and if you exclude conectivite (as it is
almost inexistant) this phone was worth it. As other people have mentioned
this phone does have a bigger screen, and the transflash card is good
for storing pic.s, video or music. However I think Motorola have put
little effort into this phone unlike the v3x, and it sometimes seems
like they try to make things more complex than is nessesary.
Reviewed by Jack from America on 20th Jan 2006
I have had this phone for 2 months now and i am very happy with it.
The only problem is theres no bluetooth or infa-red but otherwise the
best phone i have ever owned!
Reviewed by sameed from pakistan on 5th Jan 2006
i thought this fone would be great.first i was satisfied cuz the camera
was 1.3 megapixels and the sound was also good but no infrared and no
bluetooth.what is the use of this mobile.just a piece of junk.usb connectivity
is good but i expected more at this price range.so i sold it and bought
the amazing nokia 6680.
Reviewed by Kieran from United Kingdow on 23rd
i got dis fone a few weeks bak and i must say im really dissapointed.
the camera is ace but it has no bluetooth or even infa red and wen i
got it it was £210 from vodafone its not worth its money and i would
avoid this fone. if u r spendin about 200 on a fone then either get
the sony k750 or the samsung d500
Reviewed by Enviato from Ireland on 17th Dec 2005
This phone is an excellent phone.But motorola could have done better.There
isn't Infra-Red or Bluetooth.
Reviewed by JulieG from UK on 2nd Dec 2005
Mmmm. Felt mixed about this phone. It didn't help that I bought the
duff one that obviously had fallen down the back off a filing cabinet
several times before it actually made its way to the sales counter!!!!
Mine had such terrible signal strength that I couldn't use it for calls,
but that appears to be a one off glitch. That said - onto the phone
itself........ A heavy little thing - quite weighty and clumpy really.
Don't like the keypad which feels like running your fingers over a slatted
bridge on water (try it - you'll see what I mean). Good screen size
though and the camera quality is extremely good in the main - although
some piccies taken indoors at night had an irritating blue hazing around
the edges. Not overly impressed with the video quality which was fuzzy.
Sleek looking bit of kit though - very attractive. Camera has both exterior
and interior view which is very useful. I have to summarize though by
not actually recommending this phone, despite its good points. Why?
It's very expensive for what you actually get - you can get better quality
phones (Samsung in particular) for less, with more functions and much
better quality piccies and menu screens. As catwalk gorgeous as this
phone looks, it is overprized and, to be honest, just mutton dressed
Reviewed by fabiz from Holland on 18th Nov 2005
This a very good mobile phone. It screen quality is the best I've ever
seen! It only the Bluetooth and infrared that is missing. But you must
buy this phone! I have one aswell. Nut does someone knows how to record
only sound? I haven't figuert out yet!
Reviewed by Rob from Ireland on 4th Nov 2005
Rubbish battery. Rubbish reception. Heavy. good features are the only
reason to buy. A gadget of a fone.
Reviewed by Declan from Ireland on 19th Oct 2005
I got this on Vodafone in Ireland having used Nokia for at least 5 years.
I printed out a few photos having used the camera on this phone, quality
was reasonable. The screen is very clear. The only thing that I'm unhappy
with is the battery life, I have to charge it every day or two, compared
with the nokia I had before. Overall, the quality is good and I'll keep
it for a few years (all going well)
Reviewed by aurelien from france on 18th Oct 2005
I think this fone has all the good kualities and is very cheap only
29euro !! but it is not worth a 5 cose fives should be kept for the
best of the best
Reviewed by alan from England on 17th Oct 2005
Yes its true to say this phone has plenty of spec,pros in favour,very
good quality screen good feel and weight to phone (not light and flimsy)down
load quality of vidio that you pay for is very good.1.3meg picture camera
used on best setting also very good,video record in my opinion is above
average.other issues phone does take a little getting used to as with
any new phone and is soon mastered.A couple of little things I must
mention, battery life I do hope Moterola read this and take on board
that this phone really must have the option to install a more powerful
battery for longer life,as you would expect from a phone like this a
good phone needs a good battery!Only other glitch from time to time
does tend to freeze,but i over come this problem by taking the battery
out and putting straight back in nothing is lost and all is well.
Reviewed by Piet from Holland on 3rd Oct 2005
I think this is one of the best phones there is. There are so much functions
on it.I think it's a incredibly beautiful phone. So that's wy I think
it's worth 5 stars.
Reviewed by pamela from UK on 17th Sep 2005
only bad thing I say is, it has no bluetooth but the usb cable supplied
allows me to upload what I need to the phone. I uploaded some 3gp movies
to the transflash card and enjoyed watching them in bed. Video quality
is excellent, and mp3 sound is great thru the headphones I for one am
very happy with it.
Reviewed by mark from england on 16th Sep 2005
This fone has gt all the top noch equipment like a 1.3 megapixel camera
and 8x digital zoom, but wheres the bluetooth and infrared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by mark
on 16th Sep 2005
This phone comes out with all the good stuff like, 1.3 megapixel camera and its 8x digital zoom. But wheres the infrared and the bluetooth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Declan Bailey from Ireland on 9th
Great handset,very clear screen,good camera,battery you'll need to watch
when it get low,it tends to run out very fast.No bluetooth or infa-red
is a draw back.Video call quailty is good.Good package for the price.
Reviewed by Steve from England on 8th Sep 2005
fantastic phone!! free browsing on vodafone live makes it even better,
the only downside is the fact the phone does have built in Bluetooth
connection, but apart from that it is a must. Well worth the money.
Reviewed by Steve Morris
on 8th Sep 2005
Fantastic phone, a must if you can afford it. The only downside is no built in bluetooth connection which is a big surprise. Recommend getting it.
Reviewed by Ash from England on 6th Sep 2005
This phone is the ultimate phone. It has EVERYTHING. I you have the
money and you want to buy a phone, get this Motorola! (( ; ) (é
Reviewed by ELATUCCI from - on 25th Sep 2005
IT LOOKS A GD FONE N IS A G FONE. DWN PUT IS THE BLUE TOOTH NOT BEING
THERE!THATS A SHAMNE REALLY. OTHERWISE, THIS FONE HAS THE RIGHT LOOK
AD ISNT COMPLICATED 2 USE. FOR ME ITS SUTIABLE!!