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Motorola PEBL review

 Review: February 2006  
 

Rating: 1 star

In a nutshell: A clamshell phone with video camera, MP3 ringtones & Bluetooth™.



 

Review

The Motorola PEBL (V6 or U6) is a beautifully crafted phone, with a tactile finish, an automatic opening & closing mechanism and a great-looking keypad, similar to that of the V3. However, that's where the good bits end. It's as if Motorola fell so in love with the look and feel of their new PEBL that they forgot to put in any decent features or to make it work well as a phone.

For a phone priced to sell at over £200, you should get a lot more than a VGA camera (that's just 0.3 megapixels). There's a poor quality video camera, but no MP3 player, which a phone of this type is pretty well expected to have these days. And with a memory of just 5 Mbytes, there's no room to store any pictures, videos or ringtones anyway. The memory limitation alone makes this phone pretty well useless. We could talk about the features that the PEBL does have, like the speaker-independent speech recognition for handsfree use, but overall the phone has no substance.


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Reviewed by Geraldine Morgan from Russia on 16th Feb 2012
Haha my Pebl is still working away and it's Feb. 2012

Try that length of time with a G3 :) I think not.
Ok it's pretty basic but it's tough. I have lost count of the number of times I dropped it on the footpath.
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Reviewed by Jessie Bronx from England on 30th Apr 2006
What a HUGE disappointment! i waited for months to get this phone, and when i finally had enough it buy it, i don't want it anymore! i can't believe i gave up my D500 for this! Extremely unhappy
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Reviewed by a top dj from uk on 29th Apr 2006
get this phone ,beg borrow or steal it ,ignore the others you cant please everyone .dont listen to the moaners get this phone ......the uk pebl fan club
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Reviewed by beca from Twynholm on 24th Apr 2006
absalutly disgracfull phone!! very poor. it looks very very nice but dont let looks be deciving! i ignored the advice from the other reviews and went and bought the pebl and after 5 days it broke! very dissapointing! but apart from that its ok. but it had very bad memory! however if it did not brake i would have been happy with it.
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Reviewed by Gary from England on 24th Apr 2006
This phone is fantasic.Absolutely brilliant there's no other words to decribe it. Ive had motorola's in the past but this is the best by far,its small compact and looks amazing. Granted it doesnt have a mega pixiel camera but if your looking for great pictures buy a actual camera and if your looking to put songs on your phone then buy an mp3 player. What im looking for which some people have already written is a quality phone believe or not which this is well done motorola.
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Reviewed by gurk from uk on 20th Apr 2006
RUBBISH No, ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH. This is 2003 technology. For over £170?
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Reviewed by nobody from planet alpha on 20th Apr 2006
incredible phone!!
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Reviewed by tryout from france on 20th Apr 2006
a phone made to call whithout any futuristic useless equipments like wifi or 2mp camera that make a 2mp rubbish photo, no just essential as its design.great!!!!
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Reviewed by melissa from england on 19th Apr 2006
i just got my phone and my first thought was how beautiful the design was. i played around and was pretty happy with it apart from there isnt much memory. the games arnt excellent but on the whole i am pretty pleased with it.
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Reviewed by abdul from UK on 19th Apr 2006
First time i am using a Motorola. some featues are good but the messaging is awrful and voice recorder is cheap
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Reviewed by Rob Da Phunk from UK on 18th Apr 2006
Theres a lot of people saying this phone is the worst they've had. Now my last phone was a Ericsson T60 and in comparison the pebl is much better. If you want a great camera buy a camera if you want a great mp3 player buy an ipod if you want a great video recorder buy a bloody camcorder. Its a great looking phone which is simple to use. The battery lasts quite a while and the ringtones sound great. And to all those people who said this is the worst phone they've had have they forgot the nokia 8110. Enough said..
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Reviewed by Rachel from UK on 18th Apr 2006
The people who complain that this phone doesn't have enough features are ridiculous. No multi-functional electronic item can possibly perform as well as its constituents. In short, if you want a lot of megapixels, get a digital camera. If you want to shoot video, buy a camcorder. If you want to listen to mp3's, buy an mp3 player. A phone will never be able to do all of these things well all at once. That said, if you want a stylish phone that performs all the functions expected of a phone (which is intended to be a device used to place calls) with a few nice extras, buy a PEBL.
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Reviewed by me! from freshie land on 12th Apr 2006
i h8 dis fone. da shape isnt all gd and its like a chunky fone da qualities are not even that good i dnt like dis fone at all i wud NOT recomend dis fone 2 ne1 motorola have reli dissapointed me with this incredibly bad fone
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Reviewed by Jim from Scotland on 9th Apr 2006
This ones for I'm Telling You Now. How can you give it 5 stars if you've never owned one? I bought one for my wife. A disappointment. Sleek design and nice to hold but it's not very robust, the menu's are confusing to navigate, and the whole phone is just selling itself on aesthetic value. I care not for megapixels and memory, but a more durable phone that didn't keep getting faults would be nice. Avoid this phone, I'm sticking to Nokia, they last longer
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Reviewed by Dom from UK on 7th Apr 2006
had the phone a few mounths now and so far had no problems with it at all the bluetooth is working well and the screen is clear and bright however it is not so easy to use but generally so far so good
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Reviewed by Ashley from Scotland on 7th Apr 2006
Lets face it.. the all singing all dancing advert has fooled us into thinking that motorola have created an evolutionary masterpience with the PBEL - the truth? I wish i'd kept my nokia. Not only is the memory distinctly poor, the sound recording function shockingly quiet (and thus practically unseable) and the menu a nightmare to opperate.. the weeks worth of waiting i went through to get it were a complete waste of my time. Thanks motorola for conning us into thinking that the sleek and sexy pebl would be a beneficial tool for everyday life. Now don't get me wrong, i'm about as shallow as they come when we're talking aesthetics, and normally.. a few down sides wouldnt worry me providing it looked fantastic, but it just doesnt measure up to other phones on the market now. It has far too few good points about it and quite frankly, with the options offered on phones these days, the PEBL is looking more and more like a fancy nokia 3310. Sorry but it's just lame. (And for those of you thinking it's my own fault for being caught up in the commericialism and vanity of having the newest 'craze' phone.. i totally agree, i'm ashamed of myself and i wont touch another motorola after this!)
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Reviewed by jim-bob from england on 6th Apr 2006
nice to hold but poor features. moto cared to much about looks i am back 2 my trusty nokia 6230i
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Reviewed by im telling you now!! from get it right on 3rd Apr 2006
well, i don't have this phone, but from the sounds of it, all the people putting this phone down, are the ones who want the top notch features of the 3g and smart phones. so surley these people, noticed it didn't have the major features like the d600. this phone wasn't built to be like the nokia n70 or the samsung d600, it was built to look good in a small compacked design, not for the massive features on other phones. it was built to be small and stylish for the simple you with good taste not no phone nerd who wants all the features. so to all the people comlaing about this phone, it's your own fault you brought it instead of the samsung d600, you brought it instead of the nokia n90, so for god sakes you knew what you were getting in for you new the specifactions so dont act like they were writen faulsly!!
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Reviewed by danny from england on 31st Mar 2006
this phone is very poor. i changed my Samsung D500 for this phone and oh my god how dissapionted was i. it has no memory the camara is dissapionting and the video recorded is vertually usless. very poor effort from motorola. needless to say im back useing my trusted Samsung D500
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Reviewed by Tanya from UK on 29th Mar 2006
I chose this phone on a new contract. It feels lovely and fits comfortably in my hand. I wasn't 100% sure about the slide opening action, but decided to go for it thinking that I'd get used to it, I've never had a flip phone before. After using it for a few of days, I still haven't mastered the opening action. It sometimes opened but sometimes slides back up. The phone hasn't always rung when its been called. Yesterday I had a text telling me that I'd missed a call that had been made a minute earlier, I don't know why I got the text and not the call because the phone was sitting next to me on the table the whole time with the ring tone on a loud 5. The ring tone has mysteriously gone down to level 1 on another occasion. I've looked for the button I might have pressed by accident when the phone is closed to change the ring level but haven't found it. The battery doesn't last long. As mentioned in a previous review, the handbook doesn't cover everything so trying to find out how to delete a text took ages. Playing with a new phone to see how it works is fun but it got tedious with this handset and drained the battery. The lack of high tech functions doesn't bother me, I knew that it was thin on the ground in that area, I just want to make calls and the odd text...ah, texting, another story...! . Oh and to keep it clean you'd need a cover, which negates the whole pebble touchy feely thing. I'm exchanging it for a straightforward 'no filp' phone
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Reviewed by Dr Kenneth Noisewater from England on 23rd Mar 2006
Useless! No memory - therefore no space for any of the ringtones, pics or videos my old K700i has on it. This phone looks nice but is about as useful as my first mobile phone, which I had in 1997! All style and absolutely no substance. The most futuristic looking, yet technologically backward product on the market today. The last time I EVER but a Motorola. DON'T DO IT!!!!!
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Reviewed by Dick Hertz from UK on 20th Mar 2006
Motorola should be ashamed of themselves. This has to be the worst mobile phone to come out of their stable for years. Its cheap looking and has the features of a five-year-old phone.
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Reviewed by april from england on 20th Mar 2006
this phone stinks!! it has a rubbish memory, it doesnt perform well, it really is a terrible phone, im going to go and buy a motorola v3i, shame on you pebl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P xxxxx
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Reviewed by shahil from south africa on 17th Mar 2006
worst fone i ever bought.
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Reviewed by Dan Schwinn from Great britain on 15th Mar 2006
I had this phone now for around 2 months and i must say I have thinks a great little phone i orignal went to upgrade to to a Nokia N70 as all the reviews raved about it but it seem very over complicated with so many features that I would never use so i took it back and went for the PEBL which when compared to the N70 seems very lacking in features but balls to that what i realised what i wanted from a phone was exactley what the Motoroal PEBL was offering ,a very stylish simple to use small phone with all the essential features you actually need i mean phones at the moment can not compare to a mini mp3 that has 6GB of memory so why compromise GET BOTH !
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Reviewed by Phil from UK on 14th Mar 2006
This phone is REAL poor. The overall rating of average is completely misleading. The phone does look good but thats the only good thing about it. The spec is rubbish: camera weak, no memory and video camera (5 seconds max) is weak. The build quality isn't all that either, can see that mechanism breaking after a bit. Dont buy it......its RUBBISH!
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Reviewed by Christian from Slovenia on 13th Mar 2006
Great phone! Dual hinge mechanism works wery good-and is built well, its beautifuel,and an mp3 does sound good on it. Go for it!
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Reviewed by Dougie from UK on 11th Mar 2006
The worst phone I have ever had, what a load of rubbish! Come on Motorola you can do getter than this.
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Reviewed by sam from united kindom on 11th Mar 2006
discracefull performance by motorola what a let down....
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Reviewed by someone from somewhere on 8th Mar 2006
I have to dissagree with the majority of you'fraid. This phone certainly does not suck. Its as good as any of motorolas other phones, the camera is of decent quality and it looks the bee's knee's! Also it has to have to coolest opening mechanism ever used on a phone! IT IS NOT RUBBISH SO SHUT UP!
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Reviewed by Raymond from Surrey on 8th Mar 2006
What a clever piece of equipment, it's an excellent phone, neat, compact, stylish and easy to use. In conjunction with bluetooth, it's fantastic. One of the best i've used.
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Reviewed by Maryam Saleem from Pakistan on 7th Mar 2006
PIECE OF JUNK! THERE U GO!THIS PHONE DOESNT DESERVE MORE WRITING!!!
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Reviewed by Gemma from England on 2nd Mar 2006
I love this phone !!! It's much betta than my last one but that was a siemens sl55!! love the design, its stylish, love all of features (might just be because i not used to them), love inside, and everything else. from previous experiances with motorola was a bit worried about charging but it fits much better !!!! I love it !!!
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Reviewed by Bob from England on 2nd Mar 2006
the shortest review ever for this fone: it sucks
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Reviewed by eddcase03 from uk on 1st Mar 2006
Awesome looking phone!Blows the Razor v3 away!High quality build,low quality spec is the only flaw i could find with phone.Why Motorola didn t put at least a megapixel cam and more memory on it i ll never no. Will probably flop the sale of this cool little phone.This phones for you if you want a looker and not to bov d about the gads.If you want the gads go for the (Brick) Nokia N90.
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Reviewed by Samuel Berger from Australia on 28th Feb 2006
Fingerprints and poor camera! The overall feel to this phone is horrendous, I have no idea what Motorola was thiking when they brought out this monstrous peice of crappy equipment.
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Reviewed by Gg from barry on 25th Feb 2006
WWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!! IT IS GORGEOUS
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Reviewed by scott from united kingdom on 25th Feb 2006
rubbish phone.motorola ur killin ur customers
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Reviewed by Ben Dover from UK on 24th Feb 2006
In short, this phone is a piece of junk!
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Reviewed by adam from uk on 23rd Feb 2006
aload of rubbish
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Reviewed by Seymour Butz from UK on 22nd Feb 2006
What a let down. Only just got this phone a couple of days ago and I'm already fed up of it. The keypad is a magnet for fingerprints and the cheap build quality is criminal. I am back to the shop tomorrow to see if they will exchange it for the V3i, which everyone is raving about.
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Reviewed by Rick O'Shea from Ireland on 21st Feb 2006
This phone was a birthday present just two weeks ago and I have to say, it looks good. However, that's where the good stops! The rest of the phone is very poor. The build quality is one of the worst I have come across and the whole phone is very flimsy and tacky!
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Reviewed by Darren from UK on 21st Feb 2006
Listen up everyone; this phone is a piece of junk. Let's stop kidding ourselves and start being honest in our reviews. I have used this phone and it's rubbish.
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Reviewed by dan from england on 20th Feb 2006
where do i start? this phone is a good idea but not pratical. keypad is fingerprint galore after little use. open mecanism brakes and shoots open every time you touch it, cover rattles and brakes off. THEN you think it can only get better you were wrong. inside it is worse. not many functions, functions that are there dont work well, like the camera, no mega pixel camera? whats all that about? only 640*480 camera, is pointless, and photos still look worse than that! then you notice the price, £189.99 on pay as you go! DONT BUY IT, IF YOU NEED A NEW PHONE GET EITHER A SONY ERICSSON K750I FOR £179.99 OR IF YOU CAN PAY MORE GET THE SAMSUNG D600 FOR £239.99
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Reviewed by Earle from USA on 20th Feb 2006
concede that the price is high for what you get but the phone ia a solid performer and reception is excellent. if you hate the looks inside then you hate the razr too since they are the same. software is better than the razr and the phone is unique. people love to follow suit and rate low. Fact is this phone is solid as any phone out there. better if dropped than the fragile razr. How do i know? Former razr owner. this phone is much easier to handle. better looking. better reception. just better.
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Reviewed by dave from england on 19th Feb 2006
i do like this phone, but it also has alot of problems. mine likes to turn itself off every now and then which is annoying, and yes the memory is rubbish. but i dont really care about video cameras, photos, mp3 and all that - its a phone! if you want to take decent pictures, get a digi camera, if you want to listen to music get a dedicated mp3 player (just not an ipod-completely useless) so as a 'phone' it is good, very nice to look at, very nice to use
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Reviewed by LeWiZ from UK on 18th Feb 2006
Lewis you are out of your mind! This phone is the biggest piece of junk to ever hit this planet! VGA camera, no MP3 and The screen quality is the lowest of the low! Also the keypad is terrible for fingerprints. You can't compare it to the V3i. I've got a V3i and it's the best phone EVER!!! You should have waited...
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Reviewed by Gemma from UK on 17th Feb 2006
It looks great and is comfortable to hold. but that's the only good part!! It is a poor and malfunctioning phone and i wouldn't recommend it. personally i don't like motorola and i think lots of their phones are poorly made and play up.
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Reviewed by Lorraine from UK on 17th Feb 2006
The Good Bit - Looks good. The Rest - functionality is poor - the usual Motorola phonebook (which is irritating) and memory is rubbish. If you remove your sim you lose all previous calls/messages. If you just want something that looks good buy it, I'm going back to my Sony D750i
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Reviewed by Dar Nelson from USA on 17th Feb 2006
the phone is tiny. thats what i wanted. i had a RAZR and it felt like i was talking to a old motorola brick phone run over by a steam roller. flat and wi...de. this thing fits nice in the hand and connects tightly with bluetooth headsets. ask those with mp3 players how often they use them. same with video cams. no need for that. This phone is the smallest phone ive seen with bluetooth, a necessary feature. thats that. darout
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Reviewed by kris from england on 15th Feb 2006
I bought this phone and its my 5th one that ive got altogether, i only bought the phone cos it was cute about 72 quid on ebay, dropped it once it worked fine, after a week the camera was poor, not very good tunes and eventually it just wouldnt turn on i even tried charging it but still it wunt turn on! ! well if you want to waste your money and be careless not bothering about the quality then do, do but if i were you DONT buy this phone.
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Reviewed by Lewis from on 12th Feb 2006
what planet have u lot been on. these days no one really cares about looks have a stylish phone means people want to get to know u. yes the v3i is good but its not on pay as you go yet is it and the v3 i is very wide. big up to all u Motorola PEBL lovers we salute u.
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Reviewed by Bryan from UK on 6th Feb 2006
Oh dear, oh dear what can the matter be… Motorola have produced a phone that is best in the lavortory!
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Reviewed by Denis from UK on 6th Feb 2006
Motorola, you must be joking! How can you honestly call this piece of trash a phone? Where have you been for the last twelve months - obviously on a different planet? This has to be the worst excuse for a modern phone that I have ever come across. I always thought Motorola were at the forefront of technology, who prided themselves on cutting-edge designs etc. It's a shame this is not reflected in this phone!
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Reviewed by Becky from England on 5th Feb 2006
All I have to say is that this is the worst phone I have ever had! The memory and camera are rubbish, it's a nightmare to text on - slow and delayed. I was stupid enough to go by looks!
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Reviewed by Ian from UK on 5th Feb 2006
There is only one word that can describe this phone... RUBBISH! Had it for one week and will be selling it on eBay later today, under the kids toy section!!!
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Reviewed by Mike from uk on 5th Feb 2006
Oh my god I think I'm going to be sick! VGA camera, cheap opening thing, horrible, HORRIBLE keypad and the screen is so low quality! I'm taking mine back to the shop today and getting a V3i!
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Reviewed by Joe Hawker from U K on 4th Feb 2006
This is like the V3. You can't do half of the things it says you can, And the keypad sucks!
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Reviewed by Ryan from Wales on 4th Feb 2006
HAHAHA! what a pile of junk! My dad got the PEBL and I got the V3i. He was convinced that the PEBL was better just because of the tacky opening mechanism. I sure showed him. PEBL has VGA camera, no video recorder and no MP3. The V3i has everything you can think of, including a 1.23mp! Moto bring out 2 new phones. The PEBL lets them down big time but the V3i has brought moto up to a new level!
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Reviewed by More from UK on 3rd Feb 2006
I got this phone free as an upgrade. I chose the phone because of the £200 price tag thinking boy it must rock! How wrong was I. It looks and feels very cool. In fact when I hold it in my hand and flip it open its amazing. But the features suck. I cant play my aac format mp3 tunes on it. Animated wallpapers dont work. For some reason they have crippled the bluetooth on it (although this seems true for all moto phones) so I cant sync with other phones or my computer. I can send things over bluetooth but from some devices I cant recieve items and I definately cant browse other devices. My old Sony t610 could do all that and had more memory. Whats with the crazy fourth menu button as well? instead of pressing the central button to confirm choices theres a fourth button you dont notice for ages! Everytime i tried to ring or send a message I kept pressing the wrong button! Bah get any samsung phone instead they're much better.
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Reviewed by bex from UK on 1st Feb 2006
this is the worst fone ever! the flip open design is terrible and the screen resolution awful! what a waste of money?! i would never recomend this to anyone! :(
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Reviewed by george from england on 1st Feb 2006
absolutley class phone, looks great performs great so far anyway not got super high tech features but it has all a normal dude needs fun camera easy txtin and fun to open it fascinated me for weeks :) recomend it to anyone who likes style and fun technology
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Reviewed by Dean from UK on 30th Jan 2006
Can someone please remind me, is this phone known as the PEBL or the PLEB? I believe the later is more appropriate having used it for the past two days. In summary, this phone is a heap of rubbish. I can honestly say it’s the worst phone I have ever had – and I’ve had loads. The keypad is a magnet for fingerprints and the opening mechanism is about as tacky as it gets.
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Reviewed by Dawn Keebles from UK on 30th Jan 2006
Had this phone for three days and I'm absolutely gutted that I ever clapped my eyes on it. The overall finish is rubish and the menu system is so quirky I just can't seem to get to grips with it. Be warned, you should not judge a phone by its look! I did and now I'm paying the price.
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Reviewed by ben from uk on 30th Jan 2006
there's only one word to sum up this phone, WICKED
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Reviewed by Jack from UK on 28th Jan 2006
Looks nice from the outside and then when you open it you notice the flimsy opening mechanism, terrible keypad (almost like a mirror, the worst for fingerprints), and the low quality screen. VGA camera! Get with the times man! On the other hand, the Motorola V3i is the Best motorola yet! I want to upgrade to the V3i next. You got the PEBL? Bad choice. Ya should of waited for the V3i. Wish I did aswell. :(
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Reviewed by jack bumfluf from taliban on 27th Jan 2006
Pretty rubbish i bought this phone cheap off a friend and sold it 2 days later when i found at the 5meg space and no MP3 that was more than enough to send it back. They need memory cards it's annoying. So, yeah i wouldn't buy this phone unless you want to be dissapointed.
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Reviewed by ssaatiyu from canada on 27th Jan 2006
i was excited when i got this phone and then a week later i got to know the function very well and this phone is garbage... dunno y people would buy this. out of a hundred i would give this phone a 10.
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Reviewed by alex from england on 25th Jan 2006
i think this phone if a load of cow dunk i bought it 5 days ago and boured of it already it lacks many features and it very easy to get fingerprints alover it...only gud thing is it looks cool and it nice 2 hold...(much prefer my old phone 6230)
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Reviewed by Sean from uk on 24th Jan 2006
Thought this phone looked quite smart so bought it what a big mistake i made, have had 3 in 3 weeks all 3 have a tendancy to turn themselves on and off whenever they feel like it. Very unreliable phone do not buy!!!
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Reviewed by Valkyrie from England on 23rd Jan 2006
PEBL? More like PLEB! This phone is so bad I was emailing Motorola a complaint within 2 hours of receiving it. Here's a copy ..... ******* Having checked out the PEBL here on your website I was impressed enough to investigate it further and check out what reviews I could find. Not being able to find a seriously negative report I went ahead and upgraded from my trusty old Samsung. My new PEBL arrived but two hours ago! I'd heard tell of how this phone was unlike any other and it's true. The texture, shape and feel of it in my hand was unique and comforting. It is a truly beautiful phone. I slid my thumb almost languidly down the front to open the phone and ..... the phone was almost jerked out of my hand by the suddenness and force of the opening action. The look and feel of the phone are tranquil and then you are rudely brought up short with this brutal opening. I had read enough reviews to have been led to believe the action would be soft and smooth and in keeping with the whole 'ethos' of the phone. It isn't. I am severely disappointed. I then spent two hours 'playing' with my new phone. Let me correct that. I sent a text message, received one back, then spent two hours trying to figure out how to delete a received text message. I have read the handbook cover to cover and am now fully au fait with fancy things such as voice activation and instant messaging, but I still can't delete a text message! I only ever upgrade my phone when the old ones on its last legs, so sadly its a bit of an exciting event for me. Thanks to the new PLEB, today so far has been a let down.:( ******* I eventually had to phone Motorola and get idiot proof instructions on how to delete a text message! The problem is its not straight forward, there is nothing written in the User Guide and some of the function buttons aren't even labelled and explained in the diagrams. Yesterday more trauma with the PLEB as it took it into it's feeble mind to change the message alert tone 4 times and the ring tone twice. How clever, a phone with a mind of its own. My advice to anyone thinking about making this their latest purchase is: STEP AWAY FROM THE PLEB AND TRY TWO TIN CANS AND A LENGTH OF STRING!
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Reviewed by Lewis from UK on 23rd Jan 2006
This phone is a pile of rubbish. The keypad is always full of fingerprints and the way it opens is very poor. Was it made by Motorola or Fisher Price?
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Reviewed by anna from england on 22nd Jan 2006
hi its me again....yes the one with 3 pbls in 3 weeks....surprise surpise theother one went wrong too.so how many did i have?.yes 4...lol...what a pile of rubbish...don't raccomend it to anyone..sorry....
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Reviewed by Dean from UK on 22nd Jan 2006
I cannot believe that a company like Motorola who has been producing mobile phones for umpteen years could produce something as tacky as this. The entire phone is rubbish and I would steer well clear of it.
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Reviewed by Grant from UK on 22nd Jan 2006
Like many people, I could not wait for this phone to hit the high street. What an anticlimax, when I eventually got my hands on one at my local phone store, I was extremely disappointed. The build quality is shoddy and Fisher Privce must have designed opening mechanism! The whole experiance was teribble so I decided to go for the new V3i instead. What a luck escape... the V3i is everything that the PEBL isn’t!
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Reviewed by MOTO H8R from PLUTO on 22nd Jan 2006
i dont undastand wots up wid motorola. it tries to be da best fne make bi makin light,thin fnes lyk neva b4.it does a gud job 4 dat but the fne actuali is rubbish! like dis pebl...it mite luk gud bt it aint a gud fne. no otha compani does dat. dey make gud lukin fnes dat r actualli gud!but motorola....oh no...lets make the thinest fne ever...motorola v3 rzr...nd guesss wot..dis fne will luk gud bt u no wot...its gonna b useless!i just HATE MOTOROLA! I ADVISE SAMSUNG OR SONY ERICSSON.
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Reviewed by Foley from UK on 21st Jan 2006
This phone is awful. The cheap rubber exterior marks very easily with fingerprints! The display has a silly groove all the way round which will just get full of tiny bits of dust etc. I don't like the flip open action either. I currently have the V3 Wwhich is much better looking. Going to swap the PEBL for Samsung E350. I don't like the design of the phone that much that I didn't bother to put the sim card in so can't say anything about the phone's features!
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Reviewed by Adz from ENGLAND!!! on 20th Jan 2006
Hi, first of all i would like to say this phone looks nothing like a pebl! its too big and bulkey to be a size of a pebl! anyway bought this phone from carphone warehouse priced at £184.99 on orange after seeing it advertise on t.v and i really hate it, i tried to take it back but they said something about it being special edition nd some thing like that so now im stuck with a phone that i hate! thank god ive still got my good old nokia 6230 i was planning on selling it just before i got the pebl and thank godness i didnt! so i have no idea wot im gonna do with this pebl junk think i'll sell it on ebay a bit cheaper than carphone warehouse then i will have it off my hands!
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Reviewed by jordan from uk on 20th Jan 2006
this phone looks amazing from the advert, but my gosh is it rubbish, the screen is poor, bad quality and the colour is abismall, all in all a disgrace!!
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Reviewed by rhianne from england (jersey) on 19th Jan 2006
i think this phone is amazing its got a great style the design on this phone is just superbe the texture is so soft its the perfect shape the features on this phone is complicated but great i love this phone
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Reviewed by jen from england on 17th Jan 2006
What an ugly phone! It does have a clever flip up system though but its screen is too small and finger prints are so easy to get on it! I like the phones with proper outer screens- i caan't comment on the samsung e530 because there are too many reviews but i have that phone and it is amazing!
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Reviewed by Matt from Scotland on 11th Jan 2006
My friend got this phone and said it was great. I was not so impressed. Very low memory only 5000kb so u cannot take lots of videos or pictures. On the other hand smart slick design but i do not recommend it
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Reviewed by Bint from wales on 9th Jan 2006
perfect phone for me. cute design, very stylish and sexy. no mp3 player but who needs one on a phone?????!!!!! if u want an mp3 player buy one!!!! best phone ever
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Reviewed by Eamonn from UK on 2nd Jan 2006
What a terrible phone. This is a real victory of style over substance. It is unquestionably beautiful, feels great in the hand and draws admiring glances, but as a piece of equipment it is rubbish: - Very clunky software - the UI is pretty but inefficient - Texting is a real pain (and I'm not a text-maniac - if I were more text-focussed this phone would drive me insane) - Very poor bluetooth - it doesn't export many functions, and won't work with my Tom Tom navigator - Where's the memory??? It can only hold about 40 texts I got it free, and it's now being replaced with a Nokia. Motorola need to learn from Nokia or Samsung that functionality is as important as good looks.
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Reviewed by luke from england on 31st Dec 2005
my freind has this fone and i went on and i have got to say that i was not impressed at all, i thought that it would be really really good but no i was wrong and im glad that i went on my freinds becaus i was just gonna buy one myself but now im not.
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Reviewed by Besster from Ireland on 31st Dec 2005
Sweet little phone.Not feature packed but if u want a fisher prise toy lookalike loaded with gear go buy a w800i
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Reviewed by ANNA from ENGLAND on 29th Dec 2005
CUTE LITTLE PHONE...I LOVED IT!!! SOON AS I SAW IT,I SWAPPED IT FOR MY MOTOROLA RZV6....BUT I HAD TO HAVE IT...WHAT A MISTAKE...COUPLE DAYS LATER I TOOK IT BACK, THE REASON? IT KEPT SWITCHING ITSELF OFF AND ON ANYTIME I RECEIVED A TEXT MESS...IT HAD A MIND OF ITS OWN...REPLACED IT FOR ANOTHER ONE AFTER THEY TOLD ME IT WAS FAULTY...AFTER A WEEK HISTORY REPEATED ITSELF,REPORTED IT...THEY SENT ME ANOTHER ONE...WITHIN 2 WEEKS I HAD 3 MOTOROLA PBLS...STILL GOT IT AND I'M HOPING THIS WILL BE OK...ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT IT?...CUTE BUT VERY POOR SORRY!!!
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Reviewed by beki from uk on 28th Dec 2005
This phone is the best phone i have ever perchased. It has a really good camera, looks fab, and it automaticly opens, you put the front of the fone down a little bit and it flips open.The best phone i have ever had!!! I advise people to by it
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Reviewed by Mark from Liverpool, uk on 25th Dec 2005
Why do Motorola insist on making top quality looking/feeling phones with the worst firmware and features ever? This phone has about 4 megs of memory, can't fit ANYTHING on there! MP3's are really loud and clear but there's no dedicated player and they must be recoded to like 32kb/s and a low sampling rate just to fit 3 songs on the phone! My main complaint though, and the reason i'm sending this phone back, is because of the texting!! I can write a message, and when i'm finished i have to wait for the phone to catch up. I text fast, and i expect the latest mobile phones to be able to keep up with me! Wouldn't really recomment this phone to anyone. Also the sound quality on calls is pretty low, find people are saying "sorry? Say that again!" when i'm talking to them!
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Reviewed by John Sweet from UK on 23rd Dec 2005
Just went to look at this and very very dissapointed. Usual Motorola (lack) memory. 5meg !!! Whats that all about!?
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Reviewed by David from UK on 22nd Dec 2005
I changed from Nokias for many years to Motorola (V3) a year ago and it took a bit of getting used to. Just upgraded to the V6 Pebl and it's great. Granted there are phones on the market that have oodles more features but I only use it to make calls and text. The memory isn't huge so you'll need to delete messages when you have 40 or so but that's not the end of the world. It feels and looks like a stylish phone. It's MUCH better than I thought it would be and smaller too. No regrets yet!
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Reviewed by steph from england on 18th Dec 2005
RUBBISH! i got this phone for free and im so glad i did coz i would not of wanted 2 waste all tht money! theres no video no memory blurry pictures and no mp3 ect. just like a phone where u pay loads n loose it all. i DONT RECCOMEND IT!!
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Reviewed by tracey from liverpool,uk on 14th Dec 2005
just upgraded to the pebl from a sony ericsson k700i and i am already planning on sending the pebl back. ill try give best review i can, its stunning to look at it feels super smooth and the new opening feature is pretty swanky. but iam a 25 year old girl who needs a little more from my phone. the main drawbacks are lack of memory for photos and tunes, which are the main reason some of you may buy the latest phones. if it is please dont get this phone hoping you might get use to it,like i did. it dont work its a real pain, espically if you had ericsson phone with more than 5 times more memory. the pebl i guess would be ideal for a man as the keypad is flat like the razor and if you have long nails like me its quite easy to press the wrong buttons ALL THE TIME, men may not have same problems. also i dont think this phone is as user friendly as the samsung or nokia's that are around. menus and features are very basic and nothing you'd expect from a NEW modern phone. The camera is top quality though, colours bright and sharp. Although i could only save a handful as not much memory at all. I'd love to say this phone is perfect in every way because motorola have got the styling spot on, the look, the feel and photo quality is pure class. but it wouldn't be recommend to any of my friends... sorry to let you down people.
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Reviewed by Kieran from U.K on 11th Dec 2005
This little phone is so cool i love the little button at the side that makes it pop up ! ;)Motorola how do u jam pack all the features into phones this size?!
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Reviewed by Vicki from England on 4th Dec 2005
I've just got one - it's amazing to look at and hold! The lack of features doesn't worry me because it has everything i need and it's so much better than my old phone - the nokia 3200. I recommend the beautiful pebl!
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Reviewed by Jorge from U.K. on 30th Nov 2005
Love the voice command feature.its great that all the numbers don't have to be stored on the phone and that you don't have to record a seperate message for each entry.Just hurry up and get some downloads on line
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Reviewed by mike from uk on 12th Nov 2005
emm no memory card no video no mega pixel no mp3 its like a v3 u pay all that money for a phone and in about 9 to 12 months it's history some thing like 600 pounds gone all the way down to 100 pounds like the v3 only been out for 13 months that cost 560 pounds now its 130 pounds waste it's like it with all phones really here today gone tomowow
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Reviewed by Lissa from UK on 12th Nov 2005
WHY OH WHY do the Motorola phones have such small memory?!?! They are wonderful phones - fantastic features and easy to use as well as being totally gorgeous. However, they are all around 5MB memories. I mean I have the Samsung D500 and that has 80MB!! At least the Motorolas should have a memory card. Some phones nowadays even have up to about 2GB which is outrageous. 5MB is pathetic in comparison and I just wish Motorola would improve it! Pleeeeeeeeease!!!
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Reviewed by Tomo from England on 19th Oct 2005
As usual with motorola they always make their handsets look out of this world, but features wise could be improved, on the plus side a great phone despite the lack of features
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Reviewed by Zack from England on 17th Oct 2005
Brilliant Phone A+++++
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