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Panasonic GD87 review

 Review: August 2003  
 

Last updated July 2005

Rating: 1 star

In a nutshell: A colour phone with an integrated digital camera.



 

Review

The GD87 is Panasonic's first digital camera mobile phone. The camera has 4 modes (Full Colour, Black and White, Sepia and Negative), a digital zoom, Night Shot Mode and a framing function. Pictures can be saved as screensavers or sent via MMS. A nice feature (missing on some other camera phones) is that you can attach a picture to an entry in your phone book, so that person's picture appears when they call you. Neat.

The Panasonic GD87 has an excellent display with 65,000 colours, ideal for use with the camera. The display is TFT and is therefore of high quality. The GD87 also features a small external display, which displays details such as the caller's identity.

The main feature that lets down the GD87 is the poor quality of the camera - just 0.1 megapixels. This is understandable in an early camera phone, but there are now so many better camera phones on the market, it's not really worth considering. It is also an unreliable phone.


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I have approx. 20 camera pictures stored in this phone and would like to print them.

Asked by curly from uk on 27th Nov 2016
Aged phone obviously battery spent cant get replacement just want to retrieve some priceless sentimental pictures hopefully get a data lead of some kind and send them possibly to my laptop.



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Reviewed by billybob femi from moo moo land on 6th Dec 2015
This was a good phone me. I was given it second hand.
you could do selfies, which was rare.
the battery was rubbish and had to be charged every day and total call time from full battery was about 30minute eventually.
i would love to get the photos i have on there off.
any ideas people
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Reviewed by Adam from Uk on 5th Aug 2015
Loved this phone. It now has a cracked screen and I have no idea on where's the best place to take to get repaired. Any ideas?
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Reviewed by tracey from UK on 8th May 2010
I've had My Panasonic since September 2003. It was my second mobile & it's still going as well as the first time I used it. I can still get batteries for it in my local market,so it's staying with me 'til I can find another phone that suits me.I'ts still 'alive & kicking' after over 70,000 miles of my travels up and down the country visiting family & friends. So I expect it'll outlive some of these others that are on sale now.Well done you guys!!
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Reviewed by Thara from UK on 14th Dec 2008
I hate my phone bcos cannot download any games
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Reviewed by a from UK on 21st Jul 2007
i like it very much for an old phone
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Reviewed by Mairead from UK on 8th Jul 2007
I had this phone for 2 years! Recently i was reading my messages and it switched off on me! It wont turn back on now and before it broke, it occasionally switched off when flipped down too fast! Also it has poor battery life, only lasts about one day! And it is very big and there are no good features on it! All it has is the basic MMS, SMS, e-mail. colour screen, camera and Infrared! It does not have videos, MP3's or Bluettoth! It is quite a good phone though for people who will just use it for calls, messages and a few camera pics! Overall it is an OK phone!
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Reviewed by Grimmy from UK on 24th Jun 2007
Early version - pre A22 software had a bug whereby when the message tore is full, the phone could fail to boot up. The switching off problem was related to Orange enabling thier 3G network! The GD87 and X70 did not know how to handle the 3G Nbr system messages , and assumed a software error, a number of errors later, it would decide to reset itself to cure the problem! Shame, but Orange didn't really want to help panasonic fix the problem as they would have looked bad having not tested the handset in the new network configuration.
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Reviewed by Scatman from UK on 15th Jun 2007
The GD87 from Panasonic, was the best of the 2 camera-phone Pioneers. Early versions of software - pre A22 had a problem whereby if the datastore was full, it could overwrite the bootcode and when you turn on, gives Sim Error. The main problem with the Orange version, was that in late 2003 Orange began enabling 3G basestations. The identity of these sites were passed to the GD87 in the System Information messages from the GSM network. GD87 had been designed before the outline for these info messages had been released, and handled them as 'errors' A number of 'errors' causes the phone to reset its software to try and rectify the situation. The X70 also used the base code block from GD87 and suffered accordingly. Tough on panasonic, as these were pretty good products otherwise, and an example for software coders on how NOT to handle unknown software messages!! An ex-Panasonic Mobile employee.
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Reviewed by paul from UK on 23rd May 2007
its ok
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Reviewed by chety from UK on 6th Mar 2007
i haw a panasonic gd87 and it works very good.i have it at least 1 year and i will not change it whit some ather phone.
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Reviewed by Claire from UK on 5th Feb 2007
I have been using this phone for 4 years now, and that's a long time for a mobile phone. It's a very good phone,both in terms of reliability and in terms of looks and ease of use. I have changed the battery about 3 times now I think, but that's a standard in every phone I believe. It is only of late that it switched itself off a couple of times, but given the amount of bumps & falls it recieved in the last years, I won't complain.
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Reviewed by Ashlee from UK on 28th Jan 2007
i have had many phones, at the moment i have one of the most advanced phones. But i still loved my panasonic gd87!.. i want to buy one again but at quite a cheap price. I love the ringtones on the gd87 but i cant download them anywhere. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Reviewed by snyper530 from UK on 27th Jan 2007
the GD87 is good but how do u send MMS messages it dusnt work on mine snyper xxx
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Reviewed by Chris from UK on 2nd Aug 2005
I bought this phone second hand from a dealer a year ago. The screen quality is fantastic, I have never seen one that comes close to it since. It is very easy to use and takes great pictures. This is where I encountered my first problem, getingthe pictures onto my PC was impossible , the infra red would send to other phones but not to my PC and the data cable doesnt work due to a software fault. I decided I could live with these problems but then it started crashing all the time and nowit wont even turn on longer than 5 seconds. All in alll it could of been a great camera phone but let me down by being very unreliable.
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Reviewed by franki from UK on 26th Jun 2005
I have had this fone 2 years and dropped it about a million times and it still works fine. The camera is great and never blurs. You can store 200 texts and if it ses SIM ERROR then its come loose or somethin. After a year or so the battery needs to be charged every 3 days but all fones are the same.You can store loads of pics of good quality (200) and 800 numbers. This is a great fone one of the 1st camera fones and just because its been out a while its still better than some of the new fones. It has never failed me!
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Reviewed by R-J Woods from UK on 23rd Jan 2005
This phone is ideal for the average workman, it has all the features a workman could ever need however would be much improved with bluetooth technology. The screen reolution is fanatastic and the camera is amazing in sunlight and ok in white light or spot light. However only satisfactory in cream or artificial light. It has excecelent function and the weight is satisfactory, however the size could of been slightly reduced during design. Also for the starting price this phone was very expensive but does the job and all the functions work to a standard of quality. I would recomend this phone to anyone working in a work area where interaction is comman and a lot of fun is present i.e a quarry or mecahnics workshop?
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Reviewed by Ana from UK on 26th Aug 2004
On monday I'll have had the phone for just about a 1 year and it is a good little phone had no problems withit so far except taht i can't download ringtones or pictures or anything for it or it sends a delete message that is sort of the only downfall and my inbox isn't very big s i can't store a lot of messages and the ringtones aren't really that great but besides that it is a good little phone you may difenitly buy one for your self
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Reviewed by Richard Smart from UK on 21st Aug 2004
Excellent features, such as camera, 65k colour screen, etc, but unreliable. Mine cuts out in the middle of calls, even when the reception shows 5 bars. Can't find a data cable for it either. Panasonic needs to work on the basics of why people want to use a phone.
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Reviewed by Rob from UK on 17th Aug 2004
At first I was having loads of problems with this phone. Sometimes it would just freeze or turn itself off when I wasn't doing anything. The shop didn't want to know anything about it, because I'd missed the 30 day return period, but I persisted and eventually they sent it off for repair (some kind of software upgrade I think) and now it is much better. When it works properly the phone is great. The camera is excellent and there are lots of other good features too. Battery life is fine. If the phone had worked properly from the start I would have given it 5 stars, but as it is, it only deserves an average rating.
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Reviewed by mark from uk on 15th Jul 2004
Hi, finally panasonic have sorted out the problem with the gd87! (11 months later!!) the phone continually locks up and switches its self off regularly!! after my fourth handset replacement orange told me to take the phone to (selected) orange store for a "flash update" whatever that means! apparantly they re-programme something!!! Having had my phone done two days ago the problem is cured !!! Yipeee!! shame my contracts up next month and i`m gonna change it!!!!
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Reviewed by Aj from England on 11th Jul 2004
i have had the phone 2 days and it alreday cuts out, although the ne has excellent features eg. camera i think panasonic need to think twice about making another phone like this!!!
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Reviewed by pete from uk on 10th Jul 2004
the phone its self is fantasic how ever i cant seem to get the package for the data cable i got easy gprs with it but its is no good can any on email me with the name of the package for photos and ringtone please at pey.chizzy@blueyonder.co.uk cheers
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Reviewed by mickey from england on 21st Jun 2004
this fone is amazing its camera is class and luk wen it came out in those days cameras were plain so this fone is sumthing special now go and buy it!!!
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Reviewed by David Bushell from UK on 11th May 2004
The best mobile I've owned for 2 main reasons; super clear reception (far better than the T610 I couldn't live with and had to give back) and a very good quality camera. Most current mobile cameras are almost useless, not so with the Panasonic, I've had it over 12 months & still haven't seen a better one. For its generation I have to give it 5 stars.
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Reviewed by N from UK on 10th May 2004
Without doubt the worst phone I've ever owned. I'll be returning to Nokia or Sony as soon as my contract is up. Once it starts turning itself off, and you get the repeated SIM ERROR message that's it. The phone's OS is evidently too much content, a nod in the right direction at style and no thoughts whatsoever about the practical nature of using a phone or how overworked the processor is. Excuses by manufacturers / networks / shops / engineers / programmers that phones do crash are unacceptable, as are repeated and frequent crashes on a PC (which is why I use a Mac) and won't be using a panasonic any more just don't bother buying it it's a waste of money.
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Reviewed by James from UK on 26th Apr 2004
I can only store ten items in the SMS - Pathetic. Also why are there no games available for this phone?? The infrared is the life saver, downloading pictures, and texting is easier to use, but the number section doesnt always work, and the camera is brilliant, but the ring tones that come as standard are rubbish as well as the wallpaper (Panasonic take note - women are not going to be the only customers, so get rid of those pathetic flowers. However the memory needs more space, as you cant save much stuff. I have to say its rather poor quality, and Panasonic will not get my custom ever again. Panasonic - I hope you are reading this, when are you going to actually compete against the other manufacturers, instead of dragging behind. Evan the first Nokia is better and thats saying a lot.
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Reviewed by mick mardlin from england on 17th Apr 2004
could anybody tell me the way two get the key pad lock of thanks
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Reviewed by robbie williams tm from england on 17th Apr 2004
There is a huge overeaction apparent on this page about the panasonic gd87. 1,It is slow writing text. 2, It does not have stunning battery life.3, it does not hold many sms messages. BUT It is a stunning product which incorporates good looks with above adverage fuctionality. 1, The photographs are excellent. 2, The battery is ok as long as you top up every couple of days. 3. The text does have that dictionary thing and various features to increase speed. 4. Everyone I know who has seen mine is envious( nokia users) I bought mine on EBay and have had it two weeks, I have always had Nokias and they are not without faults believe me. The Panasonic is not a Nokia and therefore a different beast to master, but I have not read the manual and can use all its functions now with ease. Ignore the negative on this site and ask yourself the following question. Why have the people on here purchased a GD87 if the phone they had was so perfect... All mobiles are a compromise to some extent. This is an excellent phone .
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Reviewed by Scarlett Mummery from England on 16th Apr 2004
THIS PHONE IS THE BIZ THE PEOPLE WHO SEEM TO BE HAVING THE PROBLEM WITH IT ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WITH ORANGE !!! THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOANING WITH THE PROBLEM ABOUT THE PHONE SWITCHING OFF JUST HAVENT SPENT ENOUGH TIME WORKING THE PHONE OUT. THE ONLY BAD THING ABOUT THE PHONE IS THE 1 GAME BUT I CAN LIVE WITH THAT BUT OTHER WISE IT IS THE BEST PHONE EVER SO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOANING ARE MAKING A BIG ISUE OUT OF NOTHIN FROM SCARLETT
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Reviewed by me from england on 16th Apr 2004
have just purchased this fone and am waiting for it to arrive at the present.All the reviews on this fone just state the plain obviouse things that goes wrong with every fone.My old fone a nokia was shocking u have to dial a special num,ber to get txts to come through.The more i read about the panasonic the more i cant wait to get it.It seems to have the best qualities on it and the neatest things to play with.I canrt wait to get this fone, it sounds outstanding!!!!
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Reviewed by Alessio from Italy on 15th Apr 2004
this is a outstanding telephone.i many like this telephone, thanks.........W panasonic gd 87. would you like the panasonic gd 87?
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Reviewed by mavericke from United Kingdom on 9th Apr 2004
I've had had this phone for 1 1/2 years and what can I say about it? It is a fantastic phone. IT had served me well. There was absolutely no problem in it after a few 'tweakings' and 'upgradings' to firmware version A55. The phone is as solid as a rock! Way to go Panasonic!Keep up the good work!
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Reviewed by Katherine from England on 29th Mar 2004
Both my Mum and I have this phone and we've had nothing but trouble! It costs a bomb and hardly works now! It turns itself off at least seven times a day, and it takes at least five attempts to send an SMS because it keeps crashing. Sent my phone back to Panasonic and they updated the software which has done absolutely nothing to solve the problem. The Panasonic Consumer Hotline is a complete joke, I was on the phone at least a quarter of an hour and couldn't get through to them at all. I'm desperately trying to find a way of getting our money back now! :(
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Reviewed by Timbo from UK on 29th Mar 2004
Was an excellent phone when I first got it used to do my head in regards i used have a nokia and when typing a text you could hit the hangup key and it would save what you had already typed so you could go back to it and carry on. everything else was spot on with the phone camera is a great assett enabling me to rember what i had done the night before. But now I find that when the phone is just sat there not being used it restarts, when I am starting to make a call it restarts when typing and sending texts it restarts. Then once it has restarted if I continue trying to make a call upon it coming back online full reception it can restart 5-6 times in a row or take 10 mins to connect just leave it there on handsfree with number flashing on the screen then after then ten mins you get the calling tone. wap is very unreliable. called orange and panasonic need to get the software flashed for updates only 6 places in the uk do it, all in london bristol or manchester closest bei ng bristol 200 miles away ish.
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Reviewed by Hadi from England-Persia on 26th Mar 2004
I have been using thsi mobile phone for 9months and I think it eccellent
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Reviewed by jamma dee from united kingdom on 22nd Mar 2004
hwo comes on here either u love it alot or h8 it alot, dont u think it could b because of different versions on software etc. ive ordered mine and its coming through in 6 days dont disappoint me.
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Reviewed by pete from uk on 19th Mar 2004
My Gd87 started off as a brilliant 'phone - easy to use -good pic's which you could send to your computer (not by e-mail 'cos I couldn't sort that out even with the so called help at Orange). Then I crunched the screen (actually I did that shortly after getting the thing but it was only minor and the 'phone still worked o.k). A friend suggested buying a used 'phone and swapping over the screen 'cos they cost an arm and both legs to replace - so - I started looking around on the internet and quite by accident found this site.........that was the kiss of death.........a previously good 'phone immediately degenerated in to a worthless heap of scrap which wouldn't make or receive calls (either left them hanging or rejected them) and also rejected any form of text or MMS. I've now had to contact Orange and pay for a replacement, so my feelings about the GD87 are a bit mixed - in saying that 2 friends have the same 'phone and haven't had any problems what-so-ever - just have to make sure they don't log on to this site and attract the mobie gremlins...!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Gaz from Northern Ireland on 14th Mar 2004
Love this phone, great screen, and good camera, battery life may be a little short, but apart from that, its great!! Lots of unlucky people out there, but mine is great. Mine holds 200 messages, and never switches itself off. :)
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Reviewed by Andrew M from N.Ireland on 13th Mar 2004
A few bad points about the phone. Only 1 game, and you can only download 1 more and if you want to change it it overrides the first download. You can only picture message with a similar Vodaphone live handset.Useless to try and even download ringtones. Only saving grace is the excellent camera.
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Reviewed by Avon Palmer from UK on 12th Mar 2004
Hello again, I forgot to mention in my last review that to connect to the p*sspoor Panasonic software to the phone you have to buy a lead even if you have an infrared port. Unlike nokias for the last ten years there is no way to connect via infrared! Hurrah another triumph! Anyway I'm back to add that six months into my contract mine has now started shutting off halfway through sending texts. Panasonic have made a lifelong enemy. Tell them I'm coming!
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Reviewed by john from uk on 11th Mar 2004
HAVING READ ALOT OF THE REVIEWS IT SEEMS THE MAJORITY AND MYSELF AGREE THIS PHONE IS NOT THAT GOOD ,WHAT HAS NOT BEEN MENTIONED IS THE VOLUME FOR THE RING TONES IS VERY POOR AND I HAVE MISSED NUMEROUS CALLS WHERE I HAVE NOT HEARD IT RING WHERE AS SOMETIMES NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO HEAR AS ITS TURNED ITSELF OFF. HAVE JUST SENT BACK PHONE TO PANASONIC FOR NEW SOFTWARE TO B INSTALLED WAITING FOR IT TO COME BACK
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Reviewed by liamdaly from England on 10th Mar 2004
Hi i can not say this mobile is good or poor because iv not had this mobile but iv give it 2 stars anyway ok am just writing a review because i have read some of these poor reviews about this phone haveing some error's on it and i would like to help you people who do not like this mobile and think its vary poor ok i had a panasonic GD67 and that had some error's on it and listen hear i sent it back to panasonic and they only could send me a second hand one back so i agreed with them and then i got it then i had it for about 5 weeks and then gusse what!! i got the same error's on it like before so all i can say panasonic mobile's must not be vary good as if you think about it i bet they all have error's on it so dont send your mobile off to panasonic go to the mobile shop where you broght it from and if its still on warntey then get your money back and beleave me get the Sagem MYX-6 or the Sagem MYV-65 iv got 2 of them mobile's and the colour on both of them are so great and i v never had any error's on it and people whos got the sagem iv never been told they have had any error's on it ok the Sagem MYV-65 is a bit better then the Sagem MYX-6 becasue its got better colour and its got java games and the Sagem MYX-6 has not got java games but colour still great on that one and its only got 2.3 Mbyte memory and the Sagem MYV-65 has got 4 Mbyte memory much biger space ok its up to you now i hope i helped you liam.
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Reviewed by George Spiggot from UK on 7th Mar 2004
Just noticed my GD87 playing up and rebooting. At first I thought it was just a network problem, but have found that it reboots when send text messages and the message is deleted. I worked out how to get round it by saving the mail prior to sending it so if your phone reboot while sending, you can at least resend it without have to write it all out again. It an okay phone, but I get the impression that most phones aren't built to last more that 12 months anyway.
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Reviewed by IAN from NOTTINGHAMSHIRE on 2nd Mar 2004
I'VE HAD THIS PHONE FOR 9 MONTHS AND I'VE NEVER HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH IT THE COLOUR SCREEN ON IT IS FANTASTIC I WOULD HAVE ANOTHER ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Dave from Basildon UK on 27th Feb 2004
I have had the phone for eleven months and just started to have problems with it.. The same as most people , slow txt , freezing up , battery , restarting . a soft ware problem i am told. so now i am given panasonics phone number ( thats a joke in its self ) after a month of these problems , i try to phone them ,, you know the story ring ring ring ... got a lovely temper ,, just like John Lydon on ''im a celeb''. I through the phone on the ground , the screen shattered , now only see the top bit , so thats no good now .. went to '' car phone warehouse '' and got a nice NOKIA 3510i . Which works first time every time.. Panasonic '' stick it up your ... '' fed up owner... Dave from Basildon Essex..
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Reviewed by Carla from England on 23rd Feb 2004
OH MY G------DDDDDD....I HATE THIS PHONE...!!!!!!! This is the biggest piece of c!!p I have ever bought. Please can someone tell me what to do.... I have experienced all the same problems everyone else has - it switches itself off when it feels like it, messages take ages to get through (has already ruined my love life!), barely any reception, says 'emergency calls only', calls freeze when you try to make them. I have called up Orange a zillion times who told me its a fault with the phone and to phone up Panasonic. I tried ringing them, but they were constantly engaged (no doubt because all their customers were trying to call them), eventually got through to another department who told me that they would leave a message. When someone did call me back, they said it was testing that Orange were doing on the phone and that basically it needed new software to update it. They have now sent me a bag to send my phone back, but whos responsibility is it here....Orange, Panasonic or Phones 4 U (that don't work and want to throw off a cliff). Surely if I've bought something that doesn't work then they need to give me a new phone....!! I can't wait until my contract ends in 6 months time.....Someone give me advice please coz I feel like crying coz I'm so frustrated!!!
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Reviewed by Cassie from England on 21st Feb 2004
The most worse phone ever had only had it 5 months already on second phone and going for my third. Can't do anything on the phone not even make a phone call or send a text without it freezing and restarting it's self at least three times and that's on a good day it even turns off when trying to answer a call (really helpful). On top of that orange say there is no fault with the phone it's ok the software is suppose to do that from time to time but about 10 times a day what do you think? So now having problems getting replacement phone it's far more trouble than it's worth avoid at all costs!!
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Reviewed by Sol from U.K. on 20th Feb 2004
This phone whups bottom. i have had it for 8 months and it never even once have i had one problem and you are all moaners for complainin' about things that don't even happen. i luv it because it has the best camera on the market, looks fantastic and has the best menu interface i have ever used. the camera even has different modes to change the style of a photo which is really cool. EVERYBODY, dont listen to the people who are crying about non-existant problems, get this phone, it is great!
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Reviewed by john burton from england on 20th Feb 2004
Well i am having a problem of where it shuts off but i rang orange now everyone READ THIS!!: AFTER EVERY PHONE CALL THE PHONE HAS TO DO A STANDARD RE-BOOT OTHERWISE IT WOUDL FREEZE ALLTOGETHER AND NOT WORK AT ALL AND YOU WOULD HAVE TO TAKE BATTERY OUT ITS VERY VERY NORMAL IN PHONES AND DO NOT WORRY ; )
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Reviewed by Greg from England on 16th Feb 2004
This is the worst phone I've ever owned, it's absoloutly horrendous. Why? Because it doesn't even make a phone call without crashing (normally works 2nd or maybe 3rd, on a bad day 4th, you have to wait for it to restart and refind the network after every failed attempt). It wont send or recieve a txt without crashing. I had always assossiated Panasonic with quality electrical products, this one is dreadfull! I've contacted Panasonic, only to find that they've totally ignored my emails. I'm a professional who relies on my phone, I now have to go and buy one that works, maybe I can get a cheap old Nokia that'll actually make calls and texts. The camera works, but my digital camera takes better photo's and for the communication abilities of the phone, I'm better off carrying the camera around and chucking this waste of space phone in the bin. BTW disabling power off time doesn't make any difference.
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Reviewed by Avon Palmer from UK on 3rd Feb 2004
All the good reviews seem to be from kids who think it looks nice. For the business user this phone sucks. Having always used Nokia I assumed all phone software was written by programmers rather than the infinite collection of monkeys responsible for this rubbish. Firstly I didn't realise how fiddly it can be to have the IRDA port on the top of the phone so you have to half open the phone to collect. Secondly the fax in the phone only supports class 1, not 2 or 2.0, so I cant use it with my palm pilot. Even though my old nokia 7110,6210 and 8210 supported it along with most decent phones. Thirdly how anyone can describe the Panasonic software as good is beyond me, I bought a data lead to transfer the pictures off the phone, but once connected you find out that you have to individually copy and paste each photo into the received folder because the software cant access the unchangeable photos folder! Genius! I goes on and on but in summary the hardware looks nice enough and feels sturdy, but the software is written by a team of simpletons and I would never buy another panasonic phone because of it.
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Reviewed by lauren from uk on 3rd Feb 2004
nothing but problems from the moment i got it, turns itself off, txt is awful, only good thing bout it i thought the picture quality was clear and not that far off the new samsung e700 but that phone is awful to work as well if you thought the texting is bad on the gd87 have fun on the e700. unfortunly i have 6 months left till i can get a good phone like the sony ericsson t610.
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Reviewed by saj from yors on 29th Jan 2004
dis is the best phone eva!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its got so many functions and the camra is brill!!!!!! and u can take ure own pic aswell and it also got a massive screen wich makes the camra beta!!!!!!!!! u need this phone!
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Reviewed by ELLOOOO!!!! from your country: on 27th Jan 2004
a phone is a phone ppl.....n the gd87 has all a phone needs plus more. if some of u sad ppl are going to moan about not enough memory space for messages the just do what i do....DELETE THEM!!! but seriously, if you are thinking of buying this phone the go get it.i was concerned after reading many ppl's views on here...but have had ZERO problems with it so far. The camera is one of the best i have seen.And if the noise bugs you then you simply need to get a life! i give this phone 4 out of 5 as it has a nice colour screen and a great camera....as well as being a phone i guess!
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Reviewed by Rach from UK on 25th Jan 2004
This phone is absolutely awful!! Had 5 replacements so far- all decide to switch themselves off randomly and take HOURS for text messages to be sent/recieved- don't even bother with MMS or WAP unless you've got 2 hours to spend trying to get it working!! Service provider (orange) are also rubbish- Vodafone are miles better! AVOID THIS PHONE AT ALL COSTS!!!
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Reviewed by paul from england on 25th Jan 2004
this phone is good, but to every1 that is having troulble with the phone going off and on it is easy to solve,,, go on to the menu then to aplications and then it says power off time, select it the disable, thanx paul
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Reviewed by IAN from ENGLAND on 24th Jan 2004
I have had no problems with my phone. The only non use of them phone was on the Isle of Man which does not have Orange, only Nokia and Manx GSM pronto which is extremely bad!!
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Reviewed by Ell from England on 22nd Jan 2004
good phone, but its dating very quickly, great camera and stuff. worst thing is that you carn't get rid of the stupid shutter sound it makes when you take a picture. which is very very anoying. it is very easy to scratch and damage with poor builld quality. apart from that good phone.
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Reviewed by Rob D from UK on 16th Jan 2004
After 11 months of ownership of my GD87 I have had enough grief with this thing. Initially I first thought the phone was very good I owned mostly Nokia's before this so it was a nice change, however storage of 10 messages was a pain but I could live with it. Camera is good but not as good as the Samsung's flip phone. But like other people on here I was having problems phoning other numbers, the screen would display calling but nothing was happening, this was so annoying that I'm surprised I managed to retain my anger and kept the phone intact! Contacted Orange my provider who sent a SIM update but no luck. So it got sent back to Panasonic for a software update but the problem still existed, again back it went to Panasonic who this time changed the main PCB. However still not joy but at least you could store unlimited messages presumibly from the software update. Would be intersting to find out which providers people are using that are suffering from this problem. Changing to a T610 next week.
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Reviewed by disgruntled from UK on 16th Jan 2004
This is the worst phone I have owned for a long time. The photos are great, but the phone's battery life is horrible and the phone cuts off unexpectedly all the time. In addition, the flip feature does not answer or hang up calls, which can be very annoying. If you're looking for a phone, keep looking.
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Reviewed by warren G from lbc on 16th Jan 2004
dis iz d best fone ive eva had, its got sum G styles init, chek ma g files, i do it lbc syles. gangsta fone!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Laura from UK on 15th Jan 2004
I can appreciate that some people have had problems with this phone but I do think it is really good. The piccies r great and did u know u could record conversations!!!! However recently I have experienced problems whereby the phone just goes off and then back on again. It happens at least 6 -10 times a day and is getting annoying. I am convinced the GD87 has some kind of bug/fault (whatever you want to call it).I have 3 friends with the same phone and we r all experiencing the same problem. Just thought this may be helpful :)
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Reviewed by Pussnip from UK on 9th Jan 2004
I have to agree with many people on here, this is definitely the worst phone I have ever had the misfortune to own. I have had problems with accessing Vodafone Live since day 1, in fact, it took 5 months for it to work (alto that's prob. V'fone to blame for that, worst network I have been on, come back O2) Compiling text messages are a nightmare as it cannot keep up with the speed in which I write them and I am constantly having to go back to correct the text, come back Nokia all is forgiven!, the battery life is very poor, when I flip it open more often than not it turns itself off and the picture quality on the camera facility is poor and you cannot buy a hands free car kit specifically designed for it. Just can't wait until my yearly contract is up in April then I can kiss it GOODBYE!
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Reviewed by STELIOS from GREECE on 31st Dec 2003
IT IS ONE OF THE BEST PHONES BUT IT COULD BE EVEN BETTER IF IT HAD THE QUOLITY IN PICTURES THAT GX20 HAS.ALSO IT SHOULD HAVE VIDEO AND JAVA GAMES.APART FROM TOSE 3 NEGATIVES THE PHONE IS TOP
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Reviewed by yhujgy from uk on 25th Dec 2003
i aint got dis fone. my sis has. its ok. only 1 game tho!! the camera makes u luk fat and wide ! specially from ur cheeks!
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Reviewed by Alan from UK on 23rd Dec 2003
I have a GD87, and I'm impressed with many aspects of it. Minor irritants; need pics in the recieved folder to transfer them to PC, lack of outlook sync, but i've got the import/export thing off to a fine art now. I noticed some complaints about switching off when recieving a call. accessing wap etc. I've spoken to a neighbour who is in the industry and he tells me that there have been a number of network changes on Orange and Vodafone that are causing handsets to crash (not just panasonic), apparantly its to do with 3G cells and new software on the GPRS. Mine started crashing regularly at work, but not at home, and apparantly its down to the bracnh of the betwork that I'm on. My network - vodafone, said not, Anway, guess what. suddenly its stopped.
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Reviewed by charlotte from uk on 23rd Dec 2003
very nice!! i wish everyone could be as good and nice as it. also i think its screen is the best and it has that look that just makes it perfect!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by David from UK on 18th Dec 2003
I agree totally with Colette (12th Nov03 Review) - The phone is well overated - battery life is very poor. Saving phone number/s is cumbersome and very fiddly. Menu selection is adequate but long winded to get to the most used functions. Camera and picture quality is very good - but be honest...how many people are actually using it! If you use the games function a lot - using the GD87 - you won't be playing long as the battery will give up before you do - also the majority of the games require additional items that have to be downlaoded by sms in order to play a decent games - In my view - one of the worst phones on the market...
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Reviewed by Lynn Joyce from UK on 16th Dec 2003
This is the WORST phone I have ever used. The general reception is poor, the battery cannot make its mind up if it has any life or not, it goes red and if you remove the battery all together it then has half life again! It is not worth a quarter of what I paid for it. My daughter also has this phone and has experience even worse problems. Text messages take HOURS to get through and only then when she uses the phone for something else.
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Reviewed by javind from uk on 9th Dec 2003
it's a top phone.please buy one for me can't afford to buy one. Help me please.
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Reviewed by Mike from England on 7th Dec 2003
Hey all. I've had the GD87 for about 6months, and its been a pretty good phone, the pictures are good (if a little small) and its very simple to use. The only problem i have had is the small amount of sms messages able to be stored (the women in the store had the same phone, she said there was a way to make it bigger, as she had done it, but couldn't remember how, anyone know, get in contact) The second thing i dislike is the 'camera sound' it makes a silly sound like a film is being moved on, its silly, does anyone know how to turn it off? i've tried everything. If you wanna contact me, or know how to solve either of the 2 proplms i haev, email me on michael__mike@hotmail.com (note the 2(two) underscores in the email. thanks) Cheers, Mike.
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Reviewed by ARJ from UK on 4th Dec 2003
this fone is quality , u cant beat the image quality and best of all u can download free ringtones as it plays midi files!! fantastic stuff well done panasonic
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Reviewed by Quaz from United Kingdom on 1st Dec 2003
EXCELLENT THATS ALL I CAN SAY
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Reviewed by q from q on 1st Dec 2003
the best
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Reviewed by nick from poland on 29th Nov 2003
my very first mobile was a panasonic, eb-gd520, but it was long ago and i was very pleased with it as everyone had recommended either ericsson or the ubiquitous nokia. i took my chances and chose panasonic. and i converted immmediately to panasonic mobiles. later, i replaced it with the excellent gd93. a superb mobile which i still use as a secondary phone. naturally, when it came time for a camera mobile, i jumped at the chance to have the panasonic. and i did...last year i got the gd87 and i have been using it for a year now. i have read the comments posted here and i have a few things to say: 1) battery life is of course dependent of what you do and how much fiddling around you do with the mobile. if you just make calls and answer calls that last a few minutes a few times a day, the battery is sufficient to last half of a week. if you are texting/sms'ing and mms'ing and gprs'ing and showing off the photo album, you are using the battery! and if you switch off the mobile on and off throughout the day, you are again using more battery 'juice' 2) i have not had any software problems...last time i checked, there is no 'windows' 'microsoft' evil here...! sure, at times the mobile has frozen, but not enough to make me upset. maybe not even five times has it 'frozen'. i really don't understand what is meant by those who state that their gd87 has 'frozen' 3) the picture quality is by far the best i have seen...of any comparable mobile. i haven\t seen the new x70 nor other recent mobiles, but compared to anything that nokia / ericsson / motorola / siemens / samsung / alcatel has to offer, this gd87 is really the best when it comes to having the crispest clearest colour screen. it is really vibrant and a joy to see! the pictures are amazing...even for the measely average 25kb size, they are darn good...sure it's not digital camera, but it's a heck of a lot better than most of the stuff on mobiles out there. if you can tell what the heck the picture is about, then the job is done. i have taken some superb pix from the gd87. 4) the polyphonic sounds are incredible...enough to choose from...loud boisterous obnoxious to smoothing easy tones to suite your mood. the personalized voice ringer is a sweet! record your favorite sound/voice and viola! 5) the clamshell design is practical...it protects the excellent color display/ the mini-lcd display is also nice and you can assign three different colours to signify incoming calls, sms's, mms's and so on. very nice. 6) the panasonic quality....i hate to say this but i do believe that panasonic makes the best mobiles around. i have no idea why nokia has this reputation of making the best when i see their technical data and wonder why no single nokia phone has every feature available...nokia has like a gazillion different models; all over-priced. sure, they look good...do i care how it looks or how it works? ericsson mobiles to my experience are finicky....my old t68 'freezes' so i can relate to what it means to have a mobile 'freexing'. sure it's a great mobile, i like the ericsson t68 but the panasonic gd87 is overall much better. 7) the ONLY complaint i have with the panasonic gd87 is the VOICE QUALITY....it's not as good as it should be. incoming calls cannot be clearly heard....not really an 'echo' as one reviewer stated, but more of a shallow muffled sound. not a crisp clear one. that is my only gripe. if you're in a crowded bar, pub, or on the street, it's difficult to hear the caller. and it's noticeably worse than the other mobiles. panasonic, if you are reading this...please address this issue and get your engineers to fix the voice quality. this is the no.1 priority for a mobile, no? 8)i hate to brag about the gd87 and have just about everyone else having it, but hey, it's a darn good mobile.
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Reviewed by Brian from France on 26th Nov 2003
It's the most customable mobile phone in the market right now -best screen better than nokia 6600 or the new samsung E700 -lots of free bios(change logos of menu): http://gd87bios.pagesonline.net/
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Reviewed by michael cullum from uk england on 23rd Nov 2003
the panasonic gd87 phone is exelent ok with use but very jampacked with the coolest stuff i recomend it to anyone.when i fist got this phone i wanted to compare it to other peoples camera phones and the ones i have it overrated them.
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Reviewed by pikesters from UK on 21st Nov 2003
having bought the phone a few months ago the phone has not yet failed to impress me. the other phone around at the time just didn't compaire..GX10/i to big and the infra red does...nothing, samsung v200..gives the gd87 a run for its money but overall the gd87 just beats it..T610 good phone but the display looks like one of those magic_eye things (you have to stare very hard and at the right angle to see anything)..Yes i would agree the battery should be better, and the text limit is a pain (try upgrading the firmware as this gives you more texts) but the camera and screen are simply the best around. The user interface is very easy to use, the ones complaining should stop using the fisher price toy phones they have...having said all that..i wish'd i'd waited and bought the X70...
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Reviewed by Rob from uk on 19th Nov 2003
This is a great phone.It has everything u could ask for and has the best camera around,yes better than the Samsung V200 !!
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Reviewed by Jill from England on 17th Nov 2003
I don't know why so many complaints. This is a brilliant fone with no hazzles at all. Keypad is big and easy to use menu is great. I think those used to Nokia should stick to it, rather than trying another brand and criticising the fone, if it differs in any way Nokia works. GD 87 is an excellant fone, go for it.
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Reviewed by Colette from UK on 12th Nov 2003
I have had a GD87 for seven months now. I have found it very frustrating to use, encountering a lot of the problems others have mentioned. A major gripe is poor battery life. The battery indicator only has three bars, not five, so it's difficult to guage how charged or flat it is. I'm not a major phone user, using it maybe 5 times a day on average, but sometimes I end up on one bar after what I consider regular use of a phone, when the phone started "fully charged" earlier in the day. The case is very soft. I've only dropped the phone twice in all the time I have had it, and the case has got some really deep scratches as a result. I've not come across that problem before with all the phones I have owned since 1995. The SMS memory seems to fill up really easily, and I clean mine out fairly regularly. That's a pain though. I;ve not had that problem with other phones either.. As an aside, as it's on Vodafone, you can't download any new games. It's certainly not as good as the GX10 in that respect. I've sent one MMS since I got it - either mates don't have a compatible phone, or it won't send (network provider issue). I've mentioned this so people check, if MMS is one of their primary interests, that the phone will be able to reliably do what they want on their network...don't rely on marketing hype to guide you. When making a call, it's difficult to hear the other person often, particularly if there's some noise in the background, such as in a busy pub, if it's windy or by traffic. I've enjoyed the clam shell case and the polyphonic ringtones and I have enjoyed storing camera images and then showing people when I meet them, but all in all I feel a bit short-changed and I'm looking to change ASAP and pass this on to a mate who's phone is on its last legs. It's not been the performed I hoped for when I bought it.
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Reviewed by Trev C from UK on 12th Nov 2003
I did think this was a great phone when i got it, but problems soon started to show. Phone keeps needing powering off and on before it will do anythin-ie, access gprs, wap or make calls. The phone will turn off when i go to make a call, and will also turn off when i have a call incoming. Very handy for that all important call your waiting for, i dont think. Had software updated by Panasonic and the pcb re-traced in hope to cure the problems, but no luck. Roll on the Samsung E700.
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Reviewed by Jad from US on 11th Nov 2003
This 'phone is very poor. The RF is very weak and I often have little or no signal in areas where other 'phones are fine. It gets confused when you are roughly equidistant from two cell towers and you cannot make outgoing calls. It reboots for no apparent reason, sometimes in mid-call, and other times just powers itself down. People at the other end complain about the poor sound quality and the constant echo of their own voice (I think the output of the speaker just goes right back into the microphone). If you attach a headset to it the line buzzes like crazy. The address book is abysmal and some features just don't work. On the upside, Tetris is quite fun.
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Reviewed by scottyboi from england on 10th Nov 2003
Well what can i say! went shopping for a new phone and looked at the samsung v200, sharp gx10 and pan gd87. I loved the look of the gd87 and just went for it on a gut instinct. Im glad i did! Fantastic screen, gprs, tri-band, and a very high quality camera. All the people who moan about the user interface and software glitches need to buy a recent model with the latest software. i have had it for two months now and it has not let me down. Only one complaint and thats the abismal battery life. But you cant have it all! Nice one panasonic!
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Reviewed by Frank from Switzerland on 4th Nov 2003
Everything, apart the compatibility with ms-outlook is great. But man, this sucks. First, you have to create an export file in the outlook, than import this into the Panasonic-software, define all the fields, and then you can export from desktop to Panasonic, but not more than 200 addresses. The Siemens I used to have offered a direct contact from ms-outlook to phone, and no limits. Or has anyone out there a better solution? Answers frank.huber@freesurf.ch
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Reviewed by PIT from uk on 3rd Nov 2003
Best phone EVA!!!!!! Best Camera and the phonebook function is MINT!
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Reviewed by ionutz from germany on 30th Oct 2003
I use GD87 for about an year now. Actually I had 2 of them (first one got bit by a dog, i killed the dog afterwards :)), and I had almost no problems with it. It is trued that 10 SMS storage is too little and sometimes frustrating. But I have an USB cable and I d/l all my SMSs on the computer anyway, so I can handle this one. The only problem I have, and I really don't know if it can be solved (maybe in x70, the next one...) is that the pictures, if sent on the email, are the same size as a phone display. and that really sucks, because i make so beautiful pics with it and then sending them to my friends on email almost makes no sense, since they are so small. Anyone has a workaround for that? anything...
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Reviewed by joe from england on 27th Oct 2003
for all of you who are complaining about this phone, stop being such fools!people complain about software problems: there are none what-so-ever! the user interface is brilliant, how can you complain about that? the menu is easy to use and foolproof,the design is one of the best out there at the moment, the IrDA works well with the computer and other phones, and the camera is very good qaulity! all this topped off with a beautiful 65k colour screen, the best of its kind.the only nag i would have about this phone is the sms capacity. however i have had this phone for about a year now, and still going strong! the new version coming out late october 2003, the X70 looks even better! smaller, lighter and 4mega-bytes of memory!! the X70 is a definite buy, as is the gd87. well done panasonic!!!
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Reviewed by SWEET_SASSY_SEXY from uk on 24th Oct 2003
It's slow the pictures are fuzzy the photo options are good you can't see who txts are from until you read through the whole thing to big
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Reviewed by Ian Sim from UK on 22nd Oct 2003
Nice looking handset and camera quality is good. Unfortunately, software problem with texting, why doesn't it work? No point in having a 'phone that doesn't allow you to communicate in reasonable time. Still trying.
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Reviewed by 2PAC from England on 21st Oct 2003
this is the best phone there is, the only bad point is that the ringtones are really quiet even on the loudest setting!
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Reviewed by Sharp gx20 from UK on 19th Oct 2003
I had this phone for 12 months (contract)The Panasonic gd87 is the worst phone ever!!! The camera is so bad that if you take a picture of a car or photograph you cant even see it! and in the dark....WOW dont even go there.My contract expired 1 month ago and i have now got a SHARP GX20 which is well better!camera is the same quality as my #600 digital sony camera!!.SHARP GX20 screen well larger and clearer and it has a postage stamp size colour screen which is 65,000 tft! and inside screen 325,000 tft.If your thinking about buying a panasonic gd87 DONT! DONT! go and buy a SHARP GX20,You wont be disapointed.
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Reviewed by Jonas from Sweden on 14th Oct 2003
This Phone rocks...i have had many different picyure camera phones including all the nokias and the new sonny ericsson ti610...but im not even cose to being as impressed by the amazing camera in GD87..its just soo good quality..respect to panasonic..i myself sketboard and sometimes my frends take pics while im doin sometimg amazing and the pics are VERY STILL not blury at all..respect ..never buyin a ne pfone again..ait...BUY IT NOW COZ ITS THE BEST
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Reviewed by lmw2203 from uk on 14th Oct 2003
I have worked in the mobile phone industry for over 5 years, and i would just like to say what a moaning bunch of fools some of you are. People need to understand that the more features you have on a mobile phone, the more there is the potential to go wrong, being unable to send mms or recieve is generally a network problem, not a handset problem, and 9/10 it's usually a user problem. I have used this handset for the past 10 months, and i haven't had a problem, i think its great. In comparison to other phones i have v200, 3650, gx10i, they are all much of a muchness. But you can't beat the camera quality on the gd87. The battery life i agree isn't as good as a nokia, but everybody is different, and obviously the more you play with it, the more quickly it will go down. So please stop moaning and stop expecting things to work 100 % of the time, a software crash is not the end of the world, p.c's do it all the time, and i expect you don't go running back to pc world everytime your pc freezes.... you expect it from time to time. Instead realise what a sophisticated bit of kit a mobile phone is, and get over it!
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Reviewed by Charlie from UK on 8th Oct 2003
I've had this phone for just under 6 months and it has been plagued with faults that I know aren't unique to my phone. The main problem is with text messages. Sometimes they take 3 days to come through. Sometimes they don't come through at all. Orange, my service provider, blames it on 'degraded transmitters'. Which is strange, since none of my friends have this problem. They also don't have a Panasonic GD87. And neither will I once I've found a totally reliable alternative!!! And Orange won't have me as a customer either.
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Reviewed by Tim from England on 25th Sep 2003
Started off as a good phone, now developed software problems and is barely useable, wish i'd never changed from my nokia. whats the point of having a phone that looks good but doesn't work. Sort yourselves out panasonic -
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Reviewed by klaire from england on 20th Sep 2003
well this phone DOES have loads of good features and has a brilliant camera but i just cant seem to get one that works! my first one bought in june lasted 2 weeks before blocking up whilst trying to make calls, the name of the person you are calling is there flashing away lovely but nothing else happens. Then you press end and that sticks on so much you can only remove the battery to get out of it. Sometimes it says calls rejected, sometimes it says sim error, sometimes it doesnt send and receive texts and sometimes it stops others from calling me. Well i got another one (under 28 days replacement policy) and guess what, after 2 weeks its at it again. Tried different sim cards, bought new battery, no good. So there you go still trying to get one that works!! Will persevere though cos its still a cool phone. Maybe my luck will come soon..
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Reviewed by P from UK on 19th Sep 2003
Great phone... with one minor drawback. Why can I only store about 10 text messages? Both sent and received? Any way around this? Still... superb camera with all the featurs I needed.. just needs to store more text messages. Will store zillions of photos, but only 10 txt msgs. Whassup with that? Anyone help?
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Reviewed by marilyn from UK on 14th Sep 2003
Well, I had the new Sharp phone for less than a day, took it back cos I hated it, big, buly and ugly man....Anyway, I bought the Panasonic GD 87, Lovely Phone, and its got a hands free button. hey, get the body glove cover too ....looks cool. I am however having a problem downloading tones from phunkyphones.com. Managed to download one but the page just wont reload so I keep landing up on the same page as the last tone..if you know what I mean. Any suggestions would be gratefully recieved. E Mail marh@blueyonder.co.uk Anyway, all in all a smashing phone and the hands free feature is an extra bonus.
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Reviewed by Matt White from UK on 12th Sep 2003
FANTASTIC, ive owned about 20 phones and this i by far the best!
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