Follow-up to First Impressions
Reviewed on Monday January 16, 2006 by ejafus, Toronto
Here is a quick follow-up to my first review of this phone mid-November. About me: I am regular to heavy user and the cellphone is my primary (only) phone – no landlines.
The phone is still a 4-star phone and overall I am very happy with it.
Reception and voice quality have proven to be superior to most phones I’ve tried and even hold reception in places my previous Rogers phones haven’t… a real surprise for a phone that is best categorized a multi-media phone. Voice quality in particular is wonderful, even with 1 bar of reception in rural areas.
Also wonderful about this phone are its speakerphone and included headsets. Absolutely wonderful sound both the caller and receiver. This holds true for using the speakerphone in the car or using the headset in a windy field.
Battery life is great, and of the phones I’ve tested is better than most, but still isn’t as good as the Sony Ericsson T616, which could go uncharged for over a week with regular usage. This phone I need to recharge every 2 – 4 days. An oddity is the speed at which it charges: The house charger takes about 5 – 8 hours to charge the phone from empty, but my car charger (not included with the phone) charges the phone from an empty battery in about 2 hours. A note: This Motorola phone matches up with some of the other Motorola phones when it comes to chargers… so if you’ve had a Motorola phone in the past check to see if the charger is compatible with this phone.
iTunes I used a lot during shopping for the holiday season but have not really used it since. Again, the sound is wonderful and I enjoyed phone’s implementation of iTunes on this phone, and the related accessories that come with the phone are impressive, especially since some of them cost as much as the phone itself if sold separately. A small note: I called the card in the previous review a mini-SD card… it isn’t… it’s a TransFlash card that comes with a regular SD adapter card to fit in SD slots. Battery life of the phone while using iTunes both in combination and exclusively was very very poor, giving me a combined average usage of only 2 – 3 hours before requiring to be charged.
Problems and Concerns:
Since my initial purchase I have had 2 units. 1) On occasion would enter a ‘sleep mode’ of sorts every once in awhile that I mentioned in the previous review while navigating through the phone. My second unit does not do this which suggests it was an isolated case. 2) The phone was actually returned because of a constant problem where if I would enter my voicemail password, Rogers wouldn’t be able to authenticate. For example, if my password was 1234, and I entered “1 2 3 4”, Rogers would say, “one-four is not the correct password. Please re-enter.” The phone display would however show “1 2 3 4.” For some reason the phone would not send out what I had typed across the cellular network. This at the time was not a widespread problem (the Rogers representative had no literature on it) but the phone was replaced within 2 days via mail. 3) The screen goes into sleep mode when locked or left alone for a few minutes. While lengthening battery life, I wish that there was an option to have the screen a bit darkened but not near-black, while always on so that I could always see what is on the screen. 4) Somewhat of an annoyance to me is how ‘recent calls’ are managed: Because of the number of calls I send and receive, I am the type of user who wants a quick way to review all calls and make dialing selection. Sony Ericsson, at least with the T616, has this best setup, where you press the ‘call’ or ‘send’ key, then have a choice between all calls ‘dialed’, ‘received’, or ‘missed’ all on one screen. You can then simply select the number that you wish to call from this screen. The type of call is easily identified by a simple icon telling you of what kind of call it was. This Motorola model (and others I’ve tested) still doesn’t have this. In order to dial a recent ‘received’ call, you have to hit the ‘recent calls’ key (if configured… if not, you have to first go through a menu), then select ‘received calls’, and then select the number you wish to dial. This is unnecessary # of steps to have to take to make a phone call. 5) Similarly, to redial your last call, you need to hit the ‘call’ or ‘send’ button once, wait for the screen to populate, then press ‘send’ again. With most non-Motorola phones, hitting ‘send’ twice quickly and in succession will redial your last call.
From the last review, I’ve discovered how to program the side key (which was #2 in my list of concerns in my last review), so it is possible. I’ve also discovered a quick way to change the ring mode which was a happy surprise and is much nicer than the way it is controlled on the V600, which was #4 in my list of concerns: Hit one of the volume keys and then hit 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7, where 0 = vibrate and 7 = high volume.
So once again, I’m very happy with this phone.