A couple of nights ago my boyfriend and I got onto a discussion about our old mobile phones which made me think about the motorola V220 - this was my second ever mobile phone (I had a Nokia 3310 for 5 years!) and there were several reasons why I purchased it such as camera, colour screen and it was a flip phone.
I actually still have this phone although I haven't used it for some time - there is a reason for this and it's not because I want it as a back up, it's because I have some photos on there which I don't want to lose, but which I can't get off it! The phone doesn't have a memory card of any sort - instead the photos are stored to the phone itself. There is a mini USB slot (cable provided) which I expected to be able to use to transfer the photo between the phone and my computer, however this was not to be as there was no software provided with the phone and none available to buy or download. The only way I ever found to transfer the photos was to text them to someone else who could download them in some fashion - this really is more complicated that necessary and of course costs a fair amount.
Aside from the above I have to say that I was very happy with the phone and it served me well for 2 years. I never had any problems with the phone turning itself off inexplicably, freezing, calls or texts not coming through etc, all of which are things I have experienced with various other phones.
Physically the phone is quite small - roughly the height of the palm of an adult hand and half the width, it's also about 2cm deep. Although this is very thick in terms of modern phone standards, I still feel that the overall shape and size of the phone makes it nice to hold. Of course part of this bulk is caused by the flip phone aspect and when flipped open the length of the phone is just about right to reach from your ear to your mouth - something that smart phones don't do.
The body feels quite cheap and plasticy, but despite this it's very robust and I dropped it many times with no adverse effects. As the cover is plastic there is no enamel to chip off however the shiny metallic coating of the buttons on the side of the phone did wear off after a while. I have the black version of this phone, but it also comes in silver.
On the front of the closed phone is another small LCD panel (not colour) which displays the time, battery power and signal strength which is handy to have.
When in use the buttons all glow blue which looks good and makes use in the dark alot easier. The screen itself is about an inch sqaure and nice and bright (both the LCD and the buttons go off when the phone hasn't been used for some time). The button layout is a traditional numbers panel which several letters of the alphabet assigned to each key - despite this I actually find I can type faster on this type of phone as opposed to my current smart phone! Further more the predictive text is quite handy and accurate.
The menu is simple to navigate and adjustments/settings are intuitive - this was my first motorola and it didn't take me long to work out how to use it, if you've had a motorola before then this will be a breeze.
The camera is only capable of producing images to the size of 640x480 pixels which of course is very small - you could just about get a 4x6" print from this (if you could get the images off the phone!) and there is no flash but this was standard at the time the phone was made. Despite these apparent short comings the camera was still capable of taking decent quality images and was even decent in low light conditions. There is a 4x digital zoom available but this decreases the image size and quality significantly and isn't worth using. You could also use the camera to record video however this was very limited in length (seconds rather than minutes) and the quality is poor.
Functions available are of course phone calls, texting (limited character length), games (small selection provided with the phone) such as 'hungry fish' which I had endless fun playing and internet (I only even used it once as the screen wasn't big enough to be of any use).
When I bought this I believe it cost around £80 on pay as you go. I got it on virgin mobile and it is a locked phone although of course you can get this unlocked - this is something I haven't done but I've now lost the original sim card and as the phone won't let me use it with another providers inside or with no sim card at all, I now have to decide whether or not it's worth buying another sim or getting the phone unlocked.
Overall I was very happy with this phone - my main disappointment was that I couldn't get the photos off the phone, but aside from this it fulfilled all my requirements. For it's time it was a good quality phone and even now it is a good cheap phone that fills basic needs. If you want a cheap basic phone (don't buy if you want internet access (exists but not really in a useable capacity) or other advanced uses) then I'd recommend this one - the battery lasts for as much as a week with moderate use (takes a couple of hours to charge). Of course you can't purchase this phone new anymore. but there are quite a few listed on ebay and you can probably pick one up for less than £5.
I should start by saying that a lot of my opinion is based on a comparison with a newer, similarly basic, Samsung mobile phone that I have recently bought to communicate with my eldest daughter on a different network.
My old phone is really still my current one. I bought it in May 2006, and the Orange shop salesman saw us coming - I think it was already old stock even then. However, although he may have been relieved to shift the box out of the store cupboard, I have been very impressed with this simple phone's reliability and performance over the four years that I've had it.
First of all though it's the shape, not just visually but its feel, that I love. It's a clam shell phone, and when I first had it a friend mistook it for a Pebl, but it's not quite that streamlined, and I think it's slightly bigger. Mine is glossy black, and shows virtually no wear, despite it having lived in my pocket or bag ever since I got it. The only discernible wear is around the camera lens, where a little of the silver has worn off.
The shape of the phone when folded shut is very tactile, and makes a good substitute for a stress ball. Being a clam, it has very little wear to the screen. I have recently bought a slide phone, and had to go out straight away and buy it a sock as the screen was scratched within about 5 minutes. I'm not used to these 'technological advances'. My clam is protected from scratches, and from me inadvertently dialling someone from the depths of my handbag. This for me is a huge plus for this type of design.
As far as features go, this is pretty basic. It does proper voice calling, and has a speaker-phone option very plainly offered on-screen during calls. I've only used this once or twice but it worked very well. Texting is my favourite, specially following my recent experiences with my new phone . My Moto has intuitive predictive text., which is hugely appreciated. It does occasionally drop the odd clanger, but I can trust it to come up with words that I have used myself, not a library of someone else's idea of "what people today will want to text". There is no 'add to library' option as it's just not needed. It seems to automatically store words that I have spelt out, and over the years it's built up a pretty good personalised dictionary. For this reason alone I've realised that it's worth it's weight in gold, as my other phone wants every single word adding to the library, and I've given up on predictive text on it altogether and gone back to steam-powered letter-by-letter.
The camera is a very basic VGA, but it has a larger diameter lens than my new one, which explains why despite it being in theory the same size and resolution, the pictures that I've taken with my Moto are better. By posh camera phone standards they're laughable, but I'd say that they compare pretty well with the old 110 film format, for anyone that can remember those little cheap cameras, with the thin cartridges of incredibly narrow film inside. The photos always printed up pretty grainily, and that's more or less what you get here.
There are games installed on it, the only one that we've used is HungryFish which my youngest daughter will sit & fiddle with for ages if I let her. There is also a collection of wallpapers, although they're a bit odd, notably the sea photo that has a sloping horizon - presumably it's aimed at waterskiers? The variety of ringtones is by now quite old-fashioned but fun, it hasn't any concept of what a polyphone or mp3 sounds like, and has no slot for a memory card.
It has no Bluetooth, and no USB cable, although there is a port on the phone to plug one in. I've never got hold of one yet, as the one I got which claimed to match the phone didn't fit it, so I called time on that. Any photos that you take, if you want to save them, have to be inventively transferred to your storage of choice. My tried and trusted method has been to send them to my email address, which works roughly 7 times out of 10, better if I only send one in a day.
It did used to manage a rudimentary attempt at going online, but it was very slow to load, and for the most part had such a small amount of memory that it couldn't display the pages!
The original battery lasted ages, I only had to replace it earlier this year when the charge just wouldn't keep up anymore. On the whole, for the use that it has, it's not bad per charge, but with regular long phone calls it does go down pretty fast. As you may guess from the fact that I have two very basic phones, I don't do a lot other than texting and voice calls, so it doesn't get a hammering from extra-messaging activities.
The basic menu is pretty straightforward, with all of the functions and settings that you're likely to need at your fingertips, rather than them being buried somewhere in an obscure place in the menu (Samsung I'm looking at you). The keys are backlit during use with a rather lovely neon blue.
It has been an ideal phone for me, it's done everything that I originally bought it for, which was basically to function as an emergency phone, and for texting. The camera, although poor, is a bonus and has actually been able to capture some special images which I still value for sentimental reasons. Its therapeutic stress-pebble quality has been much appreciated too, as has its durability, as it's been dropped many times, with the most damage it's ever sustained being that the battery cover came off when it hit the ground at a particularly tricky angle.
Of course I'm aware that this phone is long gone in terms of availability, but I wanted to post an appreciation of the old thing as it's still going strong!
Motorola V220 a robust reliable unit,I bought mine about 5 years ago just before Christmas and its still going strong! There was a special offer at Sainsbuys,spend £50 in store and you can buy a Pay as You Go V220 Orange phone for just £20! What a bargain,so I bought two after making two trips and spending just over £100,all those lovely nectar points too,one for me and an extra Chrissy present for the wife.The phone is a simple flip phone in silver with small colour LCD screen,quite basic but has a reasonable camera for taking snaps,no good at distance though and can be a bit on the dark side.You can play games on it too,ok for amusing your 8 year old but thats better than nothing.The battery life is amazing,I am one of these people who forgets to charge it everynight,Doh! But it just keeps going and going day after day,even after 5 years use every day with the same battery its still good.I have dropped it a million times,it does have a leather cover I bought for it later which gives it extra protection.The case has no cracks,LCD screen still perfect,silver paint on corners just showing wear but its almost indestructable! Texting and using this phone is simplicity itself,if you can still get your hands on one this is a real no brainer.Its light,compact,fits in your jeans pocket no problem.If you want a phone to be just that a phone and not a know it all cutting edge piece of kit that will cost a fortune, this could be the one for you,it will probably become a collectors item! I still feel like Captain Kirk when I flip it open to answer,real retro cool!
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I had this phone as one of my first and enjoyed using it. The screen is a little small however, which you will notice when you compare it with other phone's especially these days. However it is easy to use. It doesn't have an MP3 player but has MP3 ringtones and a basic camera. Not sure about video and bluetooth, I know it is quite a basic phone. I remember the annoying thing was that whenever you had an unread text or missed call it would bleep every few minutes, however this could probably be fixed by keeping it in silent mode if you're at work etc. The keys are quite big so it is easy to use. Also the phone is quite small when folded and quite light as well, although it is not the most compact phone on the market. You can use it in Europe without a problem and I think it's tri-band so you could use it in the USA if you had to. As for phone call quality - I never had any problems. It has a speakerphone as well. The colour screen is basic but good for the purpose of the phone. Also there's a screen on the fron which is useful for telling the time and whether you have new messages etc. without having to open the phone.
The Motorola V220 was the first phone that i brought and it did me well. It still works and has been used for at least four years before now. Anyway, this phone, is just that a phone. It dosent have all the latest features and everything but if all your looking for is a phone then this is a great.
I brought the phone for around £60, and its lasted well. It has a nice little camera that can be used to take a quick shoot hear and there. It also comes with some good games in case you go bored, including hungery fish.
The flip screen means that the main screen dosent get scratched and when open its nice and clean. However due to this design the camera can get easily scratched, and has now stopped working on my phone, so its not the strongest.
The phone is really easy to use, with medium sized buttons, and a quick call awnser by just opening it up. The sound that comes out of the phone is fairly impressive and really clear, except when its used in very busy locations.
I've got to admit - I am thoroughly biased towards this phone, my little phone, but I love it so much that I refuse to get something classier with more bells and whilstles. Although, I've got to admit that the origional reason I bought it was because it was a "flippy flippy" phone! (before this I had only ever experienced those dreadful nokias that everyone had with snake II on them) In addition, I was cheerful about the inclusion of (an admittedly really quite dreadful) camera and the delightful "hello moto" ringtone that greets me whenever someone is calling. I wouldn't get another phone now, as in my opinion, phones aren't phones anymore at all - they have become so much more, and all I really need to do is give someone a ring or a text every now and again. If I see something funny and don't happen to have my camera on me, I can take a little shot with my phone. Plus it has a hello kitty charm on it. Oooh, and it has this hilarious game on it called hungry fish, (in my opnion the best mobile phone game ever) in which you start off very small and if you eat enough fish you get bigger. And thats it. Genius
this was the last pay as you go phone i bought. Its a flip phone which was great because it avoids getting the screen all scratched up and not powering a colour screen all the time makes the battery last longer - the battery in there has lasted about two years, just bought a replacement now and that only cost £3.
its a nice size and fits well into a pocket or the palm of your hand.
it features a VGA camera which doesnt produce pictures in good quality, but then for a phone of this age and price thats to be expected, and it is plenty good enough for taking photos to use as a phone wallpaper which was about all i used it for.
it plays java games and polyphonic ringtones, but sadly it just doesnt play real music like most phones. if you want a bargain phone then this is durable and good, but dont expect to get the fancy features - they are simply not there, but then you aren't paying for them.
When I needed a new phone I decided I only wanted a basic one because I don't use it very often. I saw the Motorola V220 in a phone shop by me and it had been reduced to £35 so I brought it. The man in the shop had told me it is one of the easiest phones to use.
I am very pleased with it. There are plenty of basic ringtones to choose from and I can also download more if I want to which I don't. The ringtone volume is very easy to set from either the menu or 2 buttons on the side of the handset and I have mine loud because I keep my phone in my handbag and cannot always hear it if it is set too low.
The battery life is very good and each charge lasts for about 3 or 4 days.
When I am speaking to someone the signal is good but sometimes it goes very crackly and I cannot hear what the other person is saying.
I like that the V220 is not packed with features that I do not need or want. I like to text my grandaughters in the evening to see how they have got on at school and I think this phone is very easy to text on. I have turned off the predictive text because I cannot use it without wanting to throw the phone through the window. The phone is very easy to use and I find the menu is set out in a nice way that means I can get to where I want to be straight away with not too much messing about.
I like the way I can personalise my V220 because when I first turned it on the shortcuts were ones I would rarely use. I have changed it so that I can easily get to the phone book and camera and other fuctions personal to me at the touch of one button.
The camera is good for the price of the phone and it stores quite a lot of pictures before the memory is full. There is no video camera but it does play videos with sound so I can use the USB cable to download and videos I want from my PC.
There are 2 games already on this phone when I brought it and my favourite is a fun little game called Hungry Fish where I have to control my little fish and make him bigger by helping him to eat lots of smaller fish. My high score on this game is 193 and I was very pleased about that. There is also a little photo editing programme where I can put borders around photos I have taken and change the look of the pictures.
I do like this phone. It looks nice and being a flip it means I cannot accidentally phone somebody when the phone is in my pocket or my handbag. The alarm clock is handy for waking me up and I sometimes set it to go off when I have an appointment as well because I can't get to grips with the calender aspect of this phone. My son in law says it is the rubbishest phone he has ever seen but him and my daughter paid nearly £300 for each of their phones and mine cost £35 so who is laughing now?
I got this phone over two years ago, and it's lasted brilliantly. At the time I had it, I remember my brother saying that the new phone he picked was so much better and that the Motorola V220 was rubbish etc. yet a year later his phone broke and had to be replaced. So, the V220 is definitely great for durability. I've also dropped it quite a few times and it's still working fine, so it's got to be tough!
I love the fact that it's pink. It's just so much more personal to me because it's my favourite colour and it's a nice design as well. It's a good size and isn't heavy.
It has a reasonable camera, but it can't really store many photos, so it can be annoying when you want to take a quick picture but you have to free up some space first. It doesn't have Bluetooth or many other features though. It has got some games and the usual office features, but it doesn't have a great variety of these.
The battery life is pretty good, it just tends to run out if you use the camera a lot. It doesn't take long to charge either.
When I first had the phone I used the Fresh pay as you go service, by Carphone Warehouse. I would not recommend it to anyone. I chose it because texts were 5p and calls 15p/min, but it ended up being very expensive, and caused a lot of problems when using my phone. It continually froze in the middle of phone calls and the only way to fix this was to take the sim card out and put it back in. It also used up credit extremely fast. It cost money to check how much credit you have, as there was no free number to do this. It charged for calls I made where the recipient didn't pick up. Overall the service was very unreliable. However when I changed back to my T-Mobile sim card, everything worked fine and there have been no problems since.
It's pretty simple to use, texts are quick to do and calls are also simple. I also like how you can customise the home screen and menu style.
Just a little annoying thing is that sometimes when it's in my pocket and I move, the buttons on the outside get pressed and make loud noises.
I bought my phone for around £55, so it was definitely good value for money, and I expect it will still work fine for a while. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good camera phone.
(I've also posted this review on Ciao)
The Motorola V220 is a nice looking phone but it fails to deliver on features although the price of the handset suggests that this would be the case. One of the missing features is a video camera. There is a camera on the phone but it only takes pictures and I find them to be of quite poor quality. Apart from this the phone has a nice selection of games and a suprisingly good looking and user friendly interface. Overall I would say buy this phone if your on a tight budget or are looking for an easy to use phone.
A brilliant simple phone for those who want to make and recieve calls and send and recieve texts.Has voice dial, and a camera for the gadgety.A good range of ring tones and very important holds the charge longer than any of my previous phones.Easy to use and to switch off and on.I cant think of anything negative at all.Ok it not Bluetooth but I dont need that!
I purchased this phone last year on virgin 'pay as you go'. On comparaison with other phones, I found the v220 to be incredible value for money as one of the cheapest branded flip phones at the time. I have had no problems with this phone at all and found it to be the ideal size to fit in a pocket or handbag. It is very easy to use and even my aged mother is able to work it, however the phone lacks bluetooth and the camera quality tends to be poor but for a budget phone...one cannot complain.
Features of the Motorola V220 include:
Integrated VGA digital camera (640 x 480 pixels), digital zoom
Colour screen (STN)
Polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
MOTOMIXER™ (Remixable MIDI ringer software)
Java games - Hungry Fish & OptItOut, plus downloadable games
SMS / EMS / MMS
Predictive text input (iTap)
Built-in handsfree speaker
Picture phone book
Connectivity: Mini USB
Internal Memory: 1.8 Mbytes
WAP 2.0, GPRS Class 10
Tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900
Size: 86 x 44 x 24 mm
Talktime: 5 hours
Battery standby: 9.5 days
Purchased a Motorola V220 yesterday, found the manual rather technical, and somewhat daunting to start with. Moved from Nokia to Motorola as my past 3 Nokia phones have failed for technical reasons; Wanted a quality name for next phone. To me a mobile phone is a phone and nothing more. If I wanted a washing machine I would purchase a washing machine not a mobile phone, with a washer/dryer application on it. This phone has a camera on it, with apparently 4 x Digital Zoom on it. I have a digital Camera to take photo`s, so the camera on the phone is useless to me. This phone allows MP3 ringtones, which sound tiny (Not suprised - its a telephone not a music player); polyphonic ringtones and offers various download options for games, music and graphics.
Reliability, I am not certain about this yet; but will report on how it survives in my trouser pocket over the next few weeks or so.
Apparently it has WAP, which is the Internet for Mobile Phones; I would stick with a PC for the internet, and certainly not use a mobile phone.
I will report back on any other goodies or failures that I have found using this phone over the next few weeks.
I purchased this phone on a bit of a whim really, the model I was after was out of stock and this was the closest available.
Upon opening the box I discovered that this phone comes complete with the holy of holys, its own data cable, so no messing about trying to buy one!
The phone itself when closed is around the size of a credit card and when open is double that (obviously!).
This phone I found, is extremly light for a camera phne and is quite pleasing on the eye also.
The screen is good quality colour and is effective in most lights, apart from strong sunlight. The screen is also sufficiently large.
The keypad has solid keys (great, the numbers will not rub off) and is well designed. The only problem I have discovered is that the arrow keys are a little awkward.
The camera is of sufficient quality but won't win any awards, it features a zoom and contrast control. The mirror around the lens is a nice touch and aids in those drunken self-portraits.
The phone comes pre-loaded with a good selection of polyphonic ringtones, some of which really are quite catchy! Also included in the package are the usual calendars, alarm functions etc.
The V220 also allows you to upload videos to the phone, and this brings us to the dreaded motorola drivers mystery!
It makes you wonder what goes through the minds of phone makers when they fail to include a disc of drivers for a piece of hardware, or even make it plug and play, I ask you, what good is an included data cable if you have no drivers to make it work?
After much trawling of the net the relevent drivers are obtainable but be prepared to spend time searching and unless you have decent broadband, find yourself something to do as you are in for a long wait!
After you manage to find the drivers it is easy to transfer pictures and videos to and from the phone, but you may find yourself asking if the hassle is worth it.
All in all a good, sturdy little phone that does what it claims.