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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2002
After reading tons of reviews for cheap 2.4GHz phones, I stumbled across a few recommendations for this product. I have to admit -- for a ($)phone, it's more than I expected. The handset is very solid and comfortable, and it sports rubber grips on the sides -- why, I don't know, but I'm sure it'll become apparent soon :) The sound quality is superb, except for a slight annoyance -- sometimes, your voice funnels back to the earpiece and it can get pretty loud. I only noticed this during my first call -- after that, it was a non-issue. Perhaps it was due to a low-battery, since I hadn't fully charged it before I made my first call.
The phone has all the basic features of a caller ID cordless phone, and they all work as expected, so I won't elaborate on that. Most people are just concerned about sound quality, and the sound quality on this phone is great. It's also very stylish in a very understated way -- there aren't tons of buttons, lights, and garish colors on this thing, but I like that and it was a factor in my purchasing decision.
Probably the only BAD thing about this phone is the ring volume isn't as loud as I like. I live in a small apartment, so it's not such a big deal, but to some it may be. You have a choice of three ring tones, and the loudest one is the most annoying, sadly enough. If the only drawback to a ($) phone is its ring volume, then I think we have a winner.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2002
Been happy with this phone for a couple of months now; particularly like the rubber edges that provide a nice, solid grip on the phone. The simple shape and the nice weight makes the phone feel sturdy. As others have commented, it looks less star-trekky than a lot of other phones out there - a real plus. The answering machine is easy to figure out and does the job nicely; caller-ID seems reliable enough.
Only complaint is the ringer on/off button that has been placed exactly where you're most likely to get switched off by accident - most other 2.4Ghz' I've tried had the button in the exact same place, so Motorola's not the only vendor failing here. Oh, and the cover for the battery compartment pops off every so often unless you use strong language and/or brute force to keep it in place.
Even though this thing has a built-in answering machine, the footprint is reasonably small. A real plus is the nicely executed wall-mount that takes the phone off your table.
I would have liked to have seen intercom or additional handset options with this phone, but even without, it's the best thing i could find on the market at any price.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2002
I had been looking for a 2.4GHz phone for a while. I wanted a great color-matched home/office phone with good reception, Caller ID, backlit LCD and buttons, and not on the heavy side. The phone also needed to be friendly to my WIFI / 802.11b wireless network. This phone matched my requirements.
Pros
* color-blended well with my PowerMac G4 Quicksilver computer, and black TV -- should look great with any silver-grey/black setup
* green backlit LCD and buttons
* good voice quality and reception
* no interference with WIFI / 802.11b wireless network -- including the Mac airport
* belt-clip and ear piece socket for hands free use
Cons
* ringer button is on/off only -- and the ringer is loud
* function buttons are tricky to use and a bit small -- for example, the caller ID history button sometimes needs to be pressed several times for it to work
* straight shape is not very comfortable to hold against ear
Still, a great cordless phone in this price range.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2002
After a lot of looking and many returned phones, I settled on this Motorola. It has all of the features most people need in a cordless, in a very compact and stylish form factor. It is also about the only normal looking phone on the market which discretely fits into your room, unlike all the wannabe Star Trek communcators out there...
Pros:
-Form factor: Small and unobtrusive
-Good range and very clear reception
-Effective and easy to use caller ID features
-Very handy volume buttons on the side of the handset with several settings
-Great battery life
-Price
Cons: (mostly minor annoyances)
-Display is small and sometimes hard to read (although it is backlit)
-Message waiting indicator on base (for voicemail) does not work
-Some interference with my WiFi base station (although only when they are very close)
-Hard to hold against your ear with your shoulder
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2004
Other than it's good looks, this phone is pretty much all around bad. My model is 7 months old & the battery will not hold a charge for more than 15 minutes (seriously!). In addition, every time I use the microwave it causes static, and the battery cover always falls off. The memory dial only holds 10 numbers. Motorola is obviously letting their product quality slide.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2005
This phone was good for the first few month, but has gone downhill ever since. The speaker is not very loud and the ringer is very hard to hear even in a quiet room. I bought one of these for myself and one for my mother, and both phones now have a lot of static when making calls even standing next to the base station. Range is good, if you can deal with the static (changing channels doesn't help). The base station is supposed to indicate when there is a message waiting with our phone provider, but it often gives false positives and misses other calls. We bought a panasonic now and everything is much better, even the message waiting indicator.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2003
One of the better phones Ive bought in recent years. The quality is not bad. Havent had it long enough to tell you if it stands up to wear and tear. But it has dropped a few times and still works. deleting the old calls on caller ID is laborious process. It is slow 2 step process. and instead of showing the next call, it shows the last call so its really a 3 step process. that is the worse part. volume control is very handy. Its a tad heavy, especially when you are walkign about the house and yard. The "brick" on the power cord is nice and small so you don't waste 2 or 3 spaces like some of the others. It aint cheap but its aint bad either.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2005
I liked this phone until I got it home. When the handset is sitting on the base, the handset will intermittantly emit static every few seconds - CONSTANTLY. But only when its sitting on the base. I even took it to work and tried plugging it in at my desk and it did the same thing (I live in an older house and thought it might be the 50+ year old electrical - nope!) I've had it for 5 days and its going back tonight.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2005
I just bought this phone 3 days ago and I have had a problem witht he static coming from the handset while the phone is one the base. It is loud and annoying. I initally liked the way the phone looked and after using it I thought it was a really good buy until the static started. It will be returned today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2004
We bought this phone after a long search for a new phone. We have a Sony which worked wonderful and we have had it for over 5 years. We needed another phone in the house so we purchased this one. It worked in the room where the base was and that was pretty much it. The minute you went out into another room, the phone would get a lot of static. It was pretty annoying and we tried switching channels to move to a better channel and nothing seemed to work. We weren't happy with the product at all which is surprising considering it's a motorola. Be careful when you consider buying this phone.
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