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Mary Swim
Jun 07
Mary Swim
Overall
4.2
Mary Swim

"Great phone, lots of features."

The good: voice recorder, datebook, alarm clock, camera, video camera, data modem, nice design

The bad: Manual is pretty bad, not enough voice recorder memory, datebook interface with Outlook Express is shaky

Summary: I've had this phone for about 2 years, and I really love it. The only problem I've had is that I dropped it on a hard floor once and the external speaker quit working, but my provider fixed it for me for free in a couple of minutes.

The manual doesn't tell you much at all, but I had Motorola phones before and a lot of it is the same. If you're new to them, I'd go to the v120t page on this site and download the manual for that phone to get a more useful introduction to the basic Motorola features.


Here are the things I like about the v555:


I use the voice recorder all the time to record "notes to self" when I'm driving or something. I wish there were a little more memory devoted to this, as it fills up after about 12 messages. There's also a text "QuickNotes" feature that's good for jotting short things like membership numbers, usernames, etc.


I also use the datebook and alarm clock features all the time so it beeps at me with reminders.


The v120t manual will tell you how to enter your own ringtones from the sheet music notes, as it's the same on this phone, and that's kind of cool I think.


The camera does great in most conditions, though certain mixtures of sun and cloud seem to confuse it a bit. You can take a ton of pictures before the memory fills up for them. Video is great too, but you'll want to go to Videos/VideoSetup and change the VideoLength from "MMS" to "Maximum" or they're just too short.


I'd probably go ahead and spring for the Motorola Phone Tools software with the data cable, then you can use the cable or Bluetooth to transfer your photos, videos, ringtones, contacts and events to your computer. Contacts and events can be synchronized with Outlook Express, but I'm not real crazy about this and just use it as a backup for contacts. I think this is more an Outlook Express failing than that of the phone, and maybe it's partly because of my older version of it. I do wish there were more options to sync with.


If your provider supports it and you sign up, you can also use this software with cable or Bluetooth to connect your laptop PC to the Internet via the phone, and that has worked really well for me.


Oh yeah, and you can use the phone to talk on too, and that's always worked just fine. :)


It would be nice if it had the independent voice dialing like the v262 has instead of having to make a recording for each one to match, but that's a minor detail.


Overall, I find this phone to have many very handy features, and am very happy with it.



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