Motorola V70

  • Editors' rating
    7.6 Very good

Pros

  • Sleek and innovative design
  • works with 2.5G (GPRS) networks
  • good battery life
  • improved user interface

Cons

  • Expensive
  • small keypad
  • not the most feature-rich phone

The Motorola V70 is by far one of the sleekest mobiles we've seen to date. Its innovative design; silver casing; compact size (9.5x3.8x1.8cm; 83g); and inverse screen (black background, white letters), five-line circular display all contribute to this mobile's "wow" factor. But the real eye-catcher is its 360-degree rotating keypad cover.

To make a call, you rotate the cover 180 degrees and expose the V70's blue backlit keypad. With the cover open, the phone is effectively a more normal size, and is fairly comfortable to talk on for long periods of time. True, the keys are a tad small and may not appeal to those with larger fingers, but we didn't suffer any misdials. However, we had a little trouble pressing the two-button, rocker-like internal navigation key since it was so closely located to the LCD's edge. Conversely, we didn't have any difficulties with the identical rocker key found on the outside of the phone that's used to navigate menus when the keypad is covered.

The V70 is also customisable; the circular silver bezel that frames the menu is interchangeable with gold, silver, or white accessories. You can even wear it around your neck by inserting a lanyard into the hole at the top of the phone. The menu is customisable as well, so you can reorganize the menu list and program shortcuts. Motorola has also made it much easier to use and make changes to the 500-name phone book.

The V70 has a fair range of features, although it's by no means the most feature-rich mobile on the market. You'll find a calendar, a currency converter, a calculator, voice-activated dialling, 64 ring tones (32 of which are customisable), vibrate mode, SMS, conference calling, three games (Blackjack, Mindblaster, and Paddleball), wireless Web access, and the ability to sync PIM contacts with the phone via Starfish Software's TrueSync software. TrueSync isn't supplied, and will cost you around £25 (inc. VAT) extra, including the cable. The V70 is GPRS-enabled, so you'll have always-on access to the wireless Web providing your service provider and tariff supports it.

We were impressed with the phone's battery life. Motorola gives standby battery life at 145 hours and talk time at 215 minutes. As far as call quality goes, it was acceptable, though less than stellar. The phone is loud enough, and we could typically hear callers fine, but callers said they occasionally heard static on the line. Additionally, in areas where we didn't get a strong signal, call quality was hit-and-miss.

Overall, the V70 is a compact, stylish phone that's a pleasure to use; you may just find yourself opening and closing it just for fun. If there's a downside, it's the hefty price tag. But those who want the phone of the moment will probably be able to overlook that minor obstacle.

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Specifications

Phone Features
Speech Codec EFR, FR, HR
Ring Tones 64
Short Messaging Service (SMS) Yes
Voice Dialing Yes
Volume Control Yes
Phone Functions Call timer, conference call, voice dialing, vibrating alert
Additional Features Intelligent typing (iTAP)
Details
Phone Design Iconic revolving
Antenna external
Integrated Components Voice recorder
Cellular
Technology GSM
Installed Games Black Jack, Mindblaster, Paddleball
Installed Game Qty 3
Type cellular phone
Integrated Components voice recorder
Band GSM 1900
Phone Form Factor swivel
Service Provider AT&T
Miscellaneous
Included Accessories Power adapter
Messaging & Internet
Cellular Messaging Services EMS, SMS
Supported SMS Functions SMS CB (Cell Broadcast)
Messaging Services EMS, SMS
Communications
Communication Features Internet browser
Data Transmission GPRS
Display (2nd)
Display Illumination Color Blue
Display
Line Qty 3
Multi-language Menu Yes
Display Indicators GPRS indicator, battery meter, digital clock, home zone, off-hook, ringer alert off, roaming, signal strength, text message waiting, voice message waiting
Display Illumination Color blue
Display Resolution 96 x 64 pixels
Color Support monochrome
Display Languages English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Features inverted
Organizer
Personal Information Management alarm clock, alarm clock with snooze, calculator, calendar, reminder, synchronization with PC
Alarm Clock Yes
Voice Dialing Memory 20 entries
Phone Book Entries Qty 500
Security Features
Phone Lock Yes (manual/automatic)
Keypad Lock Yes
SIM Card Lock Yes
Restrict Access to Phone Book Yes
Battery
Installed Qty 1
Standby Time Up to 145 h
Talk Time Up to 215 min
Run Time Details Talk: up to 215 min
Standby: up to 145 hrs
Rechargeable Battery Rechargeable
Required Qty 1
Header
Brand Motorola
Product Line Motorola
Model V70
Packaged Quantity 1
Features
Phone Functions call timer, conference call, vibrating alert, voice dialing
Additional Features intelligent typing (iTAP)
Power Adapter
Type power adapter
Service & Support Details
Type 1 year warranty