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Motorola officially announced several new phones here at CES.

The E815 is Motorola's first phone with EV-DO, which provides broadband data speeds on CDMA networks. The E815 based heavily on the V710, with a few upgrades. In addition to EV-DO, the E815 ups the internal memory to a generous 40 MB and adds video-on demand. The styling has also been updated, and the keypad and camera improved.

The photos below show the V710 on the left and E815 on the right:

 

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The E815 also features a slightly larger battery (1030 mAh), and a new "skinnable" UI, which means you can change the look of the menus (and not just the colors) by choosing different themes.

The V635 is the long-rumored update the popular V600 and V620. The specs are pretty much what you'd expect for a V600 successor, including a megapixel camera, color outer display, EDGE, and a TransFlash memory card slot.

 

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The TransFlash slot is cleverly hidden under the removable metal outer bezel. The build quality of the V635 seems excellent. The new keypad is especially pleasant to use.

I was pretty impressed with the V635 camera quality. Those worried that the V635 would offer the same "quality" as the V710 should rest easy - the V635 is much better, IMO. Here are some sample shots I took and saved to my TransFlash card:

 

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The V635 also features some software tweaks over the V600, including a great new camera interface that makes it super-easy to change the various capture options, such as resolution, white balance, etc. A new search feature has also been added to the phone book.

The V635 isn't perfect, though. Its EDGE implementation is only class 4, which isn't very fast. It also only has 5 MB of internal memory, although that can certainly be rectified by adding a TransFlash card, and some carriers may include a card with the phone.

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