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Review: Motorola E815

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Calls

You can open and close the flip or use the send and end keys to answer and end calls, exactly as you would expect. Answering calls by flipping the phone open starts the call faster than on other Motorola flip phones.

The in-call menu is completely different from other Motorolas. The mute button is located on the right softkey (it is normally the left, since left is normally the negative button). The right softkey opens the contacts list to start a call waiting or conference
call. The menu key brings up a list of in-call options, none of which includes speakerphone. The speakerphone is activated by holding the left sidekey (select, not the volume toggle).

Although most calling features are normal, not everything works as expected. For instance the e815 displays a voicemail icon on the 1 key, however holding down on the 1 dials the contact that has been assigned speed dial #1 instead of voicemail. We could find no way to change this.

There are also 2 recent call lists. Pressing the send key from the home screen brings up a call list with incoming, missed and outgoing calls combined. The last outgoing number is always first but all other numbers are in reverse chronological order (exactly as on Sony Ericssons). However using the recent softkey on the home screen brings up the more traditional Motorola call list where each call type is given its own tab.

Contacts

Contacts can store multiple phone numbers and email addresses for each person. Each entry can also be assigned a photo for caller ID and a custom ringtone. There are not a separate fields for first and last name, so contacts can only be sorted by the first letter of the name as it is entered. Oddly, they can also be sorted by email address.

The picture view on the e815 is the same as on other Motorola models, however the list view seems a bit more clean than on other Motos we've tested.

 

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