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V195? Not so fast...

by lovetoflyfish    Sep 25, 2006, 7:48 PM

I recently purchased a Motorola V195 for my wife to use and for me until my new permanent phone arrives. The V195 is well recommended by this forum/others but I have quickly found some, perhaps overlooked, problems that make me consider that I chose the wrong phone. First, the back-lighting on the keys is terrible at best. I can see letters and some of the center-column numerals but not the numbers on the sides. Yes, it is a standard layout but because the keys are flat and not rounded buttons it makes them more difficult to find. Now, how about the tone made while pressing the keys? There is better sync between the action and soundtrack of old Kung-Fu movies than with this phone; it is hard to tell if a number, letter or symbol actually appeared without staring at the display! And who on G-d’s Green Earth thought that it was important, while viewing a call log, that they be numbered, (un)checked and preceded by the number one; therefore eliminating the last three digits from the screen?! This is America! Land of the ten-digit number! If I needed that crap I could pick up that info while viewing the details and not have to press view for each listing just to see the number! Loved my Nokia 6360!!!

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