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Audiovox CDM-8940

 

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Great V cast , poor software and hardware

 

Feb 4, 2005 by ajs253

Bought the phone first day it was out. Paid full retail for the phone. Not cheap. So you would expect a little more than average. However, this phone was at best...average. I bought the phone because it was supposed to be a reasonable size, and have a speaker phone. First the speaker phone was a great disappointment. Second, you can hardly hear in or out of the darn thing, so you are better off without the feature. Next, the software is so difficult to get around. My preferred operating system is the Nokia, and then the LG. But I am very flexible. This phone had a poor operating system. Next the camera. The camera was a disappointment too.
The screen was excellent and was interesting using it for the V Cast feature. But that really gets old very fast. I decided it wasn't worth spending close to five hundred dollars. Back to the Verizon store for a refund. My recommendation.... skip this and buy the Samsung or if you don't mind a huge phone the LG vx 8000

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Bad choice

 

Feb 22, 2005 by guitar_guy

I had this phone one day and it was the worst choice. Bad speakerphone and crippled SD card slot

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Not Worth the Hype

 

Feb 2, 2005 by MsGee

Payed full price for this phone yesterday and I'm taking it back today and exchanging it for the VX 8000.

I chose the 8940 because of the mini sd card capability. Verizon does not include a card and the Mgr. at the Circuit City where I purchased the phone had never heard of a mini SD card.

The only good thing about the phone package was the stereo headphones and they don't work in. Sound came from only one ear piece. There was nothing wrong with the earphones, they worked perfectly in my VX7000 handset. Possible that with this phone stereo only comes through if you're playing mp3s.

Pros: None

Cons: Ring tones sound tinny and hollow and even though you can raise the volume it's difficult to hear the phone ringing in noisy environments; only three, not particularly appealing, wallpaper graphics included with the phone; no screen savers; fingers slip off the navigation button; camera takes lousy pictures; side camera button difficult to navigate, i took a lot of pictures of my index finger; VCast worked great but the screen is too small for watching videos; I could go on and on, but I won't.

Don't waste your time or money on this phone. I expected a smaller and improved version of the CDM 9900 (great phone) but I was extremely disappointed.

Maybe there is a good reason why Verizon uses the VX 8000 in most of the adds and demos for VCast.

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Worst of the 3 EVDO/VCAST phones - Samsung Wins Again!

 

Feb 6, 2005 by theatermax

Okay here we go..

I am certainly a power user. I have owned every pohne on the Verizon Network and spent my career with AT&T in Network Design. Does that make me an Expert ? Not sure, but I know my stuff !

I bought the LG8000 and the 890 to test both.

The 890 is awesome !

The Audiovox 8940 is a disaster. The first thing you must look at in a phone is simply the Voice Quality. The D/A convertors in the Audiovox which are the little devices that convert your voice to digital and back are horrible. The voice quality on the 8940 is almost unusable. People who are used to having low quality conversation might be okay with it but if you have owned a samsung you know what good voice quality is.
Also the 8940 speakerphone is horribly low and virtually unusable. This is a feature that should be left off phones when it's designed this poorly.

Let's rule out the 8940

The LG8000 has one of the best speakerphones I have ever used. This is the only good feature about it. The phone is the size of a NYC Bus. The screen although it's slightly bigger than the Samsungs , the text is not easier to read and the voice quality is a bit worse than the 890 also. The LG8000 has decent reception but when compared to the 890 it does not stack up.

Okay the 890 -
The screen is great - HUge and clear
The Keys are super and easy to use
The phone feels like it's made well and will last a long time.
The camera is wonderful
The voice quality the the best I have heard
The feature such as Vcast work great.

Actually did a bunch of EVDO testign tonight and ran Vcast streams against the 8000. The 890 buffered and played the streams 20-30% faster than the 8000. Holding one in one had and one in the other.

So bottom line..

Samsung is still on top !

The 890 is smoking good..

The only thing left to test is battery life. Seems they are both good, but I will know in a week.

Thanks

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