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Hate to say it, but I had to give up on the 8300!

Mary424

Jul 4, 2006, 8:05 PM
I loved the 8300! Got it as soon as it was online. Loved the look, the feel, the size, but unfortunately the Bluetooth made it unusable for me.
I use a BT headset 99% of the time (I have two small boys and take care of my 97 year old Grandmother, so my hands are always full). Besides the echo/static, which could be adjusted to work good enough for me, I couldn't keep a BT connection! It wasn't the headset-tried 4 different ones that I own, and wasn't just this one particular handset-exchanged 4 times! I would connect, then for no reason at all it would just disconnect itself, sometimes after 10-15 minutes, sometimes not until longer. It would happen not when I was making or in the middle of a call, but when it was just on "idle". S...
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MORTFE

Jul 4, 2006, 8:42 PM
Welcome to my world. I have had this problem with the 8100 ever since VZW updated to v04. Now v07 and 5 phones later, the same damn thing. I ordered the the 8300 but it is on back order. This is the VZW software. Back in Nov. they let me switch phones and I got the a950 and had the same problem. The only headset that stays connected is the Jabra BT500 because it reconnects automatically. The only thing good with LG is their voice recognition. I had no luck with the a950 or e815 (both use the same 3rd party software) and sent everything to text. I use Bluetooth a lot. I also have 4 headsets and just ordered Blueant SawTooth 2 speaker kit (reconnects automatically). Recently Tried the LG HBM-300 but was the worst of all losing the connection, ...
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zippaul

Jul 4, 2006, 9:15 PM
I am right there with you Mary. The bluetooth issue is driving me nuts and the voice dialing isn't what the 8100's was. I like everything else about the phone but these are the most used areas for me. I am currently looking at the Samsung A930 which has gotten good reviews and from my understanding handles bluetooth well and the voice dialing works great. The other is the Razr V3M which a friend of mine owns and he has no issues with bluetooth (H500) and the voice diaing works great. The reviews on the Razr have been less than stellar though. What will you be looking at? Any suggestions? I have until the 9th of July to hold or fold. Thanks.
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Mary424

Jul 5, 2006, 7:23 AM
Well, being a phoneaholic and following everything on PhoneScoop, HOFO and almost every other phone site, I never thought I'd ever get a RAZR because of all the problems with it, but with extensive research I have found that the issues seem to have been resolved with the latest version (V3M). I picked one up Monday at a VZW store (silver one) and I have to say I am delightfully suprised. All seems to be working great so far, most importantly the Bluetooth. I'll give it a little while before I decide completely.
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zippaul

Jul 5, 2006, 6:15 PM
Mary,
I am guessing that there is no real difference other than color between the silver and charcoal Razr V3M's. I had read somewhere else that someone thought they were built differently, is this true? I prefer the look of the silver but the store I deal with (Atlanta, GA) only has the charcoal colored one. I only have until the 9th so any additional input would be great. Are the menu's slow like the V3C? How is the voice dialing? Is the external screen decent? Thanks.
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Boulderboy

Jul 6, 2006, 9:44 AM
The V3C is the slowest phone I have ever held in my hands. Voice dialing is good. External screen is terrible.

I was a HUGE Moto fan from the Star Tac on......

I will NEVER own another Moto again after the 815 problems I had.

Motorola is just not the same as it once was. Competition has passed right by them.
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zippaul

Jul 6, 2006, 8:19 PM
I should have listened to the Verizon Wireless rep who said "You know none of the techs have a Razr". I traded in the LG 8300 earlier today because of the voice dial and bluetooth issues that were making me crazy and got the Razr V3M. It was I believe a big mistake. Sound clarity is good, reception decent (8300 better) but the build quality is poor in general,the menu is slower, keypad feels very cheap and the outer screen is useless. I plan on returning it tomorrow. Those Verizon folks are going to hate my guts but I am not on their Christmas card list anyway.
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bkw79

Jul 6, 2006, 10:10 PM
Which location do u go to in Atlanta, I go to the Perimeter location.
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zippaul

Jul 7, 2006, 11:31 AM
bkw79,
I work in the Alpharetta area but live in Cherokee (Woodstock). There are two locations, one is the Northpoint (400 North exit 😎 Verizon Wireless and a brand new (few months) Verizon Wireless store on hwy 92 in Woodstock. As a matter of fact I just got back from the Northpoint location and they were kind enough to allow me to simply get my LG 8300 back and hand over the Razr V3M. I will wait and see if future software updates will correct a few minor issues like bluetooth and not so swift voice dialing.
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peanut4

Jul 4, 2006, 11:02 PM
Funny how a cheap jabra jbt150 headset works great for me! I had problems with the 8100 but so far so good with the 8300. I tried all the so called advanced headsets and the jbt150 works the best, not fancy, just works!
Steven in SoCal.
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Mary424

Jul 5, 2006, 7:24 AM
That's the one that worked best for me with it too, but still disconnect problems.
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peanut4

Jul 4, 2006, 11:03 PM
Also I turn mine down just a little and have no echo what so ever...
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theatermax

Jul 4, 2006, 11:58 PM
Mary, If you remember i heavily documented the blue tooth issues form day one, Got flamed alot bu then people agreed.
I am still using it with the BT350 and yes it sucks.. Just barely works.. The problem is that when you lower the volume so people dont hear feedback it's too low to hear people..

Unreal that they could blow this so badly..

What are you thinking ?

The 930 had big issues also, the voice quality is horrid.. More horrid for you and less for the other end but bad non the less.

What to do ?
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ferndog

Jul 5, 2006, 1:10 AM
First things first. Mary424, I am glad that you are honest in your opinion unlike others. I too, loved the phone( Wife's actually). The bluetooth issue just killed it big time! My Wife is dumping the 8300 as soon as I can get a buyer for it($200.00) and it's for whoever wants it. As a bluetooth phone, the 8300 has failed, and failed in a big way. There is absoluetely no reason to upgrade from whatever phone you had prior to the 8300.

Now I know that many of you think that I am a Motorola pusher but I am not. For bluetooth, I use a v3m with extended battery and the B version of the Motorola 700 headset. Works like a charm.
If you don't care for bluetooth and many of you don't, the 8300 will do you well.
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The Rever

Jul 5, 2006, 11:37 AM
Anybody try this one?

Moto HT820

And this: The LG-VX8300 does have stereo bluetooth capabillities. The HT820 can be used as headphones by simply pairing it as you would any device. By the way, you can only use the BT Stereo headset while using MP3 files and not for the V-Cast Music Service.

Comments?
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theatermax

Jul 5, 2006, 1:41 PM
Hey Mary,

Its the keypad that freaks me out on the razr and worse is the problem when the phone goes into low battery mode, even when it's on Vibrate , it continues to annouce a sound.. This is a huge problem for me.. I wonder if they fixed this on the 3m, Can you check this for me ?? Put it on vibrate and when the battery goes to low batt, see if it's quiet.

What about battery life ? I was getting 3-4 hours on the 8300. I remember when I had the razr when it first came out , i was lucky to get 2 hours.

Thanks
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Mary424

Jul 5, 2006, 5:30 PM
Well, as far as the low battery sound, not sure as I charge my phones every night regardless of how much charge is left, but I'll be glad to test it for you. I can say, though, that I am impressed with the battery life so far. I was worried about it since it has a smaller battery than the 8300 and has had known battery life issues, but I have used it just as much as my 8300 and no more drain on the battery than that one.
As far as the keypad-I too was concerned of loose keypad and also the shiny silver with fingerprints and such. With the silver RAZR, the keypad is tight (at least on mine) and it's all black, so it doesn't show prints and such. It's very sharp looking in and out!
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CaptJeff

Jul 6, 2006, 8:04 AM
Mary,
Have you by chance reset the timers, started with a full battery and determined a full battery talk time with minimal standby time?(discharge battery over a 4-8 hr period)
I'm guessing that using BT, having the phone closed (not using the display much) TT should be pretty good. (close to 3 hrs?)
Thanks,
Jeff
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Mary424

Jul 6, 2006, 6:23 PM
Hi,
Haven't forgotten about you. I did let my battery die down and heard the annoying low battery beep, but when I put it on vibrate, the "low battery warning" vibrated with no sound! So guess that has been fixed. Good to know.
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theatermax

Jul 21, 2006, 11:18 PM
I cant believe this, So your V3m stays quiet when on low batt , wow , I cant believe it.

What kind of batt life are you getting ?

What do you think about the 5300 and the Chocolate ?
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Mary424

Jul 22, 2006, 10:53 AM
Battery life is pretty decent. As far as the 5300 and the Chocolate, I'm anxiously awaiting both to try. If the BT works good on either one of these, then I'll be thrilled!
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MORTFE

Jul 5, 2006, 4:34 PM
Still haven't received my 8300 (by Mon), but will all you people bitching about staying connected, including me, has anybody tried using a headset that 'reconnects' automatically? The Jabra BT500, JX10, and Logitech Traveler all reconnect automatically. I am using the BT500 and never lose the connection. Crystal clear, no static-no echo. I just hate the harsh sound from it and also the BlueTrek G2 (disconnects). But it works great. I called Logitech and the tech told me the Traveler 'reconnects' automatically. I ordered the SawTooth 2 speaker kit (Blueant) and that too reconnects automatically. Micro X3 does not5. Supposed to come today. With any headset that 'reconnects' automatically, you will never lose the connection. There out there.
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peanut4

Jul 5, 2006, 5:37 PM
I honestly dont have the dissconnect problems like you all say! I guess I got lucky! jbt150 works for me..
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MORTFE

Jul 5, 2006, 9:00 PM
Got my Blueant SawTooth2 speaker kit. 'DOES NOT' connect or reconnect automatically. Sound quality is good, once you get past the Please say a command, etc. Decided to return it and ordered the Jabra JX10.
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ezmny62

Jul 7, 2006, 10:45 AM
Do you see a software update in the near future? My upgrsde date is mid August? Thank you.
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rainmanva

Jul 22, 2006, 3:36 PM
Im new to the bluetooth scene and just last night i bought a motorola H300 bluetooth headset from walmart for 48.00 it works great. i can be 20 feet or so from the phone before it starts getting static in the headset. good battery life too.
im not quite sure what you are running into, but bluetooth on my vx8300 works fine.
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