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About this product
- Product InformationA Sensory Experience - the elegant look of your phone is reflected by the elegance inside. A beautiful display and ring tones that are real music, complete the package. Display photos of special events or loved ones, or an image from your favorite artist on the large, brilliant display.
- Family LineMotorola V series
- TypeCellular Phone
- Network TechnologyGSM
- BandGSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
- ConnectivityMini USB
- Battery TypeRechargeable Li-Ion Battery
- Battery Capacity830 mAh
- Battery Talk TimeUp to 430 min
- Battery Standby TimeUp to 340 hr
- Display TechnologyLCD display
- Display Resolution128 x 128 pixels
- Color Depth16-bit (65000 colors)
- Touch ScreenNo
- Digital CameraNo
- QWERTY Physical KeyboardNo
- Email AccessNo
- Internet BrowserYes
- Height3.39 in.
- Depth0.91 in.
- Width1.77 in.
- Weight2.82 oz
- Antenna TypeExternal
- Phone Book Capacity (Numbers)500
Most relevant reviews
- ponycarp51Sep 23, 2011by
good choice if you want a very basic phone w/o frills
Good quality easy to use phone. small but a good sized keypad so you're not accidentally pushing wrong keys if dialing a number in a pinch. Long batt life, only drawback I see is that this phone takes a long time to fully charge, much long than say, a blackberry. Good for us older folk who want to use a cellphone without having to put readers on.
- robert-chambersJun 22, 2010by
Motorola V188 Small, Dependable, Simple
The Motorola V188 is a small flip phone with basic features. It operates on 850/1800/1900 MHz bands making it a universal device for North American GSM networks.
Released in 2004, the V188 is a classic. It has simple lines, a clean appearance. As you might expect of a classic automobile to not have the latest features the V188 lacks camera, 3G, GPS and several other of the gadgets and widgets that have become part of the "basic" mobile phone.
What this classic does not fail on is reception, battery life and durability. Keep it charged, keep it dry, don't run over it and it will probably last to 2014.
Reception - This is good at holding onto a signal. I rarely dropped calls when using this one. Sound quality is not top notch, the V635, the high end phone of the same vintage was better sounding.
Battery life - Use it for three or four days and then put it on the charger. The small screen, few features means small load on the battery.
Ergonomics - It has the keypad typical of Motorola devices of that time. Easy to use, feels good under the finger and has adequate feedback. Flipping it open with a single hand takes a little practice but it doable.
Display - Small display with low resolution means there isn't a whole lot of information being displayed at once. What is there is sort of blocky looking compared to today's 320 x 240 screens.
Durable - If treated right this phone is pretty much going to ride out the journey in your pocket or purse. If after several years the case looks a bit ragged there are replacement parts available. The front display lens, for example, lifts off with your fingernail and is a no-tool replacement.
If you have a child that is "tough on phones" this is one to consider as it is low price, well built and tough.Read full review
- strcalypsoNov 02, 2009by
Great lil phone, lots of features
great looking flip phone with nice ring/music tones.I needed a replacement phone right away,and this little phone is servicable. lots of neat features for personalizing, i can get photo text, and it was easy to learn to use.
i text alot and while the buttons are a lil small for me(I had a qwerty keyboard), it's quickly become easy to use. I purchased this one for my son.
- binford8200Feb 16, 2008by
I'm a guy who just wants a simple phone for daily work, business, and home that has some basic features (requirements for me):
1. Battery life - This phone's standard 860mA hr. Lithium holds enough power to leave it on 24/7 and only charge once per week when calls are minimal. On heavier call weeks I get several days before charging. I had to borrow a phone while mine was in service (explained later) and it happened to be one of these "fancy" units with camera, MP3, etc. I quickly learned after having to charge the dumb thing every day no matter what, I really missed my V188 - not to mention other irritations with gadget laiden phones.
2. Ease of use - The V188 was not as simple as I would have prefered, but after spending some time with it I got familiar and now I like it (a gadget savy friend even put a custom ring tone in for me)
3. Phone book - easy access, single "down arrow" push and you're in the phone book. Push a letter and jump to alphabetically placed entry. Entering numbers and information is slow with the keypad.
4. Speaker Option - This phone has a pretty decent speaker phone option. I've had conference calls with this little thing in the middle of the table and it did a good job with the volume and the microphone is sensitive enough for the party on the other end to hear adequately.
5. Standard 3-conductor 2.5mm accy socket for headset. I use Etymotic Research's EtyCom and it comes with the 2.5mm plug. I don't like using adapters and such so I want it to fit my phone directly. The V188 is one of the few that is simple (enough) and came with the right jack for my EtyCom headset. The combination works flawlessly.
6. Reliability, reception - This phone gets much better reception inside buildings than most other phones I have observed. It doesn't matter if they are $400 or $700 phones, the V188 clearly is one of the top for signal strength (I use T-Mobile, and maybe that has an effect, not sure).
I am not sure what is causing this problem but the only way I can explain it is the phone "locks up" occasionally and the only way to get it going again is to pull the battery and re-start. The problem started after about 8-10 months of use. It may be related to the SIMM card because I did have another Motorola phone lock up as well. Since I could not find these phones new anymore, I bought a used one from Ebay and It locked up as well. I tried a trick thinking the SIMM loses connection momentarily and the phone gets lost. The trick is adding 2 layers of regular scotch tape on the top side of the SIMM card itself so that when it's slipped in the socket, it fits tighter. It does seem to be working so far (1 week) It would typically lock up on a daily basis.
In conclusion, while this phone is not the "latest gadget", I think it was one of Mot's better units. I'm really bummed that technology and designs won't sit still for more than 6 months! I will have to buy a drawer full of used V188's to keep as back-ups!Read full review
- hannahs7Jun 03, 2008by
Motorola V188 Met My Expectations
I bought an unlocked Motorola V188 because I was taking a trip to Europe and needed a quad band GSM phone. The Motorola V188's compact size and and clamshell case were perfect for slipping it into a pocket. I purchased a SIM card in Germany, popped it in the V188 and was ready to go. The built in calculator, currency converter and alarm clock came in handy as well as the text messaging capabilities. I didn't need or want alot of extra features, which kept the cost down. Battery life was not great, but the charger was a 110/220 Volt so I could use it in Europe with just an adapter to fit it into European outlets. It turned out to be the perfect phone for a bargain price for me.