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★★☆☆☆

“I originally purchased this mobile phone in February...”

Written on: 27/08/2005 by starfire2005 (5 reviews written)

Good Points
MOTOROLA E398 - T-Mobile (Originally).
Stereo Sound, 65,000 Colour Screen, Bluetooth and Memory Card Expansion

Bad Points
T-Mobile Rubbish Menus which hindered the phone rather than enhanced it. Flashing Light System Poor (Motorola V80 Lights Much Better. Memory Card did not extend main phone memory. Texting System.

General Comments
I originally purchased this mobile phone in February of 2005 from my local T-Mobile Store for £129.99 which looking back was robbing for the spec of the phone.

I would not have bought the phone on T-Mobile but no one else appeared to have taken it up or T-Mobile had purchased sole rights to sell the phone (I unlocked the phone and used it on Orange).

T-Mobile menus were awful, luckily you could use Motorola Menus. What was annoying was the T-Mobile Startup Tune and Graphics the Tune being the worst as you could not set your own or turn it off.

The Flashing light system was naff and not what i had expected having tried a friends V80.

The Screen Display could have been much brighter, more colourful and sharper (the old sharp GX10i had a much more colourful and pleasant display). The Camera was not very sharp. The Memory Card system was poor it would not extend the main phone memory and you had to manually copy a ringtone out of the memory card into main phone memory this caused problems if you were using MP3 for ringtones and wanted one for voice, text and alarm. The Datasuite supplied with the phone was very poor and the cable kept dropping out of the USB Port of my PC. Bluetooth link was good. Battery life on the phone is diabolical considering the phone was being pushed as a mobile MP3 player like the ipod system and the Orange SPV C500 which in some ways was better.

Itap Texing this should be got rid of completely by Motorola and they should install a full T9 system on there phones ie add to dictionary, word wrap just like all nokia and siemens, and ericsson phones do.

I would not reccomend this phone or any other Motorolas unless they update there systems.

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