Motorola E815 (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: e815
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CNET editors' review
price range: $18.82 - $21.95
- Reviewed by: Ben Patterson
- Edited by: Kent German
- Reviewed on: 07/28/2005
The good: The Motorola E815 has a great internal display, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a speakerphone, a TransFlash card slot, Bluetooth, an MP3 player, 3G EV-DO support.
The bad: The Motorola E815 suffers from a slippery keypad, touch-and-go EV-DO reception, and no analog roaming. Also, Bluetooth file transfers have been disabled.
The bottom line: Verizon's new V Cast flip phone, the Motorola E815 scores with a sharp 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, plenty of RAM, and an MP3 player.
Lets clear some misconceptions about this phone
by TrueFacts on August 6, 2005
Pros: Full featured, relatively inexpensive
Cons: Weak vibrate
Summary: I just got this phone a few days ago after reading all the online reviews I could find. Some reviewers mentioned a few "weaknesses" that almost held me back from ...
Summary: I just got this phone a few days ago after reading all the online reviews I could find. Some reviewers mentioned a few "weaknesses" that almost held me back from buying the phone, but have since proved to be incorrect.
"It's too easy to accidentally turn off the ringer when it's in your pocket, since the button is outside the phone"
Not true - You can set the phone up to require an unlock code before allowing a volume change from the outside button. When you set it this way if you hit the button the outside display will simply say "Enter Unlock Code", and not change anything. You can lock it by going into Main Menu > Settings > Security > Lock Application > Ring Styles > Locked. The best thing about this it that it is still trivial to change the ringer volume or make it vibrate when you need to, by simply opening the flip and hitting the outside volume button to whatever setting you need it to be - no unlock code required! The designers put some thought into this, since lowering the volume through the different settings is silent, while increasing the volume gives you a quick sample, so you can check how loud the new setting will sound. This is exactly how you want it to behave - if you are in a meeting, restaurant, or funeral you don't want your phone to be stepping through the different volume levels when you are trying to make it silent or vibrate.
"You have to make and scroll through a separate Contact Entry for all the phone numbers each person has."
Not true - Simply go into Contact > [New Entry] > Select > Add New Phone Number. Fill out the Name and No: fields, then scroll down to ...MORE... and hit Select. Select Phone Number, and now you will get another field to enter a second phone number for the same contact. You can keep repeating this to get all the Home, Mobile, Work, etc... entries you need for a contact. For a finishing touch, go into Main Menu > Contacts > [select a contact] > Main Menu (the top center button at the top of the keypad with 3 horizontal lines on it) > Setup > View > Primary Contacts. Now when you go into Contacts on your phone you will see each contact name only listed once. To view all the alternate phone number for a contact all you have to do is move the rocker button left or right - works great!
I am still checking out the other features on the phone, and will be investigating if there is a way sync up with my Outlook contacts and calendar. I will update this review soon, but I did not want to wait to clear up these misconceptions.
250 out of 252 users found this user opinion helpful.
Can't decide between LG 8100 and E815...Let me offer my advice.
by mytobias on July 31, 2005
Pros: Reception/clarity/sound/camera /speakerphone/overall performance
Cons: Vibration/Earpiece a little bassy/Build?
Summary: I had the LG 8100 for 3 days and cashed it in for the Moto 815...'twas the right choice. All I can really say is not-so-great about the 815 ...
Summary: I had the LG 8100 for 3 days and cashed it in for the Moto 815...'twas the right choice. All I can really say is not-so-great about the 815 is the vibration is so-so (not as bad as some make it seem...still okay), the earpiece is louder than the LG but could use some more high end treble, and I am not sure about the build...the LG felt really solid and tight...the moto feels pretty good but I will have to be a little extra cautious. Other than that the Moto out performs the LG for what a phone is supposed to do. Like get a good signal. My LG 8100 hovered between 0 bars and 2 (a common critique in 8100 reviews)...anything above that was wishful thinking. THe Moto is a constant and solid 4 with a few short dips into 3 ever now and then. The moto's menu setup gets a bad rap...i think it is just fine. If you can't figure it out within the first few times of using it then you need an extremely basic phone. I didn't get the 815 first because I didn't think the volume would fit my preferences but after having it for only a day I feel much better...not the loudest but still loud enough for sure. The speakerphone is much impressive. My girlfriend says she can't tell the difference between me talking to her the traditional way and when on speakerphone. Thats pretty cool. The camera kicks butt both outside and inside, high light and low light, and at night. The flash is much better than LG's 8100. The videos are pretty solid too. All around I think the camera is leagues better than the LG 8100. V-cast is solid...LG8100 might have been just a hair faster, but the 815 is still just fine (no probs with over-buffering or anything like that). The battery life of the moto 815 is just stellar (a selling point for me). I don't have to worry if I don't get to my charger for 2 or 3 days. Many people knock the charging port of Motorolas and say the LG's are so much better. I just don't get it...as long as you plug it in and it gets juice what is the difference?
The overall performance of the 815 is just consistantly great. Mainly, the signal strength, and clarity, you know, what a phone is supposed to do, is all around what sold me on it.
The LG had a lot about it that I liked. The liked its menu setup better. It was loud as heck (but sometimes not as clear) and had an awesome vibrate. The outside LCD was much better than the Moto 815's, but it was also so smallt that I really didn't pay a whole lot of attention to what was on it anyways. Some of the customize features were nice too. Like being able to make videos wallpapers, so whenever I opened up my phone it would play a short clip of my girlfriend blowing me a kiss. But I don't miss it too much because all it really did was just drain my battery faster. Also you could put different pics and vids on both LCDs...the Moto 815 can't put vids as wallpapers and whatever is on the inside is on the outside. Navigating through the LG was a little faster than the moto. The build on it was tight and felt like it could take a good amount of abuse. But other than that it just annoyed me too much.
The earpiece volume was not loud enough for my tastes, but on top of that it drove me nuts on how it was an audible rollercoaster (also commonly found by other reviewers). People on the line would go from a roughly comfortable volume, to near inaudible, to mid range, back down to near inaudible, back up, and so on. The fluctuating sound was pretty much the deal-breaker for me. My signal would brake up. It dropped a good 40% of my calls that were already staticy and muffled. The phone locked 3 times in 3 days. The battery life (another deal-breaker and a common critique by others) made me gag. Had to charge it 4 times in 3 days and I wasn't really using it a whole lot. It made me wonder why they even put a battery in it at all. As great as the camera was outdoors, inside it was painfully terrible. The slightest loss of light or odd angle produced pictures riddled with grain and blur. That made night mode virtually useless, and the flash as well. The speakerphone was nice and loud...BUT..useless. The party on the otherline would continually complain of background noise and distortions (as there were distortions on the speaker too).
In the end it came down to a choice of whether I wanted the best light show, gizmos, and inside entertainment goodies...or a phone that serves the purpose of why you go and by a cell phone in the first place...making and receiving clear calls reliably. The Moto 815 wins hands down. Thanks Motorola.
175 out of 181 users found this user opinion helpful.
Worthy Successor to the V710
by bofis on July 10, 2005
Pros: improved keypad, beautiful screen, bluetooth, updated iTap, voice commands, EV-DO/V-Cast, more responsive GUI, well-designed, good speakerphone, picture and video msging
Cons: have to hack it to get OBEX and DUN working, but not hard to hack
Summary: I wrote a review on PhoneScoop not long after getting my phone, and it was almost not positive enough. I love this phone.
I had a V60 for years and ...
Summary: I wrote a review on PhoneScoop not long after getting my phone, and it was almost not positive enough. I love this phone.
I had a V60 for years and Motorola won me over with iTap, which I find to be far better than T9 for typing out sms msgs (text messaging). The E815 features Motorola's updated iTap predictive typing software which now can learn new word automatically and also suggest a word after only a few letters so you don't have to even type it all out.
The outside screen on the phone, while small and not as nice as the inside screen, does show the date, time, battery, and service and can display photo-caller-id if you set that up. The inside screen is beautiful and works well for taking pictures, reading in sunlight, or playing games and v-cast videos.
One thing most people are complaining about lately with this phone is the crippled bluetooth features. Motorola shipped the phone being able to do OBEX file transfers and DUN internet networking with a computer, but Verizon, wanting more profit, disabled these features. Since I wanted to get my pictures off my phone without paying to send lots of picture messages, I modified my phone to be an E815m which Mobile Phone Tools now recognizes and can copy files off of and to. Also enabling DUN is as easy as dialing ##342587 (##DIALUP) quickly and you'll see a prompt saying "Dial Up Networking Enabled." So I won't hold any of those limitations against this phone, since now it all works.
But enough about all the bells and whistles, what do most people do with their cell phones...make calls. And the E815 does that quite well, reception is better than any phone I've used on Verizon and battery-life is great. Audio quality on speakerphone, bluetooth headset, or normally is great, people have said I sound like I'm on a land line.
Until a CDMA RAZR V3 comes out next year this is the Verizon phone to get/beat.
82 out of 83 users found this user opinion helpful.
This is THE Motorola to get!
by Thunderheart on August 8, 2005
Pros: Voice command feature, digital camera, grabs & hold a signal, superior battery life, large screen, Bluetooth sync w/Palm
Cons: Some may find it sizeable, flimsy antenna
Summary: I have been in the market for a new phone (and service... sorry Nextel) for some time now. The Motorola E815 provides the flexibility, sturdy construction, excellent ergonomics, intuitive operations ...
Summary: I have been in the market for a new phone (and service... sorry Nextel) for some time now. The Motorola E815 provides the flexibility, sturdy construction, excellent ergonomics, intuitive operations to put it at the top of the heap. I hear the Razr V3 is great, but for those road warriors who want a feature-laden phone with exceptional reception, this is the one for you.
My venerable i90c, while timeless in its basic features and durability, is no match for the E815. This thing grabs and HOLD a signal about as tenacious as a bulldog does a plastic bone. It has a sizable surface area when compared to today's mini-phones, but it is understandable when you consider the 1.3 megapixel camera, speakerphone, voice-actuated dialing, search and status functions, Bluetooth and Openwave browser. It can sync with my Tungsten T5 and serve as a wireless modem. Not that I need it, because my new service provider, Verizon, allows me to check my e-mail anyway. While it has some size, it is by no means large; in fact it is dimensionally similar to my old unit. However, it is much more efficient in the use of the space it provides. For example, when the clamshell is open, nearly all of the interior surface is either screen or keys. Clean, efficient, highly-functional. Provide a slightly thicker antenna, and you are there!
Awesome job Moto! Keep it up!Updated
I would also like to offer a different opinion about two gripes that I've read here that seem to be common to this phone. 1) The battery life: Trust me on this; in order to get the posted life out of your battery, you MUST condition it at least twice. You will then see the 280-minute talk-time rating. 2) Weak vibration: This is subjective, but I prefer the vibration output on this phone, as I believe it should be felt by the user, but not heard by others (as you could with the older models). The output is more than sufficient for anyone who is wearing this phone on their belt or in a pant pocket.
31 out of 32 users found this user opinion helpful.
Wonderful mobile phone
by gizabird on August 1, 2005
Pros: Sleek, stylish, and functional above all else
Cons: Slight tinny sound in earpiece if volume is set too loud
Summary: I agonized over choosing a mobile phone from Verizon for weeeeks. I was deliberating between the samsung schA890 and the lg VX 8100 and this moto. I am very very ...
Summary: I agonized over choosing a mobile phone from Verizon for weeeeks. I was deliberating between the samsung schA890 and the lg VX 8100 and this moto. I am very very happy I chose the moto. It is a sophisticated looking mobile which feels great in the hand. I was suprised, as it is a tad larger than both of the other phones but fits much more naturally in my hand (and I have v. small female hands). I have recieved several comments from people who have noticed the phone and I didn't even expect it to (or care if did ) turn heads
Pros: Very customizable and intuitive user interface. When I am on the speaker phone the listener on the other end cannot tell. I dont really care about VCAST, but i got the free month promo and the multimedia capabilities/possiblities are amazing. Owning a 7 MP digital camera I thought the camera on the phone would be a lost cause, but it takes suprisingly good pics...(by it is a PHONE above all else, people.) Battery life is v. good. No dropped calls. V. good signal. Also comes stocked with a nice selection of non-fussy ringers (and a lot of fussy ones for those that like that) .
Cons: I wont regurgitate what others have said but yes, the vibrate mode is weak. The external LCD is not crystal clear. My only main problem with the phone is when the speaker on the other end speaks loud and high pitched, there is a tinny sound on my end, which I might have beef with in the next week if it doesn't stop annoying me. If you keep the volume on 4 it is diminished. I like the actual phone so much I might go back to verizon and see if it is simply my phone. Otherwise I can get used to it.
very nice phone. I obsess about choosing a cell phone and research it to death and I am happy so that should say something.
23 out of 23 users found this user opinion helpful.
Motorola and Verizon have done it right
by CellSavvy on July 7, 2005
Pros: Please see oppion for complete review
Cons: Please see oppion for complete review
Summary: This phone is truely amazing. I picked it up yesterday and immediately I saw things I liked. The screen is bright and crisp. The sound is superb. The connectivity is ...
Summary: This phone is truely amazing. I picked it up yesterday and immediately I saw things I liked. The screen is bright and crisp. The sound is superb. The connectivity is fast. You cannot even associate this phone with the V710 because although it looks like it, it is a vastly improved phone. The only thing I have not used is the blootooth but I tend to think it will work. The voice commands on this phone are top notch. For instance a long name such as Mutschman is easily picked up by the recognition. Verizon and Motorola have finally gotten this right! Backlighting is now in blue so it is easier to read.
Huge bright and crisp screen
Excellent Camera(much nicer than V710)
40mb onboard memory
Larger Spread out Keys
Nicer External Screen
1000 person phonebook capacity
Excellent Battery Life
Super Fast Charge Time(fully charged in about 2hrs)
Because of voice commands each name shows up seperately but is put in all together. ex: If you have Mike Home and Mike Cell they will be put in at the same time but will show up as seperate entries
Same Charger as V60(not sure if I like that)
Speakerphone could be a tad louder
25 out of 28 users found this user opinion helpful.
ATTN: To all who own e815, Unlock crippled features!
by StarFadedBlack on August 6, 2005
Pros: Everything, Reception, Speakerphone, Camera, etc.
Cons: Verizon, weak vibrate
Summary: Ok this is for all who own the lovely e815. There is a website that will show you how to unlock verizons crippled features like the Bluetooth Obex file transfers, ...
Summary: Ok this is for all who own the lovely e815. There is a website that will show you how to unlock verizons crippled features like the Bluetooth Obex file transfers, transflash copy/move options, how to enable Dial Up Networking (DUN), and using Mobile Phone tools for file transfers between PC and phone! <A HREF="http://www.inetron.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1">Click Here</A> to go to the site (you may want to right click on the link and open in new window) and you are going to need to register, dont worry its free. Just go to the login form to the left and create one. Next go to the Mobile Section on your left in the main menu and click on Mobile section then click on E815 Hacking Guide. This will give you the directions and what you need to do this. Remember, I nor this web site is responsible or liable for damage done to the phone in this process. Do under your own risk! But if you manage to get it, awsome and have fun!
Those looking for a review, just look at all the others! 9 times out of 10 people are complaining about verizon, not the phone! This phone is by far better than the LG 8100. The only complaint is the vibrate is a little weak but not as bad as people make it seem.Updated
Sorry the link I put up didnt work so well. Just copy and paste the site:
20 out of 21 users found this user opinion helpful.
Moto's E815 is miles ahead of V710
by mysterywhiteboy on July 13, 2005
Pros: Bluetooth, Good Camera, EVDO, good speakerphone, transflash data card slot, OBEX(after seem edit), DUN (after keypad code)
Cons: weak vibrate, low battery warning even w/ on silent, some features crippled by Verizon(most can be fixed with edits), no analog.
Summary: This phone is much better than its predecessor, the V710. First off, this phone is able to use the OBEX protocol to transfer files. Of course to do this you ...
Summary: This phone is much better than its predecessor, the V710. First off, this phone is able to use the OBEX protocol to transfer files. Of course to do this you have to edit the seems (plenty of info on how to do this online). It would be nice if this phone came shipped out of the box with OBEX, but the edit isn't all that difficult.
This phone comes with EVDO, Verizon 3G technology. I was able to get my first month of V-Cast free ($15 per month after). I have mixed feelings towards this service. To me, the quality is stellar. Occasionally, the stream will have to buffer, but for the most part it is pretty darn good. What would be really nice would be if in the future V-Cast allowed us to watch live TV. At the present you are limited to about 30-40 clips, (plus games, which I haven't even tried since you have to pay extra for them). Construction seems solid. And battery life is much better than the V710. The battery is 1040 mAh vs. the V10's 840 mAh giving it a better lifespan. My guesstimate is that it is going to fall a little short of the 280 minutes advertised talk time and 280 hour standby time. With my battery I get around 220-240 minutes talk time, which is still much better than the v710's talk time. The extended battery is not been released officially yet (though I have seen a couple on eBay). You can use the V710 extended battery for the phone but the case is a different color (big deal to some, not to others, I personally haven't tried it).
The speakerphone on my phone is excellent, no echo at all. People on the other line cannot even tell I am using the speaker phone. Unfortunately, I have seen several of these phones that do have the echo problem, especially in speakerphone mode, but since my phone does not do that I will not let it affect my rating.
One bad thing about this phone is the fact that it does not have analog. Which to me is not important since the area I live in never really goes off of the digital network, but to some it my be a major setback.
Overall, I would say that this is definitely Verizon's nicest phone to date, and would suggest to all.
18 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
Finallly, a phone that's actually a phone!
by exmachina on August 2, 2005
Pros: Amazing signal reception/retention; excellent sound quality; simple & functional interface
Cons: Camera lens is right where my index finger wants to rest while talking; Verizon has disabled many features
Summary: This phone deserves consideration if you rely on a cell phone for *all* of you phone needs. The call quality and signal-holding characteristics of this phone make me think I'...
Summary: This phone deserves consideration if you rely on a cell phone for *all* of you phone needs. The call quality and signal-holding characteristics of this phone make me think I'm on a land line and the phone's slightly large size (a negative in the cnet review) make holding the phone for long conversations more comfortable than some of the smaller phones I have used.
I have had no problems with battery life, and am still showing a charge level of "6" after two days of standby and 30 min of talk. The screen is big and sharp and the external display has a nice feature of reversing the contrast of the time display (to white on black) after the display dims, so that you can actually read the time fairly easily w/o turning the display back on.
Verizon has indeed taken away a lot of the phones functionality potential, but if you're technically minded, the folks at howardforums can set you straight.
16 out of 16 users found this user opinion helpful.
by yg28 on July 30, 2005
Pros: Everything in this phone is done right
Cons: Hard to find any.
Summary: This is probably the best phone I ever had. I got LG 8100 first to replace my 2yr old VX6000 and turned it back 2 days later and got E815 ...
Summary: This is probably the best phone I ever had. I got LG 8100 first to replace my 2yr old VX6000 and turned it back 2 days later and got E815 instead. What a smart move! 815 is a much better phone, perfect in almost every respect. Calls are clear and loud, internal screen is great, menus and contacts system makes perfect sense and is very easy to use (besides few very minor quirks), speakerphone is excellent.
Some very minor cons - external screen is very low-res, bluetooth file transfer is disabled (by Verizon) but it can be easily hacked, keypad sounds are very quite, and vibrate is weak.
15 out of 16 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: e815
- Description: The Motorola E815 is a must-have handset that delivers premium wireless broadband connectivity via Evolution for Data Only (EvDO) technology and features that will change the way you hear and see the world. With Video on Demand capability, a 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player and brilliant color screen, you'll enjoy a superior mobile sensorial experience. And thanks to Bluetooth wireless technology, fast downloading, optional storage via a TransFlash Memory Expansion Slot, speaker independent name and digit dialing you've got an incomparable mobile package. Experience rapid downloads and hands-free communication thanks to the Motorola E815's wireless broadband connectivity with CDMA 1x and EVDO technology and Bluetooth technology. Now you can download games, streaming video, MP3 tunes and business applications at lightning speeds. Move and groove your way to the next stage of music enjoyment with the Motorola E815. Also an MP3 player, the model E815 provides superior quality of sound and delivery, stereo headset support and a 64 polyphonic sound engine - giving you a new found respect for mobile music! Shoot life's candid moments with the Motorola E815's integrated 1.3 megapixel camera, then share via advanced Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS). No need to worry about having to transfer photos to save space - the Motorola E815 has optional storage with a TransFlash memory Expansion Slot, so you can literally commit life's moments to memory.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Cellular phone
- Form Factor Folder (flip)
- Phone Design Flip
- Integrated Components Digital camera,
- Antenna External
- Width 1.95 in
- Depth 0.92 in
- Height 3.71 in
- Weight 4.44 oz
- Technology CDMA
- Band CDMA 800/1900, 1xEV-DO
- Service Provider Not specified
- Software Platforms Supported BREW
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS,
- WAP Protocol Supported WAP 2.0
- Downloadable Content Screensavers,
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth
- Communication Features Internet browser
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Polyphonic Ring Tone Voice Qty 64
- Additional Features Video clip recording
- Personal Information Management Calendar,
- Phone Book Entries Qty 1000
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
- User Memory 40 MB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards TransFlash Card
- Sensor Resolution 1.3 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 4
- Type LCD display - Color
- Diagonal Size 2.2 in
- Display Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
- Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors)
- Multi-language Menu Yes
- Features Backlit
- Type LCD display - Color
- Display Resolution 96 x 64 pixels
- Connector Type Headset jack
- Technology Lithium ion
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter
- Also Included 40 MB