Motorola Slvr L7 - black (AT&T)
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: MOT-SLVR-L7
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- Motorola's Slvr L7 puts a prettier face on the iTunes phone, but its low-resolution camera, its sluggish music-player performance, and the limitations on the iTunes usability are big distractions.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $199.00
- Reviewed by: Kent German
- Edited by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 02/01/2006
The good: The Motorola Slvr L7 has an attractive overall design. It also comes with an integrated iTunes player, Bluetooth, a sharp display, a TransFlash card slot, and a speakerphone, as well as solid call and music-audio quality.
The bad: The Motorola Slvr L7's iTunes player is sluggish, and it's burdened with too many usage restrictions. The phone is further hampered by a low-resolution VGA camera, a lack of support for EDGE, tricky controls, no FM radio or stereo speakers, and little integrated memory.
The bottom line: Motorola's Slvr L7 puts a prettier face on the iTunes phone, but its low-resolution camera, its sluggish music-player performance, and the limitations on the iTunes usability are big distractions.
Great phone - quit complaining!
by mfossati on January 31, 2006
Pros: Slim (duh), light, itunes friendly, what more do you want?
Cons: 100 song max, otherwise the complains cnet has are minimally important
Summary: the rest of the US needs to get with the times: switch to tmobile or cingular/att to get GSM, you are wasting your time on CDMA. Ever need to ...
Summary: the rest of the US needs to get with the times: switch to tmobile or cingular/att to get GSM, you are wasting your time on CDMA. Ever need to go anywhere outside of the US? well, if u have a tri-band GSM, you'll be saving yourself a lot of hassle by just having one phone and a coupla sim cards.
Anyway, about the phone, what isnt there to love? who cares if its just another moto model of the razr, if the razr worked, then there is no reason for this not to. For those of you complaining because its a copy, i assume you're just bitter that all your friends got the razr before you and you dont want to conform. well, here's your chance to one-up them, since that seems to be all you all are concerned with.
now for some actual phone comments: the one thing it seems to be lacking is a dedicated music button (i may be wrong on this), the rokr had it, why doesnt this? otherwise, the size of this phone seems far more reasonable that the razr which i found to be rather wide and tall to make up for the fact that it was thin. great phone, now just make your interface as simple as nokia's, and you have a 100% winner. keep it up, motorola.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Slvr L7 lacks basic needs but looks stylish
by newmaze on June 27, 2006
Pros: crisp and dynamic Mp3 puny mono speaker phone
Cons: very poor navigation and handling
Summary: Don’t make a mistake by buying this phone by how it looks. Yeah, it looks slick, compact…BUT!!! At 1st I thought that fairly solid metal and “cool keypad” + ...
Summary: Don’t make a mistake by buying this phone by how it looks. Yeah, it looks slick, compact…BUT!!! At 1st I thought that fairly solid metal and “cool keypad” + the 100 mp3s storage + the sharp screen was gonna be enough. Nowhere near. Because the keypad is so flat and flush, it’s many times difficult to press on buttons with accuracy (ex: once my thumb would hit somewhere in between, and an “upright bishop” all of a sudden – nothin’ – wrong button) The button location is not the best either.
The player can only be synchronized with Apple’s player - but I prefer windows player – BUMMER. It also lacks useful functions that would be more daily necessities just like for business people and also for common or like teenage people. Irrefutably this cellphone was designed to target the “teenage group” based on the interface, features and the operating system. The letters are too scrunched up, so it’s not that pleasant to read.
If you need to look up time – plan on carrying a watch with your phone. What concerns the navigation – it was not very intuitive and the main feature pathetically is the “cingular mall” – it’s even in the middle of main menu. As I realized, in the contact list only one phone number can be stored PER A SINGLE LISTING OF A CONTACT ON THE SCREEN (for example, the name Sam would be shown twice in the list – one for a cellphone contact and the other for home, or for other) The data transfer via USB was also kinda slow. Not all of my assigned to transfer MP3s were actually transferred. Not protected yet from outside impact the screen (tho, not very scratch-vulnerable), that’s why I prefer a flip-phone. And I exchanged mine on a more efficient and cheaper one (on a flip-phone)
Alright, advantages: In all fairness it’s not a horrible phone. Very clear speaker phone even tho it’s mono). 192 kb/s Mp3s were quite crisp and loud for such a puny speaker. Again, metal is a plus, yet I don’t think it’s unscratchable yet. The screen was bright enough and sharp. Especially also the battery life was surprisingly long.
The slim gadget was still smelling like new even after about a month. Mp3s can be used as ringtones – AWESOME. Fairly light&compact in a pocket. The keypad could be easily cleaned and kept clean because of its flushness. Overall, I would not suggest that you would buy this phone, because there are better options that would give you more essential stuff for even a lower price.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Pretty On The Outside, Ugly On The Inside
by JMS013 on March 4, 2006
Pros: Sleek, Small, Stylish, Great Screen, Blue Tooth, Decent Reception and Clarity
Cons: MP3 loading and playing is slow and laggy, Expensive, Old USB, No EDGE Support, Poor Head Phone Connector
Summary: I bought this phone thinking that I would be on the forefront of cell phone technology, however, for the price of this phone you get very little bang for your ...
Summary: I bought this phone thinking that I would be on the forefront of cell phone technology, however, for the price of this phone you get very little bang for your buck and very few advances from it's Razor predecessor. This phone is exactly the same as the Razor as it uses the same basic interface, except for it has the addition of MP3 playing ability and a smaller more compact design, although it is longer and wider than appears to be. Ultimately for the price you can find much better, much more advanced phones. Hopefully Motorola will revise their mistakes and make a few advances and release a newer model, but until then save your money or spend it elsewhere.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
SE W800 still better!!!
by andrewinla on February 21, 2006
Pros: 850MHz coverage, slim design
Cons: user interface, sloooow menu's, NO Radio?
Summary: My wife just got this phone and I have a W800i I bought from Buy.com.
I paid 2 times the price so I think the Moto for the price ...
Summary: My wife just got this phone and I have a W800i I bought from Buy.com.
I paid 2 times the price so I think the Moto for the price is great.
The menu is slow. My wife thought it was ok but next my SE she realized how slow the menu was.
The 2 megapixel camera on the SE are good enough to print 4X6 prints from. After printing pics from both phones she was not so proud of her phone suddenly.
I also love using my radio which the Moto should have integrated.
The slim design is nice. The SE W800 is thicker almost by double but it is a shorter phone.
The memory is another big issue!
I started loading the Moto with music but even with lower bitrate was not able to put on too many songs.
I bought 2 Gig card for SE phone for $85 (with rebate) and still have room after 150 songs with good quality.
Too bad moto cant handle memory cards with more memory capacity.
Screen looks brighter on Moto so that is nice.
for $200 vs $400 I prefer my SE w800.
5 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
by azinzuvadia on January 12, 2006
Pros: Great looks, Slim, Sturdy, Large and Crisp Screen, Great MP3 sound quality in headphones or built-in speaker, Camera, Bluetooth
Cons: User Interface keys and navigation not as easy and as refined as Nokia phones, Video is choppy (what do you expect from a phone - its not a camcorder)
Summary: Unlike some other posters who have posted their negative comments just to spite Motorola for bringing out a great phone with all good features but just for GSM networks (and ...
Summary: Unlike some other posters who have posted their negative comments just to spite Motorola for bringing out a great phone with all good features but just for GSM networks (and not for CDMA).
Well lucky for me I live in India, where GSM rules.
I dont want to get into a debate about which network is better, however I have observed that typically the variety and features one gets on GSM phones is greater than on CDMA. (May be because CDMA phones tend to be cell network specific.)
This is a review of a phone. I own it and its great.
Great looks, Slim, Sturdy, Large and Crisp Screen, Great MP3 sound quality in headphones or built-in speaker, Camera and Bluetooth.
The slim metal-etched keypad looks really cool.
In-built Speaker is amazing, almost matches the sound quality of my laptop speakers.
Nokia users will miss the well tested and bug free user interface and navigation. Also some menu keys are on the reverse side than Nokia.
7 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
Overall, I really enjoy this phone
by gkbradshaw on August 16, 2006
Pros: Very Slim, 512 MB card included, nice screen, simple menus, lightweight, BLUETOOTH, iTunes is a nice addition
Cons: Small buttons, buzzing sound sometimes, unique power adapter
Summary: I've had this phone for a few months now. This was a phone that I loved from the start. I found things that if I were the engineer I ...
Summary: I've had this phone for a few months now. This was a phone that I loved from the start. I found things that if I were the engineer I would change but the pros far outweigh the cons IMO. I love having a phone now that I can put in my pocket and not even realize it's there. FINALLY!! I hate being weighed down by bulky phones. iTunes is great to have cause my iPod apparently can't stay out of the shop. If you have big fingers and constantly do txt msgs then this isn't for you. I've leared to deal with it but txt msgs are sort of a slow process. Bluetooth is easy to set up with a headset or with my Mac Mini. I like being able to update my contacts on my computer easily and have them all backed up. The camera isn't great but I don't care because that's why i have a nice digital camera. The reception is pretty good considering my house is a black hole for cell phone signals. In other words I can talk without having to go outside unlike my verizon phone (and yes I've had less dropped calls since switching to Cingular, thanks). If you are looking for an easy to use, slim, lightweight phone with a few extras then this is a great option.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Moto did a nice job with this one
by lisala on February 2, 2006
Pros: great call quality, itunes,sexy looks
Cons: limited themes, ringtones
Summary: i have had this phone a couple of days now and am very pleased with it. music on a phone? wonderful..having a 100 songs is more than i need ...
Summary: i have had this phone a couple of days now and am very pleased with it. music on a phone? wonderful..having a 100 songs is more than i need in a day...and i don't have to carry around two devices. camera could be better but i have a digital camera if things get serious.
call quality is really great and reception is much better than my 3 previous phones, my partners 2 phones...it does best what a phone is supposed to do...make and receive calls.
maybe the people who rate this phone so low should stop looking at only the specs. and think about what a phone is supposed to do...thank you Moto!!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Shut up Haters
by cdtphilpot on January 31, 2006
Cons: VGA Camera, Only holds 100 songs
Summary: Number one this phone just came out today for CINGULAR in the US and just looking at the stats its great, plus its only $199 with a two year contract. ...
Summary: Number one this phone just came out today for CINGULAR in the US and just looking at the stats its great, plus its only $199 with a two year contract. If you're on a CDMA network you might want to call your selll phone company and tell them to catch up with the times
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
in regards to people not understanding reasons for product releases
by mjl2610 on February 1, 2006
Pros: small slim design that is easy to have on you
Cons: wish it had EDGE technology
Summary: This is more of a comment rather than a review. It’s to summarize some other comments I made on other boards. It seems that people are really miffed over ...
Summary: This is more of a comment rather than a review. It’s to summarize some other comments I made on other boards. It seems that people are really miffed over the fact that this phone was not released on the United States CDMA technology but on the global GSM technology. In a quick regard to these ignorant and unintelligent comments... these companies are SMART believe it or not. With world wide GSM subscriber growth in excess over 1 billion on this network tech. versus far far less on an overall CDMA tech. why wouldn’t a cellular phone manuf. release these phones on GSM first? It’s a way to make money and target the maximum growth potential around the world as a company to make money to say the least. think before you act.
3 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Slim great MP3
by jspec260 on February 25, 2006
Pros: I Tunes, Slim, Battery life, Display, Flashy
Cons: Menu, Speakers, Headset connection
Summary: We have just gotten this phone a few days ago and i have been playing with it since. As a owner of a ROKR i can tell you that they ...
Summary: We have just gotten this phone a few days ago and i have been playing with it since. As a owner of a ROKR i can tell you that they made some improvements on this model. The I Tunes feature is great and people that complain about the MP3 player in it are stupid as can be it is a cell phone people. Not something that is ment to take the place of your I POD or other MP3 player. In fact Apple set it up to be that way. It is a nice slim phone and slips in and out of the pocket easily. Also this phone has great battery life. The display on it is great wont miss a thing with it but i also think that my A-900 has a little better display. The are a few draw backs to the phone though. The first is that they downgraded the speakers in them the ROKR had much better speakers that came out with a better range. But the speakers in this you can live with do not get me wrong. Another thing is that Motorola is long over due to update their menu layout it can be a little hard to get navigate at first it will take a little while to get used to it. Also the headset connection is not a mini plug or anything like that so you have to use the headset that came with it or the adapter but it still makes things a little harder say if you lose something. The last thing that needs to be mentioned is that it was a really good idea that they made the song transfer a little fast then the ROKR did.
Over all this phone has a lot of great features. Yet i would not rush out to buy this phone alone.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: MOT-SLVR-L7
- Description: Motorola L7 combines superb performance with cutting-edge features, all within the sleek design of one of the slimmest phones around. Don't just make a call - make a statement. It's amazing how something so thin can still be so reassuringly sturdy. Motorola L7 is a mobile marvel sheared to a sophisticated 11.5 mm thickness. Yet its large 176x220 TFT display with 262K colors is a feast for the eyes. With Motorola L7 so easily slipped into a pocket or bag you'll never miss a chance to capture perfect moments, wherever they may happen. Bluetooth -enabled technology frees you from the confines of the cord and lets you do more with Motorola L7. Stellar design in a precise package. Glowing keypad lights your way and beckons your touch. Take your entertainment with you on the new Motorola L7. Move to the groove and listen to your favorite MP3 music tracks.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Cellular phone
- Form Factor Bar
- Integrated Components Voice recorder,
- Antenna Internal
- Width 1.9 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 4.4 in
- Weight 3.4 oz
- Available Body Colors black, red, silver
- Technology GSM
- Band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
- Service Provider AT&T
- Software Platforms Supported Java,
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS,
- Supported Email Protocols SMTP,
- WAP Protocol Supported WAP 2.0
- Messaging & Data Features XHTML Browser
- Downloadable Content Screensavers,
- Data Transmission GPRS
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Personal Information Management Calendar,
- Phone Book Entries Qty 500
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Supported Flash Memory Cards TransFlash Card
- Still Image Resolutions 640 x 480
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Digital Zoom 4
- Digital Video Formats MPEG-4,
H.263 video and AMR audio
- Type LCD display - Color
- Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors)
- Connector Type USB - Mini-USB Type B
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 400 min,
Standby - up to 350 hour(s)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter