Motorola V325i Cellular Phone Review

I bought this phone to replace my previous one. I used to have an Audiovox CDM8910, and it has been a pretty sad excuse for a phone. The Motorola V325i cell phone blows the Audiovox out of the water.

This phone feels pretty much like any other normal cell phone. It’s not extremely thin by any means. It’s also not really heavy or really light. It pretty average as far as the feel of it goes. When you’re holding it, it feels like there is actually something there in your hand; it has some weight. Personally, I prefer this over a phone that is really thin and light. I want to be able to feel it in my pocket so I don’t have to keep checking to make sure it’s still there.

It’s a pretty durable phone. I’ve dropped it a few times, but you can’t tell. It still works as great as it did when I got it. It’s a pretty sturdy phone. The hinge is quite rugged too, so it would be difficult to accidentally snap it in half. Actually, unless you were really trying, it’s pretty much impossible to break it in half. Even if you dropped it while it was open, it’s not going to snap. It will still get scratched up and stuff, of course, but it’s most likely not going to break.

The sound quality is pretty good. It’s not amazing for sure. I mean you can tell you’re on a cell phone. But the sound isn’t all garbled either. It’s plenty clear to hear and understand what the other person is saying. It’s not crystal clear, but it does a good enough job for the price you have to pay for it.

I don’t consider a camera to be an important part of a cell phone, but for some people it could be useful. You’ll be glad to know that this phone has a decent camera. It’s actually pretty good if you just want to take a quick picture. However, there is no flash, so you can’t really take pictures in the dark. You need a decent amount of light to take a good picture, so that could be one downside to the camera. You get three settings for image resolution. They range from 120×160 to 480×640 pixels. That comes out to a max of 0.3072 megapixels. Not great at all if you are a camera person. But for a cell phone, the camera serves its purpose. At the largest resolution, the pictures are noticeably blocky and not extremely clear. But I think that’s expected. Since it’s just a phone and not a real camera, it does a good enough job of taking pictures. This phone does not do videos, which is unfortunate.

You get five preset sound profiles that can be rotated through easily with the phone closed. You just press the volume button and then use another button to cycle through them. Of course they can be changed through the menu when the phone is open too. The five profiles for the phone are silent, vibrate, vibe then ring, loud, and soft. You can’t make it ring and vibrate at the same time; it can only vibrate first then ring. This isn’t really a huge deal though. You can change the settings for each profile (volume, ringtone), but you can’t create or rename new profiles.

The Bluetooth support on this phone is actually pretty good. It works very well with my headset, although my headset is just a cheap one so I’m not quite sure of the audio quality with a good one. You can connect to a Bluetooth enabled computer also. This lets you sync contacts (and calendar events) with Outlook. You can also transfer sound and audio files via Bluetooth. This is quite useful for putting custom ringtones on the phone. You can even use the phone as a modem for a computer via Bluetooth, but I don’t recommend this. You could end up get charged unexpected fees, depending on your cell phone service.

This phone is MP3 ready. It can play MP3 files like a simple media player. But even better, it can play any MP3 as a ringtone or as an alarm. That’s pretty cool in my opinion. The space is limited, though. There is a total of about 12 megabytes. Generally about 3 MB are used by the pictures that come on the phone for backgrounds, as well as the sounds. So you have about 8 or 9 megabytes for pictures and sound files. Don’t plan on syncing your music library to it or anything, but if you have a few sound files you want to be able to play on it, you have that option.

Unfortunately for some people, there is no support for third party apps or even games. However, this is meant to be an affordable phone to be used as a phone. If you like a phone to entertain you, this probably isn’t the one.

The battery life is ok. My battery went bad (after about a year), so right now my battery won’t last for more than about 20 minutes of talking. It lasts for about two days if I don’t talk on it. Back when the battery was still good, I think I could get about 2 hours of talking on it.

This phone is a good choice for somebody who just wants to be able to make calls easily. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles. But it serves its purpose well. I got this for $20 after rebate at U.S. Cellular. You’d have to check to see if your service offers this phone to get the price, but it shouldn’t be very expensive. Definitely give this phone a shot if you like what I described.

By susan