Too often in the world of cell phones, the need
for a quality, basic handset gets lost in
the shuffle of integrated cameras and other high-end features.
The primary purpose of a phone is above all to make calls. If
a mobile can't do that well, it's not worth much. Fortunately,
there are devices like the Motorola V180. Wrapped in a compact
package, this T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless handset offers solid
call quality and basic yet functional features. While its design
felt flimsy, its inclusion of a speakerphone and instant messaging
was a welcome surprise. At $119, the V180's price is right, but
you can find the phone for even less with a service agreement.
Compact form factor; good call quality;
speakerphone; USB capability; instant messaging; world
phone; long battery life.
Flimsy plastic construction; slippery
keypad and cramped controls; small internal display.
What's it for:
Making calls and sending messages.
Who's it for:
People who don't expect too much from
their mobile phone.
High-performance battery; car charger;
headset; leather case.
The bottom line:
Though we weren't impressed by its
design, the Motorola V180 is a quality, basic cell