- 1.3 megapixel camera, support for up to 256MB memory, plug and play
- Slow interface, can't lock the keypad, confusing number of buttons
Motorola has added extra multimedia functionality to the compact V635, but it lacks any standout features.
Price$ 758.00 (AUD)
The quad-band V635 features a colour screen, MP3 player, 1.2 megapixel camera and video capture in a clamshell design. Weighing 133g (which is rather heavy for phones this small) and measuring 49 x 89 x 25mm, the V635 is a sturdy and compact unit that slips easily into a pocket or purse.
While it displayed colours well, the internal 262,000 colour TFT screen of the V635 was a little disappointing. We found images were not sharp and the screen is prone to smudging. Although small, the internal screen displays an ample seven lines of text when messaging. When the phone is closed, the external display screen shows the time, battery level, signal strength and any incoming call or message alerts.
The menu system of the V635 takes some getting used to; the sheer number of options and bewildering amount of buttons on the keypad do not help. There are seven non-numeric buttons plus the five-way navigation joystick to navigate around the phone. It was hardly intuitive, and to access some options required going into several menus and submenus.
Another problem we had with the software was its speed--when starting up the device, loading music or personalising the phone for the first time, we had to wait up to 20 seconds for the programs to load.
The keypad is well built, with the keys slightly raised, easy to press and having a smooth, rounded feel. There is no quick way of locking the keypad. This shouldn't be much of an issue since when the phone is closed the keypad is shielded. However, the ring volume button on the side of the device could still be activated when the phone is closed.
We found entering text for messaging a little tedious. While the phone uses a predictive text system, the Delete and Select keys are positioned at the very top of the keypad. This meant we had to take our fingers off the keypad when typing messages to access these buttons, slowing us down considerably. The phone can store approximately 100 SMS messages and supports MMS for sending pictures or videos.
Featuring an 8X digital zoom, the installed 1.2 megapixel camera allows users to take photos at Thumbnail (120 x 160), Medium (480 x 640) and High (960 x 1280) resolutions. The camera has a flash, exposure settings, lighting options and a self timer. We found the picture quality was excellent, although it still can't compare to the 2 megapixel camera phones from Sony Ericsson. The V635 also allows up to 60 seconds of video recording at 176 x 144 pixels (with sound) and supports voice recording--but again only for 60 seconds.
We found the MP3 playback sound quality was average with the speaker hidden at the back of the unit. One aspect we found particularly annoying was that the volume control on the side of the phone didn't control the MP3 volume. You have to use the navigation joystick to navigate to the volume icon, select it and manually reduce the volume by pressing the button.
The V635 has a USB cable to connect to your PC and also supports Bluetooth and infrared. Transferring data to the supplied 64MB memory card is simply a matter of connecting the phone to the PC and then dropping music, picture or video files into the relevant folders. Motorola has also included Mobile Phone Tools version 3 for synchronisation with Microsoft Outlook.
The V635 supports the usual call list functions (missed, received, last dialled) and up to 1000 entries can be stored in the phone book. It also supports voice activation, and pictures can be assigned to caller IDs. The usual graphic options are included (skins, themes, wallpapers and screensavers) and as well as a hands-free speaker mode.
The unit ships with two games: FotoFunPack 2 and a golf game. The unit also features a calendar, calculator and alarm clock.
According to Motorola, the battery life of the unit is about 6 hours talk time and 235 hours on standby, and it took us just over 2 hours to fully recharge the unit.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® Portable SSD
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Lenovo to integrate Amazon Alexa in Moto smartphones
- HMD's new Nokia 3310 turns back the clock -- and turns heads
- Huawei showcases new phones in Barcelona, gets mobbed by eager crowds
- Nostalgia rules as classic phone brands come alive at MWC
- Huawei's P10 camera-phone comes in more colors than the rainbow
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTFull Stack Web Developer .NET or JAVANSW
- TPBI Commercial AnalystVIC
- FTFull stack Developer - Senior (Java or C# and AngularJS) x 3QLD
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerQLD
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- CCCommercial Contract AdministratorNSW
- CCBusiness Test Lead - BRT/UATNSW
- FTSenior C# DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior Project Manager - PERMANENTACT
- CCSAP ISU Device Management ConsultantNSW
- CCFinance Analyst/ Project SpecialistVIC
- CCIT Infrastructure ArchitectNSW
- CCSAP/ Nakisa Implementation ConsultantQLD
- CCSenior Technical SpecialistNSW
- CCNetwork Engineer/ Network AdministratorQLD
- CCFullstack .Net DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Storage System Engineer -NetApp & TSMNSW
- TPSenior Project Manager - ReinsuranceNSW
- TPSolution Architect - Office 365QLD
- CCSystems Engineer (Systems Architect/Designer)VIC
- FTSenior Web DeveloperNSW
- FTSolution Architect l MS Exchange, O365NSW
- TPIteration ManagerNSW
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- TPImplementation Business Partner - Business ModernisationNSW