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The Motorola E815's overall shape and size were similar to other Motorola clamshell designs.  The E815 phone is pretty feature-rich: 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth® wireless technology, integrated MP3 player, PIX and TXT Messaging, Mobile Web 2.0 (Internet news, VCAST) and a 1000 contact directory.

Volume and Smart/Speakerphone keys are on the left side, trans-flash memory card slot on top, photo and voice recognition keys on the right.  Trans-flash is yet another flash memory card sized for small devices like cell phones... you don't want to hear what I have to say about this.  OK... I think it is crazy to keep making new card formats.  Why don't they just put out a REALLY small chip and sell us new adaptors instead???

The E815 uses the standard Motorola power connector so it should work with all of the accessories that supports that format.  The built-in speakerphone is on the back.  The quality of the sound from the ear speakers and the speakerphone were fine for voice calls.

We loved the quality of both the internal and external displays.  Both were clear and bright in daylight.  The keypad was backlit.  A nice usability feature in low light situations.

The integrated 1.3 megapixel camera was very easy to use.  Photos can be take in several different quality resolutions (160x120, 320x240, 640x480, 1280x1024). The camera can also be triggered by an auto timer.  Motorola had included a built-in flash (red arrow below) on the cover.




E815 VCAST Cell Phone

By Wan Chi Lau

Verizon announced this new phone from Motorola a while back.  For some reason, Verizon pulled it from their website shortly after announcing it. Now it's back...no real reasons why.

In the FirstLook we give you a quick overview of the buttons and features.  We also show some samples of digital photos taken with this phone.

Since this phone is the first one we've tested with Verizon's new VCAST capabilities, we also share our impressions of this video-on-demand feature.

In the FirstUse review, we will talk about the other multimedia capabilities of the Motorola E815.  We will also show some samples of the quality of the videos taken with the E815.


1. FirstLook

2. FirstUse

3. InTheWild


Review Summary:

Initial Impression- VCAST!

Usability- Good camera

Durability- Test in progress

Price- Free to $300 depending on your plan


Image/Video Samples:

Images - 640x480 Resolution

Video - Clip 1, Clip 2

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Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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