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Motorola V635 Review - Hardware

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Motorola V635 sit's in the middle of it's mobile phone range by offering a full featured phone, and also tries to move the bar up a bit in terms of camera functionality by offering 1.2 megapixels. It offers an update to the same clam-shell flip form of Motorola's recent phones such as the V600 and V620, but not quite as sleek or as skinny as the popular Motorola RAZR V3 phone. Interestingly, it seems that the V635 supports nearly exactly the same functionality and menu system of the RAZR V3 phone, except in a slightly shorter, but fatter flip format.

What comes in the box
  • Motorola V635 mobile phone
  • Comprehensive instruction manual
  • PhoneTools CDROM
  • Mains charger
  • Headphones
  • TransFlash adapter to MMC format
  • USB 1.0 data cable
Form / Aesthetics

Motorola's V635 offers a smooth casing in mostly metallic silver with a black shiny front, and the curved form sit's quite easily in the palm of your hand. A volume and the camera button is located at the side of the phone casing, although they are maybe a little small to use easily. A stubby aerial sticks out a bit from the rest of the rounded phone, and this where a hidden aerial may have been a bit nicer. Whilst not massively bulky, the width of the unit seems more noticeable in tighter pants / jeans, and whilst it's smaller than the RAZR V3 phones across and in height, it's much much fatter.

One of the nicer features of the V635 is that located at the front of the phone, is a small, but high quality colour display. This offers a truncated view of the main display, and allows you to quickly view an incoming call, or the current time, without actually flipping open the phone. The smaller screen nicely overcomes the usual problem of flip phones, having to open the case to use any part of the phone.

Open up the phone, and you are presented with a sleek and fairly flat keypad, with the display taking up most of the top face area. It is crisp and clear, and appeals to the younger market with brightly coloured menus and icons. The screen when open tilts back at a nice angle, and allows you to work the phone quite easily without any drawbacks. Those that are after a bit of a change at any time, are able to slide out the main silver insert easily, and replace it with a new edging. Overall the phone is pleasing to the eye, and quite compact. Presentation is professional, and would appeal to quite a few different tastes.

Hardware

Internally, the phone supports 5megabytes of internal memory for extra Java applications, games, videos and ringtones. It also supports tiny TransFlash cards for extra storage, which are useful for mainly storing your own MP3. As you can see from the screenshot, these are one of the smallest available flash memory standards, and come in a form smaller than a finger tip. Capacities ... (continued next page)