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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v60

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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v60
Here at PhoneArena, we’ve been privileged over the years to check out the latest and greatest in the mobile phone world. Since our inception, we always see a constant trend and innovation in technology that further spurs the growth in the creation of handsets – it fuels the ever growing category of crafting devices that are compelling and have a long lasting deep effect. Although everyone may always be looking to see the next big thing, some phones may get lost in all of the translation when newer devices replace older ones – much like how the old saying goes. “Out with the old, in with the new.” Taking a trip down nostalgia lane can sometimes make you realize how some of those old handsets we used to sport really impacted the mobile industry. We’re going to look at some fundamental handsets that were truly revolutionary in their own aspect; not just the obvious popular ones out there. We may even look into devices that were just unique in their own way; even if they weren't considered a huge success in terms of units sold. Every now and then we will feature a select phone and take you on a trip back to memory lane on some of these handsets that remind of how it used to be. With that in mind, we proudly present to you our first Retro-Rewind look.

Motorola’s financial successes can be attributed to a plethora of innovative devices that truly revolutionized phones – both from a design aspect and the kind of impact it had on consumers. Before the Motorola RAZR stormed the country with its sleek looking all metal design, another Motorola phone set the precedence far before that. The Motorola v60 came out during a time when color screens weren’t prevalent and the flip phone form factor dominated the landscape of mobile phones. Some would consider the handset as being fashionable and luxurious; especially when you consider its price tag of $299.99 when it was first released. The v60 brought along a sense of style and personality that nothing up until that point offered – you knew this handset was something with its anodized aluminum housing. Moving pass its design, it offered some impressive features that most owners weren’t accustomed to seeing – such as internet access, text messaging capabilities, and voice activated dialing. It didn’t become a best-selling phone until a year after its initial release – it ended up becoming available in all three cellular technologies during that time; GSM, TDMA, and CDMA. It truly became a worldwide success for Motorola and brought forth what many would consider as the golden years for the American manufacturer. There are a lot of flip phones out there that could attribute their success to this device; we know that the Motorola v60 will always be ingrained in our memories for being one step ahead of its time.

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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v60
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v60

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


Nice! I was actually just talking about this phone to my coworkers. My mom had this one back in the day, when we had VZW. It was actually a really well constructed phone. The outer casing was made out of metal instead of plastic. I had a crappy ol V120, so I was always jealous of her phone, lol.

posted on 06 Feb 2010, 12:41

2. baldilocks (Posts: 519; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Awesome phones. Motorola ruled back then... :)

posted on 06 Feb 2010, 12:51

3. SPcamert (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Feb 2010)


My dad used to have this phone a while ago. He loved it. It worked well. Only thing was the outside display kept getting what looked like sand in it so he wound up replacing it a couple of times. You're not kidding about the text messaging on that phone though. That phone taught my dad how to text (or should I say I did?). Maybe next time you can do a piece on the a650 from Samsung. Best phone I've ever had. Either way, awesome phone and look forward to future installments of Retro-Rewind.

posted on 06 Feb 2010, 13:04

4. jovel16 (Posts: 53; Member since: 05 Oct 2008)


This was the bomb back then! ahhh the good old days on non-color screens. Makes you really appreciate how far we've come since then.

posted on 06 Feb 2010, 15:14

5. hot99larry (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Feb 2010)


Today I talked to the VZW salesperson and told him that the best phone I ever had was the V60. By the time mine stopped working only refurbs were available... but each had its own defect. Since I could not get a new one I "upgraded" to the RAZR V3. The one feature I miss that can't be found today is the ability to record the names for voice dialing directly into the phone book. Name recognition is the pits with the newer phones. The V60's voice dialing and speakerphone made it my number one choice.

posted on 06 Feb 2010, 16:10

6. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


..."we proudly present to you our FIST Retro-Rewind look." Being the first retro-rewind, some would think they would proof read it a little more. But great to see this being injected into phonearena, I was starting to get sick of seeing mobile game reviews. If you have no news to post, don't post at all.

posted on 06 Feb 2010, 20:43

7. irvinkeith (Posts: 55; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


imma really be lookin forward to these articles keep it up

posted on 06 Feb 2010, 21:02

8. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


Technology has come a long way.

posted on 07 Feb 2010, 07:58

9. KArkhon (Posts: 5; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


I had this phone, and it was rubbish. Menus were terrible and confusing, the screen was too small, build quality was sub par so much that even the antenna broke off at a certain point. But it really looked amazing, probably among the best looking phones at that time.

posted on 07 Feb 2010, 10:06

10. PHONE_GEEK (Posts: 52; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


i remember when that was super new and everybody had it at once :)

posted on 08 Feb 2010, 00:14

11. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


This was the first Motorola phone I owned, and it was great. Too bad it required Tri-Mode (Analog/Digital) to effectively work on the networks back in the day. All-digital is where it's at. The V60 was easy to use, had a great interface and plenty of user info on the home screen. It would be too simple on today's standards but at the time this phone was new, it was great. It even had changable covers. I sometimes wish phone manufacturers would release "retro edition" phones for the public. They would of course have slight modifications to fit today's standard (ie. Micro-USB charging ports, All-Digital CDMA instead of Analog AMPS or GSM instead of TDMA) They could even throw in 3G and Bluetooth on some models. You could enjoy retro style phones on modern wireless technology. 3 phones that come to mind would be: 1-Motorola STARTAC 2-Motorola V60 series 3-Motorola E815...I would also like to see some of the older Nokia models too.

posted on 11 Feb 2010, 22:06

12. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


this was a good phone. . .reminiscent of the StarTac!

posted on 12 Feb 2010, 06:02

13. rjmjr72 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


I worked for ATT wireless when this phone came out..It by far had excellent reception on att old TDMA network but the actual phone was garbage..EVERYone had broken off the antenna that clearly didnt belong on the top and that size..menus were terrible and ringtones were awful..the metal casing and size were the key selling points..

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