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Motorola MOTO VE538

Aug 20, 2008
Market status


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  • Slow data means slow Internet browsing (GPRS, UMTS)
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment




Motorola VE538 is a tri-band GSM candybar phone with UMTS support. It features 262k color TFT display, 2MP camera, stereo Bluetooth, microSD slot for memory, MP3 player and Speakerphone.

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  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.21 x 1.81 x 0.63 inches (107 x 46 x 16 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 2.93 oz (83 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (150 g)
  • Design features:
    • Numeric keypad, Soft keys (2)


  • Physical size:
    • 2.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 320 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 200 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 25.20 %
  • Colors:
    • 262 144


  • Camera:
      • 2 megapixels
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • Yes


  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.01 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD


  • Talk time:
    • 5.83 hours
      the average is 15 h (887 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 12.9 days (310 hours)
      the average is 18 days (424 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 910 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion


  • Music player:
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, AMR
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, 3GP


  • GSM:
    • 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • GPRS, UMTS
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes

Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calculator, Alarm, To-Do, Calendar
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, Predictive text input, MMS
  • Games:
      • Yes
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  • Bluetooth:
      • 1.2
    • Profiles/ Protocols:
      • Headset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), Dial-up networking (DUN), Object Push (OPP), Generic Access (GAP), Serial Port (SPP), Service Discovery Application (SDAP), Service Discovery Protocol (SDP), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
    • Voice recording


  • Officially announced:
    • 20 Aug 2008
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