Motorola Renegade V950 Review
The battery life is rated at four hours of talk time, and we were able to come within a few minutes of it. Standby, however, was a different story. Motorola doesn’t list a standby time, but perhaps it’s because they are embarrassed. We fully charged the phone and let it sit, untouched and inactive. When we came back 22 hours later it was dead as a doornail. The email app is not set up, there were no missed events in that time and the reception is above average. We’ve seen many users complaining of terrible battery life and would have to agree with their assessment.
The Renegade is one tough phone. It is designed to withstand just about anything you throw at it, and we threw a lot at it. It’s not a small phone, but by iDEN standards it’s downright tiny. It has a wonderful in-hand feel and the grippy soft-touch coating is very reassuring. As far as features go the Renegade has just about anything you want, making it a true feature phone for the QChat lineup. Unfortunately the battery life is downright miserable, and Motorola needs to get a software update out immediately to address this. Then again, just about every CDMA Motorola we’ve seen in the past few years has been plagued by this, so perhaps we shouldn’t expect any less. If you need a rugged PTT phone and want all the modern conveniences the Renegade delivers, just make sure you have plenty chargers on hand.
- Rugged, rugged, rugged
- Design pleases both the eye and hand
- Only QChat phone to support Sprint TV, Radio and Music Store
- Awful battery life
1. (unregistered) posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0 0
the battery life issue is an easy fix, but its going to cost you and make the phone a bit thicker. Motorola already makes an extended battery, the BK 10. All the consumer is waiting for is the extended battery door, which should be along soon. Why motorola doesnt just issue extended batteries I dont know.
2. (unregistered) posted on 22 Nov 2008, 20:53 0 0
Motorola really should have done a better job with the battery specs, I will grant you that. However, there is a way to improve the situation without getting the thicker battery. If you do not use PTT you should ask Sprint to turn that feature off (setting on your phone that requires the unlock code, so Sprint will need to do this). Once this is done, turn the phone off for 30 seconds. Then turn it back on. Your battery life will be DRAMATICALLY better. This change will deactivate PTT but will leave the data settings in place. Your battery will last considerably longer. Enjoy!
3. (unregistered) posted on 25 Nov 2008, 15:20 0 0
That is great to know. Excuse my ignorance but does this change the signal reception at all for sprint? Cheers.
4. (unregistered) posted on 27 Nov 2008, 23:12 0 0
No, this will NOT affect the signal characteristics at all.
5. bbold2 posted on 07 May 2009, 10:52 0 0
i have this phone i like it a lot even though i've only had it for about 2 days. i actually traded the instinct s30 in under the 30 days for it.. i have to say i missed having a flip, granted little more time consuming to text but all in all its a great phone, have 2 agree the batt is not that great i may get the extended battery. all in all great phone, i hope i don't get some of the issues ive read on sprints reviews. but i like it so far.. great signal strength