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Motorola P280 review 1

Sound Quality

The sound quality of the phone is remarkably good. The tonal balance is great, almost no background noise, and no voice distortion. What I would like to see is a little better earpiece volume.

RF Performance

The P280 performance is above the average. It holds weak signal very well, and drops the calls due to it about the same time as most other GSM phones.


The phone that I purchased from VoiceStream came with a hands-free, European plugs, CD containing drivers for the built in modem, and a data cable (used to connect a laptop to the phone). The software installation was a breeze, took me like 2-3 minutes to install it on my laptop. The GPRS allows a lot faster data transfers then you can imagine possible with a mobile phone. I think this phone is great for business people, who have to travel and need to connect to the Internet or to their offices. The P280 supports IR, serial and USB connections to your computer. Unfortunately, it does not support the emerging BlueTooth standard. There is a 2.5mm headset jack located on the right side of the phone, just above the volume keys.

Battery Performance

The Motorola P280 comes with 800mAh Lithium-Ion battery. The claimed stand-by times are between 150h to 250h and talk times between 3h to 4h. The actual, with average use is around 70h stand-by time and 3h talk time. So, if you are a heavy SMS.

Availability and Price

The phone is currently available VoiceStream Wireless and costs $169. It could be purchased from also, and the price there varies between $150 to about $200.

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