Motorola V265 review


The v265 is an eye-catching flip phone that is packed full of features with a slick design.  Of course, as with every cell phone, it has its ups and its downs.  You just need to see if the “ups” outweigh the “downs” for your needs.  If you are looking for just a “cool looking” phone, then you will definitely have it with its chic silver and black exterior with the rounded edges.  If you need features you will get VAD (Voice Activated Dialing), downloaded BREW applications, and an internet browser, you will have that as well.  This will be a short review trying to cover all the possible aspects of the Motorola v265.


The exact dimensions of the phone are:


The phone has four buttons on the ourside.  Three are located on the left side of the phone and one on the right.  With these buttons you can do a few different features.  First you can change what “mode” the phone is in.  With the push of a button (left buttons) you can change from five different modes: Soft (Quiet Ringers), Vibrate (No audio ringers or reminders),  Vibe&Ring (First will have a series of vibrations then rings),  Silent (No audio or vibration), and Loud (All tones are louder).  All of these “profiles” can be customized to your ring tone selection and volume.  It is very nice since you do not have to open the phone to change the mode. Very useful! The button on the right side is not used with the phone closed unless you have a headset connected, in which you can activate the VAD (voice activated dialing. Very nice as well!

The camera is located on the front as well.  There is no cover for the lens so it is open to the elements.  However, the lens is indented back a little so it is not as easy to scratch. 


The external display is not color, but definitely compliments the phone.  The background is black with a silver font. 

The top has the headset jack and a removable antenna. (Antenna should remain in
place or you may experience poor reception).  The headset jack has a rubber cover so nothing gets into the jack.                      



The phone has a cover on the back.  Unlike some of the phones you see with a battery/cover combo, this has a separate cover from the battery.  This is strictly a personal preference.  I feel it protects the battery better. 

An issue that I have with this phone is kind of feels cheap.  It is made entirely out of plastic and it feels that way!  Some phones just have a better feel to them.  I noticed how easy it was to scratch the silver portion, while the black areas just showed every finger print.  I admit, I am very ruff on phones so it may just be my treatment of it!



The interior has the same color scheme with as the exterior (black and silver).  The blue-lit keyboard is easy to see in the dark and looks great.  I have an issue with the lighting though.  It shuts off at random times, even if you push a button.  I have found if you cover the “*” key, the keypad will remain lit.  There apparently is a light sensor around that button that detects if the light is needed.  Interesting, but I hate it!  Good concept though.  I have found it to not light up when I need it, and there is no disabling it!

The keys are spaced nicely and raised just a little from phone.  The right and left side keys are a trapezoid (a rectangle with diagonal sides) in shape.  The center buttons are regular rectangles.  The SEND and END buttons are actually switched around like normal phones.  Motorola has had a past of having the buttons opposite of the industry standard. (SEND on right, END on left). 
Directional Button: The directional button is very easy to use and customizable.  I love it!  Instead of being stuck with unchangeable factory presets, you make a shortcut to what you actually use. 



Inside Display: The screen has much to be desired.  The 65,536 colors with the 128x128 pixels just do not do it for me.  It is not bright enough, and the screen size is way too tiny.  On the other hand, with the lack of brightness and the smaller screen, it does save battery power.  If vibrant, bright colors are not important to you, this phone will work for you.

External Display: The display gives basic information such as: time, signal strength, battery status, and GPS indicator.  Very easy to read and it has a nice backlight.  One thing it lacks is the date.  I used that a lot of my previous phones.

Phone Menus

The menu is very easy to access (middle soft key) and very easy to use.  You have a choice of viewing the menus with icons or just text.  I use the text option.  I find it easier to use and get where I am going.  There are nine different menu items: Contacts, Recent Calls, Messaging, Get It Now (Verizon Customers), Mobile Web, Media Gallery, Settings, Tools, and Phone Info.

Contacts: You can store up to 500 names.  Under these names you can store only one phone number and one email address.  This is inconvenient when someone has multiple phone numbers (home, office, pager, and fax).  You have to create an entire new name for them. (Notice on the image “Dad” is listed twice.  One number is for his work and one for his home)

Recent Calls: All the numbers (outgoing, incoming, missed) are all bunched together.  The only way to tell the difference is a small icon that is difficult to remember. 

Messaging: This is where you access all text, voicemail, and picture messages.  They also have a “Quick Text” feature which has prewritten messages to text.  I have never used it; it is easier for me to just type it.  You can add your own, so you might want to actually use it.

Get-It-Now: This is a service through Verizon that you can download anything from ring tones to Mapquest!  There are no games preloaded on this phone, so you must pay for your entertainment.  The games are fun to kill time, but if you are a serious gamer, get a PSP.  The games look so-so.  What do you expect from a screen of this size, clarity, and brightness? 

Mobile Web: I do not like the web on this phone.  The screen is just too small, but what phone really does have a big enough screen to browse the web enjoyably? 

Media Gallery: You can access your camera, look at your pictures, and listen to what ring tones and sounds that you have on your phone.

Settings: This is where you are able to access all the core settings on the v265.  Ring tones, security settings, network settings and much more. 

Tools: They include: calculator, date book, voice recorder, and an alarm clock.  Out of all the phones that I have tested, I really like this calculator the best, very easy to use.  The date book could use some work, but it is usable.  Voice memos are easily added using this feature. I use the alarm clock every day.  There are two things that I really like about the alarm clock. 1. It works 2. Snooze button!  You would be surprised the phones that just stop working once in a while and most do not have the snooze button!

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If you are buying a phone and the camera feature is important, V265 is not for you.  A mixture of low resolution sensor and a screen that you can barely see anything on do not combine well to make a very good camera.  An annoyance I found with the camera was when you pushed the button to take a picture, it makes the shutter sound, then a second later it takes the picture.  Most of the time people move after they hear the sound and it blurs your pictures.  Here are some images taken by the v265's camera with the settings to the best quality.

Pictures taken with V265 (inside):


However, there is an auto timer.  If you think about it, how will you use an auto-timer though?  You will have to prop the phone up just right so it gets everything in the picture.  To make things more difficult, there is not an external display that you view.  They give you a “mirror” for self portraits.  You can not take a picture with the phone closed either.  Needless to say, it would be a cool trick to see someone actually use the self-timer feature for a group photo!  It does give you the option of either 5 seconds or 10 seconds. 

The camera also has different “image styles.”  This is a neat feature so you can take your pictures in black and white, antique, or negative. You are also able to zoom and adjust the contrast for the pictures.

Voice Activated Dialing (VAD)

Motorola really did a top-notch job on this feature! I am very impressed with it. You do not need to prerecord nametags as we did in times past.  You simply press a button, say which command you want (Name Dial, Digit Dial, Camera, Voicemail, Redial, Received) and you follow the instructions.  For example (after pressing the VAD external button) a female voice says, “Say a command.”  You say “digit dial.”  The phone responds, “Say the number.”  You reply back with the phone number and the phone verifies that it recognized correctly then calls.  Ok, that did seem like a long process, but it is really not!  I assure you.  This is a life saver while on the road with a headset.  And yes, it can be activated with the flip closed with a headset. This is by far, the best in any phone that I have ever tested.

Voice Recorder

When you press and release the right side button, you access the VAD.  However, if you press and hold the button you access the voice recorder.  This is a nice feature if you need to record a short memo, phone number, or your grocery list.  You must hold the button for the duration of the memo.  Do not get this confused with a conversation recorder.  This only records voices going into the microphone of the phone, not what is coming out of the speaker. 


Reception: Something I enjoy a lot about this phone is the reception! I was pleasantly surprised at the great reception that this phone gets. I traveled 2,000 miles from Chicago to San Francisco (in a car) and had great reception most of the time. This is partly due to Verizon, but this phone also did well. My passenger also had Verizon, yet at times I had a couple bars and she had none!

Battery: The battery life on this phone is average. I am still stuck charging it every night. I think we may be past the day of our phones last for more than 24 hours! I do use my phone a lot though.

Sound Quality: When the phone is working properly, it sounds great! However; this specific phone has had a very bad history of the speaker going out after four months of use! I personally had to trade in the phone for a new one. I was forced to use the speaker phone for all my calls, due to the speaker not working.

I alluded to the speaker phone earlier. This is one feature that I truly enjoy! Driving down the road I usually have my phone in my lap using the speaker phone (If I do not have a headset). The a/c could be on full blast, yet I still carry on conversations and can hear and am heard! Motorola definitely gets kudos for this feature. The sound quality is excellent for the speaker phone!


The v265 has a good combination of essential features. The call quality is good and has a decent battery life. The essential features are great, but the “extras” just do not cut it. If you are just looking for a solid, good-looking phone, you have it. But if you are addicted to having the newest technology with all the “bells and whistles”, you will not be happy with it! For the price, it is a great deal for what you get.

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  • Reception
  • Price
  • Stylish Look
  • Voice Activated Dialing
  • Speaker Phone
  • Voice Memos
  • Loud Ring Tones  


  • Phone Book Entries (One number per name)
  • Screen Size and Quality
  • Feels Cheap
  • Pathetic Camera

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