Americans love clamshells. Nokia and Sony
Ericsson have dabbled in folding design, but are far better
known for block form factors; often struggling with the
trade-off between keeping the size small while fitting a large
screen. For the majority of flip phone enthusiasts, many
converted in the late 90s with the introduction of the StarTac,
there's no substitute for a Motorola clamshell.
The latest Motorola device is the E815. Releasing
its predecessor - the Motorola V710 - last year, anxious fans
gave it mixed reviews. Unfortunately, its wonderful design and
robust multimedia features were overshadowed by the crippled
As the latest Verizon Wireless release, the
E815 relies on functionality and features, strong imaging and
audio capabilities, and its broadband EV-DO high-speed transfer
rates, hoping to win over the consumer market yet again.
From the onset, the Motorola E815 looks
nothing like the V710, covered in a conservative metallic
casing. Measuring 94 x 50 x 23 mm and weighing 126 g, both
feature a typical form factor, neither razor thin nor overly
When closed, the 1.3-inch external screen
conveniently displays time, signal and battery strength, and
phone status information.
Pressing the Camera Key on the right edge
activates the 1.3-megapixel lens located above the external LCD.
Allowing for low-light conditions, bright and clear photos are
possible by trigging the built-in flash positioned on the lower
left edge of the front cover.
Volume, Voice Recognition, and Speakerphone
Keys along the left and right sides initiate voice and handsfree
functions. With Motorola's ObeyMoto voice recognition system,
users can easily dial and issue convenient voice commands at the
press of a button.
Should users run out of internal memory
storing photos, an expansion card slot along the top accepts
TransFlash memory for an additional 128 MB of removable storage,
though SanDisk reportedly is releasing a 256 card. Also
incorporated within the top, a 2.5 mm jack is used for wired
The charger is plugged into the Connector Port
on the bottom, along with optional accessory attachments that
may be purchased.
Flipped open, a state-of-the-art 2.2-inch
internal LCD is revealed, able to produce a vibrant array of
colors. While navigation and directional keys are surrounded by
Send, Camera, Menu, Clear, Power / End, and Left and Right soft
keys. Well designed, a numeric keypad utilizes iTAP predictive
text to provide quick and convenient text messaging.
Out of the box, the Motorola E815 comes with a
standard 1030 mAh Li-Ion battery, travel charger, software CD,
and user manual.