Saturday, April 08, 2006

About me: My new Motorola L6

For the life of me, I finally bought a new phone after saving up money for the last 5 years…

Sounds pitiful? Shower me with money!

Anyway, you can read all about the phone’s specifications on the web, I am sure. Hence I will not elaborate, except some things about the phone I noticed:

  • It’s small and flat. It takes time to get used to, since all the keys are so close to one another.


  • The cover is brushed metal and not cheap plastic... so cool!


  • You can’t text message in any language other than English, even though menus are available in Chinese.


  • The camera sucks, judging by the picture of the mysterious wild panda sighting in the last post.

    Then again, all I needed is a phone, who in the world would be in their right mind to compare the photo quality with a *Canon digital camera anyway?

    *You know where my loyalty stands ;)

  • Text messaging ~ Motorola uses it's proprietary iTap system.

    I love Nokia’s T9 system (messaging predictive text input) much better than the rest. But honestly I am starting to change my mind about that, even though this Motorola takes a wee while to get used to. I can see that iTap is a lot better than what people give it credit for. Let's compare...

    iTap CONS
    For example, when typing a non-standard word such as “Xceed”:
    Nokia’s T9 will prompt you with different combination of letters, and choices of words. When you finally decide that the choices are not what you want, you will be prompted by the system to input a word manually. Once done, the word will be used in the current message, and stored in the dictionary for future messages.

    Motorola’s iTap will also go through a list of words. At the end of it, if there were nothing that suits your needs, you’d have to delete the whole word, and start all over, switch to manual input mode, and type.

    *What a waste of time!

  • PROS
    Note though, that ANY word you type on iTap, not only in messages, but also names in the address book, will be stored in iTap for any future use. So when you get a brand new phone, it might take awhile to get the empty iTap dictionary going. But after some time, it gets better. This is the strongest point of Motorola over the others, because T9 ‘remembers’ only when in messaging mode.

    Another key thing about Motorola’s iTap is that it does symbols really well, such as the apostrophes. Typing a word such as “Vincent’s” on iTap will be no problem. It even remembers smileys of the likes of “:)”.

    Smileys are absolutely hopeless with the likes of T9. By the time you get to “Vincent”, and try to continue with “ 's ”, it would have switched off when you press the 1-button (symbols). Manual mode is needed input the last two characters.

    Bravo iTap!

Note that I bought this phone in Kota Kinabalu. Initially, I thought it would be more expensive, comparing with the "main land" on the likes of grocery and car prices. I compared prices with those my sister quoted me from around Kuala Lumpur, between RM750 (USD$200) ~ RM850 (USD$226). It isn't even guaranteed that I'd get an original warranty.

*Surprise surprise!

I believe I got a good deal ~ RM670 (USD$180), which includes all original Motorola warranty. From what I hear from word of mouth, KK is indeed cheaper overall, simply due to the competition.

Come buy a phone in KK!

10 Comments:

At April 09, 2006 5:44 PM, Anonymous smashpOp said...

sleek phones i dont fancy

features i want.. ahha

 
At April 09, 2006 6:53 PM, Blogger Gene said...

i bought a new phone too...i wanted to buy yours at first, but i still prefer flip phones. I'm a sucker for flippers. hehehee...

Yeah, the camera sucks. My camera sucks too.

phones are expensive in Oz and that sucks!!

 
At April 10, 2006 11:44 AM, Blogger hteekay said...

kinda same with sony ericsson's predictive texting.. it was kinda hard at the beginning but once you have save all those simlified text. You're good to go.. alot better than nokia...

you can see that I'm a huge sony ericsson's fan now.. muahahha!

 
At April 10, 2006 6:21 PM, Blogger piffles said...

i wish it showered money on me too... =)

 
At April 10, 2006 8:40 PM, Anonymous yuki said...

Wow, i didnt know typing the apostrophes makes such a difference in both phones (which i own). Cause lazy me would just type "Vincents" (understood mah!)

Yes, glad i have a sony ericsson now....hahha

Btw who's the pretty face on the screen!? ;p

 
At April 12, 2006 10:00 AM, Anonymous m@ri said...

" Smileys are absolutely hopeless with the likes of T9. By the time you get to “Vincent”, and try to continue with “ 's ”, it would have switched off when you press the 1-button (symbols). Manual mode is needed input the last two characters." How old is your old phone dear? It's so easy to use Nokia phone for symbol... gosh! U r comparing with ancient phone? That's unfair... ( I am a Nokia loyal all the time )

 
At April 12, 2006 2:06 PM, Blogger Jo said...

duno woh..all the while i supports NOKIA. never ever try other brands yet, may b one day i will try motorola or sony ericsson ...
i found Nokia is user frenly and easy to use, not so complicated for the features.
coz i just wanna a simply phone can make call and sms. I not even use my MMS lo..:P

 
At April 18, 2006 10:40 PM, Blogger Max said...

None of the three phones I've had in Korea have supported predictive text entry. While I know it'd be pointless to implement in Korean (too many things are spelled the same), it'd sure be nice for all those English messages I send. Anyway, point is, I have a 6-year-old Motorolla GSM phone that I use when I travel outside of Korea. It's got iTap and it rocks. ;)

 
At April 21, 2006 1:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Smileys are absolutely hopeless with the likes of T9. By the time you get to “Vincent”, and try to continue with “ 's ”, it would have switched off when you press the 1-button (symbols). Manual mode is needed input the last two characters."

Dunno what you're talking about. In my 2-yr-old Nokia 7250i, I type V-i-n-c-e-n-t-'-s using T9. Easy! Maybe you finish "Vincent" off before attempting to put the apostrophe.

 
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