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Motorola W490

alaTest has collected and analyzed 200 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the sound and battery. The design and usability also get good views. There are some mixed comments about the connectivity and value for money, while the features and reliability get less positive opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola W490 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Motorola W490

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Motorola W490 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

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63% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Motorola W490 Unlocked Phone with Camera, and Video Player US Version with No Warranty (Black)Motorola W490 Unlocked Phone with Camera, and Video Player US Version No Warranty (Black)Motorola W490(black) for Tmobile

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Motorola W490

 

The Motorola W490 is crafted with sleek, compact style and compelling communication features to keep mobile consumers in touch with ease. Offering multiple messaging options, a vibrant color screen, lengthy talk-time, this affordable flip phone is a...

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Motorola W490 (heather grape, T-Mobile)

 

The Motorola W490 has a simple design with a solid range of features including Bluetooth, voice commands, and a speakerphone.

The Motorola W490 has a poor camera with shoddy photo quality. Its internal memory was rather low, and voice quality sometimes sounded tinny.

The Motorola W490 is a practical phone for making calls; just don't count on its camera to be of much use.

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Motorola W490 (black, T-Mobile)

 

Though Motorola threw much of its weight this year behind its new Razr2s, the company has given us a series of models that emphasize basic features and dependability rather then flashy designs and high-end offerings. Verizon Wireless' Moto W385, which...

The Motorola W490 has a simple design with a solid range of features including Bluetooth, voice commands, and a speakerphone

The Motorola W490 has a poor camera with shoddy photo quality. Its internal memory was rather low, and voice quality sometimes sounded tinny

The Motorola W490 is a practical phone for making calls; just don't count on its camera to be of much use.

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Motorola W490 Review

 

The Motorola W490, just like any other practical mobile phone, features simple design combined with some strong range of features. Unlike most of the basic models, the W490 is rather a solid mobile phone and affordable too.

Despite all the minor drawbacks, the Motorola W490 is still a fully functional mobile phone that is cheap too and makes a great choice as a communication device. For just $49 with service, the W490 scores a good rating.

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Motorola W490

 

As of late, Motorola has been known to constantly develop mobile phones for the high end market. A lot of what we have witnessed from Motorola in fact is targeted towards the upper and business type class of people that it is easy for us to dismiss...

Regardless of its very minor flaws, the Motorola W490 is still a great choice pound per pound as a communication tool. If full call and messaging functionality is your thing without the modern frills associated with mobile phones, then this is clearly...

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Nice looking- poor design

 

Forget Motorola Customer Service and complain immediately to the top about a poor product! Their customer service did everything they could to keep me from being a happy customer. Their apologies are hollow.

Wife loved it when it worked

Power connector is a poor design. Motorola knows it and to their detriment, calling the failure of the phone to stand up to normal wear and tear "abuse". A drop of epoxy would solve the breaking pin problem

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"Great Phone!"

 

this was one of the best phones i ever had, the battery lasted on standby for at least a week and a half, i texted alot on it with no troubles and it could hold up to 525 messages. it didnt take the best pictures, but it was fine. after about two years...

super long battery life, mostly good to look at, easy to text with, a lot of memory

after a couple years, it started to dial numbers on its own

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"not to thrilled"

 

I like it at first but I have had this phone for three years!

worked great for awhile!

dials buttons on its own and does other crazy things with the buttons

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"Small, basic, frustrating at texting, USB connectivity."

 

You must move contacts from SIM card to the p... 

Small, supports microSD, mini USB for charging and PC connectivity, camera resolution up to 1280x1024 (1.3 MP) for pictures. Most pictures come out acceptable. 3gp Video:352x288 (4:3) 15.00fps Audio:48000Hz mono 768kbps. Moto software is pretty good

Suggestions from the "iTap English" entry mode dictionary for text entry are very poor. Hold still or pictures will blur easily, specially at night time shooting. A minimum distance of about 1 ft. is needed for a clear pic

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Motorola W490 - purple (T-Mobile)

 

this was one of the best phones i ever had, the battery lasted on standby for at least a week and a half, i texted alot on it with no troubles and it could hold up to 525 messages. it didnt take the best pictures, but it was fine. after about two years...

super long battery life, mostly good to look at, easy to text with, a lot of memory

after a couple years, it started to dial numbers on its own

Product Specifications

The Motorola W490 is crafted with sleek, compact style and compelling communication features to keep mobile consumers in touch with ease. Offering multiple messaging options, a vibrant color screen, lengthy talk-time, this affordable flip phone is a must-have. Go beyond the flip and experience the freedom to talk wirelessly, and capture moments in a snap.

Antenna

Antenna Type:Internal

Battery

Standby Time (PB):350hours
Talk Time (PB):450minutes

Calculator

Type:Basic

Cellular

Band:GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
Combined with:With digital camera / digital player
Integrated Components:Digital camera / Digital player
Phone Form Factor:Folder
Service Provider:T-Mobile
Technology:GSM
Type:Cellular phone
Voice Recorder: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.7in
Height:3.9in
Weight:3.8oz
Width:1.8in

Display

Color Depth:18-bit (262000 Colors)
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Supported Flash Memory Cards:microSD

Header

Manufacturer:Motorola
Model:W490
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Motorola

Messaging & Data Services

Internet Browser: Yes

Miscellaneous

Color:Black mandarin/Bubblegum pink/Green/Heather grape/Purple

Optical Sensor

Sensor Resolution:1.3Megapixel

Organizer

Alarm Clock: Yes
Calendar: Yes
Reminder: Yes

Telephone Memory

Phone Book Capacity:1000names & numbers