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Motorola c290 review

4.6/10 AVG.
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4.6/10
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The Motorola c290 currently has an Informr score of 4.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
No



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Motorola released the c290 on April 3, 2006.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Motorola c290's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No

This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 7 days standby time.

Motorola c290 Specs

Overview
Release date April 3, 2006
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
AMPS
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage No
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.53 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black/Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.7 x 4.9 x 2.4 cm (3.4 x 1.9 x 0.9 in)
Weight 100 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Stub
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry iTap
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 100
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features PCS Mail
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Unknown
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
-
Additional Rear Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola VI-C290

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Yahoo

not the the best phone for a teenager

from Yahoo
Pro: battery lasts long Con: everything!!!!!!!!!! i hate this phone.when it drops it leaves ugly scratches and scuffs.the preloaded backgrounds sucks.when you record stuff,only let you record stuff for 30 seconds.

Motorola c290

Crappy phone. BAD audio , WHAT ? will become a major word in your vocabulary. Drops a lot of call , has no service way too often
Amazon

Like the simple design, but very disappointed with performance.

from Amazon
I bought this phone as a replacement for my old sprint phone because I didn't want to sign a new contract or pay alot of money for a new one. I made a big mistake by choosing this phone. 1. The phone keep switching back and forth into roaming. I live in OC Cali. this shouldn't be happening. This r...More
I bought this phone as a replacement for my old sprint phone because I didn't want to sign a new contract or pay alot of money for a new one. I made a big mistake by choosing this phone. 1. The phone keep switching back and forth into roaming. I live in OC Cali. this shouldn't be happening. This rarely happens with my old phone, unless I am in the desert somewhere. 2. It often drop calls due to low reception or no reception. Another problem I never had with my old phone. 3. Battery needs recharging too often. I charge my phone at night and by 2 or 3 in the afternoon it need to be recharged again. I don't use the phone for anything else except making calls. I use less than 300 minutes a month. 4. It has a calender but no to do list. 5. No count down clock. This phone looks nice and feel nice, but that's about it. I would not get this phone again and would very strong advise anyone considering this phone to look for another. I would recommend this phone to people who are not going to use their phone on a daily basis, but for emergency situations only, it belongs in the car's glove compartment. Less
Amazon

Good at making calls. All else a bust.

from Amazon
If you are with Sprint and want a Motorola phone, if you are not a gadgets person, you may be happy with this phone. It is mostly functional as a phone. It gets good reception -- but it does have a bug when you get in a spotty service area. (See "Eleven" below.) Despite its appearance, the phone is not...More
If you are with Sprint and want a Motorola phone, if you are not a gadgets person, you may be happy with this phone. It is mostly functional as a phone. It gets good reception -- but it does have a bug when you get in a spotty service area. (See "Eleven" below.) Despite its appearance, the phone is not a cell phone tool. My list -- not in order of importance: One. This phone does not sync. Even worse: it doesn't import or export. This means you may have to manually enter your address book one person and phone number at a time. If you change someone's address in your cell phone, you have to make the change on your home and work computer, and your laptop. A phone that syncs will automatically change the address on every computer you plug it into. Two: this phone is NOT compatible with Motorola Phone Tools. I did figure out a workaround -- manually install a driver for a Motorola C305. (To do this, in Motorola Phone Tools, "Cancel" the automatic driver upload 12-15 times. Finally MPT will ask, "Do you want to manually install a driver?" Click yes, and select C305 and you should see something that looks like your phone on your computer screen. The interface is shaky but it is functional enough to get most of your address book imported.) According to Motorola Tech Support there are no plans to provide Motorola Phone Tools a driver for the C290. Three: the ringers are BAD - a cha-cha band warming up on a cruise ship to Jamaica. I always thought people that complained about ringtones were shallow -- call me shallow: my boss hears my phone do the cha-cha every time it rings. I have considered downloading new ringers. It isn't worth having to turn on $15 a month Sprint Visions. I live to make electronic devices talk to each other -- and I have yet to do that with this phone. Four, bad bad bad: The Calendar does not download or export from any known calendar software I can find. Worse: the file structure and format of the calendar entries do not match any calendar software I have ever used. I can sync Yahoo Calendar with my Ipod -- but I can't go from Outlook to this phone - sad. Workaround: set up an Excel spreadsheet with macros and then clean-up and upload the "red-headed stepchild file format" calendar data into the phone. (Not worth it.) Five, six and seven -- three good ones: It does have a nice little alarm clock feature. I really like the calculator. Speed dial works great too. Eight - another good one!: it is a solid little phone with a sturdy flip and a rubber coating on the outside. I haven't even felt the need to buy a case for it. Nine -- Oh no! Con again: there is no Notepad or Memo function. Ten - more con: there is no MP3, photo or file transfer support. I can't use it to carry my recipes, change the lovely colored background to something I actually like, nor have Tina Turner with me at all times... without paying $15 a month to Sprint for Visions.... (Even Verizon got over this charge-per-photo thingy.) Eleven: So how does it work as just a cell phone? Oh. It picks up signals just about everywhere. It very rarely says "roam." (I have a "All America Roam" plan from Sprint so roaming isn't an issue for me.) All the time: calls are clear. I can hear people -- people can hear me. It works pretty good as a phone... but... It has a BUG: If I get in a place that has "no service" sometimes the phone won't find service again until I turn the phone off and back on again. Sometimes I have to take the battery out and put it in again. The first time this happened, I was on a trip in LA. We went to Pinks near downtown and needed to get back to the hotel at LAX -- at 1 AM. We got back on the freeway and all I had was a tiny rental car map -- I couldn't read. I was going to call our hotel. I didn't have a brain left -- and neither did my cell phone. (Very ominous message: "No known carrier...") Luckily my nephew was in the back seat. He didn't know how to read a map -- but LAX was big enough -- I pointed at blue blobs that led to the big spidery thing and he told me what the freeway numbers were. Twelve is a con: Speaking of traveling... Motorola doesn't sell extra chargers for this phone on their website. It came with a single wall charger. Without a 12-volt charger I can't charge it on a plane or in the car... There is one charger on sale on Amazon that is spec'd for this phone. I am going to try it but I have my doubts it will actually work. Thirteen, con: It won't charge with a mini-USB to USB cable from my laptop either, nor with the the car or wall charger I use with other USB devices ("Invalid Charger"). This is especially irksome: I bought a phone with a USB port so I would not have to carry specialty chargers when I travel. Fourteen, con: I tried to use a friend's charger for a Motorola Razor - "invalid charger." This isn't an off-brand phone from a gas station - why does it act like one? It is a Motorola -- I should be able to get a generic charger anywhere! That is enough. The C290 could be a dynamic little package. It is not, and that is sad. It will not handle any extra functions, except calculator and alarm clock without an additional $15 monthly service from Sprint. It has a "no service" bug that requires you to reset the phone. It does not charge with a USB cable. I have been unable to find an additional charger for it -- other Motorola chargers will not work. It is not a cell phone tool. Less
Yahoo

this phone has issues...

from Yahoo
Pro: Nice display, great user interface Con: Unreliable! If only it worked! This is nicely designed for a no frills, basic phone. I especially liked the iTap text input that anticipates what you're typing. Contact entries are automatically included in the dictionary. Menus are well thought out. The c...More
Pro: Nice display, great user interface Con: Unreliable! If only it worked! This is nicely designed for a no frills, basic phone. I especially liked the iTap text input that anticipates what you're typing. Contact entries are automatically included in the dictionary. Menus are well thought out. The center navigation key is customizable so you can program one-touch access to your favorite functions. You can record your own ringtones and set them to individual contact entries if you like. It's a good thing because the included ringtones are horrible. The ear volume can be set loud enough. The problem with this phone is that it would simply drop off the network randomly. Even though I had a good signal it would simply refuse to connect and wouldn't accept incoming calls until I turned it off and on again. This might happen once a week or several times a day. Countless calls to both Sprint and Motorola customer support and two trips to the Sprint store couldn't fix this phone or the replacement they sent me. Too bad! Less
Amazon

looking to get a different phone

from Amazon
I finally had to give up on my original Audiovox phone that I purchased when I first went with Sprint 5 years ago. I loved that phone but my two small kids and life had knocked it around once to often and I had to find a replacement. I wasn't looking for a phone with a MP3 player (I like my Creative...More
I finally had to give up on my original Audiovox phone that I purchased when I first went with Sprint 5 years ago. I loved that phone but my two small kids and life had knocked it around once to often and I had to find a replacement. I wasn't looking for a phone with a MP3 player (I like my Creative Zen just fine) or multimedia functions - just a good, dependable phone. I read the great reviews here and the salesperson also recommended this phone so I figured, why not? I'll tell you why not: CONS: * reception stinks. It is not my service - I use the same route when I had Sprint last month with my old phone and could make calls but now, I'm told there's no available service. It has an external antennea but it doesn't seem to do much. Too many dropped calls due to no service. Sometimes when I try to call my husband at work from home, I'm advised that it will be a roaming call with extra charged involved and do I want to contimue? I made my friend place the same call from my house (she also has Sprint service) and her call went thru no problem. *requires too many steps to place calls - very menu rich (which is great) but doesn't allow for quick 1 touch calls * phone freezes for a few moments when receiving a text message PROS * decent battery life for flip phone * great features such as bulletion board messaging which keeps track of voice mail, missed calls & notifications of text messages on the front screen * great screen - well lit & colorful * great volume for both listening & ring tones I do love the great features this phone offers but I need better reception. I was given a replacement when I complained about service but the 2nd phone is not faring any better. I hear the Samsungs flip phones do not stay charged for any real length of time so I am now looking to purchase a Sanyo (of which I hear many good things but I'm keeping my fingers crossed). My advise is to stay away from this phone - for the price I paid, I expect it to work more consistently. Less
Amazon

DON'T BUY THIS PHONE...OR SPRINT SERVICE

from Amazon
By the way, I'm actually not under 13, just not interested in making a stupid account right now. After reading all these positive reviews, I thought what the heck, sounds good to me, I'll go with it. I have had this phone for two weeks, and I am SICK AND TIRED OF IT. I am forced to give it 1 star,...More
By the way, I'm actually not under 13, just not interested in making a stupid account right now. After reading all these positive reviews, I thought what the heck, sounds good to me, I'll go with it. I have had this phone for two weeks, and I am SICK AND TIRED OF IT. I am forced to give it 1 star, but it doesn't DESERVE 1 star; it deserves 0 STARS. Recently it hasn't been giving me service anywhere. As in zilch, zip, nada, NOWHERE. NOT ONE SINGLE PLACE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. I am not exaggerating here. I HAVE NOT HAD SERVICE FOR THE PAST WEEK. Wherever I have been. But that's just recently. The very day I got it, I discovered a wonderful little feature: once the phone is turned off, it can't be turned back on until you remove the battery and replace it. (Someone else mentioned the door to the battery compartment came off easily. I'm sure mine will do that too with enough of this.) If you use this phone for more than like 10 mins, it starts heating up so much that it's uncomfortable to hold it close to your face. Yeah, they say speakerphone's awesome...but not so much. Not HORRIBLE, but not awesome either. Also, a note about the style - I also thought it looked cool online. But really, it looks like something you'd find in the toy aisle of your local Walmart. Really. It looks FAKE. I haven't used web at all but I doubt that works. The ringers are kind of stupid and contrary to what it says, there are NO games; you have to download them. There are a few pros (side buttons hard to press accidentally; silence all option; menu display and screensavers) but still---DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. DO. NOT. BUY. THIS. PHONE. You will regret it soooo badly. It is a useless piece of trash and a complete waste of money. And if you haven't already been sucked into the blach hole of Sprint? Yeah, don't buy that either. Less
Amazon

A very decent phone

from Amazon
When my old Sanyo phone died I was looking for a basic phone that got good reception, sounded clear, and could send text messages if I needed to. After looking at several differant phones I settled on the C290 and I'm glad I did. What I got was a very solid, very sturdy phone that could withstand a fa...More
When my old Sanyo phone died I was looking for a basic phone that got good reception, sounded clear, and could send text messages if I needed to. After looking at several differant phones I settled on the C290 and I'm glad I did. What I got was a very solid, very sturdy phone that could withstand a fair ammount of punishment and still work. The sound quality is very good on both the hands-on and speakerphone. Everyone who I've asked says they can hear me well without static or excessive background noise. The full-color display is very crisp and easy to read. Once I turned off the cartoonish display that comes default I'm very happy with the way the phone is layed out. The battery life is very good, I can make all the phone calls I need to in a day and still have at least one bar left. Also, I can make calls in areas with this phone that my Sanyo could never have gotten out on; great reception. The volume control goes from very quiet to extremely loud yet remains clear throughout the range. The ringer has an equal amount of settings from Silence All, to only the ringer is silent. There are twelve total ringer volume settings, three that involve the vibrate feature. Texting is easy once you learn that some features are called differant things than normal. For example T9w on this phone is Word English. The dictionary is vast, though contains no slang, though I'm pretty sure it will learn words if they are used frequently. Also the dictionary will learn your patterns for texting. Say you text the word "me" a lot but rarely "of." Both use the same keystrokes but the phone will soon learn that "me" is used more frequently and move it to the top of the list, making it the default word. The phonebook, alarm, calender, voice recorder, games, ect are all easily accessable. The phone comes with a couple of preloaded trial games, a few wallpapers, and a variety of polyphonic ringtones. The drawbacks of this phone are few and are more gripes than anything. An external display would have been nice but if I didn't have a phone before that had one I probably wouldn't miss it. The phone doesn't have a camera but I don't care because I never used it anyway on the previous phone. Also, according to most sites where you can buy ringtones or games, including Yahoo!, this phone doesn't exsist. There aren't a lot of aftermarket accessories for it either but that may just be because its a semi-new model. The two main gripes are that if you are doing anything on the phone and someone sends you a text message the phone will "lock up" for about five seconds before informing you that you have a text. It's rather annoying when you're playing a game or sending a text to someone else when all of a sudden everything stops. The other gripe is that the back cover over the battery is always coming off. I dont know if the locking tabs on my particular phone are weak or if this is a common problem. I really like this phone. Anyone looking for a very basic phone that gets great reception, sounds good, and can take a beating should really look into this phone. I'm very glad I bought it. Less
Amazon

Great phone, great service, great price.

from Amazon
I recently switched over from pre-paid (Virgin) wireless to Sprint, and could not be happier with the service or this phone. However, I would suggest purchasing this phone in the store-- I paid $[...] for it on the spot, but also received a $[...] mail-in rebate, so it is essentially a free phone. The...More
I recently switched over from pre-paid (Virgin) wireless to Sprint, and could not be happier with the service or this phone. However, I would suggest purchasing this phone in the store-- I paid $[...] for it on the spot, but also received a $[...] mail-in rebate, so it is essentially a free phone. The phone is slim and sleek-looking. It doesn't have a flashy design, but it's simple and classy. It is lightweight (3.5 oz.) and fits just about anywhere-- purse, pocket, etc. The buttons are easy to read and use, and the display screen is great: good contrast and very bright. I live in a rural area, but still get great sound and reception whether I'm using the speakerphone or normal call mode. If you're looking for a basic, serviceable phone with all the necessary features which is easy to use and won't break the bank, I highly recommend the C290. Less
Amazon

Decent performer

from Amazon
Nice Performer for Daily Use. I would actually give it 4.5 stars. I just wanted to buy a cheap phone with some decent features. It turns out that this phone is more than what I have expected. you will not find it appealing if you are looking for a form factor like RAZR or SLVR but if you don't want spe...More
Nice Performer for Daily Use. I would actually give it 4.5 stars. I just wanted to buy a cheap phone with some decent features. It turns out that this phone is more than what I have expected. you will not find it appealing if you are looking for a form factor like RAZR or SLVR but if you don't want spend too much then this can be a cool phone with nice features. Pros: 1. The new User Interface. The Menu Items look great and are very user friendly. 2. Cute, light weight yet sturdy. The phone is very light but strong, it can easily withstand normal fall unlike the other more stylistic phones. 3. Does not need a careful/sensitive handling. 4. Great reception and call quality. I have been using it for more than couple of weeks now and till now haven't had any dropped call. 5. Very practical browser/internet. Once you are used to the screen size, it turns out to be a very pratical phone. I browse my yahoo emails using this phone with out much difficulty. Helpful for weather forecast etc. 6. The phone book is user friendly and practical. 7. The calendar and alarm application are good. Esp the alarm allows us to set it at 6 different times if we want. Cons: 1. The max entries for phone book are 100 x 5 =500. So we cannot input more than 500 entries as there is no external memory. 2. No mini display outside the flip. 3. Does not look very stylistic. 4. No Blue Tooth 5. The games are not very good. Less
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