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Motorola v551 review

6.1/10 AVG.
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6.1/10
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The Motorola v551 currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 469 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)



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Motorola released the v551 on November 10, 2004.


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Motorola backs up the v551 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Motorola v551'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
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
5 MB

Internal memory is 5 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
820mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 820 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

Motorola v551 Specs

Overview
Release date November 10, 2004
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 5 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.4 W/kg
Body: 0.57 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 820 mAh
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: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Blue, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.4 x 4.9 x 2.3 cm (3.7 x 1.9 x 0.9 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Retractable
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Monochrome LCD, 96 x 32 pixels
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
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 No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
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 Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging EMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
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
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
up to 0 minutes
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers 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 No
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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User Reviews


No none sense cell phone

I had this phone for 3 years and it served me well. I would not mind replacing with the same phone because I know it will not disappoint me. Perfect size, one hand operation, sharp reception in handsfree speaker, never once...I repeat ...never once had it drop a call, functions easy to find, keys perf...More
I had this phone for 3 years and it served me well. I would not mind replacing with the same phone because I know it will not disappoint me. Perfect size, one hand operation, sharp reception in handsfree speaker, never once...I repeat ...never once had it drop a call, functions easy to find, keys perfect for fingers. Very durable...a few scratches here and there but I don't mind. I have drop it a few times and it is still in one piece. Less

motorola V551

Older phone now ringer is loud enough to hear in the van while I drive pictures are decent enough,Lost this phone in mid winter and recently found in the former snow bank (oops) still works great. This is a simple phone to use and doesnt compare to todays phones but its durable and fits well into my po...More
Older phone now ringer is loud enough to hear in the van while I drive pictures are decent enough,Lost this phone in mid winter and recently found in the former snow bank (oops) still works great. This is a simple phone to use and doesnt compare to todays phones but its durable and fits well into my pocket and hand. if you are thinking of getting one because its cheap, By all means you can't go wrong! Less

Moto V551

I've had this phone for three years now, the contract is just ending this month, and I must say, it has served me well. The best thing about it is its durability. I've dropped this phone multiple time, once even off a two story balcony, and it's totally fine. It's a little slow when it comes to Bluetoo...More
I've had this phone for three years now, the contract is just ending this month, and I must say, it has served me well. The best thing about it is its durability. I've dropped this phone multiple time, once even off a two story balcony, and it's totally fine. It's a little slow when it comes to Bluetooth, but it's a good phone for anyone who just needs a phone to talk and text with. The camera does get dusty and hard to clean, but it's not the greatest camera compared to newer phones, so who really cares? The V551 is functional, easy to use, and long lasting, but I personally can't wait to get a new sleeker phone that will fit inside my pocket. :P Less

Worst Phone I've EVER Had!

I had this phone for now 3 years, and I've had nothing but problems. Sorry this is long, but it's worth it. After less than a year of having the phone, and luckily still under warranty, I had my first problem with the phone. I turned my phone on one day, and the screen was black. The phone was obvious...More
I had this phone for now 3 years, and I've had nothing but problems. Sorry this is long, but it's worth it. After less than a year of having the phone, and luckily still under warranty, I had my first problem with the phone. I turned my phone on one day, and the screen was black. The phone was obviously on, since the keys lit up, but the screen wouldn't turn on. I wasn't able to see anything on the screen no matter what. I had the phone sent out for service, since being under warranty. It got sent back to me after 2 weeks with the apparent problem fixed. 2 weeks later, the same thing happened AGAIN. At this point I requested a new phone. They sent the phone out for servicing again, and reluctantly gave me a new phone, same model. 1 year later, still using this new phone, the screen went black -- the exact same problem as the first phone. No longer under warranty, to send this phone out for repair now would be $200, and that's without them diagnosing anything wrong. I resulted to taking it to a repair shop where the man replaced the whole casing, since the problem apparently is with a wire in the screen burning out. This cost me $40 (big difference in price!). 4 months later, the volume began going out on the phone. People sounded like they were speaking to me through a tunnel on the phone. This didn't happen all the time, only occasionally. It didn't matter where I was located, or where the other person was (ie. bad reception). I could phone from the same spot 10 minutes later and hear them fine. At this point I have given up and am now using a friend's old phone until my contract is up. My dad has just had the same thing happen to him with the same phone of 2 years old and I have a friend with the same phone that this happened to her 2 years ago, this was when I first heard about it. My advice: Don't touch this phone with a ten foot pole unless you want problems. Not even a decent back-up phone. May be good for a short period of time, but not in the long run. Less

Old...but usable...which equals to AMAZING

I first have to say that if you are going to get this phone at the persent time that you are reading it ... DON'T. I have had this phone for 3 years and because of new features that are out i dont like it very much anymore, but for buying this three years ago and still working perfectly until now, mea...More
I first have to say that if you are going to get this phone at the persent time that you are reading it ... DON'T. I have had this phone for 3 years and because of new features that are out i dont like it very much anymore, but for buying this three years ago and still working perfectly until now, means it is an Amazing phone! I think this is one of the greatest product that motorola has designed. (wayyy better than the razr, or the 5010, that came out recently). When the phone first came out it was an amazing, excellent phone. At that time it also had a great camera, but nowadays there are cell phones that go up to 5 mega pixiles in the camera. It has great features, amazing keypad, excellent quality. however it is slow at bluetooth. Bottom line: phone has a camera but poor quality, you are able to surf the web easily, no expendable memory, however if u are a person who just likes to talk on the phone and text, excellent phone for you :) Less

a poor quality phone, but usable

This was definetly not worth purchasing. very poor quality Pros: -a sturdy phone -it had t9 word (good for texting) Cons: -bulky, doesnt fit well into a pocket -battery says its full but then dies unexpectedly (sometimes) -calls dropped often -camera lens gets dusty, it is very hard to clean -ring vo...More
This was definetly not worth purchasing. very poor quality Pros: -a sturdy phone -it had t9 word (good for texting) Cons: -bulky, doesnt fit well into a pocket -battery says its full but then dies unexpectedly (sometimes) -calls dropped often -camera lens gets dusty, it is very hard to clean -ring volume changes while in my purse, so I missed calls often Less

Great phone!

I have had this phone since September 2005, and it's been great! No dropped calls, never a problem with volume...the battery life has just started to drop off. I seldom have long conversations on it, my calls are usually short, and it is used for texting. This has been the best phone I have had, it is...More
I have had this phone since September 2005, and it's been great! No dropped calls, never a problem with volume...the battery life has just started to drop off. I seldom have long conversations on it, my calls are usually short, and it is used for texting. This has been the best phone I have had, it is my 4th cell. It has been dropped a few times with no repercussions. Yes, it is easy to accidentally change the volume setting by accidentally hitting the button on the left side of the phone, which is why I give it an 8 for design. It is stored in a pocket in my purse so that seldom occurs. Less

Very Poor Quality!

My V551 started to give me major problems about 10 mths after receiving it. I ended up getting a so called refurbished phone and now this one is having the EXACT same problems as the other one! Dropped calls, little to no service, phone doesn't ring at times goes to voicemail, when it rings it won't le...More
My V551 started to give me major problems about 10 mths after receiving it. I ended up getting a so called refurbished phone and now this one is having the EXACT same problems as the other one! Dropped calls, little to no service, phone doesn't ring at times goes to voicemail, when it rings it won't let me answer it...the entire phone freezes with a blank screen! Less
Amazon

Awful phone

from Amazon
I first got an LG phone, that was much better than this piece of junk. I was having major problems with service, dropped calls, weak signal, etc so Cingular told me it was the phone (not true) and had me 'upgrade' to the V551 instead. What a mistake that was, and they wouldnt take it back. I'm on my th...More
I first got an LG phone, that was much better than this piece of junk. I was having major problems with service, dropped calls, weak signal, etc so Cingular told me it was the phone (not true) and had me 'upgrade' to the V551 instead. What a mistake that was, and they wouldnt take it back. I'm on my third now, and every one has had a charging issue as I'm sure others have stated. It also has a mind of its own and randomly turns on and off when it feels the urge. The signal bounces around like a pogo stick at times, and the sound quality and volume sucks especially with an earpiece or bluetooth. My wife's cheapo Samsung is 100x better and has none of these issues. The menus are difficult to navigate and the way the phone fights you and randomly pauses and crashes and shuts on and off reminds me of Windows. I even told that to a Motorola designer who so happens to design their phones and his lack of response only confirms my suspicion. I will never buy another Motorola product after owning this phone. Less
Amazon

Piece of Junk

from Amazon
MANY problems with this phone; low to zero volume (varies by call) is the biggest problem and is well documented in these other reviews, so I won't go into much detail. Speakerphone works OK, but the problem is that I usually I HAVE to use it, because it's the only way I can hear the other person. Th...More
MANY problems with this phone; low to zero volume (varies by call) is the biggest problem and is well documented in these other reviews, so I won't go into much detail. Speakerphone works OK, but the problem is that I usually I HAVE to use it, because it's the only way I can hear the other person. The actual design of the phone is not bad; it's just that it's put together like junk -- it seems as if, instead of spending 30 cents on the parts, they spent 20 cents. Insane. The other problem is the design of the charger, which is prone to stop working after a few uses unless you bend it (to the left, in my case) and keep it pulled that way while it's charging. I agree with the person who said they would never but a Motorola product OR their stock, but I would go a step further and consider selling the stock short. Do NOT buy this phone or any phone by Motorola. Less

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