Motorola V975 Review – Full Featured Flip Mobile Phone

Motorola V975 Review: The Motorola V975 was released at the back end of 2004. This was really a golden age for Motorola. It’s line of flip phones beginning right back at the Startac had performed very well and each iteration gained a greater and greater following. Phones such as the Motorola V500 and Motorola V600 became very well used, and their advantage to the consumer was clear: bigger screens and bigger keypads.

This was also the year of a spin-off flip phone: the Motorola RAZR V3. This featured a innovative design and eventually would overtake the older-style flips in terms of popularity and also feature heavily in designs going forward.

The Motorola V975 was another iteration of the V-series flip. Motorola had several of these pointing at different price levels: the V975 aimed towards the top end. This featured a higher spec than others. Most notably, the phone came with a larger coloured front screen and embracing a new trend, a MicroSD card slot. This allowed music to be stored which really gave more versatility to the device.

Full specifications here.

This type of mobile flip was to give way to the RAZR designs as weight became more important. There was a rather rare Motorola V1050 released the next year with improved internals.

Motorola V975 Review Pros:

The phone was one of the early ones to feature the faster 3G transfer speeds; the video calling function was also a something not seen on earlier models.

The secondary display had enlarged and gained colour. At 4096 colours, this was only as good as the first colour screen phones but allowed a greater range of uses, including pictures.

The microSD card slot was also new on the phone. With 16MB of on board memory, this was more generous than past phones, but a memory card slot allowed theoretically unlimited storage.

Motorola V975 Review Cons:

The design had a mixed reaction. The phone obviously looked chunky next to the Motorola V3 and it’s metallic construction meant that at 130g, this was rather heavy for a smartphone.

What the selfie camera gave, the primary one took away. It was a simple VGA shooter with no flash – a step below other cameras at the time, most notably the Samsung D500.

The screen was also an oddity: the Motorola V3 demonstrated that thinner bezels could increase the screen size without enlarging the phone. This didn’t happen on the V975 and this space was wasted.

Despite the microSD card, listening to music was not easy: no loudspeaker functions, and only a proprietary headphone connection.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

It is fair to say that the phone was overshadowed by many of the releases of the year by Motorola. It was not as flash as the Motorola V3, and not that much of an improvement over standard flip models. This being said, due to its solid construction many older models retain their condition well.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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