You have read some positive reviews well here's the other side:
If I had to describe it in one sentence:
Beauty with no brains.Sure it looks gorgeous but that's pretty much it!
Let me explain. I my eyes there are 3 classes of mobile phones based on intelligence or features if you will.
1. The Monochromes:These are phones that usually have black and white screens and have limited features when it comes to customizability. You can't add apps or add more features and are typically very cheap, although they have a few dedicated features like stopwatch, calculator etc..
2. Feature Phones: Usually have color screens and can access the Internet and install small usually Java apps and games. You can also add ringtones and more rather easily.
3. Smart Phones: Virtually computers in their own right but have their own problems and limitations.
Guess which one the Motofone falls under?
Answer: None of them. That's right it doesn't even fall under monochromes!
The list of features is less than impressive:
Sending text messages (limited to 2 lines on screen!)
That's all folks! (seriously)
Although this phone was meant for developing countries its extremely bare bones feature set was not very appealing at all.
Interface:What interface, it looks like an oversized digital watch! You have to enter codes to perform certain activities (list on wikipedia)
I so liked the idea of this phone. You see it was one of the first to have an electrophoretic display which is basically electronic-ink and used very little power to run the display and virtually none if the display didn't change. But the interface was clunky and I almost had more fun navigating a calculator than this phone! People are admiring the long battery life and the almost indestructibility of the phone but I can't mirror their enthusiasm as I never had the phone long enough to do so. I had moved rather swiftly to a Nokia 1110i at the time because for one I want more features than a digital watch and 2 I want to access them in an intuitive and hassle free way.
DUDE ....! i got this mobile frm my friend in a exchange to NOKIA COLOUR HANDSET . it's a dammn awesome handset i had used for 3 years , but love the handset like hell , but the prob that am facing with this mob is my display light is very low mean icnt operate or i cant see my display aftr 7pm , is the phone created with low backlight (display) or it got damage ! if it got damaged pls let me know how i can repair it & batrylife also troubling me
pls let me know how can i get this mobile into condition without any prob
f3user, 26 Apr 2011Great as a basic phone tells the time and can be used for texting at a pinch.
but several q... moreit supports . (dot) event though it displays it as - (dash).
Good phone. good sound clarity.
This was the first handset I used in my life. My parents gifted me for having 2nd position in 5th class. I love this phone a lot. Really it's an awesome handset.
Is there available in the market now, let me know if it is available thanks
Wonder what F3 stands for. Bought a piece in Nov 07 in Delhi,India. El Cheap!!! That is about it? Good phone for the financially challenged, though.Pros: Good sound quality, excellent reception and loudspeaker. Tough phone for everyday use. Clear reception. Superb battery life. Smart looks... Bomb proof. Hammer proof. Cons: Horrific LED display. Texting? what texting. VERY Rudimentary. Some mid range phones of the 90s had more features. Hard to read the missed call list. Hard to read sms received. Can be dangerous if used for serious purposes,where you need to read texts and know who called. GREAT PHONE FOR TALKING ONLY! NO TEXTING. EXCELLENT ACOUSTICS.
Superb phone. I don't text, and if I want to go online, I use a computer, notebook, or tablet.
This is a phone, and almost nothing else. But as a phone, it excels! Light and compact, it fits in my pants pocket so well that I forget it's there.
If Motorola or a competitor ever decides to make this sort of no-frills phone again, some effort should be made to actually market it. I don't think Motorola even tried to sell it in the US.
Anonymous, 20 Oct 2011how to change font size ??can't, it's an epaper screen, kind of like LED but in a modern battery saving way.
Love this phone. This phone is worth every penny. It is sad that Motorola discontinued it. The phone's shell is very tough and u can rough use it. It has also got speaker phone which is very good. You can see the display screen on heavy sun light. The battery is also good 800mah.
Hopefully Motorola should introduce it again...
Excellent phone. The cheapest on the market. This is only a phone with an alarm and phone book. But as a phone is light, slim, excellent sound and reception and pleasant design. Not for texting or anything else. Talking only. No other phone comes closer.
it has a very good battery timing bt it is nt a regular fone so u should nt use it
Bought the F3 in 2007. I love Motorola and use an L6i
Great phone. But the F3 is lousy. Very basic with hardly any features. Unless you are a destitute or broke, dont buy the F3. pPay a little extra for a regular Motorola phone. Thankfully the F3 isnt available anymore.
Had one of these in the past. I agree with all previous posts. It has a very clear sound and the battery lasts a lot without recharging. Of course, it is a very basic phone also. You can use it comfortably as a telephone and as a clock. For SMSs, although it can do it, the screen makes it very difficult, since it is suited to show almost only numbers.
Today my sony ericsson phone died and I'm using my f3 again after 2 years., lovely phone, loud and clear sound
Great as a basic phone tells the time and can be used for texting at a pinch.
but several quirks -
missing the date display (you can only get to see it where you set it!)
as others have pointed out, once you type your SMS message and send it, it's lost - not kept, and you can't SMS more than 1 person with the same message (unless you type it all in again!) No t9
Motorola have a means of tailoring the phone with different language voices and ringtones, but it seems there's no hacks for us to change them ourselves!
you can't edit contact details - you have to renter them, if you get it wrong.
you can't change the alarm or sms ringtone (is there one? it's too quiet).
SMS punctuation is limited to -,?@| - no dot.