It was the first stereo phone which still has the best sound imo. I was using unoriginal batteries with no problem until i lost the charger which is not easy to find on the market nowadays. I had many phones before and after this phone but still love it. Motorola failed continue its success after this phone, pity for them.
this is one of my best collections. still works till now. i have non-original batteries, both batteries works well. the music player is the best in this category. This phone is greaaatt!
i've been using this phone for 4 years old.everything is just nice. the only problem is the charger.
also the sim card lock was lose and didnt hold the sim in its place.
moto e398 was best in its category but in those days.
now they have slowed down.....
for guys who compare...motorola's cant stand in front of nokia's for comparision....
i found nokia 2b the best...
motorola should learn 4m nokia & SE.... to be leaders again.
imagine e398 being symbian, 5 mpx AF camera with xenon flash, 4gb card inbox, new charger port like nokia... etc etc
i would surely buy it again with these features as moto's have 1 benefit of best design phones.......
the best phone from motorola....
even i used it for 2 years b4 switching 2 N73
everything was fine wit moto but the charger started creating problems... got 3 new chargers but all broke or had lose connection.
fased software problem so modded it but still it use 2 go blank.... & again load new firmware.got tired and switched 2 nokia-N73.....
then felt like moto was 2 slugish few softwares.
i would suggest moto 2 launch e398 again with
- slight bigger screen
- minimum 3 mpx autofocus camera
- xenon flash
- 4 Gb expandable
- 3.5 mm audio jack
rest keeping the same
these few features will make e398 the best phone again...definately
i been using E398 since 2005 and this model is verry stylo and best... but just one problem with motorola model is its battery.
Still one of the best phones I ever had, it is legendry. I have bought a new one off E-bay, cant wait for it to arrive
I am using motorola E398 before 5 years this phone is best.problem nothing in 5 years. but one problem fased before one week. my set language in english. screen problem.all word , date & menu have opposite if I will chek in mirror then ok I cannot any message or any option read because this is opposite direction.I read in Miror properly.
what is the solution?
my email id is:- firstname.lastname@example.org
in fact this is very good phoneI have it for 4 years or more (i don`t remember :D)I haven`t had any problems with it exept for the chargindg Having in mind this phone is 2003 model it is PERFECT
Ranjith, 04 Jun 2009I have been using this phone for the past 4 years and I can tell you Motorola cannot come up w... moreI've been using this one for 3 years. Advantages are look, and sound and really good camera (if you are brave enough to upgrade the firmware). The speakers are loud and very hard to surpass sound quality. Camera lacks resolution, but beats most phone cameras I see today in noise and color balance. You have to upgrade firmware to get color balance, and it's not generally advised as it breaks warranty, but most moto fans do that anyway.
The main disadvantages are speed, poor java support (cannot upload photos or use bluetooth from java applications because of java implementation limitations) and small learning capacity of iTap.
Lack of performance is noticed everywhere, even in menu navigation. It also affects java applications like Jimm ICQ Client, Opera Mini, Google Mail Mobile. It cannot even be used as a jukebox as it doesn't have CPU power to play MP3 with bitrate above 192 kbps range.
Another disadvantage for me was that it didn't support AAC HE a.k.a. AAC+, so I couldn't rip my favorite online radio and listen to the recorded file on my mobile.
As you can see, I have quite unusual usage scenarios. For most people, the largest disadvantages are probably speed of menu, startup and shutdown and limitations of MP3 support to 192 kilobits or below.
I have been using this phone for the past 4 years and I can tell you Motorola cannot come up with a better phone than this. This is a class apart model and can be customized and modified for your own requirements.
- Unbeatable sound quality ( Please do not compare it with the new phones as this was released in 2003 and have to respected that it still can give a run to most of the latest so called "Gadget phones")
- Unmatched features (Please spend some time exploring the possibilities)
- Easily customizable - Just go to any search page and type for "e398 monster packs".
- Boot loader modifications
- Customizable sound clarity ( using software)
- Its like using LINUX ( you have a great team of users who develop great software for this phone)
- Amazing clarity ( can be customized to a great extent)
- Adding gadgets to the phone is an easier story
- A lot of features on the phone have to be unlocked ( Just google it)
- Battery backup being low
- Lot of backend files are always working which kills the batteries life ( there is a new monster pack for this which solves the problem)
- If you install the monster packs and have added ITUNES in it, then the problem is in terms of getting the new SD card to get detected on the phone
Overall great phone, I have dropped it in water atleast a couple of times, the second time I have dropped it, it literally burnt the entire circuit as I could see smoke comming out of it. ( My brother used it after picking it up from water) .
After keeping the phone in rice for 4 hours I opened the entire phone and kept it in sunlight, took a blade and cleaned the white particles. Shorted with the wire and then reinstalled the software. Everything is working fine except the flashlight.
It is fine without it as I just love the phone and its features
its very comfortable to using.but charging is a big problem. but other side everything is ok.i am using last 3-4 yrs and still now.