I purchased an E398 a few months back, and it's the worst phone I ever had:
- takes longer to boot than my XP desktop
- flaky power/headset connectors, my phone sometimes doesn't charge during the night, and half the time I have to disconnect the headphones to have a conversation
- volume is too low, without headphone or hands-free I have trouble hearing what my correspondents say
- screen illegible in bright sunlight
- phone makes all king of noises, especially at boot, even in silent mode, so I do look like one of those obnoxious idiots
- the USB synch software doesn't work, I tried on 4 different PCs. And got no support.
- typing SMSs with their "assist" feature is actually slower than without it
- the phone is incredibly sluggish, kind of always looses the first key typed when it's in sleep mode, and for some reason I can't wrap my brain around that
- I'm still waiting for the bigger RAM cards that were promised for January
On a brighter note, the UI is nice (though slow), there are nice "classic phone" ringtones, the unit is solidly built.
I'm thinking of junking it, though.
Mmmmm, actually feels good to vent my frustrations ;-)
To All : Does the E398 package come with everything needed to transfer files(mp3, videos) on to the phone? or is something else needed ? ive heard the bluetooth aint too good so i need the USB cable to work well.
and is does this phone support the 3GP video format and most other formats supported by Nokia Handsets ?
please post ur reply's ... thank you
Motorola e398 is a great phone, indeed. But I hv a question, can i listen mp3 via the stereo headset that hv been given?
I downloaded some java games but I don't know how to copy them to the E398.I've waited for 5 days.
PLEASE ASNSWER AND PLEASE HELP!
to put mp3s in the cell u gotta have a sd memory adapter-usb to the comp..not much mp3s can be loaded into the original 64mb memory card cause all ur phone number shit already takes up alotta space....put the songs in the trans flash, which it should come with a sd adapter, just put the trans into the sd, then plug the sd into the sd reader, then it's gona be easy..it's gona show up as a removable drive, or smth like that. then it's just drag and drop from now on..gl
I want to put MP3s into my phone but my computer wont't install the driver for the USB cable. Do i need some software or something to install the USB onto my computer. If so please tell me what software and where i can find it. I need help please.
A few comments in response to some questions:
I had this phone for about 6 months before it was stolen. (Typically South Africa) Anyhow, I must say that this phone is superb. One of Motorola's finest achievements. And that's saying a hell of a lot. If you have a look at the latest range of budget and mainstream phones, you'll see motorola is desperately in need of some consumer advice. (The v220, c650, v3, v620, etc. All lacking a lot) But not here. I had the C380 before and they are two brilliant phones. The E398's sound is astounding, the screen is perfect, the bluetooth never gave me a single days' forth of trouble (I have had it transfer at speeds of about 10kb per second, good enough.) the menus were a tad slow with response time, but other than that it is a great achievement. The battery lasted for abouth 3-4 days on average use, decreasing to 2 when playing songs and activating bluetooth the whole day. The vibrate function is quite unique, it pulses and vibrates according to the sounds' intensity. So sad to have lost it....
hi every1 : need a lil advice... ive heard that the Charger and the Bluetooth has a bit of a problem ???? ive read a few posts on this forum, they've been quite helpful. But ive heard many complaining about the bluetooth transfer being too slow and the charger not being upto the mark. How long does it take to charge anywayz ??? n How much slower is the bluetooth compared to a Nokia or a SE handset ??? ....
its important for me to know this. please do advice ... i do not buy phones too often, need it to be a good one.
Thank you ppl ...
hoping to see a few reply's in a few days :)
try using the motorolla phone tools in moving your mp3 to your phone not the magix mp3 maker .. works like a charm for me
I have just got myself an E398 and it is the best phone I have ever had.It would be great if it came with some helpful guide or how to use MP3 or bluetooth to the full benifits. I have managed to work most of the things but I am having problems down loading the MP3 maker tracks to my phone using the UBS. My computer has tried to download the progrem, it says that it has been installed but has a problem a code 28 'The object to be verified is unknown to the Trust Provider'Then says unable to locate. All this means nothing to me. Can anyone Help Please as I just want to throw my computer out of the window.
very good phone only had it couple days looks and sounds good. one question got data cable for it and have installed the software but when comes to install the phone it self just doesn't happen tried over over again when serch for the drivers just an't fine one please any one
How could I get the java game files copied from the flash card to my PC and vice versa?
I have opened the flash card by using the SanDisk adapter but no any java file can be found
Is the bluetooth connectivity that bad ?
ive heard it transfers data at half the rate of the nokia's & Se's. n how is the transfer with the USB cable ?
I've been using the E398 for 1/2yr now and can only express my entire satisfaction with this mobile.The battery is class, the display big and sharp, the reception is excellent. I used to use the K700i before which I would consider half as good as the E398 esp. in terms of quality. The only weak point is its conectivity
So let me get this straight. When a call comes in it would start ringing n vibrating together at the same time ? The Alarm is a Full Functioned one, operates just like the Nokias n SE's ? and it Is possible to change covers as long as u can figure out how ??? .... this sounds OK....
then the Speed .. is it as slow as the K700i(which is passable) , or even slower ? the viewing area of pics n video playback is only half the screen ? is this true ?
assuming the price being irrelevent, is the E398 still better than K700i ???
i have narrowed my options to just these 2 phones(since N6230 has a very small display)
ive read a few opinions on this forum. any more regarding my post, is well appreciated.
thank you .... for ur help
Can someone enlightened me where can i get a better for stereo headset? My Muvo's ear phones couldnt plug in. It was too big...
Thanx Moe ... apart from the non changable covers ... the phone sounds quite impressive
To Motorola E398 Fans
How do i get my computer to detect the USB while it's connected to the phone? I have a windows 98. Do i need any software or anything? Please help me i need the MP3 player.