My first impression of the Motorola i776w is that it is a very pretty phone. It is purple in color which just so happens to be my favorite color, so that earns it an extra point from me. Let me just say the “w” is obviously for women, as this is most definitely a feminine phone. I love the look of this Motorola i776w, I think that the overall design is nice. A feature that I like on this Motorola i776w is that on the front of the phone an envelope lights up to let you know that you have a new message.
The call quality on this Motorola i776w is excellent. The sound is crystal clear. I have had problems with call quality on other phones. Using the direct connect or the phone either one I can hear the person speaking very clearly. I have been using this phone for a month now and have not had one dropped call. I have a signal even inside my house, which was a problem with my previous phone. I should note that I did not switch carriers, only phones and I am definitely getting better reception.
The Motorola i776w is lightweight (3.56 oz) but seems to be well made. I have dropped it a few times out of its carrier and it did not get even a scratch. I am sure not getting scratched had to do more with luck though, but still it did not break the shell or the screen. I tend to be rough on phones, what can I say, I am clumsy, so a well-built phone is an absolute must for me. The Motorola i776w definitely meets my needs in this department.
The battery life is also good on this Motorola i776w. You get 3.5 hours of talk time and 100 hours of standby from the battery. I have only had to charge it every other day. Of course, if you browse the web a lot it will run the battery down quicker, but in my experience that is true of any phone. For regular phone use though I am very satisfied with the battery life.
As much as I like my Motorola i776w there are a few things that I am just not as happy about. I guess nothing is perfect.
Absent from the Motorola i776w are two applications that I really miss. There is no alarm clock or calculator feature on this phone, both of which I frequently used on all of my previous phones. I have to wonder why Motorola choose to leave those features off of this phone. I am sure that I am not the only person who is unhappy that the calculator and alarm were left off. I did find a solution to the missing alarm, however. You can go to the datebook and set a reminder, I do not find it as convenient as I found the alarm clock, but it will work in a pinch.
The built in camera is primeval. As advanced as we are in technology I think Motorola could have done better than the VGA camera. The pictures came out grainy in the previews. The camera’s quality is so bad that I seriously doubt that I will ever use it, so it may as well have been left off. Even the cheap digital camera’s I bought for my kids have better resolution than the one built into the Motorola i776w. On top of the poor resolution the camera is just a pain to use. It is not very user-friendly. Unlike my last camera phone there is no button on the side to take pictures you have to click the camera on the inside of the clamshell and then click the soft key under capture. In order to save the picture you then have to click on send which creates a message that you then have to cancel if you do not really want to send a message, but doing this is the only way that I have found for the phone to save the picture and send it to the media center. I just do not think that there should have been so many steps in order to take a picture and save it. It would have been much better to click a button and be done. Why the extra hassle?
Maybe I just have not figured it out yet but I have not been able to assign pictures either. With my last phone I could take pictures and assign those pictures to the people in my contact list. Not so with the Motorola i776w. Yet another feature that I think Motorola left off that should have been added.
I am not sure why but Motorola also did not add a memory card slot, so there is no expanded memory on the Motorola i776w either. This is not a good thing since the internal memory is only around 7 megabytes. I only have about 47% free space available and that is with no saved pictures, just the applications it came pre-loaded with. A memory card slot definitely should have been added. If I did want to use the camera I would not be able to take very many pictures without running out of room.
The Motorola i776w is currently sold for $100, which in my opinion is really a bit high considering the features that were left off. I am sure that some others will probably disagree on the value of the phone, but I have seen phones for a lower price that has the same features and some extras. In my opinion nothing about this phone makes it worth another $50.
Overall, I like the Motorola i776w for what it is, a bare-bones, no frills phone. I would have been much happier with it though if Motorola would have included some of the sorely missed components. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would have to give it a 5.