Motorola V195s (T-Mobile) review: Motorola V195s (T-Mobile)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The Motorola V195s offers decent call quality, long battery life, and solid features that include Bluetooth connectivity, multiple messaging options, and world phone support.

The Bad The Motorola V195s' speakerphone wasn't completely reliable.

The Bottom Line The Motorola V195s will appeal to T-Mobile customers who want a Bluetooth phone with good call quality and no camera.

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Motorola V195s

Last year when we reviewed the Motorola V195 for T-Mobile, we were excited to see a cell phone that offered Bluetooth connectivity without having a camera as well. Though Bluetooth connectivity is a popular feature, it's typically found on higher-end phones with multimedia offerings that many users don't need or want. That fact alone raised the V195 to our editors' top basic phones list, despite some shaky call quality. So we were excited to see Motorola and T-Mobile try again with the V195s. Almost identical to the V195 in form and function, the V195s adds support for T-Mobile's My Faves service and thankfully, it offers improved audio quality as well. You can get it for $19.99 with service.

Design
The V195s looks no different than the V195. It has the same minimalist shape with rounded edges and an internal antenna, and it has an equally simple two-tone silver color scheme. At 3.6 inches by 1.8 inches by 0.9 inch, it remains one of the larger flip phones on the market today, but it weighs less than you might think, at 3.6 ounces. Though the back cover is plastic, the handset has a comfortable feel in the hand, and the hinge has a sturdy construction.


The V195s isn't very compact.

Like many basic Motorola phones, the V195s uses a rectangular external display with a monochrome resolution. It shows the time, the battery life, the signal strength, and caller ID. Photo caller ID isn't available, but that's hardly an issue since the phone doesn't have a camera. The only controls on the outside of the handset are a volume rocker and the Motorola Smart key on the left spine. The rear-facing speaker isn't in the most ideal location, but we like that the V195s uses separate ports for a wired headset and the charger. Both sit on the phone's bottom end, under a protective rubber cover.

The 1.75-inch, 65,000-color display is unchanged as well. It's not terribly bright or vibrant, but it's fine for most uses. We're really hoping Motorola implements a new menu interface soon, as the current design is getting old.

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Motorola V195s (T-Mobile)

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 480 min
  • Weight 3.6 oz
  • Technology GSM
  • Service Provider T-Mobile
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Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews and Download editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.