Motorola W385 - black (Verizon Wireless) review: Motorola W385 - black (Verizon Wireless)

The W385 has a 1,000-contact phone book with room in each entry for five phone numbers and two e-mail addresses. You can save callers to groups or pair them with one of 22 polyphonic ringtones and alert sounds. You can save a photo as well, but remember that it won't show up on the external display. Other essentials include a vibrate mode; text and multimedia messaging; a speakerphone; a calculator; a calendar; an alarm clock; a world clock; and a notepad. Bluetooth and voice commands are present as well, and you can use the former to send photos wirelessly. The W385 also offers Verizon's VZNavigator GPS application and the company's Chaperone service (see the LG Migo review for a full discussion of Chaperone).

The Motorola W385 has a simple VGA camera.
The Motorola W385 has a simple VGA camera.

The VGA camera takes pictures in three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and a special Picture ID size), and offers a self-timer, a digital zoom, brightness and white balance controls, three color effects, 10 fun frames, and three shutter sounds (plus a silent option). There's no flash, though you can use the mirrored strip on the phone's front face to take self-portraits. Photo quality was standard for a VGA camera; fine for displaying on a computer but nothing you'd want to print out. Our pictures were much too bright and colors looked faded. The W385 offers 30MB of shared memory for saving photos. Video recording is not supported.

The W385's photo quality is typical for a VGA camera.
The W385's photo quality is typical for a VGA camera.

You can personalize the W385 with a variety of banners, wallpapers, screensavers, and clock styles. You can buy more options and additional ringtones from Verizon using the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. The W385 does not come with any games, but support for BREW titles is included.

We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) Motorola W385 in San Francisco using the Verizon Wireless service. Call quality was very sharp with no static, fade-outs, or interference. What's more, voices sounded natural, and there was enough volume. On their end, callers reported no major issues save for a minor amount of wind noise. Speakerphone calls were satisfying as well and had more than enough volume.

The W385 has a rated battery life of 4 hours talk time and 18.3 days of standby time. Our tests reveal a talk time of 4 hours and 5 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the W385 has a digital SAR rating of 1.54 watts per kilogram.

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Motorola W385 - black (Verizon Wireless)

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  • Weight 3.9 oz
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
  • Diagonal Size 1.8 in