The Good The Motorola V557 features the cutting-edge Screen3 technology, which greatly improves the mobile Internet-browsing experience. The world phone also comes with Bluetooth and a speakerphone.
The Bad The Motorola V557 has a low-resolution camera, low memory, and shaky call quality. Also, the monochrome external display doesn't support picture caller ID.
The Bottom Line Building on the success of the feature-rich Motorola V551, Motorola's next-generation V557 adds a showcase feature without changing a relatively safe design.
At first glance, we thought it unlikely that the Motorola V557 would warrant much attention, given its design similarity to its predecessor, the Motorola V551. Sorry, Moto, we were wrong. Unlike the snazzy , the V557 is noteworthy not because of its flashy design but instead of a technological breakthrough that improves the functionality and the connectivity of the Internet. We won't go so far to say the new Motorola exclusive Screen3 technology perfects the Web-browsing experience on a cell phone, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. And the even better news is that the innovative functionality comes at a reasonable $99 with service. The Motorola V557 is barely distinguishable from its predecessor, the V551. With the same exact dimensions and weight (1.9 by 1 by 3.5 inches; 4.23 ounces), the V557, like the V551, is a little on the large side, although it does not feel as clunky as the dimensions may lead one to believe. It fits just fine in a pocket, even with the protruding external antenna.
Sporting a two-tone black and chrome finish--as opposed to the blue and chrome color of the V551--the Motorola V557 still has the same slightly gripping, rubbery texture that Motorola calls soft touch to help it stay in place on slippery surfaces. The construction is solid, and the flip opens and closes easily. Overall, the design of the phone won't win any awards, but it should appeal to a wide audience anyway.
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