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Motorola V265 (Verizon Wireless) review: Motorola V265 (Verizon Wireless)

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The V265 boasts a solid camera with 640x480, 320x240, and 160x120 resolution. You can apply one of four color styles to your pictures (standard color, black and white, antique, or negative), and you can adjust for sunny, cloudy, indoor, or nighttime lighting conditions. There's also a timer for group shots and a 4X digital zoom. The phone's picture quality was pretty good for a VGA camera. Images looked a little soft, but we were pleased with the vibrant colors and the lack of noise. The pictures we took in dark conditions looked a bit grainy, but that's not unusual for a submegapixel camera phone. When you're done snapping photos, you can store them in the phone's 4MB of shared memory, send them to buddies via MMS and e-mail, or share them on Verizon's PixPlace service. The V265 doesn't have a video recorder, but that's not a surprise for a midrange phone.

The V265 had good picture quality for a camera phone.

Personalization options for the V265 are excellent. You can choose from the Moto, Silver, Midnight, Jade, Tangy, or Solar color schemes; pick an image in the photo library or any of the 11 preloaded wallpaper designs; alter the screensaver (again, using the 11 images or a photo); or change the main menu items from icons to a list view. We didn't get any games on our review phone, but you can download BREW-compliant titles along with applications and ring tones from the Get It Now service.

We tested the triband Motorola V265 (CDMA 800/1900; AMPS 800; 1xRTT) in New York City; we had no trouble hearing our callers, and they said they couldn't tell we were using a cell phone. Speakerphone quality also was satisfactory, but be advised the speaker is on the back of the handset.

We got about 3.5 hours of talk time on a single charge, meeting the promised time exactly. For standby time, we managed 7 days, compared with the rated time of 12.5 days. According to the FCC, the V265 has a digital SAR rating of 1.55 watts per kilogram.

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