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The phone doesn't have a whole lot of spiffy features, but considering the v60 series feature set was basically frozen around 2000, it was great for its time. Needless to say, it does everything I want a cell phone to do as far as the basics. The V60g does this with style too, it is a handsome phone with a brushed aluminium finish and chrome accents, like the flip supports and bezel. The phone is small, one of the more compact flip phones I've used. Not too small but not large either.
In your hand, the phone feels well balanced, unlike my T720g which has a heavy flip and wants to fall forward out of your palm when dialing or moving through the menu. The buttons are well placed and intuitive. My favorite buttons are the ones on the side of the phone, that allow you to toggle settings easily. The button feel is superb; tactile and crisp.
The only thing that bothers me is that the illumination of the buttons and the screen are a bit dim. If you are in a semi-lit environment, it isn't enough to allow the screen to reflect well but yet too much that the backlight isn't adequate in my opinion (like perhaps a restaurant). Viewing during other conditions, like harsh sunlight is excellent. Compared to a Nokia 3390 the lighting is the same, but compared to my Motorola T720, the V60 lighting seems poor, so I suppose it is relative.
RF performance and sound quality are excellent, as any other Motorola GSM phone I've used has been. The battery talk time is great, but the standby times aren't as good as say some Nokia GSM phones. Standby times don't matter much to me, though.
The phone is quite durable, I cannot tell you how many times the phone has fallen 4-6 feet onto concrete or tile without damage. The battery cover tends to take the blow and falls off as it absorbs the energy. I was told this is by design and I vouch that it is effective! The battery cover has a few little dimples in it from falling, but the cover is easily found for cheap.
Some people complain that the Motorola interface sucks, but those people generally haven't lived with the phone day in and day out. I much prefer the way things are organized and grouped compared to the Nokias I've owned. The V60g menus are lightning fast, so it is very responsive. The menus tend to be grouped ergonomically and after use make much more sense. If your phone isn't this way you may feel lost until you get used to it. After adapting to it, I find it is easier to get to almost every feature than any other phone I've used in the past.
I normally use my phone with the extended battery, which makes the phone a good deal thicker, but the great talk time is worth it. My phone came with the slim battery standard, which transforms the phone into a thin little work of art. Sometimes I put on the slim battery and just stare at how much more skinny the phone is! With either battery, the phone fits in your hand well.
The only thing I find as a real weak point is the travel charger mechanism (which is what comes with the phone). It clips into the bottom end of the phone and on my particular phone it jiggles around a little bit. Sometimes the connection doesn't take and the phone won't charge. Perhaps the contacts need to be cleaned, not sure. When I use the desktop charger, I never have any problems. That charger (with the clock) also works with my T720g, so that is a double plus.
I highly recommend the V60g if you want a nice phone that doesn't forget what it means to be a phone!