The Motorola v195 is a very good value basic phone. It does not have a camera and the lcd is too small for web browsing of the world wide web. It is, however, great for making phone calls. The v195 has a claimed 17.5 days of battery life, but I find that I can get 13.5 straight days of standby time without using the phone at all. After two years, the phone can manage 11 days straight days of standby time before needing a recharge. It takes around 4 hours to fully charge the phone. This is kind of slow; however, the slower the charging time, the less stress the charger puts on the lithium-ion battery. The less stress on the battery, the better it is on the battery, meaning the battery will last longer. Replacing batteries is expensive and annoying, so the longer the battery lasts, the better the user experience. The buttons are kind of hard to press. It takes more pressure to push the buttons than I think it should take. I wish the buttons would be softer to press. Doing text messaging on this phone would be more comfortable if the buttons were softer. I can type relatively fast, but I do not text message that often. It takes some getting used to adding punctuations. A dedicated keyboard or a virtual keyboard would definitely be better for text messaging. I have dropped this phone a few times and there are a few dings, but it still looks great and works great. I really like this phone for making phone calls.