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Motorola MicroTAC Elite Digital Cellular
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One of my favorite Motorola phone models, love the dual line matrix LED display, answering machine, & Li-Ion battery pack.
Need to get more of the Li-Ion batteries, so much better than the original NiCad packs.
Mr StarTac, do you also have the black VIP version of this phone ?
I have one, but the display window cover has a crack across it, so will have to find another one, one day.
I have to agree. It's pretty unique as far as analog phones in general go. AFAIK only Motorola used LEDs in their handset displays, dot matrix or otherwise. Probably not the most efficient use of battery life but it adds a certain flare to these models, especially the 2 line display on the Elites. I only have the charcoal and steel colored elites. The VIP has evaded me so far and I'm not in a rush to score one, but I'll keep my eyes open for it.
As for the batteries, almost none of my NiMH batteries still hold a charge, but many of my NiCds still do. I only have a couple a li-ion batteries but they do still work as well.
Hi Mr StarTac.
Yes, I love the LED displays, unusual that Motorola used these type of displays for so long when most other manufacturers used LCD displays only. I do have a AT&T car phone from 1984, made by Hitachi, that has the small red LED display, though.
I do have several Nicad battery packs that are still ok, but like you said, all the NiMh packs are stuffed, these certainly dont last too well.
Finally found an Elite! Really like it. Incredibly small and light for a MicroTAC.
I took some pics of the Elite next to one of my Alphas to show the size difference. Itâ€™s quite drastic, especially the side profile!
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