Pros Gorgeous design! Good reception, speaker phone!
Cons No belt holster, slow navigation, small screen, no flash, only 1.3 mpx???
Summary I received my krzr a few days ago so I have been playing with it for a while now. It's a gorgeous phone that you will take notice to immediately when you take it out the box. The slim and narrow design is very sexy, however, the glass coating in front is probably what won it over for me along with the cool mp3 controls. The main screen however, is a little small but it does get the job done. The keypad is narrower to fit the new design, so when you do try to dial quickly or text message, you can frequently hit a key you did not mean to. Also, the navigation is about a second or two slower than my old LGvx7000 which to me is odd considering that the vx7000 is more than 2 years old already.
This phone has a 1.3 megapixal camera which does work fine, however, just as the editors review says, I don't think it can be justify as to why CDMA gets the 1.3 and GSM gets the 2.0. Bad marketing decision?? Who knows. Either way, at least it does get the job done.
Micro SD slot is in the rear of the phone, however, you do have to remove the battery cover to have access to it. This is similar to previous rzr designs.
The bluetooth works great. I have the jx10 from jabra and I had no issues pairing them up. So now, I use the voice commands to make calls and don't find much of a reason to pick up the headset.
Reception quality is pretty good with this handset. I find it better than my old phone so for me, this was a huge plus. Less dropped calls and stronger reception bar.
All in all, this phone gets the job done in every category. Some areas it does great, other areas it does average or slightly below. And although it doesn't offer much new in the way of features, at least it doesn't leave out out anything. But with the sleek design, the fact that it at least stays afloat with its competitors, and that it has good reception, I'd say that the motokrzr is a win for motorola and for verizon. However, this doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement!Updated
I would liek to lower my ranking for this phone to maybe a 7. Its a great design and I think I got caught up more in the looks of the thing rather than its functionality. First off, the keys are way too close together and make sending text messages a difficult task, especially on the go.
Second and for me the most important... The set's software runs slow! Compared to my LG VX 8300 that I have now, this thing is a turtle! It sometimes takes a second just for the menu to come up when u hit the menu button. And if you do things quickly as I do, it sometimes frezes and then catches up very quickley almost as if there was some sort of delay. Another big problem with this set is the choppiness of the V-Cast video. Since I never had it in the past, I thought it was just the way phone video looked in general. But when I found out that it was exclusive with the KRZR, I returned it immediately. Apparently, this has been an issue that has plagued rzrs in general from the start.
Last is batter life. The thing sucks and when u see how slim this battery is, its not hard to see why. U need 2 batteries hands down if u want this thing to last u all day! So overall, I give this phone more like a 6.5 and most of that is in its cool design. As for functionality, this phone falls very short for all the hype!
Pros Sleek, catchy design that you'll keep looking at
Cons Phones ringtones will lock up if emailed to yourself!
Summary I got the Krzr K1m, brought it home and started playing with it. Soon discovered that you cannot edit your own Ringtones and then upload them via Mobile Phonetools v4.21a (as was the case with the Razr). So, I tried the old trick of emailing myself the Ringtones to firstname.lastname@example.org and saving it on my k1m. It saved the ringtones, however doing that locked up my tones so that I could not listen to any of them from "my ringtones"....I could set them as my ringtones (which worked fine) but I could not preview them on the phone....once again, thats Verizon looking out for its own bottom dollar. Thanx a lot Verizon! I should have the right to put whatever ringtones I want on the device without haveing to pay $2.99/each!!
Pros Nice design, small form factor
Cons Slow to acces menus, freezes up often.
Summary I really liked the look of this phone, but after taking it on a business trip and spending a good deal of time with it, I really miss my Lg Vx7000.
This phone takes forever to scroll through menus. Whether I press the hot-keys, or scroll through menus, this phone is slow and sluggish. About 30 percent of the time I'll wait for it to load a menu/text, only to find that it has frozen up. Then I have to reset the phone so I can read a 15 character text!
It just froze up on me again five minutes ago, which prompted this overdue review.
If all you are looking for is a stylish accessory, this is your ticket. If you need a mobile phone to actually communicate, then stay away from this model.
"Verizon KRZR K1M"on by jjbarber
Pros Sexy design, solid build, perfect size, touch sensitive controls, awesome color
Cons Crippled operating system, 1.3 MP Camera; GSM has 2MP, Simply a streched V3M
Summary The much anticipated Verizon KRZR is a solid phone lacking innovation and features. Motorola’s GSM counterpart will be equipped with a 2 MP camera and will be more feature packed than the CDMA version. Verizon and Motorola did have their ducks in a row when they designed this phone; it is slim, very slim. For someone with large hands it fits like a glove and was incredibly comfortable to talk on for long periods of time. The design is beautiful, streamlined, and reminiscent of a luxury automobile such as a Lamborghini (Glass finish on front casing, brushed aluminum, stippled metal bottom, slate grey back, chrome accents). The finish is a very dark charcoal; to those with limited vision it is simply black.
On to the phone. The inside controls are the same electroluminescent light push as the RAZR. The cut of the keys is changed to straightened lines compared to the mix of laser cuts made in the RAZR keyboard. The screen is slightly smaller and shares the same resolution as the RAZR.
Charging port has a metal finish dust cover which I prefer, keeping my phone free of dust and making it look pretty sweet in the process. Most phones have a cheap rubber cover. It also comes with an adapter allowing you to plug into the charging port and then plug a standard earpiece in to that. No holster included for all of the hip wearing folks out there.
Camera is ok but nothing compared to its GSM counterpart. With the storage available up to 2GB; it would have been nice to see. Video clips are decent at 15 FPS, but not worth your myspace page. We did win over our GSM friends on the finish; GSM carries a wack blue color that should have remained a prototype.
Mini SD is under the battery door case but not under the battery making it easy to pop out and drop some songs off. Make sure you buy the music essentials kit if you plan on doing this.
Battery life is very good. No problems here, first charge lasted three days, however I don’t yip yap for hours on end like my fiancé!
Front touch or heat sensitive controls are money! They light up a cool blue and are very useful until the accidental touch changes your song. My big complaint, you can’t turn on any features from the front of the phone. You must go in to the OS and boot up the tunes before the controls work.
Pre-loaded tunes are the usual, terrible, ring tones all verizon phones come equipped with. Really people this phone is for someone who wants the best, why would you stuff a phone with childish ring tones and the worst pre-loaded wall paper ever known to man? Nextel has always done it right by delivery 10 very professional rings to their phones. I don’t know about you but I love to here “Moonlight Haze” around business partners. I rather have some 50 Cent pop off on a call then these horrible tones. What are you thinking verizon?
The operating system is the same old boring, crippled OS verizon uses on all there non PDA phones. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at the top and bottom red bars on your phone. No matter what phone you buy from verizon it will be the same inside and deliver the same features despite its cost. One of the most anticipating new aspects of buying a new phone was the new, cool features you get to check out. Not any more. It should be against the law to make us have the red bars top and bottom. They say the color red can make you angry if you are exposed for too long! Did you here that verizon, you have some mad customers out there! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!
I feel like my Lamborghini has a Chevy motor in it.
Overall the phone is good. If you don’t care about what your phone can do and are in the market for a sexy, reliable phone, you can’t go wrong. For me, this sucker is going back to verizon and getting traded in for a Motorola Q. Verizon has the best service hands down, and I am willing to pay for the data and get the Q.
If it were not for the crippled software and low res camera this baby would be a solid 10!
Pros Size, sexy, speakerphone, solidly built, reception, low radiation
Cons Price, fingerprints, weight profile
Summary I've had this phone for about a week now, and I am likely to return it for the LG VX8600. With New Every Two, the KRZR is $100 while the VX8600 is $30.
My fiancée has the VX8600 and I've been able to play with that phone too. I've concluded that while the KRZR is a great phone, it's really not $70 better than the LG.
Other reviewers have correctly pointed out the KRZR’s lack of functionality innovation. Feature wise, it's pretty straightforward. With the KRZR you’re buying style, which was true with the original RAZR – but 18 months after its debut the original has become downright staid, and that makes me wonder if the same fate awaits the KRZR.
The phone does have several bright spots, including the speakerphone, which is pretty good. It also is very solidly built, gets great reception, has a low radiation rating, the ringer is refreshingly loud, and it’s sized perfectly. It slips right into your pocket, isn't too big or too small.
A bit more on the size and weight characteristics. As I said it's sized perfectly to fit in your hand. This pro is unfortunately significantly limited by the fact that the weight of the phone is concentrated at the very bottom portion (under the Motorola logo). This is an issue because even though the size is perfect the weight profile makes the phone awkward to hold. I tend to hold the phone between my middle finger and thumb, and since I have some tendonitis in my hands, the phone can be downright painful to hold for long periods of time.
A few other minor annoyances - the face of the phone is made of some kind of metal, which in the wintertime is an issue because to talk you have to hold a piece of cold metal against your head. Also, my old Samsung had a "one beep" feature where when the phone rang, it gave a brief alert like a received text message - it was perfect for work. (When are cellphone manufacturers going to start adding a Work/Home feature where it rings normally and quietly from 9-5, but blasts your favorite downloaded ringtone during off hours?)
And this wouldn’t be a KRZR review without a whine about the fingerprint problem mentioned ad nauseaum in previous reviews.
In summary this is a decent phone with a high style factor that instills confidence it'll last for a while. I will probably return it for the LG, which is slightly thinner and only .2 inches wider.