Now that almost every carrier has gotten on the Razr bandwagon, Amp'd Mobile has decided to jump in with its own version of the much-coveted cell phone. The Motorola Razr Amp'd Edition is really a rebranded version of Verizon's Motorola Razr V3m--it has the same look and feel, and even the same multimedia capabilities. But, Amp'd ups the ante with a custom user interface and access to exclusive Amp'd Live content. The phone is available for $99 with a contract or for $199 with the pay-as-you-go service.
The design of the Motorola Razr Amp'd Edition would be familiar to anyone who has ever seen a Razr. It has the same look and feel as the Razr V3m. As a quick reminder, the handset measures 1.09 by 3.89 by 1.01 inches and weighs only 3.48 ounces. The Amp'd Edition of the Razr is wrapped in a dark-gray metallic finish, and unlike the V3m, its keypad sports a similar grayish hue. Everything else is the same; the location of the camera lens on the front, the external display, the thin side buttons, and so forth. As with the V3m, the Razr has a Micro SD card slot inconveniently located underneath the battery cover, and you'll need to remove the battery to access it. You can read more about the design of the phone in our review of the Razr V3m.
The primary design difference is that the Amp'd Edition has the aforementioned Amp'd Mobile user interface, which is similar to that used in the carrier's other phones, such as the Motorola Hollywood and the Kyocera Jet. The menu itself has a rather industrial design, with silvery metallic accents, slick pages, and animated icons, all of which add up to quite a user-friendly interface. We must say we prefer this over the staid and cumbersome Verizon interface on the V3m.
While the Motorola Razr Amp'd Edition features special Amp'd Live content (which we'll touch on later), most of the underlying features remain the same as the V3m's. It has a 1,000-entry contact list, and each entry can be personalized with a ring tone and a picture ID and be grouped in a caller group. Other offerings include the basic text and multimedia messaging, a calendar, Bluetooth, voice dialing and commands, a voice recorder, vibrate mode, an alarm clock, a calculator, an airplane mode, and support for MP3 ring tones. We weren't able to find a notepad on it, however, but that isn't too big a loss.