Pros Svelte, Durable, Display second-to-none, Portable, Good Speaker Microphone, Light, Fits well in hand, Quadband/world phone
Cons Suboptimal Earpiece volume, MIldly slow OS
Summary Having done MUCH research both online and in-hand in the last 1-2 months, I can confidently say the Razr/V3 is overall the best cellular on the US market today. I used the LG8000 a while, but its bulkiness and non-personalizable menus did it in for me. The Moto V551 was a decent small cellular phone with good battery life and non-slip "skin" and decent display and personalizable menu, but the call sounds were often distorted and a few dropped calls occurred, so I brought it back to cell phone limbo. The Sony-Ericsson Z500a was promising, but the swivel was never desirable and the OS was Very slow and the display and keypad were too small and unattractive. I thought of the Palm Treo 650, but the stub antenna and poor reception and frequent re-boot requirements took it out of the picture. The keys on the Audiovox SMT5600 were too small, and the screen was just Okay and the battery life was poor.
There is no perfect mobile out there now, but the V3 comes closest. If you will be using your phone day in and day out (as I do), why not have an attractive and vivid display and cool shape and size and material composition?, all of which the Razr has head-and-shoulders above the rest of the current US market. I carry the phone in my front pants/shorts pocket (who needs a protective cover?)and MAY get a thin screen protector IF I note scratches. Because of the vivid screen, fingerprints are expected, but what's the big deal with cleaning off the screen once in a while, depending on your finickiness. The earpiece microphone is a little low in volume, but the speakerphone and voice microphone are great, with no dropped calls to date. Battery life is decent, about 2-3 days with "normal" use for me, but the phone can be charged from empty to full charge within 1 hour (it took the V551 4 hours to charge up fully from empty!). The camera picture quality is better than the V551 and LG8000 ones, but it's a LITTLE awkward to press the shutter button due to the thin-ness of the Razr. Bluetooth and email capabilities are useful (whenever I decide I need them), but I don't need an MP3 player or smart phone or day planner or video games(if you do, don't get this cellular). And even if the OS is a little slow, what's a second here or there in your lifetime? IMPORTANTLY, you should get the V3 through Bestbuy (a Cingular rep), as they will give you a 2-year warranty for $40, unlike the Cingular folks who offer no warranty (no phone is without possible problems after a while). (note: I own no stock in Bestbuy!). Yes, the address/phone book is cumbersome (only 1st letter allowed to search), but a small price to pay for the MULTIPLE PLUSES this cellular offers.
Finally, the Razr durability has been good so far, and the phone in the "closed" mode seems indestructible (anodized aluminum - metallic surface coated by a protective oxide).
"ROTTEN APPLE"on by RazrSabre
Pros Light - bright screen
Cons Everything else
Summary The host of problems after 6 weeks of use and 4 replacements :
1. System freeze
2. Keyboard light dead
3. Java applications freezing
4. Phone goes dead – camera on screen shows images as u move the phone – but no buttons respond. System has to be reset by removing battery
5. Talk time 45 mins max ( less than a qaurter of stated specs)
6. Standby time 24-36 hours max ( 15% of stated ? )
7. Hinge squeaking
8. Bluetooth headset ‘weak signal’ warning and cutoff within 1-2 mins of usage
9. Speed keys do not work – even though phone book shows it assigned to a key, pressing the key gets a msg the key is empty
10. Phone switches off and restarts frequently
Wonder if this should even be allowed to be on the market with these flaws - or maybe some batches have these and quality control is being compromised.
As if this is not enough hassle, Motorola refuses a refund or a solution even thought their engineers/repair center confirm existance of these issues. Way to go Motorola ! ! !
Pros thin, thin, thin. I'm a sucker for "thin" product design, so obviously I love that about this phone. Also, despite its thinness, it appears to have decent quality and mechanical reliability.
Cons Where to begin... this thing essentially has the same feature set of my old Motorola V60 clunker phone (which was free). You'd think that for such a nice phone with great product/industrial design, Motorola might have invested in a good user interface..
"Waste of Money!!"on by jexner
Pros Bond like looks
Cons o/s is slow, voice quality is bad, reception is awful, bad quality, poor performer for the money
Summary I was extremely dissappointed in this phone. I left Verizon Wireless for Cingular to have this phone; it was a big mistake. The RAZR V3 has no where near the capabilities, quality, or functionality that a phone in its price bracket must have. The good attributes to this phone include, a semi-capable bluetooth (when it works its a great little feature) small form that easily fits in your pocket, and a fairly decent battery life.
The negative's to this phone are numerous. The operating system is super slow and outdated. Trying to find a contact is not a quick task and can be very irritating. The voice dial is terrible; most new Motorola's have Obeymoto or a voice command system that is much more efficient. The V710 blows the RAZR away in terms of functionality! The keypad is also a horrible attribute. If you text much or make numerous calls, this will be a huge problem for you. Again, this is a fancy paper weight, so if you are looking to have any functionality, look elsewhere. The last issue that is a major problem regarding this phone is in regards to the internal antenna. I repeat, this is a major problem for this phone!!!! I experienced on average, 2 to 3 dropped calls per conversation. It was frustrating for me and the person i was talking with. Cingular told me that the RAZR has this problem and experiences numerous dropped calls and lousy reception (a constant hiss is always around when you are talking) and can be very irritating. Essentially there is nothing you can do about it!
After going through 3 RAZR's I finally gave up and switched to the Nokia 3120. Granted it is nowhere near a comparable phone, but it works! People can talk to me, no more dropped calls, the screen works, the keypad works, and it is considerably cheaper than the RAZR.
If you are dead set on the RAZR, wait to get it on Verizon. Rumor has it that according to a press release by Motorola, engineers are working on developing the RAZR with updated software for CDMA networks; Verizon or Sprint. Avoid making the mistake i made by switching to Cingular. Also, the SLVR and PEBL will be in stores soon; they are supposed to correct numerous problems that are prevalent in the RAZR V3.
I would look around and really take your time before you sign up for this phone! If you are with Verizon, stay as long as you can!!! If you are interested in a mediocre phone, and terrible service, Cingular has wonderful deals on 2 year contracts!!! Cingular: lowering the bar...Updated
I like to be fair whenever I review a product, so I wanted to throw this out for those that are looking into the Motorola RAZR. According the mobileburn.com, there is some evidence that a revised version of the RAZR will be available for both CDMA and GSM networks. Verizon might just have this phone by next year. So if you are thinking about dropping Verizon to get this phone, be patient. If you choose to stay with GSM, there is a newer version to hit the market Q4 2005 that should have a better interface, camera and antenna. So like I said, patience will be the key if you like the design and looks of this phone.
Pros Slim and comfortable in coat or trouser pocket
Cons Documentation / Owner's Manual
Summary This is a truly great phone that gets knocked for a poor phone book, an Achilles heel that really does not exist. Many complain about the phone book because they believe that you can store only 1 number per name. This is not true, but it also is not well-documented in the manual, nor is it immediately obvious from usage. While in edit mode for a particular contact, scroll down, and select "MORE." An option to append a new phone number or e-mail address to the name will appear. Enter new number (or e-mail), select the type (home, pager, mobile), and save. Also, you may set up the phone to display each number individually in the list of contacts or only the "primary" number assigned for the contact (by default, the first number entered, but you can assign any number as the primary). This option is accessed by hittin the smart key while in phone book and seleting "Set Primary." The "primary" display option allows faster searching through a list of contacts.
Then only thing I want for with this phone is a little extra volume on the ear speaker. It can be a little hard to hear with high ambient noise. My 2 year-old Samsung was better in this department and was loud enough to act as a one-way speakerphone.
Key press audio cues are also too low on highest setting, but that's a quibble.
The speakerphone is great. Everyone I have talked to with the s-phone has said they can't tell I'm using it. It works great while sitting on my desk 2 feet away from me.