Pros Outstanding RF capability
Cons Duplex nature of speaker requires getting used to
Summary This is an outstanding phone overall and is superior to the original in just about every way as the CNET review correctly indicates. Remember, this is 3G technology (EV-DO) while the original Razr is based on 20 year old GSM technology! I attribute the improvement equally to the inherent superiority of CDMA over GSM as well as the vastly better Verizon network (I used the orignial V3 on the Cingular network for 10 months and received countless dropped calls and busy signals). This phone has excellent RF capability and easily picks up signals where the GSM model does not (like inside a Best Buy). Advanced duplex technology allows the speaker and the party on the other end to both speak simultaneously (unavailable on GSM model)-although this takes some getting used to!. While GSM phones typically have a slight edge in battery life, battery life on the V3c has been excellent so far. Highly recommended!
Pros Sleek phone with good reception
Cons Too many to list, read below
Summary First, let me start by saying the v3c is a very nice looking phone. It does exactly what I bought it for and that was to get better reception since my vx6100 got little reception at my house and the surrounding areas. In addition to good reception, the v3c has good sound quality, a highly audible speaker, and setting up bluetooth is a breeze. Also, the phone is CDMA and not GSm (the old technology).
However, Verizon really messed this one up. The v3c has Verizon's OS on it and that seriously crippled the phone. Some problems include:
1) Limited customization
2) Slow menus
3) No vibrate and ring standard
4) Text messaging dictionary can't be added to
5) Calls take 5-15 seconds to send out at times
6) Time doesn't refresh sometimes
7) Many people are reporting weak/loose hinges
8) Keyboards are sometimes loose out of the box too
9) You pay too much for what you get
10) Plenty of people have complained about battery life but I talk on the phone several hours a day and send 50-100 text messages a day and have 3 bars, sometimes 2 left, at the end of the day.
Only one of the 4 navigation buttons can be customized as the rest are used by Verizon's applications, the menu takes a few seconds to load once the button is pushed, the theme colors (menu bar mainly) can not be changed to any other color than red, and most importantly, the phone can not vibrate AND ring. Why? Because Verizon took that feature off. I need the vibrate/ring option because sometimes I am moving too much and can't feel the vibrate and other times it is too loud and I can't hear the ringer so both at the same time is nice, not to mention it is a standard Motorola feature. T-Mobile and Cingular's Razrs have that capability and even though Verizon had about a year or so to improve on the Razr, they just took it a step back by removing standard features and slowing the phone down which is really upsetting. Go to the store and the "knowledgeable" employees will try to convince you that the phone is way too small to have such features, all the such is not the case with the other Razrs.
Verizon's OS has crippled the phone and the tech's warned me that if I install the Motorola OS that the other Razrs have, my warranty will be void. I am using my 4th Razr right now, as the rest had huge problems (loose hinge, loose keypad, etc). This phone is going right back to the store and I am going to get the e815 instead as it has better functionality and is just a bit bigger. Buyers beware, most if you are looking for a "cute" and "sexy phone", go for the v3c but if you want a good phone, stay away.
Additionally, text messaging is crippled because words cant be added to the dictionary as it could have in all the past Motorola phones (type a word with ABC then switch back to iTap and it adds). Verizon blames Motorola for the messed up phone but it is Verizon's fault as Motorola makes them to order. Over time I have found a few more problems that are really annoying... one is that the time doesn't refresh on the internal and external LCDs all the time so for all you know, it is 11 PM when your phone still shows 10 PM. A lot of people seem to be having that problem. Also, calls have taken any where from 5-15 seconds to send... I dial the number and push send and then the number sits on the screen for a long time and finally says "Calling #".
Verizon will be releasing an update in a few weeks (or less) and it should address many of the problems I discussed.
In the end, I'd like to say that most of the people reviewing the phone seem to be oblivious to its flaws and people who give it a ten should feel dumb... they give it a ten and then say stuff that is wrong with it. 10 means perfect... aka no flaws or downsides. Go to www.m-w.com and look up perfect.
Pros Thin - Blah blah blah
Cons Completely Resticted
Summary I am sorry I don't know what people are talking about when they say this phone is great. I have a Moto V710 and it is more customizable than this thing. Yeah it is a thin phone but even the color for me is disappointing!
First off I love Verizon. Never really liked the choice of phones they have and thought that thigs were changing.
I wasn't elligable for an upgrade so I paid $419 + tax. Maybe that is why I am so upset but i dought it. First off they have the phone set up so that you have these horrible thick RED bars at the top and bottom of the phone so no matter what background you put it looks squished. Second you can only customize the down button. Yeah that is it! You have to leave both of the soft buttons as message and contacts. The up - left - right buttons are locked and are only for paying options: Vcast - Get it now - Open wave ( a way to look at my account ) nice feature but not necessary to lock it on my home screen.
I got the belt clip for it and it is a total pain to tak out. It almost falls out of my hands every time.
The camera has some nice features but doesn't make up for the non user freindly setup that the whole phone has. I am so so disappointed in this first Razor for Verizon. I am taking it back after having it for 6 hrs. Shouldn't I give it more of a chance? NO WAY. I am not going to pay what I paid for a pocket PC (samsung i730)and have a phone that is this restricted.
If you are a simple phone user and are going from a green back lit phone to your first color phone then have at it. You might be dazled enough by your upgrade that it might not matter to you.
If you are a seasoned cell phone buyer and are looking for an exceptable upgrade from the crappy available phones Verizon is famouse for then keep waiting for something else. This isn't what you are wanting or waiting for. You will be pi_s_d and it isn't worth the 20 min of your life activating it( another pain in the A_S )
I hope this helps. I have spent over 15 hrs between reading reviews, phone calls ect. and feel I have waisted all of it. I hope this save you some time. Because the review that have been placed must be for the Alltel version which I hear isn't resticted like this one.
^(^&#$^%^&^&^$^% %^*%^& $%*$&*% And that is how I feel about this phone and all the time I want to spen on it even though I have more to say. Because I have other things to do......
Pros Great reception, slim, nice interior screen, seems durable, good camera
Cons Exterior screen shuts off, can't add memory, not good for games
Summary After having nothing but big clunky cell phones for so long, Verizon finally released something I can fit in my pocket. So far I really like it.
1)It gets great reception. With my old phone I could only get reception in certain spots in my house. But with the Razr I get reception all over it.
2) The interior screen is large and vivid.
3) Volume is plenty loud for both calls and rings. I don't really use ringtones, but the speaker sounds great for them.
4) Looks pretty good. I like the dark gray color better thank the silver or the black. It's thin, so for guys it fits nicely in your pocket. Certainly much better than other 1 inch thick phones Verizon has.
5) My bluetooth headset works well. As someone else posted there's no 2.5m jack, but I think Moto makes a corded headset that plugs into the power jack.
6) Camera seems to take good 1mp photos. Will be more than adequate for those spur of the moment shots Certainly won't replace ymy digital camera though.
7) It looks like it will be durable. Only time will tell on that one though. The metal exterior doesn't seem that it will scratch easily. Hopefully I won't need to use it, but I got insurance just in case.
8) Some don't seem to like the interface Verizon has put on the razr, but I really have no problem with it.
1) Exterior screen completely shuts off after the phone has been idle for 20 or 30 sec. Doesn't appear you can change this. I often find myself looking at the phone and wondering if its still on.
2) Can't add memory, so you're stuck with the 30MB that come installed. Pretty much makes the video and MP3 player useless. Not a big deal for me... that's why I have my iPod.
3) I don't plan on playing many games on the phone, but I downloaded one just give it a try. Didn't work well at all. Way too easy to hit the "call end" button by accident thereby exiting the game.
Bottom line is if you want a small phone and you use your phone mostly to make calls, this should fit your needs very well.
Pros Pros - Slim, good camera quality, brillant inside screen, ON VERIZON NETWORK, good speaker phone, MP3 player, bluetooth
Cons Cons - horrible out side screen (very dull, but good quality)
Summary Obviously you (cornerofnonwhere) have not used this phone or don't know how to use it because your throwing out some flase info there. You can use Mp3's and photos of your own. Not from the camera but off of your computer! And you can use your own custom content like MP3's (off the computer) wallpaper, stream video off of VCAST, and more. Also, one thing that you didn't mention was that Verizon offers free Verizon to Verizon, (which Sprint to Nextel is basically Sprint to Sprint because they merged), and there is no roaming charges. Another thing, the reason they are so pricy is because "you get what you pay for". If you pay for good service, you are going to get good service. And in this place your paying for the nation's best service. And Verizon holding all the cards is called business....