Pros Very thin, solid materials, voice recognition is great
Cons No Vibrate + ring at the same time. Speakerphone could be louder
Summary OK. The phone is great. But I wanted to leave this review to aleviate some of the pain that other people have gone through related to the software used to sync this phone. Mobiletools version whatever stinks. I found a better product. Datapilot. I just loaded this software and hooked up my phone and it worked great. it fixed the issue that Mobiletools has where you can only have 1 # per contact. I have multiple #s for each contact in Outlook and they are shown that way on my phone. I am also using Office/Outlook 2003 if you have any concerns about compatibility.
Oh, I should mention that the voice recognition on this phone is amazing. You dont even need a name just say "Call" and then say the #s and after a confirmation, it dials away.Updated
I actually found the ring/vibrate functionality. You have to set the mode to VIBRATE only and in "Vibrate Detail" select a ring and then it will do both at the same timeUpdated
I actually found the ring/vibrate functionality. You have to set the mode to VIBRATE only and in "Vibrate Detail" select a ring and then it will do both at the same time. Something else helpful as a prior sprint customer, i missed not having to enter my password when I get my voicemail every time. Well, with Verizon, if you set up your voicemail under speed dial 1, for example, and then enter (*86 + ' 2 pauses' + your password) as the actual # to dial, then it automatically enters your # when the voicemail asks for your password, ou will only have to hit one button to retrieve your messages.
Pros Great features, wonderful design, strong battery
Cons Useless ear speaker, only ok receiption in a car
Summary This phone could have been perfect but as is, is almost worthless. Read the following ecpecialy if you want one for business. If you are just a kid looking for phone, I am sure you will like this one.
I bought this new phone becuase the last Motorola Phone I had was dying and this one is supposed to be better. All the normal features such as the buttons are great in that you can reconfigure what the buttons do making it very fast to use. The battery life seems to be very good and the size is perfect for me. This phone also works in metal buildings were my last one did not, however receiption on the road is about the same as any other phone, at best.
I have two major complaints, the first is only bluetooth works, so no secure plug in headsets. Bad for me(bluetooth is easily spied on). Second is the phones built in ear speaker, while it can be loud only works if the phone is held just perfect to the ear. This makes it useless in the car, I absolutly can not use it without bluetooth. I suspect by design.
I use phones only for business and talkig so all the corny features like Mp3, camera, text and so on are crap! I need a phone that works in metal buildings, the verg of cell tower areas, in the car etc. Also, if you think I am going to type messages with those keys you need to change what you are smoking. Spend the enginering talent on fixing the ear speaker and give me better receiption and it will be perfect!
Pros Motorola phone, new CDMA RAZR.
Cons On Verizon's network.
Summary There is a lot of talk on here on the A900 and RAZR. I just want to add my own input here. The only RAZR that is on the level of the A900 is with Verizon. Verizon limits everything you can download and use on your phone. You have to download BREW programs from (ONLY)Verizon for use on your Verizon phone.You can not download a BREW program from anywhere else! You also can not use JAVA! So all of the programs made by companies from all over the world are useless to you are your Verizon phone. And since Verizon holds all of the cards, they can also limit what sites you may goto. Ask any Verizon customer that uses the web and let them tell you the their annoying stories.
Also, Verizon does not allow you to take your MP3's & photos and use them on your phone. No! ONLY VERIZON CONTENT!
Sprint on the other hand lets you use any of your custom ring tones, video ring tones, streaming video, wallpapers on your Sprint phone. Sprint does not limit what sites you can access. Sprint lets you use ANY Java programs on your phone. Sprint has the peace of mind to know that their customers are not little children and lets them have their privacy.
Verizon's VCast is really limited. Very few things can be customized and added. Sprint lets you choose from, and customize your content. Verizon has some pretty pricey plans. Sprint has Free Incoming and the Fair & Flexible America plans. Free PCS-to-PCS & PCS-to-Nextel calling. On top of roaming on the entire Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, and Many other networks for free. Nights starting at 7:00PM and 6:00PM! Sprint has way more plan features then any other carrier.
So this whole fight between the A900 and RAZR is so pointless. Both phones are great, but the networks are completely different. And when you look at the facts, Sprint has the better offer. So I choose my A900 because it is with Sprint. If Sprint had the RAZR, then I would have chosen that instead. But Sprint has the better offering, so I stay with them no matter what phones come out.Updated
I posted this review because I have used both Verizon Wireless and now Sprint. I currently own the Samsung A900 and have a friend of a friend that owns the RAZR. His phone still has the same old basic Verizon GUI, basic MSN mobile home page, and lack of BREW content.
So I wanted to let others know this before they make a choice to buy the Verizon RAZR.
1:Is it not true if the RAZR was on Sprint's network it would have Sprint's Vision home page, not just MSN mobile?
2:Is it not true the RAZR would have full access to Java applications, not just be forced to buy a carriers BREW content?
3:Is it not true that Sprint gives full access to all web sites, not just the ones it wants you to see?
4:Is it not true Verizon charges $44.99 a month for PDA access, while Sprint's is only $10 and $15?
5:Is it not true that the Treo 700 will need the $44.99 a month plan, while Sprint's PDA EV-DO access is only $15?
6:Is it not true Verizon's insurance protection plan only covers phones purchased from Verizon, while Sprint's covers any phone new or uses?
7:Is it not true that Verizon's VCast as much less content then Sprint's Power Visions TV, Radio, Satellite radio, MP3 download, ect?
People need to know both sides and I am just sick of people coming into the A900 forums posted garbage just because they use the Verizon RAZR.
Say what you want, but Sprint offers more then Verizon does. You can claim al day that Verizon has better voice coverage, but you can't compare Sprint's and Verizon's data packages.Updated
I tried replying to your question but it won't go through. So here is what I was trying to say.
But if you go from let's say a Treo 650 to the Treo 700, you will most likely have to upgrade to the $15 Unlimited EV-DO Power Visions access. Because the Treo 650 uses Sprint's 1X network while the 700 would be using the EV-DO. Just keep in mind if you go from an EV-DO coverage area to a 1X area, your Power Visions will still work but just at a slower speed. I was averaging between 90kbs to 100kbs with my 1X phones. Now I average around 1mbs with my A900.
someone posted an article on Sprintuers.com I think, or maybe Sprintpcsinfo.com that said Sprint's data speeds are faster because they use the 1900mhz band and they need more towers to cover an area. So you get faster speeds because you are closer to the towers.
Pros Impossibly thin; amazing screen; it's a Razr.. what more do you need?
Cons no headphone jack (that i can locate); no TransFlash slot
Summary I just got this phone, maybe 3 hours ago, and I haven't put it down. I wasn't sure how long the "Pros" section could be, so I thought I'd list all the things I love here.
Built in USB- no need for expensive cable to connect your phone to your computer.. nope, just a $5 usb cable and you can transfer data and charge. (I think you need to have a program to transfer files, but i think you can find that free)
1.3 mp Camera- Alright, I know most cell phones above a couple hundred bucks has a mp camera, but the Razr's stands out to me. My last phone was a v710, and though it had a 1.3 mp camera, the quality was horrible and it took forever for the pictures to save. This is almost instantaneous
Color- Okay, this may seem dumb, but I personally like the color of this phone.. it's not that annoying silver or overused black, but a very nice slate grey.
36mb of storage- Holy crap! When I saw that this phone had the same storage capacity as a small jump drive, I was amazed. My last phone (the over-rated v710) had a pitiful amount of storage. Though I would have loved to have seen a transflash slot on this baby (now my $100 128mb t/f card is useless), the stock memory is sufficient for me.
Sound quality- This baby is loud.. maybe a little more so than necessary. You are going to hear your phone ring, even if its all the way across the room.
Okay.. now since nothing's perfect.. there are a couple cons to this sexy piece of mobile technology.
It's small- It's not what it sounds like, I promise.. The Razr is insanely thin.. and while that's a great fashion statement, not to mention cool as hell looking, I can see it being a problem. I know I tend to forget stuff in my pockets if i can't feel it, and I think this phone is light enough to not be felt. (as you can tell, i'm grasping at straws)
No TransFlash- This is the third time I'm mentioning this, and that's because it bothers me. If it truly does require a program from Motorola to transfer files from phone to pc, the idea of a mp3 player in the phone is made almost obsolete. (again... grasping at straws here)
All in all, this cell phone is awesome! I read a reviewer's testimony that this phone was horrible because they spent their time adding cool features instead of the necessities. If you're looking for a phone to just talk on, don't buy a Razr! If you want a kick-ass phone with a ton of features and a jaw-dropping appearance, then get ready for the closest shave available.. the Motorola v3c Razr.
Pros Sexy look. Trim size. High "hip" factor.
Cons Impractical ergonometrics and interface
Summary I was sooo hot to get on board with Verizon's entry with the sexiest, most hyped, most must-have phone ever. Great, big, fabulous screen I noticed. Nice size. Cool looking keys. Neato story about the type of aluminum and how it is manufactured.
What is not so cool -- and why I returned it for a "dull" but functional LG -- is it's hard to enter phone numbers. (And forget about texting!) Am I the only one that likes the slighted rounded keys that let's you know that you have a finger on the key you intend? Well...this phone doesn't have that. And as for the center "mouse/center navigation" device -- a correct aim and pressure is essential. Thank goodness I am blessed with slim fingers and good coordination -- I can only pity the less fortunate who try to work this phone.
Motorola seems to be slowly emerging from an interface only an engineer can love. It's better than past models -- but the wrong department led the functionality design team on this one.
It looks good and if that's high on your scale....this is the one for you.