Otherwise, the V3i D&G is no different from previous members of the Razr family. It sports the same dimensions as its V3i siblings (3.9 x 2.1 x 0.54 inches) and the same weight (3.5 ounces). The external and internal displays, the navigation controls and the keypad are similar as well.
The V3i's feature set is mostly unchanged, except for one big difference. Unlike Cingular's V3i, this V3i does not come with integrated support for iTunes. While we're not fans of the iTunes/Motorola marriage, support for Apple's popular service was one of the unique offerings on the original V3i, and it was a feature many people looked for. Unfortunately, T-Mobile owners will have to live with Motorola's generic music player instead. Otherwise the feature set is good, but not fantastic. Among the highlights are Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a digital music player with support for iTunes, Bluetooth, a MicroSD card slot, a speakerphone, basic organizer functions, text and multimedia messaging, and support for IMAP4 and POP3 e-mail.
For even more bling, the phone comes with themed D&G wallpapers, screen savers and ring tones. And for a really-over-the-top effect, the handset says "Dolce & Gabbana" when you turn it on and off. Overall the V3I D&G is a goldmine (pardon the pun) for high-end label lovers. Unfortunately, there are no D&G games. You get just three Java (J2ME) titles: Asphalt Urban GT, Bejewled, and Solitaire.
We tested the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; GPRS) world phone in San Francisco using T-Mobile's service. Call quality was about the same as on the original V3i. Overall, audio quality was fine, but volume was low and voices sounded fuzzy from to time. Again, we were disappointed in the lack of no support for EDGE networks. Music quality wasn't stellar either, but it's passable for short stints. See our review of the original Razr V3i for a full performance assessment.