"Great phone"on by themacdaddy
Pros Slim form factor. Great screen!
Cons crippled bluetooth. SD Card is ill-placed
Summary I was scared of getting this phone because of all the complaints about the V3c (slow menus , bad battery life, just to name two). But I've had the phone for 5 days, and I must say I'm pretty happy with it. And I'm a gadget *****. So it isn't easy to impress me. The menu system of the V3m is much faster than on the V3c. Almost as fast as the e815. In fact I almost don't see any lag at all. The battery is better than was on the v3c, so you're suppose to get longer life out of it. So far I have no reason to complain about battery life. With moderate use, and bluetooth kept on, I can last on a single charge all day (8am to around midnight) and still have power left in the battery. Camera is decent, but doesn't blow me away. Then again, it IS a cell phone.
Call quality is on par with my e815. No fuz, no funny background noise. Good signal performance, though not as good as the e815. No dropped calls. Sound quality is really good, both ways. I'm annoyed at the placement of the microSD card. You have to take out the battery to get to the card slot. I have no need for the music player, but I've tried it and it's pretty good. Music is clear, and pretty loud. I don't like Verizon's UI. It looks stupid, and it takes some getting use to. But I will say that once you're use to it, you don't find it all that limiting, and you realize that the Verizon UI has the same stuff as the Motorola UI. It's just not as flexible, and not as cool looking.
I hate that Verizon disables object exchange over bluetooth (that means you can't extract your pictures from the phone via bluetooth) But I hacked my e815 to do Object Exchange, and I actually never even used it. So it's not a big deal, it's just the principal. I can still use the SD Card to do my picture/music transfers if I want to.
I hate the ringtones. I prefer traditional style ring tones. The Razr V3m only has polyphonic ring tones and sounds. They sound ridiculous.
Final Verdict: This is a great phone. And a pretty good gadget. Menu speed and battery life are improved over the v3c.Updated
If I were to rate this phone today, I'd probably give it a 6.5 or 7 at the most. My main problem with the phone was that the menu interface lagged, and I didn't like the user interface Verizon put on it. I wouldn't say this is a bad phone. Just not worth a 9.
Pros Design, large screen, MP3 (read: WMA) player
Cons Verizon is a horrible company, hot keys are not helpful, Verizon gives you bare bones with the phone.
Summary I would like to say that I do enjoy the phone. It is nice that is also doubles as a 1Gb MP3 player. But I can't help but mention some of the gripes I have about the phone. First, Verizon has to be one of the most anti-customer companies I've ever experienced. The advertising is very misleading and they try to sell you every bell and whistle you don't need/want with the phone. Basically, it costs you an arm and a leg to just get the phone, and then you have to configure it. I managed to find the drivers online to be able to sync it with my music collection (something that Verizon wants you pay to $30 for, but oh wait! you get WMP10 as well- as if you can't d/l that for free!). Then you have to buy a converter to actually be able to plug your standard 3.5 mm headphone jack into the phone. Annoying to say the least.
The phone definitely has some quirks as well. The hot keys definitely do not map to any "hot" areas. Expect to spend some time getting familiar with the horrible UI. And don't expect any help from Verizon either, from the store or the internet. I've tried both and they are just as unresponsive in either location.
Overall, I would say get the phone, but get it from a different carrier. Verizon is horrible and deserves every bit of praise I have given them
Pros Fast menus, great bluetooth quality, no dropped calls, cool design
Cons Center navigation button too small
Summary I upgraded from the LGVx8100. I have been an LG person for a long time, but this phone (the Silver model) was too cool to pass up. I have an ipod (which I love), so I really don't need the music player features of this (or the LG) phone. I just wanted a cool looking phone that can handle bluetooth, has good sound quality for calls, and doesn't drop calls. This phone meets all those criteria and more. Call quality has been great and my bluetooth headset (just a generic BTH 850)actually works better with this phone than the LG (no background noise or echo factor). I get excellent reception even if I only have a couple bars showing.
As others have said, the outside screen is not modifiable and is only available for date/time and caller ID. I miss having a photo on that screen, although it's so small, I wouldn't see it well anyway. I do wish the center navigation button was raised or otherwise distinguishable. I purchased a song rather than previewed on VCast because because of this challenge.
The camera on the phone is actually better than the LG -- which surprised me -- and wasn't something I was necessarily looking for. Also, I know that you can do this with other phones on Verizon, but the GPS navigation system is really cool, too. The inside screen is great for this as it is bright and big enough to actually glance at(and listen to!) the directions while you are driving...(another bonus I was not looking for, but was pleasantly surprised to find)!
I do have a question for other reviewers who have this phone...when I had my Contacts transfered from the LG to the V3m, the Moto phone automatically assigned speed dial and 1-touch speed dial numbers to my contacts. Is there a way to undo this, or at least re-program the 1-touch keys? Thanks!
"Add back features"on by rosenjon
Pros Great phone - lots of features
Cons Verizon disabled lots of features
Summary Check out http://www.motov3m.com to learn how to add back features to this phone and get the most out of it
Pros Thin & wide; Adequate camera memory; Chargers are built to last
Cons Terminally inadequate ear volume; Awful synth voice-dial match; Lid-mounted side buttons; No camera flash
Summary Reference note: My previous phone, also via Verizon, was an LG VX6000. My upgrade was primarily because the LG car chargers would begin blowing the ACC fuse in my car after a couple uses each; secondarily for a better camera; also for the Razr's more compact size. Why LG engineers decided on a connector for the car charger that has something like 6000 microscopic conductors - which of course cross and short - when standard DC power only requires two, is beyond me, but there it is. Anyhow, long story short...I got tired of contorting myself for dives under my dashboard to replace fuses every day.
So... I bought into the hype and traded in for a Razr V3m, for about $60 after the $50 rebate. Now I realize that people generally react with hostility to negative reviews, but I've always held that unless a product is truly excellent, highlighting existing flaws is ten times more valuable to any prospective buyer than yet another "Oh, it's GREAT!" review. So if you love this phone I recommend skipping this, 'cause this thing has got me a little steamed.
My verdict: The Razr is a nice starting concept but the design and execution are seriously flawed on key points.
1. Unless I'm completely spacing out some setting somewhere, the earpiece volume is inadequate to the point of rendering the phone unusable. This ought to be a no-brainer from a design standpoint. The folks at Motorola may not have anticipated this, but a surprising number of phone calls do not occur in anechoic chambers or libraries. I'd hazard a guess that "extreme background noise" is the norm, not the exception...or maybe I've just got too many years of satisfyingly loud rock guitar behind me. The control factor is that my LG VX6000's earpiece could be adjusted to the threshold of pain (no exaggeration,) which is essential in my book - while after tinkering and tweaking with the Razr's volume control the best it will do is somewhere around midway in the LG's volume range. Actually hearing the person on the other end of a phone call is rather, errm, central to the whole concept of a telephone, and if I can't do that then what I'm carrying is a very stylish chunk of useless plastic. A serious design flaw that in itself makes a swap mandatory;
2. The Razr's voice dial function bases its voice recognition not on the user's own voice waveforms, which you record when you enter contact numbers and names, but rather on an electronic interpretation based solely on the text of the name you enter. This was a profoundly stupid, or maybe just lazy, engineering decision on the part of Motorola. An example: One of my more frequent contacts is named "Berg." In order to get the Razr to voice dial it, I found I had to pronounce it just like what that moronic synthesized voice thinks the text should sound like, namely: "Beaarrje." I kid you not. On top of that nonsense, my old LG's voice dial was two simple steps: a) Push the voice dial button and wait for the voice to say "Say a name...," then b) say it. Done. With the Razr it's a minimum of three steps: a) Push the button, b) say a "command" like "Call" (or pretty much anything audible,) and wait for the prompt of "Say a number," then c) say the name in electronic-synth-speak. If you're extremely lucky it'll recognize what you said the first time, and the people standing nearby who are staring at you because you've just said "Beaarrje!" won't begin phoning for men in white coats on your behalf when you have to begin repeating that bizarre sound in increasingly mechanical tones. Do I need this? The Razr's apparently got a voice recorder on board - how much of a mental leap is it to route a few seconds' worth of that to the voice dial function? So another no-go, and another vote for a different manufacturer.
3. The side-mounted function buttons are located on the Razr's lid, not the body. At first I'd thought this was a learning curve issue since my LG had them mounted on the body - 'just need to train my fingers to play a new tune, so to speak. The problem is threefold: The Razr's lid is, as we all know, extremely thin; the side buttons are quite long; there are buttons on both left and right sides. There's virtually no way anyone with fingers larger than a six-year-old's can grab the lid to flip it either direction without inadvertently pushing one or more buttons, and since the right function button (voice dial,) is as large as the one opposite, pushing one without the other requires some delicate manual dexterity that I simply can't be messing with in most calling situations. With body-mounted buttons you can grasp the phone and operate the side buttons - or not - with ease, even one-handedly. The Razr's speakerphone switch (at upper left,) needn't be side-mounted at all, which would have eliminated the opposing sides problem.
4. Another no-brainer: If you're going to (finally) give us a camera with a decent memory resolution capacity, doesn't it make sense also to install a simple flash? I won't even go into the idea of better-quality lens optics.
On the plus side:
- The Razr's size is indeed the major selling point: Thinner is always better and the width is also generous;
- Both the desk and car chargers are thankfully robust, something LG would do well to study and imitate.
...And that's about it.
The Razr, unfortunately, is an intriguing design but a disappointing step backward in terms of functionality, and ultimately function is all that matters.
With the bitter taste of my last eight or ten fuse-swapping excursions beneath my car dash fresh in mind, the plan is to check into the Samsung a930 - it's got every feature the Razr has (less the thin/wide dimensions,) and a flash for the camera to boot. What kind of voice dial matching setup it has and what kind of volume is available at the earpiece are not forthcoming in spec sheets and I can't remember what the button orientation is, so I will be researching that one thoroughly in advance. If it fails any of those I'll have to grit my teeth, get the LG VX8300 and just plan on carrying the desk charge unit everywhere I go, until such time as LG's engineers can competently design a car charger and power jack for it.
All in all, cellphone purchasing has become a major hassle, and now I have a nice, snazzy Razr to return.