Pros Plays mp3's in wmp format but cannot be set as ringtone.
Cons No TF transfer to phone, Pay for ringtones, Nothing free, Cannot DL any ringtones with browser software.
Summary This phone is horrible. Verizon Wireless has killed this phone by locking out all sorts of options. I'm quite angry. You must pay for all extras you want to add to your phone, nothing free, and I mean NOTHING. I would recommend choosing another service provider before buying this phone with their rediculous 2 year contract. The phone comes with almost 0 ringtones. They have locked out all options for transfering data from your TF card to the phone for ringtones. The TF only servers as storage. You can add mp3's in WMP format and listen to them but no tweaking or adding as ringtone. If you want any of those you'll have to pay for them. Videos and all other options they boast on the phone, oops pay pay pay for those as well. Nothing free in the world of Verizon. Wait for the V3i that is coming soon and contract with another company. There is a way to email ringtones that you have edited to yourself though. Send them to your phones email address which is your # i.e. (xxx)email@example.com. Attach the sound file to your email and it should come up on your messages. Select save sound and you're good to go. Just need to supply yourself with software for editing music and converting into WMP format.
Pros Any standard USB cable will work for pc connection. Use Windows Media Player 10 to add music. Excellent Reception!!!
Cons Have to go through menus to get to features that should be hot keyed.
Summary I like that I can use any old USB cable I had laying around for the house for pc connection, NO NEED TO BUY A SPECIAL CABLE! I also use Windows Media Player 10 to add music to the V3m, NO EXTRA SOFTWARE TO BUY! The only two extra items I had to purchase was a USB stereo headset and the micro sd card which I purchased on ebay for $50 for the both of them. I have a 1gb mp3 player for $50. Only downside is the features I use most are not Hot Keyed on the pad. The biggest feature for me personally is the size and finally, no more ridiculous antenna sticking out the top of the phone. It also gets the best reception of any phone I have owned over the past 5 years. I live in a valley and have had no signal at my home EVER!!! With this phone I atleast get 1 bar which is enough to text message and get voice mail, not enough to talk but it's better than what I had before. The phone feels pretty sturdy to me, the keys actually have a good click feel to them, I was nervous about the keypad but I actaully like it. I don't get where people say it feels fragile, like I said, feels sturdy to me, especially since its all metal and not plastic like most phones. And if it does break, well that's what the insurance is for. I've had Samsungs, Nokia's, LG's, an audiovox, and older motorola, this feels just as strong as any of them with the exception of the Nokia, those phones can really handle a drop to the pavement.
Pros Verizon is Number One! (J.D. Power agrees)
Cons Well- this phone works with ULTRA fast EV-DO (oh, thats not a con... sorry)
Summary As you attempt to sort through these Verizon Razr bashing reviews you should realize the following:
If you're looking for a ultra-customizable Razr that works on the slower (MUCH SLOWER)--more global GSM network than obviously this Razr is not for you. Many people are saying to wait and get the V3x- the V3x is a GSM phone. If your interested in a EV-DO capable, high-speed, phone that enables you to watch News, Sports, Cartoon, and Entertainment clips, Download Music, Surf the web at BLAZING speeds this is the phone for you- to top it all of- IT EVEN HAS A GPS! Once again: If you are looking for a highly customizable Razr that does not work with CDMA or EV-DO this is NOT the phone for you. And guess what? It's not meant to be! Many people are bashing Verizon in their reviews and saying how "anti-consumer" they are. Not the case! There is a reason Verizon received J.D. Power Consumer Center's HIGHEST, 5 Star rating in overall customer satisfaction. They offer the best cellphone call quality of ANY carrier (including their CDMA rival Sprint [A 2 star recipient] and GSM rival Cingular [A 2 star receipt]) They offer the best network of any carrier and have less dropped calls than almost everyone. Looking for a great phone on a crappy network? Go for the Razr V3, V3i or V3x. If you are looking for an even greater phone on the highest rated network in the country- this is the phone for you!
Pros thinness, durable
Cons battery life and hard to type on keypad
Summary Unfortunately, I've been very disappointed with the battery life on my razr. I received it June 22, 2006 and the battery lasted 12-14 hrs (if that) on standby mode, which is odd. Verizon ran tests on it and said it was fine, but I insisted (after three calls and two visits) that they at least change my battery. The new battery lasts about 22 hrs on standby mode. 22 hrs is still not acceptable if you're running around all day or traveling AND using the phone. My previous LG, which ran in color mode (the excuse the techician gave me for the razr's poor battery life), ran on standby mode for at least 2.5 days. Maybe my razr is an anomaly. Also, the phone's keypad is extremely cumbersome to text message with. The flat silver plate that covers the keyboard is too stiff and unresponsive. I feel like I have to somehow break in the plate, which hasn't been working so far.
Although I must say that it has been fairly durable so far. I've dropped it once on the floor - barely any scratches and works.
I don't recommend it though and regret my decision. The phone has a few extra features, albeit very limited, but I don't need a phone with a camera or that plays mp3s. I have my canon and iPod for that. I just wanted a phone that would last without frequent charges. It's too late for me to switch phones (I wanted to give the razr the benefit of the doubt), and I will think twice now before taking any free offer from Verizon (I received it for free through the every two year program).Updated
I revisited the Verizon store yesterday, and was told this time around that 10-12 hrs battery life is expected of these new razrs (although the first time I went, they said it was 22 hours). Ah well. The tech updated the phone's software to help with the battery life. On average, I'm still getting about 9 hours with some airtime, and a bit more on just standby. I really do believe this problem isn't as wide spread. I hope everyone's having better luck than I am.
"Problems with USB"on by teaguejb
Pros great form factor; great sound quality; great features
Cons usb drivers don't work; battery life not great
Summary I was told by Verizon yesterday that there is a problem with the usb drivers for this phone and that there is no timeframe for the release of a patch which will correct this problem. One analyst with Verizon told me that it has at times taken 3-6 months for such software fixes. This renders one of the phone's most useful features (usb sync) nonfunctioning. I don't want to pay for Vcast subscription when I can simply put my own music on the phone via my pc. Grrr. Hopefully they'll fix this because otherwise the phone is very good.