Pros tech specs speak for themselves. good features.
Cons Cingular has had virtually every customizable feature disabled. When closing applications, you're sent to the standby screen istead of back to the application menu. Much Much more
Summary I got this phone today and had it unlocked for use with Tmobile. Unlocking was quite easy, as I know people who can get the codes...
The phone itself is a gem. It looks great, has high speed internet, fast operation, and a great camera. Compared to previous RAZR's... all plusses.
What Cingular had done to it? Unforgivable. The device is so locked down that there is very little customization to be done. The left and right soft keys are now fixed to "options" and "main menu". These can only be changed via modding programs. Some people like to be able to have the alarm clock be a soft key. I do, for sure. The data connection profiles are locked, uneditable, and undeletable. One can copy and edit, but can not replace the original. This means that I can get the device to access and tether to the web, but I cannot get the java email and IM programs to connect. There is also no way to change which profile the java applications use to connect.
Worse of all... Cingular has implemented security certificates for java downloads. Pretty much anything that came preinstalled or is purchased from Cingular is trusted and can have full access to the internet. All other 3rd party programs can only have the options of "yes, ask always" or "no, never". "ask always" means that EVERY time an application that is running tries to fetch data from the web, you'll be prompted to approve it. In the case of Google Maps, one would need to approve about once every 5-10 seconds of map loading. Highly inconvenient. Similar behaviour for the Opera Mini Browser and mobile Gmail as well.
These faults in functionality are a result of the Cingular affects of the phone software design. If making changes through modification software, one can unlock the softkey restrictions and even change the java internet permission settings (at the rist of losing access to any of the formalized Cingular applications).
Just last week, I had a Sony Ericsson w810i unlocked from Cingular for use with the old AT&T Wireless. A few settings easily changed and we got full functionality across the board.
It should never be as hard as Cingular has made it for the newest, lastest, and greatest RAZR phone. It seems that their desire to control is seeping out from the internal hell and onto what customers can and cannot do. Such a shame.
Pros Great signal, gorgeous screen, extended battery life, excellent processor, internal memory, speeds, size, menus and customization
Cons External display brightness (or lack thereof), location of MicroSD slot (under battery cover), single port for charger, headset, etc.
Summary As much as I didn't want to fall into the RAZR styled handsets, there was no way I could deny the features and performance this offers.
-Great Signal: Coming from a Sony Ericsson handset left me a bit skeptical of whether or not I would be able to handle the change, but this phone is just as wonderful as my old z500 was. Calls are clear and garble isn't an issue like it was on the SE.
-Gorgeous Screen: The QVGA display is a treat to the eyes as everything from text to pictures are crisp, clear and easy to read.
-Extended Battery Life: The battery on this phone lasts forever! On one charge, the phone will last for a few days even with maximum usage. Moderate use will leave the phone charged adequately for a week.
-Excellent Processor: This phone has absolutely no lag. Extremely responsive in comparison to most other models and manufacturers.
-Internal Memory: Large enough to hold dozens of ringtones, hundreds of pictures, and up to 500 messages. It's hard to even put a dent into the 60MB the phone includes (unless downloading full length songs).
-Intuitive Media Player: The media player is among the best I've used. Well organized and easy to access while other applications are running.
-Great Camera: 1.3 megapixel lens starts quickly and snapshots turn out nicer than those of the Samsung SYNC. Great quality for just a camera phone.
-Beautiful menus: Everything is extremely customizable on the phone; from the shortcuts, to the menus, to the background and skins.
-Internet Speeds: This thing goes like a breeze on both HSDPA and EDGE networks. Includes cutting edge 3.6mbps capability so that the phone can grow with the network.
-Size: The phone is similar in comparison to other RAZR models, although slightly taller. Despite this, it is still smaller than other Cingular phones.
-External display could be brighter.
-MicroSD slot located under battery cover.
The v3xx is hands down the best phone that Cingular is offering at the moment--best phone I've used.
Pros Fast internet/video, good camera, great display
Cons sometimes freezes during CV(cingular video)
Summary So I bought this phone to replace the phone that I broke in half (not gonna go into that story). Anyway, I bought this phone because well, I just liked it. And I loved it, until I was watching Cingular Video, and the music video froze. I took it back, and they replaced the phone. The second phone did it again, so I switched to the Samsung Sync. I hated that phone, and was determined to figure out the bug in this RAZR V3xx. Well, I toko the Sync back to Cingular after a week, cause I hated that phone. For those of you who can't get over that phone, its really not that great. the V3xx has better music quality than that phone does, and it's a music phone! Anyway, I took it back, and asked for the V3xx, despite my experience. Well, I made sure I got the newest shipment of phones they had, and I know I did, because there were a few things different about my new RAZR V3xx. So far, it hasn't frozen (crosses fingers). Other than that experience, I think this is a great phone (if it wasn't, I wouldn't have gone back to it despite my previous problems with it). That should tell you right there how much I liked this phone.
Pros Fast 3G, inbuilt Opera browser
Cons horrible UI, low end camera, java permissions problem
Summary It could have been an OK phone, had Cingular not crippled it.
I like that it has super fast internet connection and thank to inbuilt Opera browser, you can get the best mobile internet experience out of almost any site including those not optimized for mobile phones. Yahoo Go.support. And that's about it.
And now the bad:
- Photo camera is 1.3Mp. The standard is at least 2 Mp nowadays. Picture quality is awful. The images come out super warm and not sharp.
- Video camera is about the same. I tried sending a video from this phone to my friend's Sprint phone and he never got it.
- Music player interface is a joke. It reminds me of some sort of an old Atari game. Once you start playing a song, there is no way to select another Artist without actually terminating the player. The sound quality is really bad. The volume level constantly fluctuates for no reason. And get this - all other providers cell similar phones with headphones included but mine came without them. Headphones are not so great either but you cannot use your own since they have to be USB compatible.
- Java Permissions are restricted to the applications that Cingular chooses for you. You wont be able to use Google maps or Gmail since every time the application has to connect to the internet you are going to be prompted to allow the connection. Imagine scrolling google maps and clicking Ok every time it has to download a new image of the map. And it's not just Google applications. Every other application that you would want to use (not provided by Cingular) will have the same problem. If you use the same applications on similar phone from Sprint or any unlocked phone, it will not be a problem. This is a way for Cingular to control what goes onto their phones just in case you decide to install a Skype enabled client to make calls over the data connection versus paying Cingular for your voice minutes.
- While other phones allow you to use any MP3 file as your ringtone, Cingular made sure that you cannot do it easily and rather buy a ringtone from them. Basically if you want to make your own ringtone, you have to make sure that it's no longer than 30secs and i think the bit rate is 64 Mbts. As being a Mac user, it was really easy for me to create a ringtone- I just fired up GarageBand that comes with every Mac, and had my own ringtone ready within 5 mins.
- For Mac users: The phone does not support iSync out of box but you can search the web for the solution although the Calendar is not syncing you will be able to Sync your Address Book contact over the bluetooth connection. Also this phone tethers with Mac very well over the bluetooth connection, again search for a generic 3G modem script.
Bottom line - I am waiting for an unlocked SonyEricsson phone that will support Cingular 3G frequency. I hope it's coming soon.
Pros attractive design, fully refreshed interface, responsive, beautiful screen, great browsing/3G speed, good mp3 player, stereo bluetooth is excellent, superb graphics, expandable memory, UMS/MSC
Cons annoying Java security nag (thanks, Cingular), camera could be better, lack of a standard 3.5mm audio jack sucks
Summary I used to have a Sony Ericsson w600i, it rocked my socks off save for the small, non-expandible memory. I was coming from a Nokia 3200, which from a feature standpoint couldn't hold a candle to the w600i. But I digress.
The w600i failed twice, so I got a cheaper phone that I hated. Finally, my contract ended and I decided to go with a RAZR. The KRZR was too expensive and not my style, so I sought out this one for the price and features.
This phone is fantastic, better than I had expected. It brings me right back to the glory days of the w600i with all its features, and even improves on some of its shortcomings (expandible memory, 3G, no drivers required to sync with computer). The last one is what I like, since I don't always use Windows. Of course even if it did require drivers, I could have just used a card reader for the MicroSD and put the files in there, but its nice not having to worry about keeping it with me all the time.
I've used the older RAZRs before, and every reason that kept me from getting one in the beginning has been dealt with gracefully. I almost couldn't be happier with this phone, but there are a few annoyances that keep it from being totally flawless. The camera, being a step up from the V3's crap VGA camera, is still a bit shoddy. In low light mostly, there is some noise and choppiness, and blur can also be a problem. Another annoyance is the Java security alert thing. Cingular crippled the settings for that thing, so you have to allow unsigned java apps to run every single time, instead of just an "Allow Once". This is apparently to keep you locked with Cingular's java apps, which are signed and do not have this issue. It is certainly a problem, and is something I would expect another company like Verizon (known for crippling bluetooth on their phones) to do, not Cingular. Not that Cingular's any better than Verizon, it's just disappointing when any phone company intentionally does that. It's business I guess.
Other than that, I have no major issues with this phone. Its huge amount of Pros almost outweigh the Cons and allow me to forgive its shortcomings. This phone is quality all over, if you're looking for THE razr to get on Cingular's network, look no further. This is the best RAZR on Cingular's network yet. All the updates, tweaks, and 3G under its hood will keep you satisfied with this phone for quite a while.