The 2-megapixel camera takes pictures in four resolutions, from 1,200x1,600 down to 240x320. Editing features include three quality settings, a self-timer, a multishot mode, six color effects, six frames, an 8x zoom, and five shutter sounds. The camcorder records clips in two resolutions with sound. Editing options are limited to a choice of three quality settings. Clips meant for multimedia messages are capped at 10 seconds, or you can shoot for as long as the available memory will permit. And, speaking of which, the V8 offers about 2GB of shared memory, which is quite extensive. Photo quality was very good with bright colors and distinct objects.
For listening to tunes, the Razr2 V8 offers a generic Moto media player. Though perfectly functional, the interface is exceptionally simple and offers nothing in the way of album art or music visualizations. Features are respectable without being too extensive. Besides shuffle and repeat mode, there's an Airplane setting and you can organize music by playlists.
Getting music on the phone is a relatively simple affair. This being a T-Mobile phone, it goes without saying that wireless music downloads aren't available, but you can transfer music via a USB cable. Our PC recognized our handset instantly, and we were able to drag and drop files without any problem. On our review phone, our music tracks transferred to the Pictures folder by default. The music player will play music no matter where it's saved, but you can move files around using the File Manager application.
You can personalize the Razr2 V8 with a variety of wallpapers, screensavers, and alert sounds. You can download more options, and more ringtones, from T-Mobile's T-zones Internet service over the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser. The V8 only comes with two demo games--Midnight Pool 3D and Gun Bloxx--you'll have to buy the full versions for extended play.
We tested the quandband (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; EDGE) Razr2 V8 in San Francisco using T-Mobile service. Call quality was generally good, because, in part, of Moto's CrystalTalk technology. Voices sounded natural and there was little static or interference. On the whole, the sound quality compared favorably with AT&T Razr2 V9. Here, too, we noticed a slight echo on our end, but it wasn't enough to ruin our experience. The volume could be just the slight bit louder, we sometimes had trouble hearing in noisy locations, but the majority of the time it was fine.
On their end, callers reported few issues, though they could tell we were using a cell phone. A few callers also reported a slight background hiss but others did not detect anything out of the ordinary. Speakerphone calls were satisfactory, though the sound was a tad muffled. Also, while the volume was loud, the sound was distorted at the highest levels. Callers said they could understand us, as long we were close to the phone. Bluetooth calls were respectable; we didn't encounter significant issues.
The V8's music experience was quite pleasant. The sole speaker provided decent output and the audio quality was sharp and clear. Like with most music phones, it's not too great at the highest volumes, and we miss having an equalizer or anything of the sort, but it's a perfectly fine music player for short listening periods.
The Motorola Razr2 V8 has a rated battery life of 8.3 hours talk time and 11.6 days standby time. Our tests came close to around 7 hours and 27 minutes of talk time.