Pros Loaded with features, better than average battery, nice camera
Cons Lack of time on front LCD,
Summary I'll be the first to add an actual review of the RIZR here. Just picked one up the other day and finally got my SIM card from Cingular to try it out with the service. I like having black gear, so I went with the black version, not the blue.
Past phones (within the past year): Samsung MM-A900, RIM Blackberry Pearl
Service: I like to stand out and not have what everyone on the block has. I bought the A900 last year when it first came out and constantly had to endure the questions, "Oh, is that a RAZR?". It seems everywhere you turn you see a RAZR, grade school kids to grandmas have RAZR's. I've been a Sprint user for the last 3 years and while their service was nice, it was getting pricey and being stuck with their OEM CDMA phones was getting to be a hassle. Having to pay a $35 activation fee each time you switch phones was getting to be too much.
I intially switched to T-Mobile to take advantage of their Fave 5 plan but found that the reception was terrible in my area. I found out this was due to T-Mobile operating strictly on a 1900 band frequency, I had no bars at my house, 1 bar after 1/2 mile away, and better the further I went. Switched to Cingular which operates on a 850/1900 and no other problem. Full bars wherever I go.
Initial Thoughts: The RIZR will turn heads, I've already been asked multiple times about it. Ended up paying slightly over $300 for an unlocked version. Very clean design, the black is a matte finish so with no hint of chrome anywhere. I absolutely hate chrome as it fingerprints too easily. The MicroSD slot is under the batter door, which I found to be a hassle to remove. You literally have to press down on the battery door button with a pen or something small to release the door. But the MicroSD slot isn't under the battery, so removal of the door gives easy access to the slot. The volume buttons are on the left side, with a bluetooth link button right underneath. On the right side you have a voice command button with the camera button under as well.
Review: The RIZR comes preloaded with two games, blockbreaker and Platinum Sudoku. The quality of the audio is solid, but it won't replace your iPod. It comes with a standard 20MB internal memory, so if you want to carry multiple full length songs, an optional card is the only way to go. The overall layout of the phone and menus is very solid, the interface of Motorola phones has been bashed for many years, but it does its job. The slide mechanism is easy to open with one hand, but not too loose that it's a pain. The MicroSD slot combined with Audacity has given me access to over 50 custom ringtones, each one set to an individual caller. The 2.0 MP camera takes decent shots better than most phone cameras but definately not a Digital Camerca replacement. It also comes with a video camera and a voice recorder. The layout of the menus is solid, with room for multiple phone numbers, email addresses, home addresses, birthday, and custom ringtone and picture. Text messaging with the RIZR is easy, easier than my old A900, and inputting text is very easy with T9 support that not only has common words, but words that you previously entered. So when inputting names if you have multiple entries with common names (Smith, James, John, Jennifer, etc), the T9 picks up on it as well.
Pros: Better than advertised battery life. Most places list it as 3 hours, but I think that they're looking it as 3:00, instead of 300 minutes, as I've been able to get over 5 hours off the intial charge.
Very intiutive T9 support. Inputting my entire phone book (160+ entries) manually only took about 30 minutes.
An intial wow factor. Not having to be one of hundreds on the street that have a RAZR is fun. But we'll see how long this appeal lasts when/if a carrier stateside picks up this phone.
Cons: Very few so far.
Removal of the battery door is a pain.
So far haven't figured out how to display the time on the screen. Not a huge deal since I wear a watch, but something so simple shouldn't be such a headscratcher.
Key pad is a little bleh. The A900 had a very nice keypad, but the RIZR's is just subpar.
Small internal memory of 20 MB. If you load full MP3's that only enough room for 3-4, luckily with custom ringtones you can fit more. But the low cost of memory cards shouldn't take away from the quality since a 128MB card is only like $30.
Well worth it if you are in the market for a GSM phone. Operates on a Quad Band 850/900/1800/1900 frequency. Standard features that everyphone has these days, Bluetooth, Camera, MP3 player, etc. Camera and MP3 are nice but not replacements.
I hope this review helps at least someone out there.
Pros Sexy as heck
Cons There's a bug in the software
Summary Just got this phone about a week ago. It's awesome. Not too thin and not too thick in my opinion. It fits perfectly in my smaller hand and to those who has RAZR phone, you know what I'm talking about lol.
Compare to other slider phone, the sliding is smooth and doesn't feel like the phone is gonna launch out of your hand. The tactile (rubberized) feeling throughout the back and the side of the phone make it really nice to hold.
Call quality is great, the speakerphone is not that bad either. I've never been a fan of Motorola headphone. For some reason it feels awkwards, heavy and too small but these buds sit in my ears pretty good, and sounded great!
Setting up T-mobile web access is pretty easy. Goto http://tmobileus.wdsglobal.com/phonefirst. Even though there is no list for RIZR, I just use the RAZR V3 drop down list. Enter your phone number and follow the instruction on the website. The phone display the browser message and just follow the instruction. Click on WebAccess, Web Sessions and select TZones and you are good to go.
My only beef with this phone is as mentioned before, it won't display the time and the four way navigation menu in the main screen. It is a pain to go initial setup menu just to look at the time. Hope Moto will make it easy to fix this by automatic software update. There is also no automatic update hierarchal menu capability in the time and date menu, although it is mention in the user manual.
It is a bit of a pain to remove the SIM card, especially if you installed MicroSD card (which is not included). The slot for SIM is underneath the MicroSD slot, so you have to take that one out first before you can get to the slot underneath.
Bluetooth operation with Macbook is painless. OSX recognize the phone as Motorola Z3 immediately and transfering my music to the phone is a cinch.
Overall though, RIZR is an incredibly smart, sexy and fully functioning phone. Hopefully I won't have to buy a new cellphone in a while.
(Cellphones in possession - T-Mobile, Samsung T509, RAZR V3t, T-Mobile MDA. Unlock - Moto Ming A1200, ETEN M500, LG KG320, Moto L6) I know..., I'm a cellphone junkie
"Phone works great"on by moe3754
Pros This is one of Motorolas best so far.
Cons Speaker phone could be better
Summary Have had this for a week and have really enjoyed it after doing the motorola software upgrade to fix time display have had no problems with it at all.It is a big improvement over the old and tired Razr V3 by a long shot.It is easy to use and has a great music player in it,really it has two music players one is the usual motorola player and the other is a Java player both work well.
As I said the speaker phone could be better and a little louder but that is not enough to knock the score down by my feelings and use of this phone.there is some word going around that T-mobile will start to sell this phone by March to replace the Pebl I hope it is true because they could not have picked a better phone.Also the 20mb internal memory and the ability to use a 2GB trans flash card in it is also a big plus for this phone.Updated
T-Mobile customer support has told me they now support the Rizr and the release is on schedule and should be released in March but the exact date was not released to me.Updated
Well it is now being sold by T-mobile and can be purchased for $99.00 with contract and they are the only carrier in the US to have it so I would think that they should also get the Z6 and the Z8 when they are put out in the market.
"Sweet Phone!"on by JMonderine
Pros sweet design, cool features, easy to use
Cons clock bug, software a little slow, not the best call quality
Summary The design is really cool with the whole slider thing and it is pretty easy to use. It has really cool features like the MP3 player, 2mp camera w/ flash, and others as well. I usually hate Motorola but this phone is awesome. Other than the clock bug which i fixed with a software update it is almost flawless. The only other things that I dislike is the mediocre call quality and the sluggish software. Over all I would recommend this phone to everyone!
Pros nice design
Cons Time display problems
Summary Try this to fix the time, I'm not sure if it works, but I have heard it does.
If not try this:
Go to below link:
Phone Model: Z3