Pros Great sound, good signal, no external antennas to snag or snap off -- too many to name
Cons Screen can be difficult to see in direct sunlight or through polarized sunglasses
Summary I tire of reading reviews by people who aren't smart enough to RTFM. If you can't see the screen in direct sunlight, turn and shade it with your body (that works). One guy couldn't get his Bluetooth headset to attach automatically (turn the Bluetooth power on, genius). We have other brain-trust members who dislike the phone book software, but we discover they are using the highly limited SIM storage, which basically allows only name and number. Storing them in the phone's memory allows you to associate pictures, ring tones, multiple numbers -- the list goes on and on. Voice dialing, voice memos, the ability to mix your own ringtones, the list goes on and on. Oh, and don't buy this phone if you don't like to attract attention, because people notice this sleek little beauty, and will ask to touch it. Repeatedly. As for its supposed fragility, I suggest getting a neck lanyard, or other method of tying it down. Its shell is aluminum, folks, so it will take moderate abuse, but it's not a basketball. Or just keep it in your pocket and use a Bluetooth headset -- solves the problem neatly. It's not perfect: the camera could be better, as could the calendar features, but hey, if you want to lug around large heavy objects, get a digital camera and tie it to a Treo. This is a slim, elegant way to carry a fairly large number of fairly useful tools. The price could be better, but it meets or exceeds my needs in every category, and can even be connected to a PC with the optional PhoneTools software. As long as you've specified the correct data package from your carrier, it will act as a modem in a pinch, and send/deliver multimedia messages with no problems. It even browses websites built for cell phones and PDAs with no issues (no handheld device does well with those overblown artsy sites with the 2 Mb gif files). It's even a speaker phone. Let's be honest -- there's plenty of steak to go with the sizzle, you just have to be smart enough to learn how to work with the phone. The manual will tell you of features you didn't know the phone had. Go forth, and read all about it. You'll be glad you did.
"Beautiful and Basic"on by ptontig
Pros Stylish as you'd imagine, extremely customizable (with a little bit of effort), exclusive (for the elitists out there =))
Cons You will be afraid to damage it, its menu system (including the commonly lambasted phone book) are old, it's no smartphone
Summary Before anyone purchases this phone, he or she should know that it's a rather basic phone. You make and take calls, exchange text messages, go online for a bit, take pictures, play games, etc. The phone also has bluetooth and video playback (and with a little bit of trickery, video playback is possible, although extremely limited memory makes that less useful than you'd think). Now, with all that in mind, I still exchanged my new Samsung D500 (named phone of the year last year I believe?) over this. Why? Because I'm a basic functions user. I dont need to sync outlook, I dont use my cell phone to plan my year, and I think it's pointless to play mp3s or videos on a cell phone, where I would be forced to listen to substandard quality (since headphone jack is not the standard one, and I want to use only my nice earphones) and where I would have to squint, respectively. Of course, both of these can be done on the Razr, but as I said, limited memory makes it a moot point.
So, it's somewhat ridiculous to see people decry a lack of features when this phone is not meant to be a smartphone. Obviously, we expect a certain amount of functionality out of our cellphones, and I think this phone provides that. It's beautiful, stylish, (insert positive adjective), and that's what we pay for. The build quality and the exclusivity. People have compared this to a piece of jewelry, and accurately so. And for the record, I've yet to hear of people complaining about lack of functionality in a necklace. So before you really take in the next complaint about how this lacks memory slots or whatever, just ask yourself what you want out of your phone. If you're anything like me, this phone is more than enough. If not, look into the D500 or something similarly packed with features (albeit in a shell much less aesthetically appealing than the Razr's).
So why only a 7? Well, first, I consciously chose to adhere to CNET's tough grading standards. Of course, this phone is not perfect. The software is a bit slow and the font could also be considered outdated along with the menu system, but I like to think that it's more "old school" than anything else. I'm also having a tough time bringing it around because I fear scratching it. Anyone want to recommend a good protector, something that I can use and won't simultaneously hide the phone's appeal - namely, its exterior.
And finally, for those of you who so kindly read my essay and are considering or already have this phone and don't already know about it, motorola's phones are customizable to the point that you could say they're hack-a-ble. It's for the more technologically savvy but if you do a google search, you can easily find forums aplenty dedicated to customizing/updating your Razr (or any other moto cell). Be warned though, messing with that voids warranty and brings with it some inherent dangers (including the longshot chance of killing your Razr).
Pros Outstanding form factor
Cons Form without function
Summary If you're after nothing more than a sexy, attention getting, easy to carry phone, this is it!
If however you want to use it for email, PIM or accessing the internet....FORGET IT!
Two weeks ago I was seduced by the Razr V3’s drop-dead gorgeous looks and size and replaced my Treo 600 with the V3. Today I returned the Razr and reactivated the Treo. Thank goodness for the Cingular 30 day satisfaction warranty.
The Razr’s screen is impossible to read on a bright day, contacts management is horrible, the phone can only receive selective emails (ignores the rest) and the browser can only access basic text sites. If that's acceptable to you on a $400 “smart” phone, this one will stroke your ego like no other.
As for me, after a brief estrangement, the Treo and I are back together again.
Pros Style, interface, ease of use
Cons Screen succeptable to glare, cost.
Summary This phone, although not for some, is a great achievement in cellular phone technology. The interface, which is the same as most current Motorola phones, is beautiful and very easy to use. It took me 20-30 minutes to become comfortable with the phone and I was switching from a Nokia Interface which is completely different. Obviously, the main draw of this phone is its slimness and low weight. In these areas it most obviously does not disappoint. Also, as someone who travels internationally, the quad-band technology will definately come in handy. The software used to connect to your computer is great. It works efficienlty and is also very easy to learn. As a side note, I purchased this phone un-SIMlocked. I am using it with T-Mobile and the reception and call quality is top notch. All in all, I have never owned a nicer phone and, after extensive research, haven't seen any phones that meet my needs anywhere near as well as this one. Definately worth the money.
Pros Style, Ease-of-Use, Full-Featured, Now Records Video
Cons The external smart keys are a little hard to use (OK, I'm nit-picking)
Summary Having been a Nokia junkie for the past several years with one LG thrown into the mix (a mistake), I decided I really wanted to go back to a flip phone. The Razr was really the only thing out there that had the features and form-factor that I was looking for. I have absolutely no problems with either the call volume or the response of the software which some people have complained about. This phone is very intuitive and easy to use. The new black Razr is a great alternative to the silver models, and now offers video recording.