"Beautiful and Basic"3.5 starson 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 The software is a bit slow and the font could also be considered outdated along with the menu system, but I like to think that it's more "old school" than anything else.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).