Pros Slim, slim, slim! But not too small for large hands. Feels solid, great battery life
Cons Software still not up to par, fit and finish not as good as my first V3
Summary This is my second RAZR, the first being the original V3. I love the RAZR size and feel; these were major factors in the decision to go with the V3r.
The upgraded camera resolution. Though I don't normally use this feature, it's nice to have better pictures when utilized.
The phone boots, functions and shuts down more quickly. That was an annoyance with my first unit. Too long to turn it on, pauses between screens and shut down.
The memory expansion slot. Finally, more memory. The V3 had meager memory capacity especially when mp3 ringers are installed. Taking pictures only amplified the matter.
The mp3 player. Nice to have though not exactly why I buy a phone.
Being able to use the same accessories. Every time I've changed phones has meant rounding up another batch of accessories to complete the package. Now I can use everything that had already piled up.
Bluetooth is always a plus.
Motorola Tools software is great when transferring ringtones, etc. to the phone. It's so easy to use! I didn't want to change to a different manufacturer and this was one of the key reasons.
The one bone I have to pick with Motorola phones is the software, particularly the address book. Though it’s slick-looking it’s just not exactly user-friendly.
YEARS ago I had an LG phone that had the greatest address book with which I've ever dealt. It included multiple phone number entries, etc. for each contact entry. I could enter a friend's name and include with that one entry a number for Home, another for Mobile, another for work, etc. When searching for a contact, I could enter "sally" and it would display all entries that included "sally" anywhere in the contact information or entering a number, such as "555" would return anything with that combination of numbers. Completely wonderful!
I'm not sure who the person behind the Motorola software is but they should be fired for the illogical and inefficient results that they've produced and whoever keeps perpetuating the use of this system should be sent along with them.
Basically, the Motorola address book sucks and apparently the company likes it because they keep using it. Every number requires a new entry so if I have three numbers to contact "Sally", I have to enter a new contact for each of Sally's numbers that I have. Then I have to scroll through three entries in the book as I scroll through all the names. (Imagine going from a popular poddish digital music player with a convenient scroll wheel to a more rudimentary file tree menu with an up and down button to get to your destination, not a good thought, eh?)
I had a v551 and the RAZRs have virtually identical software. The address book is absolutely asinine. This is the one thing that I really hoped Motorola would revamp and I was disappointed that it didn't happen. The name search function now has two options - Jump and Search. These perform the same function and I don't understand why they even added the Search feature as it only prolongs the process. Basically, you type in the first letter of the name and Jump takes you to first entry with that letter. After that it requires scrolling up or down to find the desired entry. If Search is utilized, it asks for the letter and then you have to tell it to search. It will then display the first entry with that letter. Essentially, the same as Jump with more steps. Completely ASININE. I saw gripes about this in reviews for earlier versions of the RAZR so I don't know why it wasn't addressed with subsequent version releases. However, I see that there is now a software update feature and I pray that this is corrected soon. I'll get off my soapbox now.
Other than that major gripe, the only other thing that my unit has is the outer cover pieces don't fit quite as tightly as my first unit. This is probably just afflicting my phone and not everyone's.
Overall, I love the RAZRs. Call quality is great and the battery life is more than adequate. If we could just get a fix for the address book software.....
Pros (1) Voice dialing without having to pre-record name. (2) Very cool deep red color - matches my VTX 1800 cruiser. (3) >1 megapixel camera.
Cons There seem to be three different places you can set up mail ("Mobile Email", "Message Center", and "Media Net"). These three don't communicate with each other.. Internet is slow.
Summary I'd owned RAZRs before, but was never completely satisfied with them. Well, after trying out a Palm 650 and a Cingular 8125, I was pretty tired of carrying around big phones! I was ready to have a light, thin RAZR again. First thing that drew me to this phone was the cool deep red color (I ride a deep red Honda VTX 1800 cruiser and it's almost a perfect color match). I thought about getting the V3i (which a lot of people seem to be confusing this phone with...), but the V3i is limited to 100 songs, and costs almost a hundred dollars more. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they've added some new features to the phone... I really like the smart voice dialing... no need for you to pre-record the names you want to voice-dial. Also like the >1 megapixel camera - though I'll probably never use it. The other nice thing is that the data plans for this phone are quite a bit less expensive than the data plans for the PDA phones.
Build quality on this phone seems to be a bit better than on the previous RAZRs I've owned. Feels very solid!
On the negative side, setting up e-mail is a bit slow and confusing... There seem to be three different places you can set up mail ("Mobile Email", "Message Center", and "Media Net"). These three don't communicate with each other... I set up my normal POP3 acct on one, then had to set it up all over again on another before I lost patience when I found I would have to set it up on a third. I think I'll probably use just one of the three to check my e-mails, just haven't figured out which is the most convenient yet. Internet seems to be quite slow. Overall, I think I'll be happy with the phone.
Pros Lightweight, bright screen, sounds good, caller ID customizable with ringtone/pic, battery charges fast!
Cons Motorola manual (as usual), must have SD card to put songs on for ringtones, camera button on outside of phone easy to hit accidentally, no way to silence ring with phone closed.
Summary I got my Motorola v3r shortly before Christmas, so I've had it about 2 1/2 months. Here are my thoughts so far:
Music/ringtones sound pretty good; virtually no bass, though. I haven't used it with a headset because I don't have one that will work with it. Speaker volume is good. You can close the phone while the mp3 player is playing and still be able to listen to it.
The battery life is at least as good as my last phone (Motorola v557), even though many Razr reviews I read said that the battery life sucked. The battery can charge fully in about an hour or two.
I had trouble getting my photos to show up on my caller ID for a while, until someone on a message board told me to make sure that the picture quality was on the lowest setting. Then, presto! The pics showed up. The phone apparently defaults to the highest-quality setting. I was glad I found this out, because Motorola customer service's bright idea was to do a master reset. Scary words when you've only had the phone a week. Camera also has several color settings (black&white/blue tint, etc) that are kind of a neat option. Video works OK. Not great quality, but fun to play with.
Also, I had problems at first with putting songs/ringtones on the phone. The Motorola manual was, of course, no help. I found out that you MUST have a micro SD card to put music on the phone. The manual said nothing about this, and the phone doesn't come with the SD card. Just a heads up.
I don't text, so I can't comment on how that works.
The keypad is kind of a brushed metal, so it doesn't show fingerprints. The outside of the phone tends to trap oil from your skin due to tiny little grooves that give it its cool look.
My two main complaints are: 1. I haven't found a way to silence the ringer with the phone closed. On other models, you could hit one of the buttons on the outside of the clamshell without opening the phone; handy at work and things. There may be a way to do it and I just haven't figured it out yet, but I've tried all the buttons. I think the phone has to be opened to silence the ring of an incoming call. 2. The camera button on the outside of the phone is very easy to hit accidently. And you have to then open the phone to then turn it off. No major difficulties, just small annoyances. I paid about $50 for the phone with my upgrade, so not much to complain about at that price.
Bottom line, I like the phone much more than I thought I would.
Cons Phone Memory
Summary This phone is amazing. It's quite easy to use, and the sound quality for the mp3 player is pretty decent. The only drawback I see is that you can only store a few songs or pictures on the camera to add to address book entries. Otherwise, everything else can be stored on the 1GB memory card (bought separately). I love this phone and wouldn't have gotten anything else!
Pros Ease of use, shortcut keys, reception, size
Cons Battery life seemed to be short, but miraculously seems to be getting better the longer I have the phone (hmmm... ). Maybe waiting for low battery notice before a full charge helps?
Summary So far, I like the phone. I love the color (but not why I bought). The call quality seems ok (not as good I was hoping, but no dropped calls). I specifically purchased before our 3K road trip and got reception where I never did before (mountains, desert, lonely highways in OR and CA - Cingular service). I have only had for a short time, but so far so good. Not "OMG" I LOVE THIS PHONE perfect, but definitely feel safe knowing I will be able to use it when I need it. It's really easy to use and feels great in my hand. I hardly notice that I have a new phone! Keeping the Kim family in my thoughts and prayers!Updated
I have to say this is my favorite cell phone. Mine still looks/works great and I cannot tell you how many times I have had to crawl under the car to grab it when I have dropped it. My son takes his into the store and they are astonished. The front face is completely cracked. I covered with shipping tape to save it from breaking more and it has worked perfect from day one. This phone seems indestructable. After a year and almost 1/2 I give it a 10+.