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      04.12.2012 18:51
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      avoid at all costs,

      When I upgraded a few years ago, I went from a Sony Ericsson K750i to this. I'd had the original RAZR and it was brilliant, so thought this would be even better. Sadly I was wrong.

      First things first, this was clearly aimed more towards the female market, with the shiny exterior doubling up as a vanity mirror, and it being very small it'd be perfect to fit in a handbag, although it's not too girly that guys can't be seen in public with one.

      It made calls and texts fine, so I can give it 5 stars in the functionality area. That said, the other features I used on it as a teenager were pretty dire; the music player was pitiful and not a patch on the Z3 RIZR which I bought to replace this thing. The screen resolution, as with all mid 2000s Motorola phones, was pitiful at best. The camera was reasonable though, 2MP back then was pretty good, and here it did the job fairly well, but the K750i, which also had a 2MP camera, seemed more like a 10MP in comparison, it was just better, probably down to Sony's experience in the camera market.
      The KRZR supported microSD, which was a massive bonus as the only limit for storage space was how much you could afford to spend on a microSD card.
      However, all the good that the KRZR offerered was immediately discounted, when you took into account the poor build quality, inferior quality components and plastics used, which all made it seem like a kid's toy, but it commanded similar prices to the old RAZR when it launched, but the original RAZR looked and felt like a premium product at the time.
      And that mirror bit on the exterior broke FAR too easily. Somehow, the outer LCD screen (which shows current song when listening to music, or caller ID if the phone rings) broke without the mirror bit going, but lo and behold a few months later, the lightest of brushes with a table and the mirror exterior shattered, leaving it looking like someone had taken a .22 target rifle to my phone.

      All in all, a poor effort from Motorola, even in 2007 it was bad. Wouldn't pay a penny for one second hand.

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        08.08.2010 14:57
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        Spend your money on something more modern!

        I have owned this mobile phone for about three years and it has served me very well. I am a complete technophobe, so I can't necessarily comment on its intricate technicalities.

        When I originally purchased it, it was very easy to set up. The problem with it is that the screen is so small, and the icons so minute, I've never really got to grips with all the device offers.

        Mainly, I've used it for texting and making calls. By today's standards, texting is very slow and monotonous. It takes an age for the letters and numbers to come up on the screen.

        The menus are quite difficult to navigate as they are all pictorial; this is great if you can remember what's what, but the problem is, the pictures don't always live up to the menu they represent.

        The phone has a small screen on the top which continues to display the date and time after the phone has been closed up for few moments. I'm not really sure of the point of this, and it's very difficult to read.

        The phone colour is a shiny silver, and whilst this looks stylish, it's a nightmare to keep clean. Also, when the phone has been closed up for a while, the keypad leaves a mark on the screen.

        I'm sure this phone has a lot to offer those with either superb eyesight or magnifying glass. By today's standards, it's very basic and offers very little in terms of practical usage. I'm amazed to see shops still selling them given how much phones have moved on!

        In my own technophobic way, I got to grips quickly with the things I needed to use. It has some annoying features which are generally unnecessary (the addition screen on the top).

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        26.01.2010 16:36
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        The K1 is a good mobile that has stoof the test of time better than other mobiles

        I've had the K1 for quite some time now and it has lasted me very well - the phone is still in perfect working order and I have had no major problems with it.

        Positives:
        - The design is very sleek, and available in a variety of colours to suit individual tastes. I have the black but I believe it is also available in blue, silver and pink.
        - The keypad lights up when you touch any key which is an attractive feature and useful when using the phone in the dark.
        - The K1 comes with a camera. There is also a screen on the front so when you close the phone you can use it to take a self portrait without all the guess work of where you are in the viewfinder.
        - The menu is simple and easy to navigate.
        - Durable - it's been dropped on concrete many a time and this hasnt affected its performance in the slightest, although it has left it with a few scratches.
        - There is a voice recording and camcorder option.
        - The phone comes with a mini SD card and SD adaptor.
        - Although this phone was brought out some time ago it still has the appearance of a modern mobile and hasn't aged as obviously as some other models.
        - The K1 is also a decent size - not small enough to constantly lose it but not big and heavy enough to weigh you down.

        Negatives:
        - Camera is poor quality
        - The battery lasts a long time when the phone is on standby but diminishes rather quickly when chatting to someone.
        - Size of mini SD provided is very small (only 128mb) so an upgrade is advisable.
        - Anything you write in the phones calendar gets wiped when the next month comes around so you can't use it to check back on something.
        - The shiny surface of the phone is prone to scratches and invariably gets covered in finger prints.
        - There is internet access but in a very limited form (nothing like the more recent phones capabilities such as the iphone) as the screen is small so it's not really worth bothering with.

        *This is an updated version of a review I posted on ciao*

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        27.06.2009 12:51

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        The best phone i ever had.

        I would reccomend this mobile phone. It is sleek and slim. Great styling which looks expensive and feels good to handle too. Its super shiny finish makes you want to polish it !. It is very well made and not plastic looking at all. The digital camera function is easy to use and the photos taken are of good quality when uploaded.. the phone its self is easy to use,i ts menu functions are clear and quick to find. The phone lasts well on a battery charge unlike some others. The digital player is perfect to use. i also liked the choice of ringtones on this phone. I used this phone to connect to the internet on occasion and this too was easy to use with good connectivity. Mine came with all the accessories,a cute little case and headphones . good memory card storage space for all your pics and music. Mine cost lots but there are now brilliant offers on this phone so buy one.

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        16.05.2009 01:32

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        a nice phone all round

        I've had this phone for around a year now. It is sleek, small and shiney. For me as a women, i like the fact that it doubles up as a mirror on the front so it saves handbag space! I havent had any serious problems with the phone, although around 8 months ago my drink leaked into my bag, as a result the phone wouldnt switch on for a few hours; and when it did the camera didnt work. I was a bit miffed because i hadnt had the phone long, it seemed a lot more fragile than my previous Nokia phone. The phone continued to work minus the camera until around 2 months ago, my water leaked in my bag again! and the phone stopped working. Eventually it came round, but the hash key is very sensitive. On a positive note, the second soaking for some reason made the camera work again!. It is a nice basic phone, not that many mod cons, so easy for first time users, just not clumsy ones like me!

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        05.10.2008 14:26

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        A good phone for those who want to look stylish and show it off. And those that are careful with it.

        People often complain about the Motorola KRZRk1, which i don't understand why. I have this phone, I find that it is very easy to use, durable and does the job is it meant too. It offers a good call quality and comes with Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camera, and a speakerphone.

        The Motorola looks like one smooth surface. The keys are not separate from each other, but divided by rubber stripes. They feel well made. The volume and camera buttons are on the side of the phone (although you can change these by accessing the settings) and on the right side, there is a speech button. When pressed, you can choose a number via a spoken order. This function can be very handy if you don't have time to operate all the keys but need to phone someone.

        However, if you had a different phone before this, it could take a while to get use to it. The keys are the oposite way around e.g. the call button is on the opposite side. The front of the phone is basically a mirror which is prone to scratches and finger makes which can be slightly annoying. It also lacks 3G support and external music controls.

        In concuusion, this phone does the job, looks stylish and comes in a range of colours, has a virety of different functions but can become easily damaged.

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        20.09.2008 04:15
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        A phone that impressed me more than the advert

        When this phone hit the shelves, I cannot say it was a great success. Though people underestimated this phone. KRZR was one of the best Motorola phones, obviously not as popular as the legendary K1, definitely not, but K1 was a very impressive, good little performer.
        It was very costly as it surfaced, from around £250-£300, though now you can get your hands on this baby for less than £100. The main thing about this phone, is the looks of course. Perhaps slightly oudated now, but a year back, this phone was very stylish; with the mirror-effect outer casing, that shiny deep blue, and tht little screen was so tempting. The 2MP camera wasn't bad at all, it produced ok images. As with most motorolas it ran on its OS, which is easy to use though did not have too many features. The keypad was lazor cut like that of V3, the back had rubbery smooth surface which was very attractive. Smaller to hold in the hand as its narrow, it felt perfect. A definite affordable beauty!

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          06.08.2008 17:42
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          A very brilliant mobile phone.

          When I got my second mobile phone, I had my eye on this one! -Obviously!! I have had my phone for quite a while now and it is worth what it is.
          When you unpack the box, you will find the phone sleek and better than you would have expected. The motorola K1, has brilliant graphics. The picture is very crisp and definitely not blurry at all.

          The Keypad is slightly raised and is quite easy to text or ring someone with, in my point of view it could be a bit wider without feeling too big in my hand.

          There are many functions in this compact Motorola K1 like:
          Taking pictures; When taking pictures of anything, it's just the click of a button and your picture has been taken! There is also a zoom in-and-out option if you are to close or to far away. The picture come out very good and accurate as well as crisp.
          Recording sounds; When recording sounds you have the option of a 'New playlist' 'New Voice recording' or a 'New melody'. The sounds come out very clear and life-like.

          I think that this is a fantastic Motorola and it is worth getting!

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            06.08.2008 16:45
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            Worthwhile if you loved the Razr V3

            Having used a Motorola Razr V3 for some time, I was really interested to see this newer version that looked a lot slimmer, so I picked one up. On unpacking it and turning it on, I was really happy to see that the outer casing was really high quality. Nice and shiny with a good paint job.

            The screen is fantastic too, very clear with nice colours. In use the Motorola K1 seems very fast. It responds to button presses nice and quickly. The camera is not the best, but more than good enough for snapping fun photos. The call quality is very good, with the people on the other end sounding very clear indeed.

            The only bad thing was that the interface is the usual Motorola one, which is not very easy to navigate at time. It is sufficient, but I was really hoping they would have made a new version for this new phone.

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              11.04.2008 05:41
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              An acceptable backup but I just wish my V6 wouldn't keep dying!

              MotoKRZR K1
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              My main phone is the RAZR MAXXX V6. I'm not sure if that's enough Xs there, I know there's a few. It's a great phone, with one main flaw: it keeps developing faults requiring a return to Vodafone, with whom I have my contract. The second time it failed I bought an unlocked KRZR K1 handset as a backup. So my review is either tainted or enhanced by comparison with the V6.

              I'm not going to talk much about features because the Technical Details tab will supply most of that information.

              Physical Design
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              The KRZR K1 is a good looking phone. It's shiny surface and slim form lend it a futuristic, sleek look. It's almost feminine. Maybe I should have been more gender-conscious in the shop...

              It's a flip phone, a format I love because it protects the main display. I've had enough phones which end up with scratched screens you can't read. I've also perfected the thumb movements to open the thing with a satisfying "Star Trek" gesture and close it with a sound comparable to the door of a luxury car closing.

              The down sides to a flip are possible smearing of the main display by the key pad, and the necessity of a decent external display - I use my phones to tell the time, so a flip phone needs to have a good quality secondary display on the back of the display body. The KRZR K1 suffers from these downsides. The secondary display is poorly lit and it's low resolution makes reading difficult. The keypad is close enough to the main display to demand regular wiping.

              Talking about wiping, the top surface of the K1 is glass, or something like glass. with a highly reflective backing. This means finger prints are very noticeable and I'm always wiping the outside of this phone because it looks dirty... The V6 on the other hand, while having a glass-like surface, has a black backing, so smears are not nearly so noticeable.

              The phone is slim compared to the V6, something I like in my hand and in my pocket but it means the display is much smaller. Coupled with a lower resolution, the K1 is less appealing to actually use rather than just look at.

              Also, because it's slim, the keys are smaller and my man-fingers prefer bigger keys. They're not too bad, but I do sometimes press the wrong button on this phone.

              Like the V6 there are four external keys for controlling volume, setting ring profiles and engaging the camera when the flip is closed. These operate satisfactorily.

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              The interface is much like that found on the V6. One of the reasons I chose this phone is that I didn't want to have to learn a new interface. I'm quite happy with the general features and layout of the interface on these Motorola phones.

              Both the V6 and K1 are hampered by their similar predictive text systems. For instance, if I try and write "ok" Motorola thinks I mean "ml". Now, ml doesn't mean anything does it? Sometimes I write stuff and it comes out like a different language. By and large it's "ML" but if I try and write "1st" it says "1pt". I like to use ellipses quite a lot (that's "...") and sometimes these phones will make ridiculous guesses at what I could mean, sometimes using punctuation marks I can't even find on my PC keyboard. It makes me think the phones are targeted at an unknown foreign language. I don't want to make out the predictive text is useless, it's not, in fact it's good enough, but it certainly could be better.

              Now, while predictive text lends speed, the K1 defeats that by having the slowest response to key presses I've ever come across in a mobile phone. It's truly painful. I am a touch typist and computer expert, I use all kinds of buttons quickly, so maybe I'm special but I'm sure kids nowadays are as fast on the text as I am on the keyboard. The K1 is a laggard and this is probably my main beef with the unit. V6 keeps up with me like a faithful
              companion, while I am constantly having to slow my texting down to let the K1 catch up gracefully. This is not a texter's phone.

              Making and Receiving Calls
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              Almost forgot this section! Probably because there are no serious issues. The sound quality is acceptable though not spectacular - I have had to ask the other party to repeat what they've said more often than I do with the V6. The V6 is very clear. My hearing isn't the best on the planet but I'm fairly sure the sound quality here is average to slightly above average. There is plenty space for contacts etc. In short - no real quibbles, unless you're a bit hard of hearing.

              Battery Life
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              Despite being such a slender phone, the battery is almost as big as the RAZR's - the battery compartment is rotated ninety degrees in comparison so this helps. Also I think the power consumption of the K1 is lower. As a result I find the battery charge rarely drops to a worryingly low level. I don't normally let two nights pass without charging, in any case, so it's not usually an issue for me.

              Conclusion
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              The K1 is a stylish looking handset with a familiar interface if you use Motorola phones. It's a flip - good. It's nice and slim and feels right in your hand.

              But it's very slow for the quick fingered, the screen resolution is poor, it needs wiped regularly due to it's shiny silver-backed surface, it suffers from some predictive text oddities, it might be too small for big masculine hands and the sound quality won't blow you away.

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                01.04.2008 23:20
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                The Motorola K1 combines a futuristic design with a variety of practical features.

                I opted for this phone when I took out my new mobile phone contract, now more than a year ago and when I was shown the model in the shop it instantly appealed to me. Its sleek and futuristic design is combined with practical features, such as a mirror on the outside and the fact that you can close off the keypad rather than having to rely on locking it, which - to be quite honest - I would often forget. In terms of technology it offers standard features such as an inbuilt camera and video recorder, WAP, SMS and MMS, games and much more. The only downside is that I've not been able to send picture messages even though I tried to download the accompanying software onto my laptop on more than one occasion. Then again, this might have more to do with my inferior technological knowledge than the actual phone itself. It might also be worth mentioning that I've dropped my phone quite a few times and everything is still in perfect working order. All in all I'd give this phone a definite recommendation.

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                  14.03.2008 00:12

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                  beest phone everrr

                  the krazr is crazzyyyyyy. I mean it is the best cell phone to hit the market. It seems a lot like the Razr but it is highly different. One big difference is the size. The krazr is extremely smaller than the razr and can fit into mostly everyspace imaginable. The razr however is big and bulky. It is also very slow. You may get the perception that it goes alot faster but it doesnt. The krazr on the other hand goes faster than the speed of light and SOUND!!!! It is magnificent. everything is accesible from teh phone too. im pretty sure you cant say that about the razr. it also comes in many cool colors. blue, red, pink and even white. if the phone doesnt come in teh color that you desire then you can purchase a colored or decorated cover for your phone. its the time where even grandparents are getting cellphones so everyone needs them. do your relative a favor and buy them a KRAZR!! you wont be sorry.

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                  18.06.2007 17:47
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                  Get one!

                  The minute I saw this phone I wanted it!
                  I searched all the stores, but it was well over £200.00 on pay as you go and I refuse to get a contract.

                  I ended up buying it on Ebay for £114.00.

                  The phone itself is great.
                  The design is sleek and sexy and can also be used as a mirror!
                  I recieved a plactic case for the phone but don't use it and the phone still has no sratches.
                  It functions like any other motorolla and has a few added extras. The camera has lots of different colour settings which enable you to take some wicked photos.
                  The video camera is great and there is plenty of storage space.
                  Over all the phone comes highly recommended.

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                  The ultra-sleek MOTOKRZR introduces a standard of stunning style and innovation. Sharp and sophisticated with a luxurious finish and detailed craftsmanship, the MOTOKRZR is the definitive mobile for individuals who have an appreciation for cutting edge designs. Within the MOTOKRZR phone's striking form lies remarkable functionality rich in first-class multimedia and entertainment capabilities, global connectivity and more - all designed to give you an elite, unparalleled wireless experience.