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      31.01.2012 20:04
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      A Great Phone But Quite Pricey

      I bought this phone used at CeX for £40. It was in pretty poor condition with lots of scratches and even a couple of small cracks. To get a new one (which is difficult) it will cost you around £120! You can buy a new Blackberry 8520 or standard HTC for that money.

      Exterior

      It is extremely thin and comfortable to hold. It also fits in your pocket really well. It has an exterior screen with a touch sensitive part at the bottom. You can play music with the phone flipped down, and use the touch screen to play/pause/scroll through music. The touch screen isn't particularly responsive and takes a couple of seconds to register what you have pressed. This is not much of a problem, but I have had a few touch screen phones in the past, so I find it easier to notice. You can also change the volume and profile when the phone is flipped down.

      Interior

      When the phone is flipped up, it is pretty much just a normal Motorola. You get a couple of added short cuts on the keypad to play music and get to the menu but that is it. The screen quality is average, but not great, the camera quality is also average, but the sound quality is quite good, but then again, that is what is has been designed for. The keypad is reasonably responsive and you feel that you have pressed a button when you have. This makes it quite easy to text and dial with. The call quality is good and I haven't had trouble hearing anyone.

      The menu is very simple, making it very user friendly. The battery life is okay, but mine seems to change all of the time. I use it an average amount, sometimes it will last a day, sometimes up to 4. Then again, my phone was used, and I don't know how old it is.

      I was a bit disappointed with this phone because I expected it to have lots of features and be great quality, considering its price. But, it is just like a normal Motorola V3, which you can get for about £30. Another problem I have found is that it only has 512MB of storage space, and you cannot put a memory card in it. For a phone that is made to play music, this is a very small amount of memory. The least Motorola could have done was added a memory card slot.

      Overall, I wouldn't recommend this phone, but I would recommend a V3. This is purely because the price of the V8 is ridiculously high for what it does.

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      13.05.2010 16:18
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      A phone for people who want a phone.

      So I've owned this phone on pay as you go with o2 for a little over two years and it's still doing the job I need from it. Firstly, I should explain that while I am big on the latest gizmos, where my phone is concerned, I just want a phone. I've looked at the iPhone and been filled with dread at the amount of ways that could wrong and you'd be left with nothing more than a paperweight. The MotoRazr V8 however combines the basic tennents of what a phone should do and encompasses them in a sleek, stylish design that still looks good.

      Firstly a couple of technical points. It includes a 2.0 megapixel camera, MP3, video capture device, it is quad band and java enabled, as well as bening bluetooth compatible upto a range of 30ft and includes a colour screen. It a medium sized phone measuring 10.3x5.3x1.2cm and weighs in at 118g. So you want be overly aware of it, but you'll know it's there.

      As I say it's a good phone for people who first and foremost want a phone and anything else is a bonus. However, there are a couple of issues i've had since day one. Firstly, the clamshell. It's flimsy and feels that it could go with the slightest bit of effort. And secondley, the video capture software has an annoying habit of freezing when trying to save. It's easy enough to reset but can be a little tiresome or annoying if you lose what you were recording. They are minot gripes and having lived with it for 2 years I suppose it comes down to what you want from your phone.

      If you're looking for an easy to use yet stylish mobile, then look no further.

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      21.03.2010 18:30
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      Go out, meet other people.

      I've just come to the end of an eighteen month contract with this phone and I don't think I'll miss it when I 'upgrade'.

      My contract is with Orange, with who I have no problem - the reception is generally good and calls come through clearly. Which I begrudgingly admit is partly down to the handset.

      I think everyone agrees that this phone is appealing to look at, but imagine falling in love at first sight, then later realizing your beloved is much heavier than they look, they're unresponsive and they don't intend to work properly - not very appealing eh, amigos? And what if their alarm function stops working for no discernible reason? (Analogies: they're about as much use as a... never mind).

      When writing a message it might have been swifter to call an astrology hot-line than to use the 'predictive text' function on this phone - evidently Motorola tried to use it to write RAZOR when they christened it.

      The average fly lives longer than its battery - you'd think it was powering a lighthouse.

      Obviously phones have developed a lot since I first got my V8, but I don't care for lots of gadgets - just things that work well. I owned two consecutive V3s before the V8, neither of which caused me any problems.

      So if you're looking for a good reliable phone please avert your gaze.

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        09.01.2009 23:20
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        A visually stunning phone with a range of features

        I'm fairly loyal to this phone, as I've had various incarnations of it for several years now. Originally attracted to it due to its sleek design, a desire to own a flip phone rather than a touch screen that could rendered useless if the LCD touch panel broke, and its range of features, the Razr2 V8 promises many things, and in many instances, it delivers.

        Visually, the phone is sleek and thin, but with sufficient weight and durability that if it does accidentally get dropped, it doesn't disintegrate, and when buttons are pressed, you do get a tactile feedback to confirm that the phone is actually doing what you're telling it to. The menu is colourfully displayed, and relatively easy to use.

        The lack of expandable memory is a feature that could've been included, as it would've been quite easy for Motorola to give the V8 a memory card slot that would allow you to increase the space available, but nevertheless the internal memory is sufficient for a decent amount of pictures, music and games if you so wish to put them on there.

        The dual screen is also a useful feature, so despite the phone being a flip design, you can view the clock and observe if you have incoming calls or messages on the external screen, as well as the main one.

        Overall, if design and look is an important priority for you, but you're not particularly drawn to touchscreens and small phones with very little substance to them, the V8 is a strong contender.

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        06.01.2009 23:20

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        All round good phone recommended for all!

        I've had this phone for 12 months now, and even after been water damaged and dropped numerous times, the phone still works a charm!!! The only thing thats broken is the charger which had to be replaced a couple of weeks ago as it had a loose connection. The phone is great, its sexy, its the perfect size, has a gorgeou screen which allows you to actaully see the pictures etc on the screen. It has two screens, one on the outside and one on the inside so you can see whose calling you before answering.
        You can upload your music onto it and pictures from the computer.
        It has Bluetooth which allows you to send pictures, contacts and even some messages to people in the same room (within a certain distance) free of charge.
        The phone has good memory and is very strong!!! I was amazed that mine still worked after getting very wet- though i don't recommend you try it!!!!!!! The phone is a good phone, and I would get the same one again!!

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        19.11.2008 04:36
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        Love it!

        Like other reviewers on this product I chose this phone based on its look alone. I was lucky enough to have it as an option on my upgrade so I went for it!

        I've always stuck to Samsungs in the past but thought I'd try this and I'm glad I did. I love this phone. I think to look at it is very sleek and sexy. It is a lovely size (not too big / not too small). I found the flatness of the buttons crazy to get used to at first but as with anything, the more I used it the easier it got. Now I struggle to use raised buttons on someone elses phone!

        This phone has everything though, an MP3 player, Bluetooth connection, an amzing camera which I took ALL my holiday pics on, video and voice recorder.... just everything really.

        I was warned by the retailer to be careful as they had a slight reputation for breaking. I found the phone to be very durable as I'm very clumsy and have dropped it so many times and I think I have two minor scratches on it. I do find sometimes though it freezes randomly for no reason and will not sort itself out. In which case I have to slide the back off and pull the battery out to reset the power.

        But other than that I find it to be a very reliable phone. I even use it to check the internet. The battery life is long and it doesn't take long to charge!

        I'd recommend it to anyone who can afford it!! Love it!

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        26.10.2008 22:41
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        For those who want a Simple phone

        The newest motorola razr is pratical, efficient, and frankly looks cool. The only thing I would say is that it is a fairly average product. It does everything it says on the label but is not overwhelmingly amazing and it is hard to work out how to use some features - for instant how to put the music on the phone-. The camera however is very good quality and the mirrored front is so useful for the wary woman's make up touch up. The bluetooth is hard to work but the display is easy to use and to be honest most of the fancy features are unecessary. It does what it says, it is a phone so you can phone people. It also texts well and takes photos in fair quality as well as storing numbers easily - however the extra features are not usefuland you might as well not use them. For the savvy and those who want simplicity- battary sometimes falls out easily as back isnt well attached.

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          11.09.2008 23:43
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          Good phone from Motorola

          If you're anything like me, choosing the right phone can be a bit of a nightmare. I have what I like to call 'fat finger syndrome'. Yes, my fingers aren't very dainty, despite all the tap-tapping I do in writing these reviews. So, when it came to choosing my phone, which I did over the phone whilst negotiating a new deal on my contract, I was keen to express how important wide buttons were.

          This is the phone that was recommended to me by the lovely sales assistant I was speaking to on my old, wide-buttoned phone. I figured I would give it a go. At the end of the day, if it wasn't suitable, I could send it back.

          So, a few days later, my brand new phone arrived in the post, and I have to say, I was initially very impressed. It has a rather sleek look and feel to it, and fits perfectly into my pocket. I don;t even notice it's there, which unfortunately hasn't been the case with previous phones I have had. It's 5x10cm, and just over a centimetre thick, and these measurements are quite good, especially considering how wide the buttons need to be for me.

          It's a flip top phone, another advantage seeing how I used to have one with exposed buttons and only realised this was an error for me once I received a phone bill that said I had phoned one number for 6 hours whilst crunched in a corner in the pub one sweaty, drunken night. So, flip top = another plus point. Thumbs up so far.

          So, using the phone. It looks good, feels good and is the right size (bonus that I won't phone Oz inadvertently from my pocket, too). The phone itself has many good features. Personally, I like to use a phone to.....shock horror.........phone people! I know, I know, get with the times, get with the times, and I know that phones are so much more than that for most people these days, but it is important to me that the thing actually works well as a phone! And it does. It is a bit annoying that the screen saver kicks in quite quickly, but this is adjustable, and a minor insignificance. Other facilities that I use often are texts, which are very simple on this phone; large storage memory for numbers and appointments, a good calendar and calculator facility; a very good camera; and online access.

          The camera is probably the most impressive feature. Phone cameras I have had experience with in the past have sucked in comparison. This has an integrated camera with 2 megapixels and you can zoom up to 8 times in. You can also take videos on a MPEG-4 format, and this is all quite simple and easy to use as well.

          The games on the phone are limited, but let's face it, if you want to play games on something small, you can just buy a Nintendo DS instead. They don't cost that much more than a phone and they're not even that much bigger, either.

          Moving swiftly onto my final and, unfortunately, negative, point. After a month or so of using the phone, I noticed that the one of the buttons wasn't working properly all the time. Worried I was being a bit heavy handed (as us fat fingered types can be!) I took care, but soon I ended up having to be extremely slow and precise when pressing buttons to ensure the right ones had pressed. There is obviously something wrong with the keypad, and while this is probably not a design fault, I have been no more heavy handed with this phone than any other. It is probably just a bit less sturdy than my previous phones. Or, there's just something wrong with it.

          As I mentioned earlier, I use this mainly as a phone and am not too fussed with the extra application you get with with it, so what's it actually like as a phone? Well, the first thing I like is that when someone phones you, the display on the front talls you who it is. The screen is quite large, so you can do this discreetly if need be, and either answer by opening the flip top or cancel by pressing the button on the side. Navigating through the address book to find a number is quite easy - a simple push of the right arrow key on the directional pad on the inside and you're there. Sound quality is also very good, with volume easy to adjust during the conversation.You can also switch to a speaker quite easily if you want more than one person in on the call or if you need your hands free for something, and the quality and sound on this are also very good. If anything, the call sound for the recipient on the other line can be a little echoey (so my mum says!) which apparently is a typical problem encountered with Motorola phones. The battery life is decent enough. It will last you close to a week if you don't use it much, but once you're in a call or sending lots of texts it does use up quite a bit of battery. I have invested in a car charger and keep it charged up all the time to avoid the battery running out. This supposedly shortens the phone's life, but I only plan on having this phone for the next year or two until my next free upgrade.

          So, in conclusion, this is a good phone overall, and, faulty buttons aside, a good choice. It fits perfectly in my pocket, doesn't weigh much, stops me from dialling inadvertently, and does everything I want it to, and more. I give this phone a big thumbs up.

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            11.09.2008 10:51
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            Don't - there so many different phones

            I've got this phone for almost a year now and I've chosen it only because of its look. All the options inside well - I just had a quick look at them while buying (camera- check, player - check, memory - check, bluetooth-check) thats it!

            I took it home and started playing with it. Yeah the look is really sleek and stylish. It's thinner than its precursor V3 but I think its bigger. The camera is only 2MP although is doing nice day pictures. Night pictures are lacking depth and the flash isnt as good as it should be.

            The phone has a really clear and easy menu, and the external screen has three touch keys which lets you play, stop and skip the playing tracks without opening the phone.

            Disadvantages well - the battery (you have to charge it every 1-2 days-depends how often you surfing, playing games or listening to the music), lack of 3G and the WIFI, the memory (which is only internal 450MB and sometimes it's just not enough), occassional freezes.

            Anyway it was worth to try however I'm about to change it next month. When it came out you could just take it out, open it and see all the jealous looks on the people's faces. Thank God they didnt know about all the inside stuff.

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              03.09.2008 11:05
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              A good quality phone

              Motorola MotoRAZR2 V8 Phone.
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              Hi, had this phone for a while now and it serves a purpose, i.e. it rings, which is all I really want from a phone.
              However, Here a few points about the phone, some of which I've not really bothered with but are still there should You need them.

              The phone comes in a slick Grey box, it is well package to the point of making it tricking getting into the actual box. It is a sleek and attractive looking phone.


              Advantages:
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              1: The screen is large and quite bright which makes it superb for viewing videos and pictures. Although I've not really used the video part but have regularly used the picture side of things.

              2: The phone is supplied with a software package that is straight forward and easy to use, it guides and helps you with tasks such as organizing files, phonebook entries, calendar and all music files. (My favourite)

              3: The phone can hold up to 2000 messages! Which for some 'Texters' will be a huge bonus, no need to delete old messages.

              4: The phone has a superb voice recognition system making easy to use Voice Dialling.

              5: Reception where I live is awful but I have found with this phone not to be a problem at all.

              6: The phone, of course, comes with Bluetooth, MMS, SMS, and to be honest, crystal clear photo quality.

              7: The sidebars on the V8 are fully customizable and can be changed to suit the taste and mood of the user.


              More on the Camera and Video:
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              A slideshow option can be used. Wherein pictures can be rotated, flipped, resized, changed into Black & White, (i.e. Negatives) and many more

              The video camera gives fairly steady playback and superb sound quality. They can be downloaded to your computer where they really come into their own for picture quality.

              The Battery:
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              The phone does comes with a 'battery saving' option which I have never needed to use.
              The battery is decent, just as good as any other phone. The only problem I found was that if you leave your Bluetooth on constantly the battery looses its charge very quickly, usually within a couple of hours.

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              1: Whilst in your pocket the music tracks can change themselves very easily by touching something in your pocket unless you have the lock on at all times.

              2: The USB port is not easy to open and sometimes feels like you'll have to snap or break it to get in. it does feel fragile, hope I don't snap it one day.

              3: Transferring music between Ipod and Phone can be long winded and a bit of a chore.


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              The features included with this phone are good. It looks quite stylish and is quite easy to use and navigate around.
              All in all a decent phone.

              Greg

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                09.08.2008 19:09
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                nice phone if youre only after the sleek style

                I bought this phone because I loved the look of it.
                I personally believe its the sexiest phone on the market at the moment with its sleek, fashionable finish and slim build.
                However, if fails to contain all the features I would expect from a phone in 2008, though it has a decent camera, relatively good memory and a pretty good music player (which is also touch screen). The phone is very slow moving, often freezes and when typing a text the phone struggles to keep up with my words, forcing me to mis-spell. The dictionary also has a very restricted vocabulary, therefore becoming more time consuming than it should be to say its a feature built to save time.
                Furthermore, though I was quite pleased to find that the phone had locks, and therefore allowed you to assign passwords to certain areas of the phone, this did not include photo or videos which I think is something that phones of a lower spec allow you to do. So this disappointed me.
                My biggest complaint however if that the phone, though lacking in many features has very limited battery power. Making it important for me to charge my phone every night if I want to refrain from losing battery half way through the day.
                Generally the phone serves well, however it takes a lot of care to keep it going through the day and definitely disables you if you are in a hurry to contact someone.
                Though it is a style that attracts a lot of compliments, I advise you debate the worth of style vs spec and do not attempt to use in emergency situations!

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                19.06.2008 21:22
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                A very stylish phone.

                Where to start? Well I've had my Motorola since Christmas, and I still love it. This phone has style, it looks fantastic, and I am often told this by friends. The phone arrived in a very slick gray box, and even though it took me a while to get into it! I was blown away at how attractive and sleek the phone is up-close.

                WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THIS PHONE
                1. Its screen is large and bright which makes it perfect for viewing videos and pictures.
                2. The features on the phone are brilliant. The phone holds up to 2000 messages so for keen texters like myself it is a god send, no more hours spent deleting old messages!
                3. The phone has Bluetooth, MMS, SMS, and great photo quality
                4. The phone comes with a software package which is straight forward to use, it helps with organizing files/calendar/phonebook and all music files
                5. A problem with some of my old phones was reception. However since I've had the V8 I have always found it has a great signal.
                6. Easy to use Voice Dialing. The phone has great voice recognition and I have no complaints.
                7. The sidebars on the V8 are fully customizable and can be changed to suit the user.

                THE PHONES CAMERA
                Is efficient and easy to use. The picture quality with the V8 is superb especially when viewed on the phones large screen. All photos can also be modified on the phone to rotate/crop/resize or even add sounds. A slideshow option can also be used. The style of the photos can also be changed into Black&White, Antique, Negative...e.t.c
                The video camera gives steady playback with great sound quality. These videos will play even better once on your computer.
                BATTERY
                The phone comes with a battery saving option which is great, but I have never felt the need to use it. The battery is very good and will last as long as any other phone. You can also charge the phone through your PC. Just be warned that if you leave your Bluetooth on constantly you will find the battery depletes in a couple of hours.

                Now for the DOWNSIDES
                1. The major problem with this phone is the USB port, it is not easy to open and sometimes feels like you'll have to break it to get in. Although it's never broken it feels fragile.
                2. I have found that when listening to music the track can be changed too easily when in your pocket, simply because the buttons are too accessible. The phone can be locked but I find it too much of an effort, to keep locking and unlocking the phone.
                3. Although the software is quite easy to use, iPod users will find it a hassle because transferring music is not as simple as iTunes
                4. The phone games are very limited, there are only two! Sudoku, which isn't bad if you're into it. And a football game that is very hard to play.

                However, overall this phone is great I have been complimented on the way it looks and its never been a burden to use. Feel free to leave any comments or question for anymore info, and I'll do my best to help... Alan

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                  18.06.2008 18:56

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                  A very nice phone.

                  The RAZR2 V8 is a very sleek and thin phone and has a fantastic 2" external QVGA screen. On the inside you will find a slightly larger (but still smallish) 2.2" QVGA screen with good brightness and outdoor visibility. At 117g it is heavy for a phone this small, but take that as a compliment. The weight gives it a luxurious solid feel. This isn't surprising as Motorola has given the V8 a stainless steel body with glass. You will not be wanting to drop this because this thing only looks lovely when it is scratch-free. Unfortunately the glossy look means that it is a fingerprint magnet. On the back is the battery compartment. Yes slim phones can have removable battery Steve. Texting by the way, is a much improved experience over previous Motorola though I still prefer Nokia's T9 solution.
                  Phone quality is excellent and on-par with any high-end mobile phones as was the reception.

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                  11.06.2008 01:14

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                  Very sleek

                  I recieved my Motorola V8 yesterday and i think that the phone is fantastic. It looks very sleek and nice from the outside with the shiny black cover and large screen on the front. The phone itself is very thin and light which is usefull if your carrying it around. The phone has a variety of applications that are very easy to learn how to use. It is able to hold lots of music which is usefull as you get a set of headphones with the phone. The camera quality is standard however you have to take a picture of something very still for it to be of good quality. The phone has a great use of internet and has a function called 'Web & Walk' which is designed for using the internet at all times and especially when your out and about. This is very usefull for streetmaps and facebook however the price is more than an average call. The ringtones and skins that come with the phone are basic and there is sadly only 2 games which your able to play.

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              • Product Details

                The MOTORAZR2 V8 brings the revolutionary RAZR form to a new level of sophistication and function. Packed with powerhouse features, this unbelievably strong stainless steel structure feeds the appetite for music, browsing, email and video. With an impossibly sleek profile that's slimmer than the original RAZR, MOTORAZR2 makes faster connections and features bigger, more brilliant screens. You get all the style plus all the power with the MOTORAZR2.