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      14.03.2012 15:37
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      a decent backup phone

      When I killed my iPhone at the end of last year, I was only a month into my contract and needed a replacement phone to be able to use my contract sim card. Since this time, I have had the use of 2 different mobiles and now have a new HTC Sensation.

      When I was a teenager, Nokia and Motorola phones were very popular. I previously owned the pink version of the Razr V3. When my phone broke, I remembered that Dad had given me his old Razr V3 to keep as a spare. I used this particular phone for around 2months before borrowing another mobile from my Dad. This mobile has been well used.

      *The Important Specifications*

      If you want the latest, modern mobile, a Razr V3 isn't for you. This mobile is harder to source now than it was a few years ago but is available in black, silver and hot pink. The mobile I have is unlocked to any network but most will be sim locked unless you pay for it to be unlocked. I used my mobile with a t-mobile sim card with no issues.

      The Razr V3 is a slim line, flip style phone measuring approx 98 x 53 x 13.9mm and weighing less than 100g. It has a stand by time of 250hours and a talk time of 6.5hours. The display features 262k colours. The Razr V3 has a VGA camera which can be used to shoot pictures or self portraits in various pixels. It also is a quadband mobile and has bluetooth features. There is an internal memory of 5MB. Included with the phone - a charger, software and USB cable.

      *Where To Buy*

      The Razr V3 is priced from £44.99 on Amazon. Alternatively, a second hand mobile can be purchased on eBay from £10 upwards.

      *My Experience of the V3*

      Going from using an iPhone to a V3 is a big drop. With all the fancy phones on the market today, this sort of phone takes a back seat. A V3 is incredibly easy to set up. The back panel removes allowing the sim card and battery to be inserted and it is a case of setting the date and time - we are good to go. As far as mobiles go, the V3 is fairly basic but it is also simple.

      The actual design of the V3 is quite good. The mobile is light yet sturdy and even after 5-6years of use, the black coating is barely scratched. I'm not keen on the keypad to be honest and it takes more getting used to that a touch screen. The keypad is flat against the frame of the mobile and is often too sensitive to touch and therefore awkward to use. The screen is an impressive size. The mobile is made of alloys and is freezing cold to the touch! The interal keypad has a shiny silver appearance which gives the mobile a stylish finish.

      The V3 is fairly easy to navigate as the keys are well appointed and displayed. The main features have keys on the keypad which allow easy and quick access to the feature you wish to use. This includes the on key, the call and disconnect keys, the messaging and internet shortcut keys and also the contacts and camera keys. The slim line frame also includes a volume up and down button and a button for your camera. The keypad illuminates when in use which is ideal for using in the dark.

      The V3 makes a faint, continuous noise when the flip part is open. The battery (even after so many years) still holds a decent charge which lasts for days. I like the additional screen on the outside of the mobile as I can see the time and my sons happy face without needing to open the actual handset. The downside of a flip mobile in general is that there is no locking option which can be an issue with curious toddlers wishing to dial 999!

      The memory allows several pictures to be stored but I wouldn't recommend this phone for anyone wishing to save lots of music tracks as it would fill up too quickly.

      *My Use of the Features*

      Accessing the main menu of the V3 is done via a big key in a circle and there are direction keys to allow you to access the different menu options. It is very easy to use. Unlike my iPhone which was jammed packed with menu options and apps, there are only 9 options here with sub-options in each section.

      Camera - the camera is actually not too bad given the type of mobile this is. It isn't amazing but it zooms and captures a half decent picture. There is a self timer too. The camera was fine for taking pictures when out and about but couldn't be relied on for special images in my opinion. The camera has a 4 x zoom but no flash so pictures aren't great unless in good light.

      Calls - a list of people who have called you etc. Nothing exciting here! Whilst we are on the subject of calls, the call quality of this mobile isn't amazing and is often quite echoey. Reception will depend upon where you are and your network provider but I had no issues with reception as t-mobile can bounce off the Orange signal too.

      Contacts - nothing special here. Contacts can be stored on the Sim or mobile with a capacity for up to 250. They can be arranged into categories and the full name and number is displayed when the contacts section is open. Adding the contacts is very simple indeed.

      Messages - the V3 supports text and MMS messages. The messages are arranged into inbox, outbox, sent etc. Sending a message was fairly easy once I got the hang of the flat keypad again. There were a few entry modes to choose from including numeric and symbol. I used the normal typing mode where I could shorten words without a dictionary amending them.

      When receiving messages, I would be alerted with my message tune and an icon would appear. I found it rather annoying that this phone wouldn't allow me to open certain MMS pictures claiming they were too big in capacity.

      Games - the games on this mobile are powered by Java. I have the Sims 2 Pets on mine and found it to be quite rubbish on this type of mobile as it lacked image detail and kept sticking. Games can be downloaded.

      Media Centre - this is where the pictures, sounds and videos are stored. There is also the option to use the video camera here but I found the camera to be rubbish as it only allowed 8 seconds of video time. The V3 supports polyphonic ringtones but more can be downloaded. The selection included are basic but more appealing that some other mobiles offer. They be specified to calls and messages but I find them to be rather tinny and annoying so I often kept the phone on silent!

      Extras - a few features that every mobile should have and were well used by myself. The alarm was reliable and easy to set. I also appreciated the calender and calculator for the simplistic nature of them.

      Settings - changing the ring style and ring tone was easy. My mobile was set to time out after 40 seconds which resulted in the backlight switching off to save battery life. I found the Bluetooth to be quite rubbish as it didn't pick up other devices well despite me sitting near to a mobile which had its Bluetooth switched on!

      Internet and Software - the software loaded onto my laptop quickly and the USB cable was reliable. Uploading pictures to my laptop was fairly easy to do but not as quick and simple as when using my iPhone. I hated the internet on the V3 and found it to be almost pre-historic as it was so slow! Often I could barely get past the t-mobile home page and progressing to eBay or Facebook was a no go. Not a patch on a Smart or Android phone in my opinion but nor would I expect it to be.

      *Overall Opinion*

      The V3 is nice to look at and is fairly easy to use. It isn't a brilliant mobile but would suit someone wishing to use a simple and cheap mobile but still have the camera feature. It has served us well but cannot compete with todays market of mobile phones.

      Overall 4 stars.


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        Stylish device with basic features, suitable for a backup phone.

        ~ MOTOROLA RAZR V3 Black ~

        The Motorola RAZR V3 phone model is called like this because when the flip closure is open the phone looks like a razor. It was launched in 2005 and it's one of the most popular and best selling mobile models of Motorola. It is an old phone but the company still uses the successful RAZR name to the newest versions of its mobiles.


        ~ The design ~

        It comes in 3 colours: the classic silver and the special editions in black and pink colour with the same design. It is very thin and light with external dimensions 98 x 53 x 13.7 mm and weighs only 95 grams.

        The black RAZR has the same dimensions and slim profile as the original silver model. It has a satin finish so the fingerprints are not visible on the phone. The phone case is matt black and the stylized silver M logo of the brand is in the front and back side of the mobile case. The camera and a tiny screen with nice colours are on the outside and when the flip closure of the mobile opens it reveals the screen and the keyboard. This model is pretty wide and tall comparing to other phones and provides enough space for the large internal display screen and the keyboard.

        The keypad is silver with a light blue backlight and an interesting design. The buttons have curved outlines and it is obvious that the designers have paid much attention to the detail. There is a large base at the bottom below the keyboard that jumps out a little bit. The clamshell design is stylish, comfortable and allows hearing and speaking more clearly because of the speaker and microphone location. Further it protects the keyboard and the screen from accidental dialling and scratches.


        ~ The Display ~

        It has two screens, one inside and one outside. The colour TFT LCD screens have average resolution, 256K colours for the main display and 4096 for the external secondary screen. The inside screen (resolution 176x220 pixels) has 9 lines and bright colours. You have a variety of fonts to choose for the background home screen when the flip is open and themes to customise the main menu display. There is also a screen saver that can be a photo or a moving image. The screen saver appears when the phone is open and there is no activity for a certain time period.

        The phone also has a tiny secondary external display screen of 96 x 80 pixels that shows the time, the phone status and the missed or incoming calls, the battery level and the reception signal.


        ~ The Camera ~

        The mobile phone has a built-in camera by the hinge of the flip closure, right above the external display screen. The resolution is VGA (only 0.3 Mpixels and 4x zoom) and the image quality is below average. The VGA camera is outdated and it's not equipped with a flash so the images are dark and blurry if the lighting isn't good. There is an option to take photos of yourself by closing the clamshell when the camera is on. The picture appears on the external screen below the camera. However, the VGA camera doesn't give the best quality pictures and I haven't used it much.
        You can also take short video clips but the phone memory isn't enough for videos larger than a few seconds.


        ~ Memory ~

        The available internal memory is only 5.5 MB which I found enough only for a few photos and two MP3 ringtones that I selected to set as my calling ringtones for my contact groups. Considering the fact that one full song is around 2 MB it is obvious that the low memory capacity of the phone limits the use of applications and music storage. There is no card slot to add memory cards and increase the phone capabilities.


        ~ Music and Sound ~

        The Moto RAZR V3 has 22kHz polyphonic speakers with MP3 ringer support so you can use MP3 songs as ringtones. However, it has very limited internal memory and it isn't a phone that can be used to store and play music. It has downloadable polyphonic ringtones and a vibration mode for ringing. The sound is clear and the volume can be adjusted from the settings menu or the side buttons of the case.


        ~ Texting and Calling ~

        The phone has a feature called iTAP that can recognise the most used words and predict the word as you text. When the word appears with light grey letters, you can insert the word with one click. Alternatively, if you want a different word you can simply continue typing. This predictive text input feature actually predicts the words very well and it helps me text faster. There is also the multi-media messaging feature that allows me to send pictures, music and text.


        ~ Battery ~

        The Lithium-Ion battery (680 mAh - BR50) needs around 3 hours to fully charge when the mobile is switched off and according to the technical information, the maximum talk time in the optimum state of the battery is almost 7 hours and it offers more than 10 days of standby time. The battery life has been satisfying for me as I always turn my phone off before charging and I don't unplug it if it's not 100% charged. The battery performance has reduced after so many years and it needs charging every other day.

        The battery is placed at the back side of the phone. To open the battery cover, you have to push the silver button near the top side of the cover (below the hinge) and pull it towards your side. The button needs to be pressed quite a bit to open. On the underside of the cover, there are instructions in steps on how to place it back and close it.

        The mobile can be charged via a PC USB port, however the charging time is higher comparing to the conventional charging with the plugged charger and it depends on the PC. To use this feature, the Motorola Phone Tools Software needs to be installed in the computer so that the device is recognised. The CD with the software is included in the box and it also provides the option to synchronise the PC contacts and calendar with the phone. The mini-USB cable that connects the mobile with the computer is also included.


        ~ Keyboard and Navigation ~

        The keyboard is made from a single sheet of nickel-plated copper alloy. The navigation keys of the keypad have an interesting design. The keyboard is flat and spacey and the buttons are not elevated above the surface which makes typing a bit more difficult. The keys have a light blue backlight that lights when the clamshell is open and it makes the texting easier when it's dark.

        The central circular button gives access to the menu. There is only one menu page with the basic options for the calls, contacts, web, messages, camera, Bluetooth and settings. The navigation in the menu is straightforward and the options might seem limited now, but don't forget that the cell phone was launched in 2004. The messages, the web and the calling buttons can be accessed through the buttons around the main navigation key.


        ~ Games Installed ~

        The cell phone has two pre-installed games, the Block Breakers Deluxe and the NY Nights Demo. They are only trial games and you need to buy the full versions if you want to play them. The trial version of the first game has only 60 seconds of gameplay and the second one is a simulation game that is available for one day in the game's virtual time (less than 30 minutes in real time).


        ~ Other Features ~

        The Motorola RAZR V3 features e-mail, and internet connection (but not WiFi), wireless Bluetooth connectivity and voice dial. It comes with the standard alarm, calculator and organiser features and it also has a currency converter which is very useful when travelling abroad. You can insert multiple numbers per entry for the contacts and there is a picture and ringer ID option to use different ringtones on contacts or groups of your phonebook.

        Finally, the phone can be locked with a password for extra security of your personal data.


        ~ My opinion ~

        When I purchased the black RAZR, the deciding factor for me was the flip closure and the slim and cute design. The phone itself is light and, it has the perfect size for a mobile (easy to fit inside a pocket) and it's very easy to open the flip closure. The screen is clear and wide enough but the keyboard is a bit difficult to get used to it at first. This is mainly because it's flat and all the keys are on the same level so it's different from previous models that I had owned. Besides that, the text messaging is easy and fast with the word prediction feature.

        It's a very durable and sturdy phone and I have used it on and off for 4 years. I still have it at the moment but I have replaced it with a more modern model. Generally, as the new technology phones come out, I tend to think that the older models might have fewer features but they are more durable and they can last for many years.

        When I first bought it, I thought it was faulty because when the display was lit, I could hear a strange noise coming from the keypad area if it was placed near my ear. When the screen turned off the sound disappeared and I was worried that it had some kind of power leak so I decided to send it back for repair. The first time it came back with the same noise and the second time I was informed that it's normal and all the Motorola RAZR V3 models have this low tone sound coming from the backlights of the keypad. I was convinced when the lady from the service department that owned the same model showed me her phone which had the same buzzing sound when the backlights of the keypad were active. The sound remained the same and it didn't cause any other problems so it probably wasn't a problem as I thought.

        The keyboard sometimes leaves marks on the LCD screen when closing the clamshell because the buttons are pressed on the screen. Therefore, the key's outline appears on the screen but it can easily be cleaned with a soft cloth. I haven't used another flip phone so I don't know if this is common in this particular design.
        The reception quality is very good but the calling quality is not great. The calls are clear but it's hard to listen to the person at the other end when it's noisy, even with the headphones. The ear speaker volume is very low to use in public or in a crowded place and it needs a lot of effort to understand the other person speaking.

        Overall, it's a stylish phone that didn't work very well for me. The calling quality is the main problem since it's the basic a phone should have so I was mostly using it for my second number and I still have it as my backup device.


        ~ What's in the Box ~

        Once you open the box, the following devices and accessories are included:
        * The Motorola RAZR V3 device
        * One battery (3.7V Lithium Ion Battery)
        * The Motorola charger
        * Hands free
        * Mini-USB cable to connect the mobile with PC-laptop
        * Motorola Phone Tools version 4 Software with CR-ROM
        * User Manual and guarantee


        ~ Conclusion ~

        This is an old model and a pretty basic phone with a very stylish and modern design, even 7 years after its first release. It used to be very popular with good features for the time it was launched but today it can only serve as a backup phone. It still has problems with some basic features such as the camera, the external memory and the low ear speaker volume.

        This review is also published on ciao under my name "sweetybi"

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          14.01.2012 20:47
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          A Great Phone But Mainly For Making Calls And Texts

          I got this phone when it was quite new. I think it was 2004 and I can't remember how much I paid for it. But I do know that you can get a decent one on eBay for £30-£40. I do like it but I have had some problems with it.

          Styling

          It is very slim and good looking. It is also quite light and comfortable to hold. It only has a couple of buttons around the sides and it has a small screen in the front with the time on it. When you flip it up, the buttons are quite big and easy to use. This makes it easy to text with. You can also feel that you have pressed a button after you have pressed it, which I find quite handy.

          On a negative side, the menu is quite boring. However, it is quite simple. The screen isn't particularly big and I think it would be easier to use if it was bigger.

          Quality

          It is quite strong on the outside and doesn't scratch easily. The screen quality is okay, but the camera quality is pretty poor. However, considering its age, it isn't terrible. The sound quality is quite good and it is very loud. This comes in handy when it is in your pocket or around the house somewhere as it is easy to hear.

          General

          The battery life is quite good and the call quality is reasonable. With the normal V3 you cannot put a memory stick in it. It hardly has any internal memory which is rather annoying. However, I had the D&G version which has an memory slot. I would recommend getting that version purely because it has more memory, and it looks better! It doesn't have many features and it is quite basic. So on that basis, it is probably a phone for people who just want to call and text.

          The Problems I Had With It

          When I was texting, I would find it quite easy to send half finished messages by mistake. I have no idea how and that annoyed me a bit. Also, some texts would be sent twice. Again, I don't know how, and it also annoyed me.

          Overall

          Despite the issues, I still used this phone for many years. I only very recently stopped using much, but I still turn it on every now and again to use. Therefore, I would recommend this phone, but due to its lack of features, it is mainly for people who just want to make calls and text.

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            20.12.2011 16:55
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            Good value well built mobile phone!

            Hi I'm new, this is my first review.

            I bought this phone new and over the months that I've had it, it's never gone wrong. It's like a used car with hundreds of thousands of miles, but still works. Since my purchase this phone has been used for work and business, and has multiple scratches and dings in the side, the case keeps falling off the back so the battery is visible, and according to my time log in the settings, it's received and sent a total of 149 hours of usage. So basically to put this in perspective if you talked on the phone for about 1 week straight, maybe slightly less, you'd match the same time. Its had a very hard life but mechanically? Tip top quality.

            The other thing i like about this phone is the graphics. On such a tiny phone the graphics can't be compared to an iPhone, but I would compare them to say, a game boy advance. Colourful, and very easy to identify the icons. The menus can be changed via the display features, to a colour of your choice, which really helps me being colour blind, as I can barely see yellow.

            The sound Is not as good as the graphics though. The speaker does have some distortion at higher volumes and whilst I do like rock music, I don't like playing rock music ring tones on this phone, since they just sound like they are singing underwater or like the speaker is broken. For classical music, pianos and drums the speaker is much more definitive than previous phones I've owned.

            The battery life is several days IF you give it a good charge from dead. The battery has lasted a long time and hasn't lost charge, in the sense that it does charge back up as well as it did when it was new. It takes a few hours but lasts days, and brightness can be adjusted to make it last longer.

            Overall a fantastic budget phone.

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              26.10.2011 21:42

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              great phone for if youre going on holiday.

              This was probably my favourite phone ever until a few months ago and I still have fond memories of it, its slim enough to easily fit in your pocket no matter how much other stuff you have in there but at the same time heavy enough that you would always know wether you had it or not. I found it really good for resisting damage as it survived countless falls off tabletops and counters and even survived falling down a flight of stairs once (this may not count as it was in my pocket at the time) The only visible sign of the damage was that some of the colour was chipped off after each fall (I had the black version) It seemed to lst for ages on an empty battery before being charged again. My only problem with this phone is that there was no memory card slot (not sure if its the same for all or if I got a dud) and Im a person that needs everything on their phone. A nice phone if you dont mind the limited storage space.

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              31.08.2011 19:06
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              Nice phone, great for low tech users.

              I got this phone as a Christmas present back in 2005 when it was all the rave - literally no matter where you looked this phone was there: on adverts, TV programs, Soaps etc. Lots of people at that time were using this phone and even today if you look at it you can see why. It had a good balance of style, features and battery life, and it is these three sectors which I will be reviewing.

              Battery Life: The V3 Razr has good battery life (much better than modern iPhones) on a full charge I remember it lasting up to 2 weeks - a good feat at the time. When you were activly using it playing java games, ot using the GPRS internet the battery life dropped to about 12 hours of continual usage, which is great even by today's standards. The battery was upgradeable to a higher capacity, but that meant the normal battery cover would not work which ruined the look of the phone so I didn't try that.

              Features: At the time phones were only starting to have video recording capabilities, which this phone had, although the camera is very low quality by today's standards. Flipping the phone down you could take a photo of yourself with the front facing camera. The phone has got next to no memory by today's standards, about 10mb if your lucky which can hold many photos taken on the phone but as it isn't upgradeable via micro sd, you wont be listening to music on this phone! It has java so you will be able to use thousands of java applications on the net, but again memory is a problem here. Music can be assigned for incoming calls but
              again, memory ruins this feature.

              Looks: Nothing much needs to be said here: this phone is hands down the best looking phone ever made next to the iphone. It is so sleek and streamlined, nearly every bit is made of metal (keypad, front, back ,battery case) even the keys are back-lit. (go to google images for just the idea for what I mean).
              Overall this was a fantastic phone at the time. By todays standards maybe not so much, but is a perfect phone for older family as it is easy to use and looks great.

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              Glad its now obsolete

              This was a present. I had no choice in the matter, was not consulted, or even hinted "What kind of phone would you like?". So I get lumbered with a useless phone for almost five years, because Im too cheap and lazy to buy another phone when Ive already got one, but also you know dont want to hurt the feelings of the person who bought it for me.

              First thing you notice when you get your V3, and open it. Is that the screen is tiny. For the width of the V3 (its horribly out of proportion) the screen should be sizeable. However they have skimped and inserted a thick black border around the screen, then the body of the phone provides another border. So when compared to the width of the phone the screen is tiny.

              The second issue crops up when you stop glaring at the ugliness and the cheap stake screen and turn it on, then you find out that the Motorola menu system is pathetic. The OS overall lacks any kind of common sense. You learn its irationalities over time, but thats all. You get used to how crazy it is. The software for hooking it up to your computer is no better, klunky large and crash prone. Dont use it, if you can avoid it.

              One cool thing. The light tubes between the numers on the keypad. It lights up with the colour of your phone. But mine died after a few months. Then the camera died. Then it became impossible to text more than three characters because it froze necessitating a reset by pulling the battery out. Then turning it back on, the startup takes an age.

              But then I lost it. So not everything is bad. Now I can buy a new phone. Perhaps one that works. With an OS that wasnt designed by monkeys of mediocre intelligence.

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                07.03.2011 22:59
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                A basic phone, but quite reliable

                I got this phone around 4/5 years ago, I think. Of course then it was all the rage and the most popular phone around. Now though it is clearly outdated. However I've found that it's highly reliable and resilient, even after being dropped from a second floor balcony onto a wooden patio at a French hotel.
                Features wise its poor compared to newer phones on the market. The camera takes poor quality pictures, and the game selection is rubbish. It has basic extras, such as a calculator, alarm clock and calendar, but no special extras like a converter. I've found that I've never been able to connect to the internet, though that could be just me.
                Still its not all bad news. One feature I always found to be useful was being able to change the ring styles, using the silver buttons on the side of the phone. Great if you need to turn the phone to silent discreetly, like in school assembly in my case.
                Overall it's a basic phone, which I suppose you could get very cheaply in today's market. If you don't need all the added extra's newer phone have, then this phone could be perfect for you. Just remember that at then end of the day, it's a basic phone, and a remembrance of times gone by at best.

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                  Great looking phone if you only need the basics

                  If a phone was a person, this would be 'the one that got away'. I owned this a few years ago and absolutely loved it. I think the phone looks very smart, its slim and I love the flip phone design. Nowadays, things like the camera and games are nowhere near as good as the new phones but I still loved playing monopoly, and if you had a friend that also had this phone you could play each other for free over bluetooth (as long as you werent too far from each other, great way to pass a long journey). Once I renewed my contract I upgraded to a newer phone but in my opinion none of the phones I've had since look as good as the Motorola V3. Very few phones these days are flip phones but I think they look the smartest and are the most fun to use! (Dont tell me there isnt something very satisfying about ending a conversation by flipping a phone shut, or feel as cool as answering it by opening it up). When my new contract ends I fully intend on buying a V3 again. If your like me and only use your phone for calling and texting then you cant get a cooler looking phone than this.

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                    22.11.2010 17:56

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                    Simplicity at its best.

                    In todays fast paced, high-tech world, the mobile phone is the centrepiece around which all life's activities pass through. Whether its texting a friend to meet for lunch, calling the florist to gift wrap some flowers or checking the cinema times on the internet, the mobile is key.

                    The motorola V3 however is not quite the ideal phone for the 'high-flyer.' Technically it is average at best, it doesnt have large megapixel camera, the high speed internet, the games of the iphone generation or the speed of the touch screens. Why do you ask then, is it a 'great phone to own'? Well simply because it does all the basics extremely well.

                    I have an iphone, and it was recently damaged and so I was without it for just under two weeks. I therefore turned to a phone that I used to use a few years ago that I had forgotten about.... the Motorola V3. I couldnt remember how 'older' phones worked after using the new technology, but boy am I glad I returned back to this handset. The simplicity of it is something that is lost in todays fast paced constantly moving world, and the ability to text and call simply and effectively, and not just to do it, but to enjoy it, is something I wont forget.

                    It may not be the greatest technical phone in the world. It may not have all the features of the modern world. But it does the basics, simply and effectively, and as a back-up phone for those who require more, or a everyday phone for those looking for simplicity. This is perfect.

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                    Excellent

                    I've had this phone for a few years now, and it is still serving me well. I has survived being used, abuse and even dropped a few times! I have the black one but it is available in several colours including silver. Apparently it is one of the biggest selling phones of all time and I can see why.

                    It is a flip phone which is great because you can slip it in and out of your pocket (or bag) without having to worry about accidentally pressing the buttons and dialing a number.

                    It is not the smallest or lightest phone in the world but neither is it heavy or large. It is still small enough to fit in your top pocket. It is probably about 1 cm thick when folded down and unopened is slightly larger in dimensions than a bank card.

                    There is a small screen on the front which enables you to see incoming calls without having to flip open the phone.

                    Once opened the main colour screen is large and clear. I think the supplied screensavers and wallpaper are horrible, but the phone has its own camera so you can use this to take a better photo to use. The camera while not of super high quality is adequate enough for a phone. Storage space on the phone though is fairly limited.

                    There is a good range of supplied ringtone optoins including a fairly traditional type phone ring.

                    The silver keypad is of a reasonable size and easy to use. The buttons are responsive. It is very easy to use the phone to text and the predicitive text option seems very good and usually comes up with sensible options which has not always been the case with phones I've had in the past.

                    In my experience, I always seem to have got good reception with the phone and the sound is loud and crystal clear.

                    The phone also has the usual sort of additional functions such as a calculator, calendar and alarm clock which are all really easy to use.

                    The battery life seems to be fairly good, although not outstanding. I can use the phone for several days without needing to recharge. Recharging when it needs it really doesn't seem to take very long.

                    The phone has internet access, however, it is slow but is ok if all you want to do is check the latest news or football results an the bbc website.

                    If the phone were to break or I were to lose it I would definitely try to get another Motorola V3. All in all I think it is an excellent phone which can still bought from places like Amazon marketplace.

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                    A design classic that seems to stand the test of time

                    I've always loved a flip phone; the monobloc style just doesn't do it for me, all that knocking about in my bag accidentally ringing Australia, or worse my mother. I even prefer a flip to a slide. I think this stems from my days watching Star Trek (original) and craving a 'communicator' just like Captain Kirk's. So when I saw the Motorola V3 silver sliver of loveliness sliding out of a strangers pocket my eyes popped and I had to have it. However although I loved the silver version I have never had this colour, I have owned two black ones, a blue and burgundy v3i.

                    The Motorola V3 was the first mobile to 'go slim' at 13.9mm thick; it is still slim even compared to most current mobiles. This slim profile is what gave rise to its more used name of 'the Razr'. The miniaturisation of mobiles at the time of the V3s release was well under way, but even the 'small' ones were still quite thick and often had an external aerial; which in my opinion spoiled the smooth lines of the phone, and added an awkward (breakable) fiddly bit.

                    The V3 has an anodised aluminium metal body, not just the battery cover which is all you normally get with 'metal' case phones. The weight of the phone (95g) and the coolness of the satinised or matt metal feels fabulous in your hand; giving it an air of almost utilitarian sophistication. The V3 has a small external colour screen, which at the time of its introduction was a high end feature to offer. This screen can also be used as a view finder to take self portrait pictures when the phone is closed. You can set up photo I.D. on this phone so when someone rings their picture pops up on the external screen, which I thought was rather cool. If you have no picture it will display the number or name entered in your phone book. The internal screen is a decent size at about 50mm. I suspect Motorola achieved the thin design partly by spreading the 'innards' out instead of layering circuits. I got this impression as the width of the V3 is a little wide comparative to other similar phones circa 2004 (which was the year of the V3s release). TheV3 is 53mm wide and 98mm long, and the impression is almost of a classy well made clamshell that has been 'steamrollered'.

                    When I got my grubby paws on my first V3 I found the menu rather counter intuitive, it took me 3 weeks to find out how to change the ring tone. However by my third V3 this had been sorted out and the phone was a little more user friendly. In comparison to the huge selection of smart phones the V3 now seems rather antediluvian. However when it first hit the shops it was amongst the top of the range, and the range of functions is still more than adequate for its primary use - as a communicator, which also has limited internet function. It boasts Bluetooth, a VGA camera (which also records video, internet access (which is a bit slow and ponderous), radio and speaker phone. I used the camera on my V3 a lot, it didn't give the pin sharp images that most quality phones do now, but the colour and tone of the images is good, and the clarity is much better than most other VGA cameras. It has a delay function so you can get into a group picture and doesn't seem to suffer from the extreme shutter lag that some phones do (Samsung U600 you're on the list of amongst the worst, I'll get to you another time!). You do still occasionally end up with a picture of a blur which could be where the cat/child/ cow you were trying to photograph had been, but not so often as to make it a problem that requires professional swearing.

                    I don't think the phone memory is up to using it as a music phone, but when I have downloaded a few tracks onto it the quality has been very good. The phone speaker doesn't give spectacular playback, but listening through the earphones is surprisingly good, with a decent base, and no apparent distortion. You can also use downloaded music as a ring tone. The clarity of the phone is excellent when used for its main purpose, and you can turn up the loudness to levels that even my partially deaf mother has no problem with.

                    This phone came with a few pre-loaded basic games, I'm afraid I can't remember what they were as I never played them. This isn't really a 'gaming' phone, although I hear you can now download a variety of games onto this handset.

                    At first I was a little taken aback by the flat keyboard, which obviously helped a great deal in the slimming process. I have heard a lot of other people mention that they don't like using that sort of keypad either. However it has been made very aesthetically pleasing. Constructed of a single piece of etched metal, with the key divisions, numbers and other detailing on the keypad all back illuminated in what I think is gorgeous soft neon blue. This gives great visibility day or night. I normally like the good solid click of a key, so that I know it has correctly connected and done what it's meant to, and you don't get that with this phone. However this sort of keypad has become almost the norm now, and together with the iphone and other touch sensitive screen phones the days of the old fashioned 'proud' buttons and individual clicky keys may be numbered. The keyboard function of the V3 whilst not being as silent as the touch screen falls somewhere between that kind of feel and a keypad. It most definitely functions as a 'button' process, but there is no significant depression of the key, or noise. I quickly got used to texting with this flat keypad, I used to text a LOT in those days, and before long my thumbs were flying across the silky keys, gliding in a way that they can't do with other phones. I have never been able to text as quickly with any other phone other than with my V3.

                    The huge plus factor this phone has for me is its build quality; the battery cover never flies off unless I want it off, and the hinge is strong, with no wobble. I have never had a problem with any of my V3s that wasn't caused by me... I cracked the front screen on one, cooked and drowned another.

                    I feel I should explain the last two incidents as it shows just how robust this phone is. On my way home from the pub one lovely summer evening I decided to water my garden. Instead of laying the hose on the floor or carrying it with me while I turned off the tap I holstered it in my bag. Creating a small swimming pool, my poor V3 was unable to swim so was saturated. Once it was blotted, taken apart and left in the airing cupboard over night it worked as if it had never been moist...(apart from a couple of dots of moisture that never dissipated inside the front screen.

                    The other incident which was more impressive happened one Christmas when I'd underestimated the time of day and ended up cooking my gigantic turkey over night. I used my V3 as an alarm - no way was I staying awake between bastings - On my last basting visit I noticed that the fat level in the roasting tin was getting too high, so I tipped up the pan to drain some fat into a bowl placed in the sink. When I returned the turkey to the oven for the last lap I noticed my poor phone sitting glistening in a deep pool of steaming hot turkey juice and fat. Sobbing I snatched my precious up and gave it CPR. Things didn't look good as even after being blotted, and left to 'drain' my phone kept ringing random numbers all by itself, and beeping pathetically now and then. I resigned myself to being phoneless - however, to T-mobiles credit they agreed to send me another phone, as mine was on an introductory 3 months free insurance period. Technically they shouldn't have given it to me because the accident was caused by stupidity not 'forces beyond my control'. However the very nice young man on the other end of the phone was also a fan of Dean Koontz (I seem to get on well with people in call centres and tech support) and had been tickled by my tale, so he said I'll just say it fell out of your bag.

                    The point of that sorry tale is that once the turkey fat had congealed inside the cooked phone it worked again! Ok it would no longer send picture messages, but after what it had been through (I didn't mention the several times if fell out of my bra when I bent over - a good place to stash a phone if you don't have a bag or pockets) I thought that was pretty damn impressive. All my V3s still work, my daughter uses one as she isn't the slightest bothered about having the latest handset, she just wants a phone and likes this one. I still fondle mine from time to time smiling at the memories, and sometimes still use it if I'm going to be doing risky things like watering the garden.

                    This sliver of minimalist style is still to be seen in many T.V. shows as the phone of choice including C.S.I Vegas. You can still get hold of the V3 in many places, not least of these ebay. It is currently for sale on Amazon at between £63.99 and about £80. It comes in a limited range of colours, silver, matt black, midnight blue and bubblegum pink being some of them. There were also limited edition colours available, and models attached to design houses such as Dolce & Gabbana (gold colour) were popular. The Motorola V3 is a design classic, which although it was so popular that it made Motorola rest on its laurels and take its eyes off the surging mobile trends will in my opinion always be a desirable bit of kit.

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                      19.07.2010 11:57

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                      Brilliant for anyone

                      I braught this phone from new a few years ago now. At the time i loved it.
                      I really want a flip phone and this one gave me everything i needed. And also it could be braught in pink.

                      The screen on the front (when closed) will tell you who your text messages are from and if in camera mode you can take photos of yourself and see what you are taking on the smaller screen.

                      The main screen is fairly big, big enough that you can see whats going on. I absoutly loved the keys very easy to press and use.

                      The camera quality on this phone is also very very good. Provided decent quality that look like they have been taken with a real digital camera.

                      I then sold on this phone and braught the new motorola expecting it to be even better than this and i really regretted it as it was a big let down and wish id kept this phone afterall.

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                      A nice looking and solid handset

                      There was a point in my life where I would go through mobile phones like hot dinners - I had to have the latest model with all the latest features. These days I'm not so quick to buy, realising that the 'must have' handsets of today, will in fact be selling for around twenty quid on ebay in a couple of years time.

                      One of my favourite handsets from a few years back was the Motorola V3 - a cool looking and futuristic phone which combined form and function beautifully. In fact, it was perhaps the best looking phone I ever owned - considerably sleeker than my current 'next-gen' model. Constructed from metal when the majority of its peers were plastic, the V3 adopted a clamshell design with integrated camera. The camera's quality wasn't especially impressive (VGA, or 640 x 480 pixel resolution) and there wasn't a flash - in decent light however, it was able to capture *reasonable* shots.

                      Inside the phone, the futuristic theme continued, with a metal keypad featuring buttons which lay flat against the metal bed. This actually made the art of texting fairly tricky - although when I got used to it, I was able to knock out messages just as quickly as on a conventional handset. Texting in the dark wasn't an issue, due to the fact that the keys were all backlit, illuminating beautifully with a blue glow. On the downside, I found that the phone had a few annoying bugs, one of which was where the text display would randomly freeze from time to time - requiring you to wait for around twenty to thirty seconds before it unfroze itself.

                      The V3's main screen is bright and clear, with a 176 × 220 pixel (2.2inch) TFT display which is easy to view and easy on the eyes. the phone also features an external 96 × 80 screen which displays the time (when the handset is inactive) and can be used for taking self portraits. Measuring around 5.3 by 10 cms when closed, and weighing only 96 grams, the phone is fairly light, but feels sturdy and well made. If the V3 does have a weak spot, it comes in the form of the screen at the front, which can crack if dropped (eBay is flooded with V3's with cracked front screens). That said, mine was dropped on a number of occasions and survived to tell the tale.

                      The Motorola V3 can store 1,000 entries in its phonebook (for those of you lucky enough to have that many friends!), and although it sounds modest by today's standads, the 5mb of internal memory was enough to store a number of shots taken on the phones camera. In terms of battery life, the phone is pretty impressive - an estimated seven-and-a-half hour talk time, was, in reality more like three to four hours - but nevertheless, it was up there with the best of them.

                      So how does the phone perform in its primary duty - namely making and receiving calls? Well, the sound quality from the ear piece is pretty decent - although to be honest, it's no better or worse than any other phone i've used in the past. In fact, come to think of it, I don't think i've ever owned a mobile with a crystal clear speaker. The V3 does have a speaker phone option - although here, the sound quality does deteriorate, and it really drains the battery.

                      At the end of the day, the Motorola V3 was a great little phone, which still looks fairly impressive to this day. Although it undoubtedly has its faults (the random text freezing as mentioned earlier wasn't especially fun), the handset is easy to use, reliable, and can be picked up today for around £20.

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                        Perfect for a first phone, and older technophobes too!

                        The last couple phones I've had have had problems with them, and whilst these problems occur I alsways go back to my old phone, the Motorola Razr V3. I have no idea how many years I've had this phone, but even through the breakages of half a dozen others it's managed to stay in prfect condition - I don't know why I replaced it in the first place!
                        It's not high-tech or gadgety - simple bluetooth, takes and makes calls, sends and receives messages - but it can withstand a lot if it's stuck by me for years! My favourite feature is the fact it's a clamshell phone - they, to me, are the best because everything important is protected, so even if the camera gets smashed the phone is still fine! This has come in useful.
                        It even plays music and sends picture messages - what else do you need a phone for? It's not exactly cheaper than it was when it first came out, yes you can get an internet phone for less or a little more, but for the people who don't care about how technified their phone is, this is perfect!
                        Highly reccommended phone for those who don't like the internet on the go, and definitely reccommended as a first ohone for kids!

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                      Motorola's new V3 is the essence of advanced technology and superlative design. At only 13.9 mm thin, 53 mm wide (the width of a credit card) and 98 mm long, it is one of the slimmest phones on the market yet still rich in functions, performance excellence and design innovation. It provides the user with a total sensory experience - from the innovative metallic finishes and use of materials to a truly revolutionary, chemically etched keypad created from a single sheet of nickel-plated copper alloy. The Motorola V3 is the ultimate, beautiful slim-phone.