Product Type: Motorola mobile phones
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Almost as thin as a 'Razr'!
Motorola RAZR V3 in Pink
Member Name: i_am_joy
Motorola RAZR V3 in Pink
Advantages: Reasonably good call clarity, a fairly attractive design
Disadvantages: A poorly designed keypad
It is an extremely garish pink colour, a colour that is far better suited to much younger women in my opinion. I believe there were other colour options to choose from when the Razr was first popular, but as I never actively researched this mobile phone I cannot tell you what these were like - I would have preferred anything other than pink, unfortunately beggars cannot be choosers.
I use my phone predominantly for calls and texts; there are other functions on the phone but they are of little use or interest to me, although I have tried them for the purposes of a balanced review. The internet browser and email account function are appalling by today's standards, I personally don't use the internet on my own phone but have had a go on my daughter's iPhone and that only serves to show up just how slow, unresponsive and basic the browser on a Razr is. In any case the small 2 inch display is not sufficient for comfortable web browsing, I would assume it was included in the design of the phone simply so that Motorola could say it was web enabled at a time when many mobile phones weren't.
Call clarity is rather hit and miss on this phone, I have noticed that you're more likely to have poor reception on incoming calls and at times have offered to call people back in an attempt to obtain a better line. Voices are often slightly muffled and occasionally calls will terminate all by themselves, this is an irregular occurrence however and does not happen often enough to become too off-putting. The volume can be set to suit your own needs, this is useful as it can be altered whilst you are talking on the phone so should you find yourself with a quiet connection it is easy to unobtrusively turn the other person up.
There is the option to store your telephone numbers, or contacts, to the phone itself or just your SIM card. As this is a temporary measure for me I have kept them on the card only, although it is a simple and straightforward process to add a new telephone number to your phone book. Incidentally the phone book is very easy to locate and use; I have a rather limited number of people I call regularly so find it slightly quicker to use the list of 'recently dialled' telephone numbers, but even if you have more numbers stored than I do I'm sure you'll find the scrolling motion within the phone book surprisingly responsive.
Dialling a phone number that isn't in your phone book is a little more tricky, simply because the keypad is poorly laid out in my opinion. In keeping with the metallic design of the Razr the numbers are not well defined and an awkward embossed spiral pattern practically leaves the digits unreadable. Admittedly my eyes are not the best, but my daughter also commented that when she had one of the original Razr phones she didn't like the design of the keypad. For me the problem is intensified if there is even the slightest glare on the keys, and combined with poor eyesight this renders the phone rather useless when outside the house in sunshine. It also does not help that the digits are engraved into the metal and are not coloured to aid visually; of course it isn't a huge problem when dialling a telephone number as I'd image most people are familiar enough with a telephone keypad to recognise where the correct digit is, but it's a real issue when texting as I have to really squint to make out individual letters. I am not an accomplished texter and do not automatically know which letter has been assigned to which digit key, in my opinion Motorola could have made the engraving stand out better without spoiling the design.
Once you have gotten past the awkward keypad layout you will find texting simple, there is a predictive text option but I haven't used this as I have no desire for my 'cupcake' to be altered to 'cannonball' without my consent. When you receive a reply you will be notified via an alert of your choosing from a menu of around sixteen, I understand other alerts and ringtones can be downloaded from various places. The Razr does not have the widest selection of ringtones, something that does not bother me as I rather boringly stick to a shrill 'ring ring' to ensure I hear and recognise when my phone is ringing.
The camera on the Razr phone is not terribly good, it only has a resolution of 0.3 megapixels which is simply not sufficient for even such a tiny screen resulting in the majority of photographs being blurred and slightly out of focus. This is a shame as the colour display is vibrant and true to skin tones so it would be nice if more thought had been put into the development of the camera aspect of this phone.
The flip style of the Razr combined with an incredibly thin profile makes it aesthetically an attractive mobile phone. On a personal level I don't like such a slim phone and I consider the overall design to be a little 'faux futuristic' for my tastes, however I can understand why this model was so popular amongst younger women. The Razr seems hardy enough, my sister has owned it for six years and with intermittent use there is barely a mark on it - the internal screen (the larger one) is completely unmarked but the smaller external one has several deep scratches which are beginning to affect the display now. This is irrelevant to me as this second screen is so small that it is of little use, and every other section of the phone is immaculate. One thing that does irritate me is the fact that large quantities of dust and debris that collects along the hinge edge of the phone, it's strange as it seems that if you were to place the Razr in a sterile room it would still create this fluff and it requires a cocktail stick to carefully remove it.
I have mixed feelings about the Motorola Razr; I am grateful to have had the opportunity to borrow it while my Tocco was being repaired, but I also cannot wait to give it back. It is not as pleasing to use as my own phone and I miss having a camera that will capture impromptu photographs of my grandchildren, the keypad is a bane that I could do without and I prefer the more substantial design of the Tocco.
You can purchase this mobile phone for as little as £25 now, which is phenomenal depreciation as my sister tells me she paid almost £90 for this one. Considering the technology inside modern phones I would suggest this is a reasonable price for what is actually a rather basic phone, however smart it may look.
Summary: I can see why this was so popular at one time, unfortunately it is now a rather dated phone
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