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      20.02.2012 13:28
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      A good phone that I still dont mind using

      I have never really bothered about having the latest phone and the cost of the contract was always the main reason why I choose a handset. When I saw the Motorola RAZR it was the first time that I wanted the phone as much as I wanted a good price. It was free as part of a T Mobile contract, so I could not complain about that. It was very easy to use as the keys were big enough to make sure I did not keep misdialling and it was really easy to navigate around the other functions such as text messages and using the phone. I never did get round to download anything so I can't say if there was a problem here.

      This RAZR is a flip phone, more commonly called a clamshell phone. I was worried that the constant opening and closing would cause the shell to break, but I had it for 18 months without a problem. It was 2006 when I got the phone and by then it had already been downgraded from a top of the range to one that was free on many contracts.

      One of the main things I liked about it was the fact that it was very thin and this was ideal for putting in the sort of small handbag normally used for a night out. It measures 2.1" x .54" and only weighs 99g so I could take it everywhere with me.

      It has a good size memory of 10 MB and that is far more than I am ever going to need as I don't use it for photographs or videos. It has a fairly good size screen at 2.2" so it was always easy to read the numbers and any texts that came through. It has a choice of 24 ringtones and as with most phones there is Bluetooth so it was easy to get my normal ringtone on it. There was no problem with the volume as all calls could be heard but are not so loud as to be annoying if the phone rang in the office.

      There was not the same amount of colour choices as there are now but I was still offered a fair range, black, purple, blue, red, green and I think it may have bronze or gunmetal - I have the black one. I have seen pink ones but think they are a special edition or import.


      The main complaint I have with it is the fact that there is not much of a battery life and even though I do not use a mobile a great deal the battery would only last a couple of days even when switched off at night. To balance that out, as it is a flip phone the screen does not get scratched nearly as much as other phones I have had.

      Over the last few years I have had other phones but this is the one that I have kept as my back up phone in case I lose or damage my current one and I still don't feel as if I am using a prehistoric phone when I use it.

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        15.02.2012 16:02

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        i had this phone when it first cam out and it brilliant, cool, stylish. does everything you wanted a phone to do. my landlord still has one of these and it still looks cool. its got a great camera which is handy for taking pics and sending them to your mates.

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        29.07.2011 23:20

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        An Average Phone

        I bought this phone as my old one had died. It cost me about £75, and came with a new SIM card. The phone is a nice compact design, the keys on the phone are a good size making it easy to key in phone numbers/write messages without pressing the wrong key.
        The phone is fairly easy to navigate around, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Starting with making a call, the address book is easy to use. The phone has adjustable speaker volume. The sound comes out clear. The screen is clear and easy to see...it has adjustable energy saving options. Setting the date/time/alarm/ringtone etc is fairly easy. The memory card that it comes with is fairly good. I take a lot of photos and when it becomes a bit full sometimes the photos wont display. The camera takes very good photos for the price of the phone but storing them and retreiving them is a chore. If you want to organise them then you have your folders to put them in but they also remain in a big list all together so it looks like you have 2 of each photo. When downloading the photos and videos by whichever method it takes a while for the pictures to load. The video capacity is limited to a few seconds. Its not any good for taking any decent videos. Battery life is excellent, I can leave the phone on all day and night for approximately 4 days before it needs charging. Obviously heavy usage will shorten that time to a day or two. The voice activation is a bit hard to get the hang of but once figured out works well. The handsfree headphones are easy to use. The sound is clear, and answering the phone is quickly done. The bluetooth feature is awful. It neverfinds devices even if other devices can find the phone. If you want to bluetooth photos to another phone its a chore. You have to save a copy to your phone as the bluetooth doesn't send a copy it sends the actual photo so then its lost. There are plenty of ring tones to choose from. The phone comes with its own pictures but its a bit annoying that these cannot be deleted to make more room in the memory. There is a limited music player but the sound quality isn't brilliant. Don't even ask me how to get it connected to the internet...after a year im still none the wiser.
        Overall a very average phone but then for the money it isnt expected to do a lot. A good phone to make calls, send texts, and take the odd photo.

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        20.07.2011 18:30

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        reliable phone, but get a newer one

        I had the Motorola Razr V3i for a few years and it rarely let me down. It is a flip phone with a nice, shiny silver design (it comes in other colours too). As well as the main colour screen, there is a small screen on the back which when the phone is closed displays the time and the name or number of callers. It has all the usual features of mobile phones such as internet, Bluetooth, camera, FM radio and audio player. This phone is good for reliability and battery life, and has all the features you really need. The picture quality of the camera and the sound quality is not great, but it is reasonably easy to use and is also pretty durable. This phone will definitely serve all your basic needs, however, it is now a bit outdated and so I would probably recommend going for a more recent model.

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        07.07.2011 19:11

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        A great phone in its time

        This was proabaly one of the most long lived phones I ever owned. For a flip phone that looks very stylish it delivers on reliability and solidness.
        It is basic in modern terms but has bluetooth and camera and wireless connectivity. It is still very slim even when compared with more up to date phones and though not the latest phone it still looks stylish and its metallic finish is very distinctive.
        The key pad works well though it is flat to the touch and it all adds to the sleekness and cool effect.
        It does all the basics and the one I had survived a long time of use and still looked good.
        If I wanted a simple reliable yet uber cool phone that I could pick up cheaply, I would definately consider getting another ones of these. It has been very popular, and not without good reason as it is a good all rounder.

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        12.05.2011 11:43

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        A phone that should be left in the past.

        I bought my RAZR V3i around five years ago but I've relatively recently upgraded to a HTC Desire (about a year ago now). I bought the Moterola RAZR V3i when it was at it's height of popularity and loads of other people that I knew either had this phone or the original RAZR. At the time it was a good phone however nowadays, what with new developments and the Smartphone craze, it is quite poor.

        It is quite difficult to navigate through all the phone's options and I found that, even though it does support the internet, it is very slow and not at all easy to use! The camera quality is poor and as a person who loves to take lots of photos this is a bit of a let down.

        However, although it is slightly bulky width-wise, it is quite small lenght-wise and it does look quite good which is it's only real redeeming quality. I would definitely recommend buying a more recent phone than this one!

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        02.02.2011 19:38

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        A beautiful phone, lacking a few features, and with a couple of niggles.

        The V3i has an ample screen, and generously sized button. It also features an outside screen for seeing the time, and who is calling.

        The buttons are easy to use because of their size, and also because of their relatively stiff operation, requiring a positive push to connect. This does, however, wear off after time, leaving the buttons with a soft, hollow-feeling click.

        The V3i has a relatively easy to use MP3 player, 1MP camera and even video. The music player is respectable, though the earphones that come with the phone are poor. The video camera function is surprisingly good, though its sound quality is awful.

        The ear speaker is just loud enough to be affective, though the hinge in the middle of the phone can mean getting the speaker close to the user's ear is difficult, as it presses against the cheek bone.

        The phone also has a useful voice recording ability, but as with all the multimedia functions, replacing the standard memory card is recommended.

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        18.12.2010 17:35
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        Though the phone lacks so many features. The stars are just for the design.

        The phone is good for it's design. It's slim, light weight and can catch anyone's attraction. But when it comes to features Razr V3i lacks so many things. I think the phone is better than some other phones in the series with some very useful stuff but still it lacks many important features.

        Let's start with the good! The outside screen is good looking and helpful. For me it's like a front camera! Yes, we can take pictures with phone in folded state by looking in the outer screen. Though the video option is available on the mobile we can't do it in the folded mode. The video clarity is okay for the expectations. The still image quality could be better.

        The phone supports java applications and mine has some useful applications preinstalled. So you can use some applications like Opera Mini or something if you want it.

        The phone does have iTunes in it. I think this bond between Motorola and Apple will be a pleasant thing for the Apple lovers. It's a great feature for music lovers and they can manage their playlist effectively.

        Now let's get into the downsides and there is a bunch of them. First of all the phone's data transfer is dead slow. I use another phone to copy files to micro SD memory card in Razr because data transfer using Razr is very slow. The Bluetooth is also slow and the bigger downside is that we can't use our phone when we're sending files (as in most phones) and we can't also access the phone while we are receiving the files either. The browsing speed is not up to the mark but it is okay.

        I thought the purpose of having an iTunes in the phone would be to attract music lovers. But the on the other hand the phone doesn't have a radio. Also, the iTunes is very slow (without using iTunes we can't play a song and fold the phone). Also, some songs, I think the ones with greater size (kb/s) , won't play without iTunes.

        One can't access the memory card and the phone memory at the same time on Razr v3i. If you're in the images folder then you'll have to switch between memory card and phone memory to view the images located on the respective locations and that's really annoying.

        The phone sometimes fails to open some images saying that the image size is too big. But the images were opened easily on some other phones which actually costs much less than Razr.

        Recording sounds is miserable as one should hold the record button as long as he's recording the sounds. The sound quality was okay.

        Now Ilist some problems I've experienced with the phone (which others may or may not have experienced). Since this is a folding phone the impressions of keypad appeared on the screen and it is clearly visible. The side keys of the phone are felt loose and tends to come out of the body. I guess my battery life decreased after I dropped it few times (I think it will be fixed if I change the batteries).

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        12.01.2010 15:20

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        A good phone, however if you are wanting quality then perhaps look for something else

        This is my current phone, and to be honest, it isn't the best. The Alarm was an essential tool as I work early mornings. It is very unclear when trying to snooze it frequently un-intentionally turns it off. It has a very limited amount of SMS tones and ring tones. As for the games, there arent many really and the ones that it does have are pretty poor. It has a slot to accommadate a micro SD memory card, which can be useful, however for some reason it didnt want to accept my old one with my pictures on, which proved to be a pain. As I had to remove them, and re-format it. Had I perhaps read one of the reviews about the phone I would not have bought one. However, for ease of use, it is very good. The menu is very easy to navigate round. Haven't as yet used the internet, but it does look a bit harder to use as opposed to my old phone.

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        07.10.2009 14:19
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        Nice basic phone if you go for appearance over function.

        The Razr is a very modern-looking phone - it's incredibly thin and comes with a decent 1.2MP camera, video capability, a huge screen on the inside of the bit you flip open, quad-band technology so you can use it all over the world, iTunes software and Bluetooth.

        So it looks good, and it has great specifications. How does it work?

        I'll be honest here. I've had mine for a year and a half, and the only reason I still have it is because I'm too cheap to buy a different phone.

        The buttons are flat and it is very easy when texting to hit the wrong letter, and the predictive text offers bizarre choices instead of the words I actually want.

        The ringtones are incredibly annoying and their pitch is teeth-grittingly shrill no matter what volume you have it set to. Oh, and the volume control's on the outside edge, so it's easy to accidentally change it.

        It looks great - slim and sexy. But it's also easily stained - mine has an indelible beer stain on it even though I noticed and wiped it off almost as soon as the spillage happened. Also, with it being so small and light, it's easy for it to fall out of your pocket unnoticed. That's happened to mine and it was only the honesty of the person behind me that rescued all my contact numbers (if it didn't have all my friends' numbers in it I probably would have been relieved to have lost it).

        Battery life is severely limited if you use the phone more than once a day, and something that annoys the hell out of me is that closing the flip lid of the phone doesn't necessarily turn off the applications it's running. It hangs up any calls you have ongoing, sure, but it doesn't turn off the camera and that's a battery eating app if ever there was one.

        It is pretty cool to have the iTunes bit attached, and it does keep me from becoming murderous when stuck on public transport. The Bluetooth bit is less useful - it's not brilliant at picking up other users nearby even when you know they're there and are standing right next to them.

        Pretty phone for basic use - but don't expect miracles.

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        11.07.2009 15:18
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        The must-have phone... 2 years ago.

        This is my current mobile phone. I'm planning on purchasing a new one, and before I replace it, I just wanted to share with everyone the pros and cons.

        This phone has served me well for just over two years. I'm not really the type of person who obsesses over the latest technology, and seeing as it does it's job (makes calls and sends texts) and is actually quite stylish, I've never had any reason to complain.

        It comes with all the must-have features; camera, video, internet, and bluetooth device, alongside the basics, such as a calendar, calculator and alarm.

        It also has an MP3, however, it has hardly any storage space (about one 4-minute song, which leaves you with no room for photos or videos). If you were to purchase this phone, you'd probably want to purchase an SD card for it as well.

        Searching for bluetooth devices can be a bit of a nightmare, because if there was say, 20 people in the room with their bluetooth on, then the RAZR V3i would only pick up about 2.

        If you want to take high-quality pictures, then the 1.23 megapixel camera will probably disappoint. I also find that there is a slight delay when taking a picture, so poses have to be held that little bit longer if you want to avoid a blurry photo. The video quality is a little too pixelated for my liking, too.

        It costs around £60-£70, which may seem like good value for a mobile phone these days, however, if you go to Comet you'd be amazed at what you can buy for £40.

        I think I might go along myself...

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          05.12.2008 17:16
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          Being thin really isn't everything, especially when it comes to the V3i!

          The Motorola V3 was extremely popular when it came out and is still recognisable as of the best looking mobiles around. The V3i came out shortly after to offer an upgraded camera without detracting from its classic style, though I can't say I've been impressed.

          Having never owned the V3 I can't really compare the two, but I bought this for two reasons really (and stupid ones!). I wanted to see what the fuss was about & I wanted a pretty-looking phone as I wasn't too fussed by the features because I don't seem to use it much anymore. So I bought myself a V3i in a lovely deep shiny red off ebay for £45. They're available in blue, black & grey too and although they're harder to come by they're still available on the internet for around £80 and there's plenty on Ebay.

          The Razr V3i has most of the standard features you'd expect on a descent phone, plus a 1.2 megapixel camera, 12Mbyte memory, music player, expandable SD memory and aluminium casing. These are what set it apart from the original Razr.

          ... The Good ...

          To be honest I'm struggling to find much in the way of good points to say about this phone. It looks great. It's slimline yet feels fairly sturdy, the casing is shiny and hasn't scratched yet and there's a USB port for easy file transfer from your PC. Mine comes with 2 standard Java games and like most other Motorolas has the standard menu layout which I find is clear and easy to use. The outer screen will display the date and show any incoming calls/messages even though it's actually very small in size. When your flip it open (easy to do, not clunky or too big in your hands like the V3x which is huge in comparison) you get a nice decent sized 176 x 220 pixel display. The keypad is well laid out and lights up blue lines between the buttons which comes in handy for dark nights. The keys are flat but easy to use, so it's all quite neat both on the outside and when you flip it open. It's only 98 x 53 x 14 mm, making it very slim though slightly wider than most other phones currently on the shelves, but I found it okay for my tiny hands and was still able to text without any problems.

          ... The Bad ...

          The graphics are average as is the camera. Even though it's 1.3 which is still better than a VGA, it's rather slow and the quality isn't as good as I think it should be for the price, especially when considering what you could currently get in the sales for a 2, 3 or even 5 megapixel camera. I've noticed it freezes, although only for a few seconds, when trying to go through options, select the camera etc. None of that really matters though if the phone doesn't stay alive for long enough to use the stupid thing! For example in the last 2 days I haven't touched my phone except the side key to check if I'd had any messages once or twice. But as no one had (yep, I'm billy no mates!) it hadn't been used. None the less, the battery ran out within 24 hours. Charging it daily when it hasn't been used is annoying; I can't rely on it enough to take it out anywhere and I think that's the main bugbear I have with the V3i.

          Overall, I have to admit I'm very disappointed with this mobile. I'll give it credit for looking pretty but that's about it. I wouldn't recommend it, especially when considering you could pay £80 for what are now outdated features, such as the poor camera. In my opinion, I would save your money for a phone that stays awake long enough to use it! Very disappointing :(

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            24.10.2008 13:16

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            A Quality, Sexy and Great Phone for all!

            The Motorola RAZR V3i is an awesome phone to use. It has many features including a 1.23 Megapixel Camera. This phone has Quad-Band GSM which helps in better connectivity and a faster GPRS Access, which means anyone can surf the web much faster and easily. One of the best thing in this Phone is iTunes. This phone comes with preloaded iTunes Software to easily transfer music from any Computer to the Phone and to carry them wherever you go. I have been using this phone for over two years and I have got no problems in its functionability still now. This phone is a Great Looking one, Slim, weighs only 100g and has double screen, i.e, a Small Screen at the top and the main LCD beneath the folder. This phone supports many Java Applications besides the ones that are installed in it. I would suggest all the buyers to buy this phone to reflect their personality.

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            15.09.2008 17:08
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            Good all rounder

            The Motorola V3i is an incredibly sexy phone. In fact it was perhaps the best looking phone I ever owned - considerably sleeker than my current 'next-gen model.

            Clamshell in design and sporting an all-metal surround, the original RAZR V3 was rated by PC World as one of the top 50 gadgets of the last 50 years. Impressive huh!

            The differences with the 'i' model compared to the standard V3 edition include a better camera (1.23 megapixels instead of VGA resolution), and support for microSD cards of up to 1GB.

            Texting on the phone is claimed by many people to be quite difficult, due to the flat non-raised keyboard. I found no difficulties with it, and could text at my standard speed, however - text display would freeze from time to time. This wasn't something which overly concerned me, as it happened so infrequently, and it would always correct itself after 10 seconds or so.

            The main screen is bright and clear, with a 176×220 pixel (2.2inch) TFT display. This particular model also features an external 96×80 screen - which constantly displays the time, and makes taking self portraits easier, when using the screen as a viewfinder.

            The camera which I mentioned earlier is of a fairly good quality considering the size of the lens. There aren't any fancy features, or even a flash for that matter, but pictures are consistantly bright and well exposed.

            There is a 13.4 megabite internal memory, which is sufficient unless you plan to shoot a multitude of video footage which can be quite data heavy. As I mentioned, there is the option of adding a micro SD card for increased memory - these can be picked up fairly cheaply nowadays.

            Weighing 96 grams, the phone is fairly light, but feels sturdy and well made. In fact, it IS well made. Mine was dropped on a few occasions and survived to tell the tale.

            Sound quality is average - no better or worse than any other phone i've had. In fact, come to think of it, I don't think i've ever owned a mobile with a crystal clear speaker.

            Overall the V3i is still an easy to use, sleek looking phone - despite being a little dated now. If you see one of these going cheap on ebay, you might want to give it a go - perhaps for its looks alone

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              23.02.2008 10:39
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              Ok phone. Wouldnt buy again.

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              My Motorola, is dark red. I bought it when they were the bestsellers and have had it for about 2 years. I used to just have the pretty rubbish nokia phones that were the best avalible at the time. You get a good storage memory card free of charge which is pretty hard to locate if for some reason you want to take out. When I first got my phone, the memory card was not inside the phone and it took me about half an hour to work out how to take the back cover off.

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              This phone is an ok model but if i had to choose between my motorola, and a different phone then I would choose another phone. I think that the best thing about it is that it has Itunes, with a button directing you to it. But it also has a button to go to the web browser, which i have found myself pressing sometimes when i want to press Itunes, or another button.

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              I have recently found that there is 2 videos taking up all of the space on my phone. I have attempted to delete these but whenever i do, it just comes up Deleted 0 files from phone.
              If you want to put in a mobile phone charm, say a little handbag that was given to you, then it is really hard to put in. There is a small silver bit, at the side of a hinge to put in a phone charm, which took me about an hour, just to get my little teddy bear in.
              I would not reccoment this phone to anyone wishing to get a good quality phone.

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              Not a very good phone. sorry motorola, keep trying ! ! !

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              The Motorola RAZR V3i is fully loaded - delivering the ultimate combination of design and technology. Beneath this sculpted metal exterior is a lean mean, globe-hopping machine. Modeled after the Motorola RAZR V3, the RAZR V3i has an updated and streamlined design, offering consumers a large internal color screen, quad-band technology and Bluetooth wireless technology. Designed for an enhanced imaging experience, this sleek handset comes complete with an integrated 1.23 megapixel digital camera with a full screen view-finder, zoom, and video capture and playback. Add cutting-edge music capabilities thanks to the world's most popular music technology - iTunes music software - and you have the complete mobile multimedia package. Now when you grab your mobile, you're also are grabbing your camera and MP3 player. Stylish, smart, and sophisticated - the Motorola RAZR V3i.