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Motorola RAZR V3

Motorola RAZR V3
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Retail Price: RM 370
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By Jonathan Cheah (

Motorola has touted the V3 as ‘the device formerly known as the phone’. Let us take a look and see if that is really the case.

At A Glance:

Price: RM 2,799
Local Distributor: Zitron Enterprise (M) Sdn Bhd.
Contact: 1-800-806-008 (Motorola Hotline)
Build quality: 9/10
Applications: 9/10
Interface: 9/10
Value-for-money: 7/10
Overall rating: 8.5/10
+ Sleek and Stylish
+ Bluetooth and USB cable
+ 4x Zoom camera
- No video capture
- No expansion capability
- Miniscule Memory

Is a great form factor enough?
No doubt about it, the Motorola RAZR V3 is one hot phone. Carrying one of these immediately brands you as being rich and sophisticated. The V3 is currently one of the most expensive phones on the market with the looks to match, and although the Sony Ericsson P910i is slightly more expensive at RM 2,999, the slim form of this phone turns heads everywhere.

It is satisfying to note that Motorola has gone back to making the quality clamshell phones that it has been so revered for. Many people have said that the V3 is not worth its price, even here at the message boards of mobile88. I agree in principle, but if you consider the ‘Wow’ factor that occurs whenever someone sees you carrying a V3, then the phone is priceless.

Wafer thin, and about as light as one
The V3 is only 17mm thick, which is the same thickness as that of the Samsung C100 which was launched sometime last year. However, it is the shiny, reflective keypad that immediately attracts attention. The bottom part of the phone bulges up slightly, and might have been even better if that part did not have that bulge.

Here is where we have a little confusion. The specifications by Motorola Malaysia say that the main screen, which is the larger one on the inside of the clamshell, is capable of supporting up to 256K of colours. However, at the time when the V3 was first launched, I distinctly remember that the screen was given as having specifications of only 65K.

I can only guess that at some point between the announcement of the phone and the time it arrived on the market, a decision was made to change the screen into one with a higher rating. Would the V3 have been cheaper with the 65K screen?

The Motorola RAZR V3 is a very attractive phone. I would have purchased one for myself except for the amount of memory inside the phone. The V3 only has a paltry 5617 Kb of memory. After you deduct what is necessary to maintain the contacts and messages that you have, you can barely fit an MP3 song inside, which is such a waste, considering that the V3 also comes with the same 22 KHz speakers that are also found on the E398 and the V80, which we reviewed previously. It was also found on the earlier MPx 200 phone.

Using the phone
This is the umpteenth time that we have seen this operating system from Motorola. So far, Motorola executives have not given it a name yet, but we first saw the icon-text hybrid way back in the T720. Since then, it has appeared in nearly every major phone from Motorola except for the MPx series which runs on the Windows Mobile OS, and the budget series at the beginning of last year.

I found no problems with the phone as it was easy to make and receive calls. The battery indicator is a little off, as it shows you a full charge for most of the time, and then runs down rather quickly when the first bar fades off the display.

The Bluetooth is easy to set up, and I transferred an MP3 file to it rather easily and then set it up as the ringtone with no problem. The volume is sufficiently loud, and this underscores my lament that the V3 simply does not have enough memory. If there is a second version, Motorola should put around 100 MBs of memory inside.

Editor,s Opinion

Motorola has even gone to the extent of pronouncing the V3 ‘a device formerly known as a phone’. Yes, the V3 is very impressive, and I would be the proud owner of one if not for the small amount of memory within.

Just as with the MPx 200 and the subsequent models, the speakers sported by most Motorola models these days are of the highest quality and set the standard for its competitors. In addition to that, making and receiving calls with the V3 is a delight, while texting is rather easy with rather quick response time.

Flipping open the phone to receive a call would cause a slight lag for the screen to light up, but it is much faster than the response of the V3. Another step up and its competitors would notice the reawakening of a sleeping giant.

I say that 2,799 is way too expensive for a phone, but if it means a certain amount of prestige, envy and respect when you carry such an expensive toy around, then such an experience is priceless. Put more memory in the phone the next time around, and then Motorola might find itself running out of stock to sell.

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