Motorola Razr V3xx

Motorola gets into the fast lane with its latest RAZR fashion phone, the 3.6Mbps HSPDA-enabled V3xx.


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Design
In terms of looks, it's taken Motorola over two years to come out with a 3G version of its original and popular RAZR phone. While the V3xx's predecessor the V3x was Motorola's first attempt at a 3G RAZR, its 20mm chunkiness and drab case were a bit naff. The V3xx is a bit thinner at the more pocketable size of 103 by 53 by 15mm, which is just slightly bigger than the original RAZR. If, like us, you're growing tired of the RAZR, Motorola has been busy releasing other fashion phones called the SLVR, KRZR and RIZR.

The V3xx comes in either a "licorice" or "vibrant copper" metallic case, which when flipped open reveals an etched silver keypad backlit in blue almost identical to RAZR V3. A flat, four-way directional pad, two softkeys and a selection key beneath the screen take care of navigation. There are also shortcuts for recent calls, music, camera and volume adjustment. The keys are well-spaced out and the screen readable even in direct sunlight.

Features
With HSDPA providing download speeds up to 3.6Mbps on HSDPA-ready 3G networks, the RAZR V3xx loads Web pages in a flash, and buffers songs and video clips over the air in a couple of seconds. We tested the V3xx on 3's network, although strangely it isn't offered as an X-Series handset for mobile broadband. Bluetooth 2.0 finishes off the Razr V3xx's wireless capabilities, with support for Bluetooth stereo headphones (the A2DP profile) and streaming music to other devices (AVRCP).

Motorola includes a rudimentary media player on the V3xx which can handle MP3, AAC and MPEG-4 files -- no Windows Media or Quicktime, we're afraid. There's a 1.3-megapixel camera that sits near the hinge of the two halves of the phone, and the position is such that the lens can easily get blocked by your fingers when you're trying to take a picture. Video can be captured with the main camera and there's a secondary VGA camera under the screen, both of which can be used for video calling.

Included in the box is a charger, a stereo headset, a Motorola software CD (Windows only) and a USB cable. A standard mini-USB connector is used to charge the V3xx and connect it to a PC -- much better than the proprietary ports manufacturers like Nokia and Sony Ericsson persist with on their phones.

Performance
Motorola's bundled headphones packed a decent punch during our tests and were reasonably comfortable to wear. If you're looking for a phone to double as a music player, though, we'd recommend a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone, not only because you get a better set of headphones, but they come bundled with large memory cards. Although the V3xx has 60MB of internal memory, you'll need to buy a microSD card if you want to store more than 15 songs at a time.

Almost all of the photos we took with the V3xx came out blurry, even in bright, fluorescent lighting. There is also a noticeable shutter lag before the V3xx captures an image. Videos also came out small (176 x 144 pixels) and jittery.

The HTML browser on the V3xx does a good job for occasional Web surfing, but the screen is too small for most Web sites.

The V3xx performs excellently as a phone; calls can be heard without a problem, ringtones are adequately loud and we had no reception issues. Battery life is also quite good for a 3G phone -- we got at least three days with average use between charges. Motorola rates the V3xx battery good for up to 400 hours of standby or five hours of talk.

Perhaps we're a little jaded having seen about 10 RAZRs so far. In our eyes the interface and the design of the V3xx are dated and in need of a major refresh. Motorola's text input system is a pain to use, especially when adding new words to its memory. HSDPA connectivity is one of the only things that saves the V3xx from being a flop.

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lucy posted a comment   

The Good:very good its got everything that i need had this phone for 4years its great i am very happy with my phone never change it at all

The Bad:none at all

its great phone ok for me thankyou i am not complaining

 

Lyn posted a comment   

Tell me how motorazr v3xx can't pick up signal with next g but if I put my sim in a nokia next g, I have 5 bars in the same place. RIP OFF Motorazr never buy another one of these

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xsasco posted a review   

The Good:Its ok But.......

The Bad:The worst reception i have ever come accross

I look out my window and i can see the TELSTRA tower... BUT MY FERKIN PHONE CANT.... its a spackmong retard.... you can do better With MORSE CODE or SMOKE SIGNALS. A carrier pidgeon would be a huge technology jump for the razr v3xx...dont buy it no matter how cheap you can get it for..... Hello Nokia IM BACK

Sez
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Sez posted a review   

The Good:Music, Camera and Keypad

The Bad:Screen goes a funny color when playing java games, bluetooth sucks away battery and sometimes restarts itselfs (eg screen goes white and returns to normal)

Good phone I have had it for a year, but the screen stuffs up after a while (also restarts occasionally).

piece of craaaaaaaaaaaaaaap
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piece of craaaaaaaaaaaaaaap posted a review   

The Good:good old design

The Bad:camera is very (i mean VERY) crap
everythings crap except for the design.
i just bought it becos there were only crap designed fones at that time. and the freaking bluetooth!! other fones cant detect mine even though ive turned it on!! wtf!!!?!?! whats wrong wit the freaking bluetooth anyway.
never going to buy motorola nxt time, NEVER!!

crapcrapcrapcrapcrap

shazzadean
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shazzadean posted a review   

The Good:Fast internet speed, clear and crisp in phone calls, sleek design, gr8 colour (lavender), can see the time on the outside screen all the time, very big screen, fantastic sound with the music player..

The Bad:Could have a better mp camera..

I have had a bizillion phones (im a ph freak) and I must say this one tops the lot! I had this ph, then thought I'd try the n95, then I went to the samsung u900, then I came back to this one and it is gr8! None of the other phones are comparable. The camera could be a little betta, but it's only 1.3mp and I still think it takes good pics. Internet is awesome, I use it all the time.

janelle
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janelle posted a review   

The Good:everything...

The Bad:nothing...

i love this phone.. better than nokia phones.... it supports upto a gb memory.. and it doesn't hang up like ol the other nokia phones.. especially the nseries types.. oh man!! they suck.. they all got their own problems... like the n73,, damn! it sucks! not like this v3xx.. i love it.. the screen.. etc.. the camera.. even if it has a 1.3 mp cam.. its like.. you have a 2.0 mp.. c'mon.. lighting is all we need to adjust.. not like he n73.. so slow.. and the flash is so irritating...the quality of the pics depends upon the photographer.. not the pixel.. adjust.. duh! less bulky than the v3x..

davo
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davo posted a review   

The Good:Nothing much, just the same ole design.

The Bad:Bigger screen, more ring tones, more wall papers. Come on Motorola, give us more for the money we spend.

Needs a better menu design

Nice well built strong mobile phone. The design is very good and easy to use as per Moto phones.
The chrome metal version is just the right one for me. Pity it has not got a 2 mega pixel camera.

missmaddie
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missmaddie posted a review   

The Good:you like the style we love it

The Bad:take note to by this phone

its just cool

Hayden!!
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Hayden!! posted a review   

The Good:Small, Bluetooth, Camera and movie recorder, Vidow calling

The Bad:Blue key backlight and borning ringtones!

I think the phone is good, it has every thing you need in a phone. It may be the same design but it is a good design, very versitial.


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User Reviews / Comments  Motorola Razr V3xx

  • lucy

    lucy

    "its great phone ok for me thankyou i am not complaining"

  • Lyn

    Lyn

    "Tell me how motorazr v3xx can't pick up signal with next g but if I put my sim in a nokia next g, I have 5 bars in the same place. RIP OFF Motorazr never buy another one of these"

  • xsasco

    xsasco

    Rating2

    "I look out my window and i can see the TELSTRA tower... BUT MY FERKIN PHONE CANT.... its a spackmong retard.... you can do better With MORSE CODE or SMOKE SIGNALS. A carrier pidgeon would be a huge..."

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