Motorola Razr V3 Pink review: Motorola Razr V3 Pink

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The Good No-nonsense colour; striking design; email support; beautiful display; Bluetooth; speakerphone; world phone.

The Bad Features look dated now; camera resolution only VGA; video playback only (no recording); no radio; only 5MB of internal memory.

The Bottom Line Technologically it's last year's phone, but it's still hard to go past the Motorola Razr V3 for looks. Reborn in pink, it's an attention-grabbing phone that makes a bold statement about its owner

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Motorola's Razr V3 was a huge hit when it was launched in late 2004. The combination of high-tech styling, superslim profile and solid feature set made it popular with everyone from hardcore geeks to catwalk models. Launched in silver, it was reborn in black  for the 2005 Academy Awards. Now there's a pink version, available exclusively through The Carphone Warehouse. Prices range from free on a £15 per month contract to £120-£160 on pay as you go.

Positives
There's no shortage of pink phones on the market at the moment, including the candy-coloured LG U880 , the flowery Siemens CL75 Poppy and lavender pink Samsung SGH-E530. The pink Razr stands out from this crowd by being intensely, unashamedly, hot pink. If you're out to make a statement about your fondness for pink, the Razr climbs onto the rooftop and shouts about it.

The pink Razr has the same dimensions as the original, making it only 15mm thick when closed. Once you open it, it's relatively tall and wide (165 by 55mm), but that only contributes to the appeal. It wraps comfortably around your head, putting the mouthpiece in front of your mouth rather than somewhere under your ear.

Like the black Razr, it has a smooth satin finish, making it relatively resistant to fingerprints. It has the same cut-from-a-single-sheet-of-metal keypad as the original, and charges or syncs via a USB port. This means you can charge it from your pink laptop when you're out and about.

Negatives
Other manufacturers keep upgrading the technology in their phones, but Motorola just changes the wrapper, making it black or pink, or rounded (in the case of the Pebl ) or even flatter (in the case of the Slvr).

Internally the pink Razr is the same as its black and silver predecessors, so the camera resolution is still only 0.3 megapixels (VGA). Snapshots can't compete with photographs from 2-megapixel camera phones such as the Sony Ericsson K750i or the Nokia N90. Likewise, being able to play MP3s is of limited benefit when there's only 5MB of internal memory and no option to expand it. You can use an MP3 file as a ringtone, but that's where it ends.

Conclusion
The hot pink coating has given the Razr a new lease of life. If you're more interested in style and convenience than high-end features, it's certainly worth a look.

Additional editing by Nick Hide

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