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Motorola Razr V3 (AT&T) review: Motorola Razr V3 (AT&T)

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The Motorola Razr V3 has a generous set of features. The 1,000-name phone book can hold six phone numbers and an e-mail address in each entry; an additional 250 names can be stored on the SIM card. Contacts can be assigned to caller groups and be paired with a picture (which shows up on the external screen) or any of 14 monophonic or 5 polyphonic ring tones. Other features include a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, MP3 file support, a calculator, voice dialing, a date book, an alarm clock, AOL Instant Messenger, a WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser, and a voice recorder. You also get support for POP3, SMTP, and IMAP4 e-mail; full Bluetooth connectivity; a USB port; and a speakerphone. Our only complaint is that the speakerphone can be turned on only when a call is in progress.

Snap it: The Razr V3 has a VGA camera.

The Razr V3 has a VGA camera that can snap photos in three resolutions: 640x480, 320x240, and 160x120. We would have preferred to see a megapixel camera on such an expensive handset, but it gets the job done and takes good-quality pics. You can use the 4X zoom and the self-timer, adjust the brightness or exposure setting, and choose from six lighting conditions and five shutter sounds, as well as a silent option. When finished with your shots, you can send them to friends, pair them with contacts, or save them as wallpaper. A convenient meter keeps track of how much space in the 6MB of memory is left. Though 6MB should be fine for many people, we'd prefer a bit more to play with. The handset supports video playback but not video recording--a disappointing omission.

We liked the Razr V3's photo quality.

You can personalize the V3 with a variety of wallpaper, colors, screensavers, and sounds. Additional options and ring tones are available from Cingular's Media Mall service. The mobile comes with one Java (J2ME)-enabled game (Jawbreaker) and a slide show for viewing your pictures. More titles can be downloaded from Cingular.

We tested the quad-band (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; GPRS) Motorola Razr V3 world phone in San Francisco using Cingular Wireless service. Call quality generally was admirable. Though we enjoyed the excellent clarity, the volume level was somewhat low, so anyone with a hearing impairment should test the phone first. Speakerphone quality was mostly good, though it sounded a bit tinny at times and also suffered volume-wise. We made calls using the Logitech Mobile Bluetooth headset. The reception came through with a bit at of static, but we had no problem pairing the two devices. Ring-tone volume also was somewhat low, and because the phone is so small, it's difficult to feel the vibrating ring when it's in your pocket. Finally, Motorola's menus can be a bit buggy.

Battery life was commendable. We fell short of the rated talk time of 7 hours by 30 minutes but were still pleased. Likewise, though we managed 10 days of standby time, compared with the promised 12 days, that's still a good time. According to the FCC, the Razr V3 has a digital SAR rating of 0.89 watts per kilogram.

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