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Motorola Razr2 V8 (T-Mobile)The Motorola Razr2 V8 cell phone for T-Mobile offers an updated, sexy design.
[ Music ] >> Hi, I'm Ken Sherman, the senior editor here at cnet.com. Today we're going to take a first look at the Motorola Razr 2V8, the new phone for T-Mobile. T-Mobile is the last carrier to get the Razr 2. We've seen it with Sprint and Verizon and Alltel, and just about every other carrier out there. T-Mobile did go with the V8, so that is a non-3 G version. Tops out at the edge. Of course T-Mobile doesn't have a 3 G network. And there are a couple of other important changes to the phone as well. I side before, I really liked the Razr 2's design, I love the slim styling, love the shaved down internal antenna, also called the double chin, like that sturdy hinge. Just a real more attractive phone. Also like that external display. It's very big, very bright, just like it was in the other Razr 2s. Very important difference here though, the other Razr 2s had short cut keys at the bottom of the display that would get you to a certain function like the recent calls list or something. The V8 doesn't have that. Which is unfortunate. The only time you can see the onscreen controls is if you activate the music player. Which I really found unfortunate, the other carriers made full use of that display and T-Mobile just doesn't go that extra mile. Also, I didn't like the external controls so much, they do have a tactile feedback as well. The volume rocker here, Motorola smart key, voice styling button. But if you can't start the music player or the camera with the phone closed. At least on this model that we reviewed. So that's unfortunate. I do have a camera lens up here. Like the other Razr 2s, there is no flash. Inside, very nice display. Internal, really bright and colorful. T-Mobile did go with its own menu system, which is a little different from Motorola 's design. The organization is about the same, but just the appearance is a little different. Key pad buttons and navigation controls have the same design. Flat with the surface of the phone. But they are big, they are -- have some a little bit of tactile rigidness between them. So pretty easy to use overall. Somewhat slick, but a lot better than other really flat controls we've seen. Inside the phone has a music player. You do have to load music on the phone via the USB cable. There's no wireless downloads. Stereo, Bluetooth, speaker phone, a lot of other high-end features. Just doesn't have that 3 Gs, so that's a very important difference between the other Razr 2s. I'm Ken Sherman, and this is the Motorola Razr 2 V8 for T-Mobile.