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Sharpening the (somewhat dull) Razr edge

January 20, 2005

Motorola Razr V3

BusinessWeek reports on Motorola’s plans to produce a line of handsets based upon the Razr V3.

In case you somehow missed it (I’m not sure how you could have if you’re in the US and watch television, because Cingular carpet bombed the airwaves with Razr ads over the holidays), the V3 is a new top end Moto phone targeted at gadget afficionados and fashionistas. Click here for the Razr homepage including the specs, the “Transformer” TV spot, the user manual, and more.

Now it may just be me, but although it’s relatively thin through most of the body, isn’t it awfully wide and long? What’s the benefit of thin if it’s big in the other two dimensions? I tried one out when I was last shopping for a handset and decided on a LG L1400 fold cellcam instead. The L1400 may be somewhat thicker, but it feels smaller in my hand and fits nicely in my pocket (the Razr was a bit “pokey” because of its width and height). Even worse than the width-height thing, for a top end handset the V3 seems to be lacking a lot features I’d expect: It supports GPRS but not EDGE, it has only a VGA resolution camera at a time when more and more megapixel handsets are available, and it lacks a SD or MMC slot, fixing memory at the anemic 5MB built-in.

The final nail in the coffin: Price. Amazon currently sells the Moto Razr V3 for $259.99 after a $150 rebate offer and with Cingular service activation. Amazon has the LG L1400 for -$50.01 after the rebate and activation (they pay you $50 to take the phone from them). If I were purchasing again today I’d buy the L1400 again and pocket the $50 I got back as a down payment for a Razr with better specs somewhere down the road.

What am I missing? Please enlighten me. In the meantime, I think I’ll enjoy the VGA pics from my L1400 and hold out for a 2MPix Razr with WiFi and FRS. Hint, hint Moto. 🙂

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