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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70

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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70
Some can argue how the Motorola RAZR V3 was able to change a lot of things when it epitomized the sense of style and luxury that can be found on a cell phone. Sure it had a sleek new look and was constructed out of some quality materials that would eventually become one of its most sought out defining characteristics – even to this day, there are people who still marvel at the aging handset. Before that handset arrived on the scene to commence Motorola's long reign at the pinnacle of their existence, the Motorola v70 popularized the notion of what a handset was required to have in truly embodying the luxury segment. Not only did it revitalize the stagnant types of cell phone form factors, but it can also be looked back as being something never been seen before during its time – as if it were something that was from the future. The mystical aura surrounding it easily made people want to take a closer look and experience the true essence of what a luxury phone is all about.

PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70


The Motorola v70 was first made known back in 2002 when the cell phone market was dominated by the vast mix of flip and candybar phones. Up until that point, there were few that decided to go outside of the box and venture on with some unorthodox designs. Luckily Motorola's designers meticulously crafted one of the most recognizable luxury devices with the v70 – and it truly was able to distinctly separate itself so that it was in a class of its own. The biggest thing to stand out with the phone was its face plate's swiveling motion to get the handset open and exposed – plus the chrome ring surrounding the circular display supplemented its luxury status. At the same time, the buttons on the numeric keypad had this blue glow surrounding the outer edges of each key to enchant people to its subtle aura. Despite having a serious focus on the construction and unique design of the Motorola v70, it did not embody its luxury status under the hood – it lacked some refinements such as Bluetooth and InfraRed. On top of that, most consumers were not yet adjusted in forking out the cash (as  much as $400 on contract) for a luxury branded phone – which obviously could've been its Achilles heel.

PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70
PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70


However, the Motorola v70 distinguishes itself even to this day as some kind of phone that came from the future – it was just so different and you couldn't resist taking a closer look. Fortunately the swiveling faceplate design did not die off with the v70, as most recently Motorola decided to take another punch at the luxury segment. If you really want to see how well Motorola's designers took the v70 to a whole new level, one just needs to check out the Motorola AURA which utilizes a lot of the design elements that the v70 established. When it comes down to it, the Motorola v70 was yet another stepping stone that ultimately had a part in the rise of Motorola's reign as being a true innovator in the mobile space – as it was ultimately evident when they started rolling out the RAZR.

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PhoneArena's Retro-Rewind: Motorola v70

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:46

1. arqjav (Posts: 54; Member since: 29 Dec 2009)


I remember having this phone it was really great lite,small,good materials,the only thing that made me changed was the fact that the screens was to small and the usual color scheme was the inverse black background and white letters which look really good don't get me wrong but after a while you got tier of it but all and all a great looking phone I'll buy the Aura if it weren't so expensive for $1000 bucks I'll rather buy the Desire and still have left of money left for another gadget .

posted on 18 Apr 2010, 14:48

2. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


don't forget the v80!! that was my first unlocked phone and was it an amazing phone. wish they would bring back this form factor and at a reasonable price.

posted on 26 Apr 2010, 15:23

3. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


this phone looks silly, lol

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 12:27

4. ostranderterry (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


I know, this thing looks rediculous! it'd be neat if it had a full keyboard integrated in it and a bigger screen.

posted on 11 May 2010, 02:08

5. ronaldthe1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 May 2010)


this was my first cool phone getting away from the nokia bar phones.

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