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Motorola Rapture VU30 Review

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Motorola Rapture VU30 Review
Introduction:

Motorola Rapture VU30 Review
Since the RAZR2 V9m was discontinued by Verizon this summer, Motorola has been filling the gap in its product line with new devices.  First was the W755, which does not live up to the quality of the V9m, and then the Krave ZN4 touchscreen phone.  Now comes the Rapture VU30, as it is positioned above the W755 and offers more features while at a reasonable price-point.  Its main competition is the Samsung Gleam and LG Chocolate 3, as all are designed and priced for the consumer who is looking for a mid-level device with some extra features.

The retail package includes the Motorola Rapture phone, 950mAh battery with cover, wall charger and user manual.


Design:

The Rapture is a flip phone and is slightly thicker than the V9m, but is easier to hold, due to the more rounded edges.  It is constructed out of plastic, with dark blue used on flip and keypad.  Unfortunately, the build quality is lacking, as it feels cheap and plasticy, not even coming close the quality metal used on the V9m.

Motorola Rapture VU30 Review
Motorola Rapture VU30 Review
Motorola Rapture VU30 Review

Motorola Rapture VU30 Review

You can compare the Motorola Rapture VU30 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The front features a 1.6” diagonal 120x160 pixel display, with the corners being touch-sensitive (for use with the music player and camera).  Located on the left side are the volume rocker, speakerphone button, and microUSB port, with the camera, voice command, and sliding lock button on the right.  The 2MP camera and external speaker are located on the back, and the battery cover has to be removed to access the microSDHC memory card.  One feature users might overlook is the 2.5mm headset jack, as it is poorly located on the bottom edge.

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The flip opens and closes smoothly, but does produce noticeable creaking sounds, which are not present on the Chocolate 3, W755, or V9m.  The internal display is a reasonable size 2.2” diagonal QVGA TFT, similar to the one used on the V9m.  Both have sharp contrast and are easy to view, but will become more difficult to see while in direct sunlight, which is a common problem on most Verizon phones of this class.  The bottom flip features a newly designed keypad, with small metal pads used below the numbers, providing greater feel with your thumb.  The circular d-pad is also metal, and has a blue coating on it, but is slightly smaller than the one used on the V9m. 


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. vzwemp (unregistered)


you know, sometimes i agree with you, sometimes i dont. this is one time where i have some grievences. the 755 wasnt a razr2 replacement, it was more of an updated razer1. the V9m was a hunk of crap. i dont care how good it "felt" in build quality, that phone fell apart at your fingertips, if you could even keep it charged to use it. that is one of the only phones that got returned as much as a Glyde. While, i cant say if there is anything wrong with this one (damned if you can find someone to buy it for the $180 pricetag when a voyager is now $180) I can say that it is difficult to use. Those "designer" buttons lay flush with the phones skin and are difficult to press quickly. Another Fail by Motorola.

posted on 17 Nov 2008, 12:58

3. (unregistered)


Speaking of crap! I have used the RAZR2 since the day they came out at VZW. It is a shame that VZW took it out of it's line up. You must be one of those VZE employees that makes customers cringe. Besides, this review is about the VU30, not the 755, the Glyde or Voyager.

posted on 17 Nov 2008, 09:46

2. (unregistered)


The review said that the Rapture has "more features" than the W755. And what would those features be? They do the exact same thing. Both are music players that support bluetooth, mp3s and wma, vz navigator, vcast and vcast song id, and bluetooth stereo. Both also have some menus available on the OUTSIDE of the phone by pressing sensors. It may have the thin form factor that the V3 series had but the w755 is in now way a replacement for that series. When looking at your size comparison picture ( Rapture, W755, Gleam, Chocolate 3 ), only the Chocolate 3 has "more features". It has the ability to access FULL menus and text messages on the outside screen and has a built in FM transmitter. Now THAT'S more. And another thing, the Rapture doesn't feel cheaply made. That honor goes to the Gleam, which feels like the plastic will come unglued when you press the keypad... not to mention the lousy and cheaply built frame.

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Display2.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (182 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size3.90 x 1.90 x 0.67 inches
(99 x 48 x 17 mm)
3.40 oz  (96 g)
Battery950 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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