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Motorola Rapture VU30 Review

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Motorola Rapture VU30 Review
Performance:

The reception on the Rapture was excellent and equal to that of the W755 and V9m, but not as good as the Krave.  Despite this, we were still able to place and receive calls in most fringe areas.  Call quality was better than we experienced with the W755, but still below the V9m, Krave, and Chocolate 3, as voices didn’t sound as clear and natural.  The earpiece volume also had to be turned to the highest setting during most conversations.  Using the speakerphone was a bit of a disappointment, as it produced the same “tin can” sound as when used for music playback.

The included 950mAh battery is rated by Motorola to have 4.5 hours of talk time or 19 days of standby time on a full charge.  Our testing showed a more realistic 4 hours of talk time on a full charge.  This is to be expected, as the battery is only 10mAh more than the one included with the W755.


Conclusion:

The Motorola Rapture is a tough sell, as it doesn’t quite replace the V9m in terms of construction and voice quality.  Still, it is a nice improvement over the W755 in several areas, including the call quality, camera, and appearance.  Those looking for a mid-level phone at a modest price should consider the Rapture, as the next step up is the Chocoalte 3 and more expensive Krave.

Pros

  • Reception
  • Voice quality
  • Good 2MP camera
  • Touch-sensitive buttons

Cons

  • Plastic construction
  • Limited music player
  • WAP browser has problems displaying large HTML sites
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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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