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Motorola RAZR V3 Special Edition - Black review



The number 1 selling point of the V3 is its sleek design. With aircraft grade aluminum and a good weight ratio it is engineered for the everyday user. Closed it is the thickness of a few credit cards and fits well in any size pocket. Added is an external color screen that when inactive blends in with the black exterior to keep this sleek design flowing. Just make sure to carry around something to clean the exterior as it easily picks up fingerprints and residue no matter where you keep it. Although it is razr thin, it does have some added width and length on its other small clamshell competitors. Believe it or not, its width is comparable to some of the new BlackBerry 71xx series. The black exterior with polished silver navigational keys adds a simple elegance to this phone. Once opened the large 2.2 resolution screen that can light up a room is revealed. Your first instinct when opening the V3 is to turn it on its side to see how this phone becomes remarkable thinner. The RAZR almost opens to reveal a complete straight line, adding a minor curve to shape to the contours of your face when in use.

The silver keypad is reminiscent of a circuit board adding to its futuristic design. It is chemically etched with the digits to keep the pad as flat as possible. Only the digit on the 5 key sticks out slightly for navigational reasons. With a blue backlight it complements the high res display. Even though this is a small phone, the added width makes the highly responsive keys easy to operate.


The 4096 color STN (Super Twisted Nematic) external display is an added convenience. With the ability to display 3 lines of text it can transmit caller id information and alerts. At the same time it provides phone status, battery information, signal strength and the current time.

Swing open the RAZR and a 263k color TNT (Thin Film Transistor) color screen is revealed. So what is STN and TNT? Basically, TNT screens contain the circuitry on the glass itself, instead of the need to scan the pixels. This means a TNT display refreshes quicker and crisper between navigation screens and when playing games. The newest firmware appears to make this refresh even quicker!

Both displays have icons on their top row showing the phones status. From being capable to receiving GPRS packets to what line you are using (always line 1) there is an icon for everything. The hard part – remembering what they all mean.

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