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Interface (Rating: 3.5 of 5):

The interface is the typical for Motorola with slight changes from the older models. The main menu is built by a number of 3x3 icons screens. The places of the icons can be changed and shortcuts for them can be set up. It would be more comfortable if the shortcuts were automatically programmed, so that every icon is linked to the corresponding key on the keypad (the one in the upper left corner linked to the 1, the next to the 2, etc.), which is used with other phones. The main menu could be viewed as a list as well, like some of the submenus are built. The whole menu view can be changed, using Themes. A little confusing is that the menu button not always has a function associated with it, unlike the soft keys, but overall the navigation through the menu is comfortable, logical and fast.

Phonebook (Rating: 4 of 5):

By default the phone book, with a capacity of 1000 entries, shows all available numbers, saved in the phone or in the SIM card. On one name there is one number (the numbers saved in the phone have lots of fields), and besides a full address, self pictures and melodies can be attached, which will notify when there is an incoming call from that number. There is a birthday field, but there is no way to automatically add a reminder for that date. The different contacts can be divided into categories, and a personal melody can be added to that category. The phonebook can be viewed one category at a time. After entering multiple numbers for one contact the user can decide if one of them to be designated as primary. Then depending on a setting, the primary number is shown in the main menu, and the additional numbers can be viewed by pressing right on the D-pad or all the numbers are shown in the main menu. The searching in the list is easy, as you directly from the keypad enter text, for which you can search in the saved contacts. The uncomfortable part to that is, that if a name has more than one words to it, you cannot search for them and you can only search by the first word, which means that you will not be able to search for a second name for example.

The phone book can be viewed as a list of names, or a list of names with pictures next to them. All entries in the list can be put in different order (by name, by email, by speed dialing number). On incoming calls, the name of the contact will show on the external display along with the type of the number (home/mobile/work). To answer you can simply open the shell (if you have the “Smartflip” option activated, which is used to answer automatically when the flip is opened), but the bad part to that is that you will not be able to reject the call in that situation. If the phone is open when a call comes in, you need to use the answer/reject buttons. If you close the shell in the middle of a call, that call will be disconnected, unless the speakerphone is turned on.

Organizer (PIM) (Rating: 3 of 5):

V3i RAZR does not have a very rich organizer, but it is good enough. It has up to 5 alarms and all of them can be active at the same time. Each one of them can be set up with a different hour as well as a different melody and ring level, and you can assign name to them.

The calendar can be viewed for the week or for the month, and different to-do events can be added for each day, with a reminder. Every day that has an event added to it is marked with a check on the calendar itself.

By pressing and holding the button on the right side, the phone starts recording sound through the microphone, and it has the capability of recording phone conversations the same way. The recording stops when you release the button. The voice commanding gives you the option of both commands and dialing, which both are speaker independent. Besides dialing numbers from the phone book, numbers can be dialed by entering digits, in a way that the phone gives you a few options to choose from depending on what was interpreted.

The second generation of RAZR increases the memory by an extensive amount, by doubling the internal memory from 5.5 to 12 MB, and by adding a memory slot. The memory slot is microSD, and the fact that it is under the battery cover is a minus. Luckily the slot is located next to the battery and the SIM card and you can swap it without having to power off the phone (how-swap). Pre-packaged with the phone is a 64 MB card, but it can be replaced by a higher capacity one.

Regarding the messages, everything is standard. Entering text is powered with iTap, which is quite comfortable. Short pre-saved phrases can be used, as well as templates for multimedia messages, containing pictures for different situations.

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