Motorola RAZR VE20 Review
This is a CDMA phone offered with SprintIntroduction:
Included in the box you will find: Li-Ion battery, MicroUSB AC adapter, 256MB microSD card
If a K1m and V3m spawned a child that was raised by the V9m it would be the VE20. It is narrower than the RAZR and shorter than the KRZR, but retains the infamous chin hump. The KRZR’s hidden music controls are replaced by a touch sensitive strip on the large outer display and the internal screen is QVGA, both features lifted directly from the V9m.
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The keypad is similar to the KRZR and RAZR2, with raised printing instead of laser etching. The keys are aligned with a slight curve to the rows, similar in principle to a BlackBerry keypad. The letters are positioned underneath corresponding keys and separated by a line, which can be a bit disorientating at times as it appears that they belong to the number underneath as opposed to above them. It’s hard to describe without using it, but the keys don’t feel like they move at all when pressed yet there is a very reassuring tactile click to them. The keypad has a light sensor and lights up in an attractive white when needed, or in a orange/red when the camera is active.
side keys- volume rocker and Smart Key to the left, Camera to the right- are too shallow for our tastes, but this is offset on the left side by haptic feedback when they are pressed. The touch sensitive front display also offers haptic feedback, just like the V9m.
Overall the VE20 is a well built phone, but at the same time we can’t help but feel it is a bit off. It’s one of those things we can’t place our fingers on, but we get the feeling that six months down the road things won’t be quite so tight. We do applaud Motorola for including not only a microUSB charging/data port but also a 3.5mm headset jack, but aren’t too happy about the microSD slot being under the battery…again. They have always done well with pushing standards and continue to help lead the way.