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Motorola RAZR2 V9 review

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The "1-Minute" Review

The Motorola Razr V9 is clearly the come-back kid!

Its distant cousin, the original Razr, did for “slim” what the iPhone did for “touch”. But trouble lurked as the novelty wore off, necessitating numerous firmware updates, problems with weak hinges, faulty displays, and so on.

The Motorola Razr V9 is much more than just the latest incarnation of the Razr franchise. In fact, it’s a marvelous, well-constructed device packed with technology so fresh the designers are only now lifting their fingers from their programming keyboards!

For example, the Motorola RAZR2 sounds great, both ways, due to the companies’ latest, and best, voice technology ever: Crystaltalk. Crystaltalk uses a technology not unlike Bluetooth 2.0, which samples ambient sound and makes appropriate corrections on-the-fly. This means that if you are talking near a busy street corner and then go inside a building, the modulation remains consistent. Crystaltalk is clearly superior sound (pun definitely intended, as I think of them so rarely).

Another great feature is the addition of a 2.0” high resolution external screen, complimenting the 2.2” internal screen. Both displays provide vibrant colors and crisp text.

The Razr V9 also comes with “See What I Can See” capability, which allows users to share video in real time. You can talk to and see the person you are talking to, or stream other video, all while maintaining the call. “Can you see me now?” Hmmm.

The Razr V9 may look like just a shiny, stylish flip, but it packs considerable functionality. It uses Opera Mobile for its’ browser, uses the OZ Mobile Email program which handles Yahoo!, AOL and Windows Live. Also, OZ runs in the background, regularly pushing Yahoo! Email to you.

Included with phone is MySpace Mobile, MobiTV / MediaFlo and XM Radio. Unfortunately, all of these applications are buried three levels deep. You can, however, assign these apps to the home screen via an obscure setting menu.

The Razr V9 also syncs both Napster and Yahoo music and using Windows Media Player, can stream video as well.

An ironic downside to this fine device is that because it runs on HSDPA, the fastest data speed evolution yet, it places a significant drain on the V9’s otherwise most powerful battery to date: a 920 mAh BX50. Still, you’ll enjoy about 3.5 hours of talk time should you take advantage of the V9’s full suite of features, and perhaps longer if you primarily make calls and and send text messages.

Overall, this phone really has all the features everyday cell phone users want, packaged with style and flair. With a little key customization, you can place some of the buried apps in a more convenient location.

Features Include:

  • - Touch-sensitive external music keys
  • - Independent Voice Recognition
  • - Video Telephony and See What I Can See capable
  • - Stereo BT
  • - Up to 2G external memory

The V9 received the PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Award.

by Scot Cerullo


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
2+ MP



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Motorola released the RAZR2 V9 on May 15, 2007.


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Motorola backs up the RAZR2 V9 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your RAZR2 V9 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
2.2"

The Motorola RAZR2 V9's screen size is 2.2 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
45 MB

Internal memory is 45 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
950mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 950 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

RAZR2 V9 Specs

Overview
Release date May 15, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 45 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.32 W/kg
Body: 0.69 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 950 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.3 x 5.3 x 1.4 cm (4.1 x 2.1 x 0.6 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates Yes
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD, 240 x 320 pixels, 2 inches, 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry iTAP
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
15 fps, up to 60 minutes
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, Real Audio, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Absolutely terrible

From the moment I bought this phone, the battery was not working properly. I drained in less than a day, and when I took it back to the store, they refused to replace it, and offered to sent it in for repairs. The repairs did not work. I've had this phone for 2 years, and I can't even keep it on, becau...More
From the moment I bought this phone, the battery was not working properly. I drained in less than a day, and when I took it back to the store, they refused to replace it, and offered to sent it in for repairs. The repairs did not work. I've had this phone for 2 years, and I can't even keep it on, because the battery is too weak. I keep it off at all times, and only turn it on when I need to make a call. The reception is terrible, the majority of my calls get dropped. I liked the design of the phone, and enjoyed using the camera. But the actual performance made it completely useless as a phone. Less
Amazon

Phone has a few flaws

from Amazon
I purchased my razr2 less than a year ago (about 8 months to be exact)and I LOVED it when I first purchased it. Now that I have been using it for a while I have started to hate it. It has so many dropped calls it is ridiculous, and not only does the phone drop the call, it also turns itself off so that...More
I purchased my razr2 less than a year ago (about 8 months to be exact)and I LOVED it when I first purchased it. Now that I have been using it for a while I have started to hate it. It has so many dropped calls it is ridiculous, and not only does the phone drop the call, it also turns itself off so that you have to turn it back on, wait for it to reload and then call the person back. I have also noticed that even though i have never exposed my phone to any kind of moisture or water, the dot on the back of the phone has started changing color as it would if it had been exposed to water damage... The battery life on this phone is a complete joke! I hate the fact that if you are on a call, and press the speaker phone button, you cannot close the phone and stay on the call.. if you close the phone it will hang up, even if speaker phone is active (which is a step down from the original razr, on it you could close the phone and still talk) this also reduces battery life. AT&T would not insure the phone when i originally purchased it, not sure if they offer insurance on it now, but either way i cannot get insurance b/c i've had it for 8 months. If I could go back to when I purchased this phone, I would not purchase it and get an original razr instead. Less
Amazon

We thought AT&T has raised the bars on the quality & service not just on the fees.....

from Amazon
We purchased from Amazon.com one Motorola RAZR2 V9 Phone and two Sony Ericsson Z750 Phones along with a mandatory 2-year contract AT&T FamilyTalk Nation 550 Rollover Minutes. Pros: $0.03 for all three phones, Rollover minutes. Cons: just to mention few... - The worst talk and standby time on all...More
We purchased from Amazon.com one Motorola RAZR2 V9 Phone and two Sony Ericsson Z750 Phones along with a mandatory 2-year contract AT&T FamilyTalk Nation 550 Rollover Minutes. Pros: $0.03 for all three phones, Rollover minutes. Cons: just to mention few... - The worst talk and standby time on all three phones particularly the Sony Ericsson, despite the fact all three of us use our cell phones only for very necessary or in emergency situations. - More dropped calls than the competition. - The quality of voice (connection) is a lot to be desired. - You cannot program the phone on speaker ahead of time. You can activate it only after dialing or receiving a call - A SAFETY ISSUE while driving. - The buttons on all three phones are arranged in such a way so that one can easily get connected to internet inadvertently. Despite disconnecting it immediately, you get charged by AT&T. The AT&T advice was to either purchase a new plan (for additional high monthly fee) or have the option of internet connection totally disconnected (without reduction in monthly charge despite reduced service). We end up to having to choose the latter. - The ring tone of RAZR2 V9 when on speaker phone is laryngitic. - The choices for the ring tones are severely anemic, unless you purchase more tones from AT&T. - The voice command, as I understand it, can be activated only with additional monthly fee. The competition gave that for free on the less equipped phones. WHY DID WE NOT CANCEL THE AT&T PLAN during the first ONE month of grace period? This one goes to Amazon.com and its new stifling way of business: If you cancel or reduce the plan within the first SIX months, you have to pay $250 for each phone!!! Perhaps I was too generous to include "$0.03 for all three phones" as a Pro for this, seemingly, deal; or more seemingly, ordeal. Less
Amazon

RAZR2 V9

from Amazon
Excellent phone, only issue, battery doesn't seem to have talk time that Motorola says it does.
Amazon

Very Nice Phone.

from Amazon
I've had this phone about 3 weeks now and am very happy with it. The sound and signal quality are both excellent, no dropped calls or unintelligible voices. Battery life is very good, usually only have to charge it up once a week with moderate use. In short, for $18(AT&T contract extension)this is a very good deal.
I've had this phone about 3 weeks now and am very happy with it. The sound and signal quality are both excellent, no dropped calls or unintelligible voices. Battery life is very good, usually only have to charge it up once a week with moderate use. In short, for $18(AT&T contract extension)this is a very good deal. Less
Amazon

Good deal!!

from Amazon
Replacement for older Razr that fell in water and finally after six months stopped working. It has taken a while to get used to using because of new features and updating. Good phone. Is a little bigger and weighs a little more. Still like it.

Overall a great phone

Pros - Both internal and external screens. Reciption Fast processor Good quality built and feel Crystal Talk technology 3G Cons - Average camera with no flash Can only take up to 2 gigs of memory Battery life
Amazon

big flimsy fingerprint magnet

from Amazon
good: big screen bad: flimsy (feels like slides both vertical and horizontal :), fingerprint magnet as non other phones, toons of ATT bloatware.

Pretty on the outside - crap on the inside!!! beware

After owning this phone for one month (and it was not cheap) the housing inside the phone that holds the charging cable came out.... so you could not charge the battery. I was told it was physical damage so was not covered under warrantee - and to fix it - $250.00!!! after one month... It had not bee...More
After owning this phone for one month (and it was not cheap) the housing inside the phone that holds the charging cable came out.... so you could not charge the battery. I was told it was physical damage so was not covered under warrantee - and to fix it - $250.00!!! after one month... It had not been mishandled - the problem is likely inside the phone - the housing was not soldered properly and became loose - and you know the end of the story.I am appalled at the poor service I received from FIDO and MOTOROLA – and how they automatically assume that the user is the problem, when in this case the useless phone is a result of poor workmanship at the RAZR factory….never again!! Less
Amazon

Nice phone, lousy ATT service, Amazon bad advice

from Amazon
I purchased this phone after discussing with ATT (my current service provider) about how to best roll my old cell number over to this new phone. Additionally, I followed the instructions posted above from the link provided by Amazon on how to keep my old number. This information provided by Amazon is...More
I purchased this phone after discussing with ATT (my current service provider) about how to best roll my old cell number over to this new phone. Additionally, I followed the instructions posted above from the link provided by Amazon on how to keep my old number. This information provided by Amazon is incorrect. You would think that rolling my old number from my three year old ATT service (contract obligations long since completed) over to the new Razr V9 with service by ATT would be easy. Not!! In fact I can't do it. ATT customer service, both the business account center and the regular service account folks, has been polite but unhelpful. They told me my only option is to pay a $175 cancellation fee on the new V9 from Amazon, return it to Amazon, and start up a new service under my old account which was left active, per the instructions provided by Amazon and ATT. And of course, they'll sell me the V9 for $169. If you want to keep your old number, don't use ATT. Customer support at ATT has been sorely lacking. Less

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