A while back I bought myself a new phone, a Motorola RAZR V3x, and I’ve now been using it for a bit over a month. So what do I think of it? How does this phone stack up? What’s good about it? What are some problems with the phone? For the good, bad and the ugly … read on!
Where to start?
The camera is actually quite impressive for a mobile phone, taking images with more than expected clarity. The secondary camera, located on the inside of the lid, is more or less useless which is odd – it takes only small photos which are suitable only for addition to the phone’s contact list. The switch next to this camera is a usefulfeature; allowing the user to manually change the focus of the main camera from far to near shots (and vice versa). A good feature since cameras can’t always automatically select what you want in focus with some shots.
Sound clarity is good, with MIDI, WAV and MP3 sounds/music all coming through the phone speakers clearly and without any whitenoise. The phone is certainly not a replacement for an iPod or other personal mp3 player but will allow solid sampling of music while giving ringtones a good sound.
The case, while large, is solid. I have dropped my phone a couple of times in the past month and nothing has happened to phone at all – the casing was not so much as marked, even when dropped onto a hard surface.
Screen display quality is excellent; size is great while colour display is without fault as far as I can tell. Photos are displayed in an excellent fashion while games are playable without question or squinting of eyes.
Now for the not so good…
The rubber/plastic ridges on the keypad can actually mark the display screen, leaving lines (and even a circle) on the screen. While these marks can be wiped off with ease, leaving no permanent trace, it is somewhat annoying.
The outside display doesn’t stay on long enough and there is no option I can find to prolong it. If it stayed lit, then the phone user would be able to easily see the time display without having to open the lid. This, however, links to the phones main fault…
Battery life. It’s surprisingly short for a modern phone with the handset needing to be recharged every two days or so, even if useage has been light. With more talk time, recharging needs to happen daily. This is disapointing and I’ve even seen unofficial recommendations that BC60 battery be replaced with the BC70 to prolong charge time.
As for other faults… sometimes when the lid is closed, the handset will reset itself. It does not do this all the time or even the majority of the time – yet it does happen with a frequency that becomes irritating. A friend who has the same model phone has problems with entering text with messages, sometimes unable to clear letters or manually go to the end of a sentence. These, however, may be faults with individual handsets and not indicative of the model in general.
EDIT: The frequency of the lid-closing reset seems to have decreased somewhat due to a rather simple action. Take a small coin (I used an Australian 5 cent piece) and place it between the battery and the outer case. This should make the battery sit more firmly inside the phone and not cause power interruptions that cause a reset.
Overall … I’ve had four models of mobile phones and this one is definitely the best I have owned.