It seems as though Motorola will go through the entire alphabet before the Motorola Razr will diminish from the market completely. But don’t be surprised if the Razr puff’s out a bit more steam to run its sturdy engine into the near future. The Razr is still in the top 10 in the cellular phone market and now with less competition in the market for the phone, the Razr can be acquired anywhere in cellular market.  With various versions popping out in the market, cellular carriers usually will carry one version or another to complement their own Razr’s edge.  Cingular a national carrier introduced the 1st version of the Razr in silver & black color tones. Eventually the phone was offered under the T-mobile umbrella but only in the Silver version. Today the V3 Razr editions not only come in various versions, but has streamlined to various colors, such as silver, gray, pink, magenta, black, baby blue, and even baby pink.

The New Verizon V3m Version

Then newest version out today is the Motorola Razr V3m (CDMA version), which is offered by Verizon Wireless.  This Razr version is an update to the old CDMA RAZR and it adds to it a memory card slot and music player. Other features that’s standard for the V3m includes an EV-DO high-speed data transfer capability, Bluetooth, and a megapixel camera with video capture, dual color displays, speakerphone, and speaker-independent voice dialing.  Though there are various types of versions out there today, the only thing that you as a customer must be aware of is that the Razr dose what every phone is supposed to do. It makes outbound calls and receives inbound calls very effectively. Plus even with its slim flip camshell design its still a rugged phone. I bought my Razr almost a year and a half ago and today it looks as though it has gone through countless mishaps, but it still makes and receives calls very effectively.

What’s Comes In The Box?

For every version the box contained the phone (Razr), a travel charger, at times a handsfree device can be added into the mix depending on the deal you receive, a battery power source, and a user manual or user CD with registration & warranty information. Originally the phone ran for up to $500.00 without a contract a bit more than a year ago, but today you can get it for free at various places with a contract or you can opt to get a new unlocked Razr for as low as $179.00, but I would check the Asian places for further deals.  Currently Verizon is offering the Razr V3m cell phone with a 2-year contract for $69.99, so go figure.

The Progression Of The Razr V3 Editions: Features & Specification Comparison

The original Motorola Razr V3 was introduced as the thinnest camshell phone in the market and it was back then in the thinnest cellular phone in the world. It was a quad-band GSM enabled phone with a sleek metal design, dual color display, a simple VGA camera, it had long-range Bluetooth, the ability to capture/playback MPEG4 video clips and came standard with Java 2.0 with 3D graphics. The next version introduced was the Motorola Razr V3c. This popular version was the first ultra-thin camshell CDMA type Razr cell phone edition. The introduction of this newer edition provided additional features from its predecessor like EV-DO high-speed data transfer, a megapixel camera with video capture and Bluetooth capability. Other features that was included with the V3c was a speakerphone, speaker-independent voice dialing and an internal antenna. It was the first Razr to be offered by Verizon wireless and other carriers that use CDMA frequencies.  In time the Motorola Razr V3i offered by Cingular was introduced. This newer version was an update of the GSM version. This ultra-thin popular camshell phone when comparing it with the V3 edition sported an updated camshell style and design, plus the V3i added a microSD memory card slot, an iTunes music player, and a speaker independent voice control system. The camera resolution was upgraded to a megapixel much like the V3c and supported video capture. Other features included were quad-band roaming, the always-handy Bluetooth, and a speakerphone. Recently Verizon Wireless introduced the new Motorola Razr V3m. It’s an update for the older CDMA V3c version. The major differences versus it older counterpart is that Motorola added a memory card slot for the Razr V3m and the ability listen to music using a player compatible with Verizon of V-cast enabled music download services.

Finishing Thoughts

Overall the Razr editions has changed a bit due to changes in the cellular market and entry of newer phones with music & data expandable capabilities. Plus it has added quite a bit of color into their genre of Razr editions, but in generality it’s the same phone with added features & specifications. With such minor feature enabled changes you can see minor changes in dimension, weight, and battery life for the Razr editions, but overall the phone is still an excellent buy. Plus the benefit that every Razr owner today receives is the ability to accessorize the phone, which was very unlikely 10 months ago.  With the Razr you not only get a sleek and slim looking fashion phone that will get you noticed, but you will also receive a well-balanced cell phone with plenty of added features with an excellent receptive calling capability.

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INFO One of the thinnest clamshell phones in the world. This feature-packed, quad-band GSM phone sports a sleek metal design, dual color displays, a VGA camera, long-range Bluetooth, MPEG4 video clip playback, and Java 2.0 with 3D graphics The CDMA version of the popular RAZR ultra-thin clamshell phone. Key features include EV-DO high-speed data, Bluetooth, and a megapixel camera with video capture. Other features include dual color displays, speakerphone, speaker-independent voice dialing, and an internal antenna. This update to the popular RAZR ultra-thin clamshell phone sports updated styling and adds a microSD memory card slot, iTunes music player, and speaker-independent voice control. The camera has also been upgraded to megapixel resolution and supports video capture. Other features include quad-band roaming, dual color displays, Bluetooth, and speakerphone The update to the CDMA RAZR adds a memory card slot and music player. Other features remain the same, including EV-DO high-speed data, Bluetooth, and a megapixel camera with video capture, dual color displays, speakerphone, and speaker-independent voice dialing
CARRIER Cellular One/Dobson, Cingular, SunCom, T-mobile Alltel, Cricket, MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless Cingular Verizon Wireless
MODES GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 CDMA 850 / CDMA1900 GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 CDMA 850/CDMA 1900
WEIGHT 3.42 oz (97 g) 3.49 oz (99 g) 3.53 oz (100 g) 3.49 oz (99 g)
DIMENSIONS 3.86″ x 2.09″ x 0.54″ (98 x 53 x 14 mm) 3.90″ x 2.10″ x 0.60″ (99 x 53 x 15 mm) 3.86″ x 2.09″ x 0.55″ (98 x 53 x 14 mm) 3.90″ x 2.10″ x 0.57″ (99 x 53 x 14 mm)
FORM FACTOR Clamshell
Internal Antenna
Clamshell
Internal Antenna
Clamshell
Internal Antenna
Clamshell
Internal Antenna
BATTERY LIFE Talk: 6.67 hours (400 minutes)
Standby: 250 hours (10.4 days)
Talk: 3.33 hours (200 minutes)
Standby: 215 hours (9 days)
Talk: 6.67 hours (400 minutes)
Standby: 310 hours (12.9 days)
Talk: 3.33 hours (200 minutes)
Standby: 325 hours (13.5 days)
DISPLAY Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Colors: 262,144 (18-bit)
Size: 176 x 220 pixels
TFT / 65,000 colors for wallpaper
Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Colors: 65,536 (16-bit)
Size: 176 x 220 pixels
Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Colors: 262,144 (18-bit)
Size: 176 x 220 pixels
Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD)
Colors: 65,536 (16-bit)
Size: 176 x 220 pixels
MEMORY CARDS 5 MB (built-in, flash shared memory) 30 MB (built-in, flash shared memory) 12 MB (built-in, flash shared memory) 30 MB (built-in, flash shared memory)
MEMORY CARD SLOT None None Card Type: microSD / TransFlash
hot-swappable Card
Type: microSD / TransFlash
located under battery cover
PHONE BOOK CAPACITY 1000 1000 1000 1000
DATA CABLE Yes (Data Capable) Yes (Data Capable) No Yes (Data Capable)
BLUETOOTH Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP, DUN, OPP, FTP
version 1.1 / class 1 (long-range)
Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP, DUN, OPP, FTP
version 1.1
Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP, DUN, OPP, FTP, BIP, BPP
version 1.2 / class 1 (long-range)
Supported Profiles: HSP, HFP, DUN, OPP, FTP
version 1.1 / profiles carrier-dependent
CAMERA Resolution: VGA (640 x 480)
hardened glass lens / self-timer function
Resolution: 1+ megapixel
night mode, self-timer functions
Resolution: 1+ megapixel Resolution: 1+ megapixel
night mode, self-timer functions
VIDEO CAPTURE Some versions only Yes Max. Length: limited only by memory
15 fps / MPEG-4 format
Max. Length: 15 seconds
MUSIC PLAYER None None Supported Formats: MP3
iTunes (carrier-dependent)
Supported Formats: WMA, MP3, AAC
formats carrier-dependent

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