Product: Motorola RAZR2 V9m
Manufacturer: Motorola
MSRP: $399.99
Lowest Historical Price: $0 [History]

Introduction
How many of you own or have owned a Motorola RAZR phone? Probably a lot of you, judging by the popularity of the original RAZR over the past few years. I recently had the chance to upgrade to a new phone, so I decided to give the new Motorola RAZR V9m (aka the RAZR2) a try. Check out the full review for my ruthless take on this phone.



Features
One of the most striking features of the V9m is the large 2.0-inch 320x240 pixel external display, which takes up a good portion of the phone's flip lid when it is closed. The main display is also 320x240 resolution, however it is slightly larger at 2.2-inches. Both displays are crisp and bright. The external screen has a touch-screen function that supports activating the onboard 2MP Camera, Music Player, or Voice Command features. Tactile feedback for the touchscreen is handled by a short vibration of the phone.

The build of the phone exudes quality. It's obvious that Motorola put forth a concerted design effort into the RAZR2 in an attempt to create a successful follow-up to the original RAZR. To that end, the RAZR2 sports a seamless frame and a hardened glass front screen. The hinge is beyond beefy, with Motorola claiming that it can support a load of 120 lbs (I didn't test this claim).



Call Quality
The voice quality of the RAZR V9m is impressive. It is the clearest sounding phone I've ever used, including landlines. The CDMA version of the RAZR2 does not include the CystalTalk feature, however even without this feature the audio from the V9m was loud and clear. The speakerphone feature is good as well, and I found myself holding the phone upside down when using this function. Overall I have all praise and no complaints about the call quality of the RAZR2 V9m.

Bluetooth
Verizon is well-known for crippling the Bluetooth capabilities of their phones, however the V9m seems to have mostly avoided that axe. It supports Bluetooth profiles for Headset, Hands-free, Serial Port, Dial-Up Networking, Bluetooth Stereo Support for Listening to Music, Object Push & File Transfer for device generated images, video & vCard.
Headset pairing is a cinch and the voice recognition is excellent, although it does get finicky if there is significant outside noise. The Bluetooth range isn't that good so you'll want to have the phone nearby while using a headset or listening to music.



In order to get EVDO dial-up networking over Bluetooth, I had to do a quick registry hack on the phone. Once that was completed, my Laptop PC was able to utilize the DUN Bluetooth profile and I successfully used the phone as a portable broadband modem. Since I have the V-Cast plan, using the phone as a modem does not result in additional data charges which is always an added plus. I have not begun hosting torrents, however.

Multimedia
The V-Cast network is pretty lame. You can get a few news stories to bide your time while you're waiting for something, but the screen is really too small to enjoy anything but checking some quick facts such as a restaurant address. You can get streaming clips of news events, which will play in landscape mode at decent quality.
An integrated 2-MegaPixel camera rounds out the V9m's multimedia capabilities, delivering semi-decent pictures for a camera phone. The pictures generally have a softness to them that makes everything look like a cgi-rendered scene from Titanic. For photo & multimedia storage, you can slap in a microSD card for relatively cheap.



Conclusion
For those who enjoyed their first RAZR, the RAZR2 is a simple and logical upgrade with significant improvements over the original. I myself transitioned from a PDA phone (the Moto Q) after growing tired of the bulk, and the RAZR2 V9m has been a pleasure to use during the past few months. Its tight design and superb audio quality have truly won me over. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the RAZR2 V9m for those looking for a slim flip phone.

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    GG Ben's cred: 7
    Posted 2:36 pm PDT 05/8/08

    and?

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    Sailing Ben's cred: 8
    Posted 2:49 pm PDT 05/8/08

    who needs to go through all that to know this is a POS?

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    zidane Ben's cred: 47
    Posted 2:52 pm PDT 05/8/08

    the only good thing out of that photo gallery was that the dood went to a mexican wrestling match! mucha lucha!

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    Partytimelolz Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 2:57 pm PDT 05/8/08

    I have had it since it was released, This is my second one. The first one just died for no reason, this one seems to be working fine..
    Aside from the little usb cover that hangs off the side, it doesnt last long and peels right off after a few months of using it, with no way to glue it or attach it back.
    Using Verizon with it isnt all that great, since the software that verizon puts on it disables a lot of features that makes this phone pretty cool.
    all in all, i'd rather have an iPhone

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    wonders Ben's cred: 41
    Posted 3:11 pm PDT 05/8/08

    All show, no go

    Enough said about motorola phones! GO SONY ERICSSON AND NOKIA!!

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    aiiee Ben's cred: 66
    Posted 4:04 pm PDT 05/8/08

    It's a very solid phone, it , as Ben said, exudes quality. The USB cover is the pits though, and my did come off within 6 months. Still though, very nice, very solid phone.

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    sclones Ben's cred: 28
    Posted 4:24 pm PDT 05/8/08

    Its a good phone but the battery sucks.. I can never go a full day with it dieing..

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    australopithecus Ben's cred: 208
    Posted 4:32 pm PDT 05/8/08

    It's 100 times better than iphone, but that doesn't say much, does it?

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    tooltime Ben's cred: 56
    Posted 5:56 pm PDT 05/8/08

    my brother got the tmobile version a couple weeks ago, he's on his second now, the first one just died. so far so good with the second. it's a decent phone when it isn't breaking. though i'd rather have an iphone, it is much better.

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    netdude Ben's cred: 8
    Posted 5:57 pm PDT 05/8/08

    WTF? This phone's been out for ages. Get with the times and review something new.

    Wait... he was waiting on his click-advertisement checks to come in.

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    hypercoyote Ben's cred: 56
    Posted 6:19 pm PDT 05/8/08

    Where ghetto dogs come for the lowdown on....reviews?

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    people Ben's cred: 29
    Posted 10:11 pm PDT 05/8/08

    was never a motorola fan

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    bacon Ben's cred: 40
    Posted 11:48 pm PDT 05/8/08

    Bens:

    Seems like you are livin it up based on those 3 pictures. Nice hotel, steak & lobster, and mexican wrestling are all fine examples of the 'good life'.

    What I want to know is why would you take a picture of a meal like that, it ruined the illusion for me that you only eat bacon.

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    Posted 6:54 am PDT 05/9/08

    LMAO #13.

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    sethook Ben's cred: 169
    Posted 7:10 am PDT 05/9/08

    Let me get this straight from the above postings....
    The phone is a POS
    Everyone's on their second one
    The phone just dies
    It's a solid phone
    The battery sucks
    The USB cover falls off
    The features have been crippled
    Ben's a bacon eater
    Mexican wrestling rules
    Our clicks keep Ben livin' the good life
    On my way to Verizon....

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    kv19 Ben's cred: 3
    Posted 8:31 am PDT 05/9/08

    look at motorola's stock price and chart....that says it all about how crazy people are about their phones...management really blew it, their ceo got canned, and now they are going to break up the company.

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    Crash And Burn Ben's cred: 459
    Posted 8:59 am PDT 05/9/08

    Never cared for Motorola or the Razor. I have a Nokia and have had zero problems with it at around two years now. When I signed up with Tmobile the rep even said not to go with the Razor since they brake all the time and get tons of returns on them. I hear some of the Samsungs are good too.

    Also as I have said before Ben is waisting bits on his reviews. How about putting more effort in giving us some real deals rather than the the pathetic kick back driven crap we keep seeing over and over... Most of which is no bargain at all..

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    Posted 12:28 pm PDT 05/9/08

    what the heck? this site does phone reviews now?

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    Posted 2:52 pm PDT 05/9/08

    Check out this news from interpol. Thank goodness this link is not baconized. The pictured is infamous nuisance_sucks from bensbargains.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/05/08/interpol.manhunt.ap/index.html

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    nubie Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 3:33 pm PDT 05/9/08

    RAZR is not very useful friendly. For example, how do you delete a contact entirely from your phone?

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