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We've made no secret of the fact that we think the Razr2 is downright gorgeous. The more streamlined shape, glossy exterior, and metal finish add up to a huge aesthetic improvement over the original Razr, and we think the dark blue color is the best color we've seen on a cell phone. The phone's dimensions (4.05 inches by 2.08 inches by 0.46 inch; 4.1 ounces) are the same as on the other Razr2s, and it has the same solid feel in the hand.
The V8 features the large and visually rich Razr2 external display, but it's disappointing that T-Mobile does not utilize it fully. Though the screen shows photo caller ID and it works as a camera viewfinder for self portraits, the nifty touch controls that the V9 and V9m carriers used so effectively aren't available in the standby mode on our review model. You can't access your recent calls list or the messaging menu; rather, you can use them only to control the music player. You still get the tactile feedback with the controls, but even then you must open the phone to start the player first. Since Motorola gave carriers a lot of room to customize the controls to their liking, we can't understand why T-Mobile didn't do the same.
We also weren't thrilled with the controls on either spine. Yes, they give you the same tactile feedback as on the other Razr2s, but you can't activate the camera when the phone is closed. Instead, you must open the phone, start the camera, and then close it again to get your shot. Why couldn't T-Mobile let us activate the music player or camera with the flip closed? We haven't the slightest idea. Of course, you can use the volume rocker and the Motorola smart key on the left spine to change the V8's profile, but that's hardly unique among Motorola phones. The smart key also locks the external controls but the sole control on the right spine only activates the voice-dialing feature when the flip is open.
The remaining features on the V8's exterior are mostly standard. The camera sits above the external display sans a flash while the Micro-USB port sits on the left spine. The speaker is on the rear face of the phone at its bottom end. But in an important change, the Razr2 V8 does not offer an external memory card slot.
The V8's interior also shows no changes from the other Razr2 models. The 2.2-inch (320x240 pixels), 262,000-color display is equally pleasing to the eye and the navigation controls and keypad buttons, while flush with the surface of the phone, are user-friendly. T-Mobile did a decent job with the shortcut keys. You can program the toggle to open four functions of your choice while a second customizable shortcuts menu gives you one-touch access to more applications. Pressing the smart key will open the music player, but we would have appreciated a specific speakerphone key as well. The only dedicated keys are a Web-browser control and a back button.
T-Mobile replaced Motorola's dated menu user interface with its own design, but it's not much of an improvement. Though the animated icons are pretty, the organizational system didn't always make sense. For example, to change the backlight time or the display brightness you most open the Display Settings option under the Phone Settings menu. But if you want to change the wallpapers, you most open the Themes menu instead.
The Razr2 V8 has a large phonebook with room in each entry for five phone numbers, two-e-mail addresses, an instant messaging handle, two street addresses, and notes (the SIM card holds an additional 250 contacts). You can assign callers to groups and pair them with one of 32 polyphonic ringtones. And for safekeeping purposes, you can sync your contacts with T-Mobile's servers. Other essential features include a vibrate mode, text and multimedia messaging, an alarm clock, a calculator, a calendar, a world clock, a task list, a voice memo recorder, and a notepad. Also onboard are full Bluetooth (with a stereo profile), instant messaging, voice dialing and commands, POP3 e-mail, PC syncing, and USB (2.0) mass storage.
Confident and strong, this next-generation RAZR2™ takes thin to the next level by packing it with a new, richer multimedia experience. RAZR2 V8 provides an unmatched music experience. It comes complete with 512MB end user memory¹ or 2GB memory, USB 2.0 high speed for fast music file transfers2, Windows Media Player® 11 synchronization for simple music management and a music touch screen on the external display for effortless control.
Get In Touch
The touch-sensitive music controls, located on the large color external display, maintains a sleek look while consumers manage and play songs purchased from any Windows-based music store. Users can also read and reply to texts3 via RAZR2 V8’s external display, which is the largest in its class. After flipping open the phone to start the music player, users can sit back, listen and enjoy without ever flipping open the phone again.
With quad band technology, travel the world a little lighter.4 Users can take advantage of the 2.0 megapixel camera, video capture and playback, and up to 2GB¹ of internal memory to capture every unforgettable moment in high resolution.
Dressed to Thrill
The RAZR2 V8 is outfitted in extravagant materials tailored to sleek perfection. A stainless steel frame helps ensure strength while vacuum metal housing, chemically hardened glass, spun metal and chrome create an amazing appearance.
Super-slim, iconic RAZR design with clamshell form factor, stainless steel frame, metal and glass housing, internal antenna
Large 2.0” QVGA (320 x 240) 262K color external display with contextual touch interaction
2.2” QVGA (320 x 240) internal display, 262K color
Integrated 2.0 megapixel camera with 8x zoom
MotoSync™ – Over the air synchronization of Email, Phonebook and Calendar
Music player with optional stereo micro-USB headset and stereo Bluetooth wireless tecnology5
Available in 420MB end user memory¹ or 2GB
Full HTML broswer to surf the sites you know and love³
Speaker independent name and digit dialing
EDGE Class 12
MPEG 4 video capture and playback
Integrated Bluetooth wireless technology with imaging, printing and peer to peer gaming profiles5
Messaging via MMS, WV, SMS3
Class 2, version 2.0 Bluetooth wireless technology with range up to 30 feet5
High speed micro USB 2.0
Up to approximately 500 minutes talk time and 280 hours standby time6
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Announced 2007, May
SIZE Dimensions 103 x 53 x 11.9 mm
Weight 117 g
DISPLAY Type TFT, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.2 inches
- Second external 256K colors, 2 inches display (240 x 320 pixels) with contextual touch interaction
- Screensavers and wallpapers
- Downloadable logos
SOUND Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
MEMORY Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall
Call records 30 dialed, 30 received, 30 missed calls
Internal 420 MB/2 GB
Card slot No
DATA GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB
CAMERA Primary 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels
Video Yes, QCIF
FEATURES OS Linux / Java-based MOTOMAGX
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (Opera 8.5)
Colors Dark Pearl Gray
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
- MP3/AAC/AAC+ player
- Voice memo
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 770 mAh
Stand-by Up to 330 h
Talk time Up to 7 h 50 min
MISC SAR US 0.30 W/kg (head) 0.34 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.34 W/kg (head)
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