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Photos of Korea's CDMA RAZR, the MS500

Gallery by Michael Oryl on Thursday July 21, 2005.

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Wireless Imports loaned us a Motorola MS500 to play around with for a week, during which time I used the phone on my Verizon Wireless account. Also known as the "CDMA RAZR", the MS500 is currently available in Korea and shares much with the RAZR V3 that has been available on GSM networks around the world for some time now. It is quite likely that the CDMA version of the RAZR that eventually lands on US shores and in US networks will share some of the differences seen in the MS500, but others are still likely to change - or revert back to what we see in the current GSM version. Since the MS500 is an EV-DO 3G capable device, we would hope that the future CDMA RAZR V3 for North America will share that trait.

The first major change to note is the camera. The GSM RAZR V3 had a simple VGA camera. The MS500 sports a 1.3 megapixel unit. Since the 1.3 megapixel camera is quite a bit thicker than the original design's VGA camera, the body of the MS500 had to be changed to accommodate the extra bulk. The result is the raised area around the camera.

The keypad layout has also been changed, though the mechanics of the keyboard are the same. It appears that the same materials have been used, though the backlighting has been improved, as you will see in photos on the next page that compare the RAZR V3 directly with the MS500.

Other changes for the Korean market were also made. The mini-USB connector normally found on the left side of a RAZR was dropped and replaced with a standard Korean power jack. A separate headset jack was placed on the right side of the device, too.


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