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Review: Motorola's RAZR V3x UMTS Handset

Review by Jin Khang Ong on Sunday June 25, 2006.

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Riding high on the success of its RAZR line of phones, Motorola's V3x is set to capture the hearts of many looking for a slim and sleek 3G capable phone. Unfortunately, I do not have access to a 3G network at the moment, so this review will be based on the GSM capabilities of the V3x, and, of course, how it functions primarily as a phone.

The V3x is a Dual Mode phone, featuring WCDMA/GSM operation, and tri-band GSM coverage (GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz and WCDMA 2100 MHz networks). The V3x is capable of switching automatically between bands and modes.

So how does the 3G capable member of the RAZR family fare in our tests?

Physical Aspects

There is no doubt that the V3x has killer looks. Our review unit is dark blue in colour and silver on the inside. The material used for the external casing is Motorola's soft touch rubber-like paint, which makes it a joy to hold and provides very good grip. This material also resists casual scratches better than the usual plastic finish found on other phones. Overall, the build quality of the V3x is excellent with no squeaks or creaks found anywhere on the phone. The hinge mechanism feels very strong and sturdy, with just the right amount of spring to ease one-handed opening of the flip.

On the front of the phone you will find the unmistakably familiar huge glass-like panel that houses the small external display. Above it, the camera module sits just above the LED flash. Below the Motorola emblem, on the keypad portion of the V3x, a thin strip of translucent plastic glows blue whenever a message or call comes in. It even pulsates when the phone is charging. A very cool effect.

On the right side of the phone, the dedicated Camera and Voice Dial keys are located right next to each other. The Volume keys and Smart key are found on the left side, along with the Mini USB port that allows you to charge the phone as well as connect the included stereo headset. There is nothing exciting on the back of the phone except for the chrome button that functions as the battery cover release. The loudspeaker is located just below the release button and is protected by fabric-like screen. The V3x allows for 'hot-swapping' of the TransFlash memory card. The memory card slot is located just next to the SIM card slot. However, you still have to remove the battery cover before you can access the memory card slot.

Flip open the V3x and you will notice the internal camera module staring at you, located next to the Macro Mode switch. The flat metal keypad made famous by the original RAZR V3 takes up most all of the lower portion of the V3x. The keypad found in the V3x differs slightly from the fingerprint and smudge prone keypad of the V3. The metallic surface isn't polished like the V3's keypad, which enables it to stay smudge free even after heavy usage. The rubber inserts separating each key are slightly raised and glow blue when the backlight is activated. The d-pad is flanked by the left and right softkeys, video call and browser keys, and the green and red call keys. The red call end key doubles as the Power button and right below the d-pad you will find the clear/delete key. The keypad is pretty nice to use since the keys are huge. However, the flatness of it slows typing down by quite a bit. Nevertheless, the V3x's keypad works well overall and its not being a fingerprint magnet makes it a much better than the one found in the RAZR V3.

Measuring 99mm x 53mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.1" x .8"), the V3x is definitely a slim beauty. Its weight of 125g (4.4oz) isn't exactly lightweight, but it is still one of the lighter 3G handsets on the market. It seems that Motorola has come up with another winner in terms of design.

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Jin Khang Ong
Jin Khang Ong writes phone reviews for MobileBurn when he gets a few spare moments away from his day job as a doctor in Malaysia.

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