Positives:

Form Factor: It is sturdy, slim, light, and fits well in my hand and pocket.

Appearance: As others have noted, this phone is sexy. If you want to get attention, this phone will do the trick.

Reception: I have found that this phone out-performes any number of phones in terms of signal strength. My home is in an area where 1-2 bars was the norm, and dropped calls were frequent, but this phone has better reception and drops fewer calls.

Camera: OK, it is not great - but it is not useless either. If you really want a good pictures why rely on your cell phone?

Negatives:

Phone Book: The phone book is circa 1996, really lame. Yes, you can enter multiple numbers per person and an email address, but in 2005 it is not unreasonable for a phone to be able to store other things like address, websites, and other information that a business-person or really anyone might want to associate with a contact.

Motorolas Mobile Phone Tools (3) Software: Possibly one of the worst pieces of software I have ever used. Syncing Outlook Contacts and Calendar is a joke, half of the contacts do not get imported correctly, and MPT has screwed up my PC Outlook contacts as well.

Earpiece Volume: At the highest settings the volume is too low when you are in noisy room or in a crowd. In normal conditions it works fine, but with background noise this phone underperforms. On the other hand the speakerphone feature work fairly well, but is not always an option.

Summary: For the money I feel Motorola missed the mark. They have a great looking phone with a wonderful form factor. But that alone is not worth the price. If they had a little more robust phone book and the Mobile Phone Tools software was even usable they could have made a statement with the RAZR. Instead they have created a phone that is all form and misses the mark on function.


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