Motorola MOTORAZR V3xx



We might not like the way Motorola names its handsets here at TrustedReviews, or the way it seems to have caught itself in something of a design rut in recent times with its flat-keyboarded, size zero wannabe looks.

But the company doesn’t seem to show much sign of retiring either of these conventions yet, and here we are with two new RAZR handsets on the cards. One of these is the MOTORAZR Maxx, the other is the current review handset the MOTORAZR V3xx.

We haven’t actually reviewed a RAZR incarnation before – unless you count Riyad’s glance at one in passing when he reviewed BT Fusion, so hold onto your hats as I take the plunge.

Like a lot of Motorola’s handsets, the MOTORAZR V3xx is not at the leading edge in terms of specifications – apart from one thing. It supports HSDPA at speeds up to 3.6Mbps. It is the first handset from 3 to support HSDPA at this speed, and if you buy it you will be way ahead of the curve. However, you might as well be spending your money on a chocolate teapot. Having checked with Three’s marketing people, I learned that this HSDPA speed is slated for appearance ‘hopefully’ in the first half of this year, but there’s no firm commitments there. Of course, the phone will chunter on at standard old 3G where there is a signal.

Design wise the MOTORAZR V3xx won’t surprise anyone familiar with the RAZR concept. This is a flip phone which, when in closed mode is a bit taller (102.9mm) and wider (53mm) than seems appropriate. It just feels a little large to hold comfortably. It isn’t exactly thin at 14.9mm and shades over the magic 100g barrier at 107g.

For an extremely thin alternative take a look at Samsung’s SGH-D830 (just don’t try opening it with one hand – ed).