Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Motorola RAZR V3m Review

A 65K-color external LCD is prominently displayed on the front panel, showing commonly glanced at information such as time, network status, and battery strength. During Camera Mode, the screen can be used as the viewfinder for self-portraits and group shots.

High-quality photos can be shot with the built-in 1.3-megapixel camera located above. Able to snap images up to 1280 x 1024 px in resolution, decent prints can be made letting users leave the digital camera at home.

Convenient shortcut keys align both sides of the V3m. MotoSpeak advanced speech recognition is activated through the dedicated Voice Key on the right, while Volume Keys adjust call alert volume and switch between Vibrate and Silent Modes on the left. A Speakerphone Key also doubles as a Smart Key, predicting subsequent actions to follow (such as selection after highlighting a menu item). On the bottom, a multifunction mini-USB port connects the RAZR V3m to the charger, stereo headset (with an adapter), accessories, or a PC.

The internal screen displays 65K-color at 176 x 220 px in resolution. Menu and Left and Right Keys are located below for shortcut access, while Send, Camera, Clear, and Power / End Keys surround the standard 5-Way Keypad.

Using a nickel-plated copper-alloy touchpad, Motorola minimized the thickness traditional raised keys would have made. While futuristic and wafer-thin, the keypad has a different tactile feel, which may slow down serious text messaging users. By chemically etched numbers and symbols into an electro-luminescent strip a cool blue glow illuminates the keypad in the dark.

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