We review a lot of phones here at GSM Nation. But the Motorola Razr V is one of the first customer-centered phones we’ve seen to date. In almost every aspect, Motorola has gone out of its way to put the customers needs first — sometimes ahead of its own. Its refreshing and confusing and one of the best reasons to consider buying the Motorola Razr V.
1. They Cut Down the Price
The Motorola Razr V is one of the cheapest phones in Motorola’s prolific Razr line. Without a contract, it can be had for just under $400. And that’s a big step for Motorola which has a tendency to over price high-end specs.
Unfortunately, to bring the price down, Motorola skimped a bit on materials. The Motorola Razr V feels lighter and cheaper than previous versions of the Razr. But in a way, we find that refreshing. Instead of going for flash, Motorola kept the Razr V focused on substance so customers could get more phone for their buck.
2. They Made the Display Easier to Read
With the Motorola Razr V, Motorola switched from their usual Super AMOLED screen to a TFT LCD display. It’s a slightly less pixel dense display and fans of Super AMOLED will miss the rich colors and deep blacks. But avid readers and browsers will be grateful for the 4.3-inch 960×540 TFT LCD’s sharper text (and the color is still great).
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3. It Uses a Regular SIM
This is a big deal for travelers. When you hop from country to country, its great to have a phone with a standard SIM. That means you can easily swap cards and avoid roaming charges while still enjoying the apps and music that you’ve loaded on your phone. It might not be the smartest business move on Motorola’s part, but we’re grateful.
4. You Can Disable Bloatware
One of our biggest problems with the Razr — and other — smartphones is bloatware. And the Motorola Razr V has more than its share. But as a compromise, the Razr V’s Ice Cream Sandwich allows you to disable the pre-installed apps that you don’t want to use.
You can’t fully delete them, but disabling worked well enough for us. And once disabled the apps don’t interfere with the Razr V’s (surprisingly speedy) 1.2Ghz processor or take up too much of the 4GB of (microSD-upgradable) internal storage.
5. A Battery Life Boost
To help keep the cost of the Motorola Razr V down, Motorola opted for a 1750mAh battery instead of a 3300mAh like you’ll find in the Razr MAXX. But to give their customers a little more wiggle room in their battery life, Motorola paired the Razr V’s battery with its SmartActions app to help extend its battery life by 30%.
Without the SmartActions app, you can get a full day’s heavy use out of the Motorola Razr V. With it, you may be able to make it home from work on day 2 without running out of juice. And that’s not bad for a $400 phone.
Motorola’s motives might not be completely altruistic. With many smartphone manufacturers making cheap, high-end phones Motorola had to keep up with the trend. And the Razr V is a great, cheap, high-end phone — especially if you’re buying off contract.
It’s hardware runs just shy of top-of-the-line, but its more than most of us need to enjoy heavy apps, browse the web and check out the YouTubes. This one goes firmly in the “buy” column thanks to Motorola’s extra efforts.