Motorola MOTORAZR V3 (RED)
- Design, price, Included Bluetooth headset, Part of (PRODUCT) RED initiative
- Phone is more than two years old, iTap predictive text, VGA camera, Paltry internal memory, No outstanding features
The RAZR is back again, but based on a design more than two years old, the V3 (RED) is understandably a very simple mobile phone. It works well without offering any outstanding features.
Price$ 249.00 (AUD)
Motorola has launched yet another version of its popular RAZR V3 - this time the MOTORAZR V3 (RED). It offers exactly the same features and specifications as the original RAZR, and only differs in colour - but there is a reason and purpose for it. The V3 (RED) is part of (PRODUCT)RED, an initiative created to raise awareness and money for The Global Fund by teaming up with the world's most iconic brands to produce (PRODUCT)RED branded products. A percentage of each (PRODUCT)RED product sold is given to The Global Fund and the money helps women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Although the RAZR is essentially an old product, the hugely popular RAZR V3 garnered a lot of attention when it was first released and Motorola is simply capitalising on the handset's enormous success by re-releasing it with a competitive price tag.
The RAZR V3 (RED) is a quad band GSM (850/900/1800/1900) phone and voice call quality is fairly good. Volume is more than adequate at the highest setting, and the hands-free speakerphone also works well. The RAZR also has a 1000 entry phonebook.
As the V3 is based on a design that is a couple of years old, it's no surprise that the RAZR (RED) is a very basic mobile phone. It has a VGA camera and video recorder, a paltry 5MB of internal memory with no memory storage slot and no other outstanding features. It is therefore an ideal phone for pre-paid or first time mobile phone users, but those wanting the latest technology are advised to give this one a miss.
The V3 (RED) supports standard SMS, MMS and email (POP3, SMTP, IMAP) messaging, but these are frustrating thanks to Motorola's insistence on using their iTap input system. Unlike the T9 method, the iTap predictive text input relies on a different process to input unknown words and this quickly becomes tiresome. Other features include GPRS, WAP 2.0, and Java support as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Motorola also packs a matching red H500 Bluetooth headset into the sales package.
The V3 (RED) retains the original design and shape which made it so popular and the bright red colour scheme looks great. It weighs just 95g and measures 100mm x 50mm x 14mm, meaning its still one of the slimmest mobile phones on the market. Flipped open, the V3 (RED) greets you with the same excellent looking but extremely frustrating flat keypad. These keys are very uncomfortable and require a firm press to activate, so messaging with this phone is a laborious process. Despite this, the phone feels solid in the hand and is comfortable to hold to your ear for long periods.
A colour screen occupies most of the top half of the clamshell when open, while buttons shaped from a single piece of metal fill the bottom. The 2.2", 262,000-colour TFT display performs well in most lighting conditions, but struggles a little in direct sunlight. The internal and external screens are lacklustre, with many competitors' phones offering better display colour, brightness and sharpness. Both displays are also fingerprint magnets.
Battery life is average according to Motorola figures of up to 385 minutes of talk time and 290 hours of standby time. On average, the V3 (RED) lasts two to three days with moderate use.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Acer Swift 7
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Huawei Mate 9
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® Portable SSD
Google Daydream VR headset
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Surface Pro 4
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Enterprises enter the 5G spotlight at MWC
- Relax: This phone measures your blood pressure
- Qualcomm details plans for Windows 10 PCs with Snapdragon 835
- Cog Systems offers more secure version of HTC A9 smartphone
- Intel isn't yet done with x86 smartphone chips
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTChief Architect - Principal ArchitectVIC
- FTGraduate Software Developer - SASNSW
- TPSenior Applications Support OfficerQLD
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- CCTest Planner - Infrastructure/Data CentreACT
- TPDigital Strategist - Newcastle BasedNSW
- TPSenior Project Manager - ReinsuranceNSW
- CCLevel 2 IT Service Desk OfficerQLD
- TPWinforms DevelopersWA
- TPTest AnalystQLD
- TPAEM DeveloperNSW
- FTPMO Project Analytics and Tools ManagerNSW
- TPSenior Java Developer / DevOps - ContractQLD
- FTFull Stack Web Developer .NET or JAVANSW
- TP.Net DeveloperSA
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 requiredSA
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCSQL Database AdministratorQLD
- FTSales Account Manager | Cloud Solutions | Global Tech GiantNSW
- CCNetwork Engineer (cisco)NSW
- CCDevOps Engineer - TelcoVIC
- FTPresales Solutions ArchitectQLD
- CCCyber Security Strategy AnalystNSW
- CCFullstack .Net DeveloperNSW
- CCIT Support TechnicianNSW