Motorola RAZR2 V8 Review
In a nutshell: The RAZR 2 V8 is even slimmer than the original
RAZR, and uses premium materials in its construction to update its look.
Novel features such as an external touchscreen for playing music, and
CrystalTalk technology for enhanced call clarity make it well worth
a try. The camera is average, but the music player is good, the memory
is good, battery life is acceptable and the phone offers a good all-round
mix of style and functionality.
Review: September 2007.
After 3 years, the original Motorola RAZR
is still in the shops, and that's a rare achievement in the mobile industry.
The RAZR spawned various follow-ups, including a range of 3G phones,
but now a new milestone has been reached with the launch of the RAZR
2 V8. The V8 is even thinner than the original RAZR, at just 11.9mm
thick, and when opened it's astonishingly thin. Yet it's heavier than
the original, which gives it a really substantial feel. Part of the
reason for the heaviness is the use of stainless steel in the casing.
The phone also uses premium materials such as chrome and chemically
hardened glass. Although it looks similar to the RAZR, it feels more
upmarket, like Nokia's premium 8800
Sirocco. The keypad is larger than that of the original RAZR, and
the keys are more tactile too.
But the RAZR2 is not simply an upgraded RAZR phone - it is a quite
unique device, as we will explain. One of the most striking features
of the RAZR2 is the size of its external screen. It's an ultra-high
resolution 2 inch display, which makes it the best external display
in its class - possibly in any phone. It's also a touchscreen, making
this phone the first of its kind. The touchscreen controls appear on
the external screen, like the LG Prada or
the iPhone, and are context-sensitive.
For example, if the music player is on the touchscreen can be used to
select tracks, etc, meaning that the phone can be used as a media player
even with the clamshell closed. Other functionality is available through
the external screen, such as reading and replying to text messages.
This is a really nice concept. When not in use as a touchscreen, the
external display shows information such as the date and time, or incoming
The V8 is also the first commercially available Linux-based phone.
Linux is an operating system used on computers (especially webservers
and workstations) so putting it on a mobile phone isn't an obvious move.
However, the result is a fast, responsive system that supports multitasking
well (so you can play music whilst using other phone functions, for
example). The phone has a slight tendency to freeze, but much less than
Another new feature in the V8 is Motorola's new CrystalTalk technology.
This is a mix of hardware and software improvements that are designed
to enhance voice clarity and reduce background noise. Does it work?
In a word, yes. The V8 offers call clarity that beats previous generations
of Motorolas and puts it up there with the best from Nokia, Samsung
or Sony Ericsson.
The media player installed in the RAZR2 is Windows Media Player®
11, which is an excellent music player, with wide support for virtually
all music formats. You can create and manage playlists from the phone,
and synchronisation with a PC is simple. It's a shame that there's no
radio though, and also the bundled headphones aren't the best on offer.
The memory available is either 512 Mbytes or 2 Gbytes, depending on
which version of the V8 you choose. It isn't expandable, so we'd recommend
that you choose the 2 Gbyte version, as you won't be able to change
your mind later!
The RAZR2 also has a camera and video recorder, but at just 2.0 megapixels
and no flash the camera is at best average.
The V8 supports Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2) with support
for Bluetooth headsets,
and also microUSB 2.0 connectivity, giving fast data connections with
Battery life is acceptable, although the big LCD displays do tend to
eat power. Depending on how much you use the phone, you'll probably
get between 1 and 3 days' use between charges.
Summing up, the RAZR2 V8 is a really interesting phone - far more than
just a slimmed-down V3. The external touchscreen is a really nice concept,
the CrystalTalk feature works well, and the media player is excellent.
Connectivity is good and so is memory (provided that you choose the
2 Gbyte version). Just the battery life lets it down.
Features of the Motorola RAZR2 V8 include:
- 2.0 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom
- Video camera (176x144 pixels, 15 frames/second, MPEG4 format)
- Internal display: 262,000 colours, 320 x 240 pixels (2.2 inches)
- External display: 262,000 colours, 320 x 240 pixels (2 inches)
- Music player (MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, AAC Enhanced, WAV, AMR NB, XMF,
- Hands-free speaker
- Automatic answer (headset or car kit needed)
- Speaker independent name dialling
- Conference calling
- Voice recorder
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, email (POP3/IMAP4/SMTP)
- Pre-loaded games
- Caller id with image
- WAP, GPRS Class 12, EDGE
- Opera web browser
- Calculator, Alarm Clock, Wallpaper, Screensaver
- Memory: 64 Mbytes RAM plus 512 Mbyte additional memory (2 Gbyte
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0
- Weight: 117g
- Size: 103 x 53 x 11.9 mm
- Talktime: 470 minutes
- Battery standby: 330 hours
- Music playback: 11 hours
Motorola RAZR2 V8 User Reviews
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Average rating from 102 reviews:
Reviewed by jeremy from uk on 5th Jan 2012
I really love this phone, I haven't used it for a while tho, but now
it won't stay on, even after a complete charge it turns itself off as
soon as it finished loading the main screen while on the charger. If
I take it off the charger, it won't turn on at all Anyone able to help
Reply by Russ from Wales on 1st Mar
This is a review site, not a page for technical support.
Reviewed by Kweku Quarbo from GHANA on 23rd Dec
Itz quite an amazin phone buh itz battery consumption is too high!
Reviewed by Michael from U.K on 20th Feb 2008
This phone is amazing, i have had it for 2 months and i have only had
one problem. It has been quick for me and it is very stylish. The only
problem is that i can't get it working with my computer. but overall
i give this phone 5/5, one of the best phones i have had.
Reviewed by Mike B from UK on 20th Feb 2008
Human beings are strange ! They insist on smaller, thinner phones. Smaller,
thinner phones mean smaller, thinner batteries. When they get their
smaller, thinner phone they start whining - "My battery don't last".
Work it out ! !
Reviewed by hotbabe from u.k on 19th Feb 2008
this phone horrible, don't buy it. i had for 3 days then i gave it back
because the memory was not good, the bluetooth didn't work, the phone
was massive, fragile, heavy, the layout of the phone wasn't nice also
hard to use and it got dirty quickly.i have now got the nokia 5310 which
i am happy with
Reviewed by Vansh from India on 19th Feb 2008
I love the phone....its stylish and the voice clarity is amazing..Its
a good buy
Reviewed by nikitha from india on 18th Feb 2008
I have recently bought this particular mobile and let me tell you THIS
IS AN AWESOME MOBILE. keeping aside its battery life all its features
are just on top of the list. i use the phone 24*7 and the phone just
runs out of battery. And coming to quality of the music it gives thats
the best. Its clamshell is the best and you just fall in live with its
gloss finish. The web access is not so bad but as days pass by it justs
slows down. In a nutshell it is out of the world.
Reviewed by tom from england on 17th Feb 2008
a discrace to the being of mobile phones . i went to orange and they
said the poo battery life was a common thing , over 200 customers had
come into the store to change the phone i replaced the phone with a
sony ericsson w910i which is brilliant compared to this jesus motorola
get your head together its the 21st century we have 5 megapixle camera
phones out now if you buy this phone you are obviuosly some dumb useless
blonde who buys phone for style not use and no one cares how thin the
phone is its rubbish !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!anyway
Reviewed by Rose from England on 17th Feb 2008
i bought the v8 a week ago and so far i am quite happy with it. my only
concerns are that it gets finger prints on it REALLY easily since its
got such a glossy finish to it. however it looks magnificent. i think
the camera's brilliant and takes sharp pictures. the phone itself is
fast however the battery life is quite dissappointing. i use it moderately
and still the battery only manages to last upto a maximum of 2 days
and i did the 3 full charge and drain and still the battery is still
weak. all in all a nice phone with brilliant features. shame about the
battery life tho.
Reviewed by Candy from UK on 14th Feb 2008
This phone is OK, but I only got it as I prefer flip phones, when I
measured it against my V3 it is wider but you do get used to that. I've
had a few minor problems with it like it just randomly switches off
sometimes, or gets stuck on the voice command, but it's nothing that
switiching the phone off then on won't fix. All in all the phones pretty
cool the buttons are easy to use (some phones have buttons that are
so close together its annoying) it's simple to navigate (if you've owned
a motorola before) Camera is average no better or worse than V3 mp3
player is good the only thing I would complain about is the colour,
it's like an ugly off blue/black.grey colour they should've come out
with a pretty pink one, like they did with the V3.
Reviewed by ANKUR from INDIA on 13th Feb 2008
this is a gud mobile
Reviewed by paul from Scotland, UK on 12th Feb
I am 6ft 6in and 20 stones therefore I have big hands and fingers, which
have found it almost impossible to find a mobile phone that I can text
on without hitting more than 1 key at a time -- so I emailed all the
main mobile manufacturers and only Motorola replied and suggested the
RAZR2 V8. When I first held the V8 I was amazed at how heavy it was
for a very thin phone - this being due to the stainless steel frame
-- and I LOVE the BIG keypad especially the big buttons !!! Being over
a certain age (50), I am NOT interested in the touch-screen functions
which is just as well because -- if you protect the screens with the
screen protectors that are sold everywhere you look on the internet
(Ebay etc) to keep your phone looking like new -- the touch screen buttons
DON'T WORK !!! I was told this by a German seller of V8 leather cases,
so I asked Motorola, and after some dodging the questions etc they DID
CONFIRM that if the outer screen is covered by ANY screen protection
-- be it a leather case with a thick plastic screen cover, or the ultra-thin
screen protectors from Hong Kong etc, then the touch screen functions
WILL NOT WORK !!!! If you listen to music all the time and send and
receive a lot of texts, then this could be a problem, but as I only
use my phone for the occassional text and very occassional phone call,
it should not bother me too much -- but it DOES for some reason ??!!
WHY am I paying for a function I CANNOT USE, as I am Registered Disabled
and unemployable after 6 lumbar-disc operations in the last 12 years,
and as the phone will have to last me a long time (until they take out
one with even bigger buttons !?) this phone WILL have screen protection
and might also have a leather case, but certainly a silicone case or
crystal case etc, as I want to keep the phone looking like new - because
that is why it was made from chrome, stainless steel hardened glass
etc -- to make it look good and SHINY !!! I have not taken the cellophane
protection off yet, as I am still "learning" where everything is and
what button does what, as after a certain age your memory does not keep
information as well as when I was in my 20's !!? Plus I am on 20 opiate
painkillers daily !! I hope the phone is as good as it looks, as it
looks stunning :-0 I now need to find some screen protectors and a silicone
case on Ebay ..... Paul
Reviewed by Lajos from United Kingdom on 11th
I like this mobile. It is doing well that i need. I never want to use
every kind of stupid program or staff on my mobile. Motorola razr2 v8
has the main things and its cool, good looking, fast. Thats why i like
Reviewed by Rk from England on 11th Feb 2008
The good points: It has two nice big clear displays. You can assign
a photo to a contact, so when they call, their photo appears on the
external screen - however, when they text, this does not happen (WHY
DONT MOTOROLA ENABLE THIS?!). It's very easy to text on, it has big
enough keys and they press in nicely, the space button is bottom left
and easy to press (unlike SE who do it bottom right which is awkward
texting with your right hand). The phone looks very good in my opinion,
it looks sturdy, not plasticy. The mp3 player is good. The bad points:
The vibrate is very very weak, and the highest phone volume is also
pretty quiet. The phone has cut out on me twice during a car so far,
which isn't promising. The software is rubbish. My pc recognised my
phone the first time I plugged it in, once I added the software, it
wouldn't see the phone, then it did, then it didn't, everything kept
jamming up (don't bother installing it). When a text message arrives,
it flashes up on the external screen, but if you check it five mins
later, you can see the clock faintly on the external screen, but no
message symbol or missed calls. The external keys on the side of the
phone don't press in easily at all, so although they're a good feature,
using them is frustrating. The camera is not very clear at all for a
2mp camera. Taking photos indoors is grainy and rubbish. I'm enjoying
the phone so far, but it's frustrating that designers don't cover all
the bases. I usually buy SE phones, I thought the menu might look a
bit childish, but it's fine, the features and menu screens are fine.
The phone doesn't flip open very easily. I think that's everything so
Reviewed by Ste H. from UK on 7th Feb 2008
Since the early days of mobiles and the classic Nokias,i think i can
honestly say that i've never had a phone that i've been happy with and
the Razr2 V8 does nothing to alter that view. As in other reviews here,i've
had a problem with : short battery life,having to recharge every day
if it gets plenty of use ; powers down too often and have to remve battery
to get any response ; had it four months and some of the keypad buttons
aren't responding when writing texts. These are just a few areas that
bug me but other things that are documented do too. Can't give it any
less than one star so thats for how it looks with the power switched
off. I've only got six more months for my contract to run,gives me enough
time to find a half decent phone.
Reviewed by Lynn from USA on 5th Feb 2008
Worst phone I've ever owned. Will go back to an LG SOON. The phone's
battery is worthless and will not let me talk while it's charging. The
minute I try to call or answer a call while it's charging, it powers
down, even after charging for a while. The touchscreen is cool for about
2 minutes and then you realize it's worthless. If you flip the phone
closed a little "too hard," it shuts down as well. I HATE, HATE, HATE
Reviewed by Helen Chan from Hong Kong on 2nd Feb
It has so many features that after 3 months of ownership I'm still exploring
all the possibilities.
Reviewed by maher from syria on 22nd Jan 2008
i always use this site prior to buying any new phone. i'm a big fan
of motorola phones but here in syria we don't have authorized motorola
stores so i got this phone from jordan. it's superb, fantastic, and
brilliant but the problem with it is that it seems a little bit slow
in responding, and sometimes this gets very annoying. i even had to
reboot the phone to free some memory to play a video although no programs
were running in the back ground. i want to know if this is a common
problem other wise i have to return the phone and ask for replacement
but going back to jordan is not that easy so i really need to know if
this is a common problem before making a decision, so if any one can
help then my email is /email@example.com/. i really need ur help
Reviewed by BlonDpower :) from Lithuania on 20th
I have this mobile phone and I have many complaints about it...V8 falls
short of accepted standarts in Lithuania...I don't know what about other
countries, but we are disappointed.
Reviewed by Bill from England on 18th Jan 2008
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE The flip thing is really annoying. You need two
hands to answer it. The sync with PC is useless. You end up with duplicate
entries all over the place. The text entry drives you mad. After years
of Nokia I tried this. I will never ever buy another Motorola phone,
or anything else they make!
Reviewed by DB from India on 18th Jan 2008
Looks awesome. Very stylish phone.
Reviewed by endora69witch from UK on 15th Jan
Got this phone as my free upgrade on Fri 11 Jan 08, extremely impressed
though have had to send it back today as the bottom left corner of the
keypad seems to have come away slightly. Hopefully will not have this
problem again, if I do I will not be swapping but will go for another
phone. As for the Motorola phone tools, like Emmy below cannot get the
software to recognise my phone, had same problem with previous Motorola
too and software not recognising it, is this a common problem?
Reviewed by Craig from Britain on 15th Jan 2008
Going against other people's advice, i stupidly got the Sony Ericsson
K850i. Bad bad mistake. Frequent crashing, bugs, crackling and noise
during calls, and poor build quality forced me to return it after 6
days. I now have the Motorola V8 and couldn't be happier! VASTLY SUPERIOR
to the Sony Ericssonn K850i in every conceivable way - I can now see
why everyone dislikes Sony Ericssons. The build quality on this beauty
is superb! The call quality is probably the best I've ever experienced
on any mobile phone. Excellent user interface that is one of the most
configurable and intuitive UIs out there. The camera isn't the best,
but that doesn't matter because i have a digi cam. The V8 scores highly
in all the important areas - call quality, reception, build quality,
user interface, and overall quality.
Reviewed by Emmy from UK on 10th Jan 2008
I only have two gripes about this handset. 1) The Motorola phone tools
NEVER work, and I've owned a v3i and a K1 before this one, and I've
NEVER been able to get the software to recognise any of them. 2) And
this one is particular to the RAZR2. When you receive a call, the phone
shows the caller ID on the external screen. The only problem is that
Motorola decided to use a white ( outlined ) font on a white background,
so that it is almost impossible to read. Why they did that is a mystery,
and there is no way to change it.
Reviewed by Summer from Philippines on 7th Jan
I was very excited for this phone and awaited its arrival. For a few
days I loved the novelty of the outer touch screen and being able to
read messages on the external screen. As well, I loved the fact that
the phone stored 3000 plus messages (other phones barely stored 600).
After a while, the phone began to reveal its problems. It becomes very
slow sometimes during texting especially if you recieve another text
when typing. The touch keys on the external screen take a while to respond.
It also has the tendency to freeze when answering phone calls and won't
respond to the power off button. You have to remove and reinsert the
battery to restart. Vibrate feature is very weak and you can barely
feel it unlike other Motorola phones such as the V3. Battery life is
really pathetic and frustrating. It is comparable to the battery of
nokia 8800. It really isn't suitable for people who aren't sitting in
one place all day next to a charging outlet. To charge, you have to
remove a bit off the phone and its left dangling to the side while charging.
The problem here is that if you have short or stubby nails, its a bit
difficult to remove. Or like me, if you have manicured nails, your nails
will chip off or break in attempt to remove that bit. Although stylish,
it isn't practical at all.
Reviewed by V8 rocks from UK on 6th Jan 2008
this phone actually rocks just ordered it on o2 but my girl friends
got it the cameras basic but if you want perfect pictures every time
then get a Digital camara and it fits in your pocket and you dont actually
relise you've got it on you. ten out of 10
Reviewed by HHH Apprentice from UK on 4th Jan
Cool, I mean the camera is rubbish but the touch-screen music thing
is cool, it fits in the tightest pants coz its so thin! And the best
thing is CrystalTalk. When u talk usin dis phone, all u can here is
the person uv called. Also, Bettary = ERROR
Reviewed by Sandie from UK on 4th Jan 2008
Love it, it's such an awesome phone!! I think that the same person with
a bit of a grudge is writing the few bad reviews below me...
Reviewed by anna from wales on 3rd Jan 2008
hi i got v8 on upgrade and hate everything about it the camera is bad
, no expandable memory and looks huge when opened i am so disappointed
as thought it was going to be better im now going back to nokia or sony
Reviewed by dont buy this phone!!!!! from nonononononono
on 3rd Jan 2008
this phone seriously sucks all the features are rubbish and the carmera
is like 0.3 megapixels it is NOT 2 MEGAPIXELS!!!!da tuch screen seriously
sucks, again. I totally do not recomend dis fone 2 anyone. you are so
gonna regret buying it you do. DONT BUY IT DONT BUY IT DONT BUY IT.
the phone its self is so complicated.
Reviewed by Emma from England on 31st Dec 2007
Bad phone - don't buy it! Had it three days, made three phones calls
and sent about ten texts and had to charge it twice. Called Orange and
was told that short battery life is a "known problem" with this phone
and there's nothing they can do.... so have cancelled the upgrade. Steer
Reviewed by Me Again:) from U.K on 29th Dec 2007
Basically Had This Phone .. & 2nd Biggest Regret. 1st Bein The Lg Chocolate
This Phone is rubbish it makes me sik lookin at it.. the text the menu
& everything else is rubbish .. i have never seen such a bad camera
in my life. and its just too simple. IF YOU WANT TO WASTE YOUR MONEY
BUY THIS PHONE.
Reviewed by Paul from USA on 29th Dec 2007
OK, I am hoping it is just the phone I got and battery that is causing
the issues I have. Battery life is about 8-10 hours, but I do text a
lot and that drains battery life like crazy, but still, 8-10 hours is
horrible. Getting a replacement battery as soon as Motorola gets them
off backorder and sends it to me... With all the reviews about the battery
life, I am not surprised its backordered. Now the problem with the phone
is the predictive text. I have it set to learn new words which it does.
Like :-) for instance. 111 will give me ... at first, so I have to press
1 and hit down until i get the colon, then the hyphen and the the close
parenthesis. Once that is done, the phone now has it memorized. Great!
Next couple days, no problem, 111 now puts :-) as the first option for
predictive text. Then it happens, usually about 3 days after I stored
a new word, it no longer has it in memory, so 111 puts ... again, and
clicking down does not bring up the :-) it brings up ..) only c hanges
the last character so you have to go back and fish through all the characters
that the number 1 has to make the :-) again, so it will have it in memory
for another 2-3 days. Quite annoying, anyone else experience this? I
am hoping it is just a faulty phone and not the razr2 in general. Other
than that, its not too bad.
Reviewed by Emily from UK on 29th Dec 2007
I got this phone for Christmas and I love it! Although it may not have
the best memory it is still usable. The camera is a 2mp and that is
fine, if you want a good camera go and actually buy one! The mp3 player
is good, with the touch screen on the front it makes it even better.
I have now found out how to work it properly, since my previous phones
have been Nokia. This phone has a lot more features and the price is
just perfect. The strengh is amazing. I have dropped this phone a couple
of times and there were no scratch marks or anything. The touch screen
may need to be cleaned every now and again because it does collect finger
prints. I hope this review helps some people.
Reviewed by bruce from Scotland on 29th Dec 2007
I found that it was rubbish! The phone broke down within the first 10
hours of use!
Reviewed by Elaine from UK on 28th Dec 2007
Arrived today and 1st impressions are ok. I have always had SE mobiles.
But decided to go with this purely for the fact the font size is bigger
so i dont have to put my glasses on all the time. If you know of any
other phones that you can alter the font size for texting and recieveing
messages please let me know. I have a strange beep which goes off every
15minutes altho no alarms or anything is set. Do you think its a problem?
Reviewed by liam from england on 26th Dec 2007
December 26th, 2007 | 10:54 pm Liam Moorcroft I received this phone
for christmas and i am not dissapointed apart from being astonshingly
beauty it also has the brains to match with a new talking feature so
that you can hear a text message you receive! it has a brilliant memory
thus explaining why it has no memory card slot. the razr2 also boasts
a amazing external and internal screens, i also seem to enjoy its touch
screen music buttons which are located on the front of the phone. i
slight let down was it average 2 mega pixel camera compared to its other
rivals in its price range but overall this is an amazing phone and would
recommend to anyone. it has rescurreted the razr series populatrity
and stould mainly for its sheer beauty aswell as its durability.
Reviewed by Amy from uk on 25th Dec 2007
This is possibly the coolest phone i have ever bout! the touch screen
is wiked its probs the best designed phone yet! :D
Reviewed by Danny from United Kingdom on 25th
Reviewed by gerbil from isle of man uk on 22nd
brilliant phone . it can read your messages to you this is neat. to
use usb cable go to connections usb settings and select modem.this worked
for me . the touch screen is pretty cool to
Reviewed by Kavish P from UK on 20th Dec 2007
Ok I always use this site when getting a mobile phone but have never
done a review until now. The story goes that I LOVE THIS PHONE. This
morning getting off the bus I dropped it and it slid under the bus(a
double decker). The bus then pulled out of the stop running it over
and guess what.....the phone is fine. Neither of the screens are scratched
let alone cracked!! Though the cracking sound it made when the bus ran
it over made me cringe! The only prob it has is the battery cover won't
stay on anymore.....all things considered that's completely amazing.
Other than that the phone has been outstanding, first non-nokia I have
had in about 5 years and def worth the change. (The nokia were so unreliable
and always faulty!)
Reviewed by James Brittain from UK on 16th Dec
Great phone. I was going to go with the MOTOZ8 but I decided against
it due to the massive price tag. There is only one problem. I can't
get it to work on my computor- it's not picking it up on the USB. If
anyone can help- to I have to do something with the phone AND computor
or will it just work? Other than that, quality phone. Its stylish as
well as practical, which I always enjoy being a teen with no real concept
of an outside world...
Reviewed by Rudy Roman from u.s.a on 15th Dec
well i bought this phone almost 2 months ago and i love it , its the
best razor yet, i think that the design and all the extras go with the
phone, and are , really modern and cool, well this phone, as new and
diffrent that it is its, still very well built and i love the exturnal
screen, its the best ok well yea and hope this review helped u out ok
Reviewed by Mike B from UK on 14th Dec 2007
I bought this phone today and I LOVE it ! The external screen is superb,
and everything on it is very clear, even in sunlight. One of the things
I like that no one else has mentioned is the font. It is crystal sharp
and large enough for anyone whose eyes aren't what they used to be -
like me. Another thing is the CrystalTalk. As noise around you increases,
so does the speaker volume, and it somehow filters out annoying background
noises to leave you listening clearly to everything the caller is saying.
Reviewed by Barzin from England on 9th Dec 2007
The V8 is great ! in my opinion the best designed phone on the market.
its just so classy! ive had this phone for a week now and everything
on it is perfect. The MASSIVE external screen is one of the best features
on this device and makes reading and replying to text messages so easy.
The camera could be better but i hardly ever take pictures on my phone
so it doesnt really matter! Fantastic phone !
Reviewed by Fred from Switzerland on 8th Dec 2007
This Motorola is a great device! First, the design of this RAZR2 V8
is just wonderful, so class and it seems to be unbreakable! The screens
are wide and beautiful. The menu offers a quick navigation, and you
can modify it like you want (change, delete, create icons). It's a real
pleasure to have a conversation, the voice is clear and loud ! The memory
of 512 (420Mo for the user) is enough for me! The camera and music player
are good. But, I find that battery life could have been better... 3
days with a moderate use is a little bit short... Anyway, it's an excellent
phone! Thanks you Motorola!
Reviewed by sam from england on 6th Dec 2007
Ive had lots of phones. Recently sold the Noia Luna and a SE K850I.
This is better than both. OK camera not good But God who on earth takes
photos on a phone. This phone is just excellent its just a shame that
the price is too low it needs to be three times more expensive.
Reviewed by Martin from Scotland on 4th Dec 2007
This is the worst mobile I have ever bought. It's slow to use, clumsy,
it has a poorly located charging port which makes texting and calling
awkward when the mobile is plugged in, it's uncomfortable against the
ear during calls, and appears to be easily breakable. I had always thought
Motorola classed style above content, and now I have the proof. I will
never use a Motorola mobile again. Ever. This fone sucks.
Reviewed by Hanif from Malaysia on 3rd Dec 2007
Guys do you have tests? motorola v6 maxx is the real deal here. this
phone is not thing compare to the v6 maxx. I hv use it and I can compare
if its the motorola maximum is v6.
Reviewed by cool kid from uk on 2nd Dec 2007
outstanding outstanding outstanding cool cool cool wow wow wow i am
amased how motorola have made such a cool yes cool phone ..............well
Reviewed by Ben from England on 27th Nov 2007
I bought this phone yesterday and was unsure whether to go for this
or the new walkman phone. I chose this as it looks far better and has
similar features. The camera is ok, good enough for taking snaps of
friends etc and if you want a better camera, just buy a digital camera,
not a phone. The music player is very good, even if the memory is a
little small.The touch screen on the front makes the mp3 player far
easier to use, as tracks can be switched without having to open the
phone. I like this phone so much, it may not have all of the latest
features but it looks great and does everything it says it will do brilliantly!!
Reviewed by Simon from Brighton, UK on 26th Nov
Nice phone, mine is an Orange branded version. There seems to be some
slack on the hinge and the phone loves finger prints, otherwise, I am
happy so far.
Reviewed by Graham from England on 25th Nov 2007
Yes Im sure I had a V3i els (Im looking at it) and the fact that shutting
it ends the call in speaker mode is a bonus! Couple of times Ive been
on speaker, closed the phone to end the call (as I would normally) only
to realise I have to re-open the piggin thing just to end the call!
As for the customisation of the menus and the select key being the 'wrong
way round'(?!) I think you are just being picky.
Reviewed by Els from UK on 22nd Nov 2007
Umm Graham its lighter than the V3i WRONG! its longer and heavier but
it is different to the V3i. I know this because i previously had a V3i
before i upgraded. Simple example on the V3i you can use the speaker
phone with the handset closed. if you do the same ont his one it will
end your call. The select key is the wrong way round and you cannot
customise the menu screen like could before. Are you sure you had a
V3i prior to your recent upgrade? don't get me wrong it is a good phone
on its own but the similarities between the V8 and V3i are very few
and far between. The texting also takes a bit of getting use to.
Reviewed by Rory from England on 18th Nov 2007
This is possibly the worst phone I have ever used. Poor camera, unresponsive
software, poor clarity on calls.
Reviewed by Graham from UK on 15th Nov 2007
Well I'm very happy with it. I have read that you can't use your own
message tones (wrong), that you can't have it ring AND vibrate (wrong)
and that its not a big improvement on the old v3i (again wrong IMO).
I wanted basically the same as my v3i (which I loved) but with better
menus, camera etc. And that is exactly what I got. Its lighter, a bit
longer, thinner and looks fantastic. The screen is much better quality,
its faster and much easier to read. Yes it only has a 2 meg camera,
but if you want quality photos BUY A CAMERA. As for battery life, thats
common to most mobiles these days, as they do so much more. The mp3
player is great, and I would recommend it to anyone who has a V3i like
me for ages.
Reviewed by tomoz from england on 12th Nov 2007
supeb. stylish phone has evwifin
Reviewed by Els Brown from UK on 6th Nov 2007
Not Sure what happened to the previous review i had submitted but anyway
here goes. Upgraded from my V3i-i do like motorola phones cause of the
little quirks they have like reminders when you have a missed call or
text, a vibrating feature that you can feel from another room etc etc.
Anyway it was between the V8 or the G600 and after reading the reviews
on here i chose the V8. It is a good phone but it slightly disappointing
if you were expecting something like the V3i but jam packed with upgrades.
Its so different you might as well be using a Nokia for all the similarity
which i found really disappointing. Good points are the talking phone
reads your texts out etc, bluetooth is stronger and better, better camera
and the music player is good as well and easy to put stuff from your
Pc on to the phone. Bad points are vibrate is not as strong, for some
obsucre reason you can read your texts on the external display and even
reply but you can't check who called-have to open up the phone which
is really annoying. Can't use the speaker with the hand set closed which
you could do before. Phone book guide doesn't actually match what you
can do on the phone and you cannot personalise the phone as much as
u can do before-really annoying. It is a good phone but i just wanted
something like my V3i but better.
Reviewed by Emma from uk on 5th Nov 2007
This is a class phone
Reviewed by jon from uk on 4th Nov 2007
Reviewed by B from UK on 4th Nov 2007
I'm so disappointed with this phone its lovely to look at slim and sleek
to the touch, a bit large when opened but that didn't matter what matters
is that the phone has cashed the lights are on but no ones home, meaning
that the keypads light up but the screen remains black it won't even
charge. I've only had the phone for six days and I most certainly will
be sending it back post haste.
Reviewed by solly from england on 2nd Nov 2007
a great phone and looks class!
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 1st Nov 2007
A great phone!!
Reviewed by pea from uk on 31st Oct 2007
I dont have many complaints with this phone. I had a dodgy battery but
have since had it replaced and now it's much better. I'm not sure if
Orange have been messing about with the menus becuase the help section
on the phone says that you can set shortcuts from the home screen and
the options button but i only get the option to change the profile.
Anyone else had this problem and know a way that i can resolve this?
I think there must be a way to reverse the operator personalisation
and get rid of the menu down the side of the home screen it drives me
crazy. Other than that i lvoe the texting and all other features are
pretty good. i really like the camera
Reviewed by Liz from UK on 31st Oct 2007
I got this phone as a free upgrade and one of the few phones I have
ever sent back. For the first day liked the novelty of the touchscreen
on the music player. The novelty wore out very fast. Whilst stylish
and feels a nice quality I found it to be rather a large phone when
opened out. Ringtones and themes are boring. I did find it easy to just
drag and drop mp3s into it. I find the menu system to be really outdated
it seems to take an eternity of pressing this button and that to do
a simple action. I sent it back and went back to Sony Ericsson instead.
Reviewed by bob from uk on 30th Oct 2007
on third phone in less than a month the battery doesnt last longer than
a day thought i was just unlucky until i read all the reviews
Reviewed by Jono from UK on 30th Oct 2007
Average phone. Nothing special. The touchscreen is ok, but only works
when using the music player so isn't really much use. It looks ok, but
gets grubby easily. Battery life isn't great. There is a real lack of
themes, making it very boring in terms of personalisation. The camera
quality is ok, but there is no flash. This is a typical example of when
something is made out to be something amazing, but certainly falls short
in reality. Not worth the price tag!
Reviewed by cool man from uk on 29th Oct 2007
Screen orange stoped working ween camera was on was a good phone went
back to useing my motorola l6 VERY UNHAPPY.
Reviewed by nitin from india on 29th Oct 2007
a cool phone buudy,,,go get it.. dont waste time...
Reviewed by tom from uk on 27th Oct 2007
phone it rubish screen keeps going orange had to go back to my old v3
Reviewed by Mack from wales on 25th Oct 2007
another v-series mess up, THIS PHONE CAN NOT STAND UP 2 SONY,NOKA AND
SAMSUNG!!!!!!!! save your self hastle and dnt buy 1 or you will foreva
be using your trusty old phone!!!
Reviewed by BARRY from Barry on 24th Oct 2007
amazing, buy on contract not pay as u go 17.50 for 9 months 400 minutes
500 texts free insurance so if the screen does go orange like all u
guys say thn just send it back its guaranteed nxt business day delivery!!!!
r8 ur lifes
Reviewed by sharon from uk on 24th Oct 2007
only had fone for 1 day and up to now i like what i see. i have had
samsungs previously but fancied a change - was getting a bit fed up
with sliders. can anyone tell me how to change my sms txts to word wrap
- when i get a long msg it is coming in as 2/3 - i cant find a menu
anywhere to change this - maybe u cant
Reviewed by Michael Braham from UK on 23rd Oct
Love it - but after 10 trouble-free days, it has frozen twice in last
two days. Any suggestions?
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 22nd Oct 2007
I think its brilliant, nice looking, easy to use and im really impressed.
Really glad I bought it and really glad I sent back the Samsung G600
the other week which wasnt easy to use and not very attractive.
Reviewed by Steve from England on 22nd Oct 2007
I've had two of these phones in a week and they're both useless! First
one kept powering itself off whilst using it, then restarting as if
it was re-booting itself. Never made a single call on that phone as
the problem manifested itself immediately. That was replaced, as I thought
it was a fluke. The second one just powers off occassionally - you go
to use the phone only to realise that it is switched off. Absolutely
hopeless. I've had a V3 for years and am a fan, but the V8 is trash.
Reviewed by ed from england on 21st Oct 2007
Sent it straight back.. the software is the same as the old one and
battery life is shocking..liuterally after a ful nights charge lasted
only 10 hours! DONT BUY!
Reviewed by Jane from UK on 21st Oct 2007
it is amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 18th Oct 2007
Absolutely superb call quality, way better than my D900. Its primarily
a phone and thats what I use it for.
Reviewed by Dave Smith from Slogh on 18th Oct
Another rubbish motorola
Reviewed by james from england on 15th Oct 2007
IM a kid but i think that the razr2 v8 is an amazing phone in style...
im a bit dissapointed that all of the motorolas have the same menue
and stuff on it, im very pleased of the phone it self tho, and i would
say that you should only buy this phone if you are looking for style
Reviewed by steven from cardiff on 14th Oct 2007
gr8 phone but gets hot next to your face when you ring sum1 after a
Reviewed by Jo from UK on 13th Oct 2007
Had the phone about a month now. Not found any problems with it so far.
I prefer the touchscreen on this phone (only used for music). The battery
last about 4 days before I need to charge it. Over all the phone looks
great and hasnt broke even when I've dropped it.
Reviewed by Ron from England on 12th Oct 2007
Well, it's only taken Motorola just over 2 years, but they've finally
managed to come up with a V series phone that's got a screen and key
pad that's as good as the original design. Having tried the V3 when
it first came out, then the V3i and V3x - all changed for SE models
as I just couldn't use them in daylight, I'd given up on ever owning
what I consider the best designed phone ever - UNTIL NOW! OK, so the
camera is poor and the memory and music playing capability is a joke,
but these days who doesn't own a digital camera and MP3 player? And
the texting? Superb - the predictive facility is miles ahead of the
competitors. Mind, I think they're having a laugh with 330 hours battery
standby and 470 minutes talk time. The decimal point is definitely in
the wrong place! But it does improve with a few weeks of running completely
flat and fully charging. Mine's gone up from charging twice a day to
once every 2 days with fairly heavy usage. Incidentally, I note that
the previous reviews seem to alternate from terrible to fantastic with
not too many in the middle. Could this have something to do with the
supplier or network? As Vodafone have not yet fully approved this phone
for direct supply through their own outlets, I got one as an upgrade
from Phones4u and, surprisingly, considering their involvement, I haven't
had any problems with it yet. This is a first in all my family's dealings
with them, so maybe they've finally got their act together as well as
Motorola. In short - a cracking phone for talking and texting and the
coolest looking phone around at present.
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 12th Oct 2007
Its ok, nothing special though. Design does not allow for east opening
with one hand. You will have to open the phone for everything though,
because there is no touch screen, unless you spend all day skipping
songs, thats all you can use it for. Waste of time, i've stuck with
the original, its better.
Reviewed by Dan from UK on 11th Oct 2007
JR - I had the same problem with the battery life but it turns out my
battery was just faulty. I took mine back to the retailer and got a
replacement. I've since had no problems with it and my V8 runs fine
for several days before needing to be charged.
Reviewed by JR from UK on 10th Oct 2007
Lovely looking phone - keypad much easier to see than the previous models.
HOWEVER - battery life appalling - less than 1 day - and phone does
not download all SMS messages to PC - just those it feels like.
Reviewed by Neal from UK on 7th Oct 2007
I've had my V8 for about six weeks now, and after some initial reservations
I've grown to really love it. First off, the phone looks great with
its high-gloss finish that incorporates both metal and glass. I was
initially surprised at how wide the phone is, but being so thin means
it fits into your pocket easily and you won't even notice it's there.
I initially experienced problems with the battery life, but after T-Mobile
replaced my handset and battery the standby time has greatly improved.
I've had no experience of the 'orange screen' mentioned in some of the
other reviews, but it sounds like these users have faulty handsets and
should get them replaced. For those who haven't used the V8 before,
the external screen has touch sensitive keys ONLY when the music player
is in operation. At all other times the external screen can be used
to read text messages and send brief replies using the keys on the side
of the phone. The phone's menu system is slick, easy to use and a huge
improvement on previous Motorola phones. Texting is simple and fast
with a great predictive system - it automatically learns the words and
phrases you use frequently and offers them up as suggestions while you
text. The 2 mega pixel camera is a bit disappointing, but if like me
you prefer to use a digital camera anyway this isn't really a big issue.
The PC software was initially a pain to setup, with the instruction
manual offering little of no help whatsoever. It's worth persevering
though, as the software is actually very easy to use once you've got
it working, and data is quickly transferred from PC to phone. In conclusion,
the V8 is a slick, user friendly phone wrapped up in a fantastic looking
exterior. While it may be lacking in mega pixels, I'd still recommend
this to anyone who's after a no-nonsense, good looking phone.
Reviewed by NEELA from U.K on 5th Oct 2007
RUBBISH! the screen goes orange an it turns it self off all the time.
DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by simon from England on 5th Oct 2007
only had it a few days but so far had no problems at all. the touch
screen is great and quite handy for reading texts and playing music
without opening the flip. software that it came with was easy to install
and use, and the drag and drop from i-tunes to the phone is dead easy
Reviewed by sean gardinar from england on 5th
worst phone ever i cant even beleive i bought a Motorola RAZR2 V8 because
it snaps to easily and Not sure what all the talk about a 'touchscreen'
is.the screen goes orange an it goes off all the time
Reviewed by richard bell from england on 4th Oct
this is with out doubt the worst phone ive ever had, the battery life
is appalling, it freezes and dies on a regular basis, in short I rue
the day that bought it, and i'm trying to get 02 to change it. In short
the man who desingned it should be exiled for crimes against humanity.
Reviewed by sinbad from england on 4th Oct 2007
it fenominal and so easy to use
Reviewed by ben teeder from uk on 3rd Oct 2007
mint buy it buyIT
Reviewed by Jeb from UK on 2nd Oct 2007
A great screen and a great looking phone. Not sure what all the talk
about a 'touchscreen' is. Mine certainly doesn't have one. Also the
the PC connectivity is terribly unreliable and hard to get going. Not
Reviewed by Adrian from uk on 30th Sep 2007
The phone is absolutely RUBBISH the screen goes orange an it goes off
all the time
Reviewed by greg from uk on 29th Sep 2007
the best phone ever get it now
Reviewed by JON from ENGLAND on 29th Sep 2007
Reviewed by Calum from UK on 29th Sep 2007
A good phone that I didn't like to start with. The menu's are fairly
slow and not particularly well animated (compared to say, SE or a non-smart
phone Nokia), and can be very long-winded - it seems you sometimes you
have to go through about 6 or 7 different obscure options to do something
simple, like change a ringtone or switch bluetooth on or off. Also,
the lack of any normal ringtones is a pain, and the camera isn't the
best. Battery life is also reasonably average - 1 to 2 days standby
tops. However, that aside, the phone feels very solid, and the materials
used are excellent. The internal screen quality is superb, and the phone
feels great to use. Drag-and-drop is nice too via the phone's USB port/lead
meaning that you don't have to install Motorola's horrid software if
you don't wan't to. If you have had (and have liked) Motorola's before,
you'll love it. If you haven't, give it a punt - you may well be suprised.
Reviewed by BK from England on 28th Sep 2007
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Slick n easy to use but you have to contact network provider to facilitate
online and picture messaging. Instruction manual not user friendly n
contains mistakes.Otherwise a cracking bit of kit.