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Motorola V3i review

 Review: January 2006  
 

Last updated January 2007

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In a nutshell: The Motorola V3i is the updated version of the super-slim RAZR V3.

Best buy: Motorola RAZR V3i D&G from Amazon Marketplace UK (£69.99)

 

The V3i is a superb mobile: it has everything that was good about the V3 with none of the bad bits!

Physically, the V3i is virtually the same as the original RAZR phone, with the same super-slim 14mm case and chemically-etched keypad with cool back-lighting. The colour is different, but the rest is virtually unchanged. Even a year after the release of the V3, this is still a design that will turn heads. The display is the same as on the original - a very high quality 262k colour TFT screen with a high resolution of 176 x 200 pixels. The external display is full colour but small. It displays useful information like incoming calls, battery life and signal strength.

Inside the phone everything has changed. The V3's low resolution still camera has been replaced with a 1.23 megapixel camera that is also capable of video recording. A music player has been added and there is now an expandable memory card, with storage for up to 150 tracks. Airplane mode lets you use the music player whilst on an aircraft. You may have read that the V3i comes with Apple iTunes® software, but sadly this is not available in the UK version.

The V3i also supports full Bluetooth™ wireless connectivity, MP3 ringtones, Java games, an integrated speakerphone and quad-band capability for global roaming. The battery life is reasonably good.

The V3i is still a great phone. It doesn't have quite as many bells and whistles as newer phones like the Samsung D900 or the Sony Ericsson K800i, but it does have a good specification and bags of style. The V3i m is the same as the V3i but with the addition of iTunes®.

Motorola V3i features include:

  • 1.23 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom
  • Video camera
  • Internal display: TFT, 262,000 colours, 176 x 220 pixels
  • External display: 65,000 colours, 96 x 80 pixels
  • MP3 player
  • MP3 ringtones
  • Integrated handsfree speaker
  • Speaker independent speech recognition
  • Messaging: SMS, EMS 5.0, MMS, Instant Messaging, Email (Pop3, SMTP, IMAP4)
  • iTAP™ predictive text
  • Java games (embedded and downloadable)
  • Downloadable Themes (Ringtones, Wallpaper & Screensavers)
  • Personal organiser functions (Calculator and Currency Converter, Date and Clock, Calendar with alarm settings)
  • Picture phonebook (up to 1,000 entries)
  • Airplane mode
  • Memory: 12 Mbytes plus removable memory card (expandable to 512 Mbytes)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, mini-USB
  • WAP 2.0, GPRS class 10
  • Vibration alert
  • Quadband (GSM 850/900/1800/1900)
  • Talktime: 200 - 400 minutes
  • Battery standby: 200 - 310 hours
  • Size: 98 x 53 x 14 mm
  • Weight: 100g

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Reviewed by fred from spain on 27th Jan 2014
dont buy this phone its rubbish
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Reviewed by Abc from on 13th Mar 2012
Yeap , .very good i like it, . . .its too good. .. .but its price is too much . . . ,
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Reviewed by D_syne from UK on 23rd Oct 2011
Not a good mobile phone at all- I have used this for the past week as my Sony Ericsson K800i needed a new screen- I had 2 bars out of the 3 left and within an hour it was out of battery- I was stuck in Glasgow without connection to anyone! The camera is poor. The phone is not very sterdy at all either and feels like if you drop it it would fall to pieces. I would not recommend this phone to anyone. Buy a SE K800i- They have fantastic battery life- a great camera and are quite cheap too.
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Reviewed by It's still going from UK on 25th Jul 2011
This phone is still ace and continues to work wonderfully! They certainly don't make them to last like they used to!
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Reviewed by Bob D from UK on 19th Jun 2011
I can't believe that a company like Motorola would sell a flip phone with such a cheap plastic outside front screen face that the first time you put the phone in your back pocket that the flimsy screen cracks! I understand that too keep the price down you have have too look at making the product competitive but this is absolute rubbish at least make it of something that will not break within 2 minuets of use. That's 57 down the drain (looking for a descent flip phone already). Also when someone in your contacts phones why doesn't the name appear and not just the number! Very poor Motorola would not recommend this phone to anyone
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Reviewed by reddy from UK on 9th Nov 2010
the phone having signal error i hate this mobile
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Reviewed by balbir kumar from UK on 8th Oct 2010
i have this phone. i like it but its battery backup is poor. and spare parts are costly.
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Reviewed by Jim McGee from UK on 24th May 2010
I don't like touchscreens.If I want an MP3 player i will buy one, similarly with a camera. I don't want internet on my phone, I have a laptop. The Motorola V3i is a brillaint 2g phone which is finished in stainless steel. beautiful to use and handle, the phone speech quality is excellent. the battery life is not good. Using it only as a phone, you have to charge it eevery night but so what. It is so thin one doesn't notice it in trouser pocket unlike like most bulky handsets. If I could buy a new one I would (not Chinese copy. I have had it 6 years.)
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Reviewed by Anton Firth from UK on 22nd Mar 2010
I had this phone until it broke (it was extremely sturdy, just got washed in washing machine by accident). I then got an expensive LG Viewty...now back to this phone, since it is clearly one of the best pieces of design. Camera is good, nothing bugs, strong even though it doesn't look it, lovely to use, looks great, just so glad i got this phone.
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Reviewed by Margaret from UK on 14th Mar 2010
I got the v3i as a present with my new computer because of the usb cable. The manual is so difficult, I just had to sit and click and solve the puzzle. I miss the timer, stopwatch. The browser always has a problem downloading my mail on gmail. Facebook is out of the question,there is no reaction. I downloaded Opera Mini and it works very well. Something positive. The texting in the message area is very difficult.
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Reviewed by sunish from UK on 22nd Jan 2010
i have a moto v3i phone i have lot's of bettry problams
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Reviewed by Jim McGee from UK on 14th Jul 2009
I have had my V3i for three years and I love it.The build quality is excellent. I charge it every night so I don't have a problem with battery life.I make and receive few calls and,don't use the internet or music or camera, if I did, I suspect that battery life would be a problem. The sound quality is excellent. The sound comes from the tip of the phone so remember to hold the handset about an inch further down your ear than a normal phone or it will appear very quiet.I just love how it fits in my trouser pocket and looks fantastic.
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Reviewed by GP from UK on 1st Jul 2009
Cons: Low battery life
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Reviewed by Ellie from UK on 8th Feb 2009
I had the motorola razr v3 phone since 2006 as a present,it is not memory card compatable and hasn`t got enough memory for 3 songs but is easy and simple to use,it looks good and is highly recomended for work and calls .e.t.c. but for someone who wants to store lots of songs,photos and videos on it is not so recomended.Its battery is great and doesn`t need charging alot.You can connect this phone to your computer and put songs,pictures and videos on it with a usb,when you connect it to your computer with a usb it charges.The moterola razr v3 phone comes with lots of ring tones that you cannot delete.
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Reviewed by Lalit from UK on 3rd Feb 2009
This is a great phone... it's been the longest time with one mobile... i used to change my mobiles quite often but here I set back with it for 2 long years and having used more then 1200 hours of call time... i still have the same battery and same charm.. but it's only i got bored with it and bought nokia 6300... quite a cool phone thought battery back up is really poor.. within 3 months i sold off the mobile and switched to nokia 5800 XM 3 days back... its really a cool phone though quite new in market so finding compatible applications sometime is a pain in the ass.... hopefully over a period of time all applications would be available likewise open office, acrobat reader etc... the crux is Motorola is a great GREAT phone i have ever used but obsolete now.!!
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Reviewed by secret from UK on 3rd Feb 2009
had this fone and had it 4 less than 3 months once id used up memory didnt even touch it it has crap memory and always cuts out on u on the internet looks k ut could b better
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Reviewed by b from UK on 19th Jan 2009
i used this phone for a year and after that the battery jst went flat and im without a phone presently
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Reviewed by Delano from UK on 13th Jan 2009
my Out standing v3i.. 2 years old and i still cant do without it,, i am so much in love with it.. i really dont know why
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Reviewed by Phil from UK on 10th Jan 2009
There are a few shops that do sell it but its sadly going to be gone soon for good. Mobiles have moved on but I think its time to say the v3i was a very special phone - the best of the v3 range and one of the gretest mobiles of all time. Mine looks a little sorry for itself now but its still works fine - its like a mid 80s volvo thats got 450,000 on the clock and still does the business. Can say that despite 8 meg cameras on phones now days I have to say I have never taken pictures on any phone that are as good as the ones on the v3i. Even today it still looks great and it still works fine. Cant say the same for other phones especially Sony E ones! SO lets just thanks to Motorola for a mobile that was one of the greatest of all time and ask the question of Motorolla, where is your next cutting edge phone?
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Reviewed by penina from UK on 4th Jan 2009
well..the phone is totally sexy and hot.....but thats about it...it has no battery life at all and i mean at all........but hey at least it looks good
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Reviewed by rob from UK on 4th Jan 2009
ive had many of mobiles over the years,but this v3i was my favourite.very easy to use.if your just looking for a mobile to make calls,text sending picture messages,use the web, this is defo the phone for you.i had mine about 4 years,never had any problems also very sturdy made (solid) i gave mine away to gf,had these phones since,nokia n95 nokia n70,both way better in terms of technology to the v3i,but very complicated and very fat phones.i miss my v3i highly recommended by me.
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Reviewed by katie-rose pollard from UK on 30th Dec 2008
i have a razar and i think that there very good i would recomend the phone to a friend and the phone is very is to type on . I think that it has quite a goood memory and the camera is very good . i would say over all that the phone is very good!!!! Katie-rose
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Reviewed by MLM from UK on 29th Dec 2008
I loved this phone. It was a little slow when turning one, and needed charging a few times a week. But I lover it! The outer scratched quite easily, and mine got a little wet and died. So A bit upset about that.
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Reviewed by desi from UK on 23rd Dec 2008
all my friends have bery cool hip phones i guess this phone is alrght but it dont have much space to store and its hard to turn on after charging and the bluetooth isnt very good either
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Reviewed by Cora from UK on 20th Dec 2008
It was good at the time lol
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Reviewed by lee from UK on 19th Dec 2008
had this phone for ages, at first it was perfect, but after a while i started to notice the down sides. the bluetooth takes ages to come up with a list of nearby devices, very bad picture and video quality when zoomed, terrible memory, music player wont play certain bitrates, cant get rid of those annoying ringtones and useless videos that come with it which take up the small amount of memory it has, dust gets under the screen quickly and has to be replaced whenever removed, barely noticeable ring volume, low music volume, unnoticeable vibrate setting, can only go up to 512mb which is pathetic compared to the supported memory of other phones in the price range, useless zoom on image viewer (fit to screen, 50%, 75% and original size), almost all java apps ive added just refuse to load (except for a failed attempt at a super bluetooth app where you have to ask to connect to another phone, even then you cant do anything decent but its all over the internet, but going b ack to the subject), lack of 3.5mm headphone port, the inability to reject calls and it only shows whos calling or texting on the internal screen. other than that i cant fault it. good looks, easy to use keypad, decent size, acceptable screen size, although the small bits of rubber between the buttons keep marking the screen somehow when you close it. hope im not boring anyone.
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Reviewed by joshua from UK on 13th Dec 2008
this phone is so rubbish
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Reviewed by david from UK on 11th Dec 2008
I bought two of these in late 2006 and only used the telephone function. The phones do their job. Working with mp3 is difficult. The phones require iTunes installed on a Windows PC to be able to load music. This is STUPID. I do not want to be forced to use a silly piece of software. Why not do the same as other manufacturers and allow access to the telephone as a USB Storage device. Who knows why Motorola decided on a quirk like this? I bet the Motorola CEO plays golf with the Apple CEO. Besides I use Ubuntu and iTunes only runs on windows. I needed to install VirtualBox and WINXP as a guest system and now it works. Dear Motorola never forget to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Buy the phone now? No! Besides the new phones have Bluethooth A2DP Headsets for music (no more wires)
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Reviewed by tom from UK on 11th Dec 2008
This is a good phone , it lasts a long time and doesnt break
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Reviewed by Jim from UK on 10th Dec 2008
This phone was alright but the keys were a bit over sensitive. but the Phone was good because it could go very loud if you normally can't here your phone.
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Reviewed by CAZ from UK on 7th Dec 2008
HAVE JUST BOUGHT THIS PHONE LOVE IT, HOWEVER I CARN'T SEND OR RECEIVE MMS MESSAGES IT GOES TO SEND BUT STAYS AT 0% THEN ERROR COMES UP.ALSO CAN RECEIVE BLUE TOOTH BUT NO OPTIONS TO SEND VIA BLUE TOOTH.HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM.
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Reviewed by Georgia from UK on 28th Nov 2008
I have had this phone for ages. It is utterly rubbish. The camrea is rubbish, and the texting is too. The memory of the phone allows you to choose about three songs to add to your phone, very annoying if you have a wide range of music taste. Also, having a tiny memory capacity, the phone has very little room for pictures, and often crashes. After sending it back, the motorola staff gave me a new phone, which crashed too. Overall a very poor phone, that HARDLY EVER gets any signal.
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Reviewed by W.Mennink from UK on 24th Nov 2008
My Motorola V3i is super,but since i've got it (aug 2008) i inserted a 4GB microcard. It worked,but the phone started up very slowly and sometimes the setup crashed. Now,with a new 1GB card it works better but it still crashes once in a while. I think a 512MB card (as in the usermanual) is the maximum and the best solution. With a good camera-setup a CLEAN LENS and a steady hand the pictures and movies are ok. The batterylife could be better,(bought a second one).Extra feature:Changing the battery does not affect the setup. greetz W.M.
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Reviewed by mr S from UK on 23rd Nov 2008
Absolutely rubbish after 2 years. It keeps freezing even though it has alot of free storage
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Reviewed by Shahram from UK on 17th Nov 2008
Extremely poor battery life.
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Reviewed by Ani from UK on 7th Nov 2008
my mobile freezes when i text and it doesnt even save it like a nokia...it just loses the whole text that you have to rewrite! its really irritating when it freezes and it takes a few seconds for it to restart by folding it closed. i love the look of the phone with the front of the phone displaying the wallpaper...but otherwise i couldnt wait to change it after a couple of months!
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Reviewed by amy from UK on 6th Nov 2008
it is a gd phone and all but i takes ages to load the mp3 and the camera is rubbish
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Reviewed by chloe from UK on 31st Oct 2008
i hate this phone is freezes when u view ur pictures and the bluetooth is really slow!
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Reviewed by Kendra from UK on 25th Oct 2008
Its a pretty great phone. Sexy as hell! The only problem I have is that I can only talk in 30 minute intervals and then it hangs up on the person.
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Reviewed by Sagarnil from UK on 3rd Oct 2008
This phone is of no use.The battery life is so low that u can't even expect it to go for 3 hours properly.If u r concerned about style only,then i will say go for it,it is very stylish,sexy.The camera is not of very high quality,but good enough.The major problem with this phone is the battery life.So before making your mind to buy this one think about this problem.
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Reviewed by nikhil from UK on 2nd Oct 2008
hey ppl dis phone rocks,...........i mean its great 2 have a phone like a moto razr v3i....
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Reviewed by emelie from UK on 20th Sep 2008
I love my v3i, it great and protable. Has a big screen and I even got mine in black! It's awsome! The camera is great!! Heres some advice its way better than the original GET ONE!!!!
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Reviewed by jessica from UK on 15th Sep 2008
this phone is not so good. it freezes every few seconds, the screen is mucked up, the memory is terrible and dont even get me started on the camera. trust me- dont get this phone!!!
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Reviewed by ajith kumar T.G from UK on 10th Sep 2008
i have faced more prblm about my motorola v3i ..first one is sometime phone dont forward msgs ..then it automaticaly restart ...my major prblm is keypad color fadeing
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Reviewed by britta from UK on 5th Sep 2008
I got my v3i two weeks ago and battery lasts only ONE DAY since the beginning...so, the appearance of the phone is fantastic but usability is rubbish, i will rather use it as Christmas decoration!
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Reviewed by rahul from UK on 4th Sep 2008
it is very good mobile
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Reviewed by Becca from UK on 2nd Sep 2008
I've had this phone for more than two years and it's still in one piece, works perfectly and never runs out of memory! It's still in near perfect condition and considering i accindently sat on my last phone and it broke, this is quite amazing! The camera isn't the best but it's still good and takes quite good pictures. its realy easy to navigate my way round this phone and compared to my last one really great! Go and get one!
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Reviewed by Jay from UK on 29th Aug 2008
This phone, ahhh... Really good phone. I really like the features.. People, I will just ask 1 question... May I put a 2gb memory in this phone? Before, I bought a 1gb memory. Today, I just want to know if I could use a 2gb in this phone.. Thanks!
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Reviewed by vicky from UK on 24th Aug 2008
the repairing center or service centers r worst of their kind dont know what 2 repair n how to repair i should have sued them for that they provide me with worst services . about phone:well bettery life is low for sure stand by is nearly 10 hours n talktime is 2 hours n if u play music with headsets then 3 to 4 hours.bluetooth transfering takes muck life of the battery out of it cant close the flap if u want 2 hear the song from sounds menu only by itunes it can be n can't improve its performance by installing softwares only applications can be installed n that to depends only plays mp3 format thats the worst drawback
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Reviewed by Rizny Ismail from UAE from UK on 15th Aug 2008
I've been having this phone for the last 3 years and should say that I'm yet trying to find a reason to change it, although it's high time for a change and there are so many hi-tech phones from all brands available in the market. It's super slim and sexy, making heads turn on the outset. Easy to carry and the key pads are secured, without it auto dialing the last called number by mistake. The sound is outstandng with 100% clarity & the MP3 is great. If uploaded properly you could have the artist, album & name of the song in your phone. When listening to the songs from your handsfree, you feel the sounds are from a mega hi fi system. All these can be operated while the phone flip is closed. If you enhance the external memory to either 1GB or 2GB, you could store all your favourite songs, pics and videos without any hassel. The only down side I see is the 1.23 mega pixel camera which is not the best clarity you would like to have in todays trend. Otherwise, hats off to Motorola V3i, you are the best.
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Reviewed by nick o from UK on 5th Aug 2008
i agree with sam perry they r rubbish
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Reviewed by Faansaal from UK on 23rd Jul 2008
I bought V3i with good hopes but all in vain. It doesnot have some qualities that V3 had even. It has a Very Very Very Poor voice quality one can imagine. I never understand a word while someone listening over the phone with the speakers on even I bought it new. Very little battery life. Lacks some of the V3 ringtones. I absolutely will not suggest anyone to buy it.
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Reviewed by Taylor B!!! from UK on 22nd Jul 2008
this phone sux hard core! i got my first one in September of 07',that one had manufacturer issues,so i got a replacement. My second one the screen cracked on it and the seven button i had to press REALLYREALLY hard to work...so my sister gave me her old one since she upgraded to an enV. hers was screwed up too,but better than having a sore thumb from texting and having a messed up seven!No im on myh fourth..this one has been better..since i dropped it in the bathtub a few days ago and its in perfect condition!but still hate the phone!
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Reviewed by vikramjit singh from UK on 22nd Jul 2008
ok , best mobile
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Reviewed by sukhmani from UK on 19th Jul 2008
the v3i may look delicate but it's a very sturdy phone. i've had it for more than 2 yrs and , not once, have i ever had a problem with it. even though its fallen quite a bit from my clumsy hands !!! very good phone. great battery life.. Good buy for sure!!
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Reviewed by George from UK on 17th Jul 2008
Had endless problems with this phone. The screen is constantly freezing, especially during texting which means real slow texting and its just annoying, it also stalls when trying to access menus which means turning the phone off and then back on. I think the applications are pretty lousy too, but i would say (being one of the reasons for buying it) it is really easy to navigate and text with as it is simple. (Except from when it is freezing)!
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Reviewed by adnan shammas from UK on 5th Jul 2008
its a great phone n grat shape.its performance is good esp digital audio player works very nice n also hanfree.
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Reviewed by Nandhini from UK on 28th Jun 2008
I luv my mobile, its my pet..overall features are rocking (lol) but i have a problem with my mobile from the beginning. screen hangs or freezes while typing fast. then for 30 secs it stands like that, screen will go black then it recovers it self.. do any one have this problem? pls help me...
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Reviewed by gnaneshwar from UK on 28th Jun 2008
simply fantastic....
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Reviewed by razr from UK on 24th Jun 2008
Pros: 1)Slim, fits almost anywhere 2)Decent enough camera resolution 3)Easy to use interface, once you get used to it 4)Great for texting, keypad and T9 mode are better than any mobile I have used. Cons: 1)Battery life not too good. Other phones like Nokia or Samsung would probably do better 2)Very low memory for messages (Inbox+Outbox+Drafts can not hold more than about 95 texts) 3)Gets scratched easily and conspicuously if dropped, but I suppose that is to be expected 4)Transfer of songs through Bluetooth not possible because of iTunes restriction 5)Call Register not very well designed. For example, number of missed calls, received calls, made calls not specified and Missed calls are in the same category as Received calls. Overall: A good phone, value for money. 7.5/10
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Reviewed by Calisa from UK on 15th Jun 2008
Let me start with the positive before going to the negative. The phone is a sexy looking phone, love the design and i am envied for it, other than that, the phone is total rubbish. This phone seems to have a mind of its own, The screen blanks out by itself, the battery life is 12 hrs. having to be charged every night, turns on and off by itself, don't talk about speaker volume, there is none. I have only had the phone two months now and it is not comming on anymore so i'll have to get it checked to see what is wrong with it. I am definitely going back to my Nokia, they are the best. If you want to be envied, get the V3I, if you want a quality phone seek out other options. this one is just for show.
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Reviewed by Ellie from UK on 15th Jun 2008
After avoiding the brand for several years - always thought they had dated designs and bulky phones I decided to give the V3i (Red) a go. I was pleased with the phone initially, however quite quickly it developed a fault - either freezing or shutting off. Which was a real pain mid-conversation or text. However, I did persevere for 18 mths. and decided against purchasing another Motorola - the main reasons being, the problem I had with function, reasonably poor build quality (in relation to past phones - but this seems to be a more prevalent problem as phone technology develops!) and dated software. Also, after having a Sony-E the camera & screen quality was rubbish! I've had many makes over the years and shall not be returning to Motorola in a hurry as it just doesn't compare with the software and range of functionality of some other phones.
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Reviewed by salman from UK on 15th Jun 2008
the worst fone i have ever used.............slow bluetooth....poor battery time......poor camera quality......and its just good 4 nothing
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Reviewed by Kinga from UK on 11th Jun 2008
Its a good mobile phone, it is good for the children and it is good for treking
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Reviewed by nicky from UK on 10th Jun 2008
got this phone a couple of years ago. started off greeeaaaaattttt but within the last year keeps freezing and text comes up slower than what i write it. guess its telling me i need a new phone!! started off as 5, now has dropped to 3 due to problems and how there are better more modern phones out there. i'll give it an average of 4!!
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Reviewed by Janice Johnstone from UK on 4th Jun 2008
I bought my motorrazrv3i in September 2007. All was well until I had to have a new vista laptop. I have been in touch with motorola they are unable to help me load my phone tools on to the new laptop. Not very good.
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Reviewed by Scott from UK on 4th Jun 2008
I've had this phone for 2 years now and I've only just started looking for a new phone. I love this phone! It looks fantastic, it's nearly indestructable, the mp3 players good, and its generally just an amazing phone. The only problem I had with this phone is the camera - it's not brilliant. The phone had been out ages now and doesn't compare to top of the range phones on the market at the minute, but that doesn't stop it from being such an excellent phone.
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Reviewed by Ewan from UK on 3rd Jun 2008
It is a great phone for not a ridiculous price. You have easy access to contacts, games, music (ect) Its getting a bit old now but I think people should still buy one
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Reviewed by xypher019 from UK on 3rd Jun 2008
the motorola phones are friendly user......thnks!!!!!!more powers
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Reviewed by b.a.h man from UK on 1st Jun 2008
I just got the Motorola V3i for my birthday. It is the most amazing phone I have ever had. I use it all the time. Although my V3i is not compatible with iTunes, it is a very good phone. I would reccomend this phone for anyone who wants MP3 songs and ringtones, who wants a camera phone, and who wants java games. BUY THE PHONE!
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Reviewed by Becky from UK on 27th May 2008
I had 3 of these phones, they all broke and had to be sent back. They lasted only a few weeks each. I would not recommend this phone, it seems to have it's faults.
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Reviewed by K. from UK on 24th May 2008
This phone is absolute junk. It turns off randomly, most of the time when texting or receiving a message. It turns off, eliciting a bright white light before shutting off. It has problems turning on; I have to press the on button five or six times before it will turn on. It has a weak battery, not even lasting six hours. The phone won't make calls unless it has more than three bars - if it does make a call with three or less, it will hang up every five minutes or so.
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Reviewed by Georgii from UK on 22nd May 2008
dis is a lush fone but afta about a year u getta bit bored with it! Even though its sooo slim, wheneva u drop it, its still fine and believe me i have dropped it a few times! anyways its a really cool phone and it sill turns heads! x
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Reviewed by Kim from UK on 13th May 2008
great phone ..!!!! never gave me troubles.......easy to use....nice design ..recommand it ..battery lasts a long time .......great great !!!!!!!!!go buy one now
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Reviewed by Shahram from UK on 13th May 2008
Slim and sexy with decent signal reception.The only weak point is its poor battery life (just 2 or 3 days at most).
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Reviewed by Richard from UK on 7th May 2008
I'm coming to the length of my 18 month contract and am on my third phone. I didn't use my first phone for a few weeks as I was waiting to transfer my number over to my new contract. When I tried to turn it on, it failed to work. I had to replace my second phone a few months ago as the teeth connecting to the charger had become so bent that the phone became unable to charge. This may have been down to my carelessness, however, you should expect a phone to be sufficiently robust to last the duration of that contract. That said, it is extremely user-friender and hopefully the latest model has improved, but if you opt for this one at least I would recommend getting some insurance.
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Reviewed by ppatty from UK on 7th May 2008
I bought my V3i six months ago, and it's still in good condition. I haven't had any of those rust/scratch marks yet, although that may be because I put it in a silicon case for four out of the six months that I've had it and because I'm very careful when I handle it. That's one "con" right there. It's a bit TOO thin that I have to be careful when I use it. This is my first non-Nokia phone so I don't throw it around that much. THE GOOD STUFF: - It looks really, really nice. It was kind of my main reason for buying the phone. - Good enough music player. - Outer screen lights up when you press the smart key. - You can use the camera while the flip is closed. - There are lock codes. You can lock your messages, gallery, etc. and activate them again with a number code. THE BAD STUFF: - Fingerprint marks on the outer screen. - Bluetooth is really slow. Sometimes it says that an image or file is too large to open. I barely even use my memory card! - The rubber ridges on the keypad mark on the glass. - Not that avid texter-friendly. - My phone no longer connects to the computer. - Battery life. I charge it every other day. - Hangs quite a bit. My phone hung twice the other day.
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Reviewed by Layla from UK on 3rd May 2008
Ive had a few of these phones,i really liked it it has good texting and it holds average memory the keys are nice and easy to use i like the fact that you can set up the keys exactly how you want them. i strongly reccomend it bur if you are looking for a much newer phone go for the Samsung u600
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Reviewed by jay from UK on 27th Apr 2008
realy cool :)
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Reviewed by Matt from UK on 22nd Apr 2008
I've read a lot of the review below and feel I need to SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT on this phone. Some of the comments below are laughable. I have used my phone daily for well over 2 years now. The main advantage to this phone is the very large, and extremely clear screen. This makes it a fantastic phone for anyone who has trouble coping with the much smaller screens on some mobiles. It is build reasonably well, and I would no way call it fragile. It would, however, proably break if given to a teenager who treats it like a Star Trek communicator and flips it open with a sharp flick of the wrist. It is a flip phone by design, meaning you open it up in a normal fashion, not treat it like a kids toy. This is made by Motorola, not Fisher Price. Call quality is very good, both handheld and hands-free. The speakerphone is the clearest I've heard on a mobile, but not suitable for use while driving as it simply isn't loud enough. I can get a signal on this phone where other phones have failed, so I regard this as being one of it's main strengths. It is a phone, and it performs extremely well as a phone. The camera isn't the best, as there's no flash and the colours are somewhat over-saturated. But.. it's a phone. You just don't get good quality images from any phone, because they only put cheap digital cameras in them. You wsant good photos, get a proper digital camera. However, the photo I took in Portsmouth UK was featured in a newspaper, and many refused to believe I'd taken it with this phone, so it can, and does, provide a reasonable camera. You will, however, want to process images a bit before printing, to improve the contrast. This phone will playback MP3's at high quality, and it sounds great through good headphones. Unfortunately, those are not supplied and good USB type headphones are hard to come by (I made mine). The internal speaker in the phone is very good and has auto-compression, so that even quiet MP3 files playback at the required volume (something a lot of MP3 players lack). It does not playback VBR MP3 files, and I much prefer my 20Gb MP3 player for entertainment. Video playback is poor, as it is on all mobile phones. Simply too small for anything other than entertaining bored teenagers who want to make you-tube movies of friends being silly. I'll be sticking with my Canon camcorder for that. It does, however, provide a useful tool if you just want a quick "mental note" of something, which I do by recording a movie clip with a voiceover. Games - I don't really play games, so I can't comment much. It is what I would expect from a phone - a few simple games to keep you amused waiting for a doctors appointment or a bus, but don't throw away your GameBoy Advance just yet. Overall, a superb phone with excellent features.
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Reviewed by PERICLES from UK on 19th Apr 2008
we have lost the sense what is a "cellphone"...so at first V3i is a CELLPHONE....not a multi radiotvpcstereo!!!!it works great as a phone,and dudes...can you tell me the second more beautiful with outstanding design cellphone?Because the first is the v3i!!!
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Reviewed by Jimmy from UK on 17th Apr 2008
buy this phone! its fantastic. the flip-phone design does makes it hard to handle at times, but all in all the software is stable and the music player is full featured. the 1.23m-pixels cam does a fairly good job as well. however it could do with a better (more scratch resistant) outer paint.
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Reviewed by chloe from UK on 11th Apr 2008
worst fone ive ever had, im goin bak to nokia, first the front screen shut off n wouldnt work, then the key pad automatically pushing the buttons by itself, n stuffing up, then the fone shuttin off by itself, then the front camera not workin properly, gayest fone ever,!!!!!
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Reviewed by Shahram_Isfahan from UK on 10th Apr 2008
What do you expect a phone to do? This phone is slim,sexy,works fine even if you put a 1GB micro SD Memory on it.It's sturdy and has powerful SIGNAL RECEPTION.You better check other websites and see that Motorola's cell phones are very strong in signal reception.
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Reviewed by toddles from UK on 10th Apr 2008
i swear who ever designed this phone is a total spaztic, ok so i got this phone from my insurance company because my other one got stolen and when i opened i tho. wow a motorola great they work right ? well that's what i tho. this phone looks great and the features are the standard of a mid ranged phone. but this phone is a joke! the battery life is shocking my screen keeps blackig out and then comming back it turns off sometimes and even makes callls and sends msg to random people in my phone book when its CLOSED in my pocket (wasting all my credit) and also my bluetooth didnt work when the phone was taken out of the box and no im not one of those granmas that dont no how to use my phone, im 16 so i aint mobile phone inept never every buying a motorola again. i think motorola are seriously digging there own grave gosh im shoked @ how bad quality thi phone is
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Reviewed by Shahram from UK on 6th Apr 2008
Admirable design, Slim, strong signal reception, user friendly, Not bulky, easily slips into the pocket and finally cost effective.
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Reviewed by MJX from UK on 23rd Mar 2008
I see that some people say this phone is fragile, well to set the record straight, its not. I've bounced and dropped mine against the floor and apart from a little chip and a scratch its sturdy. There are two negatives to this phone. One negative is the operating system in that it uses. Its not as user friendly as a Nokia but it can still most, if not all of what a Nokia can. Once you get to know the phone though, it gets easier. Its not that big of a deal. The second thing was what annoys me most. There is a limit on the size of video and song that you can play on the phone. The is very annoying when you can see the file but can't play it. Simirally, one can only play .mp3 format songs that are below 192kb/s. For me this is a big con as I like quality music and most of the tunes in my libriary are in .wmp format. Also when playing the mp3 player one can't do anything else with the phone. Oh and the earphones that come with the phone have a life expectancy of three weeks. Bama The phone itself is stylish and classic looking. When I first saw this phone I said "wow", and it is a wow phone, sleek and stylish. Its an alright phone, there are better on the market and Motorola will have to do a bit to improve the system to make it up to Nokia
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Reviewed by FU from UK on 21st Mar 2008
lol just got a v3i and now im thinking of selling it already. how come that you cant change your sms alert tone?
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Reviewed by Jimmy from UK on 19th Mar 2008
this phone rocks my socks
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Reviewed by priya from UK on 13th Mar 2008
this fone is d best - slim, kool and out of this world fun this is me 3 one ...... everytime i buy one my peeps jus keep tekin it away frm me ..... love it ... the only ting i gat to say to u is dont question d fone jus go get one u'll love it :0 :0 :) :) :) :) :) :)
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Reviewed by Ben from UK on 12th Mar 2008
ive had this phone 4 about 1 year and a half and im just about ot get a new phone. this phone has a great camarar quality overall it is value 4 money but after a while it can be a bit boring. but generally a great phone
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Reviewed by Sam from UK on 10th Mar 2008
I upgraded from the V3i to a Samsung x830, and I miss my old V3i like crazy! Sure my current phone has more memory and better mp3 playback but the v3i always felt sturdier, more well made. It fits nicely in your pocket, it's easy enough to use (I love gadgets but there's nothing worse than texting from an awkward fiddly keypad-no such problems here). This phone did break in the very last week of my contract, unfortunate, but I won't blame the manufacturer. I had a whole year with zero problems despite the number of times I dropped the phone, lost it down the back of the sofa or shoved it in my handbag with the ridiculous amount of junk i insist on carrying around! Only one small thing that irritated me a little, the button on the side means the camera can activate whilst the phone is closed, great for quick pics, but it means you get a lot of pics of the inside of ur pocket!
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Reviewed by Alexandru1993 from UK on 2nd Mar 2008
I have some software problems with it my image frezes and then the dysplay restarts ant i continue from where i was.It hapens often:(. Exepting this i LOve it
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Reviewed by 18596 from UK on 27th Feb 2008
terrible slow slow slow when you have a memory card in it hig pitched noise when opened DON'T BUY
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Reviewed by muel from UK on 24th Feb 2008
the worst phone ever!!!! no features....maybe thin but looks atrotios..... why did i buy this phone???? Samsung s all the way!
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Reviewed by Wicked45 from UK on 21st Feb 2008
I had that fone. fews weeks i hate that fone cos it can store only ONE music and so rubbish games . So i bought sony ericsson w580i and i love that fone . it was better. SHAME ON YOU MOTOROLA !!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Chris C from UK on 17th Feb 2008
Have owned V3's for a while now and despite most ending up in 2 pieces, I keep coming back bcs luv the design. Got the V3i a few weeks back and was really looking fwd to the extra memory capacity.... but... still have the same annoying limitation. Why can't I load decent size fotos? Anything over about 150k gets the message "file too large to open" So you still have to resize your standard camera fotos (500 - 800k) before loading in the phone. Not happy Motorola!!! Even the cheapest Nokia will allow you to do that! Apart from that... still a good phone with loads of style. Hope this one stays in one piece a bit longer than the others..
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Reviewed by johndeer from UK on 11th Feb 2008
the headphone sounds terrible! I wish they include an adaptor so we can use other headphones aside from the one included!
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Reviewed by Bradin from UK on 10th Feb 2008
the only bad thing about his phone is that there is no volume adjuster when listening to your music, and trust me its load - especially if you just want to listen with the earphones the music can still be heard by everyone around you - apart from that its a quality handset!!!
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Reviewed by mandy from UK on 6th Feb 2008
Great phone, easy to use. LOVE IT
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