First Looks: Motorola Razr2 V8 Mobile Phone

Slender Metallic Palette

Slender Metallic Palette

After the V3 and other models in the Razr2 line, namely the 3G V9 and V9m, Motorola decided that a 2.5G variant was in order and so came the Razr2 V8. The V8 does not introduce many radical physical changes and as a result, it looks virtually identical to the V9 and V9m - except that it is about 1mm thinner to the good. At the same time, the V8 also features other Motorola’s trademark since the inaugural launch of the Razr range: handy and made of strong stainless steel. Being new however, does mean it has several new things to share, chief among which is a completely revamped user interface.

Eye candy

Enclosed in a strong stainless steel structure complete with a liquid metal finish and chemically harden glass, the Razr2 V8 instantly left an impression on us. Going straight to the new user interface, contacts can now be searched out faster because duplicate entries are now compacted into one entry that allows storage of multiple numbers. The customizable main menu is also something worthy of mention as consumers can now activate frequently used applications at a flick of their fingers. Messaging is also easier now that it is capable of learning users' writing patterns and short words.

While slim, the Razr2 V8 has 420MB of onboard memory available to users for multimedia content and data. The phone comes with USB 2.0 jack to facilitate fast file transfers, which means it'll take less than 10 minutes to drag and drop 420MB worth of music files (about 80 regular MP3). Translating music files into music for your ears is a media player that can be controlled via the touch sensitive external screen. Fear not if you're the sort who subscribes to mechanical feedback because the Razr2 V8 makes up for the loss of tactility that usually comes with conventional buttons by giving off a faint vibration each time the touch sensitive key is "pressed".

Music can be enjoyed with Bluetooth wireless headsets as A2DP profile is supported while images taken by the onboard 2.0-megapixel camera were typical of mobile phones with imaging capability.

Talking convenience

The Razr2 V8 not only lets you talk for hours with it but it also talks to you, literally. Activated, the handset responds to all inputs and even incoming messages by notifying through a preprogrammed voice. Needless to say, this is a very useful function for people who drive and the visually impaired, as short messages, contact lists, email and reminders can all be read out without the need to flip open the mobile. Even if the voice function is not activated, the external screen allows quick and easy reading of messages. It even lets you reply messages using templates via external keys. To top it off, the phone is also able to read out numbers as soon as you press the buttons. The extensive scope of the voice readout feature lets the Razr2 V8 function like a personal assistant, except that it won't be taking your coffee orders just yet.

Final note

The Motorola Razr2 V8 is a mobile phone designed to facilitate mobility, entertainment and style, all in one slender and richly packaged device. Its Linux operating system also gives it endless boundaries to expand in terms of applications and even future developments. Unfortunately, a lack of an expandable memory limits the entertainment value of the Razr2 V8, which is disappointing. The good news however, is that we managed to get three full days out of the handset and that it comes complete with a fast Opera 8.5 web browser.