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Review: Motorola Razr V3c

Why is there a cell phone review on a Mac related web site? Well, because it's a phone that works well with a Mac! The phone is the Motorola Razr V3c Bluetooth enabled phone. razr gray First thoughts: The first impression is that this is a very cool & stylish phone, and is sure to get looks of envy from anyone around. The version I have is from US Cellular, and it is charcoal gray in color. It's about 1/2 an inch thick, which is extremely thin, and fits great in the pocket. The LCD 2x2.5 or so, and is very vivid, and you can easily display cool wallpapers or pictures. The phone also features SMS capability & web browsing, if you carrier supports it. Battery life is decent, I can go a few days without a charge, depending on how long I talk on it, and whether or not I keep the bluetooth enabled. Your mileage will vary, depending on the type of coverage you have. Camera: The phone features a 1.3 Megapixel camera. It features different light level settings, and even styles - color, antique, b&w, negative. The zoom features go from 1x - 8x, which are decent for a camera phone. The Razr also features a 15 sec video recording capability. While you are recording, it displays the amount of remaining memory. My main impetus to buy this phone is the Bluetooth capability, and integration with my Mac, which for me, is the real seller for this phone. Before I purchased the phone, I checked Apple for iSync compatible devices, and made sure the Razr was supported. I was able to link the Razr with my iMac very easily. I opened the bluetooth system prefs, then added a new device. It detected the razr, and told me to enter a passcode into it. Once I did, it was linked. Address Book Support: Did I want to go adding in all of my contacts into my new phone with the tiny keypad? No way! So what did I do? I updated my Mac's address book with up to date phone numbers and address. Then via Bluetooth, I was able to transfer this right into the Razr. This made for the easiest transition to a new cellphone I have ever had. This didn't go without some caveats. iSync would only let me select one catagory to sync with. For example, my address book groups consist of ALL, Home, Work, Personal, etc. I didn't want to sync everyone, since i have many addresses that just don't need to be in my phone. So, I created a new group in address book, and I called it Phone. Next, I simply dragged and dropped the people I wanted added to my Razr into the Phone Category. This was pretty easy, and was done very quickly. To add that new group, I simply used iSync, and then selected my new Phone group to sync with. While syncing the contacts went well, some of the other features weren't working as planned. If you have Address Book open, and if someone calls you, a caller ID type screen is supposed to appear, and allow you to accept the call, or send to voice mail. This wouldn't work with Address Book. I couldn't find any info on Apple's web site regarding this problem, but in the Apple discussions, other people have mentioned having this problem as well. This was one of the features I was really looking forward to. Hopefully there will be a fix for this in the future. For now, I am going to investigate some third party software to get these features working. iCal support: In this iteration of the phone and iSync software, unfortunately I can't sync my iCal to the built in calendar software on the Razr. While some users have hacked their way around this, I have seen quite a few message board entries where people report that this killed their phone. I am going to wait until Apple officially supports it, before I sync iCal with my Razr. Razr Contact Manager: The razor has an easy to use contact manager software installed. It contains the normal features: name, phone number, group, assign a ringer, email address, etc. The cool part is you can also assign a picture. So, if you have a picture of the person saved on the phone, and you associate that picture with their contact info, when they call you it appears right on the screen. While, this will eat up memory, and probably isn't a great idea for every contact, especially if you have a very large address book. It is nice if you want to see your family every time a call from home comes through. Tethered Modem: With US Cellular, I don't have the capability to use my Razr as a modem. This isn't a problem for me, since I don't have a need for this feature. Look to your provider to see if they support this feature. Each provider has a version of the Razr that is customized to them. File Exchanges via Bluetooth: Ring tones are new to me, since this is the first phone I have had that supports them. I used to think people were crazy for buying them, and just liked to show off. After trying them..and adding some I like, I am hooked. You can buy them from the cell phone provider, or even better.. make your own, and transfer them via Bluetooth. Some carriers have the Bluetooth file exchange disabled. Luckily, at least for now, US Cellular doesn't! I was able to create my own ring tones, and use the Bluetooth file browser on my iMac to add them. In addition, I could also move pictures and videos (very small ones) between my iMac and the Razr. Some carriers have this disabled, and actually want to CHARGE you to take your pictures off the phone! This phone will also worth with external bluetooth headsets, and even work in the bluetooth enabled Toyota Prius. blue