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Motorola have been making decent quality handsets for some time now, but like so often happens nobody notices you until you introduce that one, must-have killer product that puts the brand on people's lips. Having owned both a V500 and a V620 I know that Motorola could build a worthwhile handset long before the RAZR V3 came along, but credit where it's due, the RAZR captured the mood perfectly and got them noticed in a way they hadn't been noticed previously.


Motorola have taken a slightly cowardly approach the V3's replacement making only small, incremental changes, obviously concerned that anything too radical may detract from the magic that has kept it so popular for so long. There's probably also an element of "if it ain't broke don't fix it" too, and in a sense who can blame them.

Today we get to look at the latest incarnation of the V3, the V3im, and the "m" is an important "m" as it means music, and that means this is the first RAZR to come equipped with iTunes. Otherwise the main features remain unchanged from the V3i, and this is how that compares to the original:



V3
V3i
Size
98 x 53 x 13.9 mm
98 x 53 x 13.9 mm
Weight
95g
100g

Screen resolution

176 x 220 pixels, 9 lines 256K colors
176 x 220 pixels, 9 lines 256K colors
Camera
VGA, 640x480 pixels
1.23 MP, 1280 x 960 pixels, video
Ringtones
Polyphonic (24 channels), MP3
Polyphonic (24 channels), MP3
Internal Memory
5.5 MB internal memory
10 MB shared memory
Card Slot
No
microSD (TransFlash) , up to 512MB


The V3 has been a real shot in the arm for Motorola, who not surprisingly seem a little hesitant to let the model die. In fact it's not only available in its iTunes guise, Motorala have also announced a gold-themed Dolce & Gabbana variant with pre-loaded DG ringtones, screen savers & wallpapers and a gold coloured DG lanyard. Extras include a DG gold eel skin carry case, S200 gold headphones and matching compatible Bluetooth® enabled H700 headset.

The V3 is a positively anorexic handset though it does own a set of broad hips. Sold undoubtedly on its looks first and its features second, it also owns a cupboard full of awards including runner up in Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny's ‘Must Chav Gadget’ awards, 'Best Fashion Phone' at the 2004 mobile choice awards and 'Best 3GSM Handset 2006' Award at 3GSM World Congress 2006 (V3x) to name just a few. So what's the secret of the V3's success? Let's take a look.



Personalisation/Fun Features iTunes® music player : with up to 100 songs
Integrated Digital Camera : 1.23 megapixel camera with 8X zoom
Video capture and playback
J2ME™ Games : embedded & space for downloads
Downloadable Themes (Ringtones, Wallpaper & Screensavers)
MP3 Ringtones
Polyphonic Ringtones
Polyphonic Speaker : 20 Khz Polyphonic Speaker
User Customisable Softkey Functions, Main Menu and Shortcuts
Video : MPEG 4 encode and decode

Call Management Features

Picture Phone Book
Speaker independent speech recognition
Caller Group Profiling
Time & date stamp
Phonebook : Up to 1000 entries on phone plus up to 250 on SIM card
VibraCall®

Messaging Features

SMS Chat : one-to-one
EMS 5.0
MMS (Picture / photo + text + sound)
Instant Messaging Support : (Wireless Village) 1.2 embedded client
iTAP™ Predictive text
Email support: Pop3, SMTP, IMAP4

Lifestyle Features

Alarm
Bluetooth® Technology
Airplane mode
Integrated Speakerphone
PIM functionality
Calculator and Currency Converter
Date and Clock
Calendar with alarm settings
Calendar

Performance Features

Quad-band : GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Standby time : up to approximately 200-310 hours
Talk time : up to approximately 200-400 minutes

Data Features

WAP : 2.0
GPRS : Class 10
Connectivity : CE bus (mini USB)
Bluetooth® : v1.2, class 1
J2ME™ : MIDP 2.0 / CLDC 1.1 plus API's


Technical Specifications

Form Factor : Clamshell
Internal Memory : up to 128 MB
Removable Memory : up to 512 MB
Internal Display : 176 x 220 TFT colour display
External Display : 96 x 80 pixel colour display
Colour : Maroon
Dimensions (H x W x D) : 98,04 x 52,83 x 13,72 mm
Weight : 100 g
Volume : 65 cc




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