Saturday, September 23, 2006

Motorola RAZR V3m Charcoal Razor Phone

The "Charcoal" is the latest incarnation of the ubiquitous razor phone series from Motorola. It's complete description is the Motorola RAZR V3m Charcoal multimedia phone for Verizon Wireless.

Does it seem like you've already heard of the V3m RAZR? You're right. Both the Motorola RAZR V3m Silver and RAZR V3m Pink have recently been added to the line. This cool charcoal phone is designed to appeal to mobile professionals and high end multimedia aficionados alike.

Why upgrade from the venerable V3 or V3 black that started the razor revolution? The cachet is in the look and the advanced multimedia features. New to the V3m are support for the VCAST Music store to download and play digital music selections. Part of that support includes an expandable memory card slot.

That extra memory is also valuable if you need to take lots of pictures with the high resolution digital camera. Those 1.3 Megapixels of resolution can eat up the Megabytes fast. This camera comes with 4x digital zoom and multiple picture settings. In video capture mode, you can record and send short video clips up to 15 seconds in length.

The large main color display is well matched to the high resolution of the camera. This display measures 176 x 220 pixels and will display over 262,000 colors. A smaller external color display has much lower resolution and serves to present important status information, such as remaining battery life and signal strength.

Being enabled for VCAST by Verizon Wireless, the RAZR V3m Charcoal will provide you with streaming video at near broadband speeds in major metropolitan areas where Verizon's EVDO cellular broadband network is deployed. EVDO offers download speeds up to 700 Kbps. As you get out of range of this high speed data network, the system gracefully switches to the lower speed but almost universal 1xRTT protocol for downloads up to 70 Kbps. That's still plenty fast enough for email, a prime application for mobile users. SMS text messaging and multimedia messaging are also supported as add-on plan features from Verizon.

Another useful add-on service available for the RAZR V3m Charcoal is VZ Navigator. This is a GPS navigation application that gives you turn by turn directions while you're on the go. Know where you are but no so sure about your kids? The Chaperone application from Verizon will let you keep track of your child's whereabouts.

How about hands-free operations? The V3m Charcoal offers Bluetooth communications so you can clip on a wireless headset and put the phone in your pocket or bag. You can also activate the speakerphone and talk hands-free just like in the office. Advanced voice activated dialing needs no pre-training to initiate calls for you. The phonebook is a massive 1,000 contacts with up to 5 entries per contact plus 2 email addresses.

Plus, the V3m Charcoal retains the heritage of the RAZR line. That includes the super-tough aircraft grade aluminum shell that's less than a half-inch thick. It also includes the precision crafted keyboard with feather-touch action. Battery life is generous at up to 200 minutes or over 3 hours. Standby time is up to 325 hours or nearly two weeks untethered.

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