Motorola Razr V3A |

Motorola Razr V3A

motorola razr Straight TalkSize: 3.95" x 2.08" x .54"

Weight: 3.35 OZ

Technology: CDMA

Data: Yes

Signal Strength: Excellent

Audio Quality: Excellent

Battery Life: Up to 4 hours talk time and up to 13 days stand by

Extra Features: Bluetooth,MP3, VGA camera, external caller id, downloadable graphics, downloadable ringtones, Mobile web, Alarm Clock, Calculator, speaker phone.

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The Motorla RAZR is a solid phone with lots of features all rolled into a sleek, attractive device. The RAZR is a proven device, Motorola has sold millions of RAZRs so it’s no wonder Straight Talk chose such an established device to launch one of the best new wireless calling plans on the market. The RAZR calling plan consist of either the $30 1000/1000/30 meg plan or the $45 Unlimited calling/texts 30 meg data plan.

Verizon network and signal strength
The CDMA RAZR provides excellent signal with a visible signal meter on the top left in highlighted green. The RAZR will still operate well even with only one bar of signal but obviously the more the better. Like all other Straight Talk phones, the RAZR uses the CDMA Verizon network. Great news since Verizon offers nationwide coverage. Be aware that you will be unable to make roaming calls on other networks. Last thing to note is that outbound International calls are restricted. All inbound calls, including international, are accepted though.

Web browsing
The web is actually pretty good on the Straight Talk RAZR. It has 1x speed which is about 2.45 (Mbit/s) for Downlink and 0.15 (Mbits/s) for Uplink. Of course it will vary depending on your signal level. Opening the browser takes you directly to the Straight talk mobile page. The Straight Talk webpage has a several preloaded sites including:

1. Download
2. Email/Social
3. Websites
4. Weather
5. Sports
6. News
7. Movies
8. Horoscope
9. Lottery

Each main link takes you to a list of other sub links. This does not mean that you are permanently stuck on the Straight Talk page because this is not the case. Use this trick to venture out from the Straight Talk page, press xxx and go to URL. Enter the page you want to visit directly or go to your favorite search engine such as to search the entire web. I noticed the battery compartment can get pretty warm when browsing for an extended period so don’t be alarmed if you feel the heat. In fact, this is pretty normal during any operation that uses the battery such as extended calls or browsing. In areas of lowered signal strength, I noticed “Network connection lost”. Again, don’t let this alarm you as it is perfectly normal for any cell phone to lose connection in areas of lowered signal.

Voice Calls
The RAZR has a crisp speaker and calls are very clean (assuming you have a strong steady signal). The one button touch hands free speaker option is very handy and quite easy to activate/deactivate with more than adequate volume. To activate or deactivate the speakerphone option, simply press and hold the top left side key on the edge of the screen above the volume side keys.

Text messages
Sending text messages is easy with the RAZR. The average person sends about 5 text messages a day and with the predictive text by Motorola, sending messages is as easy as pressing only one key per letter. The days of pressing each key several times to get one letter are gone. The RAZR is more than adequate for sending texts.

File Transfers
Transferring files is easy with the RAZR. You can either do it through a mini USB cable or through Bluetooth. So not special data cables needed. Luckily, Straight Talk has not restricted any file transfer processes. The RAZR also plays MP3s so you can easily carry your favorite music anywhere you go. Internal storage is rather low though and with no way to expand it, MP3 capacity is limited to no more than 10 songs depending on what else you are storing.

Camera The RAZR features a 4x zoom VGA high resolution camera. Taking pictures is as simple as pressing the Right key labeled “Camera” and pressing the round key in the center to snap the images. You can zoom in and out by pressing the right and left arrow keys. Another great feature is the use of the external screen for self portraits. Simply close the flip while the camera is on and you can see yourself on the external smaller screen. This is a great feature for taking avatars for Facebook or other social media. Most newer cell phones must have a tone when taking pictures but the RAZR can snap images with no tone so covert picture taking is a breeze! The RAZR comes with 35Megs of internal storage and unfortunately does not offer external memory support such as an SD card.

The RAZR is a durable phone that's built to last. It includes a strong screen with a protective plastic shield. The charger is a straightforward mini USB connector which unlike other cell phones will not bend or break easily. Battery life is pretty good and since the RAZR has been around a while, you can get replacement or extra batteries for a few dollars. Overall, the RAZR is a solid investment and will last for years to come. It has all the cool features and useful tools for most types of users. Beginners to advanced users will find this classic a perfect choice for the Straight Talk unlimited plan.