Motorola V3 Review: Released in 2004 under the sub-name RAZR, the Motorola V3 was an astonishing new release which really made the smartphone world sit up and notice. Motorola were bringing out several flip phones at the time under the V-series and targeting a variety of price points had managed to sell many phones. 2004 had seen the release of the Motorola V975 – an extremely high-end phone with selfie camera.
The V3 positioning was not all that high in truth and as a phone was probably equivalent to the Motorola V620 – a bit higher than mid-range but nothing more. But that did not matter too much to buyers of this phone. The main aspect of the phone was the look, and at just over 1cm thick this was substantially slimmer than the standard flip handsets. It was an incredibly impressive look to see this in action. This was also backed up by the build quality, which came in a solid metal case.
The V3 also brought along other eye-catching aspects such as the keypad, which was totally flat and helped to maintain the very thin profile. The phone also came equipped with a colour external screen, and in a departure from propreitary chargers also allowed charging via mini-USB.
This was a very popular model of phone and perhaps was the best selling of all flip phones by units sold. This gained two successor models in 2005: the Motorola V3i and Motorola V3x. Both kept the same design but improved on the internals, adding higher resolution screens, microSD card slots and for the V3x, a selfie camera with flash. Over the years this has been slated for re-release and it seems that 2021 will see an updated version.
Motorola V3 Review Pros:
- The phone is attractive to look at with high build quality. For some time after its release it was slated as one of the coolest mobiles around with the very thin design. The flip mechnism is sturdy and solid.
- The keypad also has its pros. A thin metal sheet with only slightly raised numbers, this improves durability as numbers are much harder to wear off. There is good use made of this space which allows for several shortcut keys.
- A mini-USB port was included instead of the propreitary Motorola charger; this not only saved some space but a stanard charge method was much more convenient.
- Motorola software was robust on this model and easily extendable as it could run Java applets.
Motorola V3 Review Cons:
- The camera was not the greatest on this model and the VGA shooter was seen on other mid-range models such as the Motorola V300. Other phones from other manufacturers had better at this time.
- Only 5MB of memory was given over to media and programs, which was not a large space considering the phone could shoot video.
- The external screen was colour, but extremely small at 96 x 80 pixels – a bigger one could have been installed.
- The phone was expensive relative to others considering the spec; there was a decent premium on the form factor.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
This is a very recognisable phone and given the history it seems certain that these will end up being collectable in the future. Made in large numbers, there are plenty of refurbished models out there but it is possible that once these disappear the prices could climb.
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