Motorola RAZR2 V9
15th May 2007
The Motorola RAZR2 V9 looks almost
identical to the RAZR2 V8 - it's just a little thicker
but otherwise the differences are slight.
Unlike the V8, the RAZR V9 is a 3G phone
with HSDPA support giving a maximum download speed of
3.6Mbps. It's not the first HSDPA RAZR though, Motorola
have been an early adopter of 3.5G in their clamshell
As with the V8, the RAZR2 V9 features
a very large 2.0" 240x320 pixel display with a
touchscreen and haptic (tactile) feedback. This means
that many of the V9's functions can be controlled
from the external display. At 2 inches diagonal size,
we believe that the RAZR2 has the largest external display
of any phone we've seen.
Motorola tell us that the RAZR2 V9 features
video calling and a close examination of the handset
reveals that there only appears to be one camera.. so
presumably video calls are made using the external camera
The camera itself is a disappointment.
It's just a 2 megapixel affair with no autofocus or
flash and a pretty low video resolution of 176x144 pixels.
In this respect the V9 isn't that competitive with a
lot of the high-end 3G phones it competes against.
The RAZR2 V9 can play back a variety
of audio and video formats, using the external display
as a media controller. Internal memory is 45MB (a lot
less than the V8) but this can be expanded by up to
2GB using microSD cards. Stereo audio playback is either
via a wired headset or compatible Bluetooth accessory.
The phone is designed to be tough with
a stainless steel casing around an internal chassis
to make it strong, and the external display has been
coated to resist scratching.
Again, there are many other improvements
that the RAZR2 V9 shares with the V8 including a much
improved user interface, voice recognition and feedback
and a web browser, email client and a range of other
It may not be the first HSDPA RAZR,
but it's certainly the best effort to date. The two
elements that are most offputting are the so-so camera
and the somewhat unimaginative styling.
Motorola say that the V8 and V9 should
be available in certain markets from July 2007.
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RAZR V9 at a glance
+ EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSDPA
pixels, 262k colours (main)
pixels, 262k colours (sub)
103 x 53 x