Daily Archives: 14 December 2005

V3c for Thee

V3c
One of the Christmas presents I got for
SWMBO
is the

Motorola RAZR V3c

(no, it’s not a secret, I’ve already given it to her). The
V3c is very similar to the V3 that I have but is designed to
work on
CDMA
networks (like Verizon Wireless) and is
EvDO
compatible (although, and I could be wrong about this, I
don’t think that is available yet in Hawaii).

Cosmetically, the V3c has a dark gray finish that I rather
like and a slightly different keyboard layout (in place of
the web key, the V3c has a key for the camera. I like this
tradeoff because I use the camera much more than the web.
YMMV. Another keyboard difference is that the menu key is
gone. I’m not sure I like this change as much because I tend
to use the menu key a lot.). Speaking of the camera, my V3
came with a VGA (640X480) resolution camera while the V3c
comes with a 1.3megapixel version. To store all those
pictures, you get a relatively spacious 30MB to work
with.

The case that Verizon sells for the V3c is okay but I like
Motorola’s version better because it (the Motorola version)
completely covers, with clear plastic, the internal display
(which is a fingerprint magnet if there ever was one) and has
a removable belt clip (the Verizon version is permanently
affixed and not that easy to use).

The operating system that comes with the V3c is also
slightly different. I don’t know if it boots up and shuts
down faster than mine because of this or if the V3c has a
faster processor. But in any case, the interface does seem to
be more responsive.

I haven’t yet taken it outside so I can tell you if
Motorola has fixed the problem of not being able to see
anything on the display screen when outdoors and the sun is
shining but I’ll let you know when I do.

Overall, I think SWMBO likes her new phone and so do I.
That said, I’ll wait for my carrier (Cingular) to bring out a
rumored version 2.0 of the V3, Real Soon Now. This version
supposedly has more storage, a sharper camera, and perhaps
even a version of iTunes for playing audio files. Why this
phone hasn’t been released yet, given it’s almost Christmas,
is anyone’s guess.


Aloha!

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