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Motorola Razr

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The Motorola Razr is a 4LTR mobile phone produced by Motorola that was first released late 2004. The V3 was the first model of this series of phone. By 2006, 50 million were sold and in the first four years over 130 million had been sold, making it the best-selling clamshell phone in the world.

In July 2007 the Motorola Razr2 was released with a sleeker design with more features, improved audio, and featuring a touchscreen. The Razr2 series featured the V8, V9, and V9m models. In 2011 the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx was introduced using the Verizon wireless network.

The Razr V3 had many different models. The V3 being the first, it was developed in 2003, but was not released until the third quarter of 2004. A Matte Black version was released in May 2005, but was limited to North America using only specific carriers.

Also released in October 2005 was a Hot Pink version using T-Mobile, Verizon, Cingular, Suncom, and Cellular One wireless carriers. On October 30, 2006 the Miami Ink collection was released to correspond with the reality television program of the same name.

Another version of the V3 was the MS500 which was released in South Korea on June 1, 2005, and instead of being a GSM phone it was CDMA. It featured a 1.3 mp camera, video recording, 80MB of internal memory, and some extra features including a mobile blog, diet diary and lottery number generator. It also included a charging dock.

The Razr V3re or V3_06 is a GSM model updated to support EDGE technology. It is identical to the V3 with no memory card slot. It also has a VGA 4x zoom camera.

The Razr V3r models use T-mobile, and AT&T in America and Rogers Wireless networks in Canada. The only difference from the V3 is it uses Motorola’s Digital Audio Player (DAP) instead of iTunes for music playback. The voice record is limited to two minutes and stored within the phones memory.

The Razr V3t has an internal memory of 10MB total, which is divided into two parts, storage A and storage C. Storage A contains system files, branding images for phone carrier, and the avr structure for the hidden voice records feature. Storage C is for user data including, images, sounds, video, text notes, calendar entries, phone book, java, and cache.

The Razr V3i was announced in November 2005 with some of the faults that the V3 being addressed. The camera was improved to a 1.23mp with 8x digital zoom. The internal memory was improved to 13.5MB and had an microSD slot for cards holding up to 512MB of storage. The V3i came in two versions, the V3im with iTunes for music with a 50 or 100 song limit, and the V3i with DAP with no song limitation. The original battery was a BR50 but newer versions were equipped with a longer lasting battery the BR56. This version was released in 2005 and 2006 in a variety of colors.

On November 21, 2005, the V3c CDMA2000 version was released, available to Alltel and SaskTel users, with Verizon available on December 7, 2005. In January 2006, became available for use with Canadian Telus, Bell Mobility, and Aliant Mobility customers. In April 2006, Cricket Communications and Metro PCS also began using the V3c.

The V3c had 41.2MB internal memory but only 36MB was available for use and the phone did not have an expansion slot for a memory card. The battery was a Lilon 740 mAh that had 3.33 hours of talk time and 9 days standby. The phone book capacity was 1000 contacts.

The V3m CDMA version was an upgrade from the V3c. It featured 40MB internal memory, a microSD card for up to 2GB of expansion and a longer battery life. This phone was not compatible for use in the UK on their GSM network. The V3x was used.

The Verizon supported version of the V3m played music files with the WMA format and placed in the my_music portion of the removable memory chip. The chip has 2GB of memory but only a portion of it is used for music files. It also has a miniature USB jack for headphone and hands free operation.

The Razr VE20 features CDMA, has a QVGA display with virtual touch keys, a 2 mp camera, stereo Bluetooth, and a microSD slot for up to an 8GB card.

The Razr V3x was announced in March 2005; it is slightly larger than the V3, and has a 2 mp camera. It uses an Nvidia GoForce 4200 microprocessor chipset.

In July 2006, the Razr V3xx was announced; it uses 3G networks and supports HSDPA and EDGE. It has a 1.3 mp camera, 50 MB of internal memory, has a microSD slot and supports Bluetooth. It uses an Nvidia GoForce 4800 chipset capable of rendering 3D images. It also offers a faster USB for downloading ringtones, images, and mp3 files. Unique to the V3xx, it comes in different frequency bands depending on the local frequency where the phone will be used.

The Razr maxx was released at the end of 2006 in Europe and on April 27, 2007, everywhere else. It is an upgrade of the V3x with additional external touch keys for music control. It has 50MB memory, QVGA 2.2 inch display, and a 2 mp camera.

The Razr maxx V6 uses the 3.5G EDGE network, has 50 GB of memory with a memory card slot for up to a 2 GB card. It has Bluetooth connectivity, a mini USB slot, and offers a video calling feature. The display is a 2.2 inch LCD screen. It has a 2 mp camera with LED flash and auto focus. This phone will not work with AT&T’s HSDPA network except for the Telstra Australia version. A Hutchison 3 version increased the internal memory to 60 MB.

The Razr maxx Ve is available only in the United States on the Verizon Wireless network and became available on April 24, 2007. It uses 3G with both HSDPA and EDGE. It features a 2 mp camera with LED flash, 2.2 inch screen, and 50 MB of internal storage. It also had a glass fascia and external touch sensitive controls for playing MP3s.

The Razr V13 features 3G CDMA, with 303 MB of memory, Bluetooth capable, microSD slot, a 2 inch touch screen, a 2.2 inch internal screen, and a 5 mp camera with auto focus and LED flash.

The Droid Razr was released on October 18, 2011, and was classified as the world’s thinnest 4G Smartphone. It features an 8 mp rear camera, a duel core 1.2 Ghz processor, 1 GB of Ram, a 4.3-inch display, and is powered by Android 2.3.

On January 26, 2012, the Droid Razr was released, fitted with a bigger battery and called the Razr maxx. It was initially for sale only in the US, but in April 2012 it became available in Europe.

Accessories available for the Droid Razr are: A wall charger, a variety of cases, high speed HDMI cable, high speed USB cable, vehicle navigation deck, Gel Skin, 12 volt car charger, lap dock, Bluetooth headset, and an HD station.

Motorola Razr