Its been years since I’ve used a “cellphone” cellphone because I was enamored by PDA/Phone convergence devices for around two years. Before that, I’ve shunned Nokia (too mainstream), Motorola (its user interface, especially on older models, needed a lot of improvement) and other lesser known cellphones opting for Sony Ericsson phones because of its outstanding compatibility with my other passion during those times: Palm PDAs.

When 2007 rang in, I decided to make it my personal “Year of 3G” so I shopped around for a suitable phone and after an exhaustive search for the “one” I decided to give Motorola another try so I got myself a Moto RAZR V3x — not necessary the bleeding edge phone people expect me to get but I sort of fell in love with it somehow.

Here’s a list of what I like about it so far:

  1. It’s a clamshell. There’s something about clamshell phones that attracts me to them. Motorola has been known for its outstanding clamshell phones starting with the MicroTac and StarTac series up to the RAZR series. I just hope that the RAZR series lives up to its pedigree in terms of durability (the StarTac was known as a “tank” because of its now legendary durability).
  2. It uses standard mini-USB interface. This is a rarity in a world where each cellphone manufacturer uses their own proprietary connector for each of their models – making it difficult to charge the phone or have it connected to a computer.
  3. Its external LCD display is actually useful. Without opening the phone, one can change the ringing profile of the phone. When used as an MP3 Player, one may see what music track is playing and change it if needed.
  4. Large displays and large keys. I can safely say that its display ranks among the best in its class allowing people with not-so-perfect eyesight to use it easily.
  5. Loud external stereo speaker. Makes its user really notice it when there’s an incoming call or SMS. Real handy if used as a standalone MP3 Player.
  6. Built-in data/memory card connection profile. This alone makes it worth paying for its price. If connected to a computer on “memory card” mode, one may access the transflash/MicroSD card as if it is a regular external storage device (no additional drivers needed). If connected in “Data Connection” mode, one may easily use it as a 3G modem.
  7. Streaming audio through regular wireless BlueTooth headsets! This is the most exciting “discovery” I made using the Moto RAZR V3x. Other cellphone brands require a special A2DP BlueTooth headsets to do this but the Moto RAZR V3x does it with non-A2DP headsets although as expected, audio output is in mono. Pretty useful when listening to podcasts and audiobooks.
  8. The bundled Motorola Phone Tools is outstanding. Used in conjunction with the bundled USB cable, users can do text messaging through the computer and synchronize contacts, calendars and to-do lists. Connecting a computer to the internet is a breeze using the “Internet Connection” button of Motorola Phone Tools.
  9. If later on I decided to do some hacking, this phone has a plethora of “customization” options available on the ‘net.
  10. Easy media transfer between the Moto RAZR V3x and a computer through the MPT (Motorola Phone Tools) Multimedia Studio. Existing video clips can easily be converted for viewing on the phone using this tool. Pictures can also be edited to conform with the phone’s display allowing it to be used as a wallpaper or screensaver.

I am so impressed with this phone that I’m planning to get a second unit to give to my wife. This is my no means the perfect phone but for those who are not “enslaved” by Nokia phones, then the Moto RAZR V3x may be worthy alternative.