Motorola RAZR 2 V8 Linux phone review

I did used Motorola RAZR V3 for sometime in 2006 before I dropped it into a swimming pool 🙁 The new RAZR 2 has a bigger screen, better UI, quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 with EDGE and Linux platform. OSnews has published a review for the new RAZR 2 V8:

The RAZR2 V8 is a quad-band GSM and EDGE phone, it features two 240×320 TFT screens (one internal 2.2″ and one external touchscreen 2.0″), 512 MBs internal storage out of which 420 MBs are accessible, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support, a microUSB charging/data/audio port, and a 2 MP camera without flash. The V8 came with a headset, a British-style charger (PureMobile added to the package both a converter and a mini-USB Motorola-branded charger), a microUSB 2.0 data cable, CDs and manuals, and a 770 mAh Li-Ion battery.

=> Read review here and you can get Motorola RAZR2 V8 Spec Sheet here.

It is believed that it is one of the most popular cell phones around the world. And now it has been updated to run Linux. There is also V9 model with 2Mp camera and a full HTML browser. I want one. I might get this one or may be Apple iPhone.

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  • Russ Nov 1, 2007 @ 1:03

    1. Does not support any of Motorola Bluetooth headset and headphones that I own. Even my new Moto stereo headphones that came out before the RAZR 2 even came out, don’t even work.
    2. Daily White-Screen freeze errors.
    3. Text input in third-party app’s in annoying. the “1” key cycles though characters that you will never use just to get to a period aor @ sign. the “0” key is used to cycle though the rest and again goes though characters that you will rarely use just to get one you will use a lot.
    4. The touch-screen is way too sensitive. If you don’t have a key-lock set, you will find that the TV app will load in your pocket and turn to a channel. Or it will just load the app and waste the already pathetic battery life. Even if the key-lock is on, the vibrate feature will go off so many times that when you goto use the phone, you will end up having 1 bar, maybe 2.
    5. Horrible battery life. Unlike the A900, Katana, and pretty much all other slim-phones, the RAZR 2 gets really hot when using it. Heat means wasted energy, thus making the battery life the worst I have ever seen. If you are using bluetooth, and/or the TV app, or in an area with a weak signal, battery life can be as low as 40 minutes.
    6. The UI is SLOW! I mean as slow as slow can get. This comes to it’s full power of annoyance when you end up loading an application that you didn’t mean to, and closing it down takes 5 to 10 seconds to close down. This will happen a lot, because the buttons are so close together, that you will end up loading the music or TV app without even trying. Scrolling through you content is horrible. Images take what seems like months to switch to the next.
    7. No real media player. You can not fast forward or rewind video clips. So those days of watching movies and shows on your phone are over. Unless you want to sit and watch it from the beginning.
    8. You can not hear the volume when setting the level for the ringer, alarm, ect. This most basic of features shows how low Moto has come when making phones.
    9. The lower set of speaks has a groove where overtime it will cut into your fingers when holding the phone to watch TV.
    10. The inner display has the typical data and time features, but with the RAZR 2 you can not get rid of the date. So if you have a cool screen saver, you will see “00/00/000 Day” on the screen. So if you have a cool pic of a Cele you are into, their face will be blocked.
    11. The web browser is HTML, but it renders the site into pages. So a normal sized site will be cut into many pages. Some sites are cut into 10+ pages. Unlike Opera mini which can render the entire page in one window. You will be scrolling page to page just to see the content you like.
    12. Since the browser is HTML, WAP sites can’t be loaded very well if at all. So if you want to download a Java app through a WAP site, you might not be able to at all.
    13. Third party apps can easily cause the phone to lock-up. Basic app’s that load on even the most simple phone will cause the phone to lock in a white screen and you will have to pull the battery to get out.
    14. Alarm doesn’t always go off. This has happen to me a lot.
    15. When you use the speaker-phone or use the speakers with Telenav, the sound quality is horrible. On the other end my friends make me repeat what I am saying. The speaker-phone has been known in the past to be one of the best features found in Moto phones; this is not the case with the V9m.
    16. Buttons on the side are tiny. With a plastic snap-on case they are very difficult to press.
    17. The phone doesn’t even have a headphone port. So you can not use it as a portable music player without playing the content through the speakers, or a Bluetooth headset, which most likely will not work.
    18. You can not set images from your memory card to display as wallpaper.
    19. Music playback is dependent on using Sprint’s Music Player, which crashes a lot.
    20. The Music Player no longer works, so I can’t even use the phone as an MP3 player.

  • Rachel Dec 18, 2007 @ 3:09

    wow russ, seems like you had a bad experience with the v8. i didnt know there was a tv app, but mine is working great! i adore it. i bought the lux edition. very good looking- i get compliements all the time. One thing you’re right about though, the battery life sucks!

  • Dave Jan 11, 2008 @ 16:05

    I’ve experienced a slow UI, failed alarms, and repeated, random OS crashes when using standard features of the phone (SMS and calling…)

    I wish I’d got an iPhone. Hell, at this rate, I wish I’d got *ANY* other phone.

  • Joe Feb 21, 2008 @ 20:41

    I finally had to dump the RAZR2 V8. It constantly crashed 2 mins into a call. Also after the alarm clock is reset, the unit locks up. It would only work with Mobile Phone Tools about 1 out of every 10 times I tried to connect.

    It is a darn shame because the phone is good looking, slim and easy to carry.

  • Thomas Feb 25, 2008 @ 13:44

    Russ, Point 4, 6, 7, 13, 17, 18, 19 and 20 are exaggarted and mostly not true. I also didn’t know that you can watch tv with your v8. So I think your talking trash. But I’ve to admit some points are correct.

    Anyways, I love mine V8. I had the V3i before, and I’ve to say Motorola improved a lot. And finally they made a new UI! 😛

  • DAB Mar 16, 2008 @ 2:25

    Russ, must have a different phone than I have. I have none of the issues that he reported. I do probably over 600 text a month and use about 2500 minutes per month in phone calls (all business related) This phone has never crashed, I’ve never seen the white screen. The only time I have noticed a slow down was if I was trying to play music and do several things at once. Battery life is poor, no doubt about it, but I knew with 2 big screens it was likely to be. I just charge it everyday and it meets my needs perfectly. I’ve never had to charge it during the day.

    I’ve used several different bluetooth devices most of which were out before the Razr2 and it has connected each and every time. I mainly use my Jawbone with it.

    All the wap sites I go too render perfectly. If it will render full HTML page it will certainly render a text only page. This is just nonsense.

    I agree with the last poster Thomas, I think Russ just made up most of this stuff because none of those issues have impacted my daily use.

  • Kennon Mar 22, 2008 @ 19:48

    Russ Said:
    “19. Music playback is dependent on using Sprint’s Music Player, which crashes a lot.”

    I could be wrong but isnt the V8 a GSM only phone? Sprint/Nextel doesn’t have a GSM network so Russ couldn’t be talking about the V8.

  • Paul Apr 11, 2008 @ 13:09

    the v3 you could put it on speaker phone
    and flip close and still talk

    can this be done on the v8 and how

    Ive had many diffrent phones this has been a great one

    can you use your email on this phone (AOL) ?

  • Flo Apr 24, 2008 @ 6:59

    Russ was probably talking about the V9, as he mentions it at point 15 of his observations. V8 works fine for me too.

  • mrZoSo May 4, 2008 @ 19:47

    I’ve had my VZW V9m since Dec 07, and haven’t had a single issue with it yet. Everything works the way it’s suppose to.
    And it doesn’t exhibit any thing that the guy Russ said, he must’ve received a lemon, sounds like he needs to get a laptop any how,,heh It’s a cell phone, phone being the key word here.

  • Ashley Nov 6, 2008 @ 23:40

    This phone is not good at all for me. I have gone through 3 of them and waiting for them to send me a replacement yet again. The screens turn either black or white and i can never see the menu again. so i am fed up with this phone. sadly i upgraded in july for two years and a new phone i will have to purchase at retail price.

  • Me Dec 6, 2008 @ 19:33

    I would like to comment about the pathetic battery life of the Razr2 V8 . I thought about how sometimes when software is written for a phone, they make mistakes, so I went into phone settings and changed the BATTERY SAVE feature from ON to OFF and the battery actually lasts a bit longer, for me the difference is an added 40 or so minutes of talk and an hour and a half extra standby time. I don’t know if anyone else has tried this but try it and see if it makes a difference.

  • Tricia Feb 1, 2009 @ 0:09

    i have had my v8 for a little less than a week now. I have been having a few problems with it. It takes a long time to load the pages when I am going through it. But all of a sudden today I couldn’t do anything but make calls and send regular text I had no Idea what was wrong with it. I tuurned it off then back on and now it is fine again. It just kept telling me that I had too many applications open at once and that I needed to close some of them to continue. But I didn’t have anything open on it. Not sure why it was doing this but I just wanted to let everyone know how to fix this just incase it happens to you.

  • Candice Myles Jun 29, 2009 @ 13:32

    The issues I had with my razr is when I set it on ringer, it sometimes goes to vibrate or silence without me touching a thing. It just jumps around all by itself. Has anyone experienced this issue? I also have an issue with the battery, it use to stay charged and now after one conversation fro an hour or less, I have to charge it again. Oh and my camera, the pictures is dark and not clear on other phones. I like my razr because I don’t use it much but I do sometimes miss calls because of the ring changes and thats annoying.

  • Brian Jun 29, 2009 @ 14:08

    Hey Candice,
    I have had the problem with my razr jumping from ringer to vibrate, also sometimes when I set certain people to a special ring tone, it jumps off so that I can’t identify them through the ringer I set. I haven’t had this looked because to me its no big deal. I have had barrery issues but overall, my razr is ok

  • Denbo Oct 16, 2009 @ 15:13

    I recently got this phone (I bought a Gold V8 off of eBay – great purchase). I love it – and get lots of good comments from people when I use it – which isn’t often as I’m scared to unplug from the charger it and take it anywhere.

    And I’m scared to leave it on as the standby as the (new) battery life is only about 8 hours. If I forget to turn it off when I go to bed it’s dead the next morning (it does at least do a chime thing and tell me it’s about to die).

    In short – it’s a really pretty phone but of little practical use for someone who needs decent battery life.

    Oh … and the battery cover keeps falling off in my pocket.

    Just bought another phone.

  • Alan Jan 11, 2010 @ 16:39

    The images on the camera/video camera on my V8 look like they have been captured by Paint By Numbers. They have a comic book dry chalk polarised effect which is not actually an effect you can choose in the settings. What has happened to my camera? It’s a nice mobile and I have had it for 3-4 years. I like the fact that it is slim in my pocket, has a big keyboard for fat thumbs and a descent size screen. Next stop would have to be an i-phone but I am rather attached to my V8 and the i-phone features seem to be two step forward good idea and a one step back dumb idea. Would appreciqate any help with the camera problem. Thanks

  • Khatidja Alibhai Jan 12, 2010 @ 18:20

    i have a problem with the charge of the phone. i charge the phone all day and when i make a call it says battery low!bought a new battery but still same problem!!what do i do???

  • Paul Jan 27, 2010 @ 21:54

    Just bought the v8 lux and having a problem with the ringer volume and can’t figure out how to set the ringer up to the max so I can hear it when it rings, can anyone tell me what to do????

  • Nick Feb 26, 2010 @ 10:12

    The only problem I am currently having is the black LCD screen. I mostly use text messaging. So it sucks. But everything else works fine.

  • bryan Mar 24, 2010 @ 5:00

    my v8 works perfectly the only 2 problems i have is the baterry MY GOD is the worst and the camera it looks like comic what to do?

  • yash Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:13

    I Just bought the luxury model of V8. looks are awesome, less features, ringer volume is a little low, user interface is slow while scrolling thru pictures and the worst part i have seen in 2 days is the BATTERY LIFE. it seems its gonna suck til the core. I was using V3i til date which i feel is the great phone. v8 looks like new generation but Battery life is the BIG problem.

    I read comments to switch the battery save option off. wil be trying this now.

  • David M Jul 24, 2010 @ 17:13

    I went from a V3 to a V8 and I am very happy except I cannot find plug in headphones. I have purchased adapters on eBay and my local shop keeps getting in adapters and dedicated headphones but in all cases they don’t work. The blue-tooth set is a good idea in theory but not when you want to travel light and don’t want to carry yet another charger.

  • Leslie Aug 25, 2010 @ 2:11

    Im not sure which version i have but i cant figure out if its suppose to let me read my meassage on the outter part or not??? it only has three lil icons one is for pics one is for music and the other for voice commands?? how can i change this if it is even possible!!! help!!

  • David Aug 25, 2010 @ 15:19

    I love my V8 a different ring tone (my own favourite tunes) for all my friends and it looks and feels good. The data cable is a problem, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t, tried a new one but got the same thing. It’s a real pain when wanting to download pics or tunes. any one any suggestions? I believe this is not uncommen.

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