The Motorola Razr2 V8 manages to keep the critics happy, adding to the original Razr a more robust keypad, navigation that's far more straightforward than on many of its feature-laden rivals, and a huge dual-colour display.
But then, the Motorola Razr2 had a lot to live up to after the success of the original Razr phone. The Motorola Razr won fans a-plenty with its industrial design and large keypad, plus some serious entertainment credentials.
Both the Motorola Razr2 V8's displays are touchscreen, meaning the media player can be controlled without flipping open the phone. The Motorola Razr2 V8's external display is 2in deep, which we found plenty for reading incoming text messages. The Motorola's Photo ID function also means you can see at a glance who's calling.
Whereas phones such as the Nokia N95 cram in everything but the kitchen sink and are overly weighty and chunky as a result, the Motorola Razr2 V8 is both smaller and lighter than the iPhone. It's 2mm slimmer than the first Razr phones and has a ridged circular control pad just below its main internal screen, using which you can quickly and easily jump to the Contacts list, stored music or photos and click to launch the web browser.
The Motorola Razr2 V8's ringtones and alerts are whimsical but melodic, and music downloaded on to this 3G handset have a clarity rarely heard on a music phone. When you get a text-message alert, several seconds of tune ensue, reminding us a little of the upbeat musical horn in the Dukes of Hazzard.
Alongside the likes of Samsung's latest cameraphone models and the the LG KU990 Viewty the Motorola Razr2 V8's 2Mp camera is run-of-the-mill, although a best shot mode that takes multiple snaps and selects the best provides some help here.
The lovely deep blue shiny metallic casing does of course betray every fingerprint, but the Motorola Razr2 V8 never looks grubby for it - unlike many touchscreen business phones we've tried, or even the LG U990. Some will claim the Motorola Razr2 V8 is a little on the large side, but it's solidly built, very attractive to behold and definitely a phone to be seen with. Get reviews of the latest mobile phone handsets at our Mobile Advisor website.
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As the heir to the Razr family name, the Motorola Razr2 V8 has a lot to live up to, but it manages to do so handsomely. It's a good looking and feature-rich touchscreen smartphone.