Motorola Razr VE20 - silver (Sprint)
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: MOTVE20KIT
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.99
- Reviewed on: 08/17/2008
- Released on: 08/14/2008
The good: The Motorola Razr VE20 has a satisfying multimedia feature set, brilliant displays, and decent call quality. It also has excellent music and video quality.
The bad: The Motorola Razr VE20's memory card is located behind the battery. The mirrored face is a fingerprint magnet and the keys are flush.
The bottom line: Yes, it is another Razr, but the Motorola Razr VE20 is solid and reliable phone in its own right. If you're searching for a satisfying Sprint multimedia phone, it's worth a look.
PRETTY SLEEK AND STYLISH FUN WITH UPDATED FEATURES
by puggy052 on August 28, 2008
Pros: There's no delay in the buttons like the old razrs. You can text as fast as your fingers will go!
Better batter life than most razrs
Updated features with really nice sprint menu
pretty nice camera
Nice sound quality
Cons: Not enough battery for all this phone can do
No flash for Camera
A bit pricey
Summary: I got this phone about a week ago. Its a really nice Razr and my favorite out there to date. It has a really big vibrant screen inside, one of ...
Summary: I got this phone about a week ago. Its a really nice Razr and my favorite out there to date. It has a really big vibrant screen inside, one of the best I have seen to date. It also features the new updated Sprint menus which happen to be pretty nice even though I dont love when companies start messing around with phones. The camera is pretty good but after my last LG that had a flash its a little bit hard to get used to not having awesome pictures everytime because of bad lighting. In good lighting situations the camera is pretty nice with its 2MP cam. The battery is much better than the old Razrs out there but if youre like me and going to be using all of Sprint features like Music and GPS etc combined with a good amount of talk time and texting the battery still wasnt as great as I would have hoped. My old LG could last through the day... This phone I sometimes had to charge already come evening time. The phone has a real nice look and feel to it! The sound quality is great and plays all my music really nice and very easy. Its an all around pretty great phone and I would seriously love it if it had just a bit more battery and a flash. It would be perfect then. The phone is a bit pricey though I got a discount after calling and telling them it was just above my budget right now. I hope whoever gets this phone enjoys it! No problems so far!Just wanted to add one more thing about the outside screen. Its a really nice size.. not too bright and besides for maybe using it when my music is playing I didnt really have much use for it...but you may disagree... you can read your texts, see your pics, recent calls etc from the outside screen... not sure why you would want to but its there!
Updated on Aug 28, 2008
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
These phones have a serious defect that is not fixed.
by glenmm on October 7, 2009
Pros: With all the problems I've encountered there's nothing good I can say about this.
Cons: Alarm & calendar features don't work and Motorola and Sprint both pretend it's fixed with 'resetting'. They won't admit they're selling defective phones to customers.
Summary: Alarms & calendars features won't repeat as they're supposed to so they have to be entered each time and then it's iffy on whether or not they ...
Summary: Alarms & calendars features won't repeat as they're supposed to so they have to be entered each time and then it's iffy on whether or not they go off. Customer service is just a joke because both Motorola and Sprint know the phones are faulty and yet they sell them without notifying the customer that the phones are defective. Then they pretend that 'resetting' the phone is going to fix it.
The customer service supervisor at Sprint said she could get me a new phone because they have a policy of allowing the customer to get up to three in the calendar year following purchase but she didn't want to do that because she wanted me to save 'that' for more serious issues.
When I said send me a new phone anyway she then said that doing so wouldn't fix my problem so she wouldn't send one out. I said 'well if that won't fix my problem then that tells me that you know all of these phones are defective and that you're just cheating everyone by not telling them and running us all around with this useless 'customer service'. I then insisted again that she send me a new phone since obviously I have the right to up to three new ones according to her and she reneged on her previous statement and refused again to do so. But she did say that my comments would go into 'the file' and be sent to 'corporate'. I'm still waiting.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Phone is OK but Bluetooth interface is not acceptable.
by ofudge on December 14, 2008
Pros: Latest member of the Razr family with Alltel. Redesigned user interface.
Cons: The Bluetooth interface on the V20 does not automatically reconnect whit a headset after going out of range or after cycling power. The phone's bluetooth menu is the only way to get the Bluetooth device opeartional again. Seriois bug...
Summary: If the Bluetooth device is powered off and back on, the VE20 does not automatically reconnect. The same thing is true if the Blutooth device gets out of range. The ...
Summary: If the Bluetooth device is powered off and back on, the VE20 does not automatically reconnect. The same thing is true if the Blutooth device gets out of range. The only option is to use the VE20's menu interface to reconnect with the Bluetooth headset. This is a pain at best and can be a serious saftey hazard while driving. Bluetooth users be aware...
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
My firs rzr and I like it a lot
by dave7200 on October 2, 2008
Pros: The looks, the display is easy to read on the inside and on the cover. Perfect ringer volume. The rubber on it makes it feal good to hold.
Cons: I dont have any yet
Summary: I like a phone that is simple to use. This one is simple and has a lot of cool things along with it. I have had nothing but LG phones ...
Summary: I like a phone that is simple to use. This one is simple and has a lot of cool things along with it. I have had nothing but LG phones for a long time as I didnt like my Motorola I had long ago but I like this one a lot. Its a very good phone.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Better than the Razr2 V9m
by xrmr on September 16, 2008
Pros: All in comparison to the Razr2:
- No noticeable lag
- Text messages aren't displayed on outside screen -- just the sender's name
- 3.5mm jack
- Phone is lighter, but feels better constructed
- Better battery life
Cons: - Outer mirrored display is a ridiculous fingerprint magnet (but it really can be used as a mirror!)
- Hinge feels a little wobbly side-to-side with phone closed
Summary: I've had this phone for 2 weeks now after my Razr2's display went out (cracked hinge). At first, I wasn't so thrilled to go back to a ...
Summary: I've had this phone for 2 weeks now after my Razr2's display went out (cracked hinge). At first, I wasn't so thrilled to go back to a silver phone since the Razr2 was so sleek and sexy! I have since changed my opinion on the VE20.
The main improvement is the lack of lag time when I'm doing pretty much anything on the phone -- texting, bringing up my list of contacts, web stuff, even the time it takes for the display to come up when opening the phone! The Razr2 was PAINFULLY slow.
Another big improvement is that text messages aren't displayed on the outside screen for anyone who is near your phone to read. That bothered me about the Razr2, but it has since been resolved by just displaying the sender's name on the VE20.
Battery life is also much improved compared with the Razr2. Especially with bluetooth, the Razr2 would suck battery life like crazy! I would have to charge mid-day if I was on my headset a lot. The VE20 seems to have reasonable battery life, even with playing music through Pandora for a couple of hours.
Calls with and without the headset are clear. No complaints about the speakerphone. I used the 4 day free trial of Pandora and music quality was good as well. I also like the fact that there is now a jack for headphones, a wired headset, or speakers! I tried out connecting my phone to my computer speakers to try out Pandora...worked great.
Another small, but great improvement is the cover to the charging jack. The rubber part on my old Razr2 started ripping after a month of owning that phone. The one on the VE20 is made with a sturdier plastic that can swivel around easier.
All in all, this the VE20 is a great phone, especially if you're used to Razrs and can't seem to break away from them like I can't!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
the razr does not do as advertised
by allenbarrett on February 22, 2012
Pros: it is fast if all you do is play
Cons: will not wrok email with micro soft exchange
Summary: first i had to pay 15.00 more dollars to get the corp email to work (to verizon) and then i was on the phone with motorola for 10 hours ...
Summary: first i had to pay 15.00 more dollars to get the corp email to work (to verizon) and then i was on the phone with motorola for 10 hours trying to get the emails to push to my phone ther could not figure it out i was pushed to a level 3 and 3 days later i am still waiting for a call back. guess what i went back to the Iphone 4 s it will do all this and more sorry motorola but you still have a long way to go if you want to bet in the market for the professionals. we need our equipment to do more then play games
razr ve20 phone- new form but still awesome awhile out!
by narn3049 on July 26, 2011
Pros: READ SUMMARY
Cons: READ SUMMARY
Summary: I like Motorola's UI and phones so I think you know your going to get a positive review. The phone is an update to the V3A and it's ...
Summary: I like Motorola's UI and phones so I think you know your going to get a positive review. The phone is an update to the V3A and it's a TOTAL great update. It looks different then the V3A so at first I wasn't even aware it was a RAZR'd line product. It is SWEET. So I think you should get this. It has a good keyboard for being numeric and not qwerty. I like the camera too. I owned a KRAZR like three years ago and it seemed the pictures weren't that great at night because of flash, but that was a 1.3 MP camera and this is 2.0. I've never owned the VE20 just a friend owns this phone, and by testing by his pics and playing around on the phone the UI is totally different too. It is a totally different phone, so someone wanting a change from the razr should go with this. It is a great phone with great texting, camera video, music player SD card support, and will definetelly get you through the 2 year contract
Do people even test these phones before they sell them?
by phonereview1 on October 24, 2010
Pros: Batterly life is decent. Camera takes nice pictures.
Cons: Very disappointed with this phone. It has slight lag when I text, doesn't remember previous words and any emmoticon take a lengthy process to type them in. Sometimes calls people in pocket. It also takes a long time to delete old tx.
Summary: I do not need a lot of fancy gadgets on my phone to be happy. Good texting, a decent camera, battery life, durability, and simplicity is all I ask. This ...
Summary: I do not need a lot of fancy gadgets on my phone to be happy. Good texting, a decent camera, battery life, durability, and simplicity is all I ask. This phone matches two of those criteria. My external screen/ mirror literally cracked all over in my pocket (3 months after purchase). Also, if you check the clock on the front screen by pressing a side button, you activate 3 touch screen buttons on the front that are pointless and one of them can call someone from your past log if you just place the phone back into your pocket. Also, my previous razor was very fast in response to commands while this phone has a lag for EVERYTHING. Overall, I would not recommend this phone to a friend and think that many functions were not practical or really tested.
A year later-my first razr!
by Aidigita on March 16, 2010
Pros: I love how it's thin, the only reason why I bought this phone.
Cons: Alarm didn't work at times. Would freeze. after several drops on the floor and a year later it broke. :( Camera wasn't the best either. My sanyo m1 took better quality pictures.
Summary: The only reason I bought this phone was because of the thinness. I liked how i could put it in my pocket and it felt like there wasn't anything ...
Summary: The only reason I bought this phone was because of the thinness. I liked how i could put it in my pocket and it felt like there wasn't anything in there. I did have to buy a case because at first it felt like it was too thin and i knew it could easliy break. I just bought a battery to my old sanyo m1 and i'm going back to that. Razr's aren't too bad but they're not for me. :\
My first and last Motorola phone.
by Circejane on February 16, 2010
Pros: Excellent signal--usable on the subway and in rural areas where other phones were "out of service area".
Camera takes very good pictures.
SD card capability.
Cons: SD card lies behind battery.
Randomly shut off from time to time--needed to remove battery and reboot.
Alarm clock is a pain to use.
Voice quality not all that great for the price.
Poor battery life.
Overall frustrating to use.
Summary: This phone is the most expensive and least enjoyable phone that I've ever owned. I've generally gone with Samsung phones before this and always been pleased, but when ...
Summary: This phone is the most expensive and least enjoyable phone that I've ever owned. I've generally gone with Samsung phones before this and always been pleased, but when my Alltel Hue died on me, I had to find another phone quickly. The BF got both of us these phones on the recommendation from the Alltel guy, and we had problems from the get-go. I almost returned mine within a week, but because it was a gift I kept it. Six months later I just spent money on buying a refurbished older model LG to replace this--my ve20 still works, but it drives me crazy on a daily basis.
Bluetooth has to be rebooted whenever you want to use it. The entire interface is so much less intuitive than the ones I've used previously. The settings are a pain--trying to disable one ringer often disables all, trying to disable all has left specialized ringtones sounding off in meetings and the classroom. Voice quality is meh, although it does get a signal in the middle of nowhere. The pictures on my phone (not on the SD card) have disappeared twice.
My biggest pet peeve is the alarm clock. I use my phone as an alarm all the time, and I'm not a morning person. Every other phone I've had has the snooze button on the outside. You hit a side button on the phone, you get a 5 or 10 minute snooze before the alarm rings again, at which time the external screen tells you the current time. With this phone, hitting a side button SILENCES THE ALARM FOR GOOD. The alarm will continue to register, but there will be no sound. Needless to say, this has made me very unhappy at times. In order to hit snooze, you must OPEN the clamshell and hit the menu button. If you sleepily hit the button below the menu button, however, you will dismiss the alarm for good. Also, when the alarm goes off after the snooze has been properly activated, it constantly shows the time that the alarm was SET for, not the actual time. You can set your alarm for 6am, hit snooze several times, and in your morning delirium read 6am on the clock when the alarm goes off, when it's actually 6:15. In addition, setting the alarm requires more buttons and steps than it should.
I've wanted to throw this phone against the wall more than once. Instead, it's going in a drawer to be kept as a spare.
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: MOTVE20KIT
- Description: Accelerate your mobile world with MOTORAZR VE20, a high-performing, high-value device that runs on the blazing-fast nationwide Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. MOTORAZR VE20 offers one-touch access to its music player, text inbox and menu controls from its vivid external display to create a dynamic multimedia experience. MOTORAZR VE20 provides easy access to Sprint-exclusive content, including NFL Mobile Live, a new application that brings the excitement of the game right to your wireless phone.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Cellular phone
- Form Factor Folder (flip)
- Phone Design Flip
- Integrated Components Voice recorder,
- Antenna Internal
- Width 2 in
- Depth 0.6 in
- Height 3.9 in
- Weight 3.5 oz
- Body Color Silver
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Service Provider Sprint Nextel
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
Multi media message (MMS),
- Downloadable Content Screensavers,
- Mobile Services Sprint TV,
PCS Short Mail
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth
- Phone Functions Conference call,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Additional Features TTY compatible
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards MP3
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD
- Sensor Resolution 2 megapixels
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Display Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 910 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 240 min
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter