Derek, you’ve made a sensible observation from all the posts here. However, there is a basic flaw in your reasoning—just because there are complaints about this phone, it does not necessarily mean that it is bad or fragile. It simply means that (like all other phones out there) there are, unfortunately, some sour lemons; which is why this phone is backed by a warranty just like any other. A cursory browse through some of the other forums on this site will readily bear this out.
As is with any other fine device, a little care goes a long way in ensuring satisfactory performance. Unfortunately, I have seen (or heard) people slam their flip phones shut so hard that you could hear the “pop” from across the room! Do we still wonder why these fine phones break?
For the record, I am one of many satisfied owners of the V3. Furthermore, I’ve owned only Motorola mobile phones ever since they introduced the Star Tac, and I’ve never had any issues with Motorola (except maybe for the hefty price tags.) And, yes, my next upgrade will certainly be another Motorola (the V1150?)
the black version is got out already..,it will cost u $3,200 USD
I have read through the reviews below carefully and I would like to make a point.
Some people on here are saying the V3 doesn't have any faults based upon the fact that THEIR one works perfectly, But I suggest that if YOUR V3 had "overheated" "broken" "dropped calls" or any one of the many other problems that people have reported on here and YOU were being told you had to pay up for a repair, you would be agreeing with everyone else!
What I am saying is that just because YOUR one works fine,it doesn't mean all V3's do! Unless you are suggesting that eveyone else on here is lying? If you are, ask yourself what they have to gain?
It seems to me that there are some serious issues with this phone otherwise this controversy would not exist. We would all just be raving about it and patting ourselves on the back for making a great purchase, but that does not seem to be the case.
For the record, I have owned a V3 for two months and mine works fine. Although I would agree that there are some very poorly designed features, I just use it to make and receive calls so if the camera is poor as has been suggested, I don't care.
I am very concerned however about the many reported faults and the suggested fragility. I will just have to be very carefull with mine and hope it continues to work till my next upgrade is due!
Motorola deny that the V3 is fragile, despite what has been said on here and what my local dealer tells me.
Let me take you back to a Motorola phone called the "Star-Tac". I worked in a phone shop back then and there was a big problem with the case cracking under normal use. Motorola would not repair them under warranty as they denied there was a problem.
Anybody see a pattern emerging here?
I smell a rat - with a capital "M"
The CPU in my V3 went wrong after two days and the shop replaced it. The new phone worked for a week the started turning itself off (the CPU AGAIN). It was replaced again and is now working, but I don't like it, the menues are fiddly to use and are poorly designed. I have lost faith in Motorola producs. I certainly would not recommend the V3 based upon my experience.
I bought a V3 a month ago. My screen broke last week. Carphone Warehouse want £75 to fix it as they say screen breakage is not covered by warranty. It was in my handbag when it got broken and like others on here have stated, mine was not dropped either. I belive it is just too delicate and the thin lid does not protect it properly.
Battery life is only good if you don't make or receive calls, don't play games, or search through the menu's or switch the phone off. Talk time is 2hrs MAX from a full charge.
This was my first and last Motorola phone.
It is mutton dressed as lamb.
This phone makes and receives calls and is very stylish and that is the end of the good news!
The bad news is that it is un-relliable fragile - my outer screen broke and I didn't drop it (all of you who are saying how great this phone is because you own one will soon change you mind when the screen breaks and you have to pay £100 to fix it) The functions are not good, the phone book recall is rubbish, my V3 turns itself off and drops calls frequently, the camera is poor but I am not too bothered as I bought it to use as a phone, but if you want a good camera forget the V3.
Utter rubbish as a phone, but a lovely fashion statement.
IF YOU NEED A DEPEDABLE PHONE DOT NOT BUY A V3!
i bought this phone and all i can say that it's realy good phone,not feature packed but still well featured and the looks are definitely the best out there!
anyone here knows when the special edition v3 (black) is gonna be released?is it gonna be released officially anyway?
pls tell me whether v3 meets these requirements
1. Good reception (good clarity, No disconnection while speaking for long hours - I had motorola c350 long time back and i was so worse in this category that i didn't use motorola afterfards.)
2. Mp3 ringtones (gud or bad?)
3. Bluetooth shud work (Easy or difficult - no probs. I shud be able to transfer images to and fro pc)
I had a great interest in this fone but after going thru discussion iam having serious rethinking.
Too fidely!! The flip mechanism doesn't feel strong at all and one day i might just snap it in half by accident. the phone although thin is not as small as it seems. and i am bloody spitting blood trying to get the phone to work! I am going to refund this and get the Samsung D500. Fashion statement my a*s!
I have this phone for over 1 month now. i admit, i bought this fone for the looks of it. but, i'm really surprised by it's functionality.
good speaker fone
good battery life
none so far
Who says the bluetooth doaesn't work is lying. It works perfect with Nokia, Motorola and even my laptop.
If you want to fly buy a BMW if you want to drive buy a Mercedes. The V3 is a Mercedes...
way too expensive for just a VGA, no memory slot, etc. just looks guys... nothing special. handest getting hot, i've had lots of returns that's why i know there's alot of defective ones out there. lucky for you if you don't have problems with yours. i have to troubleshoot them, and the internal cpu is fried most of the time.
Guys guys, i sense a lot of jealousy in here, ppl are talkin about what they do not even know or have! Be better than that, please, i pity u! I have a V3 RAZR, and its mf'in hot! in the sense that it blows otha phones back 2 tha stone age! Ive never been this happy, and ive had nokia's, samsungs, ericssons, siemens, u name it...
Lets kill sum rumours, no overheating, no flaws in screen or keypad, bluetooth is smooth and come on look at it!! Thinnest phone evr, its not that hard to figure it out, but if ur a no-brainer u dont even deserve the V3. There u have it, this phone is PIMP!
The V3 is an excellent phone. I have always used sony ericsson and have switched for this phone. The bluetooth works great, you must not be syncing your unit properly as i have had no problems syncing with sharps, ericcsons and nokias. The phone has never once gotten hot whilst i have been using it and the aircraft grade aluminium wouldnt get hot anyway. This phone is the best that motorola has made.
weeeeeh ... whats wrong with you guys ?
this is definitely the best phone i ever got !
no problem with bluetooth ... successfully connected to various phones mady by samsung, nokia and motorola ... and its getting hot ? mine isnt .... i played around with it yesterday for a couple of hours and its stayin ice-cold ... so only rumors i think ....
thumbs up @ motorola
I've heard from customer that extended use of the V3. It will get hot and the display will stop to fuction. some of the unit died completely, some came back to life after cooling off. becareful!
the motorola v3 bluetooth doesnt work properly.
i cant even connect two v3s and they are from the same company and even same model..
i also cant connect to other motorola fones via bluetooth.. so bluetooth option in the fone is next to none existant. bcoz it doesnt even work properly
To : Jeff (Aus),
You are smart & clever in making your decision......this phone is really CRAP, it makes my angry with it all the time! I don't care how good it look anymore; it's just a piece of metal junk!
It's good to find that you don't listen to bullshit from people like Gavin (below)!
I have nothing against any make or model or anyone......as an owner, I found just that this V3 is so rubbish & it's happen to be from Motorola.