Conclusion: The Motorola RAZR2 V9 is a good phone, though we can’t help but feel underwhelmed. When it comes down to it, there just isn’t much to get excited about. It’s larger and heavier than its CDMA brother, and the build quality isn’t quite up to par. The outside display is nice and large, but it just doesn’t do anything to set it apart from other phones in AT&T’s lineup.
Pros: High fashion, Good camera performance under proper lighting conditions, Strong audio codec support
Cons: Lacks any standout features, Hinge construction feels cheap, Battery life is very short, Synergy UI is outdated and disjointed, Unsigned Java applications cannot be granted permanent network access
Conclusion: The V9 RAZR2 is a great phone. However, it also found a way to get hindered by AT&T. The Java block is probably the single thing that prevents us from giving the V9 a perfect score. While MOTOMAGX would have been nice, it isn’t necessary to make a great phone. Hopefully AT&T will issue a firmware update over-the-air to the V9 that gets rid of the block, they did not respond to our questions about it as of the publishing of this review.
Excerpt: The Motorola Razr V9 is clearly the come-back kid! Its distant cousin, the original Razr , did for “slim” what the iPhone did for “touch”. But trouble lurked as the novelty wore off, necessitating numerous firmware updates, problems with weak hinges, faulty displays, and so on. The Motorola Razr V9 is much more than just the latest incarnation of the Razr franchise.